crowdfunding my personal hygiene
I feel like green is an underrated colour
like idk people seem to often go to red and purple and black and stuff but like
just take a second to appreciate how pretty green is
i don’t care what anyone says the psycho rangers were the best villains of my childhood
“They say your eyes are on fire.”
“They say you killed a man just for walking the wrong side of the line.”
wait for this game
last night my mom was telling me how i would never go to sleep when i was little and literally nothing has changed
i wanna draw no lets paint i wanna read a book can i watch batman wheres my guitar lets do handstands and make brownies
there’s just so much to do how can i possibly sleep
me, but with less talent
yo i need to stop posting my best material at 3am
i’m really upset nobody has made the obvious connection and put the new superman trailer in front of the gospel truth from hercules
“the story looks like shit”
this is the funniest thing i’ve ever read
if you’re playing a fighting game for a good story i just
the next great american novel: IV: Arcade Edition
(making a post like this on tumblrs new format is new!)
Nobody can doubt that Batman is a character with a rich history.
With a hundred different interpretations of the character, which are all simultaneously the “wrong” and “right” takes on the Batman Mythos, it’s easy to see how the character and his “Bat-Family” (he doesn’t keep them in the utility belt, though..) are currently running around six flagship titles in DC’s current line up of comics.
So, in keeping with that, you may have heard that DC’s decision (scott snyders decision) to bring Carrie Kelley into the fold is one that’s being wildly talked about: Carrie Kelley is one of the few elements from a Batman alternate-universe story that hasn’t really ever fallen into the main ‘fold’ of the DC universe, even the Death Of Bruce Wayne brought the idea of a Victorian era Batman ala Gotham By Gaslamp into the regular canon.
So Carrie Kelley is just one example of this happening to Batman over the years, much like Harley Quinn or The Grapple Gun(tm, or a little bat sign if you prefer) before her.
So what makes Carrie Kelley Important?
If you’re familiar with The Dark Knight Returns (the story carrie kelley debuted in) than you’re at most immediately familiar with The Dark Knight Returns (pt II.)
If you’re NOT familiar with The Dark Knight Returns, there are a few things to know about it:
It was the “end” story for Batman for a Really Long Time, and a lot of people still prefer it to Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader which is a (personally much more intimate) incredibly different story by Neil Gaiman.
It’s also widely renowned for having incredibly tight and tense pacing for a comic from the 80’s, as well as really spectacular overall plotting and dialogue.
Now, the Dark Knight Returns Part II is why it’s incredibly important that Carrie Kelley is in the regular DC universe:
Because, in a long list of fuck-ups and shittiness when handling lady superheroes, and just generally characters that are women in comic books, Carrie Kelley is probably one of the best examples of “characters that have been handled in creepy ways”
For a little more insight; The Dark Knight Returns has a fifty year old Batman and 13-year old Carrie Kelley taking part in the parent/child dynamic that makes Batman and his sidekicks relationship a lot different than say, Captain America and Bucky (though the dynamic that they have now in comics is also interesting!)
Carrie Kelley acted as an anchor in a story about a relatively unhinged man in a Bat Costume that may be too small for his grotesquely hulking size, and her role as naive newcomer was written spectacularly.
This was, I believe, before Frank Miller Went Crazy but I could write a college essay about that, so I’ll save it for later.
What happened next was this: They Made A Second One.
An incredibly convoluted, pro-fascist, outright orwellian (and not in a good way) take on the Batman mythos. This is one of those takes on it I mentioned earlier in the “wrong” category.
The Dark Knight Strikes Again is a travesty in comic book form, and nobody is saved from it’s ghastly touch.
Carrie Kelley probably receives the shortest end of the stick, right below Dick Grayson.
This is the important part: The Father/Daughter dynamic is gone, replaced by a far more intimate (and creepy) connection between the two. Not to mention she’s supposed to be around the same age, but is depicted as curvaceous and wearing a skin tight leopard suit.
The reason it was important to tell you that was to get the message out in a way. If DC properly handles Carrie Kelley, and depicts her as this:
And not, well.
I’m going to be honest I really don’t want to post any more art from TDK2 (that’s the dark knight two) because, and I feel this ties back to my original point: If DC properly handles Carrie Kelley’s character, and writes her as just as smart and down to earth as she was in the original story, they might make slight reparation on the way they’ve portrayed women in the past, and also, more importantly, be well on their way to erasing The Dark Knight Strikes Again from collective history.