Below is an excerpt from the interview:
The World’s Finest: Concerning your work on the DC Animated Universe, let’s work our way backwards a little bit. Your last listed work for the DCAU was the DTV film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. How did that project come about? Did you pitch the concept initially? And were you pleased with the outcome?
Michael Reaves: How it came about was simple WBA decided to do one last DTV about Batman. They gave it to Alan Burnett, who was my producer on TAS, and he hired me to write it. He had to fight for me a little, since WBAs (perfectly sensible) attitude was, Why hire an outside writer when we have writers on staff? But Alan went to bat (so to speak) for me, and you know the rest.
WF: Reaction from Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman was a bit mixed. Some fans really loved it, particularly the introduction of Batwoman, while others were hoping for a little bit more substance for the last Batman: TAS DTV. How do you respond to that? Do you think the fans are being ungrateful or . . . well . . . just fans?
MR: Everyones entitled to an opinion. It was a conscious decision to lighten this one up a bit; we felt that, over the years, wed put Bats through a fair bit of angst and suffering, and since this would be our farewell to the TAS universe, why not let him get the girl for once?
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The Michael Reaves-penned Batman: The Animated Series episode, “I Am The Night,” will be included on the Batman: Gotham Knight – Two-Disc Special Edition and Batman: Gotham Knight Blu-Ray releases, hitting shelves July 8th, 2008.
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