Greg Weisman is the fan favorite creator of "Gargoyles," and on Saturday at WonderCon, he sat down with Slave Labor Graphics' head-honcho Dan Vado to discuss his past and future work with "The Gargoyles."
The panel started off with a laugh as Greg sat down in front of his mis-spelled name, although there is always a chance that 'Greig Weisman' simply never showed up for his panel.
At Vado's questioning, Weisman went in depth into the evolution of "Gargoyles" as he explained to fans that the series was originally pitched as a comedic cartoon starring little gargoyles up to no good. Many of the gargoyles we now know and love were in the original pitch in one form or another. The characters and story were evolved into an action drama, and further enhanced until it was eventually picked up on its third pitch.
David Xanatos was originally a goofy Captain Hook-like nemesis with an assistant named Mr. Owen (as opposed to an assistant simply named Owen). The initial leader of the pack was Dakota, but it was later decided she would work best as a villain and thus her name was changed to Demona. The character of Brooklyn looked like Lexington and was named Amp. Lexington looked like Brooklyn and was named Lassie. There were more insights such as the Broadway character originally being a girl, Hudson being a couch potato named Ralph, and Elisa's ethnicity and job changing periodically over the course of development.
Even though the series pitch was finally realized as an action drama, there was still a factor missing and that was the character of Goliath. It was Tad Stones (creator of "Darkwing Duck" as well as "Helloboy: Sword of Storms") who suggested adding a 'Beauty and the Beast' element to the story and thus the noble Goliath was born to be the Beast to Elisa's Beauty. Weisman prepared a long, in-depth pitch for Disney and still, the show was turned down. As Greg put it, 'a post-mortem breakthrough' occurred and he was able to rework his pitch to present. He learned a big lesson in the industry that short, precise pitches work best as opposed to long, in depth pitches that may bore the executive listening.
Greg further detailed how Disney was actively looking for a franchise with a built-in audience, and were seriously considering buying Marvel during its bankruptcy fiasco of the 90s. Greg convinced Disney to let Gargoyles be their franchise, Disney's version of the Fantastic Four, and he set out to create a large universe filled with more than just Gargoyles. Thus, during season 2, 'pilot episodes' were written into the series starring many new characters that would presumably get their own show. Such spin-offs included "The Bad Guys," "Pendragon," "Time Dancer," and many others.
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