While at San Diego Comic-Con, I had the chance to sit down for a roundtable interview with the writer of Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Heath Corson, who has also written Batman: Assault on Arkham, Justice League: War, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and more. In this interview, Corson talks about writing for all ages and if Monster Mayhem will appeal to everyone.
Q: Working on ‘Batman Unlimited’, how do you find the tone?
Heath Corson: When I was writing all these animated movies, my sister called me and my sister has two sons, seven and nine, and she said that my nephews know that I write animation, but there’s nothing that I can show them ’cause they’re too young. She said ‘When are you going to write something that I can actually show my kids?’ And then I heard that the studio was going to do a Batman for younger audiences, and I said ‘Finally!’ I think every generation should have their own version of these heroes. I was very excited to get to do this. I just wanted to boil these characters down because Batman is gonna be Batman, you still want the Bat family to be the Bat family, so I wanted to make sure that we still kept the core of these characters but I wanted to make the tone to be more for all ages.
Chris “The Scoop” Salce: What was the most difficult part about writing this?
Heath Corson: I really wanted to find a really big, big plot for the Joker. We wanted to use Joker, we wanted to use some of these Halloween monster villains. I wanted to find something big enough. So I had to sort of dig through a lot of stuff and I read Detective #475 ‘The Laughing Fish.’ And I was wondering if we could do something now. I was thinking of our reliance on technology. So in this movie, the Joker creates a computer virus to make all technology laugh, thus disabling all technology in Gotham, including the batmobile and Cyborg. That sort of became fun and big and they get ready to release it all over the world. It was a way of making it big and to touch the Silver Age that I really loved and wanted to share with everybody.
Q: How hard was it finding a balance for somebody who watched the original animated series and go into watching this with their kids?
Heath Corson: You still want to make Batman be Batman, you still want high action in there, it’s a buy in. It’s not for everybody, it’s definitely for younger kids. I seen people saying things like ‘I can’t believe Batman would have a robot wolf that turns into a motorcycle.’ What are you gonna do? That’s cartoons, it’s not for you. I don’t know if it’s going to appeal to everybody that loves the animated series but it’s another flavor of Batman and definitely for the younger set because they don’t really have anything right now. It’s nice to have this for a younger generation.
Q: Were there any villains that you wanted to use in the film that you didn’t get to use?
Heath Corson: We talk a lot about the villains like who to use, and we really wanted to find Halloween scary villains that have never worked together. When you take people that have never worked together like Joker trying to keep Solomon Grundy, Scarecrow, Silver Banshee and Clayface it’s like juggling sand. You finally get to Joker face palm. There wasn’t anybody they told that I couldn’t use.
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem is available now.