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Smallville: Geoff Johns talks to Comic Geek Speak
Thanks so much to polytikal for linking me to this podcast! Geoff Johns, who wrote the script for Absolute Justice, talks to the guys at Comic Geek Speak, and gives us some fascinating insights into his motivation for taking on this project, as well as the challenges and rewards of bringing comic book characters to the small screen.

I've transcribed just a couple of quotes about Stargirl (I cleaned things up a bit, took out the you know's and the false starts), but I encourage you to listen to the entire podcast. It really opened my eyes to the comic book fan's perspective on Smallville, which is different from my own. Plus there's this one part, right after the interview is over, where they all just totally geek out because they're so excited for Absolute Justice, and as someone who's pretty excited for it myself, it was really cool to hear. I encounter so much criticism and disdain for Smallville in this fandom; it was a joy to hear the show I love being celebrated for a change. ♥

Stargirl, aka Courtney Whitmore, is an original character created by Geoff Johns in 1999. She is said to be based on, and created in tribute to, Johns' sister, also named Courtney, who was tragically killed in the crash of TWA Flight 800. Naturally the character is very near and dear to his heart:

There's less action and effects than I would like if we had unlimited money, but the fact is that we have to work in a certain budget, and you have to write to that budget, which was difficult at times, but, it's a challenge and it makes you more creative on certain things, and quite frankly, as great as the action and the special effects are, the best scenes in it, like my favorite scene is between Chloe Sullivan and Courtney, when she asks her, how did you get involved in the JSA and why? It's a really great, heartfelt scene, and Courtney's looking around at Chloe and the Watchtower going, this is your headquarters? Like, where do you guys eat? Where do you hang out? Like, don't you... And she's like, well, we don't, I guess. It's like, well, why? Is it all business? Like the JSA's all about, you know, and so you kind of get a great contrast between those two teams. And they learn something.

I was very adamant about the costume design on Stargirl. And Brian Peterson, who is one of the executive producers, was terrific, because he worked with me on that when we got the designs in. Basically her story is what is in the comics: her stepfather was Star-Spangled Kid's old sidekick, and she got his gear, etc., etc. I saw the first pass, the uniform, and they did what I guess is their natural instinct to do, and what they tend to do is, she had kind of really tight jeans on, and high heels, and she looked great, but Stargirl's more about fun, and exuberance, and you know, kind of in your face. I really wanted her to look adorable rather than hot. She was attractive, but I wanted her to look adorable, and look a little bit more like a cheerleader who was gymnastic rather than kind of a dolled up superhero, like they've done with Black Canary. So they went back, and they put her costume back to what it is in the comics, and they gave her the boots, and the shorts, and she looked great. I love how she turned out. She's got great attitude in the episode, too.

Download or listen to the podcast HERE.

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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 4th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww! I like that backstory.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it touching? I've been reading his first comic book series, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., where he introduced her, and she really is an awesome character.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: February 4th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
That was fun - thanks for the link! I enjoyed hearing Geoff's thought process behind this and as you say, the enthusiasm of the commentators was very refreshing. Friday at 8!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I truly enjoyed this interview. It really gave me an appreciation for how passionate comic book fans are, and how much they revere these characters. And it was fascinating to hear how serious Geoff is about being an ambassador of sorts for the DC Universe.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: February 4th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for all the transcripts! :)

Although Johns talks a little bit about Clark too, I can´t help getting the impression that he is more interested in the Green Arrow. Can´t they give him is own show already? I really don´t see a useful function for GA on SV... :(

I am of course excited about the fact that Tom directed part of this big event, but not being a comic book fan, all the frenzy around those DC characters escapes me. But I will refrain from further complaints until I´ve seen AJ. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 12th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It's always my pleasure to transcribe, I love to share the Tom/Smallville squee! :)

I'm very late catching up with comments, so of course I know now that Absolute Justice was a disappointment for you. Here's hoping, for both our sakes, that there will be plenty of focus on Clark going forward.

Thanks so much for your comment, as always!
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