Consantine: City Of Demons Writer On Whether He Prefers Writing Screenplays Or Comics | NYCC 2018

For some reason, as humans, we like to compare things. Which is better? Apple or PC? Marvel or DC? Indie or big-budget? Why do we do it? Maybe picking a side helps us figure out what kind of people we are, or maybe we’re all just giant a-holes who like to feel superior in one way or another — or maybe we’re just curious — but either way, we can’t help but wonder.

This held true at NYCC, when our own Jace Milam was speaking with J.M. DeMatteis. He is very much known for his work in comic books, but has also dipped into the world of TV and film with The Twilight Zone and countless animated series. Most recently, we wrote the CW Seed spin-off animated film Constantine: City of Demons. So given how extensive his resume is, he thought it worth asking — what does he prefer to write: comics or film?

“You know I’ve been doing both long enough that my brain just kinda switches over, you know? Comics I’ve done so long that I don’t even think about the format. It’s just so intuitive. But even this, you know, I’ve been doing it long enough so I’m much more focused on the story. You can take the story and do a novel. Take the story and do a screenplay, do a comic book. The most important thing is the story and once you’ve mastered that particular form you can slap that story into any form along the way. There are different rules, obviously, but it’s really the story that’s paramount.”

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Boo! That’s one cop-out of an answer if I’ve ever heard one, but it makes sense. It’s not like this is some wet-behind-the-ears writer. This guy is in his ’60s and he’s been in the business since the late-’70s. It’s no wonder why it’s second nature to him.

But what about you as readers and viewers? Which is your preferred method, specifically when it comes to comic book characters? Do you prefer to watch them in live-action, in animation, or in print? Let me know down below!

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