Regarding the Bruce\Barbara sex scene in The Killing Joke


You want to show how “strong” a character she is and her overcoming this horrible thing that happens to her, I have no problem with that. Hell I will welcome it with open arms. But if your brilliant plan to show how “strong” she is as a character is “have her start sleeping with Batman,” then the writers have different definitions of the term “strong”. And no, I am not opposed to having sexuality in these types of animated films. I was fine with the Deadshot/Harley sex scene in Batman: Assault on Arkham, nor am I opposed to Barbara having a sex life. But this is just awkward and off-putting and it does nothing to make her a “stronger character.” I can understand the desire by the writers to portray Bruce and Barbara as flawed individuals. But my issue is that the flaws that would lead to having sex-on-a-roof seem diametrically opposed to Bruce and Barbara strengths.

batgirl-batman-hedWhile the more traditional flaws of emotional coldness and paranoia are grounded in areas where both of them have been proven vulnerable. But I have this major issue with thinking that ultra-rational, cautious and even sometimes paranoid Bruce would engage in such a reckless, risky, and morally questionable action as consummating a physical relationship on a roof in the middle of the night. Not to mention that Jim Gordon is one of his best friends/closest allies, I mean how would that conversation go? “I fucked your daughter on the roof while we were fighting crime.” Bruce is basically like a second father to Barbara, so it seems even more messed up when you look at it that way. The fact that they actually admit they did this solely to add more controversy is the cherry on top for me.

[Editorial Note:] They aren’t just content to write proper stories anymore, but to create artificial controversy where none is needed. And this is extremely off putting for me as a long time comic book fan, and betrays the source material we have come to love and know.

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