This is probable one of the most ridiculous storylines I have ever read from DC.
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What happened to the days when Superman was a man and Lois was a woman? I miss those days. The days when you could escape into a world where women didn’t hate men and men weren’t attracted to women who do. I have watched most, if not all, of DC animation movies and this one was so bad I had to research its origin.
The story is written by Geoff Johns. Now, I haven’t read his other works so this could be just a whiffed swing at the plate, but I did have to check his gender because he writes more feminine than masculine.
Let’s start with Lois. Man-hating-feminists-of-the-world-unite! When did Lois move from spunky reporter to man hater? Nearly every scene she was in made me literally sick to my stomach. She was so bitter and nasty that it was hard to focus on the plot when she spoke. I guess the author wanted to make her tough sounding, but he only succeeded in making her sound like a cat-loving old hag in training. This is one reason why I am forced to preview Marvel/DC animation movies before/if I allow my kids to watch them. Sad.
Now let’s talk about Brainac, one of Superman’s most powerful enemies, brought down by getting dirty…literally. The author has Brainac incapable of handling getting muddy. This was such a feminization of Brainac; it would not have felt out of place if he broke down in tears during the final fight because he broke a fingernail. Seriously? When did writers become so lazy that “dirt” becomes the plot key?
Next let’s look at Kara, a very wholesome looking girl who is mad at the world. When Superman goes off, she wages a world war on crime, which is fine, but the author gives the impression that she is doing this to either prove something or blow off this huge amount of anger that she has. The author tries to hide this by lines like, “she’s the typical teenager” and other similar thoughts. I have never seen a girl this angry. “Doesn’t know her own strength”? I have never encountered a girl that could physically hurt someone on accident. Boys yes; girls no. They just don’t have the upper body strength. Now Geoff can say that she is Supergirl, but then you can’t call her the “typical” teenager. Contradictions like this indicate the author is pushing some kind of agenda, not logic.
Last but not least, let’s address Superman, the punching bag for Lois’s sharp tongue. It’s not that Lois has to fawn over Superman, but a thank you would be nice. The author shrouds her anger in some kind of boundary issue that she states, but, if Wonder Woman saved me, I don’t think I would hesitate to say thank you. If my wife spoke to me this way, I would have serious reservations about her mindset towards our marriage. Common courtesy is a foundation. Lois is not only rude, but she implies that Superman’s rescues are mandatory. And he sits there and takes it. No, “Hey Lois, a thank you would be nice.” Nothing. No man that I know of is going to sit and take a tongue lashing just to appease someone else, female or not. Of course there are “males” that do act as doormats, but then again, they’re not really men now are they?
I don’t know if the author is planning a coming out party or not, but if this is how his other stories are written, then I’d say don’t waste the money on a party, it’s already evident. I hope that in the future DC will write stories where men as men and women are women. Neither needs to be subservient to the other, just have a little respect for each other.
To end on a positive note, the animation was decent. Obviously anime inspired but not overly done. Of course the graphic nature of the opening scene and one or two other scenes means it’s a no-no for kids but besides that it was pretty good.