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Petition to Geoff Johns

Make The Joker gay again

The Joker is a comic book character with almost 80 years history, half of which he was portrayed as homosexual - for instance, in such significant graphic novels as Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns or Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. Neal Adams claimed that The Joker was and always had been homosexual. This opinion was shared by other comic books authors and artists for decades. That is why it’s so important to me and other queer readers to return his homosexuality. The Joker repeatedly confessed his feelings to Batman and showed an interest in other men. Also there was Joker’s unnamed boyfriend in the graphic novel Devil’s Advocate. The Joker has many feminine traits - he uses lipstick, paints his nails, wears high heels and sometimes does crossdressing. We realize that some of these things is stereotypical, but it gives a very clear picture. Over the years, there were plenty of other queer moments in comics, cartoons and video games (especially in Batman: Arkham series). However, in the late nineties someone decided to erase Joker’s homosexuality and introduced Harley Quinn as his girlfriend (by the way, Harley was made up for the Batman: The Animated Series to replace the Joker in one scene, in which he was supposed to jump from the cake in drag). In the mass consciousness Harley became his only love interest, although in canonical comics there is no evidence that there are romantic or sexual feelings from the Joker’s part. His enforced relationship with Harley Quinn looks like an attempt to retconned his homosexuality and turn him in acceptable straight man. DC Comics already has a great cast of queer characters - heroes (Batwoman or Midnighter), as well as villains (Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy). Maybe some people don’t want to see the “terrible villain” as part of the LGBT community. But on the other hand, in Gotham series The Penguin became gay without any problem, and he is morally no better than the Joker. It’s not homophobic to have a queer villain. So why not let the Clown Prince of Crime "out of the closet"? DC Rebirth is an excellent reason to bring the Joker back to his roots. We ask DC Comics to restore The Joker’s homosexuality in comics and other media. No one’s sexual identity should be changed, even it’s only a fictional character. Because sometimes fictional characters is something real people hold onto.

Elena Shestakova
180 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to 20th Century Fox

Fox, I want to help make the true Fantastic Four come to the silver screen.

    Hey everyone! My name is Bryce Galley and we need a new Fantastic Four. After the box office and critical failure of Fant4stic, almost all fans agree that the first family of Marvel needs to be given justice in cinema. The Fantastic Four is the cornerstone of superhero comic books. What truly makes them special is that they are not just a team or organization like The Avengers or X-Men, they are family. They stick together against anything that comes their way, from the awesome, armor-clad Doctor Doom all the way to the world-eating Galactus! They're a truly special group of superheroes. They are unlike any other superhero team. No doubt, the Fantastic Four have died down due to Fox's unsuccessful attempts to bring the first family to life, which caused Marvel to shut down the Fantastic Four comics series altogether.     However, I believe that I can help make both fans and Fox happy. I wish to make a Fantastic Four movie franchise accurate to the comics. I have tons of films planned and it all starts with just 4 films.  Doctor Doom: So to kick off the franchise, I wanted to do a movie where Victor Von Doom is to be considered the protagonist. The movie will basically explain how he became the leader of Latveria, and how he truly became the archenemy of the Fantastic Four. Doom is an extremely underrated character with a dark backstory. So with this film, we will see the creation of the ultimate villain, and we will be able to see the world through the eyes of a villain. Silver Surfer: So Silver Surfer is one of the most inspirational and heartfelt characters in the entire marvel Universe. His story is all about sacrifice, pain, and redemption. He constantly shows that humanity has the ability to be greater than what we already are, and his greatest desire is peace. Absolute peace. The Silver Surfer could open up many doors in the Fantastic Four universe, considering he travels around the universe from planet to planet. He has encountered so many iconic characters through his travels. The Silver Surfer could be a big step in the Fantastic Four Universe, showing that the Fantastic Four aren't the only beings with extraordinary powers. It could lead to something much larger. Fantastic Four Parts 1 & 2: And the final films in the first "phase" of the Fantastic Four universe, both parts head straight into action by introducing us to all members of the Fantastic Four. We would not get another origin story, but instead the Fantastic Four would be an already established and popular team in their universe. However, their past would be mentioned from time to time. The film will be based on a large scale Fantastic Four story and it will coincide with both the Doctor Doom film and the Silver Surfer film. The theme of the film would be very similar to the theme of a Jack Kirby and Stan Lee comic and these movies would definitely pay homage to both Lee and Kirby. These movies would surely catch the average viewer's eye. It won't follow the same pattern the other Fantastic Four movies, but it will instead take its own path while staying on track to the comics.      So these are the first 4 films the franchise will include. There will be so much more to come. The F4 is full of possibility, especially with the current age of superhero movies. The Fantastic Four deserves justice, and they deserve so much better. 

Bryce Galley
91 supporters