I have no fear in using that term, because I am a geek.
I have always been a geek and I always will…
Ever since I saw reruns of the Adam West Batman series on Wacaday (UK TV show) as a kid, I was hooked.
I’ve loved superheroes and comics ever since…so much so, when the ’89 Batman came out my mum took me to the barber to have the Bat Symbol shaved into the back of my head…
Even though I was too young to even see the film! (it was first film to certificated at 12 by the BBFC and I was only 8)
As a kid, I found solace in my comics and these heroes gave me the best education when it comes to having a moral compass. A Compass that I still follow to this day.
Showing my age, growing up we were lucky to get a “decent” superhero Film or TV show!
They were few and far between…today we are spoiled…i used to have to wait two to three years for a glimpse of seeing my heroes on the big screen, today we get one every two to three months.
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE, RIGHT?!
Last week I saw Dan Slott being abused on Twitter by an angry reader who actually @ him in his comments, telling him to quit!
This boggles my mind that a stranger (a strange stranger by the sounds of it) feels he has the right to act like this, but this behaviour gets worse…
Today, I heard that Zack Snyder is stepping away from The Justice League movie because a couple of months ago his daughter committed suicide…which is devastating news and my heart goes out to Zack and his family during this time.
In the wake of this news and the reason why I am ashamed to be a geek today is, some people have felt the need to mock and abuse this grieving father on social media, because they DON’T like his movies and what “he” has done to their favourite characters in passed movies.
This is deplorable behaviour by our community…
As a child, comics were a very lonely hobby…today, I am overwhelmed and so appreciative that places like our very own Millarworld exist, because I get to come together with people who share the same passion for these fictional characters.
I use the term, fictional on purpose because that is what these characters are.
Ideas, concepts and characters that “we” as an audience DO NOT OWN…yes, we can be passionate about them and have opinions when a story isn’t what “we” wanted this time round…
But, you know what…if you HATE that interpretation so much…take a breath, because there will be another story coming along in a few minutes, which you might like more.
The writers, artists, inkers, colourists, editors, directors, actors and everyone else who are involved with the latest interpretation of these characters are just the current custodians.
All they are doing is carrying that torch until it is time to pass it one to another and I can promise you that these creators love those characters just as much, if not more than you!
All they are trying to do is create cool stories that will hopefully entertain us and make us forget what is going on in the real world for a little bit…
In your opinion if they are not getting it “right” you have no right to tell that or attack them for it.
The way I see it, if you don’t like what a creator is doing, you have three options:
- Discuss with your buddies, privately, why you don’t like the comics or movies…its what forums and pubs are for!
- GO MAKE YOUR OWN COMICS & MOVIES! show the world how to do it right (in your opinion)
- Save up and buy Disney or Warner Bros…then you can do whatever you want with the characters.
As the comic community, we are better than this behavior…the heroes we love taught us to be better than this. They taught us to do the right thing and to make the world a better place…not spread hatred and be cruel…there is enough of that in the real world as it is.
Thanks for reading my rant…
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