Ed Brubaker Talks Westworld, Ending The Fade Out

Ed Brubaker has come a long way. After spending most of the '90s writing independent comics for Dark Horse and Alternative Comics, he teamed up with the late, great Darwyn Cooke to reboot Catwoman over at DC. He became even more famous for his superlatively popular run on Captain America, which was adapted into the movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." More recently, he has been focusing on his real passion: Writing crime comics.

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In an interview with the AV Club, Brubaker reflected on his career and looked towards the future. Regarding his comic "The Fade Out," Brubaker said, "When I started publishing stuff, very few people would publish a crime comic, and certainly selling them on something about old Hollywood did not seem like something many comic book publishers would be interested in. So it was always just a back-burner thing..."

Those familiar with Brubaker's oeuvre will not be surprised to hear this. Early 20th Century crime has been heavily featured in almost all of his work, from "Captain America" to "Criminal."

Although the comic takes place in the 1940s, Brubaker feels that recent political developments have brought the country closer to that world than ever. "The political vibe of late-’40s Hollywood through the mid-’50s is something we’re seeing a lot of echoes of right now, and in a scary way, where I’m wishing for an Edward R. Murrow to stand up and start somehow calling people on stuff."

His comments come from recent firsthand experience. In addition to his involvement with "The Winter Soldier" film, Brubaker has joined the writing staff of the new HBO drama "Westworld."

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Brubaker says, "I was lucky—I was an outside-the-box hire. Because I had done a bunch of development, and written a few movie scripts that were in various stages of maybe getting made, and had a huge comic career behind me, I was able to come in at a place where it wasn’t like I was starting at staff writer," and goes on to add, "For me, the pilot is one of the best TV pilots that’s ever been made. Probably in the top five that I’ve ever seen in my life."

Brubaker's not the only one who feels that way. "Westworld" is already hugely popular; some speculate that it may match the viewership of "Game of Thrones".

Based on the 1973 film of the same name by Michael Crichton, “Westworld” was developed for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, along with executive producers J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. New episodes air Sundays at 9:00 EDT on HBO.

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