On this edition of the word balloon podcast, host John Siuntres takes us inside the press junket for Batman:Gotham Knight. The anime DVD is in stores today, created to support next week's feature release of the Christopher Nolan film, The Dark Knight.
You'll hear in-depth, (but spoiler free) interviews with several of the DVD's writers and producers, including some names very familiar to comic fans.
Executive Producer Bruce Timm (Batman The Animated Series/Justice League Unlimited) first time animation screenwriters (and longtime comic book scribes) Greg Rucka (Gotham Central) and Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), film composer Christopher Drake, writer/producer Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series/Batman Beyond) and the former Academy Award Nominee (A History Of Violence) screenwriter Josh Olson .
The writers talk about the unique collaboration between themselves and their Japanese animation partners in creating these six unique takes on Gotham's Guardian, while Timm and Burnett discuss the big differences in making the WB cartoons versus these short films.
Beyond the DVD talk, Azzarello discusses his upcoming Joker graphic novel with Lee Bermejo, Timm and Burnett discuss their future animation plans, and Rucka talks about the Gotham Central hardcovers coming from DC in the fall.
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