This week, so many number seven’s were released this week. Particularly, Batman # 7 and Nightwing #7 were the two comic books that were playing a huge hit this week. I am hoping that most of you have read the two comic books because there is about to be a few SPOILERS in this posting. So, I plead to the ones who hate spoilers TO PLEASE LEAVE THIS POSTING NOW!
Okie dokie, now that is over and done with let’s get down to business shall we? Scott Snyder has been hot, Hot, HOT! His approach to Batman has been riveting and quite frightening. I have never read such a comic book where I was actually nervous for Batman in my life. I mean I have always had a feeling that he would prevail in any circumstances no matter if the ploys were against him. This time…it is different. Snyder has given his true form of story telling where you do not know what to expect. The man is pretty much the Alfred Hitchcock of story telling just leaving you on the edge, actually off the edge just going deeper into Snyder’s The Court of Owls. Here is what he has to say about Batman # 7 and Nightwing #7 in the Newsarama’s interview:
Newsarama: Scott, I think the biggest surprise in this issue was seeing Bruce just haul off and hit Dick across the jaw.
Scott Snyder: I know, right? I know everyone probably thought, “Hey, he can’t do that!” But he was actually knocking out that tooth.
Nrama: It’s rather symbolic that the news of Dick’s family history would come to him like a punch to the face. But Dick being marked as a villain is something you’ve been building toward since the beginning of this story, isn’t it?
Snyder: Yeah, this idea of the Talons and their connection to the circus, and Dick Grayson’s involvement — it’s something we’ve been building toward since the very beginning of the whole run.
As physically described, Bruce punches Dick in the jaw. In which, this is portrayed as a metaphor for Dick (Nightwing) being knocked the hell out by the fact that The Court of Owls had a hand in his fate in becoming a Talon. It is a huge revelation to not only Dick, but to Bruce as well. Bruce is beginning to see how well The Court of Owls have a grip on the life and productivity of him, the Bat-family, and Gotham itself. The few things that Bruce ever really had in his pocket that he was so well assured in his possession are himself, his family, and Gotham. As we continue to see and experience with Bruce is that he is far from assurance.
The twist and turns of the Snyder’s story defines how Bruce and Dick will approach in pursuing The Court of Owls. Both characters want to end the Owls’ hold over Gotham, but both are divided due to their differences in personality, representation, and sense of internal purpose. The differences between the two characters are distinctive in that they both represent two different animals. Batman taking after a bat and Nightwing who was formerly known as Robin took after a bird. What is very interesting is that Batman is surrounded by birds and he is the only flying rodent. I hate to say it that way, but it is true bats are flying rodents. Batman in particularly is the only one of his kind in Snyder’s Batman. Now…I do know I cannot exclude Batgirl since she takes after Batman. Still when you really think about it Batman is alone in his thoughts, words, even when he is physically there next to someone. He walks alone, detached, distant, and well guarded. In Snyder’s story, Batman will soon know what it means to be truly alone. Here is a little bit more on the interview that will help support this view:
Nrama: That idea of birds versus bat is something you’ve been threading into your stories for awhile, even during your Detective run, with all the references to birds and the aviary. Now Bruce is beginning to realize he’s surrounded by birds, isn’t he?
Snyder: Yeah, there’s something haunting for Bruce to realize that his closest ally is a bird, even though he was always called Robin. Now that the city is sort of divided along those lines, he looks around and what does he see? Birds of Prey, Robins, the Penguin — all of these make him feel very isolated as a bat.
Nrama: Bruce and Dick react very differently to the Court of Owls being so historical. Bruce is practically blindsided by the idea that he doesn’t rule Gotham, but Dick doesn’t see it as that important. Is that how you formed these two reactions?
Snyder: Very much. That was part of the fun of writing Dick the first time. I love writing Dick Grayson. I would love to write him again someday, because I just adore that character. He’s so different than Bruce, and the things that upset Bruce don’t upset him. The things that haunt Bruce’s nightmares don’t haunt his. But the reverse is true too. James [Gordon] Jr. wouldn’t be particularly scary to Bruce, I don’t think. Bruce wouldn’t be shaken by the notion that such a person could exist and do these terrible things to the people that he’s supposed to love. That doesn’t touch a nerve for him. But the Joker, on the other hand, doesn’t exactly touch a nerve for Dick the same way he touches a nerve with Bruce. And he seems to know the darkest secrets of Bruce’s heart. You know what I mean?
They are separate, but equal characters. They are fighting the same battles, but both have their own way of coping. Batman is more experienced with dealing with his normal psychotics, but The Court of Owls are not simple and far from psychotic. They have the same resources, handle, and leverage over Gotham as Batman does. I would like to think that The Court of Owls are the Bat-family times ten plus a few thousands years. Pretty much it is Batman verses himself so now the question is how can Batman beat himself? It is almost like Justice League Doom just called Batman Doom: Court of Owls.
Snyder is taking Batman and Nightwing on the ride of their lives exposing new revelations, loneliness, and the ultimate…weakness in both characters. Batman will feel more of the sting than Nightwing, but it is all the same for both just different reactions to the same problem. According to Snyder at WonderCon 2012, we will be seeing more of the other members of the Bat-family as the Owl’s Court summons more mayhem in Gotham. Nothing like a good reunion with some unresolved issues and apple pie to go along with it.
There will be a part two to this interview coming out later today. Dark Knight News will be sure to post. Stay interested and tuned. Leave your comments below or on Facebook. Do you think Snyder is the Alfred Hitchcock of storytelling, the Jonathan Nolan of storytelling, or some other famous storyteller you might know? What did you think of Batman # 7 and Nightwing #7? Do you agree with some of the statements made above about the differences between Batman and Nightwing? If not, post your responses below and tell us what you think is going on? We’re interested to know.
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