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'THE FLASH' WRITER JEREMY ADAMS DISCUSSES WRESTLING ACROSS THE MULTIVERSE IN FLASH #787, FAVORITE WRESTLING MOMENTS GROWING UP, RODDY PIPER, WRITING WALLY WEST, DARK CRISIS, HIS LOVE OF PRO WRESTLING, INSPIRATION FOR THESE NEW CHARACTERS AND TONS MORE: COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT

By Mike Johnson on 2022-09-23 11:13:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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DC Comics' The Flash will enter a new realm this October with the release of issue #787 and the introduction of (are you ready for this?) Wrestling Across the Multiverse, which sees the beloved Wally West get involved when this intergalactic, outlaw professional wrestling troupe arrives on Earth!  Read on...

"IT’S MONDAY NIGHT SOMEWHERE! (Mondays, amiright?) Wally West is back from his adventure to save Barry Allen, but there’s no time to celebrate, as a new alien with a penchant for golden belts and trucker hair has added a new sting to the life of the Flash! This stone-cold heart-stopper of an issue will have you screaming “OHMAHGAWD!” as the Scarlet Speedster gets clotheslined in the face by a whole new era of attitude!"

Earlier this week The Flash writer Jeremy Adams sat down with PWInsider.com to discuss this unique crossover of professional wrestling into the DC Multiverse, The Flash, Jeremy's love of professional wrestling, writing, comics and where all of this could lead in the future.  Enjoy!  Transcript by Billy Krotchsen.

Mike Johnson: Hey everybody, it's Mike Johnson in the audio section of PWInsiderElite.com. I am very happy to be able to do this. It is Thursday, September 22, 2022. We are still, if you know anything about DC Comics and the world of comic books, right now we're still in the midst of the sequel of the greatest comic book saga of all time, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Dark Crisis, which is currently ongoing, but the world of DC Comics will move on beyond the latest Crisis and I'm very happy to be sitting down with Jeremy Adams, who is the lead writer for a lot of the great things that have happened with the Flash in the last couple of years. In October, Flash issue #787 is going to crossover with some of the things that we love here at PWInsider and that will include a very unique DC comic book take on the world of professional wrestling as the Flash, Wally West, who for the record is my favorite version of the Flash…Everyone loves Barry, but there's something about Wally you just love…he’s going to have this madcap adventure that brings him into the the sights of a very mysterious entity known as Wrestling Across The Multiverse. 

 So Jeremy, first of all, I know you've got a busy week, you've got New York Comic Con coming up next month. You've got the new Mortal Kombat movie that you worked on is going to have a premiere there. You've been writing Flash. We just talked about this before we started. I am personally indebted to you for creating Gold Beetle as I’m a big Blue Beetle/Booster Gold fan. 

So let's talk about the easy stuff here first. When I read the solicitation for the Flash #787, there were obviously a million wrestling references even in the solicitation right down to Joey Styles’, "Oh my god," from when Joey used to commentate WWE and ECW, so let's do this. Obviously you love professional wrestling.  You wouldn't have written a book like this with all the references and all the homages if you didn't love pro wrestling, so what are your first memories of professional wrestling?

 Jeremy Adams: You know, it was around, I feel like it was like, the USA Network used to have a wrestling thing. I don't know if it was on Saturday or Sunday or whatever. But it was, you know, that kind of Hulk Hogan era and knew what...

 Mike Johnson: It was probably WWF All American Wrestling.

 Jeremy Adams: That's probably it. I mean, it was also like, you know, they have, I mean it was...you couldn't escape it. Right. It was like WrestleMania is Mr. T, it was all that stuff. I remember Sergeant Slaughter, oh my gosh, I could turn in you know the backs of GI Joes and send away for Sergeant Slaughter action figure because he's in GI Joe and like I said, Hulk Hogan would show up on A-Team and it was like everything and then you know, I became like a huge, Rowdy Roddy Piper fan, like from movies like They Live. He also did these really weird movies with Billy Blanks. He did like two of them, but I ended up, you know, watching it all the time and then I just kind of stopped watching. I don't know if it was like high school, college, whatever and then I came back around in the you know, the kind of Stone Cold era, Rock, Mick Foley era again, and I was like, Oh my gosh, this is so fun. This is crazy. 

I had moved out to LA and somebody's like, Oh, we're watching wrestling tonight, and I'm like, wrestling?  I haven't watched that since I was a kid. And it was like, Oh, you gotta watch it. It's crazy. And I'm like, okay, and I sit down and Stone Cold spraying people with beer like he runs a beer truck into the ring. I was like, what is happening right now? This is awesome, you know? And watched that for a long while, so just that kind of love, it carried over and basically what  I thought was like, man, there's an extreme lack of superhero intergalactic wrestlers that needs to be filled.  

They've let me write The Flash so I was like, Well, I'm just going to start adding some characters in you know, start doing some stuff. And it was fun, it's kind of one of my one off episodes, one off issues, that really is kind of a jumping on point for people. So they don't have to get like you know, sometimes you jump into a comic you're like, I have no idea what's been happening, because it's been going on like there's an arc that's been going on for five issues. I really tried to do like three or four issue arcs and then do one offs so people can jump on and kind of see what it's about. And in this one, it's just, you know, everything I love about wrestling and heightened to an extreme, you know, and also just adding some toys to the toy box in the DC Universe and making it a little, just exciting that way.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mike Johnson: One of the things I wanted to ask you is, what's the chicken and the egg of this? When you're going to add things to, for lack of a better term, the DC mythos and that's your goal here is you're adding all these different characters and wrestling across the multiverse and you're having them interact with with Wally West and all the other characters that pop up who are either watching this or Linda obviously and the twins are living vicariously through Wally in this issue. Like what's it like going to DC and saying hey, I have this idea. Like, do they come back and they said, well, let's tweak it this way because we don't want to mess with something that's going on in Superman that we have planned. Like, how does that pitch sort of work?

 Jeremy Adams: I don't pitch it. I just do it.

 Mike Johnson: That's the old wrestling mentality. It's better to ask forgiveness than ask for permission.

 Jeremy Adams:  Yeah, I mean, I think at one point I said hey, I want to do this thing with a wrestler and they're like, oh, that sounds fun. And I don't know if anybody knew it was this kind of like, intergalactic group that flies around and they're kind of being chased by the Green Lantern. The idea is that they drop in and do a show on a planet that's about to have an apocalyptic event and then they disappear and they go do another show somewhere else. And so that's why we may have never seen these guys before. And the idea that you have an entire cadre of super intergalactic wrestlers is fun. I based a couple of them on one of my friends Jeremy Padawer [of Jazware Toys] and my friend, my mentor friend Jim Krieg. You know, Jeremy Padawer's a big wrestling fan. I thought it'd be hilarious to add him to the mix, but the main character Omega-Bam-Man is just so ridiculous in such a pastiche of like every wrestler I grew up with.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Mike Johnson: I feel like  when I saw Omega-Bam-Man, I was like, is he supposed to be Sunny Beach from the old WWF? And then I'm like ah there's some Hogan in there like, it was like this nice little Frankenstein's Monster of different wrestling references and tropes.

Jeremy Adams: Totally, yeah, and that's what I had got with the artists, Fernando Pasarin and I was just like, we've got to make the ultimate amalgam of wrestlers. You know, like number one - has to have a mullet, has to, like you can't not, you know? And then, you know, tweaking it with like, skin color and whatnot, but it was such a blast to write and so far, the response to different people that have read it, they're just like, This is crazy. And you mentioned something, it feels like an old school comic, and that's kind of what I've done with the Flash in a way is I've tried to make it feel it's kind of like a family friendly. Anybody can read this book. Like you know, I can give it to my daughter and she's not going get in trouble for reading it at school or whatever. It's going to be exciting and fun. And it also, you know, it might point people toward professional wrestling, you know, because they are, they're just, they're all like superheroes in their own right, with their own moves and their own powers. You know, essentially, I mean, I remember the first time I saw Undertaker, I was scared to death. I was like, What is this you know? And so it's been really great to just kind of like put my own spin on it for the DC Universe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Mike Johnson: I do want to ask you about writing Wally because that's a character that so many people I mean, I think obviously from the 60s people cared about Kid Flash but from you know, we just talked about Dark Crisis on Infinite Earth is still ongoing and the books are still coming out. But at the end of  Crisis, he takes on the mantle, the Flash, I remember being a kid reading that and feeling like I watched Wally grow up, you know, obviously, the death of Barry Allen at that point and then, let's say the last decade, 15 years Wally's been through a lot, he's been pulled out of the whole storyline. He comes back at Rebirth, he goes through a very dark period of time in Heroes in Crisis. You know, what's it like figuring out the proper path to get that character back to really the core essence of what he's meant to be without disrespecting and ignoring what happened in the past but still trying to make as many people happy as you can with Wally because I think he's like, one of these characters where if you take one step to the right with him, people get very upset, they hold them so close to their heart. Obviously, everyone has a baton with these characters and they want to do the best while they hold it and then pass it on to the next person. But what's it like figuring out that balance of what happened before to create the best Wally in the books now?

 Jeremy Adams: You know, it's not so much worrying about what other people are like...honestly, like I love that people have been responding and really enjoying it, but it's not so much worrying about what other people are thinking, it's about me trying...when they had asked me if I want to take over the Flash, it was about me trying to find out who's the character I want to write about. And, you know, obviously the elephant in the room and to a great degree was like the heroes in crisis stuff. But you know, this is no, there's no slam against that. It's just what comics are, we take comics, we retcon comics, you know, and as the writer I'm like, how does this person who's gone through so much trauma, become somebody that we can be excited and cheer for and all this stuff. And so that was obviously the first thing I needed to address in my first part of the run that I took over. And then really honestly, Wally. The way I look at it is I'm in such a same frame of life. You know, a moment of life that Wally's in, I have two kids, I'm married, you know, I'm trying to work and do this and do that. And so there's a lot of stuff in real life I pull into it. And I think as long as my viewpoint is they're superheroes, they're heroes, first and foremost. And I'm a caretaker of this character. And so I'm not going to, I don't want to stick my nose up at it. It's more like I want to embrace it. And like how can I love this character more? How can I treat this character more like a hero like when I used to pick up on comic books. I would just be so excited about my hero doing something. I don't have a maudlin sensibility. I don't have a dark sensibility. I don't have a pessimistic sensibility. So all that optimism and all that you know, enthusiasm I'm going to pour out into Wally and because he has kids and obviously the book really started out kind of singularly focused on Wally and then we started bringing in more with their kids and more with Linda, now more with the Flash family and in my head I'm like, No, this is a bigger book than just Wally. This is, why can't we do with Wally what the Bat Family has, like tons of characters and tons of things and missions and whatnot in the Superman family etc. And so far it's working, you know, I mean, so I'm having a blast. I've always said as long as you don't kick the dog, you're going to be okay. I'm not going to… I don't want to be mean to Wally because Wally's me in so many ways, right? It's like, and he's my hero, and I don't want to see my hero, honestly, I mean, just the practical, I don't want to see my hero being a jerk or being mean. I mean, unless he's Guy Gardner, which is also my hero, but he's the...

Mike Johnson: Guy has to be a jerk.

Jeremy Adams: That's right. That's right. He has to be a jerk. So you know, it really comes from a place just in my heart of like, who is it that I want to read about? What's the version of this Flash that I want to take part in? And so that's been really, really fun and it's lent itself to a lot of like, family drama and fun superhero antics and, and what I think is great about the Flash in general is like you have this incredibly, incredibly powerful character that potentially could go back in time and, and go throughout the multiverse. And if you can go as fast as possible, then you can hit somebody with like, infinite speed, like there's all these things. So you really have to go Doctor Who with them, and make these crazy things that pop out of nowhere to where he's like, I'm not even sure how to use my powers against super wrestlers from outer space, you know, like it's a fun, it's been really fun to kind of explore that aspect of the character.

 Mike Johnson: So as I mentioned in Flash #787, he comes across Wrestling Across the Multiverse. Given that we have multiversal rules here, what professional wrestlers from I guess we're Earth-Prime still, I don't know, what wrestlers from WWE or AEW or even from the past, would be the best suited to pop up in Wrestling across the Multiverse?

 Jeremy Adams: Oh my gosh, if I had my druthers, I always will go to Stone Cold because I think he's just hysterical. I loved when Jericho showed up. Because I thought oh man he's so funny, and they're doing a great job over there too. But if I was going to go to the background, I remember having a special affinity for Junkyard Dog. And then I really did like Rowdy Roddy Piper, like I really did. I remember even when I read his biography and stuff, it was just like, I don't know there was something about it. They Live really solidified him in my life. Like I was like, that is the craziest idea I've ever seen in my life. And then it was suddenly like, Hulk Hogan who? Rowdy Roddy Piper is amazing. I loved all that stuff. I mean, there was even stuff like I remember even thinking about like Shane McMahon like doing these crazy drops, like some of the stuff that you're just like, I can't believe these people don't need to be doing this. You know, diving off onto barbed wire whatever they're doing, you're just like this is insane but you know and then it was like as you start investigating it and you start, like listening to the monologues of Ric Flair and stuff. You're just like, man, there's something so joyful about that, that gets you pumped, but, you know, bring them all in man.

Mike Johnson: You mentioned this book, in your mind as a jumping on point. When I first started reading the books, they were obviously serialized, but it was a different sort of deal. Like a story would start and sometimes end in one issue or two issues. Now, there's so much deep mythology and there's so much of an attempt to be as thought provoking as possible with some of these books. How do you find the balance between the serialized storytelling and let's just have something that the average person can find and discover who Wally, Linda, the twins, the antagonists of the book are, etc. and have something open to the new readers, but not feel like it's just a placeholder for those who are dedicated diehard fans who want to dive into the storytelling.

 Jeremy Adams: You know, I think it was a lot like I worked on a show called Supernatural and it was like those shows, genre shows like X-Files, Buffy and Angel, they used to do this really well, which is you would have like a one off episode, X-Files used to do this all the time, and I loved it growing up, to be like a crazy one off episode that's like black and white the entire episode and you're like, Oh, this is crazy, but it doesn't have anything to do with the overarching you know, Cigarette Man conspiracy that's going on. And you'd have a couple of those episodes and then you would get back into the conspiracy. And that's all I'm doing here is like, Hey, here's a really fun episode and I think, I think what you have to at least, what I feel like I have to do, is on those one off episodes, they have to be really fun. They have to be engaging. They have to be something that you're like, Man, that was a fun read. Because it could be the first time somebody goes, I'm just going to pick up a Flash. I've heard people talk about it. I'm just going to pick it up. And I gotta say, I've made you have this feeling too. It's like when I'm watching a streaming show. Sometimes I'm like, Man, I hope that's just one season. Because then it's done and I don't have the responsibility of watching it, you know.

 Mike Johnson: Or you get to halfway through the season and you're like, okay, they're just killing time before they dive back in again. 

 Jeremy Adams: Right. So like, even if this is like the on-ramp issue, it's a chance for me as a writer to go, Yeah, but I get to do something really crazy. I get to add characters to the DC sandbox. I get to do something really fun, which is, you know, super wrestlers. And that is, that to me is somebody who's always wanted to go into comics and have come to it, you know, the backwards way through television and movies. And then finally, oh I got to do comics. You know, I have like, a backlog of ideas that I've had, there was an issue I think it was 776, I forget where it was a Doctor Fate issue where you had to turn the issue upside down and you had to blow on it and it was interactive. And that was something that was percolating in my head for a long time because when you read comics, you're like, oh, man, I would love this to happen. I would love this to happen in comic books for myself. You know, I remember reading Captain America, Mark Grunewald, and it was like, there were some superpower wrestlers in that which ended up becoming D Man, created by Mike Carlin, who is also a DC creator, but I remember thinking like, 'Oh, what a cool character. You know, they should have more wrestlers', but that was like when I was 10, so now it's like, 30 years later, I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, they're going to have more wrestlers!'  Now I've got a whole you know, flying ship somewhere and in my head, it's not the last we'll see of him and them in general. I love the idea that there's a floating ship of super wrestlers that are putting on shows all across the galaxy.

 Mike Johnson: You know, what's funny is you know, you mentioned they pop up right before these apocalyptic events.   I'm like, so there's got to be a flashback story where they pop up on Krypton on THAT day, right?

 Jeremy Adams: Right? Oh my gosh! That's a great idea! That's a great idea, I'm stealing it!

 Mike Johnson: Steal it, it's all yours.

 Jeremy Adams: That's amazing. That's a great idea.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mike Johnson: With that said, like, we talked about what other wrestlers could pop up in Wrestling Across The Multiverse. Obviously at the end of this book, it's left very open ended for Wally to have more adventures with this very unique Federation. But you have to think at some point you could, especially with the Green Lantern Corps mentioned, there's got to be other DC characters that could pop up at some point and crossover with Wrestling Across The Multiverse. If you have your druthers and DC says do whatever you want, like who you who would you want to throw in there, like GI Robot? Creature Commandos?  When this comes back and Wally's got to have the next adventure with these characters, like who would you like to see pop up and be a partner or an adversary?

 Jeremy Adams: I mean, he, you know, Omega-Bam-Man talks about how we'd love to wrestle the Kryptonian, you know. And I actually don't even think it has to be Superman. Like I love Power Girl a great deal. I would love to see her show up. You know, obviously, Lobo would always be fun. Because he's made for that kind of thing. But I, if I had, like, if they gave me a Wrestling Across the Multiverse book, oh my gosh, I already know what it would be too. So the thing is, it's like I would love to bring in some of the bruisers but also some of the people that may be like, imagine if you had a Lady Shiva just in that context, where it's like, oh, she's just this, you know, and that's the other thing. That's what's so great about pro wrestling. Going forward, obviously, not just with the success of some TV shows like GLOW, but women's professional wrestling has become so much more entertaining as it's gone on, too. So the idea of bringing in like Lady Shiva or Power Girl or some of those characters would be really, really fun. But as far as the other characters, I'm trying to think who else would be fantastic to watch? I mean, it's also like having Damian Wayne would be funny, you know, but if you're just doing superhero ones, man it would be really hard. I mean, give me an Amazon, you know, give me Wonder Woman there and she would probably be like, I'm not doing this. You know? Then she'd just be wrenching people's arms every five minutes. I think Omega-Bam-Man would probably fall in love with her honestly.

 Mike Johnson: What I really loved about it is because it's so zany and out there that I was like, it almost made me feel like I was reading a book from another era, like it was Crisis on Earth-X and here's all these wacky characters from another universe crossing over. So reading it, thinking it'd be cool, if like, what if Uncle Sam was involved in this? Or Oh, Captain Marvel Jr, or Mary Marvel or anyone you could just cross over into it, you know? It's almost like playing with your favorite action figures. You know, you can take someone from one movie and someone from another and there's your fantasy crossover.   The last time I spoke with someone from the comic genre was Daniel Warren Johnson and we talked about Jurassic League and how much that opens up so many new playgrounds for action figures and animation and other realms for DC and I felt like this was the same sort of deal where it was not just a self-contained story, but here's a new corner of the DC Universe that nobody knew about that's now opened up and revealed and now who knows what's going to come out of this. 

Jeremy Adams: Well, what's great about it, too, is it kind coincides with Dark Crisis in terms of like, now it's infinite earths again, so the idea that this group, can go anywhere in time and space and everything and put on these shows, and within the DC universes is exactly like you said, like now that there are Jurassic League or whatever you know, it's like you know a Captain Carrot shows up you know...

 Mike Johnson: I wish. How that's not an animated series by now I still don't know! 

Jeremy Adams: I know. Well listen, believe me I don't understand that either, but even like we were talking about like, our love of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, it's like that's a tag team I could watch, even if it's them running away the entire time, you know, it's still really funny.

 Mike Johnson: So, let me ask you this, we just mentioned you know, the infinite earths are back - the classic original DC Universe multiverse which in 1985, I can remember exactly where I was sitting literally 40 years ago, where I read each of those books as a kid.  That's how powerful they were. As a writer and as a creator, when you find out they're going to reopen these parameters again, how does that change how you approach Wally and all the other books that you work on? Knowing that you've got all this other stuff in the background that had kind of been closed to you creatively? We've had reboots and everything else, but now everything's back, but it's a 2022 version of those universes and characters returning, how does that change how you approach your writing for DC?

 Jeremy Adams: So it gives me a lot more freedom, honestly, because I can have the characters interact with other versions or previous versions of characters that I really love that maybe have changed in the future, which is great. Because some of the stuff going on like Josie who I love is doing, you know, Mary Marvel, but say I want to do I want to interact with Billy Batson from the Fawcett era. Like I can do that. You know, I can have a ton of other characters and because what I think is so great is because I believe Wally and especially Speedsters, if the Speed Force is connected to everything, every part of the universe essentially, then it gives them the kind of the Stargate to be able to go anywhere and deal with anybody. And so that's kind of how I'm approaching it and I already have, I mean, God willing that people keep buying the book and are excited about the book because I have plans in regards to that. In regards to well, if Wally and the Speedsters actually can go everywhere, and they actually can deal with everything, then maybe they have a responsibility not just to Earth but to time and space in general. Like there's a certain element of like, well, you guys can do it more than anybody else. You know, we mess with this with Flashpoint Beyond with Hypertime and, and you know, there's time and space and hyper time and, and multiple universes and all this stuff, but what's connecting it all in my mind is there's a speed force that connects it all. So it allows this kind of like strike team of speedsters to be able to help where they're needed all around the universe. To me, it's like now I've got infinite story possibilities, right? It's no longer just Captain Boomerang throwing a boomerang at you. It's like, oh my gosh, Captain Boomerang has taken over this planet on Earth's you know, 58 or whatever and you gotta go stop him, which is exciting for a writer like me who obviously has ADD and an energy drink problem.

Mike Johnson: As we start to wrap this up, obviously Flash #787 is going to come out in October. You can pre order it now online. For further details, you can go to the DC Comics' website. We'll have all those links right under this interview. But Jeremy, for people who might not be comic book fans but who are wrestling fans who are listening to this or reading the interview. Why should they go out of their way to jump onto the Flash with this book?

 Jeremy Adams: I think if you're a wrestling fan, first of all, you're going to get a ton of easter eggs. And you're going to have a fun time reading this going, oh my gosh, I can't believe he referenced that or he referenced this or, or even just terminology that happens in wrestling. It'll be a good read. It'll be a fun read. But I also think that if you're a wrestling fan I think it's a very small step between wrestling and superheroes. You know, and I think this is a kind of way that is like, you know, I don't know, I feel like the Venn diagram is very close to a circle. They're very similar. They're very similar, similar dramatic arcs and good guys and bad guys. And this might just be an opportunity to try something new and see a cool new, cool, old art form, which is sequential art and comic books. But regardless, I think if you pick up this book, you're not going to be disappointed. You're going to have a fun time reading it and it's going to give you a feeling of nostalgia and/or excitement and it probably gets you more...what I want to see is people dressed up as these characters at conventions.

Mike Johnson: Oh you know it's going to.  It may not happen in New York Comic Con next month because of the timing, but I'm sure by San Diego and things like that and all the other major cons they're going to start to see that just come to life.

Jeremy Adams: I might have gotten a custom-made wrestling belt made. I'm going, like, if anyone wants to challenge me, you know [laughs].

Mike Johnson: Well as we know that belt is imbued with some of the greatest mystical power, magic in the DC Universe!

Jeremy Adams: That's right. I mean, listen, that's just the way it is. So if you can win the belt you win the power, that's how it goes.

Mike Johnson: Like I just imagined John Constantine showing up and throwing down the gauntlet for the title at some point. Everything's better with John Constantine in it.

Jeremy Adams: Right, I thought you were going to say John Cena. I was like, no one would see him. 

Mike Johnson: John Cena against John Constantine!

Jeremy Adams: John Cenastine, combo amalgam.

Mike Johnson: See, and now we're going back to the Amalgam universe. There you go. See? Anything's possible in the DC Universe, right? Jeremy, I really want to thank you for sitting down talking to us. If you ever want to come back, just talk wrestling just for wrestling sake. You obviously have an open invite. But before we go, you know, there's a lot of wrestling fans who are also comic book fans who have supported you over the years and like I said, the new Mortal Kombat movie is going to be coming out you've worked on so many unique things from Supernatural to Teen Titans Go, which my niece is like so in love with. At seven years old, Teen Titans Go is still like her favorite thing in the universe, that was her introduction to DC. So I know you were a big part of that. So I thank you for that personally. But you know, you've had a lot of people who have supported your writing and your creativity over the years and still do every month with Flash and the other books, what's your message to everyone who has had that opportunity to kind of change your life by giving you the ability to play in the sandbox, so to speak?

Jeremy Adams: Yeah, I mean, it's just absolute gratitude. I mean, I think about it all the time. I'm incredibly blessed. And I have some incredible fans. And everybody has been so supportive and it's almost indescribable, though. The words I want to use in terms of like, I'm just really, really grateful because I was everything I was bullied for, I'm now getting paid for it, which is an amazing, amazing turn of events. You know, somebody that was a kid that loved comic books and genre and D&D and all that stuff. And that wasn't particularly popular and now it's like it is, you know, and to have so many people, be kind enough to just reach out and say, Hey, thank you for what you're doing. And thank you for what you're writing, it's overwhelming. I don't deserve it. And all I can do is try to be a good steward of what I've been given and, and try to approach everything with some humility and grace and have fun doing it.

Mike Johnson: Well, I personally hope that next time we see Wrestlers Across the Multiverse we see the Inferior Five and the Royal Flush gang all at the same time. Because that's just complete zaniness because that's, you know, wrestling and comics they intersect in such a unique way. But at its core it's larger than life, colorful characters who live out good versus evil, and we all enjoy and live vicariously through it when it's done right. And I think this issue of the Flash is a great example, for each genre of how it's done right and how fun it can truly be and how fun comics are supposed to be because I think at times with wrestling and comics, sometimes they go a little bit to the left or a little bit to the right. And the fact that at its core, it's supposed to be something escapist and fun for all of us gets lost and you did a great job of bringing it back to a lot of the core values of the DC that I loved growing up in the 70s and early 80s without making it feel like it had to be a throwback book.

 Jeremy Adams: Well, thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

 Mike Johnson:  All right, everybody until next time here on PWInsiderElite.com. For all things The Flash you can check out DC Comics website, and all the other links we've got underneath and you can follow the continued adventures and writing of Jeremy Adams on his social media and we'll have all those links up as well and sir, best of luck with the book going forward and we look forward to getting you on here again, when the multiverses allow so thank you so much for the time. 

Jeremy Adams: Thank you.

The Flash #787 will be released by DC Comics on 10/18 but can be ordered now from all online and brick and mortar comic book retailers! 

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