I’ve always found Scarecrow to be one of the biggest untapped resources in the Batman universe,” Tynion said in an interview with CBR. Scarecrow has been lurking in the background of Gotham City since the events of Infinite Frontier #0, the Batman series slowly building to the Fear State event that launched towards the beginning of Sept. 2021 and sees the city plunged into a plight of chaos and terror. Tynion detailed his fascination with Scarecrow and how ambitious the creative team was to bring him front and center in the title.
It’s always bothered me that there hasn’t been a big, Tynion said, bringing up the character’s past appearances in comics and other media. “Even in movies like Batman Begins Ra’s al Ghul is the big bad guy, not Scarecrow. I wanted to create an environment that really let him thrive in the books, and I also wanted to work with Jorge to make the Scarecrow design really scary in a modern way.”
Dr. Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow, has been depicted differently between the various forms of Batman media, including Batman Begins. In the film, Scarecrow can be seen in a business suit and burlap sack mask, while in the Batman: Arkham games, he has fear toxin tubes running along his attire, along with a gas mask-style face covering. Tynion wanted to combine elements from all of Scarecrow’s past iterations for his story.
Tynion has some experience in bringing horror to DC Comics. In addition to writing Batman (though his tenure on the book will eventually come to an end), the writer also pens The Nice House on the Lake, a limited series published by the company’s horror imprint. The series follows a group of survivors among the apocalypse that were chosen to be spared from the end of the world by one of their friends, who isn’t who they all thought he was. Tynion will also co-write DC vs. Vampires with Matthew Rosenberg, set to release around Halloween.
Tynion has instilled this horror energy into Scarecrow, who he believes is a fitting villain to the caped crusader who feels that “villains are a superstitious and cowardly lot.” According to Tynion, “I have always thought that being able to tap into a character who is so fixated on the concept of fear and the ways fear can change a person is fodder for a really good story.”
Batman #113 is the next issue from the series to release on Sept. 21, 2021. Tynion serves as co-writer on the issue with Brandon Thomas and interior and cover art by Jiménez. The first four issues of The Nice House on the Lake are also on sale from DC Comics, with DC vs. Vampires set to release on Oct. 26, 2021.
For 31 days, we welcome families to interact and engage with EVERYTHING Halloween has to offer all in one place; pumpkin-picking and carving, trick-or-treating, face-painting, performances, games, food trucks and so much more!
“The entire holiday lives in one fun-filled place at HAUNTOWEEN LA, where families can stop in for a spell and let the ghoul times roll for as long as they like, footloose and car-free!
“HAUNTOWEEN LA is back and will be open nightly from October 1 through October 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. PT, at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA.
“HAUNTOWEEN LA is a kid-friendly, non-scary thematic exploration adventure featuring six massive, interactive environments. And of course, there’s lots of CANDY to take home.
“Trick-or-treating is back, and this year kids will be able to walk door-to-door for their treats in the Town of Hauntoween. Candy is included in the ticket price.
“The Hauntoween Pumpkin Patch has more than 30,000 pumpkins on display and for purchase. With hay installations, detailed vignettes, and life-sized props flooding the environment, this is by no means your typical pumpkin patch. When families have found ‘the one,’ they can head over to the Pumpkin Carving Village to create their own jack-o-lanterns!
“Attractions for 2021 include a playful Funny Halloween Scarecrow Bones Graveyard with enormous hay sculptures and hundreds of friendly skeletons for great photo ops.
Scarecrows can be displayed within people’s property so they can be seen from the footpath/highway or, if you live outside of Hatfield Woodhouse, around the chapel grounds.
The winning scarecrow will receive a family ticket for Boston Park Farm.
A list of scarecrows, their locations and a voting slip for you to choose your ‘best scarecrow’ will be available from the chapel at £1 across the weekend.
In addition, a coffee morning will take place at the chapel on October 30 betwen 10am and 3pm, when visitors will be able to enjoy bacon butties, homemade cakes and take part in a tombola.