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Monday, January 18, 2021 

Another look inside the mind of writer Andy Schmidt

Here's an interview Multiversity Comics conducted a few weeks ago with Andy Schmidt about the new take on the Earth-3 Crime Syndicate he's writing for DC, which decidedly tells quite a bit more about what he - and the interviewer - must think of Superman:
I love the way the press release states the various team members: A paranoid titan, a narcissist, a nihilist, a broken moral compass, a sociopath, and a sadist. Which of those lovely personality types has been the most fun to dig into?

AS: Oh, good question. I am really enjoying writing a Superman character as a grade-A jerk. Not going to lie, it’s less about him being outright evil and just being about the worst human I can imagine—and then making him worse because he’s unstoppable. Ha ha!

I find writing the sociopath and the sadist to be kind of disturbing. But hopefully that means I’m writing them correctly.
If that's what he thinks of dealing with even so much as a variation on Supes, I don't think we should be deceived by what he says about sociopaths and sadists, mainly because he hints he considers them a perfect ingredient. Making this the umpteenth example of far too much emphasis on darkness, and villains. That the interviewer finds such glee in gushing over concepts like nihilism and sadism makes it worse. No wonder heroism's been belittled so terribly.

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