‘Becoming Superman’ Reveals Origin Story for ‘Babylon 5’ Creator

‘Becoming Superman’ Reveals Origin Story for ‘Babylon 5’ Creator

When you look at the foreword to “Becoming Superman” by J. Michael Straczynski, Neil Gaiman explains that Straczynski “works harder than anyone I’ve met in TV and film.”

While I’m admittedly not a Hollywood insider, this description rings true in my situation. Since 1984, Straczynski has been writing for television — anything from campy animation to sci-fi that is high-minded. He also spent six years writing Marvel’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” flagship book that is comic and then he wrote a BAFTA-nominated film starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Clint Eastwood. Other things you might think about Straczynski, you might never accuse the man to be idle.

Even before reading “Becoming Superman” (HarperCollins, July 2019), I always had the impression that Straczynski wrote so prolifically not because he desired to but because he absolutely had to. The man simply has a lot of stories to tell and feels compelled to place pen to paper, because if he does not tell these tales, then no one else will. Leia mais