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Gone Batty: Why DC Needs to Confront Its Batman Addiction

I reserve judgement on Batfleck.

I reserve judgement on Batfleck.

 

 

 

So, how about that new X-Men movie? Pretty cool huh? And doesn’t Guardians of the Galaxy look fun? And don’t get me started on how awesome Winter Soldier was. And yes, I even liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (feel free to judge me). Yep, whether in movies produced by Marvel or other production companies like 20th Century Fox and Sony, Marvel characters are everywhere these days.

The same cannot be said for the characters of DC Comics. While it’s true that DC is amping up for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the following Justice League movie, DC has otherwise remained largely out of theaters (at least, compared to Marvel). So, what’s the issue?

Personally, I think part of the problem, among others, is that DC has a prevalent great weakness, which is also one of its greatest strengths: Batman.

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Hitting the Representation Gym With “Strong” Female Characters

I may or may not have a famed print, lunch box, and some mints in my apartment with this image on them.

I may or may not have a famed print, lunch box, and some mints in my apartment with this image on them.

In every undergraduate class I took on the subject of gender, the professor started the semester with the same request: “Raise your hand if you consider yourself a feminist.” Without fail, most hands would stay resolutely on desks, and the only people who would raise their hands would be women majoring in humanities like English Lit. And, no matter how the professors would try to explain that feminism is not about hating men or burning bras or changing the spelling of “women” to “womyn” students, male and female, were still reluctant to call themselves feminists even if they believed in the core ideals of feminism. Continue reading

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Too Popular Culture? Exclusivity In Fandom

So, it’s apparently “geek week” on YouTube, and, as yet another indication that geekdom has become more acceptable to the general public arises, I can’t help but contemplate certain…territorial tendencies of those geeks who are now seeing their passions gain wide-spread acceptance.

Take for example this meme, which, as some may recall, caused a small uproar last year.But seriously, what the hell is a gigawatt?

But seriously, what the hell is a gigawatt?                       (Image from Know Your Meme)

Oh, hello “Idiot Nerd Girl.” (And, no, the whole post isn’t going to be about this, nor am I going to subject you to my 20+ academic page paper on this subject.) Continue reading

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Are Cartoons Just For Kids?

Justice League: Unlimited

Justice League: Unlimited

[Spoilers for Man of Steel, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Lion King, Arrow, Justice League: Unlimited, Batman: The Animated Series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Young Justice]

I’m sure you can all guess my answer based on frequent references to Avatar: The Last Airbender, Disney, and the DC Animated Universe. But then, perhaps I’m just immature, a wo-man child who can’t move past her adolescence and become an adult. After all, many adults of my age and older automatically dismiss anything animated as something for children that they’ve outgrown. Well, I should qualify that. They dismiss non-adult humor based animation. Characters snarking and making off color jokes is much more mature, you see.

Of course, I think this opinion is absurd, and there are several reasons why I think those who dismiss entertainment that’s both animated and not explicitly for adults are missing out on some of the best TV shows and movies out there.

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Updates: Gina Torres as Wonder Woman, Videos With Better Analysis Than Mine, Babsgirl vs Oracle, and My New Action Figure

So, I’m currently a little stalled on my next blog post, “Are Cartoons Just For Kids?” (I’m sure you know what my answer is). Therefore, I thought I’d introduce some updates.

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First, I mentioned in my “Struggles With Representation Part 1: Race” that many fans of established characters  often have issues accepting a white character being made a minority. For some people this is still true, as tumblr. (I know, they’re probably all 10-year-olds who lied about their age) got into a little tizzy recently about some very popular fancasting for Wonder Woman:

She's our big damn hero. (Picture found in this Mary Sue post: http://www.themarysue.com/things-we-saw-today-319/)

She’s our big damn hero.
(Picture found in this Mary Sue post: http://www.themarysue.com/things-we-saw-today-319/)

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Women in Refrigerators, Demotion to Love Interest, and Loss of Identity or Why Superman and Wonder Woman Should Break Up

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Awwww, their outfits are matching colors!

NOTE: There will be some more graphic images/descriptions in this piece as it will be briefly covering violence towards women in comics.

So, if anyone’s been reading DC Comic’s New 52 Justice League, they may have noticed this cover. That’s right! Superman and Wonder Woman are together. Isn’t it just great? At least in this moment, earth’s most powerful man and woman finding love in the only other person on the planet who truly understands what it is to be them.

[Edit: I totally forgot to mention there is an upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman series coming out.]

I hate this pairing.

“You hate this pairing?” you say, dear Readers, “But you just wrote a post all about the good things that come from shipping! Why can’t I ship Kal and Diana if I want to?”

Well, you adorable little scamp, I don’t so much mind you shipping them or other people seeing the potential for romance between these two. My problem is mostly with how this relationship tends to be portrayed in comics for what it does to Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, and Superman. Continue reading

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Why I Love Batgirl, Oracle, and Wonder Woman

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 It’s been a while, but, now that the semester’s over I thought I’d give blogging on a more regular basis a shot.

So, this blog is supposed to be about my experiences in the fandom learning curve. I’m constantly exploring new fandoms, hopping from TV shows to movies to books. And, recently, I’ve been dipping my toe in comic book fandom.

I can say without exaggeration that comic books are the hardest fandom I’ve tried to get into. This isn’t like catching up with a TV show, where all it takes is free time and a Netflix account. Despite being a pretty dedicated reader for the last several months, I know I’ve only scratched the surface of the comic cannon. Continue reading

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