Kevin Smith is a ridiculously successful individual, with his thumb in the pies (snootch?) of every type of entertainment media that you can think of. To date, he has created movies, cartoons, comic books, book-books, and an internet radio station full of original podcasts. So, it goes without saying that after all of these endeavors, Kevin Smith is very famous. His most recently created podcast, Fat Man on Batman, proves something much more important then his obvious fame: Kevin Smith is, above all else, a true fan.
Through this podcast, Smith has talked to Paul Dini, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Arleen Sorkin, and Walt Flanagan-or the writer/producer of BTAS, the Joker, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, and the artist behind Karney and Batman:Cacophony for the uninitiated. In each of these episodes, Smith chooses to do very little talking, making room instead for these icons to tell their own stories. This probably proves his authentic love of these creators more then anything else, the man that makes a living talking sits and listens in our stead. You hear him gasp, squee, and melt in the exact same way the rest of us do when we’re waiting in Con lines for autographs. It’s the most refreshing take on the celebrity interview that I’ve heard in a long time and there’s no reason to disregard it just because Smith happens to be a celebrity himself.
Tomorrow, those lucky enough to be in the San Diego Comic-Con area can catch the seventh episode of Fat Man on Batman, live at the Extra at Comic-Con Stage. He’ll be talking to yet another legend, Bruce Timm, who defined the look and feel of the inhabitants of Gotham City for an entire generation. Smith will also be surrounded by Batmobiles while he’s doing it.
The lucky bastard.
You can listen to Fat Man on Batman, as well as the rest of Kevin Smith’s podcast network at smodcast.com