What do you think about Constantine not smoking in the series and his bisexuality not being considered important enough to depict on the show?
[thoughts on constantine not smoking are at the bottom of this post. to their credit, the showrunners want to include it but are confined by NBC.]
pissed off. unsurprised. it’s typical of the erasure rampant in contemporary fiction, particularly tv.
i’ll admit, john’s bisexuality isn’t a major aspect of the comics, except for ashes & dust: in the city of angels, where it’s made explicit. but it’s broadly accepted by the fanbase; most people know it’s canon.
if you’re adapting a work of literature for another medium and the source material strongly suggests that the protagonist is queer—why wouldn’t you take that opportunity? why wouldn’t you choose to represent a minority that’s otherwise rendered invisible?
the first reference to john’s bisexuality is in #51: girlfriends, the odd boyfriend… they all have a nasty habit of walking out on me. in the comics, that’s spring ‘91. the storyline being [loosely] adapted by the tv show, the devil you know, takes place around 1980. which means that by the time the show begins, john’s already had relationships with men.
the argument the showrunner gives, that it’s “only a couple of issues where he’s seen getting out of bed with a man”, some time far off in the future, is ridiculous, inaccurate, and suggests that bisexuality is a “phase”. it’s not.
but why does sirius black have prison tattoos in the prisoner of azkaban movie? is there a strong prison culture in azkaban? did he find a non death eater or two to bond with? he literally has tattoos on each of his fingers what did he do over those 12 years do they have movie nights and crazy high jinx involving contraband what exactly happens in azkaban
we’re living in an era where capturing moments on our phones is more important than building giant robots to protect us from the giant alien lizard monsters emerging from the depths of the pacific ocean