Sigh. Almost 3 months into this blog and I have yet to link to Newsarama once. Well, I guess that ends today. There is a really good interview with J. H. Williams III over there and after reading this portion I felt the need to share it with you gals and guys:
Nrama: A lot of people have noticed that in your portrayal of Batwoman, you haven’t over-sexualized her the way that some might – and some fans might expect. Not that she isn’t sexy, but I don’t see you doing any cheesecakey-badgirl kind of things. Why’d you decide to do this?
Williams: It’s simple really, it’s because she is a person. Characters should be treated the same as if they were physical people. Otherwise you cheapen them and weaken them and then you can no longer believe in them and then they eventually disappear. All good characters need to have a relative form of believability to them, otherwise you will destroy them and the story you are trying to tell. This also applies when you are being your most fantastical with your characters, in terms of what they are, where they are, what they are doing. I’m not interested in characters that are stereotypes, particularly in the manner in which you are referring, because they are no longer characters. They just become pop images easily digestible for the masses.
Thank goodness there are still professionals like J. H. Williams III left in this industry. We are all better for it.