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Wednesday, May 31, 2021

up to batYes, there’s a bit of a to-do over DC Comics’ retooling of the Batwoman character to give her an alter-ego of a socialite lipstick-lesbian, more so than any other diversity-driven comic book character overhauls currently in play.

But it’s a low-risk, high-payoff move by the Time-Warner subsidiary to generate some buzz. Batwoman’s an eminently disposable spinoff character, so if this rehash doesn’t pan out, she can be stashed back into the closet (pun intended) without the DC Universe missing a beat.

I trust the creatives aren’t going to have every single story revolve around Kathy Kane’s (the name, I believe, is an homage to Batman creator Bob Kane) sexual orientation. The plot possibilities in exploring duality issues on multiple levels — masks, both metaphorical and actual, loom large — promise a goldmine of narrative potential.

Still, given the recent legal flaps over artist Mark Chamberlain’s depiction of Batman and Robin in intimate embrace — not to mention the decades of eyebrow-raising curiosity about the relationship between the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder — I can’t help but wonder if this development means that DC is finally sending some sort of confirmation about its costumed crew. I mean, if you’re dressing up in outlandish outfits in public, that probably represents the tip of the iceberg as far as leading an atypical lifestyle.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/31/2006 11:56pm
Category: Creative, Pop Culture, Publishing
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Yes, that’s one awkward-assed headline I concocted, above. But it’s the best I can do, because the headline writer for today’s Los Angeles Times article about religious surfboarders doing their conversion thing on the beaches of Hawaii hit a homerun with his hed:

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SURFERS

Solid gold, baby. I love me a good pun-based hed, and that it takes a church hymnal as etymological base makes it even sweeter. This may be the best headline I’ve run across so far in 2006.

There seems to be a mini-meme on surfing running through the media lately. In addition to a feature on the improbable surf scene in England’s Newquay coast, I personally indulged in a whimsical anecdote about Mark Twain’s young-reporter experience as a wave-rider. Must be the summer breezes.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/31/2006 05:56pm
Category: Other Sports, Society, Wordsmithing
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