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Author Topic: Superman is gay.  (Read 1699 times)

Lurkndog

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Re: Superman is gay.
« Reply #60 on: November 18, 2021, 10:06:16 AM »
I think the worst or at least the most obvious example is what passes as banter in modern comics. It's not banter in the traditional sense of clever repartee. It's just one character being a complete ass to another character, by thoroughly insulting and demeaning them. And this isn't shit thrown at a hated enemy, it's usually between characters who are supposed to be friends or at least allies. This shouldn't be mistaken for rough but friendly locker room banter, or some witty inversion, or even an attempt to display a character's complete lack of social skills (they're usually supposed to be cool, in the context of the setting). It's just people being absolutely terrible to their friends for no reason at all, because it's supposed to be edgy or something. It doesn't make me like the characters, it makes me hate them and wish they were dead.

In order for a reactionary or transgressive character to work, they need characters who are normal people to play off of. It's very much like having a straight man in a comedy. Having a normal person with normal expectations puts the outrageous stuff in context, and makes it even more edgy, or funny, or over the top.

If you don't have a straight man, you fall into the trap of characters just trying to one-up each other, and that gets predictable and tedious very quickly.

It's why the original Ghostbusters is hilarious, and Ghostbusters 2016 fell flat. The only really funny thing in the 2016 film was Chris Hemsworth as Kevin the intern, and it's because it's the only time the other characters play the straight man and react to him like normal people would.

It's also what made Han Solo so cool in Star Wars. He had Luke to play off of, or C3PO, or, briefly, Greedo.
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