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Monday, June 12, 2006
As They Say On Krypton, "Lara, Please!"
Warner Brothers really, really, really doesn't want you to think Superman is gay. Personally, I don't see what the big deal is. Superman has never really had the gay following that more queer-friendly heroes like Wonder Woman, Batman, the X-Men or Wildcat have. He's just a big, corn-fed, "All American" boy from the mid-West. (Okay, that's the type you see in "amateur" porn, so maybe he has a following after all...)
No, what I find curious is the lengths people seem to be going to assure the film-going public that there's nothing gay about Superman. It's like they're trying to fend off "Brokeback Krypton" jokes or something. But that wouldn't make any sense, after all, we all know how gay friendly Hollywood is, right? Right?
But, let's all be honest here. No matter how hard the studio tries to deny it, the film is going to come off as having gay subtext, no matter how often the studio forces it's semi-openly gay director to publicly declare that the film is 110% heterosexual, yessirree. I mean, first of all, it's a Bryan Singer film. The man has seemingly become incapable of making a film without heavy gay subtext. Then they go and cast a very, very pretty boy as Superman, and spend time worrying about the size of his package. And then they've got Kevin Spacey (who is himself absolutely, without a doubt, thoroughly 110% heterosexual) playing Luthor in, to put it politely, an over-the-top camp manner. The film is going to be very, very gay. Deal with it.