Like I said, I’m often of the opinion (or warning) that should Caitlin Snow ever be turned into a werewolf, she’d use dogs and wolves to cause harm to others and the rest of Team Flash would do anything to defeat her. But some viewers might start thinking that the Flash staff hates dogs never mind that some of them own dogs themselves. Some like Retrieverman would go ranting a lot about it despite contrary evidence. (Just like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures.)
JJBA’s pretty much why turning Flash’s Caitlin Snow into an evil werewolf’s so disastrous. It wouldn’t matter if they own dogs or not. But what matters is the cognitive dissonance that’s bothering and angering people. It might be a plot device and storyline but one that offends people a lot and enough to ruin reputation. I have a weird feeling that should the Flash ever push that storyline, it’ll endure criticism from pet owners.
I think the only people other than Flash fans (and a few other communities) who’d be offended by the Flash the most, especially if there’s a storyline involving the team defeating evil werewolf Caitlin Snow and her dogs, would be animal owners and wolf fanatics. I think the likes of Retrieverman would accuse the Flash staff of hating dogs because of such storylines like these despite contrary evidence (the same thing can be said of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, which got into trouble with both fans and PETA).
I think JJBA deconstructs why turning Caitlin Snow into an evil werewolf who uses her dogs would prove disastrous for one’s reputation. Even if somebody owns dogs itself, but if dogs are portrayed being abused it would be enough to ruin somebody’s reputation. Even if it’s justified in the Flash’s context because Caitlin uses dogs to kill people so others retaliate against them, it’ll still upset them.
I suspect if the Flash were to push that storyline, it’s going to rile up a lot of people especially with what’s being done to Caitlin and her dogs.
Like I said many times over, turning Caitlin Snow into an evil werewolf who uses her dogs and wolves to torture people only (and then get attacked by the rest of Team Flash) would have others wondering if the Flash staff hates dogs. Never that some of them own dogs themselves but it could be applied to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures when you think about it. That even got into trouble with both fans and PETA.
The same thing will befall the Flash should they ever push through a similar plot device and storyline. Somebody like Retrieverman would rant endlessly about how the Flash promotes dog abuse and how much the Flash staff hates dogs despite contrary evidence (same for JJBA). If I were to talk like a 4Channer, I’d stay he’d be really triggered by the Flash and consider it seriously problematic.
Because dogs are being abused and the Flash hates dogs (JJBA 2: Electric Boogaloo). Even if it’s not always exactly the case, that’s how controversial the Flash will be should it push through at all.
Like I said, I think turning Caitlin Snow into an evil werewolf’s way worse than turning Iris West black to the point where it’ll not only anger Flash fans but also animal owners and wolf fanatics. Especially if dogs and wolves are depicted as evil only to be beaten up despite that two of the Flash staff own dogs themselves. Just like the author of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures a lot, to the point where he got into trouble with PETA and even some fans.
The Flash would find itself in the same position should it ever occur at all. Though wolves are increasingly depicted in a positive or neutral light, not when Caitlin goes evil when going wolf and using wolves and dogs to kill people only to be attacked themselves would be enough to anger a certain demographic. It wouldn’t matter if Flash actors do own dogs themselves, it’s the cognitive dissonance that angers them.
I think if these happen at all, this’ll be the Flash’s jump the shark moment.
Like I said, it would be way worse if Caitlin Snow ever became an intersex werewolf than making Iris West black. Not to mention possible storylines where she tortures her daughter by turning her into a cheetah (Fernand Khnopff reference*). Some would think the Flash writers hate dogs because Killer Frost uses dogs to torture people with and they (including her) in turn get attacked by people. (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures vibes.)
I could even imagine how seriously controversial it is, not only for Flash fans proper but also some animal owners and nature fanatics if because it portrays dogs and wolves in a negative light and have them attacked or defeated. Even if some of the Flash own dogs themselves (JJBA again). I swear if this happens at all, expect the controversy brewing.
*He’s the bloke who enjoys using his sister a lot in his paintings and some consider Iris to be Barry’s sister.
Helena Bertinelli’s often held up to be a good example of both Italian American representation in comics and Italian American stereotypes, if you believe the likes of Ragnell and some Tumblr blogger before in 2014. I remember him saying how stereotypical Bertinelli’s as her name should be spelt Elena (not that the Italian language’s devoid of h but it’s commonly either found in borrowed words, exceptions like hanno and in conjunction with other letters to form gh, dh, bh and ch).
That and bad stereotypes about Southern Italians with the Mafia being xenophobic enough to exclude black Africans. Ragnell eloquently remarked about the problems with Helena Bertinelli in being a hodgepodge of Italian American stereotypes. Mediterranean beauties (she’s from Sicily), gangster ties, Mediterranean tempers and Catholicism. Marvel’s Frank Castle’s also of Sicilian descent but while he’s got flaws himself, he’s not heavily defined by his ethnicity the way Bertinelli’s.
Go figure in a sense. There are other non-stereotypical Italian Americans in DC but the only well-known one’s Zatanna (Barry Allen strikes me as a weird Crypto-Italian if because the people in charge are also Italian like moths to flames). Whilst not always the case, Helena Bertinelli comes off as a stereotype especially to Italian Americans and Italo-Canadians who’ve been hit badly by stereotypes.
It’s like for every Frank Castle and Zatanna, there’s yet another stereotypical Italian character (Japanese anime’s not any better though sometimes an Italian character maybe an overall Westerner stereotype in general).
Given I wrote before about the true love roles being so well-taken up by other characters that usually the other lover often’s reinvented into either a platonic ally or as a younger relative, sometimes both. This might be exceptional for Arrow (though not for other incarnations that respect and leave the Canary-Arrow OTP alone). But I’ve got a feeling that with the Flash, given the wife/true love role’s taken by Iris West (incestuous as it seems, the earliest Supergirl’s actually Lois Lane where she even got assumed to be related to him and Superman did date a woman who looked like his cousin), Caitlin might be reinvented as a werewolf for shock value.
Perhaps because trying to pair her with other men don’t seem to last and the only other option that’ll stick is if she gets turned into a werewolf. (Supergirl did turn into a werewolf once and DC’s House of Mystery’s got a female werewolf.) I sometimes suspect that turning Caitlin into a werewolf’s the only other way she can stay relevant assuming if they’re done with trying to find a suitor for her and if the werewolf thing’s a variation of her Killer Frost shtick. Except that turning Caitlin into a werewolf would cause a lot of controversy, along with revealing her to be intersex.
As if DC ended up mocking Caitlyn Jenner and Caitlin Snow becomes the reason why the Flash jumped the shark.