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  • Another Iconic Superhero Yields to the Forces of Sexual Anarchy … Yay?

    Surge Summary: The new, CW TV series Batwoman is going to make history: the first major lesbian superhero to frontline her own series. Are we certain that’s such a good idea? 

    Another piece of American iconography goes down to the forces of trendy “sexual correctness”.

    In the cause of LGBTQ propaganda, DC comics is apparently keeping pace with Marvel.

    Jean Bentley of the Hollywood Reporter lets us in on the details …

    The CW drama [Batwoman] features the first out lesbian superhero to have her own show.

    When Sarah Schechter, executive producer of the CW’s Batwoman and the series’ showrunner Caroline Dries met with the Australian model-turned-actress Ruby Rose, the eventual star wasn’t sure about committing to a television show. What changed Rose’s mind? Sunday she told the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour she knew she wanted in after hearing the duo’s enthusiastic story pitches.

    “When we talked about it and [I saw] how passionate they were, and they were yelling over the top of each other and finishing each other’s sentences. … I was watching this ping-pong match thinking if they’re that invested in this and it makes them so happy and it’s telling the story that I wish was on television when I was a kid and Caroline wishes and Sarah, I believe there are going to be people that this changes their life. I believe there’s some people that won’t find themselves. I mean, I think there’s definitely someone for everyone in the show, but if you don’t find yourself in the show, that’s probably because there’s plenty of shows you already have out there.”

    Wow. Them’s some big claims for a superhero-based drama. If you doubt the culture-shaping agenda of so much of pop culture, just re-read that paragraph.

    The character of Batwoman, aka Batman’s cousin, Kate Kane, is the first lesbian superhero to headline her own series, and out actress Rose sees herself in the character.

    “I feel like I was more like her when I was younger — the hesitation of trusting people, letting people in, feeling like I could do everything on my own. Not having a big family. Being gay, obviously, but that’s not the biggest part of the show. But there’s a lot that I definitely experienced throughout [my] earlier teens, maybe even early 20s, but that now I don’t share with her but I can see why she feels the way she does. I also don’t live in Gotham. It’s different when you live in Gotham and the world is like that. Not that we’re far from it, but it’s a heavier situation, whereas I feel like my life is pretty well put together.”

    While the character’s sexuality won’t be her biggest character trait it will, of course, be crucial to the series’ storyline — particularly flashback scenes involving her time in a military school with a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

    So, in a thoroughgoingly unoriginal flourish, it sounds like we’ll have the big-bad, patriarchal, traditional-morality-based, “homophobic” military playing the role of a villain in the Sunday evening series.

    Move aside, Joker! The U.S. Armed Forces are out to do their worst!

    “I’m sure there’s going to be many other versions after this, and different actors will play her,” [Rose] said. “It’s an entity far bigger than me. But any version that I get to play, and the Kate that I’ve developed and love, she is a certain way. I look forward to seeing [more].”

    Umm, may I ask: More what? Pardon me for being nervous …

    “Who knows, when I’m 60 and I’m like, ‘Hey kids, I was Batwoman,’ they’re like, ‘Whatever.’ Selena Gomez’s great-granddaughter is Batwoman now. I’m sure that we’ll have many reincarnations, and I’m excited about that. But it’s definitely a legacy piece that I really think is important and that I dedicate all of my time to.”

    The “legacy piece” profession, in case you’re missing the point, really ought to convince you there is a vision here for something way beyond the mere entertainment of TV audiences.

    Evidently, the character, as in the actual comic book itself, is Jewish and that detail will also be factored into the show. “We’re trying to find ways of incorporating that without it being a huge thing,” Dries said.

    Will there be a scene where Batwoman is consulting the sacred book that originally inspired her Jewish faith? Specifically, those parts denoting sexual relations as a gift from God to be enjoyed by husband and wife alone within the covenant of marriage?

    Still, all involved hope that Batwoman appeals to everyone beyond the LGBTQ community. … Added Rose: “We want everyone to watch this, especially young people, who can identify and relate to people they’re watching on the screen and hopefully be empowered by that.”

    Gulp. Don’t you just love the practically cosmic language?

    Superhero-themed TV and movie exploits used to be tapped as springboards for highlighting virtues like courage, self-sacrifice, loyalty, team-work etc. Now? It’s same-sex attractions in the spotlight.

    You want radical? Offer a prime-time television program featuring a married couple – man and woman, let me be clear – who are Christians; a conventional pair with a couple of normal kids and who aren’t constantly being lectured to and enlightened by their fabulous “gay” neighbor.

    In 2019? That would be groundbreaking.

    Meanwhile, a lesbian Batwoman? The way things are going, pretty soon that kind of story-thread will barely attract any notice at all. Precisely the point, I think.

    Image: Screen shot; Batwoman trailer/CW network; https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ruby-rose-batwoman-1229120


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