A friend writes:
This hit me with the force of a vision yesterday: in a few years things will get so stupid and childish that there could be some sort of geo-political conflict because some superhero movie has Black Panther being defeated by a white Batman, or because James Bond will be played by an Asian but you’re not supposed to do that because he’s now a black man. Two trains of stupidity trends colliding.
The Americanization of every corner of the Third World with our superhero blockbusters, the somehow ever-increasing infantilization of societies, and racial resentment politics had me envisioning tensions between superpowers over… fandoms.
It’s next level stupid but felt tonally inevitable
The Crusades but about who can rightfully portray The Batman