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

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

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

Into the foreword to “Becoming Superman” by J. Michael Straczynski, Neil Gaiman explains that Straczynski “works harder than anyone i have met in TV and film.”

This description rings true for me while i’m admittedly not a Hollywood insider. Since 1984, Straczynski has been writing for television — everything 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 in which he wrote a BAFTA-nominated film starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Clint Eastwood. Whatever else you might think about Straczynski, you can never accuse the guy of being idle.

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

Now, having read “Becoming Superman,” I finally realize why that’s the case — plus the story prior to it is not entirely a happy one. In this memoir (or autobiography — it’s a bit of both), Straczynski details a lifetime of hardship, abuse and trauma, culminating into the secret that is darkest his family’s past: an honest-to-goodness murder mystery. Continue Reading

Posted by emanuele 2019.09.03 Writing My Papers Comments Off on ‘Becoming Superman’ Reveals Origin Story for ‘Babylon 5’ Creator

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