this is the best thing i've seen in a long time

tbh something that annoys me a lot about how Batman is portrayed is that you can do so many interesting things with him visullay, with how he moves with his cape, hides with it and behind it and uses it to glide through the night, and what would work best for that would be a lean physique yet most of the time he’s envisioned as this bulky af dude who just happens to be wearing a cape

this works really well visually 

and yet most of the time we get this

like why is he as bulky as Superman?? how is that interesting??? how does that tell us anything about the characters???? it doesn’t, it’s just strict adherence to hypermasculinity and it frustrates me 

Batman is fucking sneaky, he hides, he’s quiet, he makes damn sure he has the jump on someone before he attacks - he’s not a bruiser he’s a fucking rogue okay. leaving him behind his cape tells us that much better than giving him an eight pack

like take these pictures

they’re doing something interesting with the cape, but to me the emphasis on his muscles really distracts from what could be something that worked quite well if rendered more simply. the constant emphasis on him being big and muscular detracts from an otherwise interesting visual design. 

this isn’t about any one installment being better than another, i’m still not a fan of the body type they chose for him in B:TAS and I do think the Arkham games portrays the cape gliding well, my only point is that I’m so tired of seeing him drawn with hypermasculinity as the main goal instead of with visual storytelling in mind. 

So I’ve written a couple posts about corrupted gems and mental illness; and there’s one thing that a few people have brought up that I definitely wanted to address:

If corruption is truly a metaphor for mental illness, is it problematic that the so called solution is poofing and bubbling them?

It’s a question that’s been in the back of my mind since before I started writing that meta, and for all I write about the fantastic representation we’ve seen it is something that still lingers as I write. 

Let’s take a look at what we know about the process: obviously being poofed is somewhat traumatic at best. The process itself is quick, but usually it comes after being chased around for some time. Sure they may be wreaking havoc on their surroundings, but wouldn’t you lash out in every way possible if someone was effectively trying to kill you? And they would have no idea that the CGs weren’t try to kill them. Once they’re bubbled, they’re in stasis. As far as we know, they’re unaware. They may or may not heal somewhat in that time, but most likely they don’t. They’re safe, they’re not causing any more trouble, but they’re just… there. Contained, because the CGs don’t know what else to do for them. 

It doesn’t seem to be something they take particular joy in, especially Pearl and Garnet. But is something that they see as necessary. There’s a good chance that a lot of the corrupted gems they’re fighting were once friends, or at the very least allies. And let’s not forget, their number one goal is still to protect Earth. It’s certainly not the fault of the corrupted gems that their lashing out causes a large amount of damage and danger, but that doesn’t change the fact that it does. So they poof and bubble because it’s the most merciful thing they know how to do. 

But we can also see that they are clearly not forgotten. It seems that every once in a while they do try to unbubble someone and heal them. It’s something they tried with Rose Quartz, and now it’s something they try with Steven. I do think it’s important to emphasize the difference with this last attempt with Steven: He got further than Rose ever did, AND his final solution was letting Centipeetle return to her crew, despite the fact they she (and they) remained corrupted. Not “cured”, but happy.

Of course ultimately it’s decided that the best course of action is still to poof and bubble corrupted gems, because at this point it’s seen as too dangerous to do anything else. But it’s also clarified: Those corruptions are not unintelligent. They have thoughts and feelings, and the gem they were before is still inside them. They’re scared and don’t understand why they’re being attacked when all they’re trying to do is survive. 

The more Steven learns about gem history and corruption, the less satisfied he’s becoming with poofing and bubbling as a solution. And since the show is from Steven’s point of view, we’re learning with him. We’re meant to feel increasingly uncomfortable with it as well.

And we’ve seen that the crewniverse has no problem with addressing issues in a way that makes its audience feel uncomfortable, especially if it helps its message hit closer to home. So no, I don’t think that using corrupted gems as a metaphor for mental illness means they think those with mental illness should be rounded up and institutionalized. I think this is a slow burn that’s building up to something bigger, and we’re starting to reach a turning point.

I’d place a little more faith in the people who manage to pack more depth into 11 minutes than most series manage to produce in their entire run. 

james potter is eleven and still all skinned knees and robes too long that he trips over them when he runs around and met his very best friends and he wonders why pretty red headed lily evans wants to hang around that greasy slytherin

james potter is twelve and girls are gross and lily evans is a know it all sometimes but she’s very kind. he spends all his time with those three other boys who he already knows he could die for

james potter is thirteen and he believes pranks are the greatest thing in the world there are no stars that shine more brilliantly than the marauders

james potter is fourteen and remus gets very sad and angry sometimes and he carries more burden than anyone he knows. sirius had started staying with him more and more and he knew it wasn’t his business but how could his family not love someone as absolutely brilliant as sirius black? he made his friends laugh harder than ever with his nickname of snivellus and beamed with pride every time he used it. he grew so fast he got stretch marks and none of his robes fit and he was now much much taller than lily evans

james potter is fifteen broke the law and knew it was worth it to see the relieved smile on remus’ face and he knew that him and his friends would be friends forever. lily evans came back to school with her hair cut to her shoulders and try as he might he could not deny that he fancied her, oh merlin did he fancy her. snivellus called her that awful awful word and he knew she could handle it. she wouldn’t even look at him any longer.

james potter is sixteen and lily evans still doesn’t fancy him but he has not given up. he has begun to change the pranking style he once had and matured before everyone’s eyes (of course that didn’t mean stop pranking) he was the greatest quidditch player at hogwarts. he gets very round glasses and all of his friends make fun of him. lily evans began to hang around him much more and maybe oh maybe being friends was not so bad with the beautiful girl with the red hair

james potter is seventeen and he has gotten very good at pretending he is not afraid of what’s out there. him and the rest of the marauders speak of the future more often than not. he knows he will be out there helping fight this war. lily evans kissed him and she tasted of butterbeer and mint and smelled like roses and vanilla. he knows him and his friends are destined to be together until whatever the end is. he and lily speak of marriage. he knows home will be wherever his loved ones are