We recently had the opportunity to interrogate Man of Action’s Joe Casey on both his original comic and the upcoming film adaptation, “Officer Downe.” This uber-violent tale of justice revolves around an
unkillable LAPD officer who is repeatedly resurrected and returned to duty. Not exactly a zombie, and not exactly a human, Downe is an unstoppable force of nature who relishes his role as judge, jury and executioner. The 2010 source comic is incredibly explicit and offensive in the most “delightful” ways and is a perfect paradox of mature/immature story-telling. We probe Casey for the inspiration behind this character and how much of the madness will make it to the big screen when the film drops on November 18th.
TCF: After a long career writing for a number of youth-friendly characters (Batman, Superman, Man of Action’s Ben 10 & Ultimate Spiderman) the first page of “Officer Downe” makes it graphically clear that this story is for discerning adults only! Was creating “Officer Downe” a cathartic experience after working within the restraints of so many mainstream/family friendly characters?
Joe Casey: Even alongside the all-ages work I’ve done, I’ve always put out more “mature” material. For me, it’s not so much cathartic as it is creative counter-programming. I’ve been doing this for almost twenty years. Comicbooks, television, animation, video games, movies. I’ve done it all. But basically, I feel like I’m in the idea business. So coming up with this stuff — as random as some of it might seem — is just what I feel I’m supposed to be doing with my life.
What was your original inspiration for “Officer Downe”? Did it really start with an LAPD ride-alone one night?
Well, let’s just say that’s the part I could actually talk about publicly…