Tony Daniel, writer of such classics [insert sarcasm font] Battle for the Cowl is currently writing Action Comics. I will not comment on the quality of that book because it’s inconsequential, but lets just say it ain’t on a my pull list. In his most recent issue he has Clark say to Jimmy that he’s been “friend zoned”. If you’re following me you don’t need to be told why the idea of friend zoning is sexist, but after seeing a post on here about how someone confronted him about it I went to see if he’d apologized. He had not. So I decided that I would add my voice to what I hope will be others. Let’s just say, he did not take kindly to it.
Now before I keep posting I want to make a point of where I was trying to say here. It’s something that Smooth did in his post but really Bomani Jones said once on Hoop Speak. No one has racism or sexism repellent. It’s something we all grow up with and it becomes a part of us. My goal here was to say that the thing he did was sexist, not that he was sexist. Spoiler alert, he did not take it that way
At this point I’m a little angry. I’m tired from my second day of boxing class, my arms are shaking, and this guy cannot be bothered to consider he may be wrong. But I tried to remain civil. I asked if he’d read the article the other girl sent.
When I tried to reply to him again, just to try and point him towards something that may cause him to in some way reflect on the matter. But when I tried I got this
I was blocked! I’m actually kinda happy about this because I’ve never been blocked before. And I mean I’m on NBA twitter so I’ve fought with people before plenty. I have never been blocked though. As my friend Giselle said, Achievement Unlocked.
After this I mentioned it to Tris because I thought this was great. She decided to jump in.
Heads up that for my own sake the tweets now go from earliest to latest.
And then there was this little stretch
So now we’re both blocked. We’re blocked buddies. I guess that’s like being the Bash Brothers for D2: Mighty Ducks? I’m going to pretend it is. Just wanted to throw this up on here because I thought it was funny.
Y’know, I’ve never been a fan of Tony Daniel’s indescribably-bland writing, nor have I ever understood why people like his artwork, but I always tried to give him slack because he seemed like a nice enough guy who really cared about Batman. In retrospect, that issue of his Detective Comics run where he likened Occupy protesters to pro-Joker/anti-Batman malcontents should have been a red flag.
So yeah, not so inclined to go easy on Daniel anymore when I finally get around to reviewing his lousy Hugo Strange and Gilda Dent stories.
Welp, Daniel just joined the likes of Tony Harris & Mark Millar on my shitlist. He can take a long walk off a short pier for all I care. (And Battle for the Cowl was rubbish anyway.)
Clark Kent should hang up his tights and instead pursue a new career as a blogger from the safety of from his Fortress of Solitude (presuming he can get broadband in the Arctic). Superman helped create the superhero genre but it has since outgrown him.
Superman was only ever designed to work in a binary world. The Superman brought into being by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster was a creature of a simpler world without shade, where America was the global force of good, and “truth, justice and the American way” was a slogan people could swallow without the historical baggage of drone strikes, Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Good and evil were simple concepts: Superman stood on the side of America, the side of good. Elsewhere lay evil…
Today, in the world of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, the X-Men franchise and even Zack Snyder’s superlative Watchmen, two things hold Superman back: his lack of “relatability” and his antique moral position.
If you’ve been paying attention, you would have noticed much has changed in the world of superhero movies - a tectonic shift, say, equivalent to the shift from print to digital in journalism. Audiences have no patience for undefeatable superbeings with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. We want our heroes to suffer. We want them to bleed like us. We want them to have bigger problems than how to have super-powered sex with their normal girlfriends.
We want the darkness of a Bruce Wayne, whose parents’ tragic death compelled him to put on the cowl (even if Batman could be interpreted as a rich man’s - possibly even socialist’s - answer to society’s problems). We want to see the cost of Batman’s chosen lifestyle to his friends, his paramours … his butler.
We want to see the angst of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, who is tormented by a past he cannot remember. Poetically, he has a healing factor that can cure any wound - except his own aching soul. Take a look at the box office of the Batman and X-Men series and tell me you can’t see a trend there or an audience overenthusiastically lapping up this new darkness.
And when it comes to mysterious, omnipotent beings, discerning comic-book fans cast their eyes away from Kal-el and turned their gaze to Dr Manhattan, created as Alan Moore’s answer to Cold War hysteria.
…how can we take Superman seriously today? He was invented for a time when America needed a gunboat or missile carrier, something cumbersome and obvious, to enforce its will. Today, it needs covert operatives, special operations soldiers who search for suspects in caves or lurk incognito in foreign countries to snatch high-value targets without following the Geneva Convention. Can we really picture Superman pulling Osama bin Laden out of a compound in Pakistan and laying him at President Obama’s feet? Could he seriously be drafted into the War on Terror, just as Dr Manhattan was co-opted for the Cold War? I doubt it.
Gordon Purcell: Has Superman finally done his dash? - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Can you hear me grinding my teeth from here? What a complete dropkick.