The Nightwing Initiative
Hey, on your Thoughts about the HI post, I just had a question about the last picture with Batman and Catwoman vs Batman and Hawkeye. I get your point about it seeming homophobic to place Clint there and leave Bruce, but if the artist had completely redrawn the picture with, say, Natasha as Bruce and Clint as Catwoman, would that have been an acceptable parody of the art? Sorry, just trying to wrap my head around the situation. Thanks for your time!
Well, let’s take a look, shall we?
Consider this my artistic contribution to The Hawkeye Initiative! It’s just a quick sketch, sorry it’s not more polished. I went with Batgirl and Nightwing for my rendition, because Ms. Romanov doesn’t wear a cape.
(For those curious, these are their “Three Years Ago” costumes, from The New 52 flashback stories.)
Here’s where my main contention has been. With the roles completely reversed like this, I simply can not tell what is being critiqued about this piece. The piece portrays an intimate moment between the characters; if Catwoman/Nightwing was meant to be in combat I could see the problem with portraying the character in that pose, but for what’s taking place it’s perfectly appropriate. In both, one partner is portrayed as more feminine than the other, but in neither is this particularly out of character. The body language is a little difficult to read; I interpreted it as Batman/Batgirl seeking comfort from Catwoman/Nightwing (hence draping the cloak over the other’s shoulder), and Catwoman/Nightwing being a bit playful about it, knowing Batman/Batgirl isn’t prone to relying on others. The anatomy’s pretty good over all (the arms took a little massaging, on both figures); in mine Batgirl’s legs are crazy long, though her proportions aren’t too different from my own.
In the end, I think both the original and the gender-swapped piece have a sweetness to them. And even after working through it myself, I don’t know what’s inherent in the piece that needs to be highlighted and mocked.