The Two Hundred and Sixty-Fifth Post: The One Where I Yell at DC Comics Like the Cranky Old Person I Am…

This link from io9 is not really what I wanted to see on my newsfeed. I’m not really one of those ‘one or the other’ people. I like X-Men and Captain America, but I also like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. I don’t read them as much as I would like to, but I try to at least follow the movies as often as I can. On some switching over to movies or TV, I can understand some things need to be changed just for the format. There are something that really don’t need to be changed – or should be changed at all. In Wonder Woman – there is no need to change anything. Yeah – Marvel copped out with Thor and said they’re not gods, but really, really, really advanced aliens. Why is DC doing the same thing with Wonder Woman? If DC really wanted to stand out – leave the Olympians in. Is DC afraid to offend the Christian Right? Guys – the fans are going to go see the movie regardless of politics, and the far right Christians aren’t going to go see it anyways. Is DC afraid of the unspoken implications of Olympians versus Jesus? OK. There is no need to explain it away unless it comes up in the script – and you don’t need to bring it up anyways. I’m not happy with the whole watering down of her abilities as well. Seriously? She stands toe-to-toe with Superman on a regular basis. There is no need to explain it away as a having a many-generations removed Kryptonian ancestor. Remember – Wonder Woman is basically fueled by the magic of the Olympians, which is also one of Superman’s weaknesses. Also I hope that DC remembers what Diana is ultimately: an ambassador to the World of Man.

Yeah – this calls for another ‘I Would Have Done It Differently’.

OK – I am going to workshop an idea for a novel I had that’s a sequel to my first novel (and no, I am never going to get tired of saying that! 😀 ). I am going to use Skein’s Glow and Wandersfar as mentor-like characters in the second one, giving them a little more visibility and expanding on their history together. The main story is one that I had worked on a time before this – no title, yet. The main plot is this: There is a kingdom (or a merchant house, since this will be on the Western coast of the land – either way, it’s someone with some influence) and in this kingdom/merchant house there are three children. The eldest (early 20’s) is a little flighty and a party animal – this one knows what’s going to happen when their father kicks off, so it’s time to live it up now before it gets real. The middle (late teens) is far more serious and studious – more of the Type A personality. The youngest (early teens) is friendly, happy-go-lucky and generally liked by everyone. Now – I’m thinking that the eldest and the middle should be daughters and the youngest would be a son. I’m just trying to feel out the expectations of the audience and subvert them. Maybe the eldest should be a son? Are we going to be impressed by a party animal son ‘getting serious’ about the death of the youngest, or would be more impressed by a young lady? I’m kinda thinking the eldest should be a daughter – expected to marry well and pop out kids (I know, I am such a romantic…), but the what about the middle? We’re telegraphing that this is the murderer, but the story isn’t who the killer is, but the unwilling transformation of the main character from overgrown teen to adult. If you think I’m worrying about the sex of the characters now, wait until I get to the names.

Here’s the breakdown so far: Eldest is female, next is male and the youngest is female, but I am open to changes in the middle. I want the middle one to at least have at first look as someone who is serious, but would never descend so far as to commit murder – especially murder of one’s family member. This is what I am hammering out right now. Feel free to leave a comment – it might even get used! Thanks for reading.

 

Sincerely,

Seething Apathy

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