Bruce Scivally is the author of the acclaimed book titled Billion Dollar Batman. He has also written books on Superman, James Bond, and is a professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. He was enthusiatic about speaking to me when I asked him if he could fit me in.
TOMMY ZIMMER: Of all the topics you have written about (Batman, Superman, James Bond), which is your favorite?
BRUCE SCIVALLY: I like all of them. I was more of a superhero fan and a big fan of Bond. I was a fan of the Batman 60′s series as a kid, and watched Superman as a kid.
TZ: What attracted you to Batman as a kid?
BS: In my teenage years, I loved his fancy ears. I loved his whole persona. Whatever he wanted, he had.
TZ: How did you become a fan of James Bond?
BS: I was a fan but got into him in college. There, I met John Cork who produced featurettes on James Bond DVDs with me.
TZ: How did you prepare for writing a book on him?
BS: Since I did so many interviews, I got Bond. I usaully do as much research in news and media archives.
TZ: How did you decide you wanted to write a book on Batman?
BS: Promoting Superman drew me to writing about him.
TZ: What do you feel is the difference between the two heroes?
BS: Superman represents hope, goodness, and all we aspire to be. Batman represents revenge and who we are.
TZ: Who is your favorite James Bond?
BS: My favorite’s Sean Connery. Connery’s Bond was of his time. He was the classic James Bond. George Lazenby was the more vulnerable. Roger Moore was more of a disco-Bond. After him, Timothy Dalton played up a more angry Bond. When Pierce Brosnan took over, I thought he was the best since Connery but he was an emotionally needy Bond. Finally today, Daniel Craig is just a hard, cold bastard.
TZ: Who is your favorite Superman?
BS: George Reeves is my favorite. I saw Christopher Reeve in high school, and thought he did Clark Kent/Superman best.
TZ: In the same fashion, with The Dark Knight Rises coming out, who do you think the best Batman has been?
BS: It’s between Keaton and Bale. To think about Batman, he’s crazy……
TZ: What do plan to write about next?
BS: I don’t know……. maybe on the 60′s or old Tarzan.
Thanks Mr. Scivally, and I hope you all enjoyed my coverage of MCCC 2012!!!