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Old 12-25-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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In Amazing Heroes#119 in 1987 (two years before the Michael Keaton film), MAC had an interview. He said the following:

“I’m afraid what I’m running smack up into is the old Batman TV show controversy: the old business about, Gee that was a TV show that made fun of Batman and made fun of comic books, so we have to show people that Batman and comic books are serious and they’re adult and accordingly all the fun goes out of it. There was a reason why that TV show was played for laughs and that is when you put actual human beings in those costumes and act out those stories, it looks stupid. They betray their juvenile roots. It can’t be done straight. I defy them to do the movie straight”.

[The Adam West TV show did indeed adapt many tales from the original comic books. The Robin costume with pixie shoes, shaved legs, skimpy shorts, golden cape, etc. came from the source.]

Collins then said “I predict it [the then upcoming Batman film] will be an embarrassment if they try to do it without a sense of humor”.

Collins made the same prediction in the book The Best of Crime and Detective TV, which he co-wrote with John Javna.

Collins later says “I think that Miller’s Batman is the ultimate extension of the backlash against Adam West. The ultimate expression of We write comics, but we’re Serious, Thoughtful people “.

More from Amazing Heroes#119:
"But this astounds me. I do not understand why comics fans are ashamed of the fact that this branch of the art form, super-heroes, does have its basis in juvenile and adolescent fiction. There's nothing wrong with it unless you're trying to pretend it's adult.....in which case you have a serious problem".

Collins later notes that his own Wild Dog ended up something more violent and serious than he anticipated. "I wanted to invent something that would make my financial life a lot more... luxurious. That potential is still there, but as usual I just followed my own natural story-telling bent and didn't pay any attention to what I should do for commercial reasons".


"More from Amazing Heroes#119:
"But this astounds me. I do not understand why comics fans are ashamed of the fact that this branch of the art form, super-heroes, does have its basis in juvenile and adolescent fiction. There's nothing wrong with it unless you're trying to pretend it's adult.....in which case you have a serious problem".


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Old 12-28-2011, 02:43 AM   #2
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Collins get it. Too bad so many others in the field do not.

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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Collins also notes the influence of the Shadow, Zorro, the Green Hornet and the Lone Ranger on his work, particularly Wild Dog. Oddly, in other media in recent years, none of the films based on these properties has grossed $100 million domestically, though the 2013Lone Ranger film has yet to come out. I reportedly has a hefty budget.

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I remember adverts in DC comics for Wild Dog, never was inclined to read it but I've seen it pop up in discount longboxes.



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