Our story is about a town; a small town and the people who live in the town. From a distance, it presents itself like so many other small towns all over the world…safe, decent, innocent. Get closer though and you start seeing the shadows underneath. The name of our town is “Riverdale”.
While he’ll likely never explain it to anyone (doesn’t think that anyone notices or cares, really), Tim has three distinct reasons for wearing superhero t-shirts.
He genuinely admires each of the heroes and likes the reminder that there are people like them out there to help.
When he feels like he’s totally alone in the world, they remind him that there are others like him, with secret identities and hidden burdens that no one else sees.
It helps protects his secret identity because no one thinks that actual superheroes wear superhero merchandise and if he slips when he’s tired and makes a comment about say, the limitations of the Flash’s powers, everyone just thinks he’s a cute little fanboy who has put too much thought into his favorites heroes.
someone: i am distinctly uncomfortable with a romantic relationship with a 23 year age gap, i prefer to see this relationship as father/son seeing as the older is two years shy of being twice the younger’s age cursed r/o//ad/r/a/t fan: oh so you hate ugly people and fat people and disabled people and gay people and trans people and neurodivergent people and you want us all to die? fuck you. also you support incest.
It might surprise you to find out that an astonishing amount of the time, bigotry in writing is not intentional. Personal bias or common biases contribute to things like that.
A really good example for me that’s really recent is the issue of Nightwing that came out a bit ago. Nightwing is a quasi-adopted adult, and while Batman is not quite his father, there’s a relationship there. However, at least three other family members have been canonically adopted, though only one is for fairly certain at this point, due to comics continuity.
Damian Wayne, the current Robin, is Batman’s biological son. He’s placed a great deal of importance on this canonically, referring to himself as ‘the blood son’ or the only real son or so on, in spite of having adopted siblings. And, in general, he’s been shown to be wrong in this assumption, as it’s his own bigotry and need to be more important than his siblings that causes it.
However, in the recent issue of Nightwing? Nightwing specifically says Batman’s lifestyle is hardest on, and I quote, ‘You. His real son.’
To me, this is a good example of not showing bigotry, but rather infusing the author’s bigotry into the work.
Because there is absolutely nothing wrong with having bigoted characters. Bigoted people exist. What is wrong, however, is to have the work itself be bigoted, and the turn that these comics have taken in literally everyone agreeing that Damian is the most important because real son is very bad and indicates the bigoted opinion that biological children trump adopted children because blood.
This is a problem because this bigotry is shown as correct. As a fact. When it is not, and instead is a harmful assumption that hurts adopted kids a lot. This particular mindset has been used to demean and harm children for a long time, and more recent cases in my neck of the woods involve children literally being adopted to be servants to people and being explicitly told they are less than because they don’t share the family’s blood.
Most cases of this bigotry are less extreme. But writing that reinforces it, or any other bigotry, is doing a disservice with your work and your creativity. It doesn’t mean your work is bad, or that the entire thing is trash now. What is does mean is that, as a creator of media, you need to consider what biases you’re bringing to the table, and be aware of them. Make sure they don’t poison your work.
The daughter of two notorious assassins and adopted by Bruce Wayne
himself, Cassandra Cain is both a hero and a total badass. Her father
David Cain, long-time member of the League of Assassins, conceived her
with the purpose of creating the perfect assassin partner for himself,
after forcing her mother, Sandra Wu-San, to bear his child. Sandra went
on to become Lady Shiva, also one of the world’s deadliest assassins,
renowned for killing victims with her bare hands.
Cassandra entered the DC universe in the “No Man’s Land” crossover
story line in 1999, where she saves Commissioner Gordon’s life and is
given the Batgirl costume with the approval of both Barbara Gordon and
Batman. Cassandra also represents an important racial group in that she
is of mixed heritage, having both European and Asian blood. Another
interesting fact about her is that she’s a martial arts expert despite
spending a large portion of her life mute and illiterate. Cassandra has
recently taken up a new superhero moniker as Orphan in the pages of
“Detective Comics,” by James Tynion IV, Christian Duce and Fernando
Blanco, where she recently came into conflict with her estranged mother.
Do you guys realize that they are gonna have such an issue with the amount of robins and/or batgirls one day, that it’s probably going to be cannon that Jason and Dick were Robin at the same time? Or Damian and Tim? Just so Bruce can stay under the age of 40?
One day Damian is gonna be like 19 and DC is gonna swear to us up and down that Bruce hasn’t even hit over the age of 30. All of us are looking at the rest of the family like “bro how are none of them aging?!” And it’s like “oh Tim is 20 though, he can almost drink "lol” and “Dick is in his mid 20’s oh no! Getting too old!!” And “But Jason is just 23” and “Bruce might be 28….and a half”
Worst case scenario, they are gonna introduce another Robin that gets super popular, and everyone is so excited about this one, but unfortunately for this one to stick around they reaaaaaaally need to get rid of the least popular one at the current time after that new one, (Jason or Tim?? Idk) or change up the background of that one “unpopular” Robin so completely, so that that character can still be around…they just aren’t affiliated with the batfamily as much anymore. (Like saying Jason was trained by someone else, etc., who knows man)
Or even weirder, they are gonna be like “oh well Damian came around at the age of 5, that’s when Bruce-man found out about him, he was still a little jackass that he had to train him out of, along with being re-potty trained because lord knows that change affects kids man.
That last one is a stretch, but I swear, even now at 4-6 robins DC is pushing it, and Batman is pushing it.