like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place
that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.
it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”
no, it’s not
it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.
ronnoc34 asked: You mentioned before that you're okay with Wonder Woman killing depending on the context. I was wondering what is the context that makes it work and why it works for her and not a hero like Batman?
I just replied to this, so let me instead point out why Batman should not be okay with killing. He’s very much a victim of deathly violence firsthand. From his point of view, death traumatized him and he understood what it truly is to lose the most important people in his life. He was the survivor in that shooting and he will never get to see the ones he loves ever again. And he doesn’t want that feeling on anyone. No matter how satisfying, no matter how many other lives it MAY save in the future, to take a life would ultimately make him no different than the criminal who casually and callously took the lives of the people he loved most.
Superheroes are ultimately about hope for a better world. Batman, for all his skulking about and brooding and issues and whatnot, is ultimately just trying to create a world where an 8 year-old doesn’t lose their parents like he did.
jonsei93 asked: Um, Linkara, I know it may sound like a stupid question, but.... why are you fine with Wonder Woman killing? Like, she's supposed to be a beacon of truth, honor, compassion, love and peace, not to mention she does can from a peaceful, war-free island. Like, I kinda imagine her always finding other ways to not resort to killing, as well as finding ways to redeem her enemies (yeah, I've been reading GA Wondy lately. Is that okay?).
Which is why it’s mostly a circumstance kind of situation. And it’s important to remember that Golden Age Wonder Woman is equally one interpretation of the character. I’m more a fan of Post-Crisis Wondy, where the island may have achieved peace and whatnot, but they were still warriors. They still remember why they needed to separate themselves from the rest of the world to begin with. She’ll try her damndest not to kill, but won’t hesitate if it needs to happen.
drunkenlemur asked: Can we expect a Longbox of the Damned for Afterlife with Archie?
Possibly, though not planning on it for this year.