And we have a great opportunity in “Batman Eternal” to dig into some of the smaller characters who you’re very unlikely to see have their own comic book series. One of the major characters we’re bringing into “Batman Eternal” #1 is, we’re bringing [classic Gotham cop] Jason Bard into the New 52 continuity as a new recruit. He’s our entry point to the entire Gotham Central storyline that will run through the full year. You’ll see in the first issue why that storyline is so central. But we also have, in issue #2, the introduction of Vicki Vale, who is going to be another very key figure throughout the whole year. A story with the scale of “Batman Eternal” lets us explore the smaller corners of the DCU and of Gotham City.
But beyond that, everyone gets to be the “lead” on a different set of characters and see them through to the end. In my case, I get to be the lead on this Batwoman/Batgirl/Red Hood storyline, which is an action adventure story that weaves throughout, with some espionage and worldwide adventure hopping stuff.
It’s really all about where we want to take the individual relationships. I’m really excited about setting up Jason Todd/Red Hood and Batgirl. I’m explaining what their history is now. Jason is this anti-Robin who’s quick to pull out a gun and shoot somebody in the face. Batgirl is obviously very moral, the rock of the Bat Family. You put them together, and you can make people care about them amidst this great adventure.
Well, on the flipside of that team-up element are teases, like the just revealed cover showing Batman and Batgirl at odds. Are you looking to break some of the ties that bind the Bat Family in this story as well?
Tynion: Oh, absolutely!
From the start, the Bat Family isn’t going to be this perfect unit that comes together all buddy buddy. Batgirl’s not going to be too happy when she first bumps into Jason Todd. I don’t think Tim Drake is going to be too happy when Batman starts showing up and looking over his shoulder as he tries to get his job done. And that says nothing about how Batgirl will react to the nice things we have planned for her father in this series. There are a lot of conflicts bubbling up in this series that you’ll be seeing as the series runs through its first act and beyond.
Tynion and Seeley interview with cbr
Some interesting stuff here.