In some of your Batman works, you have drawn upon obscure, dismissed, or forgotten stories from years past. In doing so, you stand in a long but honorable tradition:
- Dennis O’Neil returned to the original depiction of the Joker and resurrected Two-Face;
- Steve Englehart wrote a direct sequel to the Golden Age Hugo Strange stories;
- Gerry Conway reintroduced the Monk, Dr. Death, the original Mad Hatter, and others;
- Mike Barr gave Batman his Golden Age gun back…for a brief moment, at least;
- Grant Morrison brought back everyone from the original Batwoman to Aunt Agatha!
In your particular case, you have revisited characters such as Thomas Wayne Jr. (who was so obscure that he didn’t even make it into Len Wein’s Untold Legend of the Batman) and Uncle Philip (who up to that point had really only existed to explain how Joe Chill’s mother helped to raise Bruce Wayne!). You also put an even more modern spin on the aforementioned Dr. Death.
What attracted you to these characters as you were redefining Batman’s world after Flashpoint? What inspired your new takes on these characters? Are there any other “minor footnotes” that you would like to explore in future stories, Batman-related or otherwise?