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Dear Mr Weisman,
1. I notice that the most if the other characters in the show treat La'gaan like they would an obnoxious and annoying co-worker. Is this intentional, and can you explain how you chose to characterise him? I assume that this will culminate in character development later (at least, I hope- you said that we had to know the characters on the fly and I'm hoping that doesn't mean you will sacrifice character development for the plot's sake). But you should really see the impressive hatedom he's earned- it's worse than M'gann's in season one. Dont get me wrong- I like La'gaan.
2. Despite his confession in "Disordered", in which Dick said he didn't want to be like Batman, his actions in season 2(especially the whole thing about Kaldur being a double agent), have struck me as increasingly Batman-ish, what with the secrecy and sending his own friends on a mission that would put their lives at stake if they got discovered and lose him the trust of the entire team of which he leads. I don't know- it reminds me of Batman's "beat the bad guys at all costs" way of doing things. I hope I'm wrong, though. Is it just the stress getting to him? And is he fully- fully, not partially- aware of all the consequences that going to bite him back?
I'm hoping that by the time you read this, my questions won't be considered spoiler requests.
1. I'm not sure why anyone would "HATE" La'gaan. That's such a strong word. He's a bit obnoxious, certainly. And we consciously tried to show that as a Team expands, not everyone is going to be an easy fit into the mix. Throw in the fact, that at least at first glance, he seems to be an obstacle to Conner and M'gann's relationship, and I can understand why some fans might not want him there. But I love the guy. He's fun to write.
Obviously, I have no interest in sacrificing character development, but I do think Season Two is more plot driven, and with only twenty episodes - as opposed to Season One's 26 - there were fewer opportunities to go off the reservation, so to speak, and do PURELY character-focused shows. But you'll still get plenty of character development throughout the season, and if you want more - I highly recommend our companion comic book. There's substantial La'gaan development coming up.
2. Dick may not want to be Batman, but it doesn't change the fact that he's good at exactly that. Believe me, he's aware.