I wish Batman was depicted like this more often. Many of his villains are mentally ill and victims of tragic circumstances, it would be nice to see him try to help them as much as he helps the people they put in danger because of their problems.
I tear up every time I watch this show. “I had a bad day too, once.”
Best version of Batman. Best version of Harley.
I prefer Batman when he wasn’t a ultra-paranoid nutjob.
This this one thousand times this! What I freaking hate is that that crazy, joyless version of Batman is considered the “default” or even “better” version because of stuff like shitty writers (oh hi there Frank Miller) and the Nolanverse movies, which in themselves are a deconstruction of that version of Batman. Nolanverse Batman is unsustainable. Nolanverse Batman is completely without a lot of his support network for the majority of the trilogy. Nolanverse Batman pushes people away and ends up having to stop being a superhero in order to reclaim his humanity. That is practically skywriting saying “comics Batman is obviously different to this, this is an interesting AU.” I truly love the Nolanverse movies, I think they’re brilliant, but god do I hate it when they’re misinterpreted into comics canon. Also, Nolanverse Batman isn’t full-on crazy joyless Batman either; he quips, he teases people, he fucking smiles.
Bruce Wayne’s Batman is one of, quite possibly foremost of, my favourite superheroes, but not for any of the reasons that seem to be glorified about him in those psychotic versions. Yes, he gets obsessive. Yes, he is an utter control freak. And those are his flaws, not his strengths.
You wanna talk to me about Batman’s strengths? Talk to me about the fact that he’s the adopted single father of five kids (yes I’m counting Damian because the way he was brought into the family is analogous to adoption).
Talk to me about the fact half of his information networks are made up of ex-cons he’s rehabilitated into education programs where they flourish, and the other half are Arkham inmates who he acknowledges as the leaders in their field. Talk to me about the fact that most of the time, they’re willing to give him the information he needs.
Talk to me about the fact that he became a superhero out of the self-awareness that the trauma of losing his parents so mentally scarred him that he knows he can never be well-adjusted, but he wants to use his warped perspective to do some good so no child will ever have to endure what he did again.
Talk to me about the fact that he became a governor on the board of Arkham Asylum not to persecute but to protect the inmates, because even though they perpetrate utterly abhorrent acts they are still people with rights and even the capability to one day reform.
Talk to me about how many times he’s paid for Harvey’s surgery, and the fact that Harvey still refers to Bruce as his one friend who’s always stood by him.
Talk to me about him sponsoring Harley’s parole and laughed as she backflipped with joy.
Talk to me about the fact that, because he knows he can get stupidly stubborn and out-of-control, he surrounds himself with people who refuse to take his crap (Alfred, Babs, Selina, Dick, Jim, Leslie, etc) because he knows sometimes he needs to be stopped.
The real Batman is not some psychotic sadist who hates people and never smiles.
The real Batman is a grumpy socially awkward dad with badass friends, plenty of issues but also a moral compass, a strong belief in human rights and the ability to reform… with a soft spot for people as maladjusted as him.
Accept no substitutes.
Olicity in 2x15
#YOU KNOW THE OTHER REASON THE ‘Please save Oliver’ bugged me?#THAT’S YOUR JOB TOO FELICITY#WE HAD A WHOLE EPISODE OF GIRL!POWER GO!FELICITY TAKE DOWN THOSE BAD GUYS#YOU’RE AN INVALUABLE MEMBER OF THIS TEAM#AND THEN IN LITERALLY THE NEXT EPISODE IT’S LIKE SHE FORGOT SHE GETS TO HELP SAVE OLIVER TOO#I’m nitpicking now#ignore me ( via andyouweremine )
LET ME NITPICK WITH YOU. This scene really bothered me too because of what you said, but also because Sara gives them all roles and no-one acknowledges Felicity’s part in this (if I remember correctly). And when they leave they still don’t pay attention to her, this line falls flat. We don’t even have a reassuring shoulder pat from Digg! I expected to see them comfort each other especially after last week’s episode but no. Nope. Nothing. Nada.
Also why it bugged me: it was obviously a line directed at us olicity shippers but it felt forced. The line has no purpose other than to push some olicity in an episode where they don’t interact. Because I mean - “please save Oliver”, really Felicity? THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE LEAVING TO DO.
(Although okay, I’m admittedly probably being a little harsh on this one but I’m just pretty pissed at how they handled Felicity in this episode. Especially since by rights she should have been sleeping the drugs off in her own bed.)
I agreed and was thinking about this too. Honestly, timeline wise I wish we had this episode and THEN the Clock King episode (Obviously not the past but you get my point).
But it felt like last episode they were talking about them being a team but part of the team was missing. Plus Roy probably has some scars that he could have thrown in in the opening scene. And if you have Roy on the team as big and powerful, along with Diggle and Oliver and Sara, it would have made Felicity feel even MORE alone and unwanted/needed.
They could have said that Roy wasn’t ready to take on the Clock King or had him in the lair practicing shooting Arrows when the shit with the computers went down because he could have just as easily guarded her as Digg and they could have started developing the Roy/Felicity friendship (Which I have a MIGHTY NEED FOR)
Then afterwards he could have left with Thea and then they had the big showdown with Clock King where Felicity gets shot.
Idk. The episode was okay but timeline wise it made NO sense to me.
Excuse me, I need to take a moment to wax poetic about this moment right here:
Oliver is all up in her space, voice lowered, face inches away from hers, looking down on her. He is…
I dunno if this is what you had in mind, gretaprewett… I hope so, lol. xD
The 3-piece suit! The 3-piece suit! Chibi Oliver in the 3-piece suit!!!!!!!
I NEED THIS SUIT BACK! This is one of my favorite of both of their outfits and I call this forshadowing…just the ease they walked into the lair together as if they’d just been on a date or something.
But back to the adorable chibi Oliver and Felicity! It almost looks like Oliver is reaching for her hand! :D
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!
On Periods: Let’s put this shit to bed right now: Women don’t lose their minds when they have period-related irritability. It doesn’t lower their ability to reason; it lowers their patience and, hence, tolerance for bullshit. If an issue comes up a lot during “that time of the month,” that doesn’t mean she only cares about it once a month; it means she’s bothered by it all the time and lacks the capacity, once a month, to shove it down and bury it beneath six gulps of willful silence.