To say writer Scott Snyder has changed the way we think about Batman is an understatement. His take on Joker, the mythical nature of the hero and his many additions to the mythos since the New 52 reboot are just some of the things he’s added to the character. We got the chance to speak to him briefly at Boston Comic Con 2015 and he had some interesting things to say about his career, his likes and dislikes and the mythological nature of his Batman stories.
AiPT!: What is your favorite Quentin Tarantino movie?
Scott Snyder: Well for me it’s Pulp Fiction. It was the last day of high school when I saw it with my friends and it blew my mind.
AiPT!: If you and Greg Capullo were to die or be incapacitated by Joker gas tomorrow who would you want to continue your Batman run?
Scott Snyder: That is a hard one. It’s hard because there are so many people I’d like to see do it honestly. Like Bendis maybe.
AiPT!: It’d be your Batman. The Jim Gordon Batman.
Scott Snyder: I’d probably pick one of the guys I work with because they know what’s coming. James Tynion knows the whole story so I’d probably trust him to do it.
AiPT!: What’s one issue or story you regret or wish you could go back and change?
Scott Snyder: Honestly I’m not trying to be coy about or anything but I don’t really have a story I’m embarrassed by. I haven’t made any mistakes I feel bad about. There are places I wish I had more space. Like for example I wish I had scheduled things better in some cases so we had more time to do more pages. Maybe little things like a panel shouldn’t have been written that way, but honestly I’m just really proud of what I’ve done on Batman.
AiPT!: Okay one more question. The character really seems to be mythical—I mean, look at this cover, it’s Batman as a myth—what has inspired you to add that mythic nature to the story?
Scott Snyder: Well for me I think we’re getting to a point with Batman where I’m trying to figure out, in this arc at least, and this leads into that, why do we love Batman so much in the real world? Even if Batman were real and could stop some crime, he can’t solve problems about race, or class or socioeconomic difference, all that stuff…what is it that’s so attractive about him? So I’m trying to explore Batman as a folk tale and super heavy into myth.
AiPT!: Thanks Scott!
Scott Snyder: Thanks guys!