Not really against capes but…

I admit falling into the superhero is comics trap thing before. But to be honest, it’s kind of ironic that some people perpetually forget that there are comics that many more people including normies read that isn’t Japanese. Webcomics are also shared throughout social media like Facebook and Twitter and you can go read newspaper strips online too.

Even if you exclude comics, there’ll always be things that normies actually read. Something like romance novels. Not because I like reading romance myself. But it’s something that sells and sells a lot more than even most manga do. No seriously, romance rakes in a billion dollars in the United States.

Not that romance is any more or less woke. But that there are things 20 times more popular than superheroes and manga, especially in print publications and the like which includes Harlequin books.

Being Jewish and a Superhero

Jews, whether as fictional beings or as actual producers, are very well-represented in superhero media. In fact, much moreso than Christians in the sense of the former seeking empowerment and the latter having a chronic malaise and distrust of any degree to even accept superheroes as they are. (As in not using them to preach or whatever that means.)

Since I think most Christians do have a tendency towards cynicism where if they’re to use superheroes at all, it’s cynical in the sense of the second definition (as in overly concerned with oneself and disregarding others) when it comes to informing or preaching. Whereas with Jews, it’s a genuine act of self-expression and self-empowerment.

It comes in handy as Jews do get persecuted a lot where they really need to uplift themselves and fight back. (With Christians, what you’re getting is calculated/learnt helplessness as well as using something else to their own advantage.) I still suspect that Christians do tend to be more cynical than Jews are, which an attitude they got from some Greeks.

(Hence why Christianity practically owes a lot more to Greco-Roman sensibilities to the point where I’d go on arguing that Christianity’s a simplification of it.)

The fact that Jews are so well-represented in superhero media and comedy are some of the more important differences between them and their Christian counterparts. Admittedly I know little about Jewish theology but since Jews are well-represented in those two that the differences are going to exist anyways even if they seem to lessen.

The answer to a Jewish Narnia

Like I said before, the real reason why you don’t observe Evangelicals do more superhero stories often is because they’re way too cynical to appreciate superheroes. It doesn’t help that not only do Evangelicals tend to doubt others’ good intentions a lot and do tend to be really, really harsh and punitive but that they got it from a certain subset of Greek philosophy that encourages such an attitude.

(I could go on saying that if Islam’s a simplification of Christianity, Christianity’s an amplification of cynicism where there’s no dearth of texts ranging from demonologies to blogs and transcribed sermons bashing a lot of things, really.)

Philosophical cynicism not only involves chastising people a lot (etymologically speaking, cynicism comes from the same root as ‘kynos’ or dog in the sense of a dog that keeps barking at strangers and attackers a lot) but also trying to lead a simple life as possible. The perpetually harsh attitude survives among a number of Christians really, though something most don’t really realise.

It’s not that Christians can’t appreciate and do superhero stories themselves but if Power Mark and Bibleman and a few others are any indication, it’s one thing to appropriate a seculara character it’s another to produce your own. And very few Christians do the latter. Either that the need for superheroes is redundant or that Christians find others suspicious to the point where Evangelicals writing superhero comics is going to be rare anyways.

Tigra–the original woke superheroine

Maybe not quite but given she was intended as a feminist character in the 1970s as The Cat the forthcoming cartoon promoting her as such might be bringing her back to her roots. Not to mention I think if the middling cartoon Avengers: United They Stand is any indication, she could easily be the poster girl for body positivity for being unabashedly hairy. For all its faults and frankly it’s a bit corny, it did her half-right in the sense of bothering to give her fur all the time.

Tigers are hairy so it makes much more sense for Tigra to be this hirsute. That even makes the parallels to Wolverine and Beast all the more appropriately consistent if because they’re allowed to be as hirsute as to be more bestial. There are times when Tigra herself’s shown to be hairy in comics and I feel that’s something she could practically pull off well enough to stick to it. It also helps that there aren’t that many hairy female role models for women to look up to.

(If I’m not mistaken, Madonna Ciccone got picked on for not shaving her armpits by being called ‘hairy monster’.)

Tigra could easily have the best chance at being the most high profile hairy superheroine when you think about it and that might be done right soon enough.

Tim Drake and Green Arrow

I think if Felicity Smoak on Arrow’s any indication, there’s actually and arguably a lot of ample room for Tim Drake to interact more with Oliver Queen however as his nephew in here. I suspect him being his nephew’s going to be different from being the unexpected love interest where instead of fulfilling fan fantasies, he destroys them. But by developing an actual mind and life of his own.

Felicity Smoak originally had nothing to do with Green Arrow, she’s more of a Firestorm character (where her son’s capable of nuclear powers). But once she appeared completely different on Arrow that some latched onto her and turned her into a fan surrogate and eventually got their wishes fulfilled. She eventually stuck for seasons.

For better or worse. If Tim Drake became Ollie and Dinah’s biological nephew it wouldn’t differ (at times) save for the fan fullfilment part where by becoming their nephew he destroys his original role as a Batman fan this way. This is where Tim and Felicity diverge. Not so much that he’s any better or worse than her.

But being somebody’s younger biological relative’s a different experience from being somebody’s love (unless if incest’s involved but nobody wants that so). Whilst Felicity ogles Ollie, Tim would probably get scolded a lot for being lazy or something. Not to mention Tim wouldn’t really develop into a technology type.

With him being strongly influenced by Oliver and Dinah, it should be expected his combative skills would be more greatly emphasised instead. Which ironically makes Green Arrow much less of a blatant Batman ripoff in this regard. Given the Arrow produers weren’t allowed to use Batman, they settled for Green Arrow instead and roped in Felicity who turned into Barbara Gordon.

Except that this Barbara actually had sex with Batman (though this is also done in the Killing Joke production). Tim being Oliver’s biological nephew would diverge a lot more from the latter’s Batman roots to the point where it ironically resembles Disney’s Donald Duck stories more instead. This is where the real similarities begin.

If Tim’s Donald and Steph’s Daisy, Ollie and Dinah would logically be Scoorge McDuck split into two (though one could make a good case for Dinah becoming DC’s version of Grandma Duck). But it also makes you wonder if as Ollie’s shown to have a younger sister on Arrow, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch for Tim to be Ollie’s nephew via his wife Dinah.

It wouldn’t be any better but it does feel potentially more organic than what we got with Felicity. But in the sense of Tim being possibly Dinah’s feckless nephew rather than somebody’s mum who ended up sleeping with somebody else’s husband. So Tim ends up as the anti-Felicity Smoak without trying.

It’s not so much about the similarities but that having Tim become Dinah’s biological nephew’s an organic possibility than whatever happened to Felicity Smoak.

Canaries and robins

I have a feeling that should anybody make Dinah Lance/Black Canary into Tim’s maternal figure and biological aunt it would lead to a much less misogynistic portrayal. But in the sense of realising that Dinah’s the stronger or at least more levelheaded of the two between her and Dana. The former wouldn’t just train Tim but also make him into her sidekick and will tolerate his flaws less.

If she couldn’t conceive before, it’s inevitable that she’d really overprotect and mentor Tim a lot to the point of rendering Lady Shiva and Dana Winters redundant. It’s not that they haven’t met before but that it would take some massive undoing of misogyny to realise that somebody who dresses in fishnets might also be somebody’s overprotective/doting mother. There are people who’ve got relatives who dress badly anyways.

But that doesn’t make them any less loving or familial. That would mean taking her more seriously and it’s not so much that she lacked motherly tendencies before but it’d be more fully explored and realised in her relationship with Tim Drake. Given she’s endured trauma and rebounded, she’s going to influence Tim’s views of women well. To the point where it turns his attraction to Steph on its head.

Instead of overprotecting her a lot, he accepts her as a person and wouldn’t care if she dresses Goth (again proof that BC did influence how he regards and expects women to be). It also deconstructs some of the problems with the way Steph and Dana are portrayed. Steph’s sometimes turned into a punching bag who’s desperate for somebody’s approval. Dana obviously couldn’t take it when she lost her mind.

If Dinah lost her mind, she wouldn’t be sane but would recover and cope with it as much as she do about it. If Dana got tortured, she’d worsen to the point of no return. Not to mention that I’d get the feeling that Dinah would turn Tim into her sidekick might make you wonder if Dinah’s actually the more maternal of the two. If that’s the case, I think she’d easily make other Batman family women redundant too.

Barring Steph but in here she develops into a more well assertive character. I actually think turning Black Canary into Tim’s biological aunt inevitably lets out the Donald Duck undertones. To the point where Dinah becomes Tim’s tight-fisted aunt who runs a flower shop business, married Oliver Queen if because she wanted a business partner and has little patience for Tim’s newfound recklessness.

Logically, Steph becomes more into alternative subcultures and also has little patience for Tim’s chauvinism. If Carl Barks’s duck stories are any indication, Daisy’s willing to nag and scold Donald a lot if he acts stupid or something. Steph will come to a point where she won’t take Tim’s habit of overprotecting her too kindly and would lose her cool if Tim micromanages her again.

(Or worse, Steph’s willing to reject him every time he tries to overprotect her.)

The most disturbing development’s that Tim actually becomes fallible to the point where turning him into the anti-Jason’s ironically self defeating. In that he becomes much more belligerent and passive-aggressive, gets called out more for his recklessness (not just by Steph and Dinah but also Bart) and worst of all, becomes less technologically inclined.

If he’s going to be trained a lot by his own aunt and uncle Oliver, he wouldn’t have much time to develop excellent hacking skills. He could know his way around computers but only to the same extent many 2010s computer users are at now. I have a feeling that he’d take up archery to complement his bojutsu. In that he’d use the former for long-range attacks or to sneakily attack targets.

But that’s also realising that Oliver would end up as a much more active father figure than his own father ever was. To the point where it’d be this unthinkable to make Ollie comatose. Seriously, Oliver would also take the time to train him in archery or if not archery, then business. But like with Dinah, he’d easily make other Batman characters redundant.

It doesn’t help that Green Arrow started out as a Batman ripoff that once Tim has Ollie and Dinah as his uncle and aunt, they’d make his own parents and the rest of the Batman family redunant. Save for Batman but even that would mean Tim would be looked after by his own genetic relatives (via Dina). Thus enabling Tim to finally outgrow the fanboy role he started out in.

Just saying about her

I think there are other differences that set Supergirl apart from Spoiler. It’s not so much about powers and skill sets but realistically the biggest real differences are that especially in more recent storylines Supergirl’s shown to be fallible in a way writers never intended to at times (hence why her habit of unlearning any bad influence makes it all the more poignant and believable) and that Supergirl generally has a much wider social circle to draw upon. It’s not that Supergirl hasn’t gone Goth or alternative either.

It can be argued she did come close multiple times but if her stint in the Angry Red Lanterns (and her hanging out with Satanists) are any indication, it’s a brief though frequent one at that. To put it this way, she can be drawn to bad influences multiple times over but is shown to bounce back and does learn from her mistakes. That she’s shown to eagerly look up to Superman (or in PAD’s stories, what another did to Supergirl proper)’s enough to keep her from being part of the alternative scene for long.

She could’ve a Goth phase but that’s just a phase in that she may be drawn to it for other reasons (sometimes not always a good one like being misled or hurt or something) but ultimately can’t commit to it even if she’s drawn to it or something. That Supergirl always has a wider social circle to draw upon and a better role model to boot is enough to keep her from going alternative for long.

Spoiler, on the other hand, could be drawn to the alternative scene enough to remain part of it longer. Actually even if she needn’t to go alternative, I get the impression of her not having a wider social circle the way Supergirl does to find other people to fall back on with experience. Sort of makes sense as she doesn’t seem to interact much with people outside of the Batman family.

(That’s even more evident especially in recent portrayals given Supergirl’s shown to have experienced life in Krypton longer in addition to hanging out in other groups for better or worse.)

She did have a family but I suspect it’s something we don’t see often for certain reasons. If because if she did interact more with people outside of the Batman family that would mean she’d become much more independent or at least develop in a way writers never intended to. It doesn’t help that the usual portrayal’s that of a glorified groupie punching bag.

Not that it’s bad for her to be this fallible but it seems if the recurring gag’s that of being rejected and overprotected even by her boyfriend the most logical solution’s to either become more independent minded or seek another peer group instead. It’s not that Supergirl’s more independent than her.

She’s just more exposed to different kinds of people enough to know whom to turn to and whom not to. That’s why the trial and error thing worked for her. Not that Spoiler should exactly copy Supergirl but Spoiler’s equivalent should involve her seeking another peer group to fall back on if/when Batman, Tim Drake and her own dad sometimes treat her badly that she’s better off either becoming more self-sufficient.

Or heck, even turning to an alternative subculture for the support she lacked in the Batman family. But the real salient difference’s that Supergirl not only ended up being genuinely fallible (especially upon her late 80s reappearance) but also significantly worldlier to boot especially if you’re inevitably exposed to a lot more people she may not be any wiser but that makes her fallibility all the more believable.

Not that Spoiler isn’t fallible herself but that nobody else bothered to widen her social circle enough to resolve the issue of her apparent klutziness. That or Spoiler becoming more self-sufficient. In other words if you can’t join them, beat them.