I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the book and what inspired it. My favorite superhero has always been Spiderman. Since Vigil was so very Batman-esque, when I thought of writing another superhero book, my natural thought was to make him like Spiderman.
But I’d already come up with the perfect name for him–Steel–and that really fit more with Superman. So, I thought I would appropriate Superman’s powers–impenetrable to bullets, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, yadda yadda. But I didn’t want him to be an alien from another planet or anything. Instead, I thought I would use Spiderman’s backstory, or something like that. He would be infected with his powers, and he would struggle to pay the bills, and he would be wisecracking and…
Well. Except for the fact that I wanted him to be a billionaire superhero. Anyway, I ended up mixing in some Hulk mythology there too, owing to that fact that love the tragic figure of The Hulk.
But when I was first gearing up to start writing the book, I watched The Amazing Spiderman, and I fell in love all over again with Andrew Garfield.
I have to admit, he’s still how I picture Finnegan Flint.
Check him out in this scene: