DC Comics has gone from one female creator (at the start of the New 52 in 2011) to 11 at the close of 2014.
Marvel Comics has moved from zero female-led monthly titles to 10 by the end of this year.
Wonder Woman is headlining three monthly titles for the first time in her 75 year career.
Marvel is pushing forward ideas like a female Thor, an African-American Captain America, and, if rumors are true, even a female Wolverine — diversifying their A-list for the first time ever.
DC has re-envisioned its entire Bat-line in October to reflect the need for genre diversity and attract new readers, reinvigorating Batgirl, Batwoman, and Secret Six, and introducing such titles as Gotham Academy, Klarion, Arkham Manor, and Gotham by Midnight.
Dynamite Entertainment is expanding its commitment to female-led titles and preparing an all-woman team book written by Gail Simone for 2015.
Valiant Comics has released its first ever female-led title, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage, to much acclaim.
Dark Horse Comics is broadening its creator-owned base in the wake of the loss of their Star Wars license, publishing more non-corporate-owned material than ever before.
Archie Comics is aggressively pursuing its mission to diversify the denizens of Riverdale, and add a broad collection of new genres to its publishing mix, including horror and super-hero titles.
And companies like Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, and Monkeybrain Comics continue to broaden the sheer amount of different types of material available today for adults and kids both.
Warner Bros. makes a lot of money each year licensing the rights to the superhero IP of DC Comics. And that includes literally hundreds of t-shirts. We know that licensing can be pretty strict. It took a public shaming for them to allow the Superman logo to be used on a statue of a young fan who had been starved to death.
So it’s always interesting to what DOES get signed off on. Like this shirt.
This is sickening, but not surprising, coming from DC Comics. The Wonder Woman/Superman relationship works for a temporary story point, but this marketing around it just shows how little DC Comics thinks of Wonder Woman. This view of a heterosexual relationship is probably why DC has struggled to promote a suitable partner for Wonder Woman.
And you know what? This is demeaning to Superman as well. To classify Clark as part of this “hyper masculine-sexually dominant-Blurred Lines” view of what male sexuality and masculinity should be is, in a word, disgusting.
Remember when Clark held Lois, and Diana, in such high regard? Maybe DC should feel the same way about their characters.
Heroes need support and love to fight and keep moving on in life. They cannot be alone. They are not perfect gods.
And I’ll repeat this again:
Happiness and love is what gives strength to all heroes. What makes them heroes is the fact that they are willing to share and use that happiness and hope to give strength to all of those who need it.