Does the world prefer a kinder, gentler Batman, or the grim
brooding type. Steve Englehart & Marshall Rogers created the
1970's Batman: Dark Detective arc, which
became in part the basis for the 1987 Batman film.
Word Balloon Podcast Host John Siuntres continues his spring
cleaning of the WB podcast archives, and presents this 2005
conversation with writer Steve Englehart.
As the new Batman film gets closer, and Ed Brubaker continues
to make headlines with his run on Captain America , the tining
seemed right to re-post this talk with Englehart who put his mark
in the same heroes in the 1970's.
First they discuss Englehart and Marshall Rogers signature
Batman story Dark Detective: The Laughing Fish and it's 2005 sequel
Dark Detective 2 .
Then they look at the 1973 Captain America Secret Empire Arc.
A controversial story, whose villain appeared to be the then
sitting president Richard Nixon.
Finally, they talk about Steve's runs on The Defenders,
Avengers , creating Night-Man for Malibu comics, and his creator
owned character for Eclipse comics, Coyote .