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According to 12-Years a Slave-screenplay-writer-turned-comics-author John Ridley, his decision to pen a story for DC Comics in which Superman is implied to have been sexually tortured during one of his previous Silver Age adventures was made in order to provide commentary on his personal perception that “the prevailing culture in this country” is “when bad things happen to people who are traditionally marginalized, there’s this feeling of okay, we get it, it was wrong, let’s just move on.”
Slowly making his way through the now-defunct facility, Superman then begins to reminisce on his time as Koslov’s captive.
“I was held for eight months,” he recalls. “Eight months of starvation, indoctrination, and forced labor. Eight months of being used as a propaganda tool to prove the weakness of the West. But…I’m Superman, right? Superman’s invulnerable. Superman can survive anything. That was the lie I told myself every night.”
It is here that Ridley appears to put a darker, more violent spin on Superman’s time in captivity – one neither seen nor hinted at in the original story, but rather only assumed as a possibility due to the real-world implications of its setting – as Clark turns to confront his own implied sexual torture at the hands of Koslov’s men.
His memory showing him restrained in a bent over position and screaming out in pain from what the dialogue suggests to be some combination of both outright rape and penetretation with foreign objects, Clark continues, “But every day…every day they would drag me into the ‘interview room. Every day they would restrain me in a way that left me exposed and vulnerable. And everyday for eight months, they…they did things to me.”
“They did things to me while I was forced to look at him. Nikolai Koslov. The commander of the Shervernaz, the Devil of Lubania,” he adds. “It wasn’t just the torture. Koslov showed me what it was like to be truly without power. Helpless in a way Lluthor or Braniac never made me feel. Humiliated. Shamed.”
originally posted by: grey580
Superman has been captured and brainwashed by Darkseid, what's the problem? Imagine bad people wanting to do bad things to Superman. He's like one of the biggest targets for bad guys in DC. In Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Darkseid depowers Superman completely with liquid Kryptonite and he's rendered powerless. Talk about emasculation.
Who knew people could be triggered by a comic book.
originally posted by: LoneCloudHopper2
Please stop supporting DC Comics. For that matter, any company which is trying to hard to ruin our culture. It is as deliberate and evil as it is blatant.