In an exclusive interview with Justice League Dark and Trinity War author Jeff Lemire we dig into the intricacies of writing for so many characters, which characters will surprise us, and what it's like to work with Geoff Johns.
Q: Trinity War is set to be a huge event that's going to lead to
some big things in the DC Universe. What can you tell us about the scope and
theme of this story and how it's going to change things for our heroes?
Jeff Lemire: Trinity War is really, at its heart, a big murder mystery that
involves all three Justice Leagues. But it’s also a story about corruption and
what it means to truly be a hero. It’s scope is obviously very large with over
30 superheroes involved, but the relationship between Superman, Batman, and
Wonder Woman is really at the center of it.
Q: How did you first get involved with the project and what were
your initial thoughts when you heard about the idea for the story?
J.L.: When I became the
writer of Justice League Dark last year, Geoff and I started talking,
informally about how we could make JLD a part of the larger Justice League
franchise. Those conversations really planted the seeds for this story in a lot
Geoff and I had been wanting to work together for a long time, so
this seemed like a huge story that we could grow organically from what we were
each doing in our respective titles.
Q: How does working on a project like this differ from working on
your creator-owned work and Vertigo series?
with the artists, with Geoff, and with our editors. With Trinity War and my DCU
work I’m working in a shareduniverse and that can be really fun and
exciting. Working on my creator-owned work is really much more solitary. I
write and draw everything myself. I’m the master of that world. So being able
to work on both types of projects give me the opportunity to enjoy both the
joys of collaborative work and personal work. It’s a great balance.
Q: What's it like working with Geoff Johns? How does the creative
process work throughout the three titles?
J.L.: Geoff and I are great
friends, so honestly it was just a blast. He’s done so many of these huge
“event” books before, so it was great for me to have him to learn from here. We
locked ourselves in a room for three days and just had a blast hammering the
broad strokes of the story together. By the end we were talking in short hand,
sharing a brain almost. It was a great experience.
Q: What's it like juggling and writing so many characters? Was
there a character you were nervous about writing coming into the crossover?
J.L: It was extremely
challenging balancing so many characters and trying to give them all personal
character moments and a unique role in the larger story. I was probably
the most nervous about writing Wonder Woman because [Wonder Woman writer] Brian
Azzarello has given her such a strong and unique voice, I was intimidated to
try and live up to that and also be able to do my own thing with the character.
But in the end she was just a lot of fun to write.
Q: Who is your favorite character to write?
J.L.: In this story I had
the most fun writing Green Arrow and Stargirl. I write Green Arrow’s solo
title, so I have a really strong grasp on him, but here I got to explore
another side of the character that I don’t get to in his own title. I got to
play with Green Arrow within a group dynamic and that was eye-opening and
And Stargirl provides such a unique perspective amongst all these
other characters. As a teenager, who is very bright, optimistic and hopeful,
she is a great foil for many of the darker characters and situation in the
Q: What's the one character you would say that fans should pay
J.L.: The Question. He’s the
quiet one, sitting back and watching it all unfold... but he seems to know more
than anyone. Watch out for The Question!