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The New Batwoman Show Is Bombing and Once Again, SJW Journalists Blame the Wrong Thing

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If you’ve watched any of the CW superhero shows, then you kind of know what you’re in store for. It’s a lot of people dressed up in costumes from the DC comic universe essentially playing out a soap opera.

Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which only includes drama as a subplot to the main story of fighting bad guys and saving the world, the DC television universe — dubbed the “Arrowverse” after its flagship show “Arrow” — centers around drama, essentially making it the exact reverse of the MCU. It can feel like a slog for people looking for a superhero show to enjoy.

What’s worse is that the shows on the CW seem to have fallen to the problem of becoming programming that scratches a very hard-left itch. The shows are filthy with social justice messaging and left-leaning talking points. The Super Girl television show, for instance, has done everything from promoting anti-gun messaging to hinting not-so-subtly that Donald Trump is a racist.

It would appear that the Batwoman television show looks to follow that very same path. While the pilot episode didn’t push social justice messaging as hard as the trailer for the show implied, it still pushes it. In fact, many people have surmised that Batwoman is DC’s response to the MCU Captain Marvel with Brie Larson due to all the “girl-power” and anti-man messaging the show contains.

You can watch the trailer below and see for yourself.

You can probably guess how the reviews went by this point.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the critics couldn’t stop raving about it. Meanwhile, the audience score is beyond dismal. As of this writing, Batwoman has a 72 percent critic score and only a 10 percent audience score.

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As a response, the left is already making the excuse that the reason everyone hates Batwoman is that she’s a woman, and a lesbian to boot! Horror of horrors!

Forbe’s Paul Tassi, for instance, didn’t even try to hint his way around the issue. He straight up accused many people of being sexist for their dislike of the show:

On IMDB you can only see usernames, but on Rotten Tomatoes they at least have first names listed for fan reviews, and sometimes photos. Of the first 100 reviews I counted, 95 appear to be written by men. Two of the five women gave it a positive score, the only two positive scores I saw out of all 100. I could probably keep going, but I’m guessing the ratio would remain roughly the same.

I am definitely not saying that Batwoman is some masterpiece, but it does not take the World’s Greatest Detective to figure out what’s happening here, even if many of the negative reviews don’t reference sexuality or politics. Batwoman is certainly no worse in the script and action department than the early episodes of these other Arrowverse series, and yet I never saw any of them lambasted to this degree.

This is a constant callback for leftist culture reviewers who find themselves in the position of having to defend a show or movie that has received negative audience scores. Those who hate a show or movie with a woman lead or that glorifies things social justice advocates hold as holy are only doing so because they’re racist, or homophobic, or sexist, or (insert “ists” and “phobes” here).

Each time this happens, moviegoers everywhere — including yours truly — point out that it’s not the race or sex that causes people to dislike a show. If that were the case, then there are so many franchises, movies, and games that are cherished by the general public that would be despised. Alien, Metroid, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games, Wonder Woman, and Terminator all had female leads that fans the world over adore.

So it must be a completely different reason, and that reason is very obvious.

People hate being preached to about things they don’t believe in.

Batwoman sold itself entirely on the premise that she is a social justice hero, and because of that, the show has been geared toward highlighting this political stance. The plot, the action, and more are all geared to promote that idea. This makes for a very boring show that frankly, no one wants to watch.

Add to that the fact that the vast majority of people don’t fall in line with social justice advocacy due to its high level of bigotry, racism, and sexism, and you have a show that just straight up disgusts people.

People don’t care that the lead is a woman. They care that you’ve created a boring show that promotes philosophies and stances that people disagree with. What’s more, this was done in a superhero format. People watch superhero media because they want to see amazing concepts, not watch as they sit around and discuss their feelings on the LGBT community while wearing tights.

Exploring the psychology of a villain or hero can work wonders in both comics and movies — I think Todd Phillips proved that with Joker — but even that is something that many readers would find a fascinating character development, which lends to the story.

Nobody is fascinated by another pro-LGBT writer talking about how everyone is mean to gays, lesbians, and trans people. Nobody is glued to their seat while some out-of-touch writer on the coast tells them they’re racist through a character in a mask. Few people can relate to this, mostly in part because the vast majority of people aren’t racist or homophobic.

It ain’t the woman that’s the topic, it’s the show’s driving principle of putting politics before story.

It’s propaganda. Not entertainment.

 

The post The New Batwoman Show Is Bombing and Once Again, SJW Journalists Blame the Wrong Thing appeared first on RedState.

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Rachel Maddow goes Hollywood: Recurring role on ‘Batwoman’

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Standing at the intersection of politics and show business is MSNBC show host Rachel Maddow. I awoke Saturday morning to the news that cable television’s favorite liberal news show anchor has signed on to a recurring role in The CW’s Batwoman.

Maddow made the announcement that she will play the character Vesper Fairchild in the new superhero series. The premiere episode airs Sunday. What sets Batwoman apart from other superhero shows is that Batwoman is a lesbian. And her character is played by an openly out lesbian actress, Ruby Rose.

Here’s the twist – Maddow’s character doesn’t appear on the screen. Vesper Fairchild, like Maddow, is a broadcast personality.

Maddow takes on the role of Vesper Fairchild, a character from the Batman comics. Fairchild is a television and radio personality who had a romantic relationship with Bruce Wayne (Batman). The Batwoman catch is that Maddow’s Fairchild will never appear onscreen — at least there are no current plans for her to do so. Still, Maddow is expected to “appear” in multiple episodes.

It isn’t clear exactly how Maddow will “appear” but maybe it will be like the old John Forsythe character in the original Charlie’s Angels television series. His character’s voice was in episodes but he remained sight unseen. Perhaps her voice will substitute for her physical presence.

“We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham,” Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries told THR. “In addition to Rachel’s interest in Batwoman, we thought she’d be the perfect casting choice because her own hard-hitting journalism wildly contrasts Vesper’s penchant for snark, gossip and criticism of female superheroes.”

“Hard-hitting journalism”, eh?

I’m not really familiar with the Batwoman character. She was created as a part of the whole Batman universe. I watched Batman as a kid – I remember Adam West – and then the Batman movies but my interest has waned. After Michael Keaton’s portrayal of Batman, the more current actors playing Batman don’t measure up for me. Your mileage may vary. Woke Rachel may feel a personal connection and this isn’t the first time she’s been a part of Batwoman’s history.

This will be the political commentator’s second connection to the world of Batwoman, the DC Comics series about an out lesbian superhero. She previously wrote an introduction for the 2010 deluxe hardcover edition of writer Greg Rucka’s Batwoman graphic novel Elegy. (That collected Detective Comics issues 854-860.)

Our superheroes have to have political messages now, you know, and that includes the ones made for television. Supergirl is a good example of how off the rails a show can go from its original concept. I watched that show when it first began. Full Disclosure: I covered Supergirl for NewsBusters. It began innocently enough. But, as it grew in popularity, the series went in a decidedly liberal way with all the usual hot button issues dragged into the storyline. If I remember correctly, I only watched and wrote about the first two seasons. I’m happy I no longer have to watch it. Hollywood liberals ruin everything.

It may be interesting to see how the show brings in Vesper Fairchild. From what I read, she was killed off by orders given by Lex Luther. No wonder she won’t appear.

Maddow isn’t the only media personality with a Hollywood deal these days. CNN’s Dana Bash has inked a side gig of her own.

It was at least the second deal announced this week involving the mainstream media and the world of showbiz. On Thursday came word that CNN political correspondent Dana Bash will consult on “The Hill,” a drama series in development for NBC.

Here’s the trailer for Batwoman:

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Concern for the Social Impact of a JOKER Movie Ignores Historic Variations of This Character Type

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Still image of “Joker”, courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures

The character defines social dysphoria, so wringing hands over his portrayal proves him correct.

Warner Brothers Studio has been uniquely challenged in transferring the catalog of DC Comics to theater screens. Removing Christopher Nolan efforts, with the exception of “Wonder Woman” many of the comic book films in recent years have been regarded as dismissed and forgettable, even those times their films meet financial success. While Marvel has been a financial printing press with can’t-miss titles Warners saw its attempt at universe building — “Justice League” — shockingly become a money-losing venture.

As a sign of the unfocused nature from the studio with these properties is that Warners currently has two iterations of the character of The Joker character. Jared Leto’s interpretation as seen in “Suicide Squad” was met with such a muted reception that he saw screentime truncated in that fiasco of a film. Still, he is poised to get his own stand-alone film at some undeclared future date, but meanwhile, next month will bring another feature with the iconic villain, an origin story with Joaquin Phoenix taking on the greasepaint pathos.

There have been musings from many on the propriety of presenting this character in either a sympathetic light or at the very least one of understanding. Much of that is balanced against our current social climate. How wise is it to position a disaffected character like this in our combative and divisive country, some have asked? An even more exaggerated stance — will this character inspire somebody to act out in a similarly imbalanced fashion?!

While some of the talk can be dismissed when the likes of Jim Geraghty of National Review weighs in on the unease with concerns, it becomes a sign of an undercurrent taking place. Jim expresses anxiety over what the presentation on screen could lead to in our contentious society.

I’m worried that a certain segment of America’s angry, paranoid, emotionally unstable young men will watch Joaquin Phoenix descending into madness and a desire to get back at society by hurting as many people as possible and exclaim, “finally, somebody understands me!”

While we can all see the origination of this thinking, this is actually a response not borne out of a unique character presentation but of an overemphasis on social media responses and what we see play out with regularity in the digital realm. In the trailer, Phoenix’s character is shown as an emotionally-troubled sort who is routinely set upon by society. He seemingly breaks, and then acts out in sociopathic fashion as the villain we all know.

While some may worry that this can inspire someone to antisocial acts I do not see the worry, for one main reason — this is not a novel presentation of someone reaching a mental break on screen. We have long been served up these characters in our entertainment. The emotional iconoclast is not an unfamiliar figure, as many have gone on to become culturally significant; Travis Bickle, Cool Hand Luke, Holden Canfield come to mind. How about Christian Bale’s portrayal of Patrick Bateman?

For that matter, why not revert back to Heath Ledger’s own display of this same character, who was so set on chaos for the sake of chaos? We never learned what drove him specifically, and that made his nihilism all the more venal. As a character for interpretation by those looking for a violent outlet you could have none more dangerous, as he was an empty slate for anyone to fill in those blanks.

There is yet another contradiction within this projected outrage. To say that “Joker” is unique to our time (to say he is a product of the Trump Era, for instance) is diffused by the fact that many film writers have seen a plot parallel to another film. A number have pointed the plot of the upcoming “Joker” seems to mimic Martin Scorsese’s dark satire “The King Of Comedy” — even with Robert DiNero portraying a talk show host in a fashion to the one he tormented in that earlier film.

Certainly there will be contemporary touches and modern aspects to this story. But by appropriating a plotline that is over 30 years old it becomes difficult to claim “Joker” was created by our modern environment. Instead of being a product of our times, more likely you are seeing a character we have seen repeatedly now being updated for the new generation.

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