Something about that drake

I think I have a draft version somewhere in my other computer about Tim Drake. For some reason based on what I’ve read, he seems hornier and more emotional than fans make him out to be. I even felt like comparing him to Jojo’s Jotaro Kujo in that he actually resembles the very character Tim Drake fans make Tim out to be. (It also helps that Jotaro’s one of those Jojo characters that I know of who are neither that emotional/irritable nor as openly perverted/horny, given my weak memory.)

Not that Jotaro’s flawless as he can be careless to his own daughter (though she may’ve been imprisoned against her will) and he’s aloof. Tim’s also aloof but he can be a bit of a jerk and a grumpy jerk at that. (Jotaro’s a stern jerk but helpful to his relatives.) In the like manner, whilst some Kitty Pryde fans seem to describe her as upbeat and spunky she comes of as gullible yet moody/temperamental to me. Maybe it’s me being unfond of them enough to nitpick their flaws.

It (also) doesn’t help that so far only Wolverine, Bart Allen and Conner Kent actually live up to fan hype well. My impression of Tim Drake’s that of an aloof yet sexually active and sometimes temperamental young man. My impression of Kitty Pryde’s that of a naive yet temperamental young woman. Both of them may’ve changed a lot but since I’m not too fond of them I see their flaws more easily.

In the real world

It’s not that there aren’t any truly superhuman characters in the real world as much as some just aren’t looking hard enough. Real life can be much stranger or more ludicrous than fiction could ever be. Sometimes it doesn’t even take a superhuman to be close to what a fictional character would be like in reality. Barry Allen’s the Flash, runs fast and comes late. One of my own relatives tends to run every weekend and often times arrives home late.

Orlan’s a performance artist who often takes plastic surgery and there’s Tilda Swinton who can put on convincingly different guises for her roles, almost quite close to what one expects of Mystique. Same for Claude Cahun. Maybe not quite but still. Sometimes it’s not necessarily so much about possessing actual superhuman powers but rather the belief in it.

You could believe your dad’s the best dad in the worst despite his shortcomings. Now as for Jojo stands, there are already people who believe that magicians/wizards use stands but they’re more commonly referred to as demons, fairies and familiars. It’s one thing to know Jojo stands are fictional, it’s another however to believe somebody’s using ‘stands’/’familiars’ to do its bidding.

Basta, such things (beliefs or actual actions) can and do exist in the real world to whatever degree.

Touchstone

That’s one of the film labels Disney created to get away with distributing adult movies (though not necessarily pornographic) as to avoid tarnishing the main brand’s reputation. It pretty much existed for a substantial period of time, being the brand’s shadow arm when it comes to making and distributing films for older audiences. But by the time Disney prioritised Pirates of the Caribbean and bought Marvel, Lucasfilm and now Fox Touchstone might as well be redundant.

It’s not that Disney hasn’t ceased making such productions but would rather distribute these through Marvel and Fox instead. As for Touchstone, it’s practically what pet foods are to Nestle and the like given it’s surprising that a chocolate company would acquire those brands as pet owners know such things are poisonous to their creatures. Hallmark in the Philippines used to air Star Trek for some reason.

If Disney owning Touchstone sounds weird to you, Nestle owns Purina and Mars Inc owns Whiskas. At this point, Fox is the Disney equivalent to these two with Touchstone being nearly phased out.

She ain’t ugly

Like I said about Carol Danvers especially at this point is that while she’s arguably not as good looking as she’s before, she’s not that awful looking either and her current character/costume design has lent itself to not only real life skiiers (I’ve seen one in a Comic Book Resources thread) but also animated productions, video games (the latest Capcom vs Marvel, though it’s unsuccessful) and a forthcoming movie.

Definitely not the best looking but still not as bad as others make her out to be especially if her new look’s appealing enough to lend itself to other media. It’s popularising but successful enough to be useful in other media without being modified much. In fact by the time the movie comes out, many more people would recognise Carol Danvers more in a more modest outfit than in any of the skimpier ones she wore before.

Actually there were early attempts to have her dress more modestly, most notably as Warbird if I’m not mistaken. This design’s however more successful though I think because it’s like a Superman outfit in terms of colour scheme without trying and unconsciously so. Sort of works given that her own name’s reminiscent of DC’s Supergirl/Kara Danvers.

I actually see Marvel’s Carol Danvers as a female Superman without even trying. Even if she’s not one of the best characters, she’s also got one of the more successful redesigns ever and one of the better overhauls that I can think of.

Reinventing Caitlin as a werewolf

Should the Flash risk reinventing Caitlin Snow as a werewolf, not only would it feel like it came out of the blue but risk plagiarising a similar character from either Marvel’s Rahne Sinclair or Killing Bites. I mean that’s going to hurt for those franchises’ fans, should it ever occur at all. Not to mention if this occurred ahead of either two of them especially onscreen (whatever that means) even if they had those before in comics, that’s going to hurt even more.

Not to mention Caitlin’s successful reinvention as a werewolf could help popularise concepts and designs as already set by these two. Though there’ve been repeated attempts to make Tigra look more animalistic, this time it’s going to be permanent. I mean that could really happen if the Flash accidentally popularises some of the things Killing Bites through controversy and a consistently bestial looking Tigra occurs.

Moreso for Caitlin and Felicity should they get reinvented as wolf and hyena respectively. Even though Firestorm comics already had a Hyena character before, since Felicity too was one (and so is Caitlin) that’s modernising the latter more effectively. Though I think werewolf Caitlin’ll come first before hyena Felicity, leopard Kitty Pryde and a more animalistic looking Tigra.

Doing bad things for the greater good

I suspect part of the reason why writers don’t take Kitty Pryde to logically where she’d go often’s because they fear it makes her look bad even if it makes her less of a Mary Sue. In this scenario she won’t have issues with murder, kidnapping, rape, theft and assault considering her training and upbringing though that makes her look less positive when you think about it.

Even though fiction’s home to such characters who achieve suspicious acts for the greater good. There are always the likes of Arsene Lupin, Robin Hood, Reynard the Fox and Sun Wukong doing such acts and still manage to be popular. It’s not stopping the Punisher from existing. But that for some, especially those who are close to the intended nerdy audience like Kitty Pryde, there’s often fear of making the character look worse.

A genuinely murderous Kitty Pryde occurred rarely though realistically she’d have more in common with the folkloric Robin Hood. Again that makes her look bad even if that’s what she’d realistically do given her upbringing and nature. DC writers have no issues with making Phantom Girl (who predated her and has her power) into a spy fairly often.

They also have no issues with making the shapeshifting Yera into an actress either. But that’ll mean looking Kitty Pryde and the like more objectively with what they could do, even if it’s not nice or cool.

Thinking through characters

I suspect thinking through characters, especially to de-Mary Sue them, could have weird consequences. It’s like imagining Kitty Pryde being more comfortable with committing crimes for the greater good though that would also mean she’s far less idealistic than one would’ve intended her to and could be messed up.

Like she spends a lot of time hanging out of maladjusted characters like Rachel and Wolverine as well as being abused a lot and her parents being divorced that even if she does change her act, she’d still be suffering from the scars of such abuse and that children learn from their peers for better or worse.

A murderous Kitty Pryde’s been possible though not very often though one wonders whether if writers are comforting with her stealing, kidnapping (though she could’ve done that) or even raping to retaliate against enemies. That’s also showing feats, albeit not in a way that makes the character look good.

Even if it’s always possible in fiction.