Since the beginning of DC Comics' New 52 reboot, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Batman" has set the bar, serving as the line's most enduring critical and popular hit. With the "Rebirth" shake-up imminent, it is perhaps fitting that Snyder and Capullo's tenure on the flagship series is also coming to an end with April's "Batman" #51. Ahead of their penultimate issue's release this week, the writer and artist are hosting a panel at C2E2 to talk with fans about their long, celebrated run on the series, the pending conclusion of the Gordon-Batman arc, and what comes next. CBR will have live updates throughout the hour, so keep refreshing this page!
Starting at the beginning, when they started with "Batman" #1. "I got the call and they said we want you to work with this guy, Greg Capullo," Snyder said. He knew Capullo's work but was told "he likes to work from outline." "Well, I was in this auteur phase, my words are very important."
Snyder said Capullo asked him to cut a lot of dialogue, and the artist jumped in to say, "Listen, just give me the important dialogue. And he says, 'It's all important!'"
Capullo continued to joke about Snyder's copious text, and Snyder said, "Every word is important, Greg." "He'll send me these crazy long texts, and I'll respond with an emoticon," Capullo joked.
To back up the writer's case, Capullo said, Snyder would brag about his awards and accolades. "And I'd write back, 'I'm sure your mother is very proud," Capullo said.
"I began to see that if I had a bit of humility, there's a ton I could learn from this guy," Snyder said. "And that's how we've worked ever since." They eventually found a system where Snyder could play to Capullo's strengths "while still doing what I do."
On his previous experience, Capullo said that his creative relationship with Todd McFarlane on "Spawn" was "closer to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby," where a lot was done on the phone rather than script. He said that it would be unfair to ask Snyder to completely change the way he writes, and what they eventually worked out "pushed us both out of our comfort zone" and made them better creators.
"Now we're buddies, we're brothers," Capullo said.