Hey, you sad sacks still demanding “realism” in superhero stories? You really want it to reflect your cynical view of the world, but realistically superhumans can’t exist. Even Batman doesn’t stand up to the “real world” for as much as Christopher Nolan tried. You know what else couldn’t exist in the real world? Wolverine. I’m extremely okay with that. Hate that guy.
There are two things you really don’t want to have, a metal skeleton and near immortality. Don’t believe me? Let Lockstin from Gnoggin throw your demand for “reality” back in your non-disbelief suspending face. My words, not his. I should also warn you that…this is going to get disturbing, so I hope you’re not eating right now. Maybe don’t let the kids watch this one either.
Look, I live in the real world. I don’t need my fiction, especially science fiction or superheroes, to be set in the real world. Something…off to the side I guess. Make me believe that in THIS world things can happen that are impossible in ours, or just that people see their world differently than we see ours and I’m okay with that. Be consistent and I’m good. Don’t tell me that something can’t exist in the real world when I know that, or tell me nobody acts like that when I can’t point out when they were, especially when you tell me humans are basically awful people after seeing them come together during disasters both man-made and nature-made just because you tend to meet bad people. I was picked on during most of my school life and while I’m not quick to talk to people due to my own issues I don’t think every person I meet is as bad as my former bullies, some of which reformed. I don’t need science telling me “this superpower is impossible” or “Godzilla would never survive his own body” because I don’t care.
But so many of you out there seem to that I like breaking out these little reality checks to remind you that it’s not “realism” you want or superheroes and most science fiction and fantasy stories would never be made. Let those of us who like to imagine have our fun too.