Can someone show me where the male gaze is used in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman? I keep trying to thing of where it might be hiding, but I just can’t find it.
Like, take Lois’ bathtub scene, right? She’s curled up into a ball (after all that stress I don’t blame her) and the most we see of her above the water are her shoulders and collarbone area (along with her knees). Not once does the camera or Clark try to sneak a peak: they both focus on Lois’ face. We don’t even get a POV shot from behind her head to show her looking up at Clark. It would have been an easy way to show more of her bare back, but that never happens.
There’s no male gaze at play there, so where is it? Can someone tell me?
A/N: I hope you like it :) Ya know, Clark deserves more attention and kisses and cuddles and fluff.
“In the living room!” You shouted back, looking over your shoulder when Clark walked into the room. Immediately, you noticed he didn’t look well. “Hey, Clark… you look anxious? Did something happen at work?”
He let out a deep sigh. “No, everything is fine. But, I have to talk to you.”
Your heart made a jump. “Now, you’re making me anxious.”
Clark sat down beside you on the couch, but left some space between you. “Don’t worry, it’s just something I need to tell you. It’s important. It’s important that you let me explain first, before you get angry at me.” For a brief moment the thought crossed your mind that he had cheated on you. You shook it off, Clark was not the type to do something like that. “You know h-how I’m sometimes away? At night or sometimes for days, i-it’s because-”
“You’re Superman.” You bit down on your bottom lip,supressing a smile.
“What- How- When-”
“On my first day at work, when you took off your glasses to clean them. I swear, it was so obvious, but no one seemed to notice you.” You shrugged your shoulders. It was no big deal to you. At first it had been weird talking to Superman but then you realized he was just a normal guy. A normal guy who had super powers and a normal guy who had asked you out after two month of flirting around with you.
“Why didn’t you tell me? Why didn’t you tell anyone? You could’ve had your page-one-story…”
“Oh hun, it was your secret and I’m not cruel.” You cocked your head. “And I like you, like really, really like you, if you haven’t noticed.”
“And you were never afraid?”
“Of what? Your cuddles and your kisses?” You snorted. “Clark, you always were such a sweet guy, I’ve never doubted you.” Scooting over to him, you took his hand in yours. “And now come, cuddle with me. I need attention.”
He opened his arms with a big smile and you cuddled up against him, burrying your face into his neck.
someone: dceu clark is so dark and broody that’s not what superman is supposed to be
me, internally: clark kent has a far more multifaceted personality than bright and sunshiney and hopeful, and the fact that he can still remain so throughout bvs despite the vilification he constantly encounters takes incredible willpower. plus, he’s still in the middle of character development, like all of the characters in the dceu: he’s still growing and changing. not to mention it’s toxic masculinity to treat his easy expression of his emotions as simple “dark” and “broodiness.” he is a flawed and imperfect character who is still learning, who, despite the negativity he faces, despite the hatred unfairly directed toward him, still keeps and cherishes a tender kindness he has nurtured throughout his life, and which is more precious and more hopeful in light of what he has been through, and i think that’s beautiful.
How dare someone say DC isn’t inspiring hope?! It is inspiring hope in a world where finding hope is hard. Superheroes shouldn’t enter a universe when everything is okay and be the source of rising tension and problems, they should enter the world when people have nothing else to believe in when they need inspiration!
The DC universe starts with Clark Kent being a hero in a world where people would turn against him. Clark Kent can’t find his place in the world, he is struggling with creating his own identity, but he is still saving lives. Lois finds him because everywhere he goes he saves people. The world is invaded and Clark is pushed as he would realistically to his breaking point (the destruction is the level it would be if a world ending fight had happened) the world is scared it needs hope. It needs superheroes to inspire. Criticize MOS all you want, everyone knows that if a being with God like powers showed up you bet your ass everything Martha feared would come true, but Clark still has enough faith in humanity to risk everything for it- how is that not hopeful?
BVS is apparently so dark, but the entire movie is about people who have lost hope regaining it. Clark struggles with being hated and feared, he struggles to deal with his sacrifice, as anyone would. He pushed himself to the breaking point for people, and yet they don’t trust him. Clark instead of breaking works hard to prove himself, he tries to be a hero for the world, to fit in. It isn’t easy for Clark, but it is worth it to him, Clark see’s enough good in humanity that he finds a reason to be their hero despite the fact that he doesn’t owe the world a goddamn thing.
Bruce has lost everything, he has lost his purpose, and he see’s the worst in Clark, as he see’s the worst in himself, and humanity. Bruce despite struggling with his PTSD finds a reason to trust again
because of Clark’s heroism. It’s Clark Kent’s embodiment of the most human principles (hope, trust, faith) that brings Bruce back from the edge. “Men are still good”
BVS shows heroes even when they lose hope can find it again. Diana is much the same, after a World War she doesn’t think that humanity deserves saving, but because she see’s a man with no power fight a losing battle, when she see’s a being much like herself risk everything despite being rejected she remembers why she fights! How is that not hopeful.
Suicide Squad begins with dealing with the fallout of Superman’s death, the world hasn’t simply gotten over it. However, horrible people, people who have no reason to trust each other, or fight for humanity, come together to save it because even the worst of us have the potential to do the right thing. The idea that no one is too far gone to save, that even with a bomb in your head you can choose to save someone you care about is shown. That is pure hope.
Hope is easy in a world where the hero can save everyone, hope is easy when people trust heroes from the start. But hope in a universe where your faith is constantly tested, now that is an achievement.