@yoakkemae [ cass & rose, mobile threads. ]
"You are so much more than a weapon."
"A rose needs..." Cass remembers. The flower she was given. How it died, when she tried to keep it with her underground. How Babs taught her it needed more than just love. "Sunlight. Water. Air."
"Let's go somewhere fun." Cass's gentleness turns to glee and mischief. Going out is all well and good--but girls like them... they need a bit of danger, too.
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@succinct [ Clark & Bruce, mobile threads ]
Clark stretches. The things he does to pay the rent and keep the lights on. Freelance reporting in the 21st century kind of sucks. The internet meme articles are honestly good work, if you can get them---but they make Clark feel like a soulless sellout regardless, and he decides to procrastinate by texting a friend.
[ TEXT : 💰] I'm doing another fluff piece. Ten times celebrities went wild for Superman on social media.
A lie. The article is about Wonder Woman, and he can find PLENTY of those. Wonder Woman is a very popular hero for celebrities to gush over meeting. Or just gush over her muscles.
[ TEXT : 💰] Care to make a tweet for me about how much Bruce Wayne LOVES Superman? Would make my life so much easier.
@rosemagicked [ bucky & haru, mobile thread ]
"Pizza. Just another thing the future's ruined. You heard about this Hawaiian pizza thing? Invented in 1964 by the goddamn Canadians. If my boys back in Brooklyn had heard about that? Their Mamas woulda had heart attacks!"
"And don't even get me started on Little Caesar."
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"I just want to be a happy kid, you know? I don’t know. I saw it in all the sitcoms. Moms and Dads who loved their kids. Who held them, who took care of them. Baths & Dinners & Hugs & Gentle Reminders to brush your teeth, wash your face before bed. God. I’ve never even been tucked in before. How fucked up is that? I never got that, and now--now it’s too late for me. I’ve always had to take care of myself, and I don’t--I don’t always do a very good job of it, ya know? It’s hard for me to think straight, act straight. Maybe that’s why I haven’t aged out of the name. I’m still waiting for somebody to want to take care of me the way a kid is supposed to be taken care of. Besides Ma, but that---sometimes Ma makes me feel worse, ‘cuz I don’t feel like I deserve her, you know. She can’t---she can’t be my Mom and Clark’s... That’s not... how families work.”
open starter. conner.
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“No. You don’t get it. Because it feels like my veins are on fire, it feels like there’s a screaming in my head that never shuts up, and I know it’s me screaming because my throat feels hoarse and dry and i feel like i’m choking on it. You don’t get it because you’re not angry every second of the day, you don’t---you don’t feel what I’m feeling---you don’t want to kill or be killed or die again and drag everyone, but especially Bruce down to Hell with you, you want to be the good, happy person that’s content with saving lives when that isn’t enough for me, and maybe it never has been. I go too far, I’m rotted, I’m bad, because I can’t stop fucking crying for help inside my head even when I’m dead silent, because I know nobody’s going to fucking listen or they’re just going to lock me up---again, because I’m such an unredeemable bastard burden on this family because I fucking dare to have a single emotion besides kissing Batman’s ass! And every time---every time I think I’m going to be okay, that maybe I can have a normal life---I just see his stupid, disappointed fucking face in my head and I feel my heart being ripped out of my body again! It’s not fucking fair! It’s not---it’s not fucking FAIR.”
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when cass loses her secret identity as batgirl bc she doesn’t use the mask---bruce just says it’s good, it makes her a more effective weapon. he doesn’t mean it as a BAD thing. he literally? doesn’t WANT his secret identity? just like cass at the beginning of the issue, he’s like, i just want to be batman / i just want to be batgirl. that’s all i need. and then she feels bad bc then she can’t live with babs anymore but she doesn’t REALIZE how lonely being a bat can be without a secret identity... without being able to ‘turn off’ and go get ice cream. its something nobody should want. bruce doesn’t even realize what he’s saying bc he literally literally literally has the emotional maturity of a 17-year old girl when it comes to the material and emotional realities of ALWAYS having to be batman
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batgirl (2000) #5
‘you’re trying to take her away from me.’
he doesn’t even realize what he’s saying. that before she has her own life (with him)---HE has HER. the perfect soldier, but also, the perfect child. not a robin that he has to train the aggression or grief out of. not a child&son that he has to teach not to be bad, has to teach how to listen, and understand. a perfect teenage girl, who is just smarter, who understands him perfectly, and loves him, and touches him even when he thinks its is unnecessary bc that is how she expresses love. someone gentle, someone kind, someone perfect, someone he can protect but who will never be hurt, who will never kill. the perfect child.
he needs her to be perfect and HIS so badly that even when he has physical evidence that she has killed he doesn’t want to believe it. he decides that it’s a fake tape!!!!!!
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DON'T MIND ME STALKING YOUR REBLOG, BUT UH— YOU LOVE SCOTTIE TOO? ❤️❤️ love that for us, it's the superior opinion 💅 can we talk about how they lowkey did him a little dirty in endgame though? Like a lot of Scott's story is wanting to see Cassie grow up, one of the reasons he stops being a criminal is so that he can be there for her and thegn they just... Stick him in the quantum realm and have Cassie grow up without him? That shit fucking hurted ngl
Yes! Ant-Man has always been my favorite MCU superhero and one of my favorite superheroes in general! And yeah, I think overall the amount of credit Scott gets is really not enough. Everytime someone brings him up I always make sure that they acknowledge that without his positive attitude and Quantum theory knowledge, Endgame wouldn't be a movie. Point blank period. Never mind the rat memes. Let's talk about how none of the Avengers were getting anywhere until my dawg showed up. But of course, Scott doesn't have any special powers and he's just an ordinary relatable guy. Pay him no mind.
And yeah missing out on time with his daughter was hard, also I consider Scott the best dad. Every freaks out over Tony and his kid but like did y'all not see how cute him and Cassie were in Ant-Man and the Wasp? Uh okay. Also I miss Scott's representation that he brought. Disney actually showed a divorced family with a single dad and the mom with a boyfriend, all getting along and making things work. Do you know how freaking RARE that is it see? Like a lot of separated families are portrayed as really depressing and facing constant tension which happens but what about the happy separated families yanno? :)
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ON THAT NOTE, bruce can be a kind person. bruce LIKES to listen, bruce LIKES to help. but he starts off as batman beating people up in alleys, and he ends up beating people up. even if u have kind moments, even if ur a good person ‘underneath it all’ physical or emotional pain inflicted on another person isn’t something that can be easily taken away once u’ve done it. in the end he always asks too much of people, in the end he always never says enough about what HE’S feeling, in the end he doesn’t understand how people are hurting, only how HE hurts, only how HE feels, and even when he projects it on to other people as sympathy----it never feels as true and as good and as pure as, ‘let me understand what you’re feeling, talk to me, man-to-man, let’s figure this out together,’ because it never comes from the place of equals and it almost always comes from a place of someone in a mask as an authority figure who wants to beat ur face & ass lol
bruce does apologize. bruce does say he’s proud of people. but it’s sparingly---enough times that it can be put in a gifset or a photopost, and it’s always easier for an abused person to remember physical pain & exhaustion with a person than like, when they were kind to them.
that’s not the abused person’s fault for not remembering their kindness and the times when they were gentle.
it’s okay to feel hurt, it’s okay to feel complicated, it’s okay to feel the bad times ruined the good times and made the good times feel worse.
especially when a lot of the good times can be fit... in a gifset that spans MULTIPLE UNIVERSES LDSKFJSKLFJDSLJFKLSJFD.
that’s the tragedy of batman. he’s just a dad, standing in front of a city and behind a gargoyle, taking them fishing, but also being emotionally withholding in just enough ways that you don’t feel like he loves you enough to genuinely try to help you or accept you, and who is just abusive ENOUGH to make you feel like if you’re anything less than perfect he doesn’t want to help you get better and ur all on ur own to face ur punishment from him personally.
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killing is EASIER for a myriad of reasons but in a lot of ways it's also like. healthier?
like its not emotionally healthy to beat the shit out of a guy for an hour so he'll tell u where he placed a bomb just to do this again next month, u know? they're traumatizing people, they're traumatizing themselves.
i honestly believe in a lot of ways bruce has developed a kind of Life Cult where he is. an impossible idealist who believes in this oppressive idea that life is everything, life is infinite potential, specifically human life means so fucking much to him and its like, a beautiful wonderful thing but he only sees life in terms of infinite potential vs no potential bc ur dead, he doesn't see material realities and that's his biggest flaw.
he doesn't understand nuance, he doesn't understand what it really means to live, just the idea of it, the childhood fantasy of what his parents could've done, the childhood fantasy of what Batman can be and who batman can save.... it's very complicated and very naive and childish.
i KNOW batman canonically donates all his money to the point of bankruptcy in even NOLANVERSE, i KNOW batman canonically vets political candidates, but like. in reality he is so insulated by privilege and fantasy that he cannot see material realities, and THAT'S why he'll never be able to really help anyone. it’s not because gotham is unsaveable, it’s not bc the world is cruel, it’s bc batman doesn’t understand what it means to be anybody other than a rich white dude that can afford to spend all his time doing cosplay and beating the shit out of people and inventing new kinds of bombs.
his obsessions and his sense of reality is completely warped, and he's impressed that on his children in ways they don't understand how fucked up they are bc like, this is an adult, this is BATMAN, this is the coolest person EVER, the boogeyman ever kid in gotham LOVES and is obsessed with, going 'i'm your best friend, i'm your partner, i WANT to love you and i WANT you to be part of my life, and i WANT you to beat the shit out of this mentally ill poor person' and how can you say no to that?
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hc: john constantine
constantine is canonically. canonically. not really the conventionally pretty boy we see in modern comics / cartoons. his face & body is weathered---his skin is hard & often sweaty or greasy, stubbled, wrinkled even before he hits 40, and he’s always making the expression that he just sucked on a lemon. his brow is permenantly creased and his jaw is permeanantly pushed forward to the point he looks abit like a bulldog. when he relaxes, really relaxes, u can see that there ONCE was a pretty boy in there, somewhere! but there isn’t, anymore, and there hasn’t been for a very long time. u can tell this man doesn’t take care of himself---CANONICALLY the man will go for days without eating or drinking water, instead, just engaging in his nicotine habit---to the point, in my opinion, that the facial hair around his lips are stained slightly yellow. the less said about his teeth the better.
but constantine, for all his faults & the flaws in his appearance---draws people in all the same. he has a charm that outweighs the things he’s done & what he looks like. he may not look like or be friendly, but he’s funny, always down for a good time, always ready to save the world in the worst of ways. he’s a bad-good kind of person, but it’s so easy... so easy to see the good in him, when he smiles & he laughs and he treats you like a friend even when you’re obviously not.
you can see the hurt in him, you can see the good in him. it’s so easy to remember the good times with constantine. it’s so easy to treat him like a friend.
constantine just feels ‘realer’ than pretty. he feels like a real person to you, he feels like the people you see on the street and who you WONDER about, even as they blend into the crowd like everyone else who isn’t a beautiful supermodel. where they’re going, what their life is like.
constantine is strange & magical in a ‘that guy at the pub / that guy on the side of the street smoking’ kind of way. he’s not beautiful---he’s not nice----he’s just INTERESTING, he’s just REAL. he draws people in---even when he pushes u away.
constantine may not be conventionally pretty---but he still gets around, bc he has sexual confidence & bravado, he knows what he looks like and doesn’t care what other people think bc he knows what HE likes, and he’s got magical shit to do and he wants to bottom for king shark before the witching hour, so he doesn’t have time to consider ‘hey, am i ugly? should i start doing a korean skin care routine?’ NO. he’s just ‘i’m sexy in a weird pitiful bulldog kind of way and that works for me and gets me laid, so i’m fine and i’m going to keep getting laid, thank u.’
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conner on kent farm (for my version of kent farm) was just like, this 17-19 year old punk hanging out with all these cool ass old people, joke-flirting with ALL of them in the ‘good morning, beautiful ladies and handsome gentlemen [wink wonk]’ way of his. like no wonder he doesn’t know if he wants to leave the farm and move on with his life and stop being ‘superboy’ he just wants to be the charming teenager that the grumpier mas & pas call ‘a GODDAMN delight.’ also. farm work is so fucking hard and they’re all so ooold and he has superpowers and he can help them and be a good n-b boy!!!!! he doesn’t want to leave except that he does bc he has superheroing to do -_- but also he just has so much fun chilling with these people and they love their n-b adopted child so much LOL.
he doesn’t know where he fits in in the superhero world anymore, post red robin / post-death? he knows he technically fits in with the titans--he, at the very least, fits in with bart & rose.. but cassie & tim make EVERYTHING weird!!!!! always!!!! it’s ALWAYS WEIRD WITH THEM...
so i think it’s like. gaining confidence in being lgbt and wanting to be the public face of himself and not just. the loser cis boy he was pretending to be with the shitty haircut and t-shirt... that make him take back on the life of celebrity and parades and magazine covers in a way that superman wouldn’t ever... celebrity is something conner understands & does well, and he understands youths and girls better than he understands the super part of superheroing, bc he’s not especially GOOD at combat with his full powerset, he’s not especially GOOD at stakeouts bc he always gets distracted... but being a publicly out celebrity and ‘hero’ that personally connects to talk show hosts & interviewers about like. issues effecting real people, like metal illness, gender, etc... conner thinks thats a REAL good that he can do as superboy in a way the other heroes can’t?
just like clark kent needs to be a reporter and can only make sense of himself as a reporter / superman, i think conner only makes sense to himself as a celebrity and tbh as a child bc he’s never been anything else and there’s no road map for ur own growth when ur a clone that didn’t have a proper childhood and was told MULTIPLE TIMES u weren’t going to live past 16, OR weren’t going to AGE past 16... he kinda has peter pan syndrome but thats something he’ll have to get over eventually lol
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i have decided bc america has changed (for the worse)---so too must clark kent’s backstory (for perhaps the better!)
the majority of farmland in america is owned by corporations or rented out.... so while there ARE still family farms, they are struggling to make ends meet in comparison to government and capitalist backed industrial farms. small family farms make up 21% of production. but small family farms are also supposedly 90-98% of all farms in america, which is a clear disparity. as family farm owners age--family farms are disappearing as there is no one to run them. land is being rented out and sold, and even when family farms have enough income to survive, own and operate---often times this is because one member of the household, or two members of the household---have jobs off of the farm. this is especially depressing as industrial farms pollute more, are less sustainable for the environment, or animals do not provide good jobs for the community, and just kind of suck ass?
i don’t want to write the kind of propaganda you see in beer commercials, u know? if clark existed today he’d have to deal with a lot of shit and so would his family. and i also don’t want to write the depressing story of whats really going on in middle america... so i’m finding an in-between for myself.
i’m taking clark kent and i’m changing his backstory in a significant way----clark was born in ‘80 and was adopted by a small, (always less than 30 people on less than 80 acres) aging polyamorous, interfaith, lgbt+ ecovillage in kansas, four years before reagan was elected. by the time clark came around, most of the members were either gay/trans or too old to have children themselves, and their numbers were dwindling as conservative views swept the nation.
they had one television, and besides the shopping trips into smallville they would occasionally take clark into---his only exposure to the little slice of paradise was that tv, the radio, and the newspaper that everyone tossed around while eating breakfast.
journalism because very valuable to clark in those years. he never felt trapped---the commune was full of spirited debate between aging hippies from all backgrounds who appreciated discourse and loved to argue with each other both lovingly and crankily after a long day of work on the farm---but the outside world felt so magical and strange and alien to him in comparison to the people he loved. still, because of his family, as he grew older, he felt he understood it better than most ‘children.’ which is why when he decided to go to public school in junior high and high school, where he met lana lang---and lex luthor. to explore the world!
his parents all encouraged his inquisitive mind, but moreso---the commune and their family protected each other, and anybody who came to them for help. clark, on the other hand---he could save THE WHOLE WORLD, if he wanted to. and while they assured him he didn’t have to... after seeing how much his family was hurt by the world, by poverty under capitalism, by isms and all the fucked up stuff in the universe... clark wanted to prove to everyone through his writing that there was more to the world than what you see in propaganda. plus although they helped him A LOT with it. clark could still hear people crying otu for help all the time. they didn’t call his name, yet--not for superman. but still. if he heard it, wasn’t it a call for HIM?
clark has 8 mothers who still live in the commune who he all calls ‘ma’ and 4 fathers who still live in the commune who he all calls ‘pa’. he has other people who helped raised him---but these people stuck with him through his entire life and also helped him figure out his powers & his anxiety & his political compass.
clark doesn’t talk about them much, because he knows, just like being an alien, his family is complicated & hard for most americans to understand, even though small communes like this of little families of boomer are technically more real and pervasive in this country today than like? the mythos of american family farmers that pretty much only exist in beer commercials? in general, clark tends to keep people at an arm’s length to be an objective journalist and hero. he takes on other people’s shit. they don’t see who he is beyond superman / intrepid smiling reporter man.
but everyone who knows clark’s secret identity and has come to kent farm gets treated to the most fun you can have with a bunch of 70 year old weed smoking gay and trans ass hippies going ‘wow guess you DO take after your ma and pa after all, huh clark? [wink wink nudge nudge at bruce]’
while clark and his family aren’t AS affected by the profitability of farms as they’re mostly self-sustaining and have money inherited from one of the founding members as well as donations from people who once were part of the commune and have moved on to greener pastures---they still talk about it a lot, bc they’re a bunch of commie farmers that hate capitalism and big business, and also, clark is now thoroughly familiar with all the rest of his neighbors and their families in smallville.
but idk. i got this idea in my head and i kind of fell in love with it lol
this ALSO affects my conner kent because now conner has a bunch of lgbt elders to talk to. no wonder he understands his gender so well smh. even if he DID try to hide it while he went to high school rip
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@strikethunder [ jeanne & brandon.]
[ TEXT: BRANDON SHARPE; CODENAME STRIKER; CURRENT AVENGER; “CLOSEST FRIEND” BY VIRTUE OF PERSONALITY & CIRCUMSTANTIAL SIMILARITIES DESPITE HIS FLAWS. ] Hello Brandon. “Long Time No Talk.”To the point, there are opportunities for you elsewhere if you get tired of being a D-List Hero. I would never force you. But we worked well together as teammates. I would not mind having you behind me again.
[ TEXT: BRANDON SHARPE; CODENAME STRIKER; CURRENT AVENGER; “CLOSEST FRIEND” BY VIRTUE OF PERSONALITY & CIRCUMSTANTIAL SIMILARITIES DESPITE HIS FLAWS. ] Or would you rather we just “stick to small talk.” How are you? How is it being a a D-List Hero? How is your boyfriend? Aren’t you tired of pretending you like following rules meant to keep you as mediocre and palatable as possible? Have you engaged with any interesting entertainment lately? How are your peers?
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A call from Talia---unsanctioned by Bruce/The Batman, but who gives a shit (Jason does, and that’s why he’s here, to tug on the leash)---has The Red Hood temporarily out of town. He’s just killed a rather shitty assassin when the blood splatter makes him feel... empty instead of whole for some reason. There’s someone he’d rather be doing this with, and that’s his kind-of boyfriend, definitely-husband, Joey.
[ TEXT: HUSBAND. ] hey. hey. hey asshole.
[ TEXT: HUSBAND. ] i miss you.
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❤️ jason maybe??
He can touch Joey, because Joey needed him to touch him, needed his affection, his care. Now, for some reason, completely unbeknownst to Jason---Joey’s still here. And it’s getting harder to flirt with him, and joke with him, and call him his husband when he’s in earshot. It’s become real, instead of a fantasy. It’s easy to hold on to people who don’t want you---who think you’re a disgusting freak---just look at Jason’s relationship with Bruce, the reason he’s still in this shithole of a town. But when someone wants you back---when someone cares for you, exactly as you are, no holds barred, no stipulations, just you, and your guns, and your masks, and all the tics in your face when you try to smile and start sweating because you only turn red when you’re angry, but damn it if Joey doesn’t make you hot.
Maybe he doesn’t love you, Jason thinks, just to make it easier for himself, to calm himself down in the moment. Maybe nobody loves you. Maybe this home that you built together---maybe the only boy---only person---you’ve ever loved like this sees it for what it is, a self-made prison made out of broken promises & lies.
The thought cools him down, enough so that he wants to kiss Joey even past the frusturation he has with things like touch & feelings. Wants to prove to him---to himself---that they both want this. The kiss is a little too hard, all unmoving, soft, moisturized lips a little ill-timed and ill-placed, and too forceful at that, though previously Joey was teasing him and daring him to do it, and was no doubt open to it. Jason pulls back, not entirely, but enough that he isn’t crushing as he finally holds his sort-of kind-of maybe boyfriend back from his place caught in his arms.
The embarrassment settles in instead of fireworks. Panic, anxiety, self-hatred. Flames of red, strobelights in his brain, warning signs.
“I’m sorry,” he says, pulling away entirely quite suddenly, ashamed, and childish about it. He desperately wants his helmet. “I’ve never---that was... the first time I’ve kissed anyone since I was fourteen.”
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❤️ for remy ;)
He wants more, huh? The problem is, Remy never knows how much he has to offer. He feels vapid, sometimes, just an ache, just a thief, just a liar, just a scoundrel. He cannot offer the softness, the loyalty he wants to, or at least, never at the same time. His mind & his hands move too quick for his heart. Remy’s always left wanting more even while he’s the one leaving.
That’s how you keep people---his heart says. You give them the choice to keep wanting you. Because there’s no way they’ll stay if they're forced to take all of you, all the time, all your moods & energy & side-switching, all your darkness beyond the games & the heavy reponsibilities you’re forced to carry, and the cavern beneath the tight rope you walk. You’re the only one who can lean over both sides and still smile on one leg. If you guided anyone else down the thin trail of your love, your affections---they’d be swallowed whole by your lack of humanity, the fact that all you are is masks & roles & allegiances by birth & time & indiscretion instead of willful choice.
Maybe he gives people so many choices that aren’t really choices, that are just him running away, because he feels he’s never had a choice himself, except to run away---or to hold on, just long enough for something valuable to slip through his fingers.
Thieves and their gambles, no? He can pick a lock with his teeth, and he knows he’s a good kisser, he knows he’d feel all the fireworks---the energy, the heat, the dance---if he kissed him on the mouth, if he rolled lips & tongue together in perfect harmony, if he crawled in Pietro’s lap and rocked, nice and slow... and it would all be for show, to prove he could do it, prove he could rise to the challenge of other people and their expectations of him, even if he cares for Pietro, even if he wants Pietro, it would be about what he wanted, what he needed, instead of Remy’s shell of a self---And then it would be over as soon as Remy learned the proper routine to keep him happy, and he’d be left to pick up the pieces of his life alone when he had just started a new one.
Pulled to Pietro’s arms, he mumbles, sullenly, in his ear. “Y’ don’t know what y’r askin’ for...” But so close to the cockshell of his ear, close enough to touch & taste & feel after so long pretending he didn’t need any of that kind of sensation---he places just-so parted lips where Pietro’s strong jaw meets his long, exquisite neck, breathes in deep & lets himself taste him closed.
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Andrew Garfield thinks appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home would be a 'really cool idea' 🤔
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Loki likes to do things differently 😈
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The film will reportedly feature Kal-El, coming to Earth from Krypton
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