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'The hope for me is that people will see that it’s never all or nothing. Sometimes we are, “traditionally masculine” or “traditionally feminine.” We can be hard, we can be soft at the same time in different times. And that is where I want to take him, hopefully, because he was looked at as this character who was all quips and punching people in the heart and I love quips and punching people in the heart, but there’s more. And there’s more to real people too.' -- Steve Orlando

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"You’ll see them taking on a villain that is really going to push their relationship to the limits in a way that is impactful and powerful. It’s easily the biggest villain—some would say the only villain in many ways. I’m excited that it’s going to be a gay couple taking him on." -- Steve Orlando

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"I love that they are the action movie heroes that function on Id and act in ways that we often wish we could. There is a catharsis to them for people who want to strike back against oppression and strike back against hate and fear. They’re icons for that because they don’t suffer fools and they look fear and hatred and oppression and death and evil in the eye and they tell it to move." -- Steve Orlando

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"The world’s finest couple is back, and more devoted than ever before is what I’m saying. To themselves, and to kicking ass in the name of the wronged." -- Steve Orlando

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"The man that never lets you down, that hears you when no one else will, the hero that doesn’t want to be an urban legend, but instead a reality for anyone that hurts others — he got to be gay.

"Midnighter was the one that terrorized the terrorizers. He put fear in the stomachs of those who traffic in fear on a daily basis. He was the ultimate check for people who cross the line — and that competent, strong, unwavering fighter got to be gay. And he got the respect. He got to win the day.

"And I am so happy that got to happen, so proud of it. Because queer people, non-binary people, people of any minority — we can be anything. We can be the heroes, we can win the day, we can be strong, and we don’t have to live to anyone’s expectations but out own.

"And that’s what made MIDNIGHTER special. Yes, if you ask me, we had one of the best damn action books on the shelves. A book that crossed boundaries and brought you moments never before seen in comics. Hell, we killed someone with a porterhouse steak, and stuck Midnighter in a bullet and shot him into space!

"But beneath the blockbuster action, there is an icon that says without question: only you define yourself, no matter who you are, and absolute belief in that is all you need to be strong as hell.

"Thank you so much for reading..."
-- Steve Orlando

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"One of my favorite things since I began writing Midnighter is hearing from people who tell me it gave them something that helped show gay men don’t have to be one type of thing. That’s the work that comics should do, because everyone should have that Peter Parker moment where they read about a character and say, ‘That character is just like me in some ways. So maybe my life is fantastic. Maybe my life can be mythical.’" -- Steve Orlando

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"I don’t want to talk too much about #9, but I will say that we launch him out of a gun into space in the first few pages. That kind of sets the tone for what’s going on in the Suicide Squad arc. You can find a lot in this old photo essay where these Soviet scientists tried to get a space shot with this big cannon, and they have this pig. They built this thing with a giant bullet, give the pig some vodka, and then they launch it out of a cannon, and when it landed the pig walked out fine." -- Steve Orlando

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"I think achieving VIRGIL, a revenge action book taking the next step from blaxploitation into queersploitation, gave me some of the tools to do the same thing with the superhero genre. They’re both energetic, both inventive in their ways to show badass queer characters unashamed of who they are, kicking ass and not giving a shit about the names." -- Steve Orlando

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"Midnighter is only good at fighting. That sounds like a joke, but that is the emotional heart of the book." -- Steve Orlando

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"Midnighter has a sense of humor and he loves to push buttons, so of course he would have Batman underwear because he probably thinks Batman is the most hilarious guy in the DC Universe." -- Steve Orlando

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"I think Midnighter is not a person who maybe has a physical type or an ethnic type, so to speak, because already there's going to be no one that's like him because there's only one murder machine with carbon-fiber bones and all these things. If anything, his type is more of a personality type thing. You see the people that he associates with are oftentimes people who are better adjusted than he is. Apollo was better adjusted than he is, between the two of them.

"Even in 'The Authority,' people were friends with Apollo and put up with Midnighter. For the most part. I think he's attracted to people, like we all are sometimes, that have what we don't. That do what we wish we could do in a better way. These are people that maybe their problems and their life operates on a different scale. They're not operating in the world of crazy that he does, but they're also handling it better than he is. He's a confident man, but he's attracted to confidence, and he's attracted to people who take things in stride and learn how to not look at everything like a competition or like combat, because that's what he's created to do."
-- Steve Orlando

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"Confidence. To me there is no more succinct definition of the character, and it’s what, in my opinion, sets him apart from a lot of other characters that on the surface may seem similar. Midnighter is 100% aware of who and what he is. He’s come to terms with it, and he understands it, and he loves it." -- Steve Orlando

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"He's a guy where if he sees balls, he's going to bust them. So when it comes to someone like Grayson, Midnighter thinks he's hilarious. That's what's great about their interactions. And Grayson is going to fit great into Midnighter's book because while Midnighter is a guy who pushes buttons, few people are as sure about who they are and what they're doing as Dick Grayson. As the counterpoint, he has very few buttons to push, and that pisses Midnighter off." -- Steve Orlando

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"Things that happen with Apollo resonate throughout the entire series, though I’m hesitant to say whether or not he has an ongoing presence in the book. However, I will say anything that goes down between them is very telling to my experience as a queer person and the things that I’ve seen in my life. They are largely each other’s first relationship, and a big part of the book is Midnighter realizing he doesn’t even know how to define himself as a gay man without Apollo, and I think that’s something many people in the real world face." -- Steve Orlando

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I'm not even entirely sure I'm joking there....

Midnighter #4 had a preview up now (Well, it's out today) and hitflix has an interview with writer Steve Orlando

Here's a snippet!

HF: Can we talk a little about the art style? Because as a lady I am very grateful for the sequence that is happening as the preview ends. It seems like with Grayson and Midnighter (among other characters), DC is starting to realize you can't just have cheesecake, but beefcake is also very welcome. Is that something you guys you specifically add in visually because of Midnighter's sexual orientation or is it just a natural outcropping of his personality?

STEVE: I think it's part of his personality. If you try to do it too much 'on purpose' it's not going to come off right. But yes, there are some fascinating things for fans of that type of content in MIDNIGHTER #4! But you know, we were also in Russia and it's a classic cultural thing that happens there. So the opportunity was there and I thought 'Why not do it?' Midnighter is a guy that doesn't care who he makes uncomfortable, he's going to say exactly what he thinks and exactly what he's feeling. 

You're right though. There are plenty of books that have a certain type of male gaze and it's exciting to update that. Tim Seeley and Tom King started it in Grayson and it's something I think is great. It's bold and unapologetic but it's fun. And it's an exciting friendly competition as Tim, Tom, and I try to outdo each other with flirtation and innuendo between Midnighter and Grayson!

Yay! :)

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Well, Dick's propensity to elicit protective feelings in brooding older men has been noted too many times to even be coincidence any more.

Coffee and a sauna Mr Grayson? )
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'The one-sentence pitch is: “Midnighter loves his job.” And I think that's revolutionary when it comes to the character. That's not to say that I'm revolutionary. It was revolutionary when Warren Ellis came up with it, because you have this character with the expectations of being the gay, brutal Batman. (Even though I, perhaps in vain, like to point out that he's based on the Shadow.) But I don't think they're similar at all. Because half the time you see Midnighter, he's smiling.' -- Steve Orlando

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"He's something unique in this world, where we want dark, brooding heroes. And certainly, those are great too. But we can have something else. We can have this character who's had these bad events happen to him that normally make a Daredevil or a Batman, but they aren't lingered on. He's moved on, and loves what he is. He's found a way to love what he is, and that phrase, that sentence is something I think we all struggle with as humans. And it's obviously something we struggle with as we go through the steps of coming out in the queer community, so that nugget is what made the character for me." -- Steve Orlando

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"Midnighter had a profound effect on young Steve. The fact that now I can maybe do that for people, and add to that myth, is very exciting for me. Being bisexual in the 1990s, you think that it's only really one thing. The media only gives you so many ways to do things. So when you see this character that is totally different, and everyone fears and respects him, and he's so good at what he does, even if what he does is horrifying -- it's a game-changer." - Steve Orlando

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