Are they really this dumb?
“Bruce Wayne is the billionaire. He’s the richest man alive. [No, he isn't, dumbass.] So I thought, wouldn’t it be fun if his family was Chinese and from Hong Kong? That made it feel real,” she said. “There’s been a big influx of wealthy Chinese people who moved from Hong Kong to Arcadia in Los Angeles, and that’s where my mom lives, I’m part-Chinese, my brother lives in Hong Kong, so I thought it would be great to put what I know into Bruce Wayne.” [Fanfic alert!!!]
Gotham High, de la Cruz elaborated, is very much a Batman story, but it’s also infused with the energies of things like Crazy Rich Asians and Gossip Girl that lend themselves to the book’s central love triangle and the conflict it causes. Small details like Alfred being Bruce’s uncle (who happens to be gay) make Gotham High sound like a book much more rooted in our current world than a lot of DC’s other books, which gives us all the more reason to look forward to its release.
Okay, I've been reading Batman comics for something going on 20 years now. This sounds like a bad slashfic version of a Batman comic, with all of the naughty bits forcibly removed. It's just plain idiotic in every possible way.
Oh, but it gets much, much worse. Take a look at the cover from this new series:
Right, so Selina Kyle is now some mystery-meat Latina, I suppose? And Jack Napier - the Joker, basically - is the stereotypical white-trash kid with "issues", lots of "issues"?
Sweet Mother of God, but these people are stupid. They are race- and orientation-swapping simply for the sake of looking "hip" and "diverse", but then they act all surprised when they realise that everyone who is not a whorenalist for the lying (((media))) absolutely hates their absurd creations.
And it's not just because of the abuse of established characters, canon, and ideas. It is simply because the writing is - let's face facts - atrocious.
There is legitimate room for topical political themes and ideas to be inserted into mass media. When Kirk and Uhura kissed on Star Trek, while under mind control, that was a big deal because it was the first interracial kiss on a major network TV show. When Stan Lee's X-Men series was first released, it was a fresh new take on the idea of superheroes and dealt with teenage angst and rebellion against established order in a very effective way. And when Dennis O'Neil turned Batman away from the campy cheesy 60s version and back to his original dark roots from the 1940s, he did so in part to capture the rising feeling of hopelessness throughout the USA at urban crime and decay.
The difference is that all of those IPs had really good writing with interesting plot lines. The social commentary merely flavoured the overall result - it was not an end in and of itself.
This new Gotham High imprint, on the other hand, looks and sounds insultingly stupid.
The artwork, in turn, clearly reflects the decline in the quality of the writing here. Here is an example of the art from this spin-off:
Now compare this with what Tim Sale (The Long Halloween) or David Mazzuchelli (Batman: Year One) or Dick Giordano (The Man Who Falls) were able to do:
Remember that these seminal works were written by legends of the industry - Jeph Loeb, Frank Miller, and Dennis O'Neil, respectively. Each of these three men got right back to the extremely dark roots of the character, and each of them left an indelible imprint upon the Batman mythos.
And that's before we get to the artwork that someone like Jim Lee was capable of pulling off:
Yeah. That artwork is AWESOMESAUCE. There appears to be a strong positive correlation between great writing and great art in comics.
(Yes, I am aware of the major exception to this rule - Frank Miller's All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder. And wow but what an exception that was! Incredible art from Jim Lee - and some of the most appallingly ridiculous writing ever.)
The artwork from this new series is ludicrous by comparison to the great Batman works of the past. It looks like someone from a high school art class drew and inked the panels.
It would appear that, in fact, SJWs really are stupid enough to try to fundamentally reimagine a legendary character like Batman, simply because they want to insert themselves into the mythos.
That is because of three fundamental SJW traits, which any of you who have read the works of our beloved and dreaded Supreme Dark Lord (PBUH) will immediately recognise:
- SJWs are MASSIVE Gammas, which means that they constantly try to imagine themselves in heroic roles for which they are physically and psychologically unsuited;
- SJWs are almost always physically very weak, and as such cannot handle real conflict particularly well;
- SJWs are nearly totally incapable of creating anything unique or interesting on their own, despite having greater than average intelligence in general;