Read my column at Hollywood in Toto on Mortal Gods: Ignition and Preacher in case you’re worried this is going to be a diatribe against Hollywood. Like I write in my HiT column about Preacher, I’m not endorsing Suicide Squad but if you want to watch it go ahead. . . .
Making criminals and murderers protagonists, or at least likable characters, is a rather common occurrence in the entertainment industry. For instance, think of Pulp Fiction (or every other gangster movie ever made), the TV series Dexter, anything with Hannibal Lecter in it, and even horror movies. (Sure, Hannibal Lecter and the title monsters of horror movies are at times portrayed as the antagonists, but they end up being the characters audiences pay—and often cheer—to see.)
So I’ve taken this concept and turned it on its ear. I’m creating characters based on people that Hollywood hates—that you would not see portrayed positively—and I am making them into heroes, or sympathetic characters, in my fiction. . . .
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