01 May 2008
Ok. So I haven't liked superhero comics since puberty. But, the other night I was talking to my brother and asked, "Have you seen Spiderman?", to which he replied, "I've seen the second one... Was a bag of shit." - I told him I've only watched the first one and thought the same thing as he.
Neither of us want to watch another of them.
This prompted me to ask myself why i had such a distaste for that genre now? A feeling that it was almost 'hurting' the medium that I've liked deeply for my whole life. I started to look at 'why' my brother and I dislike the spiderman movies (and parenthetically, why I probably hate the comics of the genre too.)
I said to my brother, "What do you expect when they make Peter Parker into a teenager? From memory, I think he's supposed to be a reporter for a newspaper." - and thats when i realised that 'heroes' are actually dissapearing. Adult one's that is. The mainstream media is feeding off the youth's narcisism and just putting a mirror in front of them. The only difference being a super ability.
Kids used to 'look up to' superman or batman. They'd view them differently than they do superheroes today (and dont give me the shit about it being a different world). Kids use to, in small ways, learn values, aspire & marvel at these superheroes. They were 'other worldly', at the very least, because they were adults. Just think of the limitations and shallow depth of character a superhero of 12 or 16 years old can have to be relatable to a young teenager? And just think of the problems that could arise from those same young readers thinking that they are these superheroes by virtue of being so closely reflective in their image at the age of 12. At least when one used to get to adulthood (the age of your favorite superhero) , one could (in retrospect, or not) process the information/lessons of your favorite hero more realistically. And if you did benefit from your hero, it would more than likely be positive by the time you turned 'legal'.
When I look at it, it's no surprise that I have little/no interest in today's superhero comics (ignoring the fact that they're written & drawn like TV commercials)... I mean, why the fuck would I see a teen-titan (or whatever) as my hero?
Anyway, I think it's an interesting observation.