Stuff I like: Comics & Illustration, Kung Fu movies, Strong Female Leads, British Televsion, Anything Awesome.
Last week I made a comment about being by what the the current Batwoman writer Marc Andreyko said in an interview about DADT as part of Kate’s story. Andreyko later stopped by the blog to clarify things. I also received some input on my comment from a reader of the blog, Moira Phippen, which turned into a short discussion on where Batwoman was a character and her thoughts on Andreyko as a writer. I was so taken with her insights that I asked her to expand on them in a guest post. Here she discusses the three different authors that Kate Kane has had and their differing approaches to the character’s queer identity. Her thoughts follow and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I found Kate Kane just around the time of my life that I was beginning to come out, to my friends, family, community, partners, and even to myself. As a character, she is so crucial to me. Seeing a queer-identifying character take on the “Bat” name, and not just a girl, but as a “woman,” self-assured, confident, aware of herself and who she was… I can’t express how much an image like her was meaningful to me as a young adult coming to terms with a conclusion about her sexuality that she had tried her very best to avoid. No matter the writer, Kate has always embraced who she is, no apologies offered. Rucka, Williams, and now Andreyko have become some of my most treasured authors due to the care each have taken with Kate.
As I have grown older, I’ve embarked on my own path to being more like Kate: I try to be brave like her, bold like her, uncompromising like her. My relationship with each writer’s Kate - because they are, all of them, different Kates - has developed with me. In a way, they each represent different kinds of interpretations and portrayals of the queer experience and identity, all of which hold some unique and different value or impact.
Why can’t there be a male hooter’s equivalent where male servers are shirtless and highly sexualized for their bodies and looks
Male Strip clubs. You’re thinking of male strip clubs.
No. Not a male strip club. A strip club is a strip club. I want a place called Cahones where waiters wear Speedos and are forced to stuff if they don’t fill out their uniform well enough. I want them to giggle for my tips. I want it to be so normalised and engrained in our culture that women bring their daughters there for lunch (because whaaaaaat the wings are good! Geeze sensitive much?) where they’ll give playful little nudges like, “Wouldn’t mind if you dad had those. Heh heh heh.” that their daughters don’t even understand but will absorb and start to assume is just the normal way grown up women talk about grown up men. I want to playfully ask my waiter if I can have extra nuts on my salad and for him to swat my arm with an Oh, you because he knows if he doesn’t his manager will yell at him. I want other men to pretend to like going there so I think they’re cool. I want to go to Cahones during my lunch break at work and when I come back and tell the other women in the office where I went they chuckle slightly and the men around us suddenly feel self conscious and they don’t know why.
While a fight scene atop rampaging cows might not exist, a fight scene atop raging horses does. Sadly, it’s in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
I think choreography is only limited by imagination and since imagination is infinite, there’s probably a shitload of scenarios I’d like to see. They’re usually actor versus actor though, rather than location or prop.
Do you know what hasn’t really been done though? A truly great nunchaku versus nunchaku fight. Not just a fight where two guys stand on opposite sides of the room and show off (sorry Bruce Lee fans!) but an actually full-on, well choreographed nunchaku fight. I’d love to see something like that given a modern twist. There’s a blindfolded nunchaku fight in “Dragon From Russia” but even that is a simple trade off rather than something intricately choreographed.
As far as martial arts scenes go, I want to see one in a supermarket/grocery store. I know we’ve seen one in a mall but I’d love to see someone specifically in a supermarket. A big, empty supermarket where the camera can track the fight down each aisle.
Along the way, the opponents grab random shit off shelves to fight with: bottles, rakes, steak knives etc. The possibilities are endless. I’d love to see a long, intricate fight in a vacant supermarket.
I guess it doesn’t even have to be vacant. I just like the imagery of two people in an enormous Wal-Mart wanting to kill each other.
A final one would be a true, modern shapes movie. There hasn’t been one since “Drunken Master 2.”
Granted, “Champions” had an awesome mantis fist, but I want to see a modern set shapes film. I want guys, in shady dark alleys, busting out snake style and drunken boxing, Can you imagine? A cops and robbers film with traditional old school styles? The cop catches up with the crook only to have them bust out tiger claw and eagle’s claw? I think it would be amazing and a nice twist on contemporary choreography. Hell, get Donnie Yen to do it or get Sammo Hung to remember his roots.
Yes to the supermarket fight scene. I’ve had the exact same thought.