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Thursday, October 17, 2013 

Greg Pak thinks a Superman/Batman fight makes for good "emotion"

In an interview with Comicosity, Pak, who's writing a new volume of Batman/Superman, told them:
For me, I had an emotional story I wanted to tell, and as long as I know that emotional story, I can always work with other elements — do you know what I’m saying? What’s really exciting is when I’ve got an emotional story I want to tell, and folks bring in other crazy stuff that helps tell that emotional story. That was the case with this.

I want to tell the story of these two young heroes challenging each other and driving each other crazy, and this idea of throwing them into Earth 2 amps that up a ton. Now they’re not just challenging each other, they’re challenging the future versions of themselves. All four of those heroes end up having to question his whole being, basically. That kind of stuff is fantastic. It’s a thrill to work with. And it is a big challenge, but that’s why we write. Challenges are good. Challenges make us better. I had a ton of fun with it.
I don't see how a now-cliched tale of two heroes going at each others' throats is "challenging" or makes for great "emotion". What's challenging and makes for good emotion is character drama involving the supporting/recurring cast members of the Man of Steel and Masked Manhunter's series. For example, how about a reunion between Bruce Wayne and Silver St. Cloud, who hasn't been seen in a long time? But that wouldn't sit well with the editors who've mandated that co-stars be marginalized, as has happened with Lois Lane.

If Pak's going to be that superficial with his premise, then he hasn't been very challenging at all. Nor does Superman/Batman driving each other up the wall make for real emotion. Only frustration. Particularly for the readers.

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