Hourman? You Are Wasting My Time

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Hourman? Seriously?

Here’s a textbook example of white privilege.

Even though the success of Blade is primarily responsible for the comic book renaissance, we’ve only had maybe 2 other superhero movies featuring characters of color.

Every other black actor in Hollywood has been campaigning to play Luke Cage for years while Marvel has sat on their thumbs. And rather than giving him the motion picture debut he deserves, he’s getting a miniseries on Netflix?

Wonder Woman, 1/3 of the Trinity and one of DCs flagship titles can’t get a series or a tv show because writing about girls is hard, they have cooties or something, but Superman and Batman get yet another reboot. Green Arrow (a poor man’s Batman) gets his own show where we get to watch him explore his white boy pain. And Flash is getting another show.

But even though he can actually rival Bats in skill ability and coolness factor, notice that Midnighter is not getting his own series. Because despite the success of Torchwood, gay super anti-heroes can’t sell. Only breeders can.

DC has gone on record about not doing any more animated films with heroines as the main protagonists because of the Wonder Woman animated movie totals. Yet both her and Supergirl outsells the Green Lantern cartoon movie which got a sequel that also bombed.

Cassandra Cain’s ongoing series outperformed several legacy characters including her blonde inferior WHITE replacement. And even though DC profited off of this amazing character, they grew resentful of her success and wanna act like she didn’t happen.

And speaking of Batgirls who earned their mantles, Babs Gordon can’t get her own series but Jim Gordon is getting his own show?

The guy is not even a cape. Hell they could’ve at least given it to a complex badasses like Renee Montoya or Marissa Rahms. But heaven forbid we have a queer woman of color or a trans woman as the star of their own stories.

Even though X-Men was primarily inspired by the Civil Rights movement and the struggles of blacks—

Yes white folks X-Men is based on black folks like the Lone Ranger and like Xena. Xaxier’s DREAM for peaceful coexistence, I know you didn’t think a white boy came up with that shit. Oh you did. That’s adorable.

—race is all but erased from the narrative and the films (and spinoffs) are focused on the Angry White Dude and walking White Guy wet dream.

Never mind that Storm, the First Lady of Marvel has more than warranted deserving her own push in terms of solo comic and movies.

Marvel hems and haw about a Black Panther movie because making a film about a Utopia of Uppity Coloreds is soooo hard. So hard in fact that Marvel didn’t even bother to support its own BP animated film, even though it outsold comparable Iron Man and Hulk animated movies which had a live action film to help in its sells. But Ant Man, Marvels premiere woman beater, is getting his own movie.

And when we do appear in these films, we’re a sidekick at best or we’re subjected to racist tropes like Yellow Face (Iron Man 3) or our ethnicity is whitewashed like Talia al Ghul in Batman or Shredder in the upcoming TMNT.

Superheroines can’t translate into dollars yet Resident Evil films, Buffy, Nikita, Michonne, Cass Cain, Olivia Pope, Kill Bill have proven otherwise.

PoCs don’t generate box office success. Only Fast and the Furious and GI Joe (the comic book movie with the black superhero protagonist) both shined at the box office this year.

But Hourman is getting his own show. Not Vixen, not Black Canary, not Static Shock, not Jamie Reyes, or any more deserving marketable superhero. Just another inferior and irrelevant white guy with a Marty McFly/Butterfly Effect/Tru Calling gimmick.

We have to work twice as hard to gain half of what we earned, and even then, we are often sabotaged for our success. But this nobody gets his own show simply because he’s white.

We’re in the 21st century having to endure 19th century excuses for this garbage. And yet when me and mine aren’t blindly cosigning, we’re told we’re being angry or unreasonable.

And this is why I’m not here for your Adventures of Straight White Guy with cameos from token minorities. This is why I don’t accept breadcrumbs.

Call me angry, uppity or any other not so coded racist descriptor you want to use. What I’m not is a sheep, an idiot or a doormat. Another thing I’m not is wrong. What you misconstrue for anger is actually pride, self love and enough self respect not to cosign on bigoted cultural societal BS like this.

Because having the power love yourself and others enough to fight for better in a world that fears and hates you, is nothing short of a superheroic feat in and of itself.

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5 thoughts on “Hourman? You Are Wasting My Time

  1. The Superhero genre must be one of the most erased genres out there – tokenism is still considered the height of inclusion, they love their stereotypes and on the odd occasion when you do get a minority character, they’re always treated less, given less attention and shuffled out of the way – except, of course, when people criticism the erasure then they’re waved like great big banners

  2. Okay, I’m torn.
    I would totally watch the HELL out of a Luke Cage movie, and a Black Panther movie would have me over the moon (BP’s always been a much-loved favourite of mine, and that weird motion-comic mini-series they did about him was AWESOME), and knowing they’re not going to do either sucks hypertrophic donkey testes through a hyperdimensional wormhole.
    BUT! I do have Netflix, and you’re saying they’re doing Luke Cage as a Netflix series? I’m so there. I’m SO there.
    I’m so, SO fucking bored with white faces. I KNOW white peoples’ stories, I’ve seen them all my life (as well as living my own). Give me something we haven’t seen a kajillion times now, please. Give me differently-abled heroes, heroes of colour, queer heroes, men heroes and women heroes and androgynous heroes. Give me new stories, different stories, stories about people not playing with all the settings turned down to Easy.
    Time for another pointless letter to DC and Marvel.

    • Since it’s pointless, I wouldn’t bother writing a letter to them anyways since they’re not going to change and they’re sticking to their formula because white male protagonists and privilege is simply the microcosm of who owns and controls the means of production under capitalism.

      • No huge disagreement from me on the likely outcome, but I view even a small positive as a contribution; if enough of us make enough small contributions, we can do great things. If we refuse because they’re too small, we’ll never know how much we could have done. 🙂
        I guess I mean, nearly futile is not completely futile, and the issues are important enough to warrant spending energy on even mostly-futile issues. As Miracle Max might have said but didn’t, “Ah, but mostly futile is slightly utile!”

        • Well you see at times I just feel hopelessness in situations like this especially knowing how the system works and what it benefits which leaves us either two options is to either accept defeat knowing how it works and what it is while completely discarding it to create something new or abolish it completely and create a entirely new system that supports actual egalitarianism.

          But then again like you said there’s always a utile so there might be another options perhaps?

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