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M. T. Dremer says
While I like DC, it's going to be playing catch up to the movie juggernaut that is now Marvel.
Movie Arbiter says
I thought it was the height of hypocrisy to have the new "Superman" be a 1% Percenter going after an evil "tycoon" for making too much money. The whole purpose of the New 52 was to gin up new readers to make more money!!!
That's why I stopped reading them. They're pushing a political agenda, instead of just giving us a way to escape reality. People read comics to avoid that crap, not to take a political stance.
Exactly! Comics were created as an escape. That's what I hate about the latest bunch of DC comic book movies...trying to set the characters in a realistic world. If people want realism, they should open their eyes and look at the world around them.
Don't comics have roots in political agendas? Superman, Wonder Woman and Captain America largely started as anti-nazi, pro-america serials.
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Tina L says
So you're a Marvel girl then, through and through
Yeah you can say I am. I also loved godzilla I have ever since I was a ittle girl :) How are you Movie Arbiter?
I used to always watch Godzilla when I was little. We just saw the reboot in theaters and it was pretty decent. There were some flaws, but it's a much welcomed return to the king of the monsters, especially after Tri-Star butchered their 1997 attempt
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This post made me laugh, as my siblings used to "burrow" from my comic stash too. I agree with your nostalgic views and think that if they feel the need to reboot, let's draw on some of the classics that made people pick up comics in the first place.
Correction: I should have said they made "Superman" into an anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Streeter, not a a 1% Percenter. I wrote it backwards.
Given Superman's morals (and his story's similarities to Jesus) I find it hard to imagine him fighting for wall street bankers.
In the 1930s, they had him more of a vigilante and round on war profiteers. For the bulk of his 75 year history, he was thought of as a Big Boy Scout. He fought for TRUTH, JUSTICE, and the AMERICAN WAY and was more of a conservative than a liberal.
I disagree with your Nazi assertion, since I don't think anyone is going to say fighting Nazis is controversial. Most would agree that Nazis are evil, but now readers are turning away because they feel alienated over the writer's ideological stand.
Superman is also an immigrant who grew up in an adopted middle class family. With the positions modern conservatives have taken on immigration and their defense of the 1%, I still don't see any version of Superman siding with them.
If I may ask, MT, when did you begin reading comic books. I started in 1965 when virtually ALL of DC's characters would have been considered conservative. Green Arrow's transformation into the token liberal occurred about 4 years later.
I actually knew what you meant and where you were going with your argument.
I said 'modern' conservatives. The right wing has changed significantly since the birth of comic books. Many past republican presidents, going back from Eisenhower, would be described as liberal by today's standards.
Indeed you did. But my point is, the character was historically conservative. It was the modernization of the character that drove me away from collecting and reading comics. 45 years of emotional investment...POOF!
Superman's motto used to be, "truth, justice, and the American way."
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