GOTHAM ACADEMY: CLOONAN & FLETCHER ON WOMEN, CHILDREN AND THE FUTURE OF DC’S BATMAN LINE
By Juliet Kahn
DC Comics’ upcoming Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl is one of those ideas that’s so good that it’s amazing that it took a full 75 years of Batman comics for it to actually happen. Set in a prestigious private school in the middle of Batman’s hometown, Gotham Academy will debut this October following the adventures of two young students at a private school in a city known mostly for its truly staggering population of supervillains.
ComicsAlliance: So, Gotham Academy. Personally, I’m really excited. I know you’ve talked here and there about how it’s going to be aimed at a younger audience, a different kind of book. It personally reminds me of a lot of properties I’ve seen teenage fandoms spring up around, Young Avengers over at Marvel a while back, a lot of Warner Bros. Animation’s DC Comics material. Are you expecting a fandom?
Brenden Fletcher: I don’t have any expectations. We’re making the kind of book that we want to see and we really hope it catches on. We don’t have an expectation, we have a hope that people will read it and fall in love with it. They’re new characters, there’s so much to fall in love with here.
Mark Doyle: New characters but all with great backstories that will unfold and even though they’re new, it’ll feel like they’ve been in Gotham this whole time.
Becky Cloonan: This is definitely the kind of book that I would want to read as a kid. So it’s kind of great to have that opportunity. I think it’s going to find it’s audience once we put it out there.
CA: Are there any particular influences you’re looking at? Comics, TV, movies that have accomplished similar goals, or tone and genre?
BC: I think the obvious one is Harry Potter. It’s got the right sense of mystery, it’s fun and has a gravitas to is and a mythology. Another one is Batman: The Animated Series. That’s another one, it’s kind of a touchstone for us, especially with this story. That noir sense… there’s a lot of serious story but at the same time there’s a lot of fun and there was a lot of comedy and a good mix of it.