Friday, June 23, 2006

Just F@*#ing Stop It.

Posted by Codemorse

From the BBC:

Director Bryan Singer, who was behind the first two X-Men films, addressed speculation that, in his film, the Man of Steel is gay. "He's
pretty straight," said the director, "he's Superman." Kate Bosworth, who plays reporter Lois Lane in the film, dismissed the rumour. "I play his love interest so I think that's probably pretty ridiculous."

From ABC:

He's clearly into fitness, and splashy summer colors. The new film about the Man of Steel, "Superman Returns" — which comes out, er, on June 28 — is being advertised on Logo, the gay and lesbian cable TV channel. Now, the gay magazine, The Advocate, is asking "How Gay Is Superman?"

From OptusNet:

Superman is not gay and neither am I, says the handsome American actor who plays the superhero in the latest Hollywood blockbuster based on his adventures. Brandon Routh, 26, is in Australia for a brief promotional visit, talking up Superman Returns, which was shot in Sydney last year. Some American media have claimed Routh's portrayal of Superman was less macho than previous versions and that the actor was simply too pretty for the part.

There's a ton more of this poop out there. This is just the tip of the big gay-fearing iceberg.

I'm honestly at a loss. There's only one explanation for the sudden interest in the Man of Steel's sexuality, and that's Bryan Singer's homosexuality. Want proof that "Gay" is a filthy word? Just look at these articles, which turn a director's private love life into some sort of excuse to discuss an obviously heterosexual character's unlikely gayness.

Would it matter if Superman was gay? Not to me. But then, I'm one of those crazy folks who believe that your sexuality does not define you positively or negatively (unless said-sexuality involves you in the creepy dealings of NAMBLA and it's ilk). What does matter to me is the way in which these articles are presented and framed. Why should Routh have to "defend" himself from these sorts of accusations? And, for Kal-El's sake, why are we even entertaining the possibility of homosexuality in a character who has doggedly pursued (and married, in the comics) one woman?

Is it because said-woman is a strong, no-nonsense, independent type? Everyone knows that only gays like those pesky feminists. Or maybe it's because of Supes' blue tights. Everyone knows that real men don't wear tights. Just look at Errol Flynn. That pussy.

A gay man helming your film does not make that film gay. A gay actor playing a role does not make that character gay. Is Ian McKellan's Gandalf gay? Is Sean Hayes' Jack really straight?

Anyway, enough sarcasm. Stop it. Right now.


At 11:17 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

Nevermind The Gay...Superman is positively ASEXUAL in this flick (I caught it night before last).
Making Superman a cock-happy madman might have been for the better.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

BTW: That Advocate story had little to do with the flick...more of a general piece on the oft-discussed innate homoeroticism of superheroes. Interesting, but nothing to get your too tight Daisy Dukes in a bunch about.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

There's nothing too-tight about my Daisy Dukes. They complement my Ben and Jerry's ass.

How was the movie?

At 11:27 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

And do you want to write a review of it?

At 11:29 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Annnnnnd one more:

By asexual, I assume you mean that there's little actual Super-Gettin'-It-On?

Is it different than the Riggs and Murtaugh dynamic of Bale and Holmes in Batman Begins?

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

I'll probably throw something up at TFL closer to release.

I'll just say that none of my intital concerns (casting mostly) were a problem...which was a pleasant surprise. But there were some other, fairly major problems.

Once you see it we can kick it around...and everyone SHOULD see it. There are a couple scenes that will make every kid who ever lept off their bed in Superman Underoos go totally fucking gooey with delight.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Ben Miro said...

Treading too close to spoilerishness.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger codemorse said...


None of that is spoilerish, as far as I can see. But it's good to hear that I'll probably enjoy it.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I'm not gonna see it cause it might scare me striaght.

At 4:45 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Isn't that what God wants for you, Scott? To be scared straight?

At 5:16 PM, Blogger yelling-rants said...

Oh man, i wish superman was gay. I think that most superhero stories are at least homoerotic, all those muscular men in tights wrestling with each other, getting really sweaty. Hey that also describes professional wrestling too. Hmmm I wonder if all the rednecks think they are watching homo-erotica when they watch professional wrestling on their way to a monster truck rally??

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I'd tell you what God wants, but then I'd have to kill you.


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