I Like Big Beasts and I Cannot Lie
Today we go behind the scenes with Batman Meets Godzilla writer, Matthew Dennion, a man who really loves Japanese monster movies.
Growing up in New Jersey, Saturday afternoon creature features were a staple of the Dennion Household viewing diet.
“Dad got us hooked on the likes of Toho, Ray Harryhausen, and such, at a young age,” says Dennion.
Matthew’s interest in monsters continued to grow until he began writing about his own. He is now the author of numerous kaiju novels including: Chimera Scourge of the God, Operation R.O.C., Atomic Rex, and Polar Yeti.
Dennion’s monster stories can also be found in the “Kaiju Tales” section of G-Fan magazine.
Today we go behind the scenes with Batman Meets Godzilla writer, Paul Brian McCoy, or PBM as we call him around the office.
McCoy is the Editor In Chief of Psycho Drive-in, a site that features movie news and reviews. He has written, edited, and contributed to fourteen books, including the Mondo Marvel series that chronicle the creation of the Marvel Universe.
Batman Meets Godzilla is not McCoy’s first venture into comics. He recently completed his first comic, Damaged Incorporated, about a team of government psychics who fight evil in the dream realm.
Damaged Incorporated spawned out of the dark sci-fi/horror novel, The Unraveling. McCoy says that in addition to the comic, a second novel is in the works.
McCoy’s influences include Philip K Dick, Robert Anton Wilson, Warren Ellis, and William Burrows. His work is as original and deliciously disturbing as you would imagine based on his influences.
Script writer, Eric Elliott, says, “Reading a PBM story is like going on a super smart acid trip. You get a hundreds ideas thrown at you but they’re wrapped in a compelling story, with these wonderfully, strange characters.”
Batman Meets Godzilla Writer’s Room
The basis for the comic is the nineteen page movie treatment found in Batman TV producer, William Dozier’s collection. But the treatment contains no dialogue. Plus there are certain plot holes to contend with in bringing the story to the page.
The Project Batzilla team collaborate in a virtual writer’s room to brainstorm dialogue and to pitch ideas to flesh out the characters.
“It’s rare to find a project that promises to be this much fun with this much collaboration encouraged,” says McCoy.
The Project BatZilla team is now wrapping up the script for issue one. Art director, Jorge Luis Gabotto, is working to assign those pages to the project’s artists, with the hope of completing issue one in the first quarter 2020.
When asked why he joined Project Batzilla, McCoys says, “I love mash-ups and this sounds like an exciting way of combining two distinctly, different worlds that pays tribute to both.”
Today we go behind the scenes and take a look at the work behind the cover for Batman Meets Godzilla issue #1 by artist, Kero Wack.
Kero Wack, a former MTV animator, made a name for himself among fans this summer for his web comic series, MASK 85.
Kero Wack developed the story for years before committing stylus to tablet and creating the best fan project in recent memory.
Spanning four issues, the MASK 85 comic harkens back to those classic 80’s mini-series published by Marvel and DC.
So when the Batman Meets Godzilla project began, Kero Wack was a natural fit. It didn’t hurt that he was a huge Godzilla and Adam West Batman fan.
Batman Meets Godzilla writer, Eric Elliott, asked Kero Wack to create the first artwork for the comic to help generate interest in the project and set the tone for the series.
The writer says, “Kero Wack did this amazing web comic, MASK 85. It was done with so much heart and talent. So when the [Batman Meets Godzilla] project started, he was the first one I thought of for the artwork.”
Elliott discussed the cover with the artist, describing some of the story’s key action sequences. It was Kero Wack who suggested illustrating Batman and Robin running from Godzilla.
A few hours later, the artist sent over a rough.
Kero Wack felt that a simple composition - Godzilla in the back and our heroes in the foreground, would be an exciting way to get the concept across to readers.
After Elliott signed off on the rough, the artist quickly got to work, refining the art and adding details.
By the end of the day, Kero Wack had completed the line art and logo.
The artist also added a crushed Batmobile to create some action.
The next day, Kero Wack delivered fully colored art. He added a classic Batman sound effect to give it the 60’s feel.
For the final artwork, Kero Wack, cooled the color pallet and adjusted the logo. The whole process took less than 24 hours, making him one of the fastest artists working today.
Kero Wack, who teaches high school art classes, says that his whole classroom is papered in Godzilla posters.
”The whole idea is right up my alley,” says Kero Wack. “Wish it would’ve been a real thing!”
So what’s next for the artist? MASK 86 naturally.
Fans can follow Kero Wack on Twitter, where he posts drawings daily.
By E. Elliott
An Unlikely Story
The details are sketchy, but at one time, a movie featuring Batman and Godzilla was a real possibility.
Following the success of King Kong vs Godzilla, Toho Co kicked around a number of ideas for the next Godzilla movie, including Frankenstein Meets Godzilla.
Project Batzilla is a group of fans dedicated to resurrecting the lost Batman Meets Godzilla movie.