i need to make more batman things

(long post, sorry)

In spite of everything I love Harley Quinn but, damn, writers treat her so badly. I swear, the temptation to make her actually stupid must be terrible because it’s so often implied, or explicitly stated, that she slept her way through school. First of all, it does not work like that.  Second, she’s not a therapist or a psychologist, she’s a psychiatrist, she’s a fricking MD and a damn young one too. Managing pre-med and collegiate gymnastics that she relied on to keep her scholarship? Harley is fucked up, but she’s not the dumb blonde she plays. (also stop making her stacked, she’s a gymnast. she is 4’11” of pure muscle and is not top heavy)

If you want a good Harley backstory it’s simple. She’s ADHD but medicated and slightly robotic because of it. I want to take special care not to demonize meds but, rather, people’s disapproval of neurodivergence and a lack of focus on what is best for a patient rather than what is most convenient for others. So, maybe, around ten years old Harley is a hyperactive space cadet who’s brilliant at tests but sloppy at coursework, who would be a gymnastics prodigy if she could actually focus on technique and put in practice time instead of fooling around. Then the meds come and it’s actually really cool because she can do the things she needs to do instead of just wanting to do them, doing something else entirely, and getting in trouble. People are proud of her, she’s proud of herself. But now there are expectations. Family and teachers and coaches overschedule her, find worth only in her success and don’t care about her mental health at all as long as she’s performing and castigate her when she does fail. Fuck if you don’t internalize that. But she doesn’t look unhealthy and she’s doing amazing. She actually has to choose between the Olympic trials and continuing her grad studies. She probably has some issues with self-harm but it either doesn’t look like self-harm or is well covered up. 

When Arkham accepts her, fresh from her residency, it’s not a mistake. The woman is amazing. All they can see is a mountain of achievements rather than the seething ball of nerves, self-loathing, and imposter syndrome boiling just under the surface. That’s when Joker comes in. He’s got the Hannibal Lecter shtick down. Where everyone else sees an intelligent driven young woman he sees a frightened overwhelmed girl who is working her hardest to convince the world she’s anyone other than herself. Sending her into a nervous breakdown would be too easy so he doesn’t even bother. Instead he’s open with her, almost friendly. The other doctors are amazed, Harley is amazed, she’s not done anything particularly revolutionary but, for the first time in forever, it looks like the clown prince of crime is showing progress. He unravels her and it’s a challenge, she flinches back and gets very serious when he comes too close to the real Harley under the professional. Still, soon she’s questioning everything. She doesn’t even really like her co-workers. She hasn’t had a real friend in years. She’s forgotten how to have fun. Did she ever want this to be her life or did she just do it for other people? It starts so slowly that it looks, at first, like she’s getting better at self-care. Maybe something totally silly one weekend, a trampoline park where she can enjoy the way her toned body moves without stressing out over landings, a face painting booth at a street fair, some garishly colored downright tacky decoration that clashes with her sensible apartment. Suddenly she realizes how much she hates knowing the difference between cream and ecru. The beigeness of her life is repulsive. She hates the person she’s pretending to be even more that she hates herself which is really saying something.

After her weekend of freedom she would have called in sick if it wasn’t so suddenly important to see him. The relief she feels at talking to one of Gotham’s most infamous supercriminals is disturbing but it is relief and she’s been swallowing a slow-motion panic attack for hours. She admits, though she shouldn’t, that she took his advice about doing something fun and he teases her, what would straight-laced Doctor Quinzel do for fun? Did she realphabetize her sock drawer or buy a new clipboard? It’s not important to impress him, it’s really not. He’s dangerous, cruel, and he looks so proud when she admits that she bought a lamp shaped like a lawn flamingo. The only mistake, he says, is that she should have stolen it. She hopes the wicked thrill it gives her doesn’t show on her face. It does. She almost even laughs. He likes it when he can make her laugh and she likes it when he likes things.

It’s wrong and unprofessional, the relationship she develops, and she knows it but her whole life she’s been so high strung. Nothing she’s done has been for her, she’s not sure she knows how to really do selfish things anymore, but he knows the selfish things she needs to do. It feels good when she follows his advice even when it’s small things like the rainbow striped socks she wears concealed under her very bland slacks and sensible shoes. She’s so happy, almost giddy, and he loves her happiness, he loves her, he loves the real her that she’s had to beat down and hide for so long, the her that even she isn’t able to love. She is able to love him, though, and since he loves her she’s able to love herself for him, to protect and nurture something so important to him.

When the choice comes between her old self, the tedious endless labor of making the world proud, and Him, the spectacular man that brought color into her life, it’s not even a question. She kills Doctor Harleen Quinzel, she throws away the version of her that let herself burn just for medals and hollow accolades. She embraces Harley Quinn and it’s so much a part of her nature she can’t even see that she’s still living her life for someone else’s approval, except this time that person is a murderous clown. She hasn’t let her hair down, she’s just put it in pigtails instead of a bun.


It’s okay. We hate terrorists.
- Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani)

Damian Wayne dating a Bubbly Speedster

•"Ready for another awesome day Damian?“ You would asked everyday.

•"Today will be mediocre.” Damian will reply everyday.

•Everyone is surprised when Damian walked up to you after one mission and asked you out.

•I mean people knew that you liked Damian because you always tried to talk to him, but he liked you back???

•He would never admit it, but he asked Dick on what to do with his feeling towards you.

•Now dating you always give Damian quick kisses.

•He always tells you to stop it.

•But secretly likes it because most people don’t see it.

•And he really needs kisses anyways.

•You always make sure you can make it to dates with Damian.

•Half way across the world?

•Well you were 12 seconds late, but that’s ok.

•"Your skill is horrible-.“ Damian would say to a new recruit.

•"It could use some work!” You would reply very quickly afterwards.

•You were the translator to Damian’s harsh words.

•You always tell him to be happy.

•You hug him really tight and kiss him until he smiles.

•Sometimes he doesn’t know if your flirting with someone because you always seem happy around everyone.

•"Y/N you talk a lot to Super Boy…“ Damian would begin to mumble.

•"But I like to talk to my handsome Robin more!”

•Finds your Speedster power annoying because it’s difficult to beat you in matches.

•But it comes in handy in battle.

•And other things.

•Sometimes he still can’t believe you agreed to date him.

•You need someone bubbly too, but you choose a grump like him?

•He does a lot of things to make sure you won’t regret it.

•Even without those actions you never regret dating him.




Cassandra Cain. The Bat person we deserve but will probably won’t get because fuck DC.

Cassandra Cain is pure unadulterated badass.

Like you expect jokes from me and terrible puns. But I can’t right now. This little Asian girl is scarier than Batman.

Okay, it is like someone thought, “Man, this whole Dick Grayson, Tim Drake thing is not working because they do not have the gravitas of Batman. I mean no one is scared of Nightwing. In fact, people can’t wait to see Nightwing’s glorious ass. We need someone in the Batfamily that is fucking terrifying like Bruce, but cute as hell like Dick.”

“Okay, but how about we make the character a little girl?”

“Little girls can’t be terrifying.”

“You’ve never seen Ring, have you?”

“She was scary because she was a ghost that killed people.”

“Little girls see more blood than a hardened soldier by the age of 16. Like go around doing prissy things like listen to boy bands and playing with dolls and doing make up and fashion and the fact that they bleed once a month is just a hindrance. How is that not scary?”


Cassandra “I don’t talk shit, I am the shit” Cain is probably the most interesting Batfamily member. And because she is a woman, has a disability, and is Asian, she has to deal with the most editorial bullshit. 

Cassandra Cain is the daughter of Assassin and killer, David Cain, and Lady Shiva. David Cain, being the maniac as a human being as he was, was not that great of a role model or parental figure.

Apparently David Cain was influenced by the Joe Jackson school of parenting.

Anyways, because of these extreme conditions, Cassandra Cain could not speak coherently and the only language she spoke was body language. Weird? Okay, just imagine being good at everything physical, but not being able to speak, read, write, and etc. That is Cassandra Cain. Because she is adept at body language, she can read all movements and in other words, is probably one of the most deadly martial artists in the DC Universe.

Until she learned how to read and write and speak that is.But I will get to that later. 

Anyways, Abusive Daddy Cain decided that his daughter was ready to make Daddy Cain happy and instead of giving his daughter her first doll or some shit, he decides she was ready to apply the family trade.

Most children remember the first time a parent tried to help them learn a bike…

Cassandra having an ingrained sense of right and wrong at the age of seven, immediately felt wrong after ripping a dude’s throat out with her bare hands and ran away from David because he is a fucking sociopath. Cassandra was taken in by Oracle, or the former Batgirl, Barbara Gordan and after some funny business in Gotham’s No Man’s Land, Cassandra became the second Batgirl.

What makes Cassandra the most endearing character to read about(she is the 2nd longest running solo series led by an Asian character only behind Shang-Chi) is that every issue of hers is not only action packed, but completely unique when handling typical teen characters. Her reading and writing disability is seen as a hindrance initially, and she does not want to live a normal life.Unlike the rest of the Bat family members who have not killed prior to Batman’s teachings and were ingrained with that rule, Cassandra came to Batman as a killer and learned that it was wrong to kill by herself. She took the vow to not kill. This is different from Jason Todd who kills to spite Batman’s teachings or Damian who is all too willing to kill if things get tough.

What is also interesting is her relationship with Batman. Unlike, most relationships with his proteges, Batman absolutely adores Cassandra because of her being so much like him. If Batman had a mini-me, it would be Cassandra Cain. Seeing Batman going all “proud papa” about someone is amazing in of itself.

Cassandra does not have Dick’s levity, nor does she has Tim’s hesitance. She does not have Jason’s brashness, nor does she have Barbara’s overeagerness.And she does not have Damien’s arrogance. She is efficient in combat to the point that she is much better than Batman at clearing out rooms and general combat. And Batman loves that about her because she is PERFECT in his eyes. 

Okay, like imagine what would you make you proud of your child? Like if Bobby Hill started selling Propane and outlined the the greatness of Propane and Propane accessories to mindnumbing detail, I am pretty sure Hank Hill would fall to his knees and cry tears of joy. Batman’s thing is having his little girl clear out a room of armed guards with little to no effort all while putting fear into criminals’ hearts.

He is so proud of his baby girl that he forget that he was bleeding out!

And Cass is concerned for poppa too.

Yes, she would forsake her vow if someone killed Batman.She cares for him so much that losing him means her losing it.

Of course, Bruce and Oracle did not see eye to eye on how to handle Cass. Bruce wanted her as a weapon and saboteur of justice and Barabara wanted to give her a normal life.

So yeah, Cass’s adventures lasted just under a decade as the Batgirl until Batman Incorporated happened.

For reason’s that are beyond me, DC decided to make Cass drop the Batgirl cowl and give it to Stephanie Brown. Now Steph fans, no one is saying that Cass is a better Batgirl or Steph is a shit character because they are both interesting and good characters. The issue is that Cass was unceremoniously dropped off the face of the Earth after the New 52 reboot and people were pissed.

I am not going to post scans of Black Bat Cass because no one gives a shit. Let’s just skip over to when Cass eventually comes back after a decade of fans clamoring for her return.

Cass comes back to the New 52 reboot as Orphan. Daughter of David Cain and Lady Shiva.Look I could go into details, but why bother. She is still badass.

Like she is the saving grace of the Detective Comics. If the solicitations read, “Cassandra Cain kicks ungodly amounts of ass,” I would purchase it in a hot minute, let me tell you. That what Detective Comics #954 was. Her kicking hewwwwge amounts of ass.

So I am as giddy as a doggy getting a treat. 

jabberwocky1996  asked:

I've always wondered from one of your All-Star Batman and Robin reviews why you censored the Joker killing a woman. Putting aside it's Frank Miller and looking at it as a stand alone scene the Joker's done some horrible things. Why did you feel that didn't need to be shown. A lot of people felt the "image triggers" line was just you being well "triggered" and being too SJW. I'm not sure where I stand on that. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

If concern for other people who may be more sensitive to sexualized violence makes me too “SJW” then so be it.

I felt it was unnecessary to show, unnecessary for it to be in the book, and I didn’t really feel like showing off such blatant exploitation - any more than I wanted to show off Lian’s death in Rise of Arsenal.

anonymous asked:

I can totally see the Batkids, especially nine-year old Dick begging Bruce to put the most ridiculous things in the manor. Like, a home cinema, a private bowling alley, a petting zoo, etc.

And Bruce is trying his hardest to make this tiny, grieving child feel more at home in this large, imposing Manor so he puts up with it. “Another gym for acrobatics, I don’t see why not!” “An elephant huh? How much do they cost anyway?” and it progressively more out of control until Alfred needs to put his foot down

anonymous asked:

What's with all the Grant Morrison hate??? That dude has a lot of talent and some of the best selling and critical acclaimed comics? Did he do something I missed?

  • Didn’t bother to re-read the story he was drawing on for Damian and so invented a rape scene out of nowhere while bringing it back into continuity 
  • Says ‘everything ever is canon’ but picks and chooses what’s in his canon despite those words, along with fundamentally misunderstanding what Crisis on Infinite Earths even was and did for the DC verse
  • Destroyed Talia al Ghul’s nuanced and complex characterization and reduced her to a one dimensional evil rapist who had her son murdered
  • Pick and choose some aspects of Jason Todd’s Pre-Crisis character (a completely different person, see above second point) to drop anvils all over a ‘red headed step-child’ trope he clearly felt very clever about.
  • Destroyed Jason’s character some more while doing it
  • Had a 10 year old boy murdered in cold blood as he left DC because he didn’t want people playing with his toys or something (i’m being a bit facetious but apparently he wasn’t happy about other writers making Damian a more sympathetic character)
  • Prescribed to the idea that Batman had transcended the need for human emotions 
  • Doesn’t really understand Batman at all, really, continuing the weird fanboy idea of Batman as a grimdark hero with no earthly ties rather than a deeply complex and traumatized man who despite his insistence that he can work alone, continues making ties and clinging to them. 

My tag regarding him was facetious, but whatever technical skill and other good things he did (His Dick and Damian run was popular, but I don’t leave that solely up to him since I’m fairly sure that decision was editorial, he gets points for execution though), for me, do not outweigh the mess he made of late Post-Crisis Batman. 

anonymous asked:

For me, Batman getting married does not mean he can't be Batman anymore. If anything, him marrying Selina makes sense because she is probably the most likely person he can be married to and still be Batman at the same time. In my mind, I think the man just wants some peace.

Creators need to get over their hang ups about romance and marriage, and the marriage-means-the-end-of-the-story trope needs to die a fiery death. Superman and Lois Lane were married for fifteen years, hell, they’re married right now. Black Canary and Green Arrow got married, and the only reason their marriage ended was because DC Comics suddenly decided that superheros should be bachelors. The common thought seems to be that if Batman gets married (because marriage means happiness by default) he will become less dark and brooding and therefore less interesting. Earth-2 Batman was happily married for years and was still dark and brooding and heroic. Powergirl even once described him as being “really crazy.”

The superheros must have unhappy personal lives is so beyond tired. I said this in my criticism of DC’s status quo a couple of years ago but, you need good things and happy moments to counteract the bad because it makes things like tragedy more poignant and impactful when they happen. 

Tom King said it himself: the well has run dry on the Batman-as-a-sacrificial-hero-endless-tragedy cycle, which coincidentally is almost the exact opposite of what Batman’s last writer had to say about him. Being bold and taking risks as a writer doesn’t always involve shock and gore. There’s way more opportunities story wise by allowing Batman and Catwoman to get married than not. There’s opportunities for developing character relationships that wouldn’t exist otherwise (like Selina and the batfam) and it opens more opportunities for stories across the DC Universe. Selina could turn down Bruce’s proposal and he’ll be sad then that’ll be it. He’ll brood for a few pages and then we’ll just be off to the next arc. But if she accepts it opens the doors for a lot of stories that have never been told, because DC Comics has never dared to do it before. For example I really want to know how the Justice League reacts to the revelation.

The thing that makes Batman and Catwoman work is their ability to reconcile both parts of who they are. They don’t compartmentalize Bruce and Selina and Batman and Catwoman: they see each other as one whole person. All of Bruce’s past relationships ultimately failed because his respective partner couldn’t ever be completely involved in his life. Silver St. Cloud ended things because she couldn’t handle the superhero lifestyle, and Bruce was briefly engaged to Julie Madison, when he had amnesia and had no idea that he was Batman. The second he regained his memory it was over. 

Batman can’t be with someone who’s safety he has to constantly worry about. Selina is the only person that has really been able to share all parts of his life with and the only person he can form that type of partnership with. They’ve both been there for each other at their lowest and darkest moments, they’ve had access to each other that others haven’t, and because of who they are they understand each other in ways that are impossible for other people. Batman was there for Catwoman when her guilt over the Black Mask fiasco caused her to act out self destructively, and Bruce confided in Selina about his attempted suicide after his parents deaths. 

Going by some of the recent events and some of things Tom King has said, I don’t know if the consensus is, where Batman and Catwoman to marry, that would mean the end of Bruce’s crime fighting career. I haven’t been reading so there could be something to indicate that I don’t know about, but the sense that I’m getting is that everyone, fans, writers, everyone is exhausted from grimdark Batman and think there’s room in his life and story for a little bit of happiness. 

Batman and Catwoman work because of who they are and it would be a huge waste of opportunity to throw all of that away if they got married. 

castieltaking-hobbits2gallifrey  asked:

I need more batman media but I don't know what to watch or where to watch it and Netflix took off Young Justice and Justice League :(:( do you have any fic recs or fun facts

A.  Blogs to follow if you haven’t already followed them, the first three write FREAKING AMAZING fanfic and the fourth creates THE BEST fanart I have literally sat and scrolled through these blogs for hours

@camsthisky (good GOSH I love her she writes so much about Dick Grayson)




B.  Random Fics to Read (and honestly there are so many more, I just can’t think of them at the moment):

1. The Acrobat Series 

by fishfingersandjellybabies http://archiveofourown.org/works/4079917

Look anytime anyone talks about how much Dick loves his family they’ve won my heart and soul. I especially like the Kori section.

2.  Mori Shej 

by dickiegayson  https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12298375/1/Mori-Shej

OH MY GOSH.  I love this story so freaking much.  Ok, imagine if Jason Todd, after coming back from the dead and going through all that stuff with the Lazarus Pit and training, goes after Dick Grayson to get his revenge on Bruce.  Except when he shows up at Dick’s apartment, ready to kill the Golden Son, he finds something completely unexpected.  Jason has a lot of issues, Dick has a lot of issues (courtesy of the Blockbuster incident).  I have read and reread this story countless times, and I can never not cry because I love my broken sons so much.  There is a lot of anger, some cursing, much regret, and brothers being brothers.  And Dick is the sweetest most protective [redacted because spoiler] and Jason has a mushy heart after all.  It can stand as complete but I think the author is writing more?  Also, either before or after, or both, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqeNxdyp5CE and listen to the song.  It is my new favorite song and CAN YOU IMAGINE DICK SINGING IT OH MY GOSH

3.  the road will only be wide (the rain will never stop falling) 

by weird_bird (2weird4) http://archiveofourown.org/works/8610391/chapters/19743343

A collection of Dick and Damian moments.  So very beautiful.

4.  The Robins United Series, first story is Bird by Bird 

by laceymcbain  http://archiveofourown.org/works/2656487/chapters/5936243

…some hurt/comfort, Jason doesn’t know what the hell to do with his family, and they all insist on calling him brother.  *shrugs* family feels are my drug of choice

5.  Penny Lane 

by @jerseydevious  http://archiveofourown.org/works/11757690

Damian wants a horse, and drat I’m crying?  (tbh I cry very easily over my sons…but still)

6.  Sun Spot 

by Dawn’sEternalLight (@preciousthingsareprecious) http://archiveofourown.org/works/11748606

This fic is a quiet moment of beauty and rest for Dick and Damian.  Damian draws, and Dick watches his talented little bro.  There is sunlight.  You skin will clear and your crops will grow and any heartache you have ever had will be healed like magic!

C.  A bunch of fics by Kieron_O’Duibhir

1.  The Till-Then From the Ever-Since http://archiveofourown.org/works/3506603/chapters/7707866  

There is a problem in the Batcave, as in, younger versions of the Batfam keep turning up. It’s absolutely fantastic, and one of my favorite things is younger Jason being SO done with his older self and calling him out on stuff and being all protective of his brothers.  It gets better and better with every chapter.

2.  But a Walking Shadow http://archiveofourown.org/works/4259511/chapters/9641367

 So this story is not finished yet and the author takes waaay long to post updates on it but she has promised not to abandon it soo…It is Nightwing-centric, with a whole mess of comic Teen Titans making appearances.  The author has written a lot of stories about a world where Dick became a Talon, and in this tale Talon-on-the-run winds up on Earth-1 and Nightwing is trying to figure out who this apparent clone of his is.  Talon Dick has always intrigued me, and it is interesting seeing him and Nightwing face off.

3.  All the Roofs of Uncertainty http://archiveofourown.org/works/2273208/chapters/4994631

HOLY HECK this is one of my favorite Jason Todd fanfics EVER.  I love the description by the author “The one where Dick bleeds a lot and Jason argues with everybody.”  Jason is in the wrong spot at the wrong time, ie. He finds Dick bleeding to death and is forced to save him.  Tim and Damian make appearances.  Jason has anger issues.  That doesn’t stop him from caring.  Bruce and Jason hash things out in the most beautiful (painful) way.

4.  Wheel and Blade 


 In which Dick confronts Damian about his practice of taking weapons to school, and also gets slightly distracted by the idea of living in a vardo.  I love this story because it shows the best way to parent Damian—not by telling him no “because I said so” but by explaining and debating things like he is smart and capable.  

5.  I Pass the Night Watchman on His Beat http://archiveofourown.org/works/2326226

This is a cool one-shot of Dick and Amy, his partner on the Bludhaven police force.  I freaking love Dick being a cop.

D.  Okay now if you want something to watch:

 1.     Nightwing—The Series 

by ismahawk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o297A1wmys0

This is THE BEST Nightwing fan film I have ever seen.  I love the Dick Grayson in it—he’s got acrobatics, sounds like Jesse McCartney (Robin/Nightwing’s VA in YJ), and is quite handsome.  He fights, gets the stuffing beat out of him and keeps getting back up, has a bit of a temper, loves Barbara—perfection.  Watch it, you won’t regret it.  (Also Jason is there yay!  I will take him in any capacity I can get. And I kinda really like the actor for Bruce?)

2.     Red Hood: The Series—Episode One “Homecoming” 

by tenshunn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BdVSgshgFA&t=136s

My favorite Jason Todd fanfilm!!!  Heavily featuring Tim Drake!  Look this adaption is fab, I love the actors and the dialogue and the fight between Jason and Tim (spoiler?)  As far as I know they are trying to put together a second episode.  Watch the video where Jason Todd tries to get people to donate money for it, its HILARIOUS

3.      Batman The Animated Series is on Netflix till September 1st.  I’m in the second season and love it a lot…Alfred is so freaking sassy!  

4.     Damian Wayne: Robins Fly at Night


 It’s just five minutes and doesn’t have any dialogue, and it doesn’t come close to deserving an Oscar, but dang it it’s hard to find Damian stuff…and also seeing a little kid running around in the Robin costume made me realize that there is nothing I want more than to see Damian Wayne on the big screen, being all angry assassin kid, and Dick Grayson capturing him in a hug…

5. Gotham on Netflix

I am pretty sure you already watch this? But if not, DO!  It is AMAZING.  I love it so much, especially Bruce and Alfred and Selina Kyle

E.  Some things from Batman: Dark Victory

Okay I know he is a talented young acrobat and all but how the FUDGE did Dick get up on that chandelier?!  the kid can truly fly (yeah yeah, the stairs probably lead up to a hallway floor/balcony that Dick leapt off of but still) I wonder how many grey hairs the kid gave Alfred in those first weeks alone

On dark days I like to remember the time bby birb Dick Grayson caved in the Joker’s cheek with a well-placed kick.  My nine or ten year old son then proceeded to smash in the Joker’s teeth with a stick a few minutes later and it was amazing

You think I lied??  Nah my son Dick Grayson was cracking teeth and bones and witty puns from Day 1.  Go Robin!!!

Okay so just look at this picture.  Bby Dick is SO FREAKING TINY!!!  also very intense. OMG Batman’s fists are as big as his first son’s head!  *cue a very many feels in my heart*

F.  Random things I am including because I feel like it, and they all revolve around Dick Grayson mostly because he is my fave so…

1. Apparently some official websites say that Nightwing’s martial arts specialty is Aikido.  I do not think that word means what they think it means

2. “I close my eyes now for a few moments and I can see my parents riding the air current with me. Forever young. Forever strong. Their faces wide with excitement, big smiles on their faces, enjoying the adrenaline surge even more than I do. And there is one thing I am sure of … my parents would be proud of my life.” (Nightwing, Nightwing #141, 2008)  

3.   [Talking about Blüdhaven] “It’s a hopeless case. A lost cause. A town so mired in corruption and sin that it’s drowning … When Batman sent me here, I thought I’d solve one case and book. But then I realized … if I could make a difference here – well, that’d be something. This filthy old town needs me…. Surrounded by a dozen of my worst enemies. No way out. Nowhere to hide. The little brat was right. I do love it. (Nightwing, Nightwing Secret Files #1, 1999)

4.  There once was a dumb writer who thought killing Nightwing for real would be a good idea, and he tried writing toward that end, but everybody else was like hahahaha NO

5.  I used to hate when fic writers would shorten Damian’s name to Dami (kind of like how I majorly dislike when people shorten Sirius Black’s name to Siri, he is not an iPhone gosh).  But then I read a post on tumblr that said something about Dami actually meaning something in Arabic, something like blood or life-blood or heart blood…I can’t exactly remember what and maybe it isn’t even true but I choose to believe it is and that Dick knows exactly what it means and he calls Damian Dami as a way to show how special he is, how much Dick loves him.  Because Damian is his little brother/son and means the absolute world to Dick.  And Damian, though he pretends to despise all nicknames, absolutely LOVES that Dick calls him this

anonymous asked:

I really love your writing! So hard to find someone who can make such wonderful family moments, but still keep everyone in character. Something your stories and the latest Nightwing issues have me thinking about is how Dick and Damian have a strange brotherly, but also father-son relationship. Like it seems like Damian views Dick as father figure, but Dick is too scared to take on that role. What do you think?

Hi anon, thank you! I try! <3

And I totally agree with you. The new Nightwing issues have me screaming over the roofs when it comes to Dick and Damian relationship, especially after Damian all but called him his dad by implying that he’s having another child to replace him, but to be honest, before n52 it was already pretty clear that Dick was a father figure to him, after all he’s the one who initially “raises” him in this strange new world outside the Assassin League, and the one who actually explains him the real Batman & Robin gig. I think in Damian’s mind Bruce is of course Father™, but he’s like, a father from a holy book, God-like and almighty, someone to honor and respect religiously (well, at least that’s the theory, but Damian being Damian he… uh, slips from time to time, you know).

Dick, on the other hand, is something else entirely. In the beginning he’s literally nothing to Damian because he’s not blood and that’s the only tie Damian acknowledges and respects (and at the same time Damian’s not blood to him either, so there’s this whole new crazy concept that people can love you even if they’re not obliged by family ties. Ground-breaking, honestly). Then he becomes his mentor and his guardian (I think Damian’s technically Dick’s ward?), and, with time, this strange hybrid between an older brother and a father, but still he’s nothing like Bruce. Dick doesn’t have the same holy halo around him, he’s not that imposing either, and he fails, he needs time to figure this relationship thing too, Damian can call him out on his mistakes and doesn’t have to respect him on a principle, they can and they do work together on what their relationship is (he’ll get to do the same thing with Bruce but, you know, later). And in the end I think Dick becomes more like a normal dad to Damian. You know, the one you have ice creams and baseball matches and embarrassing talks about girls with. And when Bruce comes back Damian’s happy… but he makes clear right away who his batman is (and seeing that he calls himself the son of batman… yeah. I think Bruce’s still nursing that burn.)

As for Dick, well. Saying that the man has commitment issues is saying that the sun’s hot. While his love for Damian is pretty much clear to anyone with eyes (*coff* and doesn’t write for the dc *coff*), I feel like he would hesitate a lot to put a label to it, even with himself. To make an example, Tim calls Damian his brother like, three panels after he’s confirmed to be Bruce’s son. Granted, it’s something along the line of “omg i have a demon for a brother???” but still, there you have it: instant acknowledgment, even “claiming”. For Tim is simple: Damian is Bruce’s son, so, welcomed or not, demon spawn or not, he’s Tim’s brother. For Dick, Damian is Bruce’s son. Stop. We all know the issues between Dick and Bruce, and whatever belongs to the second, the first usually wants nothing to do with, and I think that includes Damian too, at least in the beginning. Then, of course, he does the right thing: he takes in the cape, the cowl and the son, and no one more than him knows that Batman and Robin come with a baggage of daddy issues but still, it makes sense for him to keep struggling. I think he tries to recreate with Damian what he thinks his and Bruce’s relationship should be (or should’ve been): a partnership between two equals. And he fails the same way Bruce failed with him, because let’s be honest, it’s difficult to maintain a balance when your partner is a child. When Bruce comes back I think he’s kind of relieved? because now he gets to be his own person again and love Damian to the moon and back exclusively as an older brother, which is far more simple to begin with. Point is, I don’t think that’s enough for Damian, so I’m pretty curious to see how they’re going to address this disparity in the comics, since they brought up the issue in the first place - something I’m still amazed about, to tell the truth, after all in n52 Dick and Damian looked almost like casual acquaintances. Personally (and quite obviously) I want him to step up to Damian’s expectations of him, but I would still understand if he couldn’t bring himself to do it. Still, if he doesn’t tell that child that he’s crazy to think that he doesn’t love him to pieces I’m gonna go and take Seeley’s head with my own hands, isw2tg.

TL;DR: I see Dick and Damian’s relationship with Bruce as a keystone to their relationship with each other, but while to Damian that means he gets to see and choose Dick as a “better” father-figure to himself, to Dick that’s the main reason he struggles to acknowledge his parental role in Damian’s life.

I got asked by @lexilooloo7​ for recommendations for Wally fanfictions.

So have here a small list about my favorites:

First of all I adore everything @batflashed​ has on their blog. Of course like the name suggest it all has got to do with batflash

Then I’ll gladly link you to my favorites on AO3 (with the filter Wally West, please be aware that some might not be finished or are birdflash)

And here some of my absolutely reread favorites:

Respect is Earned  by Mists (fanfiction.net)
While it’s not really Batflash, it sure has a great dynamic and respect between them. I’ve always adored this one and will always come back to it for the Wally!whump and the Wally!badass

Better  by DarkPhoenixIncarnate (fanfiction.net)
Is based on the Justice League episode “Flash and Substance” and I adore it. It’s short, it’s cute and sad and everything

Flashback  by UwIllNevERn0 (fanfiction.net)
If you’re REALLY into Wally!whump and abusive childhoods, then this is the fanfiction for you. Wally being a badass at the end is a must. Apparently there’s a sequel but I’ve never read it

Rumors  by PigInThePen (fanfiction.net)
If you want Batflash and cute Batflash that is, then this short thing is the thing for you

Monitor Duty by CoffioCake (AO3)
Batflash, cute, funny, there’s making out. Do I need to say more?

Speed Dating by radiations (AO3, thought this one you’ll find linked on Batflashed too!)
This is amazing, this is perfect. It’s not finished yet but that doesn’t matter. If you want an amazing story then read this. Please

The same grim giving by shrift (AO3)
Smut because of smut. Great smut. I love this piece of smut

thelittleredheadedmusician  asked:

Can we hear more about multiple batfam members freaking out fellow heroes on team ups? This wasn't something I realized I needed in my life until rn.

  • when dick first showed up as robin everyone was like “Aww he’s so cute!” and all lowkey started to interrogate him bc they thought he would Reveal stuff about batman and instead he revealed that he like, creepily knew details about the JL’s lives and everyone was super freaked out
  • dick brings jason along with a titans thing once and everyone was like. used to dick? and they thought jason would b more or less the same but then jason and dick would do stuff like make the same expression at the same time or something and it was like. mild. but everyone was still kinda like !!!!
  • tim and steph and dick did a thing together once with the titans and the three of them formulated and discarded and pieced together like 12 plans in front of everyone’s eyes without saying a single word. everyone was so weirded out. all three of them were surprised that they had to explain the final plan to the others
  • sometimes bruce will bring a few someones with him on JL stuff and something like this will happen:
    • hal: so hows the kiddo?
    • steph: im fine how’ve you been dealing with the death of your dog
    • hal: uhhh
    • hal: boundaries? 
    • steph: oh sorry
    • [hal has never met steph before]
  • cassie sandsmark can and will swear by the lasso of truth that the batkids bet in batarangs and it freaks everyone out. why do they bet in weapons. why
  • once there was a superfam/batfam thingy they had to deal with and the superfam was friendly and tried to make everything cheery and the batfam would barely speak and one time duke referenced the “time that the demons came and took over the world” and dick called that incident the “seven years of hell” and all of the batfam. knew what they were talking about. and clark and co were like?????? bc none of them remember ANY of that and yet it was obviously a real thing? when did the demons take over

send me batfam hcs!

anonymous asked:

When damian has nightmares, does he go to bruce and batmom for cuddles?

I think when they just got married, if it’s a particularly bad nightmare, he goes to Bruce. Bruce scoots over a little and let’s him sleep on his side of the bed. He kind of acts like a wall between you and Damian, because you just got married. And while he knows Damian isn’t close enough to you yet to show you vulnerability like that, he doesn’t want to make you uncomfortable either.

And then if Bruce isn’t there, and he’s really shaken up, he just crawls onto the floor and curls into a little ball with his blanket and falls asleep. The first few times you don’t really know what to do. So you just let him sleep on the floor. But around the third time it happens, you poke him awake with a stiff throw pillow. “Go sleep on his side of the bed, you’ll get sick if you sleep on the floor.” You mumble, you’ve already put a wall of pillows between the both of you. Just to make him more comfortable. 

Eventually, when you become Damian’s favorite thing in the world however, even if Bruce is there, he goes to your side and just taps on your face until you wake up.

“Do you need huggies?” You mumble, and he just shakes his head. He knew this was a mistake. “Okay but what if I need huggies.” Well he can’t deny you. So he just curls into your side, and you throw an arm around him. pressing a little kiss to his forehead. 

“Thanks Dami, I needed that.”

nameless-obsidian  asked:

I came into the DC fandom through YJ and I'm still quite new to both so your post about the differences betwen YJ Superboy and his comic version was interesting to me! Can you do Dick Grayson (as Robin) next? Thank you in advance!

I think Conner was the most changed character between the comic and the cartoon (aside from Artemis who I believe was a 80’s low ranking villain).

Dick is mostly true to form with a few key differences that are easy to understand when you think about it.

This is comic Dick Robin (Taken from Robin: Year One which is a more modern take on the first Boy Wonder, I do highly recommend it). The first thing I want you to notice is the costume. This is the classic Robin costume worn by both Dick and Jason. Obviously, this is impractical for a show that took itself semi seriously as YJ. So the scaly panties were the first thing to go. But this Dick is lighthearted and fun, but still very acquainted with tragedy (following the death of his parents) which makes him sympathetic with a tendency to cause trouble. A good kid, mostly obeys orders but is known to act on his own. His key strengths are his acrobatics, his optimism and his determination to save Gotham and Batman.

Now we have YJ Dick. Again notice the sleek, professional costume which is uniquely his own. One thing that stands out for this version is his intelligence, especially with computers. Now comics Dick isn’t a slacker in the brains department but it was never his specialty like it is for YJ Dick (in fact, computers were much more Tim’s thing but the YJ team needed a tech guy and it’s not too awkward a fit). Also YJ Dick is much more a geek in general (like Tim Drake) compared to comics Dick who came across as more of a friendly jock. This Dick is, interestingly, portrayed as being both more mature and less mature depending on the situation. When it comes to skills and the mission he is amazing but his interactions with his team members and concept of boundaries/limits are where he falls short. Also interesting to note, for whatever reason, YJ Dick’s whole family (including parents, aunts, uncle, cousin) were killed not just his folks which I don’t believe happened in any other medium.

Overall the difference aren’t that bad, most of them can be explained by a. the show’s desire to incorporate more mature themes (and thus make their Robin less cutesy) b. adding needed traits for the team to have (no one else really could have served as the computer guy…) c. what I like to call Robin blending syndrome in which cartoon Robins are never just made up of one Robin’s personality. Tim Drake (Robin 3) was the first in the role to be a legitimate hero who was capable and skilled and mature enough to handle things on his own. This Dick borrows a lot from that version of Tim along with his computer skills and general geekiness.

anonymous asked:

[part 1] imagine civilian!tim dating red hood!jason like they knew each other before he died. tim was his bf before, and like alfred he's only ever been good to jay so when he's back he goes looking for tim and tim knows its him right away & still loves him so he kind of serves as jason's stability & jay still loves him more than anything in the world. bruce knew abt jaytim dating as kids and he finds out the red hood was spotted in a certain area

[part 2] and after some more digging he realizes that the neighborhood is where tim drake lives and so he goes to tim during the day (where jason wouldnt really be able to do much) but tim won’t talk to him (bc jason would react badly probably) so he returns as batman and hood shows up halfway into tim & batman’s tense talk (lol bats showed through the window or smth) and jason is furious as fuck


I’m dying. This is beautiful.

Little Robin!Jason catching a kid following him on patrol one night. The kid is so wonderstruck because you’re Robin! Jason loves having this kid fawning over him, he’s never had people be so impressed by him. He runs into the kid again the next night (he was looking for him) and this time the kid brought a candy bar for him because you must be hungry, right? Running all over the city and beating up bad guys and he punches the air a few times, which makes Jason laugh and correct his form while eating the chocolate. The third time he gets the kid’s name and can’t help but smile when he says, “See you later, Tim,” before swinging away to catch up with Bruce.

The next few months they meet up along Jason’s patrol route and sometimes Tim will bring Jason something to eat or a thermos of hot chocolate when it's really cold out. Jason will bring Tim souvenirs from different bad guys he fought; Penguin’s eyeglass or a flower from Poison Ivy’s garden (don’t worry, I tested it, it’s safe. I wouldn’t ever let something bad happen to you, Timmy).

One night Tim accidently calls him Jason, and Jason hadn’t told him his name yet… So Tim explains that he’s known the whole time, and how he figured it out. Jason is ecstatic because now they get to see each other during the day, as himself. They go to movies and the arcade and it's Jason’s first real friend. Then Tim kisses him and it’s his first kiss and his first boyfriend.   

Then Jason dies.

Tim sees how Batman is tearing himself up over Jason’s death and he knows he has to help. He’s carrying the same pain and he knows Bruce will destroy himself and Gotham. Tim goes to ask Dick to help Bruce, but Dick can’t be Robin again. Bruce is falling into Two-Face’s trap, and Dick along with him, and Tim needs to do something. Alfred offers him the Robin suit and for the smallest moment he considers it, because Batman needs a Robin, but he can’t. The thought of wearing Jason’s suit makes him sick. Tim helps Batman and Nightwing but as just some kid with a mask on.

He doesn’t help again after that. He can’t replace Jason. He can't fill that void for Bruce. He can't even stand to be in the manor.

Tim goes on with his life. His mother dies, his father is paralyzed. He visits Jason’s grave in the middle of the night and leaves candy bars.

When Jason digs himself out and is starving, the first thing he eats is a Snickers bar that had been placed on top of his headstone.

The first thing Jason does when he comes back to Gotham is find Tim. He sneaks into Tim’s apartment and Tim’s on the couch watching a movie. Jason just watches him from the shadows for a few minutes, taking in how much he’s grown and how beautiful he is. Tim gets up to walk to the kitchen and Jason follows, and when Tim turns around from getting soda from the fridge and sees Jason, he immediately swings a punch that would have knocked him on his ass if he hadn’t been trained. Jason dodges and says, “Damn, Timmy. I taught you good.”

Tim freezes, blinks, squints, really looks at the guy in his kitchen. It hits him hard, his face going pale and slack, he drops the can and whispers, “Jason?”

They spend the night wrapped up on the couch together, Tim practically in his lap as Jason tells him what happened.

They fall in love all over again, (not that either of them ever fell out of it) harder and deeper because now they’re old enough to really give themselves to each other. When Jason struggles with his anger, or the way the pit is still fucking with his head, Tim is there. Tim keeps him grounded. Tim reminds him he’s real and he’s good. Tim knew him before, as Robin and as Jason, and he knows him after, as Red Hood and as Jason, and he still loves him. Tim knows him in every way and still loves him. Tim proves he’s worthy of love.

One day Tim gets mugged. He fought back but there were four thugs against just one Tim, and he got beat pretty badly. That night Red Hood finds the men that attacked Tim. By the next morning the whole underbelly of Gotham knows not to mess with Tim Drake.

The area around Tim’s apartment and school becomes a common place to spot Red Hood.

Bruce notices.

He’d periodically checked up on Tim over the years. Not in person, Tim wanted to a keep a distance from Batman and he respected that, but he made sure the boy was okay. He watched Tim never get close to anyone else. He saw that Tim still loved Jason. So when Red Hood stakes a claim on Tim, it makes all of those hints and clues slide into place and he realizes Red Hood is Jason. It’s impossible, Jason died. But what is even more impossible is Tim loving someone else.

Bruce sits down at Tim’s table in the little coffee shop he goes to every day and Tim nods politely.



Tim sips his latte.

“I want to talk about-”

“No,” he interrupts. “It’s not my place. I’m sorry, Bruce.”

Bruce understands. He pats Tim’s shoulder and leaves.

And the thing is, Bruce understands. But Batman is angry and hurt and needs to know what’s going on.

Batman slips into Tim’s apartment. He saw the wires on the window and tripped them anyway. Red Hood should arrive in three minutes.

“I told you, I’m not going to talk about it,” Tim says from the couch. Batman doesn’t respond and after a moment Tim nods because Oh. Okay, he knows what this is.

Jason flies through the door, guns already out and trained on Bruce before he even registers who it is. When he does the guns don’t lower. “Get out,” he growls. “If you want me that’s fine; we’ll do this, old man. But you don’t drag Tim into it. Now get the fuck out.”

Batman stands where he is long enough for Jason’s finger to twitch dangerously on the trigger before he slips out the window. Jason stays in attack position until Tim gently pulls his arms down. He grabs his face and forces Jason to meet his eyes.

“You’ll be okay,” Tim whispers, “I’m here. I’ll be right here,” and kisses him.

It’s enough for Jason to go and meet Bruce, to do all of this that he’d been putting off. It’s going to be nasty. It’ll hurt like hell.

But Jason’s been through hell before.

And Tim will be there on the other side again.

The problem with the DCEU or Plot vs Characters

Now, before I start this post I would like to say this isn’t in any way intented to be wank. While I think that the movies of the DC Extended Universe have their problems I don’t think they are as terrible as some people made them. If anything they did entertain me. This post is rather a reponse to a comment I saw a lot in reviews for Wonder Woman: that WW saved the DCEU and is the first movie to get good critics. So, let’s take a look back to the movies of the DCEU so far, let’s see what they did right, what they could do better and what I think is the main problem of the DCEU.

One of the biggest problems of the DCEU is, and there is no way we can’t talk about this, Marvel. Marvel has already established their Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DCEU now feels like a response to it. Unless you are a die hard DC fan most people are familiar with the movies of the MCU and will likely compare these two cinematic universes. And so far it seems like the MCU is the better one. Of course the comparison isn’t balanced. By june 2017 the DCEU contains four movies, the MCU though 15, with number 16 (Spiderman: Homecoming) at the ready. But in a way it feels like this part of the problem. The DCEU tries to do the same thing as the MCU, which ultimately is to bring their established characters together (because why else would they share a universe if not for them to meet?), but they are trying to do in a faster way.

The MCU started in 2008 with Iron Man. By the time we saw the first ensemble movie, The Avengers, four years have passed and we had another Iron Man movie along with three other origin movies (Captain America, Thor and the Hulk movie nobody ever talks about). By the time the Avengers movie came around we already knew these characters because they either were given origin movies (Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor) and were otherwise introduced as characters (Nick Fury, Black Widow, Loki). The only new guy was Hawkeye. Avengers worked because it didn’t need to introduce and established its characters. Ensemble movies are always harder when it comes to the characters, simply because they are so much and you can’t give all of them the same screen time if you want to tell a story as well. Simply speaking what the MCU did was to establish and develop their characters in their respective solo movies - they are the character moments so to say - whereas the ensemble movies (Avengers 1&2, Captain America: Civil War) move along the plot. (Of course the solo movies have plot as well and the ensemble movies have character moments, it is just a very abstract way of categorizing these movies).

Now, compare this to the DCEU: Man of Steel (Solo/origin movie), Batman v Superman (ensemble movie), Suicide Squad (ensemble movie), Wonder Woman (Solo/origin movie), Justice League (not released yet but another ensemble movie). The ensemble movies are the ones fans want to see - I remember the exictement over the first Avengers movie because for the first time several superheroes would work together on a big screen. But these movies only work if you have established the characters we see first. Instead of taking their time as the MCU did what DC did felt rushed. They didn’t take their time to establish their characters, which I think is the main reason the movies didn’t work. But let’s take a closer look.

Man of Steel (2013)

I liked this movie for the greater part. I have to admit I wasn’t that familar with the character of Superman/Clark Kent, despite general pop culture knowledge. I haven’t seen any of the other many Superman movies or shows like Smallville, so I had no real expections watching this movie. The reason I liked it though is that it takes its time to explore the character of Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman. The conflict of being a child of two worlds, about finding out who or what he is and whether or not he owes this world to save it was what made this movie worth watching. All of those character moments were the strong points of the movie. I admit I wasn’t particular interested in all the action we saw in the second part of the movie; the big fights and explosions are never my jam. But the movie did establish the main character, it showed us the person Clark is and the hero Superman is and much of the conflict we saw in Batman v Superman (the potentional abuse of power) was already brought to life as well.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

First things first, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, please watch the extended cut. They cut out around 30 minutes of the movie; not only character moments though (who always get cut out first) but plot points as well. The overall tone of the movie doesn’t change and neither the things that didn’t work, but it is the version that makes more sense while watching/feels more coherensive.

As I said I feel the DCEU rushed things. Releasing an ensemble movie so soon felt like a desperate move. The only character that we already know is Superman (and well Lois) and therefore to no surprise the scenes that worked for me the most were the ones regarding Superman and the main conflict of the potentional danger of Superman/his powers. As I said they continued these themes from Man of Steel, so we were already familar with them and they didn’t need a lot of explaining.

The problem is that Batman v Superman needs to be a second Superman movie, a Batman movie and a teaser for Wonder Woman and Justice League all in one movie. That is a lot to handle and the reason the movies feels a bit stuffed. Because boy is there a lot of plot. I guess they wanted to establish Lex Luther as a criminal mastermind and tell a complex story, but with everything that was going on it were the characters who suffered the most.

Batman is the character that doesn’t need another origin movie and feels like he is well known enough to simply throw him into the movie. But the more I think about it the more it would have made sense to release a Batman solo movie before Batman v Superman. It would have established the character (and for that we don’t need an origin movie per se) and explained the character better. I had some problems with his character, because he did seem like an overly agressive guy, a one man army to live out male fantasies of violence, near a psychotic breakdown. What happened to that guy? Robin’s death was mentioned but it might have played a role in it. Showing us how Robin died would have (probably) explained this dark version of Batman and would have already introduced the Joker and Harley Quinn (as Suicide Squad established they were responsible for Robin’s death). (It still wouldn’t have explained the Martha twist though, because it still doesn’t make sense, no matter how you look at it).

Same goes for Wonder Woman. I know they probably wanted to introduce her as this mysterious woman, but everyone who saw a trailer or just the movie poster knew already who she was. The photograph was meant to tease the Wonder Woman movie. But just imagine Wonder Woman would have been released before Batman v Superman. Diana would have still remained a mystery, because she seems to be nothing like the woman we saw in her solo movie. We know that 98 years passed between her first adventoure and Dawn of Justice, which leads to the question what happened in between. Did she return to Themyscira? Did she stay in the human world? If so why are there no more records of her other than some very recent photos and the one from 1918? Also remember the end after Superman sacrficied himself and Lois comes to the scene? She looks at Diana who shakes her head; there is a silent understanding between the two of them. With the knowledge that Diana lost a lover as well the scene makes way more sense.

In short, less plot, more character moments, establishing character in their solo movies before releasing an ensemble movie.

Suicide Squad (2016)

Even worse than Batman v Superman we didn’t know any of the characters before this movie. What they did then was exposition. Lots and lots of exposition. So much that it seemed that they forgot about the second act and we were rushed to the third act. The movie didn’t even try to balance out their characters, but focused instead mainly on Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Which worked for Deadshot, because his story/motivation was simply: everything he did he did for his daughter. Harley Quinn though? I still have questions about her and her relationship to the joker (and it sucked that she wasn’t a character on her own but a woman defined by the relationship to a guy). We hardly saw anything of Harleen Quinzel and the reasons why she fell for a psychopath. And they didn’t even bother with some other characters at all. Slipknot was only there to show us that Amanda Waller meant business and why exactly was Katana in the movie? In all fairness the movie was entertaining but completely missed to make me feel for the characters. Of course you can’t give all of them their own origin movie, but as I said before they could have introduced Harley Quinn and the Joker in a Batman movie for example.

Wonder Woman (2017)

The movie that did everything right. I couldn’t care less about the big bad or the big fight at the end, but it didn’t matter. Why? Because I watched the movie for the character. And they did everything right in showing us who Diana is and what she stands for. The reason why the no man’s land had such a great impact and is the one everyone talks about? Because it is the moment Diana became Wonder Woman. Even though it is an action sequence technically it is a character moment. Not only managed the movie to establish the main character but the supporting characters as well. We feel Diana’s pain after Steve died, because we know about the character and the relationship these two had.

So what does it mean for Justice League? By then we are familiar with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The movie will introduce us to Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg though, so we will likely see a lot of exposition and bringing the gang together stuff. In order to make the movie still work I think they have to focus more on the characters this time, especially the ones we haven’t met yet, and their relationships with each other, instead of presenting us another complicated plot. The plot is always secondary to the characters, because in order for the plot to work we need to care about the characters first. To me Man of Steel and Wonder Woman are so far the best movies of the DCEU because they are character driven. Let’s hope they took some notes after the sucess of Wonder Woman and we will see more solo and/or origin movies in the future before we get another ensemble movie. 

Some thoughts
  • I like the intro! the graphics are really cool! The audio needs some adjusting though, the intro music is really drowned out. The only thing I’m not digging is that minimalist cartoony blue and the logo flame - looks a little scrappy next to the better graphics. GMMore’s intro is even more so. Again I liked the GMM intro overall though!
  • THOSE SCENES WITH CHASE - holy heightened production quality batman! daaamnnn. Very cool and cinematic.
  • None of the juices were horrible! :) yay! they get tasty stuff for a change.
  • Don’t hate me but Rhett’s comment about the wheel makes me feel better about the improv spots going away. If the improv spots were starting to feel old and they weren’t liking them anymore it was best to stop. Their hearts wouldn’t be in it anyway. I do think some of the spots could be switched out for something better though. Just don’t know what. 
  • On that Rhett note - we’re getting so much insight into how eloquent Rhett is with his writing lately and it makes me so excited for the book.

pomrania  asked:

What if the other characters just start CALLING Rey a Skywalker, because they assume that she's either Luke's long-lost daughter or has by now been adopted by him? Luke doesn't have a problem with her using the name, there's no one else with a claim to it, and that way she has something to fill out the forms with. That, or people assume "Skywalker" is a title instead of a name, and the title would apply to her.

Y'know, the galaxy being a big place and all, it wouldn’t surprise me if there were communities where “Skywalker” was a title or description rather than a name.

And considering Shmi’s family had to come from somewhere (some kind of explorers in Legends, I think, which explains the genetic Skywalker love of flying I guess), there’s probably other Skywalkers out there who are only distantly related to Luke and Leia and have weathered the last several decades in a state of benign confusion. (If Rey or like six other obscure Resistance members were from that family branch, that would be very amusing)

Or we could loop back to my personal favorite off-the-wall “theory”, in which Luke is Space Batman and just adds anyone who needs a place to go into his family (which would make Ren’s betrayal of the other padawans a whole lot more tragic, unfortunately)
But then you could have a Luke who does things my own folks have done, like where someone on the base jokes “hey, can I be a Skywalker too?”
And he says “Sure, son! When’s your birthday?” And then remembers and brings cake.
(And that’s how a lot of my friends became my honorary siblings during college)