Image: Cover of
America #2, starring America Chavez, Marvel’s lesbian Latina superhero. (Marvel
NPR’s Glen Weldon is used to comics shop chatter that revolves around things
like which new books are worth checking out, what storylines have gone way too
long and which hero could kick which other hero’s butt. Generally speaking, the
word “demographics” doesn’t crop up a lot; but it did last week, after a Marvel
executive’s comments about diversity in comics unleashed an online firestorm.
I also started a couple pages on basic wood shop safety! More coming soon.
And thank you so much for being into this zine series! A lot of it is information that’s just sort of in my head now, and it’s been really valuable and useful to me to be able to write it out and be assured that it IS useful to do so, and not just incredibly redundant.
You know, I’ll readily admit that so far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole has had consistently better film output than the current DC Extended Universe.
But on the other hand:
DC didn’t make Superman secretly a member of the Klan during a surge of racist and xenophobic rhetoric and politics in the US
DC also didn’t make their Jewish characters like Harley Quinn or Batwoman into pseudo-Nazis while the US is under a blatantly anti-Semitic political administration
DC also didn’t ask comic shop employees to wear T-shirts with pseudo-Nazi logos or to cover their store logos with pseudo-Nazi symbols
DC also, in my knowledge, never blamed slumping sales on being too diverse in their lineup
Which isn’t to say they haven’t had their share of tone-deaf and flat-out insulting gaffes, but when New 52 didn’t do as well as they expected I know they didn’t blame it on having a Green Lantern and a Batman who were Muslim
Marvel Studios has yet to release a solo superhero film starring a woman (Elektra is a Fox film). DC’s had two female-led cinematic releases (three if you consider Evey to be the main character of V for Vendetta), those being Supergirl and Catwoman. And yes, Supergirl and Catwoman were terrible, but at least they exist. An attempt was made
The current DC Extended Universe will also give us Wonder Woman before the MCU gives us Captain Marvel
If the current planned lineup for the DC Extended Universe holds, then their first five solo film leads will probably be two white men (Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill and presumably whoever plays Captain Marvel in Shazam!), a Jewish woman (Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot), a Native Hawaiian man (Aquaman, Jason Momoa), and a black man (Cyborg, Ray Fisher). The first solo film in the MCU with a lead who isn’t a white man will be Black Panther, their thirteenth solo film.
While Marvel was making Captain America and Magneto into HYDRA agents, DC made Snagglepuss into a gay Southern Gothic playwright because why not
While DC has its own fair share of fuckery, bad decisions, pointless, flow-wrecking crossovers, and other such garbage, at least they haven’t blown so many dog whistles at the alt-right in the past year that it’s very hard to consider it tone-deafness or coincidence at this point
So in conclusion, as we currently stand, DC’s on Marvel’s left.
Why is it that Bruce and Selina’s relationship doesn’t get enough love? It’s so complex, the ideologies of ethics and morality clouding their lust for one another.They’re so different, but not in the yin and yang sense, no that’d be too easy. They have this tension that’s not only sexual, it’s heavier than that. It’s something that defines them as people, and that something that’s should make them incompatible. But they’re not. They fit. Sure, not like Lois Lane and Clark Kent, but that’s what makes their relationship so much more beautiful. It has flaws, man does it have a lot of them. I love the rigidity that Bruce tries to maintain, I love that most of the time he fails miserably. I love that Selina is a bad ass bitch who owns the shit she does, and I love the rare moments where she becomes vulnerable to Bruce.
I feel as though words can not appropriate how strongly I feel about this dynamic, but fuck it, at least I tried.
Also, this is art by Jim Lee in Hush……and it’s everything I’ve ever wanted Batman and Catwoman to look like. So, thank you Jim Lee.