MOTOR CITY COMIC CON 2012: Interview with “Billion Dollar Batman” author Bruce Scivally
Bruce Scivally is the author of the acclaimed book titled Billion Dollar Batman. He has also written books on Superman, James Bond, and is a professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. He was enthusiatic about speaking to me when I asked him if he could fit me in.
TOMMY ZIMMER: Of all the topics you have written about (Batman, Superman, James Bond), which is your favorite?
BRUCE SCIVALLY: I like all of them. I was more of a superhero fan and a big fan of Bond. I was a fan of the Batman 60′s series as a kid, and watched Superman as a kid.
TZ: What attracted you to Batman as a kid?
BS: In my teenage years, I loved his fancy ears. I loved his whole persona. Whatever he wanted, he had.
TZ: How did you become a fan of James Bond?
BS: I was a fan but got into him in college. There, I met John Cork who produced featurettes on James Bond DVDs with me.
TZ: How did you prepare for writing a book on him?
BS: Since I did so many interviews, I got Bond. I usaully do as much research in news and media archives.
TZ: How did you decide you wanted to write a book on Batman?
BS: Promoting Superman drew me to writing about him.
TZ: What do you feel is the difference between the two heroes?
BS: Superman represents hope, goodness, and all we aspire to be. Batman represents revenge and who we are.
TZ: Who is your favorite James Bond?
BS: My favorite’s Sean Connery. Connery’s Bond was of his time. He was the classic James Bond. George Lazenby was the more vulnerable. Roger Moore was more of a disco-Bond. After him, Timothy Dalton played up a more angry Bond. When Pierce Brosnan took over, I thought he was the best since Connery but he was an emotionally needy Bond. Finally today, Daniel Craig is just a hard, cold bastard.
TZ: Who is your favorite Superman?
BS: George Reeves is my favorite. I saw Christopher Reeve in high school, and thought he did Clark Kent/Superman best.
TZ: In the same fashion, with The Dark Knight Rises coming out, who do you think the best Batman has been?
BS: It’s between Keaton and Bale. To think about Batman, he’s crazy……
TZ: What do plan to write about next?
BS: I don’t know……. maybe on the 60′s or old Tarzan.
Thanks Mr. Scivally, and I hope you all enjoyed my coverage of MCCC 2012!!!