The DC Comics Stable
Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC comics Co Publisher Dan DiDio has told attendees at the Kapow Comic Convention in London that DC would be “reintroducing” one of their most identifiable (but as yet unnamed) characters to become one of their “most prominent gay characters” Senior Vice President Bob Wayne compared the company’s policy on gay characters to that of President Obama’s recent shift saying that DC’s position “has evolved”. Although it is unclear how and when this will happen, speculation has also appeared online that the character may be rebooted or rewritten when he/she is “reintroduced (A common tactic DC comics uses).
So where does that leave the readers? Recognizing that comic books have a wide range of appeal to everyone, and that politics are a hot topic which should never be discussed at the dinner table in Thanksgiving, we begin the tightrope walk that is my rant.
I also recognize that people don’t agree with me, and that’s cool. When people read this article or the first few sentences enough to know that I am not really rooting for this change, I may be labeled as something that I am not. Of course this will only happen to people who don’t read the whole article because people don’t want to take time to read, only to make up their mind very fast and quite frankly, if you aren’t with them, you’re against them… But let me just say, that I believe in love… no matter who it’s with. If you can con someone into loving your ugly mug, go for it. I wish you well. It’s the best feeling in the world, and quite frankly it should be the reason we do things in life… Now, back to my comic books…
#1 If it ain’t broke don’t fix it-
Look, I’m a purist. This is obvious. I complain when they get Iron Man’s costume wrong, or they make Asgardian costumes look like something from X3. I don’t like it when people take something that was already great, and try to mess with it. I mean… I’m not the only one here. If we change a character, we are changing who this icon is. This isn’t some B level character like Captain Karate, we’re dealing with one of the big guns. When you do this DC comics, ESPECIALLY IF YOU REBOOT, you are negating everything you did to build the character in the first place. Can you imagine what would happen if Peter Parker and Mary Jane didn’t get together? Well guess what, it happened in BRAND NEW DAY and it sucked ass. To this day, I can’t get into Spider-Man anymore because they crafted a story in which the wedding of Parker and Watson just didn’t come to fruition making 20 something years a lie. That didn’t set well with fans. Sometime last year, Marvel killed off Peter Parker in their Ultimate Spider-Man title and replaced him with Miles Morales, a minority character, again losing fans, I don’t like Miles. Not because he is a minority (like me mind you) but because he isn’t the Spider-Man I know. I refuse to believe that you would take someone like Superman, and totally negate the love Lois and Clark shared. But then again DC maybe you would because….
#2 DC comics loves to do this for the money
- So back in the 1992, DC did something crazy. In a media blitz that made headlines around the world, they killed Superman. Wowza. Can you believe that? Yeah, nobody cared about him, he was just too powerful, Americans grew up since that time, and Superman was kind of no big deal other than being the 1st real superhero. After record sales and swimming in pools of money, they brought him back to life, thus plummeting Action Comics into a horrible decline which it has never really recovered. Marvel also did similar things, from killing off Captain America to having Obama appear in a Spider-man comic around inauguration time. I understand that comic characters are intellectual property of DC and they can do what they want, but I doubt that was what Bob Kane had in mind when he made Batman. I like to think that the reason Batman can’t get a steady girl is he is a messed up dude who lost his parents and is spending his life getting justice, not because of what twitter speculators think.
#3 Reboots and re-introductions never work
A) New Coke- 1985… You may not remember this because studies show that “nerd culture” is actually just 20 year old good looking hipsters, but let me tell you about this disaster called NEW COKE. This happened when Coke decided to change it’s formula forever. Guess what… it sucked and they brought the old one back. You ever wonder why the coke you drink is called Coca Cola Classic? BAM
B) The Star Wars Trilogy (Special Editions)- Lucas says you will NEVER be able to see the old trilogy again. We will be forever forced to watch crappy musical numbers performed in Jabba’s Palace.
C) ANY reboot that Tim Burton touches- seriously
#4 Being Yourself makes for a better activist than anything else
- I sometimes feel for my fellow humans who are fighting a struggle they feel they need to fight. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret I’ve already mentioned in this article. I am a minority. I hardly bring it up only when I am trying to make a point. And while I am a minority, I have never tried to play the race card. I never applied for minority scholarships or aid, I have never said “I didn’t get the job because I am not white” I watched 10 minutes of a George Lopez comedy show and turned it off because he couldn’t be funny without trying to talk down on other races and use stereotypes of my heritage to make a joke. This in no way means that I am ashamed to be Mexican. I come from a rich cultural heritage and it shows . I have simply tried to build my band, podcast, and work ethic based on what I do as much as who I am.
I’m all for equality. I believe EVERYONE has a right to vote, marry (and especially divorce) in their manner of choice, and live the way they want. I think you SHOULD be able to enjoy all the freedoms in life that is available to everyone. I think that in this chase we should embrace our failures and letdowns as much as our wins (in this society we forget about the struggle of what we do to be successful)
I do think people are born the way they are born for a reason. To love, live, create because that is the way the universe has done it. For that matter, I do not think that DC should reboot a character, changing their origin (basically how they are “born” just to go with hot politics)
Which leads me to the last part of my rant…
A Hero is a hero no matter what-
To me, reading comics as a kid was always inspiring. It taught me that one person could make a difference, and that if you walk the path of good, you can really do extraordinary things. It taught me never to judge someone on things they could not control, and it also taught me that even villains think they are the good guys. A person is a person. I don’t need to know Animal Man’s sexual preference to know that he has a cool power, and Green Lantern can do whatever he wants as long as he keeps that ring charged. I just fail to understand why we make such a big deal about things.
I think that the politics of today are stupid. I think that the activists and extremists are going about this all wrong. I think that there will never be equality if we keep looking at our race, sexual orientation, age, nationality and religion of choice. These are limits we place on ourselves, we segregate ourselves and get mad when people don’t see eye to eye with us. For that reason alone, I don’t think we will ever live in the world we want to because even though we want people to respect our own opinions, we are not willing to meet theirs.
Suck on that DC