Originally posted by Scout99:
Maybe it's the fact, Peter, that in the comic book industry, there's not a lot of pretentious (and overly bad) creative input from the exectuives, unlike Hollywood (George Lucas and others are lucky to fund their own work.). I don't know the industry as well as you, but other than an editor and a editor-in-chief, I don't think you have had to lock horns with suits, who haven't written a work of fiction, in your career.
I could be wrong, though. Tell us if you have.
Jenette Kahn generally left day-to-day operations to her subordinates, but there were certainly times where she got involved...including the SUPERGIRL storyline involving the reveal of Comet's identity.
And Bill Jemas, who hadn't written or even read comics to my knowledge, had his hands all over the "Ultimates" line. Plus mandates have routinely come down over the years from Marvel suits...not story specific so much as, "From now on we want this" or "You can't do that."
And, Oh my God, let's not even get *in* to the meddling of the Comics Code Authority.
The bottom line is that Hollywood makes routine changes on classics that had been around for centuries. In a world where Hester Prynn or Quasimodo get happy endings, why do people spend time and energy going nuts over whatever Hollywood's going to do to comic book characters? We should realize that nothing is immune from Hollywood tampering and instead decide simply whether we're going to go see it or not when it comes out. And yes, absolutely, think of it as an "Elseworlds" story, because really, what else *is* it supposed to be *but* that? The comics are the comics, and the movie versions happen over on Earth-Flick.