He may be new to the comic book block, but DC Comics’ Bizarro writer, Heath Corson, knows a thing or two about superheroes; writing the screenplays for some of Warner Brother’s Animation biggest DC Comics movies. I asked him a few questions about writing Bizarro, the book’s development and where he’d like to see it go from here…
your friendly neighborhood jman: You’ve written a lot for DC Animation: Justice League: War, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. How did you get your start in writing for animation?
Heath Corson: Well, I’ve always loved animation. The very first thing I ever sold was “Scary Godmother’s Holloween Spooktacular” which was an adaptation of Jill Thompson’s comic book that I wrote with Jill and directed for the stage in Chicago. So I’d been pursuing animation for some time, creating shows for Cartoon Network, Disney XD, Machinima, writing movies for Warner Brothers and Paramount and so on.
So after I created a project for Warner Brothers and McG called “Aim High,” my execs at Warner asked me who else I wanted to meet on the lot and I said that all I wanted was to meet the guys doing the DC direct-to-video movies. They shrugged and introduced me to Alan Burnett.
Then I just begged Alan to hire me. After a year, he finally did it. Just to get me out of his hallways, I think.
jman: Now, though, you’re writing the 6 issue mini-series, Bizarro. Is Bizarro your first foray into comic book writing? How does writing for DC’s animation department compare to writing for their comic books?
I think the primary difference for me is getting used to the pacing. A scene that would take under a minute in animation, suddenly burns an entire page in a comic. So I have to be smart about that.
Plus, I have to be aware of not letting Bizarro and Jimmy get too chatty so the balloons don’t get in the way of Gustavo Duarte’s amazing art.
jman: Bizarro is a lot of fun. In a lot of ways, it’s very different from anything that’s been going on in the DCU, lately. Did you pitch the book as a comedy? What was DC’s initial response to it?
HC: Ha! Thanks so much. Yeah, I pitched the book as a buddy comedy: Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Bizarro and Jimmy Olsen.
It struck me in traffic that I hadn’t seen a great road trip comedy in comics, so I came up with the least likely pair to follow. This idea was at the bottom of my list of things to pitch my editor (Eddie Berganza). I figured I’d get a laugh out of it but nothing else.