DENNIS O’NEIL: Spoiler Alert!

Dennis O'Neil

Dennis O'Neil was born in 1939, the same year that Batman first appeared in Detective Comics. It was thus perhaps fated that he would be so closely associated with the character, writing and editing the Dark Knight for more than 30 years. He's been an editor at Marvel and DC Comics. In addition to Batman, he's worked on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, the Question, The Shadow and more. O'Neil has won every major award in the industry. His prose novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Denny lives in Rockland County with his wife, Marifran.

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  1. Elayne Riggs says:

    I think one of the reasons "speaking truth to power" doesn't work as well now is that the current administration has co-opted the all-too-willing mainstream media to the point where anything they say is suspect. Stephen Colbert hit the nail on the head when he satirized that "facts have a well-known liberal bias." The goal is to skew and trivialize things so much that citizens become skeptical of EVERY news item, and truth itself becomes just another opinion. A decade ago I couldn't have imagined a country in which presidential candidates are actually asked if they believe in evolution, like it's some sort of fairy tale instead of well-established scientific fact.

  2. Martha Thomases says:

    It's the ending of FIRESTARTER, when the protagonists go to ROLLING STONE with their story. Even ROLLING STONE editiors said that wouldn't work.

  3. Ric Meyers says:

    I agree with your estimation completely Denny! In fact, the movie started to go south for me the moment Bourne tells the bad Gov't guy that he's in his office. I wondered: "Why the heck did he do that?" All that accomplished (besides getting a whoop outta the audience) was make things MUCH tougher for Bourne. Rather than risk the violent chase that ensued, he could've gotten out of the building with the incriminating evidence and taken his own sweet time figuring out how to REALLY nail these guys (because the media has virtually no credibility anymore, and there's been the equivalent [or worse] of the Blackfriar Operation going on right this very minute in real life, and nobody seems to care, nor is anybody creating Congressional hearings about it [this admin. has openly admitted committing treason in the Valerie Plame affair and then basically added: "so?"]). Everything from that point in the movie on, I basically reacted with: "Huh?' Wha? Well, that's a bit disappointing, ain't it?"

  4. Steven Atkins says:

    This very concept was already addressed in the film THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR starring Robert Redford.I won't bother to "spoil" it. For those that have not seen it, it is well worth the time and effort.

  5. Mitchell says:

    Denny is totally dead on. The mainstream press would never vigorously go after the current political leadership. In reality, the story would die, one or two heads would roll but would be well taken care of by those who support the political leadership.Holy crap! A realistic ending would have been the perfect set-up for a sequel!