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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Neil Gaiman Batman Story That Never Was

http://www.cbr.com/batman-neil-gaiman-simon-bisley/


The period following the release of the 1989 Batman film were crazy, as the graphic novel, Arkham Asylum, by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, had exploded in sales popularity due to its release in conjunction with the Batman film. DC Comics, naturally, wanted more books like Arkham Asylum to sell.
Therefore, in 1990, they signed a deal with their up-and-coming star writer on Sandman, Neil Gaiman, along with the awesome artist, Simon Bisley, to do a graphic novel in the vein of Arkham Asylum.
Gaiman later recalled: There’s a story that I signed a contract with DC to write called The Night Circus which is all about Batman going to the circus and that was meant to have been a painted book with Simon Bisley many, many years ago. Whether it will happen or not I don’t know, but it would be a lovely story to do.
Gaiman also noted elsewhere back in 1998, “it was started back then, and then Simon signed an exclusive deal with tundra, and the whole thing was forgotten.”

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