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An interesting thing happened on the Internet this week. (I know it’s becoming rarer.) In an interview species, Justin Halpern, co-creator of the animated series Harley Quinn, Pointed out that during the third season of the show, DC Entertainment objected to Batman’s planned oral sex scene with Catwoman. the reason? “Heroes don’t do that. Halpern replied: “Are you saying that the hero is a selfish lover?” “And at the same time Is not The real reason-it has to do with trying to sell toys-it does make many Twitter users want to know, “Wait, if the hero Have done To do it? “(Personal opinion: Yes.)
Quick response: jokes about Batman masks and billionaire’s easily accessible shapes Rejection of ethical consumption under capitalism; Ease”Batman’s parents are already alive, see this discussion. “Everyone has a hot topic and how unenthusiastic about the whole thing. But it also brings up broader questions about superhero sex. Over the years, there have been many romantic stories about heroes and villains. Clark Kent likes Lois. Lane; Black Widow’s soothing voice brings the Hulk back to Bruce Banner’s self. Wanda and Vision. Diana Prince and Steve Trevor. But these relationships are relatively pure, even in movies and more The same is true in adult-oriented TV programs.
Obviously, this is for a reason. First, most superhero comic stories are still aimed at children and young people, so super-obvious sex can be a problem. 2. For decades, Comic Code Authority It is almost banned.Since the 1950s, following the psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s The temptation of the innocent, Believes that comics are harmful to children, and the CCA code excludes many sexes from the media. This situation continued in some form until the last two publishers withdrew from CCA in 2011. (However, before this, the influence of the code has been weakened for some time, allowing more sexual cues, including in various Batman books.)
But those are comics. For decades, Hollywood has been moving comic heroes to large and small screens, where they can at least do what they want more freely. Ant-Man can’t say that Steve Rogers has “American ass“If they are not. Hell, Catwoman literally licked Batman’s face. Batman returns——It was in 1992. Since then, the era of dark, avant-garde manga adaptations has allowed heroes to do many things they could not do before. They will become bloody, they swear, but they usually don’t mate.Well, they do it in anti-hero shows and movies that are definitely suitable for mature audiences dead Pool, Jessica Jones, kick ass, Or warder, But the land of superheroes is still more virgin-even though it is obvious that Tony Stark and Pepper Potts have had sex. (They have a child. Come on.)
Now, this is not necessarily an argument about the “bat vs. cat” action that has appeared on the screen in large numbers, but the idea that the “hero doesn’t do” fall down is amazing. Now that Bruce Wayne has been identified, you know that you may have had sex before, and this rule seems to be more suitable for sex like the dark knight. This is sad. Giving heroes feelings and showing them as selfless lovers is a good character shaping. It makes them multifaceted. They often save the world, but they cannot save themselves. They endure trauma; they struggle with their own morals and ethics.Is not All It must clearly appear on the page or screen, but showing Batman to please Catwoman shouldn’t be taboo. A true hero is not just wearing a cloak.
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