I like Batman.
I have nothing but respect for such a rich character who has transcended time and media for almost 80 years. And he’ll be around as long as he’s profitable. Translation: forever.
That said, I also love Lois Lane, and I’m sick of seeing her treated like cannon fodder at DC Comics nowadays. Be it in Flashpoint, the Beyond world, or the world of Kingdom Come, Lois is dead. The powers that be decided to diminish her character in the regular universe, even getting rid of her marriage to Clark Kent/Superman. In Earth 2, she’s being killed off in, to quote the writer, a way that “doesn’t matter.”
No, Lois isn’t a billionaire vigilante that can solve a problem by simply showing up on time. What she is is proof that intelligence, wit, and guts are all one needs to thrive in this world. Over her almost 80-year existence, she too has become a rich character who has transcended time and media. Lois was a feminist before feminism became cool. A writer who excelled in an industry where she is seen as a minority, She doesn’t always need a hero, but it’s nice to know she has the eyes and heart of the best.
But she doesn’t have to be shafted or fridged. The lone purpose of killing her always seems to make Superman darker, angrier, grittier … in short, Batman with bulletproof skin. There’s at least nine different Batmen in the main DC Universe alone, and every hero is grim, gritty, and dark.
Captain Marvel Shazam’s new look earlier in the week is proof that grim and gritty has run amok at DC Comics. Lighthearted heroes need not apply. You have to have angst to survive there. And apparently even in Earth 2, you’re going to need even more angst.
Lois’s death, which apparently doesn’t matter to the reader in the writer’s eyes, will matter to one character who will continue his never-ending battle without her on Earth 2. Still smacks in the face of her fans.
And yes, she does have fans. And they’re very angry right now.