Thursday 18 May 2023

Comics Wrap-Up - Yes, The One With George Clooney

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It's Thursday, I'm tired, this is Dora Reads - let's get some comics-y superhero-y goodness!

Not So Super... and Maybe A Little Bats

Over @ Book Riot, Ann-Marie Cahill talked about 'the worst superhero movies ever.'

Now, being blunt - this is rage-bait. 

Comics fans are notoriously um... passionate... and notoriously dislike something being declared the 'best,' the 'worst,' the mostest-est, unless they 100% agree with every point.

This whole post was always gonna be low-level rage-bait for the clicks. And that's OK. But a definitive list of 'bad' superhero movies it is not.

So, do I agree with the whole of the list? No.

Do I see it as a mostly reasonable set of one person's opinions? Yes.

I'm not gonna go through all the little things I agree with or don't agree with - I don't have either the time or the motivation.

But there's one movie on the list that is something that I do feel the need to talk about here: Batman and Robin.

Yes, the one with George Clooney and the bat-nipples. (That's not me being rude - there are literal nipples on his suit.)

This has long been derided as one of the worst superhero movies of all time - and I disagree.

No, really.

I've always loved the Batman and Robin film since I first saw it as a kid.

And yes, I know, kids love random cr*p sometimes. Even kids who can easily tell the difference between a piece by Beethoven, and one by Chopin like my precocious butt could.

But... there's more to it than that.

Basically: this movie be Queer af.

Via Tenor

I mean... of course it is - Joel Schumacher, master of the Queer subtext, directed it.

The director of subtextually-Queer horror classic The Lost Boys. That Joel Schumacher.

Batman and Robin is - perhaps unintentionally, perhaps subconsciously - pure Gay culture. 

It's camp, yes, but more importantly it's clear that Schumacher made something he found cool and fun. It wasn't made for an Allocishet, straight, audience. It was made for the nerdy Gays. Sorry not sorry.

Next time you see this film anyway, try keeping the Queer (admittedly often cringe-Queer,) aspect in mind.

You might even appreciate it more.

I mean... the ice puns are high-key Bisexual humour. 

And... Posion Ivy. Just... Poison Ivy.

Poison Ivy winking
Via Giphy --- I mean, look at her.

Moving Forward

Over at WWAC, Louis Skye made an impassioned plea to let Chris Evans move on from Captain America - and let Captain America move on from Chris Evans.

Shameless Self-Promo Time!

You can catch up on all my blogposts from April - whether superhero-related or not - in my 'Month In Review(s)' wrap-up post here

What do you think of Batman and Robin, huh? 😅

What do you think the worst superhero movie is?

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  1. I have fond memories of watching this one when I was a kid. I should have known this little gay boy would love it haha. It is definitely not a great movie, but it brings loads of nostalgia every time I see it.

    1. Lol, it's certainly not the *best* superhero movie, but I feel like it gets way too much criticism - and it turns out that a lot of the criticism directed at it at the time it was released (and therefore helping to create its reputation,) was, surprise surprise, pretty Homophobic.

      ...Which I feel like explains a lot, tbh.

  2. Right now I would say the worst superhero movie is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. I was so bored while watching it :( Wasn't for me.

    1. I haven't seen that one yet - but please tell me Kurt and Luis are in it, because they weren't in the trailers and it's got me worried!!! (Lol.)


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