@directedbyzacksnyder first of all I would like to thank you for putting into words what I have struggled with.
In case anyone doesn’t know, Justice League director, Zack Snyder, recently announced that he would be stepping down from the project due to a family tragedy.
Snyder only announced this because knowing the internet he knew that if he had simply said he was stepping down, loads of bloggers and clickbait websites would have gone on to write inaccurate articles about how “Hack Snyder ruins the DCEU once again”, or “WB finally washes its hand of Zack before he creates another disaster.”
Over the years it’s become incredibly clear that critics and bloggers have used their opinion on Snyder to become nothing but massive jerks.
And in doing so not only have these bloggers, websites posted incredibly hurtful stories about Zack but they’ve taken it to a personal level.
Just yesterday I got into a huge argument with a Critic, who I once had massive respect for, because she decided to make a terrible joke about how she was completely confident that Zack Snyder hated his mother.
Look I understand that Zack isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, hey I consider myself a fan and even I don’t love all of his work.
But please, please, can we stop with the massive personal attacks on this guy. Snyder is a kind man who every single person who has worked with him has praised to the high heavens for being a gentleman. And many actress have said that if it wasn’t for him they would have quit acting.
He’s not a misogynist, or some Right Wing Ayn Rand obsessed psychopath, or some edgelord who wants to ruin your childhood.
He’s just a guy who has feelings just like us and that often gets forgotten about.
Right now Snyder needs some time to make peace with a family tragedy and a kind word could a long way. And if you can’t do that feel free to say nothing at all. You have already proven your character.
Look, let’s get one thing straight, guys, okay? The only reason I’m here is because we’re on Canadian soil and an appellate court overruled your injunction to keep me away. So, if we’re done measuring dicks, can you have your people show me what you found?
I hate how everyone assumes Jason Todd would be a bad father and not know how to take care of his kids so he’d need his family to teach him how to be a proper father, like b*tch please. Jason would be the best dad and you know it.
He’d be the kind of dad who lets his son do a messy science experiment he saw at school, and when they get green slime all over the kitchen table, Jason just laughs and cleans it up after instead of getting angry. He’d be the kind of dad who goes to every baseball game, every ballet recital, and every concert. He’d be the kind of dad who tells his kid he works with the Tooth Fairy every night instead of admitting the truth that he’s the Red Hood because he doesn’t want them to think he’s a bad guy. He’d be the kind of dad who makes smiley face pancakes in the morning if his kid asks for it and belts out Disney songs while he does so. He’d be the kind of dad who lets his daughter put a bunch of tiny ponytails in his hair, and then goes to the manor like that because she made him promise not to. And when his brothers laugh at him, he just laughs along because it was totally worth seeing the proud smile on his little girl’s face when she admired her handiwork.
Screw all of you people, Jason Todd would be the best father ever, which of course he learned all from Bruce and Alfred. That paired with the fact that he had a crappy childhood, so he does whatever he can to ensure his own children don’t have to suffer like he did.
LEGO batman took one of the edgiest, most dramatic, most macho-infused, toxic, violent versions of a rich entitled superhero out there, criticized each one of these things, and made sure kids knew that even when you have been hurt it’s important to allow yourself help and love from friends, who, by the way, can also be a family. i’m in love.
i was watching batman: the animated series, and i think i’ve pinpointed one of the reasons why writers/artists often fail to give us good female superheroes. so you know how in btas, batman always looms over people, becoming a shadowy, inhuman bat creature and striking terror into his enemies? this, by my standards, is one of the coolest things about batman. when batgirl is introduced, she does this. but the catch is that she was actually just pretending to be batman for plot reasons. when she gets her own version of the costume she gets rid of the full length cape, and while her outfit isn’t sexy or “revealing”, she is still sexualized. we talk about sexualization as disempowering, and argue about whether or not female heroes should wear certain things, but we never think about why sexualization is destructive to superheroes. but as made apparent in btas, one of the main problems is that sexualization gets in the way of the inhumanity that’s necessary for certain types of superheroes. barbara gordon cannot become a formless cape with glowing eyes because the artists are too focused on her female form and by extension her human form. she cannot become inhuman because people feel the need to draw her with boobs.
after that initial pretending to be the actual batman thing (where she did some serious looming and lurking), we have this scene from the next episode:
it’s a pretty cool shot, but her body is clearly visible in a way that batman’s routinely isn’t. while animated batman is normally drawn with physical details, his standard intimidating-his-enemies pose is more like this:
i could address the problematic ways batgirl is written, but in such an aesthetically appealing show, images are just as important.
how can batgirl be vengeance and the night if we are constantly reminded (via her body and gender) that she is human?