Chris Sprouse on The Return of Bruce Wayne
Tue, 02/08/2011 - 9:30am
[Note: To celebrate the release of BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE EDITION – now available in comic shops and book stores everywhere – we’ve asked the artists on each chapter to give us a few words on what it was like to work with Grant Morrison to adapt one of the world’s greatest superheroes to different periods of history. Keep watching The Source throughout the day for more from these spectacular artists!]
Chris Sprouse, artist on THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, PART I: SHADOW ON STONE:
"This was one of the most unusual projects I've drawn. It was quite a challenge drawing a Batman story where almost everything visual about the character as we know him is missing. Therefore my main goal while drawing my chapter was to make Bruce Wayne stand and move and act like Batman even while out of his normal costume. I wanted readers to know that this was without a doubt the man under that mask and cape. When he finally dons the giant bat-hide, it had to be as creepy as possible--I wanted to play up that that Bruce was absolutely terrifying the cowardly and superstitious cavemen! I went a lot darker than I usually do, and the results pleased even me most of the time (not a common occurrence, as I'm my own harshest critic). I can only hope it all worked for Grant and the readers!"
- Chris Sprouse