So Phoenix Comicon just ended, and I expected to see hate/dislike for the dceu, and particularly Cavill’s Superman, cause lets be honest – its the fun thing to do, its the cool thing to do.
Its happened for the last three cons I attended, and it will continue to happen and I am not disillusioned by that. They will continue to hammer out lies that Superman/Clark never smiles, that Superman wasn’t inspiring, he was “too dark” or “too broody”, or too much like Batman, and whatever other excuse they have to invalidate Cavill’s Superman.
But this con, something new happened, and it felt worse to me, it slapped me harder than all these other insults. Cavill’s Superman was compared to Hoechlin’s Superman.
Every fucking statement started like this (i shit you not):
“Hoechlin’s Superman is the correct Superman, unlike the other one”
“Hoechlin’s Superman inspires people, which is something that dc movies couldn’t do”
“The movie Superman never smiles, and Hoechlin smiles when he saves the world. Like when he winked at that couple after saving him. Thats who Superman is.”
And other idiotic statements that basically followed this template.
How does praising one thing while insulting another, somehow make your opinion more valid?
I strongly dislike (hate) Hoechlin’s Superman, I don’t believe a Superman like that could exist in this day and age.
But guess what? Every time I praise Cavill’s Superman I dont have this quintessential need to diss Hoechlin’s. I dont need to undermine one to make the other better. I dont have this stupid urge to be like to devalue one over the other to somehow make my case stronger. Because newflash…IT DOESNT. IT MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE AN IMMATURE BRAT!
You like Hoechlin’s Superman. PERIOD. nothing else.
Sure, if you are having a debate about the two incarnations, go fucking ahead and debate and argue. But if you are just putting Cavill’s Superman down, just for the sake of putting his Superman down, than you are just an immature prick.