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Subj: Re: How should DC comics and particularly Wonder Woman treat Hercules?
Posted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 at 04:11:44 pm EDT (Viewed 89 times)
Reply Subj: How should DC comics and particularly Wonder Woman treat Hercules?
Posted: Sun Jun 20, 2021 at 11:41:08 pm EDT (Viewed 107 times)

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To most of the world Hercules is one of the greatest heros in mythology. Yet DC has typically not depcited him as one. There are anywhere from five to seven versions of Hercules depending on how one wants to about them. They typically act as dumb brutes and servie as foils from Superman and Wonder Woman. They range from dark antiheroes at best if not outright villain. Some of the more minor recent versions have been more heroic, but not much.

What way should DC comics depict Hercules? Should he still be used as an outdated symbol of toxic masculinity to better contrast Wonder Woman? A highly flawed man who was admirable for his time? An outright piece of crap? something else?

1. Hercules should be a hero. A flawed hero, but a hero.
2. He SHOULD ABSOLUTELY be stronger than Diana, NOT weaker.

That's how I wish DC would portray him.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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