Fandom Heresies: Batman Should Be Unarmoured, Part 3: Conclusion

Hello all you happy people! Josh Stoodley with the final post on whether or not Batman should be armoured.

In the first post (here) we discussed how armour works in the real world. In the second post (here) we discussed Batman’s origins, how he evolved, and why he isn’t DC’s knock off of Tony Stark, no matter how much modern writers want to make into one.

Today, we are going to sum up everything and lay out the final conclusion: that Batman should be unarmoured. That by going around and tanking bullets, he’s stepping on other characters toes and betraying a fundamental aspect of his character. That armour would in fact impede Batman’s style of combat and make him more vulnerable, not less.

However, before we get there we have some housekeeping to do. In the process of outlining Superman, Wonder Woman and Fantastic Four, I realized that I had half-finished chapters for all three of them. So I’m going to finish up and polish those chapters than post them sometime within the next two weeks. Work on No Blood for Business has also started extensively this month, and will be released in 2023.

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Happy Labour Day Weekend!

Hello all you happy people! Josh Stoodley here with yet another blog post!

This week is more of a housekeeping post than anything. I want to update you on my current plans, how some of my plans have fallen through and just generally what’s going on with me.

So, first off, I’ve done another social media purge. I’m off both Reddit and Instagram. I left Instagram because, let’s face it, Facebook (no, I’m not calling them Meta; that’s a stupid name) is really shady. I left Reddit for much the same reason I left Twitter: I just kept getting in stupid, pointless fights. I’m not sure if it’s me, other people, or just the nature of social media but hey! There’s an easy solution: don’t go on social media!

So the only places you can find me are here, my Patreon, Ko-fi , ArchiveofOurOwn and Tumblr. Tumblr is pretty much a deadspace at the moment; the only thing I’m posting there are my DCAU liveblogs.

Which I’m starting back up this week! Catch me today as we dig into the next episode of Static Shock!

On to fanfiction… followers of this blog and me on AO3 will notice that I still haven’t uploaded the next chapter of Batman. That’s because the chapter has gotten away from me somewhat; it’s much longer and more ungainly then I’d initially planned. So I’m going to have to split into two chapters, which is annoying because it disrupts my long term plans for both Batman and other series.

Speaking of which, this month will all be dedicated to outlining the remainder of Superman, Wonder Woman, Fantastic Four and No Blood for Business. That means I should be posting new chapters for all four of those by October; Brockhold will take a little longer but hopefully I will be posting it by November. Either way, I still plan to release both Brockhold and No Blood for Business in 2023. That is, of course, assuming Putin and his warmongering morons don’t nuke us all to hell and back. War is for idiots, people, don’t do it.

Next up are further updates for this blog. Next week we will be continuing the Fandom Heresies with our conclusions on why Batman should be unarmoured. The week after that, we will finally get to the long-promised post on Legends of Infernia, what my intentions are with it and how I intend to go about it. The week after that, I plan on doing some speculative analysis of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Which brings me to video games in general. Video games are much more work than novels or fanfiction, and they take much longer than either. I have finished the outline for LoI, and I hope to finish the script by November. But I don’t expect serious work on the game to start until 2023. Expect the game to only be on the Nintendo Switch!

That’s it for this week, guys. I’ll see you next time!

Fandom Heresies: Batman Should Be Unarmoured, Part 2: Batman Is A Detective Ninja

Hello all you happy people! Josh Stoodley here with another Fandom Heresies post. This week we will be talking about who and what Batman is. We will be looking at the core character concept from the original Golden Age Batman all the way through to the most modern versions of the character. This is all a set-up for the third and final post in this series, where we will look at both this post and the previous one (which you can find here.

But first, some housekeeping. Pokémon Red Version chapter nine will be up this week, as will Batman chapter nine. We will be delving into my version of how Robin came to be, so be sure to check that out!

Heroic Fantasy has undergone some minor rewrites, and chapter seven will also be up this week.

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Fandom Heresies: Batman Should Be Unarmoured, Part 1: How Armour Works In The Real World

Hello all you happy people! Josh Stoodley here with another Fandom Heresies post. This week, we’re talking about Batman. Specifically, whether or not Batman should wear armour.

This will be a multi-part series, starting with the real world limitations and strengths of armour. Then next week, we’re going to discuss Batman himself. How he fights, how he would operate in the real world and how I think he should fight, and the inspirations behind his character. Both originally and the many revamps afterwards. Then in the third and final post we will summarize and analyze our findings so far and discuss why turning Batman into a poor man’s Tony Stark is a bad idea.

But first, there is some housekeeping to deal with. First, the next chapter of The Amazing Spider-Man has been released and is up on AO3. Second, the next chapter of Pokémon: Red Version will be up this week. I also hope to have the next chapter of Batman up this week but we’ll see.

Also remember that if you enjoy my work, you can support me on Patreon or buy me a hot chocolate.

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Writing Through Depression And The Next Fandom Heresy

Good morning my fellow random response generators! I’m back today with another post, albeit one which I wished I did not have to write.

I have major depressive disorder. I have for years at this point, but lately it has gotten much worse. As you can imagine, this has negatively impacted my writing. I’ve managed to power through and get some done, but I’ve slowed down considerably. It’s just… hard to focus, to get anything done.

Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. I’ve talked to my doctor and I’m now on antidepressants and on the waiting list for counselling. I don’t like discussing my mental health online, but I felt I owed you guys an explanation.

On to the other half of this post!

Next week, I will be reviving Fandom Heresies with a new post: Why Batman Should Be Unarmoured. A lot of people out there, especially on Reddit but even some comic book writers and artists, think of Batman as a poor man’s Tony Stark: walking around in powered armour, tanking bullets and generally being Superman in black. And man is that a bad interpretation of the character. So we’re going to discuss what a detective-ninja should be wearing, why Batman wears what he does, and the limitations of armour. That will come out on Sunday.

For this week, the next chapter of The Amazing Spider-Man will go up AO3. I also plan to get the next chapter of Pokémon Red Version up this week. And maybe the next chapter of Batman. We’ll see.

I’ll see you guys next week!


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Fandom Heresies: Thoughts On The Batman (2022)

Greetings, my fellow random response generators! After the numerous disruptions of last month, I am getting back on schedule for this week and, hopefully, for the rest of this month. So one should see new updates to my fanfiction, No Blood for Business, Brockhall and Legends of Infernia. I make no promises, but that is the plan for now.

Today, however, I want to talk about The Batman (2022). I saw it last night (yes in the theatre; HBO MAX isn’t available in Canada) and, opininoiated pain in the neck that I am, have thoughts

Thoughts I’m gonna share with you whether you like it or not!

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70 Billion Dollars!?!

I had a different post planned for today, but then Microsoft dropped a bombshell that will no doubt reverberate through fandoms for decades to come:

They bought Activision-Blizzard for 68.7 billion dollars. That’s billion, with a ‘b’. Aside from the stupid amounts of money involved, this buy-out (to be completed by the end of Microsoft’s 2023 year, according to Bobby Kotick himself, as seen here) has wide-ranging effects on the game industry, some negative, some positive.

But mostly negative.

Bye-Bye Bobby

Let’s start with the obvious: in July 2021, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision-Blizzard detailing behaviour that wouldn’t be out of place in a Dilbert cartoon. Or maybe in something Garth Ennis. You can read the whole sordid mess here.

Now, I dropped out of the Blizzard fandom a long time ago (and I was never much of an Activision fan; all the games of theirs I liked were developed by different studios and merely published by Activision. Most of them were screwed over, too), and all this did was convince me that was the right decision. And horrify me, of course.

But, clearly, Activision-Blizzard’s scandal had greater effects on the wider industry. Players like Nintendo of America’s Doug Bowser, Playstation’s Jim Ryan and Xbox’s own Phil Spencer all expressed horror and revulsion at Activision-Blizzard’s actions and committed to reevaluating their relationship with the toxic company. Those responses can be read here: Bowser, Ryan and Spencer. Of course, little did we know that one of these gentlemen had both the resources and chutzpah to… correct Activision-Blizzard, forcibly if they had to.

A-B wasn’t idle while their world burned down around them, of course. They released one of the most mealy-mouthed, butt-covering statements I’ve ever read, and my Prime Minister is Justin Trudeau. You can read it here, near the bottom. But this attempt at damage control, woefully inadequate in any circumstance, was undermined by accusations by The Wall Street Journal:

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision-Blizzard, knew all about his company’s corrupt, sexist culture and did nothing about it for decades.

For what it’s worth, I believe WSJ. Rot starts from the top, and Bobby Kotick has been at the top of A-B for a long time. There is no way he didn’t know about his company’s awful behaviour, and was likely involved in some of it.

Although a walk-out was probably planned for a while, the allegations in WSJ were definitely the trigger. And can you blame them? Management has been abusing video game employees for a long time, with crunch being the current buzzword but only the tip of the iceberg. That alone would be enough to stage a walkout, but the particular abuses of A-B was the dump truck of straw that broke the camel’s back.

Now, something that confused every observer on the planet was why did A-B’s board of directors keep Bobby Kotick on? Kotick was a disease, single-handedly driving the company’s stock down with his arrogance and stupidity?

Last week, Phil Spencer provided the answer.

Phil Spencer, Warchief of Xbox

Phil Spencer is a snake. A cunning, patient predator with long-term plans, he has swiftly overturned Xbox’s reputation from the disaster that was Xbox One. He did it by mostly pretending to be a good guy, saying all the things gamers want to hear and downplaying the Console War’s toxicity.

Last week, Spencer revealed his true colours.

Oh, I don’t think Spencer is entirely insincere. But his primary motivation is definitely expanding Microsoft’s market share against competitors like Sony, Amazon and Google. That’s why he went after Activision-Blizzard; to grab IP’s like Call of Duty out from under Sony.

And so as long as Spencer was negotiating for A-B, the board wasn’t going to dump Kotick. For practical purposes, if nothing else: ditching your chief negotiator in the middle of high stake negotiations is a daft thing to do. Plus, Kotick was about to make them all rich (although, funny enough, Kotick was allegedly opposed to the buy-out).

WSJ figures Kotick will be out as soon as the deal closes, and that makes a lot of sense. He’s already made all his cronies rich, he’s made himself richer, and he’s old and close to retirement anyway. Plus, I don’t think Spencer likes Kotick much. The two men have very different styles and goals: Spencer, while undeniably a villain in the overall video game space, is hell bent on building a more inclusive, less toxic gaming space. It’s just, you know, he does it by buying everybody else out.

Kotick, on the other hand, is indirectly culpable for the suicide of one of his employees.

Monopolization

Technically, strictly speaking, Microsoft buying A-B isn’t monopolization. It’s something called ‘vertical integration’, as explained here. And, I gotta say, ‘vertical integration’ sounds a lot like monopolization to me.

And whatever you want to call it, ‘vertical integration’, ‘corporate consolidation’ or monopolization, it’s incredibly unhealthy for the video game industry. As more and more IP’s fall into fewer and fewer hands, competition and artistic drive will dry up. Unionization efforts, probably a necessity for the industry to survive at this point, will start running into serious complications as large and powerful companies like Microsoft union bust.

Now, me, I’m a Nintendo player. Oh sure, I play some games on PC (Warhammer 3 in a month!), but I play Nintendo games. I’ve been playing Nintendo games since the SNES, and it is with Nintendo I’ll stay until I die or Nintendo goes bankrupt. All other consoles are, to me, side consoles.

So this acquisition doesn’t hurt me much, personally. But I fear a future where, in order to survive, Nintendo is forced to buy up as many third-party developers as it can. I fear a future where the only choices in gaming are Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft; no truly third-party developers left.

Phil Spencer is okay with that future; I’m not.


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Fandom Heresies: Metroid Dread And The Future Of Samus Aran

Greetings my fellow random response generators! It is I, falconlord5, here with yet another Fandom Heresies post. Today, we will be talking about Metroid Dread and what it means for the franchise continuing forward.

First things first. I have acquired a new laptop (and phone, but that’s a different issue). Which means, yes! I can get back to writing consistently. Everything is still delayed by about a month though, as I get back up to speed. I might, might mind, be able to update some stuff this month, but it is gonna be an irregular update schedule for January. I will, as ever, endeavour to keep you guys updated.

In the meantime, if you like this kind of content and wish to support me, you can check out my Patreon or buy me a hot chocolate.

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Fandom Heresies: The Killing Joke; Or How Alan Moore Doesn’t Understand Batman, Part One

Hello my fellow random response generators! This week, as long promised, we’re going to dive into The Killing Joke, Alan Moore’s most famous work for DC and unarguably his worst. No, seriously: even Moore himself hates The Killing Joke, and with good reason: it’s a deeply misogynistic tale, complete with the use of rape imagery to titillate the reader (yes, I know Moore has said the Joker didn’t rape Barbara. The imagery is still there), thoroughly abelist and generally just a nasty, pathetic little story. While a lot of the problems we would see from Moore in later years (seriously, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is just one long thematic sequel to this steaming pile of crap) are here, it’s not hard to see why he’d reject this story in particular. The Killing Joke is nothing more than an exercise in Alan Moore’s worst tendencies and darkest fantasies.

Today, we’re going to set up a little background for Alan Moore’s most infamous work. But first, if you enjoy my writing you can support me on Patreon or buy me a hot chocolate.

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Fandom Heresies: Thoughts On The New The Batman Trailer

Hello all you happy people! Yes, it is I, falconlord5, here to discuss more fandom shenanigans! But first, some housekeeping. If you enjoy my inane ramblings, you can support met on Patreon or buy me a hot chocolate.

On that note, I will also start posting preview chapters of my upcoming novels No Blood for Business and Brockhold next month.

Today, we are going to discuss the newest The Batman trailer, starring (shudder) Robert Pattinson as Batman and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman.

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