nail becomes the hammer

There is something I like to call, ‘The Batman Principle’, that has been steadily lost to superhero media over the years. That when you have super-powers, they become your hammer, and every problem becomes a nail. This is masterfully illustrated all throughout the episode “Sokka’s Master”, of Avatar: The Last Airbender.  The principle is that lateral thinking, taking advantage of your surroundings, leadership, cunning (like kicking dirt in someones face), are less likely used by powered characters, and integral to non-powered ones. Non-powered characters are now succeeding ‘because they’re awesome’, unoriginal powered armor, or magical hacking powers, instead.

anonymous asked:

Laurel confronting Oliver about the other woman he loves and maybe a chat between laurel and felicity

Yeah so I don’t know what happened here. I’m sorry! I can’t seem to stop writing Oliver angsting himself into knots.

(Oh, and the two conversations take place on different nights, just btw in case anyone’s confused!)


She doesn’t bring it up for a long time. Not a long long time, but just long enough that they’re all starting to move on with the next phase of their lives, and yet not long enough for him to have it all figured out yet.

He will one day. And that’s not just blind hope speaking, he knows that he will, at some point in the not so distant future, have all the answers that are being demanded of him now.

But the point is, he doesn’t have them now.

And so, as he stands opposite the woman who has defined his past, a heavy question hanging over their heads, an empty room surrounding them, he doesn’t know what to say.

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