Fabiola Meza

Fabiola Meza

I am about to complete a master's degree in English and American literature at UT El Paso

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    Young superheroes in DC's new streaming service

    The new original content that is available on DC’s streaming service are Titans and S3 of Young Justice. Both are matured interpretations of DC’s "younger" teams and both have Dick Grayson as the primary character. What is the appeal of making shows about younger heroes. How do they differ from prior interpretations (Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!, S1&2 Young Justice, etc.)

    • I think this topic definitely has to delve into the history of superhero comics, particularly with teenaged sidekicks. As far as I understand, for so long, superhero sidekicks were often young teens who weren't developed much beyond aiding the main heroes. Heroes such as the Teen Titans and Young Justice allowed comic-book readers, who were mostly young children and teens, to see themselves represented and allow them to relate more to them.The sidekicks weren't just sidekicks anymore, they were their own heroes, but like youth, were still learning about the world and themselves. Many still faced regular teenage challenges while navigating dangerous lives.From a more cynical and business perspective? Money.Having younger heroes allows networks to target younger demographics, and thus catch more views and sell more toys for kids. This is especially present with action cartoons, many of which have of course been in the superhero genre. TTG, as hated as it is by many, is CN's most profitable ongoing IP due to this, though its views do seem to be waning as of late. (Though this may be a part of the general decline in cable TV ratings) – ImperatorSage 1 year ago
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    Fabiola Meza

    It is for these similar reasons that I find Robins so much more interesting than Batman! I love the Christian Bale movies for what they are, but it usually portrays the type of Batman that I sometimes tire of– always angry and brooding. Imagine being raised by Batman– *shudders*
    The Titans TV show seems to be doing an okay job of showing this, although it seems to be rushing through a lot without proper explanation. But that’s a thought for a different type of article, right?
    Btw, Dick Grayson is my favorite

    The History of Robin: The Significance of Superhero Sidekicks
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    I’ve always noticed the (Disney) princesses having a lack of parental figures– would be interesting if you constrasted with the other ones who DO have motherly figures (i.e. Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, etc. if just taking in mind the Disney adaptations). I especially find your analysis of Belle and Ariel interesting. Ariel has never been a favorite of mine, but this article really showed me a different view of her.

    Missing Moms and the Fairytale Characters Living Without Them
    Fabiola Meza

    I absolutely love Little Kuriboh’s YGOTAS and this article was super interesting to read! I believe that for charity, he abridged the first episode of Evangelion which is one of the funniest things I have ever seen– and does not portray Shinji as a whiny brat. Back in high school some friends and I even contemplated making our own abridged series, which never came to fruition.
    So interesting to see the evolution of abridged content!

    Abridged Series: A Short History