by Ray Hayes
If you’re a fan of comics then I’m pretty sure you’re just as happy as I am with all the Marvel and DC movies coming to the big screen this year. From Guardians of the Galaxy to Wonder Woman, the cinematic universe for both comic enterprises are coming to life. With so many great stories, it’s easy to forget that all of these plots were started by superb comic book writers. Comic book writers have a god given talent that allows them to tap into “a society’s collective subconscious.” Take the Captain America story line as an example. Cap’s Nazi battles during World War II took place during the 1940s. At the time, Captain America gave many young children hope for the change to come with the United States taking down the “bad guys.” With comics being the reflection of modern day society, how will writers cope with the diversity and inclusion, LGBT community and President Donald Trump?
Scott Snyder, author of All Star Batman, recently sat down with the Salon to talk politics, diversity and comics in the Trump era. Below is a snippet of the interview and link to the podcast (http://www.salon.com/2017/02/08/listen-the-chauncey-devega-show/) :
Q: Popular culture is an insight into our collective subconscious. Given the rise of Donald Trump and the political crisis and trauma he has created in America and around the world, how do you think comic book creators and others can balance writing about political issues without being superficial and telling poorly conceived stories? How do we figure out a happy medium as storytellers?
Snyder: That’s a great question. When you’re beginning with a character like Batman, you have to recognize that he’s not on anyone’s side. Batman is everybody’s hero, and so you have to find a way of making the message resonate without being too didactic. I’m a lefty. But I don’t want Batman saying, “This is why you should vote for Bernie, or vote for someone else.”