How Indiana Jones Inspired Tom King's Storytelling

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When you get knocked down, you get back up again, no matter what the odds. That's the lesson writer Tom King took away from Indiana Jones when he watched the fan-favorite film "on loop" as a kid. At Comic-Con International in San Diego, he revealed how Indiana Jones inspired a theme that appears "in all my fiction" and why a certain scene from the film resonated so deeply with him.

"When I was a kid, I used to watch Indiana Jones on loop, especially the first one, and I remember my favorite moment of the whole movie was he's on the car, right, and he gets shot and he gets pulled underneath the Jeep and you're like, 'Oh, this guy's dead! Like, he's gone! There's nothing he can do to sort of get himself off the floor.' And then he reaches up and grabs the bottom of the Jeep, right, and he climbs back up and the music starts to swell. I think I've been trying to sort of chase that high my entire career," King shared with CBR. "That sort of idea that when you're down, when someone really hits you in the place you're most vulnerable and you fall down and you can't get up, that's sort of the moment when the real strengths of your life and your character can be shone through and where the things that you love and have loved you are most important in sort of making you get up and sort of climbing back on that Jeep and punching a Nazi in the face."

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"That's always been sort of the repetitive idea in all of my fiction. I put it in an issue of Batman that [David] Finch drew, where he falls on the ground and everyone's like -- 'They always say I'm dead, but I'm still here.' I think that idea of these characters, someone hurting them in the one place they can be hurt and yet they still come back and say, 'I'm still here,' I think has just been important to me and hopefully to the audience."

His next issue of Batman, which goes on sale today, finds the Dark Knight coming back from a different kind of hurt: heartbreak. According to the solicitation for the issue,

Dick Grayson — the original Robin — gets to spend some quality time fighting crime with his mentor for the first time since Batman popped the question to Catwoman. It’s a walk down memory lane as Bruce Wayne helps Dick get over the loss of his high-flying acrobat parents, which in turn led to his crime-fighting career. Guest artist Matt Wagner (Mage, TRINITY) jumps on board for this special issue!

King and Wagner’s Batman #54 goes on sale September 5.

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