“Some people might say that fighting for truth and justice aren’t relevant anymore. But I’ve fought for the same things, even when they don’t seem fashionable. It’s a Never-Ending Battle, but we can’t quit. You are stronger than you know.”—Superman (from Justice League: Doom)
Just for the record? I am really over the “I don’t like Superman/Clark Kent because he’s boring” thing. If you don’t want to like Superman….please find a better reason. Find an original reason. Find a reason that actually makes you be thoughtful and use your brain as opposed to relying on a cliched reason that disregards all the incredibly complex nuances that have gone into the character for the last 70 years. I would literally rather someone tell me that they don’t like Superman because they think he’s a dick than because he’s “boring” because at least “dick” requires some actual thought on your part.
I understand that we all have different tastes. Not everyone is going to be drawn to or inspired by the same thing. That is perfectly fine. In fact, I downright celebrate that there are so many different characters and narratives in this world because that means that there is a little something for everyone. The ultimate goal is that everyone and anyone—no matter your age, gender, race, cultural background or sexual orientation can find something that feel right and inspiring for you and I think that’s freaking fabulous.
But honestly….the Superman is too “boring” because he’s too “good” thing is quite frankly one of the most immature, ridiculous, overused shit in the world and I am so tired of hearing it. For whatever reason, it bothers me even MORE when it comes from female comic fans because I always tend to hope that females can band together in a genre and industry that treats us like second class citizens. Out of all the male heroes out there, Superman has always been one of the few male heroes that was allowed to uphold some characteristics (such as kindness and a more gentle demeanor) that our culture deemed as being more stereotypically feminine and he’s often been the victim of really sexist shit because of that very fact. So, on some level, I actually feel offended when I hear women calling him boring because it’s like….you do understand that Superman is one of the few male heroes that was fighting our fight, right? And that if you imply that you think it’s ok to call him a “pussy” or “boring” that you are, in a way, contributing to a culture that oppresses and criticizes the traits that we often associate with being female.
I am so freaking over this idea that it’s somehow more “cool” or badass or kickass to assume that people in our culture who just legitimately want to do good for people and show others kindness are automatically unworthy of our respect because they aren’t “badass” enough for you.
In case you haven’t noticed…we live in a really tough world. We live in the kind of world where people are legitimately suffering and hurting and in need of help sometimes. The fact that a hero being legitimately good automatically makes you write that person off as being unworthy of your cool factor or not “interesting” enough to you is just freaking sad to me. Because who the hell ever said that good people in this world are not interesting? And do you not recognize that there are incredibly good people in this world that are intensely interesting and wonderful?
It is just absolutely the most insultingly annoying thing to hear a fan—particularly a female fan—-call Superman boring. We don’t all have to like the same things. But for God’s sake, be original and look a little deeper. If you want to hate him find an actual reason as opposed to just spouting cliches that aren’t even true unless you are completely ignorant to the deeper meaning of the text. And stop trying to tell me that “good” people are not worthy of being “cool.” Because that is just such bullshit.
In the famous words of Greg Rucka:
Pet peeve time: for the contingent out there who sneer at heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman and Captain America, those icons who still, at their core, represent selfless sacrifice for the greater good, and who justify their contempt by saying, oh, it’s so unrealistic, no one would ever be so noble… grow up. Seriously. Cynicism is not maturity, do not mistake the one for the other. If you truly cannot accept a story where someone does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, that says far more about who you are than these characters.
Just whatever. Find another reason to hate him. Hell, I love Clark to death and even I’ll admit that Superdickery is full of plenty of reasons to hate Superman if you are so inclined. But for God sake, please stop with the he’s “boring” shit. He’s only boring if you are too lazy to look deeper. So look deeper and find an ACTUAL reason to hate him if you are so inclined. Don’t be a cliched.
ComingSoon.net is reporting that The Wolverine now has an official release date, despite all the delays - and that date is July 26, 2013.
The Wolverine is to be directed by James Mangold, and will follow up on the somewhat disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film is to be an adaptation of Miller and Claremont’s critically acclaimed mini-series, focusing on Logan’s adventures in Japan. Surely Fox won’t mess this one up?