Dwayne McDuffie Quotes
For your information: The late Dwayne McDuffie ran his own forums and had a thread titled, "Ask the Maestro" in which registered members could ask Mr. McDuffie, also known as the Maestro, any question and he would answer. The majority of Mr. McDuffie's quotes originate from this forum. The questions and answers are kept in their original form, meaning there will be grammatical and spelling errors. Over the years, the forum changed locations. Some links may have been lost to the Internet black hole due to the forum no longer exisiting. The first permutation was the Delphi Forums here from December 7, 2005 to December 29, 2007 which ran for 2465 posts. The third permutation was also at the V-Hive here from December 4, 2008 to February 19, 2011 and ran for 2175 posts.
Behind the Scenes
12/31/2005: Question "Are you secretly James Tucker?"
Answer: He just spent an entire recording session making Bruce laugh with obscure Flash Gordon quotes.
11/10/2005 3:12 pm: Question "How did you get the opportunity to do Static Shock?"
Answer: It was pitched to Kids WB by producers working at Warner Animation, including Alan Burnett and Scott Jerrolds. They'd sold the thing before I even heard about it.
Gear Spin Off Pitch
11/22/2005 2:47 am: Question "Do you think that Gear could carry his own super hero show?"
Answer: Yes. I actually pitched one a couple years ago.
New Static Shock Pitch
11/28/2005 9:28 am: Question "Have you ever pitched static as being with she-bang and gear in a continuation to static shock, like what happended to batman after batman the animated series into batman gotham knights?"
Adventures Comic Pitch
7/21/2004: Question "They never did get around to a "Static Shock Adventures" book, and that's a shame. I'd have bought it."
Answer: Nope. I begged DC to let us do an Adventures-style book (it's their choice, contractually). They said, "no." Repeatedly. I ask them pretty much every three months. I'll try again at San Diego.
Proposed Guest Stars
12/07/2005: Question "Was it ever pitched to have a more adulterated rapper such as fifty cent or someone in static to be a villain?, i know there was lil romeo but he wasnt a villain and deffiently couldnt be considered adulterated."
Answer: I do not think "adulterated" means what you think it does. The only other rapper I remember being pitched for Static was LL Cool J, which sounded like a fun idea to me. The network passed on the pitch, though.
1/22/2006: Question "Why didn't Hardware, Icon, or Rocket ever appear on Static Shock?"
Answer: WE toyed with all of them but the Network wanted them to be teens.
August 16, 2002: Who the Freeman Community Center was named after
Answer: It's called the *Augustus* Freeman community center!
Proposed Teen Titans Cross Over
Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:55 pm: Question "My question is this, you and the other incredibly talented contributors on Static Shock obviously had an idea of what you wanted to do with an apparent Titans in the DCAU (evidenced in references made in "Hard as Nails" and "Romeo in the Mix")... so who exactly would comprise this team in YOUR mind?"
Answer: We had no idea. At the time, the plan was to have Titans cross over with Static shock, but we needed the episode before the Titans show would have been ready. Someone suggested Justice League instead, and we were off to the races.
Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:39 am: Question "Is Alva supposed to be Cuban or Spanish or something like that? The name is a very interesting choice."
Answer: It's a reference to Thomas Alva Edison, an important inventor who used other inventors' labor.
4/15/2007: Question "Well, in that case I can't help but wonder how did you react when they told you his [Ebon] name was Ivan Evans. heheh."
Answer: I probably did give him that name, as a shout out to Ivan Velez. I definitely gave Rubberband Man his real name, Adam Evans, in honor of that character's original creators.
4/21/2008: Question "Ok, question I wanted to ask you in person and I forget if you've addressed this in the past, but since it came up in the Gays in Comics panel that Ivan Velez ran, I figure his answer to Milestone questions had a level of validity. Rick vs. Richie in Static/Static Shock. Comic book Rick was gay... cartoon Richie wasn't or was it merely the fact that it was never addressed in the cartoon and left open?"
Answer: In my opinion, cartoon Richie was gay, something that would never be addressed on a Y-7 show. However, I always wrote Richie as a closeted gay, who awkwardly proclaimed his attraction to girls whenever there was a crowd around.
Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:02 pm: Question "Which real life city would you say that looks closer to Dakota City?"
Answer: Dakota is Detroit, MI.
12/16/2005 : Question "Maybe the Maestro could shed some light on the Dakota = Detroit idea though."
Answer: Dakota is, in fact, pretty much a stand-in for Detroit in the late 1970's (racially-mixed but rapidly segregating, a decaying industrial base just beginning to destroy a blue-collar middle class).
7/221/2003: Thread "Map of DC Universe Locations"
Answer: Dakota is in Southeastern Michigan, just north of Ontario, Canada.
Changes from Comics
Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:43 pm: Question "Why is Static's family situation in the comics different than it is in the cartoon?"
Answer: In the comics, Static's dad is alive and works double shifts as an orderly to help pay the bills. Kid's WB wanted Static's mom dead for reasons I'm not privy to.
January 27, 2002
Answer: Actually, Static's mom was shot to death trying to help others (at least on the show. In the comic, she's still alive). You'll see in a future episode that Static shares Batman's strong disdain for firearms.
January 20, 2005: Question "And the character in Africa was actually supposed to be a superhero rendition of the African Spider God Anansi. I didn't really understand why he needed that gettup, or why he was a superhero, but it was nice that they tried to connect Virgil to his African roots by making him get chummy with an ancient African God."
Answer: Close, in "Out of Africa," it's explained that our superhero version of Anansi was the current-day "champion" of the African Spider/Trickster from the folk tales. He derives his powers from the real Anansi, but is just a human gifted with the powers. The Anansi Spider-God is the source of those powers.
"Blast from the Past"
Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:23 pm: Question "Was Soul Power from the Static episode "Blast from the Past" a homage to Black Lighting?"
Answer: Yes. It was originally planned as a team-up, but we couldn't get permission to use Black lightning, so we ended up doing something quite different from what we had planned.
Soul Power's Age
June 24, 2003: Question "Call it an inherent weakness of Static Shock's construction. ... So the writers had to move Soul Power's career back in time or else he wouldn't be old enough to be a retiree now."
Answer: You know, I'm not sure about the "early sixties" line, either but there's no "inherent weakness of Static Shock's construction." Certainly we want the show to be set in the present but that's not a problem. 1973 (which is about where I would have pegged the flashback) was 30 years ago. If Soul Power was in his mid-40's in the flashback, that would make him around 75 years old now.
June 10, 2003: The end of Flashback's powers
Answer: No it wasn't, Static and Gear stepped out of the "stream," walked along the shore then reentered the stream at a different point. Then they reversed the process. They remember it because they experienced it. TimeZone edited her own experience. Only the portion of Tmezone in the edit loop remembers the change. Once she's back in the stream, she only remembers what that version of her experienced. It's easier to see with a diagram, which is why we don't bother explaining it in the show, but it is carefully worked out and internally consistent.
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:10 pm: Question "On Static Shock's "Future Shock," the second Batman/Terry McGinnis implied Static's son was a superhero, too. Can you confirm if this son is also Larry, adapted from the story in Milestone Forever, and he inherited his father's electromagnetic powers?"
Answer: Yes. I've even hinted at it in old interviews. Sadie becomes a human rights activist.
Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:00 pm : Question "What happened to Ebon and Hotstreak after the final episode of Static Shock?"
Answer: I have no idea. I despised the last episode, and had nothing to do with it.
Justice League and Justice League Unlimited
Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:43 pm: Question "These are just impressions, but to me, Superman was a bit conflicted in ethics and moral department (a theme that had also been touched in late 90s early 00s Superman comics) while Flash was all about the example."
Answer: Without conflict, there is no story. Cadmus was fundamentally Superman's arc. The team's conflict was his internal conflict writ large. Luthor served as a constant temptation for Superman to misuse his power, if only to stop him, but in the end, *our* Superman was better than that.
Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:06 pm: Question "Mr. Mcduffie, what is your opinion of Superman? Do you like the character?"
Answer: In my JLU stories he was the heart and soul of the team, the ethical and moral lynchpin, as well as being *by far* the most powerful character on the team.
Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:39 pm: Question "In Justice League "It's Only A Dream" When the 2 Johns and Supes came to free Flash, Why did Superman freeze? He's pretty much Flash's speed isn't he? And what about the rest of the Flash family? Where were they?"
Answer: The Flash family doesn't exist in the DCAU.
Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:09 pm: Question "How old is The Flash?"
4/10/2006: Question "In the Superman episode "Speed Demons" is The Flash on that episode Barry Allen or Wally West? Because for some reason, I think its Barry Allen."
Answer: Wally West.
4/11/2006: Question "Was the inner city that John Stewart hails from ("in blackest night" and "only a dream") another state like Detroit or was it actually someplace like the Suicide Slums in Metropolis?"
Answer: Detroit is a city, but yeah. It was Detroit.
Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:32 pm: Question "Why was Hawkgirl's costume changed into a Kill Bill-like outfit?"
Answer: It was a reference to Bruce Lee's outfit in "Game of Death."
1/06/2006: Question "Hey, Dwayne, is Shayera something of a tomboy? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love the girl, but she was walking awfully strangely in those heels in SOTH, after she stormed off from Batman and GL."
Answer: She doesn't wear heels a lot. GL's known her for four or five years and that was the first time he'd ever seen her in a dress.
Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:23 pm: Question "First, it appeared as if Atom's Quantum Field Manipulation was left out of the show. Either that, or it wasn't mentioned. Second, his character was reestablished as a pure energy being. He stated that he was no longer flesh and blood in the first episode. After he detonated, his energy form had to be 'pumped' back into his containment suit. Lastly, his ability to absorb energy seemed to be greatly diminished. I think those are the only three changes I remember."
Answer: His powers were the same. The energy being aspect was an ongoing storyline we didn't get to. His energy absorption powers were unchanged.
1/10/2006: Question "Hey Dwayne, within the contiunity of JLU, is The Question from Gotham City?"
Answer: He's from Hub City.
3/03/2006: Question "Maestro, a couple months back on the old boards you mentioned that Grodd was "a strict Randian." How did you come to the decision to make Grodd an Objectivist? What do you think it brought to the character?"
Answer: It was Stan Berkowitz' idea but I approve, as I think Randian Objectivists are selfish pricks with pretentions. Perfect for a super villain.
Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:26 pm: Question "In the JLU series, why was the Supergirl clone called "Galatea" instead of Power Girl?"
Answer: Because she wasn't Power Girl, she was a clone of Kara. The costume was just a nod to the comics, nothing more.
Justice League Season 2 Unused Ideas
Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:07 pm: Question "What ideas were you guys throwing around regarding it? I know on the Justice League commentary you mentioned that one idea was having the original seven including Barry Allen. Had you guys thought about a full roster JSA-type episode?"
Answer: The original seven idea was to do an entire episode, including credits, as if they had always been the JLA, and at the end, have then=m save the multiverse, and reveal that one of the worlds they saved was "our" Justice League.
Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:46 am: Question "wow. for which season was that idea originally?"
Answer: We were talking about it as early as season 2 of Justice League. Maybe before, I think it was Bruce's idea.
"The Brave and The Bold"
March 17, 2002: Who those two explorers quoted at start of Part 1.
Answer: It's *Mad* dogs and Englishmen." The rest of the quote is "go out in the noonday sun." Playwright Noel Coward said it. It's another way of saying "you have to be either crazy or exceptionally dedicated to do what we're doing under these adverse conditions." Or, "sure is hot out here."
"Maid of Honor"
Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:46 am: Question "Switch around the last two scenes in Maid of Honor" Since that is one of my favorite episodes may I ask why?"
Answer: I thought Princess Audrey's chilling last line to Vandal Savage (basically promising to eternally torture him) should have been the end of the episode. Batman and Wonder Woman bantering about dancing should have come before. I couldn't convince my bosses on that one though.
November 7, 2003: Vox
Answer: I don't actually design characters, so visually, I don't know. We went through old DC Comics looking for a character who could be Vandal's second. We were already thinking sound powers, maybe like like Marvel's Black Bolt. I remember I really liked the name, "Vox." I thought I made up the voice box gimmick off of the name (which is Latin for "Voice") by compressing "VOice boX" into Vox" but if one of those other characters already had a similar gimmick, maybe I picked it up from one of the other guys who knew about it. Everybody works on everything, so it's really hard to remember who came up with what, or even where something came from. Sometimes one of the guys will compliment me on a line and I swear someone else came up with it. Sorry, I couldn't be more help.
November 5, 2003: Vox is not an original character made for the show.
Answer: No, he wasn't. He was tweaked a bit but he first appeared in a DC Comic.
November 6, 2003: Vox is based on Vox from Metal Men #51
Answer: You got it.
October 19, 2003: Inspiriation for Rail Gun
Answer: The Rail Gun I stole from comic books I wrote in 1992 (SHADOW CABINET #0 and HARDWARE#1). I'd first read about the idea in a science book in grade school (Arthur C. Clarke essays maybe?).
"The Terror Beyond"
7/09/2006: Question "On "The Terror Beyond", was that during the Jazz Age that Cyrus Gold was killed by his accomplices?"
1/08/2006: Question "[a] In your opinion, how much time passed between "Wild Cards" and "Starcrossed?" [b] Also in your opinion, about how long did "Starcrossed" take? Were the Thanagarians on Earth a few days? A few weeks?"
Answer: [a] No more than a couple of months, as little time a week. [b] A few weeks.
Worlds Collide Unused DTV Movie
Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:08 pm: Question "On Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, when Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash meet the alternate Luthor; Superman checks up on their universe's Luthor, who is still in Stryker's. In the World's Collide script, how did the Justice League's Lex Luthor make an appearance, if any?"
Answer: He's at a signing for his new book "Into the Light," de rigueur for his impending presidential campaign.
Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:03 pm: Question "Would Warner Bros ever let you release the DCAU version of the COTEs script for us to read?"
Answer: Yes, and I don't know. It's not *that* different.
12/12/2005: Question "If asked to make a DTV about one for one of the DCAU shows would you?"
Answer: There's a Justice League DTV that I wrote for Bruce, bridging Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
8/09/2006: Question "You also said there was an "origin" for her Invisible Plane that might show up in an episode. Where'd it come from?"
Answer: That origin was written into a so far unproduced Justice League direct to video. I'm mum, just in case we ever get to do it.
Backdrop of Justice League Unlimited
Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:26 am: Question "how did it go from seven Heroes to an unlimited amount with rescue ships and personnel woking on the watchtower AKA did they buy it as Batman is a Millionare or Billionare or are the workers volunteers do the heroes go through a test or training program"
Answer: Batman paid for it. The original team recruited the new members, Green Arrow was the last to join.
11/1/2005 4:39 am: Question "also at this point in JLU do you think The Joker pulled his 'final stunt' yet (kidnapping Tim Drake) or is he still alive and kicking?"
Answer: It hasn't happened yet. I'd be surprised if our "present" ever caught up with Return of the Joker. I'm confident that the Joker will recover from his drubbing at Ace's hands and bedevil Batman many more times before the final battle.
12/9/2005: Question "Why was the decision made to cut back on the Bats/WW chemistry?"
Answer: Batman kept saying "no." Diana finally got the hint.
3/02/2006: Question "Hey, Maestro, I've been trying to do the math for everyone's ages in JLU. In your mind, what are the ages / age ranges for the characters individually?"
Answer: There's nothing official. Just my opinion: I think J'onn is several hundred years old. John is the oldest human, early forties. Batman is mid-thirties. Superman late twenties/early thirties. Hawkgirl is tough, Thanagarians are longer lived, but since she's never been married and only engaged once, also late twenties early thirties. Flash is maybe 23 or 24, Wonder Woman, a year or so younger than Flash (I think she was sculpted long ago, but only brought to life a little over 20 years ago. I think she was 18 in Secret Origins -explaining her naivete).
Unused or Discarded Ideas
11/1/2005 4:51 am: Question "which character that DC wouldnt allow you to use in JLU would you have wanted to use the most?"
Answer: They pretty much let us use everybody. Captain Marvel was the one I thought we had to do and they finally let us do the one-off. I did always want to do a Spectre episode, but I never came up with anything that excited the rest of the team enough.
11/6/2005 7:48 pm: Question "Are there any plans to have a JLU/Teen Titans team-up either on tv or on a dvd?"
Answer: We talked about it a couple of years ago, but couldn't figure out how to do it.
1/16/2006 : Question "I think you or Bruce Timm mentioned at one point that the Outsiders were going to show up in what would become the Cadmus arc as a little group Batman put together. Why was that plan nixed, and who might the Outsiders have included?"
Answer: We briefly discussed having Batman leave the League and starting his own team of "Outsiders" to combat the League, if need be. It didn't go very far.
1/27/2006: Question "I have a question for the Maestro -- was Mr. Busiek ever considered by the JLU production team to write an episode?"
Answer: [Kurt Busiek stepped in and also answered] They were even interested in one of my pitches -- but I just didn't have the time or energy to follow up.
7/07/2006: Question "And Firestorm was forbidden by DC, or just didn't make it into an episode?"
Answer: We just never came up with a good script for him.
Date Unknown: Comment on off limits characters
li>Answer: [For example], I'd love to use Swamp Thing but he's Vertigo. We were talking about doing Tefe [Swamp Thing's daughter] at one point, but we were told Vertigo was off-limits. [...] We donít have the rights to Animal Man [and] Black Lightning isn't available to us. [...] I was going to use the Phantom Stranger in an episode, but we couldn't get the rights. It was probably a Vertigo thing [...and] I'd love to do the Spectre, but I think we got a no-go on him early on, so I never bothered to try and come up with something for him. Maybe someday [...Finally, with Blue Beetle] we were told it was a potential issue with the radio show rights owners. It just wasn't worth opening the can of worms.
10/24/2006: Question "Was that Carl Kolchak in Fearful Symmetry?"
"Wake The Dead"
December 26, 2004: Clarifying Grundy was not alive again.
Answer: J'onn couldn't have gone into Grundy's mind, that version of Grundy didn't *have* a mind or a soul. Dr Fate examined him mystically and pronounced, "I'm sorry. I sense nothing of the Grundy we know within that shell. He is nothing but rage." Fate meant "nothing" quite literally. Grundy wasn't alive to kill. There was no soul there to save. Shayera disrupted an obscene spell that reanimated the *lifeless* corpse of a friend. While she HAS killed before, she didn't this time. The League understood what had to be done and allowed her to do it. If they had believed there to be any spark of life in Grundy, they would have fought to preserve it, just as Superman did in "The Terror Beyond."
"The Once and Future Thing"
Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:26 pm: Question "You included Static in the Once and Future Thing episodes. Does this indicate that you intended for him to be in the JLU in the main timeline/universe (without Chronos' interference) or was he simply helping the team out of necessity due to the lack of heroes? I ask because Milestone Forever was completely awesome as an ending for Static and I imagine that was the climax of Static's career that you had mentioned some time ago, well before Justice League was even a show."
Answer: Static is in the JLU in the future DCAU timeline. The comics and the cartoons are different continuities.
11/7/2005 2:10 am: Question "Have you ever pitched one of the milestone characters to appear on jlu besides static?"
Answer: I've never pitched any Milestone characters to JLU. Static's appearance was Bruce Timm's idea.
1/2/2006: Question "Is Hal Jordan off limits to Justice League Unlimited and does that character firmly fits into the show's contiunity?"
Answer: The one time we asked to use him, DC said "yes." I have no interest in using him again (with the exception of one alternate universe story we talked seriously about doing this season but decided against) but I can't speak for Bruce and James. In my opinion, Hal Jordan never got the ring in the DCAU, except for briefly in an altered timeline during "The Once and Future Thing." Once Batman and John Stewart repaired the timeline, things went back to status quo: Hal Jordan is a test pilot who never got the ring.
1/4/2006: Question "After "The Once and Future Thing," on another site I raised the question in a review of how could Batman re-program Chronos' device being that it's computer code probably hasn't been invented yet."
Answer: It's just a sequence that was cut for time. Our Batman and old Bruce come up with the plan. Computer programming by the time of Batman Beyond is pretty much telling the computer what you want it to do, waiting for it to assemble efficient code to do it, then testing the program. The hard part was getting past Chronos' security software. Hard for young Bruce, that is, old Bruce has been doing this for fifty years longer than our guy. He added the part of the program to breach Chronos' security, copied the thing onto a commercial 12 terrabyte DVD and they were off.
3/05/2007 : Question "On an semi-related matter was "The Once and Future Thing" title a reference to "The Once and Future King" ? How far does the analogy go? Who's Arthur? Terry?Rex Stewart (if so, is that the reason of his name)? I loved that episode, it had so much going on."
Answer: It was a reference but it doesn't go any further than it rhymes (I wanted to call it "A Brief History of Time Travel"). Rex is named after John Stewart's best friend.
January 30, 2005: How Batman chose where to trap Chronos
Answer: Batman didn't know what conversation he dropped Chronos into, but as you suggest he did know (from the belt's activity log) to loop Chronos just before the trip that brought him to the Watchtower. He chose that point hoping to minimize changes to "our" timeline. If Batman simply returned Chonos to that point without the belt, Chronos would simply build another belt and attack again -this time with preknowledge of Batman's strategy. I imagine Chronos took several shots at various JLU members before finally succeeding in killing them. Batman looped Chronos because it was the only non-lethal way to protect the timestream.
April 26, 2005: Shayera and Angels
Answer: FYI, there was a joke in that sequence, cut for time or lameness, where Wonder Woman asks her how she knows about angels. Shayera shrugged, explaining that she'd "read the book."
"Task Force X"
1/21/2007 : Question "n my opinion, Vance from "Task Force X" was Robert Vance's son. Considering that Robert Vance was digitized in the 2030's and was already in his 70-80's, he'd still have been too old to be the Vance on TFX. It makes sense since Robert Vance probably had some tech contract and used that to get his son a job in the JLU Watchtower. Then he simply gets a reference by Bobby Vance on "Lost Soul" as dying of a heart attack. So to sum it up, between JLU and BB's timeline, we see three Vance's."
Answer: If Vance was in his seventies in the 2030s, wouldn't he be in his forties now? That seems to work. Also, Batman Beyond takes place perpetually fifty years from whenever "now" is. Again, sounds about right.
Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:31 am: Question "What was you and Bruce Timm's inspiration for the JLU episode "Epilogue"?"
Answer: Bruce, James Tucker and Paul Dini had planned Terry's origin since the beginning of Batman Beyond, I figured out how to make it a part of Cadmus, and tie it into Justice League, and do it in a half hour instead if the planned movie.
Mar 27, 2010 12:57 pm: Question "So they literally knew Terry was Bruce's son from the very beginning?"
Answer: Yes. Note that black-haired, blue-eyed Terry's parents are both redheads.
Mar 27, 2010 12:57 pm: Question "Is Terry's brother Bruce's kid too?"
Answer: To the contrary. Bruce Timm did say that Matt is Bruce Wayne's son.
And two red haired people *can* have a black haired son, it's just less likely.
Mar 27, 2010 12:57 pm: Question "[a] Who's idea was it to kill Ace (one of my favorite characters in the DCAU) in "Epilogue" [b] And who was the wiseguy who made Queen a drag-Queen, because in terms of a super villian, its one of the most brilliant, original ideas I ever saw."
Answer: [a] Bruce Timm's [b] I don't remember for sure, we were all throwing ideas around. I claim Kabuki Jack and Bo Derek 10, though.
1/6/2006: Question "So, y'all were planning on Epilogue being the end? Like, "The End"?"
Answer: Yep, "Divided We Fall" was the end of JLU, "Epilogue" was planned to be the end of everything.
3/26/2006: Question "Someone wanted me to ask - in Epilogue, set 65 years after JLU (and...45 years after Batman Beyond?) is Terry McGinnis as we see him supposed to be 50 years old?"
Answer: Nope, he's 31.
3/23/2006: Question "Doesn't Epilogue take place 65 years in the future of the JLU?"
Answer: Promotional materials said Batman Beyond took place 40 years in the future. According to Bruce Timm it actually took place about 50 years in the future. That's 50 years from whenever you watch it, not any date set in stone. Epilogue took place 15 years or so from the end of Batman Beyond. Batman is in his thirties now. Obviously Bruce Wayne is older than his fifties in Batman Beyond.
"To Another Shore"
1/12/2006: Question "In "To Another Shore", the scene where Faraday and his Secret Service "yahoos" come to Wonder Woman's rescue wearing jetpacks; was that supposed to be a Nick Fury/SHIELD nod?"
"Flash and Substance"
Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:26 pm: Question "You've said before that the Flash family doesn't exist in DCAU, so what's the deal with all the stuff in the Flash museum plus Mirror Master's comment of "a Flash has put us away one time or another."
Answer: Flash and Kid Flash exist.
Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:22 pm: Question "The series of Jay Garrick questions."
Answer: Oh, I can't answer those, because we never decided.
Sep 05, 2010 4:33 pm: Question "THen doesn't that make Jay Garrick canon or at least a previous flash canon because his helmet was *on screen?* I don't see how you could have written that out."
Answer: *Many* ways. It's not Jay's helmet, it belongs to Hermes. It's from an old Wally Flash costume. It's a trophy from a completely unrelated adventure and has nothing to do with any Flash costume whatsoever, et cetera...
The only reason you think it's Jay's is because you know about Jay. 95% of the audience have never heard of him, and don't care.
If we wanted it to be Jays, it would be just as easy to bring into continuity, but we didn't say either way.
Aug 01, 2010 7:50 pm: Question "At the end of twilight Darkseid takes over Brainiac with a virus that turns all its blue LEDs red and submits it to his will... Is this the reason the merged Brainiac of Destroyer didn't speak and the LEDs in Darkseid's suit were red as well (I'm surely over analyzing it)."
Answer: No, Tala gave Brainiac's powers to Darkseid as a final act of revenge against Luthor.
Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:43 pm: Question "k thanks but was darkseid merged with brainiac?"
Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:11 am: Question "So Luthor and Darkseid are still stuck in the Source Wall? Are they still alive?"
Answer: The show's over. But if you ask me, they both escaped.
Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:45 pm: Question "So Darkseid and Luthor are part of a giant wall filled with a whole lot of disturbing beings. Wow."
Answer: Those are the others who solved the Anti-Life Equation.
Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:04 pm: Question "What happened to Lex and Darkseid at the end of Justice League Unlimited?"
Answer: They became one with the Source Wall.
3/08/2007 : Question "Alive! and Destroyer would be the most amusing cases. Who's the KISS fan?"
Answer: Bruce Timm. The titles were sort of a going away present to him from me.
Justice League Unlimited Season 4 Ideas
Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:02 pm: Question "I herd you thought it was going to end at Justice League, then they wanted JLU, then you thought they only wanted the CADMUS arc, then they said they wanted 13 more episodes. So, I was wondering if you thought it was possible they would want more episodes after the last episode?"
Answer: The thought had occurred to me. James Tucker had a pretty strong idea where he wanted to go if we continued, and I planted the seeds of his proposed season in "Alive."
7/05/2006: Question "If by some twist of fate JLU had been renewed did you guys have any ideas or plans for what direction you'd want to go in or is that just something you think about at the time?"
Answer: We'd talked about a few different approaches. I don't think Bruce had come to a final decision, as we hadn't received any input from the network yet.
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:38 pm: Question "How many drafts did you go through and how long did it take to get the final script done? Is there something that ended up getting cut you wish could have been in the story?"
Answer: 7 drafts, about 6 years. The Static/Icon cameo.
Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:42 pm: Question "I loved the "Made Men". I don't think I've ever seen that one done before, so was that all your idea? Or has it been used in comics and I just missed it?
Assuming she's similar to the normal Mary Marvel...Does the rest of the Crime Syndicate (or even just Owlman) know that Superwoman's actually a psychotic teenager? Or does she never change back?
Who was the girl with the size changing spear that Wonder Woman fought? I saw the name Olympia mentioned in an interview somewhere. Is she supposed to be an alternate Donna Troy?"
Answer: "Made Men" was my idea.
Superwoman's history and character history differs greatly from our Mary's. She's not a teen-ager.
"Olympia," this world's version of Wonder Woman.
Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:44 pm: Question "We heard that Superwoman is Mary Marvel's counterpart,
and Captain Super is Cap. Marvel."
Answer: They aren't brother and sister in this world, just as Ultraman isn't Clark Kent.
Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:52 pm: Question "can you tell us what milestone character's that where going to make a cameo's in the justice league crisis on two earth's movie."
Answer: Static in the first three drafts, Icon in a couple of the later drafts.
Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:02 pm: Question "Who are Superwoman's "Made Men", in Crisis on Two Earths?"
Answer: The Alternate Earth Marvel Family.
Sat Jan 23, 2010 5:59 pm : Question "I was wondering, would warner bros ever let you release your script for "Crisis on two earths", so
we could read it?"
Answer: I doubt it, but I'll ask. It would be interesting, the draft includes some Milestone guest stars that DC Comics made us take out. It also ended with the JLA line-up that I was told would be my comic book JLA line up in February, had I continued on the book. None of that's in there, now.
Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:58 pm: Question "Whatever earth the "evil" JLA is coming from. I thought that was earth-3 or something."
Answer: Oh. It's not Earth 3. Despite what some people are saying, this isn't an adaptation of the "Earth-2" comic.
Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:14 pm: Question "Did you spend time researching all of the different stories which DC has about the Criminal Syndicate of Amerika in making the "Crisis on Two Earths" video or just select stories?"
Answer: I'd already read almost all of it, but James Tucker gave me a reprint of their first appearance in the sixties, and I read that again before I started my outline. Bruce gave me a copy of "Earth-2," but it got buried in some papers, and I didn't read it until I unearthed it long after writing the script. It's a shame, there were some good bits in there I probably would have used.