WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS
Around the beginning of the third act of Man of Steel, I heard a line that actually made me raise my eyebrows.
“You will learn. I will teach you. And you will teach Kal.”
This line is spoken by the consciousness of Superman (Kal-El)’s father Jor-El, to Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane. I was shocked. The damsel in distress, Lois Lane, was in charge of saving superman? Of having to teach superman what to do to help him save the world? I wasn’t expecting it.
When you’re a comic fan and a feminist, you quickly learn to deal with the sexism you can notice in the books you love. Like any media, you must learn to accept that something can be problematic in order to fully enjoy it. You can’t just plug your ears and not enjoy anything, after all. And the comics industry, particularly DC Comics, has been facing some gender-based flak lately.
With a creative team downsizing right down to a neat one percent women a couple years back, coupled with some strange makeovers for the ladies of DC with the New 52, and the entire fiasco of Steph Brown and Cassandra Cain, women haven’t been particularly pleased with DC.
(seriously what is this pose)
Batman Movie Logos, 1989- 2012
My ultimate hero!