Posts Tagged ‘Superman’

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Here’s the truth of the matter – whether or not you agree or disagree with Goyer’s recent comments on She-Hulk, what he says holds true with ALL superheroines in comics, popular or not.

Over at Movie Pilot, journalist Alisha Grauso wrote an article on Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer’s recent bashing of She-Hulk and her “porn-star” persona. The transcript of the conversation from that article can be found below…

 The real name for She-Hulk was Slut-Hulk. That was the whole point. Let’s just make this green chick with enormous boobs. And she’s Hulk strong but not Hulk massive, right? … She’s real lean, stringy…

Goyer: She’s still pretty chunky. She was like Chyna from the WWE.

Mazin: The whole point of She-Hulk was just to appeal sexistly to ten-year-old boys. Worked on me.

Goyer: I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.

Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions and have the right to voice those opinions – even the fanboys and fangirls that really can’t see the broader picture. The outrage of Goyer’s comments can be found in more places than just Movie Pilot, and it’s astounding how upset fans are getting when a writer calls a female character a mere sex object.

I honestly don’t care when people have opinions about the standard comics are setting in society, or when they get upset by what people say about them. As stated above, we’re all entitled to our own opinions. However, when you want to make an argument that negates what a person says about gender and sex issues, you have to really think about what you use as “evidence” to prove your point.

In the linked article, Grauso uses certain images as a way of illustrating She-Hulk’s “Strong-female-character” persona. She even types out a made-up monologue of a little girl who dreams of being as powerful and epic and She-Hulk is,

I say to you, pretend it’s your little sister they’re talking about. Somewhat changes your views, doesn’t it? What about the little girl reading a She-Hulk comic right now and thinking, “She’s strong and beautiful and smart and brave! I want to be just like her!”

So what’s the issue here? Directly above this paragraph, a image of She-Hulk bench pressing impossible tons is shown…

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To be honest, this might be one of the most recognizable poses used for female superheroes, right after the stocked rear-end poses you can easily find in any movie posters with women in them. Sure, she’s lifting a million tons, but what’s the focus of this drawing? I mean, really, you HAVE to know what the artist is really doing here.

I’m unable to truly comment on She-Hulk specifically since I’m not a Marvel Comics follower except with the movies and TV shows, and She-Hulk is far from someone I’m very familiar with. But guess what, I’m a faithful DC Comics follower, with Wonder Woman and Power Girl being my favorite superheroines in DC list of strong female characters. I believe Power Girl to be an incredibly strong character, but she’s still used as a sex symbol more than she’s used as a strong character.

It’s hard to find a lot of images that support the notion of female superheroes and strong characters without promoting their overly sexual characteristics as well. Artists have been utilizing the urge for sexual power fantasies for years and everyone eats it up like candy. While the male heroes are drawn as strong and epic, the women are drawn as strong, epic, and sexually primed and ready to go. Need examples? As always, Google is a great tool – search phrases like “female superheroes poses” will help you in this hunt. However, I’ve provided some samples below in case you don’t want to go the Google route.

I’m not knocking the art, it’s all fan-freaking-tastic art! What I’m knocking is the inconsistency in fan rhetoric when it comes to strong females characters and the sexual motif that permeates all throughout superhero comics. Female characters in comics have become so much stronger than they used to be…but they’re still drawn as sexual things to be objectified.

The truth is, even if a superheroine is written as strong and outstanding, they often get a “pin-up” treatment in the artwork. If you don’t believe this, well, see the artwork in the linked article and the above images. She-Hulk, and every other female superhero, is still a badass, but she’s really drawn as a power fantasy sex object. This is undeniable and people need to accept the fact that, while comics are awesome and I love the characters, women are, visually, treated like shit.

I do, however, agree with Grauso on the point that Goyer’s interpretation of She-Hulk is dumb and short-sighted. It’s as if he remembers being 10 and he can’t view comic book females as more than what his 10-year-old fantasies dictate them to be. Has he been unable to mature enough to see more of a story line in the She-Hulk comic? Or others? There’s definitely something to be said about the current film makers and writers who can’t discuss a lot of the back stories of the characters in order to have much more intelligent and mature discussions.

The problem lies on two ends – writers and creators who say things without thinking first, and the fans who are so disillusioned to their nostalgic sensibilities that they can’t see the reality of the things they love. I love comics and always will, but I understand how they aren’t the best way to promote gender equality.

Now, time to go read the latest issue of Wonder Woman and how she’s going to defeat evil and be awesome while doing it!

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I was wondering when this little romance was going to start getting good. Most of Wondy and Supe’s relationship has been boring and unnecessary since it started. As much as I’ve always thought the two would work well together, this whole ordeal hasn’t been that eventful. I was beginning to think I had been wrong all these years.

Charles Soule, however, has finally raised the bar in the super relationship, forcing its longevity, making it feel fruitful and worth the wait.

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Oh, they both die at the end too. Sorry for spoilers, I just can’t hold it in.

Of course it won’t last, and we’ll see Supes and Wondy revived and at full power. Maybe they’ll even level up! Yes, achievement unlocked! The power of love will give them new abilities to fight the good fight together in much more substantial ways.

It’s all speculation on my part of course, but I’m excited as can be for what’s to come for this super duo. I’m actually hoping Lois Lane doesn’t become Superman’s love interest for a while. I want to see where where Supes’ involvement of Wonder Woman goes.

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Sometimes I wonder if the people my age (the guys) who read comics are clueless or just horny…or a combination of the two.

Here’s the thing, I understand that superhero comics objective females, but so do many other forms of media out there. I choose to read superhero comics for 1) nostalgic reasons, and 2) because there are some stories that are actually well written. Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman stories are some of the most substantial stories about a strong female character without becoming too overbearing with the female pride. And Scott Snyder’s current Batman run is crushing anything being published in comics right now.

However, fans of superhero comics get caught up with the sexual tension that obviously happens in comics – just like with most stories – and allowing it to take center stage in their minds. The above image was posted on facebook a while ago. It’s amazing artwork and I love the artist who penciled and inked it, but instead of talking about how gorgeous this piece of art is, the main topic is of concern is all about Superman choosing between two women who are virtually naked.

When did “The Bachelor” become Superman?

Wonder Woman and Lois Lane are strong characters. Not just strong FEMALE characters, but simply strong characters in general, and dehumanizing them in the way the Facebook fans are doing isn’t doing the trifecta justice. Superman never thinks to himself “Let’s see, do I want to have sex with the black haired gorgeous women who just finished taking a shower, or the black haired gorgeous women in the underwear and a smile?”

It’s an embarrassing thing for comics when fans can’t get past the sex. What are your thoughts on this, dear reader…

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I know I’ve been posting a lot of videos on here lately, but this is truly epic. Superman has been around for 75 years and this animated short, which comes along with the Man of Steel Blu-Ray release, runs through some of the most epic moments in Superman’s history.  Right alongside Wonder Woman, Superman is my favorite superhero, and this short really does bring out how awesome he is.

Director by Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm, they had difficulties deciding what moments would make it and what wouldn’t. It’s hard to imagine that such a short animated feature takes so much time to put together. However, for those of you watching it, you need to look closely. Timm Said, “It’s loaded with Easter Eggs,” Timm said, “but the worst part was not being able to have everything. But we did try to throw in as many easter eggs and artists that have made him who he is. It’s 75 years of Superman glory.”

Man of Steel was an amazing film that I believe captured who Superman really is, with a few twists that some people may or may not have liked. But whether or not you liked the most recent movie, or don’t care about Superman either way, there’s no denying that Supes has been around a long time, and he’s story is STILL being written, arguably being the longest running story in history. And to think, Superman will most definitely be around for another 25 years.  Granted I’ll be over 60 and he’ll still be lookin’ as young as ever, but it’ll be cool to see the Man of Steel hit 100 years.

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On September 4, the final episode of the motion comic of the hit graphic novel series, Superman: Red Son was released. As far as Superman stories go, this is one of my favorites. It’s the kind of story a teacher could use in a sociology seminar or college lecture. Instead of growing up in the middle-of-nowhere Kansas, Superman crash lands in Stalin’s backyard, and it’s as epic as can be. While this motion comic isn’t ground breaking, the story is told very well by the actors and actresses and maintains the excitement from start to finish.

Embedded below is episode one. If you care to watch the remaining 24 episodes, just wait until the videos is done and the next episode will appear in the “related videos.” Each episode is 3 to 4 minutes in length.

You could say Captain America is the obvious choice as a comic book symbol for July 4th, but let’s not forget Superman either.  You aren’t wrong in making the claim that Cap’N ‘Merica is a better choice, but Superman is just as perfect of a symbol for America and Steve Rogers is.  If there were two marches for America led by both heroes, I’d march behind Superman any day.

Happy 4th everyone!

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When comic book companies hire writers to write specialty stories for animated films, one shots, or miniseries, they’re looking to find a unique literary approach different from the normal plethora of writers that grace the pages of DC Comics.  My own personal feelings about homosexuality is one of civil rights – it is a civil rights issue and should be handle as such.

Much of what I know concerning Scott Card’s opinions on gay rights isn’t anything I share, and I DO oppose what he’s said about the gay community, and their right to marry…

“Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.”

I also know, however, that out of all of the books I’ve read by him, I loved every single one.  Ender’s Game is a fantastic read and might be one of the top ten greatest Sci-Fi novels ever written.  I don’t need to agree with his philosophies on life nor his moral convictions to appreciate his incredible writing style.

The dilemma I face, however, comes in a series of questions which have no concrete solution.  If I want to see a change in homosexual and heterosexual relations, should I oppose those who refuse to get along with others?  Am I, in a way, supporting the opinions of gay rights objectors by not signing the petition for DC to rescind it’s decision?  How do I send the message across that I do fully support the rights of gay men and women while still supporting DC’s right to hire top notch talent?  There’s a lot to consider, and sometimes there is no straight answer.

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I would argue that DC has created a platform of support where the portrayal of the homosexual lifestyle is accepted and normal.  Both Batwoman and Green Lantern Alan Scott of Earth 2 are the spotlighted homosexual superheroes that haven’t been blown out of proportion within their own stories.  In fact, within their own stories, being homosexual is more of a fleeting thought and written into each characters personality as a normal aspect of life.  Orson Scott Card has accepted the job of writing for a company that is in support of gay rights, and we SHOULD allow the writer the chance at creating a Superman story and see how much of his own moral agenda he weeds into it.

Of course we don’t know all of the facts and inner workings of the hiring decision, nor do we really know what agreements and compromises the DC/Time Warner execs and Scott Card have made in signing the contract paperwork.  Therefore, we can’t truly judge DC without knowing all of the facts. We can disagree with Scott Card on a moral basis, but his writing is absolutely fantastic and will be served well with Superman.

Now I’ll admit, I’m one of those people who’s refused to go to Chick-Fil-a because of their actions concerning homosexual marriage and rights.  This is also the reason I don’t shop at Hobby Lobby.  This is my choice.  However I’m not going around saying the business doesn’t have the right to continue their work and produce goods for the public.  The way I show my dislike is by simply not spending my money there. Likewise, instead of signing a petition to drop Scott Card, why don’t those who don’t appreciate Scott Card’s views on homosexuality simply not purchase the digital-first once it’s available?  If DC pours money into something and doesn’t see the financial return because of fan disapproval, they probably won’t do it again.

Just food for thought.