Paul Dini teams up with Eduardo Risso to tell a very different tale of the Caped Crusader. Released through the DC Comics imprint Vertigo, Dark Night: A True Batman Story gives insight into a tragic incident where Dini almost lost his self-confidence during the creation of Batman: The Animated Series.
Paul Dini, the creator of Harley Quinn, is working at Warner Bros. Animation in Hollywood during the pre-production of Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm. As he and the others are going through the screenplay, Dini is disenchanted after a date and walks home. However, he is mugged and brutally beaten by the thieves. During his recovery, he imagines The Riddler, The Joker, Poison Ivy, and other shady characters from Gotham City tempting him to stop, but Batman steps in to encourage him not to stop and fight on.
This is a deeply personal story from one of the best animators of our time. His time while recovering and his thoughts of giving up drawing a character based on justice, after having such an injustice done to him, is interesting and deep. He portrays Batman as others do, a conscience for all comic book readers to understand. Risso does an excellent job bringing an artistic edge to the tale. It fleshes out the story even more and it something worth reading.
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