Brainiac On Banjo #052: Sidekick Bastards

Brainiac On Banjo #052: Sidekick Bastards

Shortly after Hitler invaded Poland, the powers that were decided Batman needed a sidekick. Not to prop up sales – by all indications, those early issues of Detective Comics were doing fine. No, the good folks at National Comics decided the grim and gritty pointy-eared crusader with the cape needed a young sidekick, someone with whom their young readers could relate.

Maybe. Batman had been a soloist for only one year, so we really don’t know. But we do know that Batman and Robin together were exceptionally popular. Therefore, Robin begat Speedy, Bucky, Toro, Sun Girl (who clearly was a young adult), Ebony White, Captain Marvel Jr., Kid Flash, Kid Terror, Aqualad, Supergirl, Mary Marvel, Dusty, Tiger, Wing, Sandy, Speedboy … I could go on and on, but I won’t because I like you. Well, most of you. Sidekicks became a real thing, an inseparable part of the American superhero myth for at least a half-century. Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo #052: Sidekick Bastards”

Ruby Rose to Play CW’s Batwoman

Ruby Rose to Play CW’s Batwoman

 

Ruby Rose, probably best known for her role on Orange Is The New Black, is having a good week.  Her latest movie, The Meg, opens Friday and it was announced to day she’ll be donning the cowl as Batwoman for next season’s DCTV crossover event. A Batwoman TV series in development for the 2019-20 season.

Ruby has been an outspoken advocate for the LGBT+ community and identifies as gender-fluid. Batwoman is an openly gay super-heroine and it is being reported that production will not shy away from her sexuality.

We’ll call this a big win for representation.