EARTH-2: BATMAN & ROBIN | Earth-2 could've been a far better world.
Sad thing is, I think I’ve played roles so well… Most of the time even I don’t remember who I really am but that’s how it has to be.
A question I am often asked and always glad to answer! I wrote a long-winded response here, but to put it simply, no one understands the many facets of Bruce the way Selina does, and vice versa. Their backgrounds, values, and morals may clash, but fundamentally they are very similar people. It’s that balance they have that ensures their relationship is forever engaging and enduring, whether they are together or not.
I like Jonathan Nolan’s description of their relationship – I think he highlights the crux of why they work together so well:
In a weird way, she’s the yin to his yang. The dynamic between them is so fresh — the playful way she kind of pokes fun at him — it sparks a connection between them and takes some of the sombreness away from his character.
(Though it really should be her yang/light to his yin/dark)
That’s not even considering how iconic a character Selina is, right next to the Joker. Their history is long and rich; if you hear about Batman, you would not be far away from hearing about Catwoman either. She’s been with him almost since the very beginning, and that offers a lot of variety and nuance in the many depictions of their relationship.
Hmmm….Could I write the Justice Society instead since they’re the team I’m most invested in? Not to mention, this team that’s comprised of generations of heroes?
For the ‘core ten’ (cause it’s a bigger team) of the present team, I’d go with:
- Power Girl
- Doctor Fate (Khalid Ben-Hassin)
- Doctor Mid-nite (Beth Chapel)
- Wildcat (Yolanda Montez)
- Mr. Terrific (Michael Holt)
For the past team, I’d go with:
- Green Lantern
- Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson)
- Doctor Mid-nite (Charles McNider)
- Wildcat (Ted Grant)
- Black Canary (Dinah Drake)
- The Spectre
Honourary founding members of the Justice Society:
- Wonder Woman
When are we going to start seeing a DC Universe that:
- Is actually comprised of world building as opposed to finding new ways to destroy and kill off our favourite characters for shock value.
- Where characters are allowed to properly grow and develop as individuals as opposed to keeping them in a perpetual stasis.
- Where superheroes are allowed to form close relationships with others, including romantic ones without killing them off—again—for shock value.
- Where women will actually be treated with respect and not treated as props that exist for male narratives.
- Where women, people of colour, queer characters, and other diverse characters are actually characterised like complex human beings with legitimate goals in life, and not reduced into stereotypes?
Most importantly, what is your problem with women that you continue to repeat the same problems you are frequently called out on, such as the much-hated women in refrigerators trope and sexualisation of their bodies?
And DO give us a better answer than ‘well, the point of the story is…,’ or ‘we do it to men too…’ Save it. We’ve already heard those tunes before. Sing us a new one.