Melissa de la Cruz is a Young Adult fantasy writer. Reasonably successful as such. And the newest purse-puppy hire for DC Comics.
She delights in her utterly abysmal ignorance of comics. In fact she is proud of it. She feels it gives her a fresh perspective – Which is true as such. However, a fresh perspective does not equal a good perspective. Witness; The Last Jedi.
In her new comic, Gotham High. Bruce Wayne is a half-Chinese brooding loaner with a gay butler, his girlfriend is future-Catwoman and his best friend is future-Joker. Who’s taking money on Viktor Fries being the “cool kid?”
Bruce Wayne is probably the richest billionaire teenager in his world. Certainly the richest in Gotham City. Question: Why the fuck is he going to a public high school?!?
de la Cruz openly admits that she made Bruce Wayne her own personal Mary Sue, basing his half-Chinese background on her own family. And yes, Alfred is now gay.
I made a joke about this sounding like a YouTube flash cartoon, but then I checked, it actually existed but Warner Brothers had the sense to cancel that thing before it launched.
Honestly, I can’t blame her for the abortion that she has created. She’s just doing what she does. She can’t help herself and truthfully she doesn’t need to. DC Comics knew what she was. They wanted a YA comic by Melissa de la Cruz and they didn’t care what it would look like. They offered her anything in their pantheon and she picked Batman because her husband likes it. Or to be more accurate her husband likes the movies. You can tell that’s the case because the Joker is Jack Napier again – for the first time in thirty years.
She isn’t a White Person Welfare, she actually is good at what she does but what she does is books for girls in their early teens. Her audience is not going to transfer and Batman fans will avoid it like Corvid-19.
Back to my original question: Who is Gotham High for?
Answer: It’s for the men who hired her. They didn’t hire her to increase sales, they hired her to increase their own status in New York.
This quarantine is hurting a lot of innocent people. But it’s also dishing out some just desserts. This thing will never ship because DC will have been heavily “restructured” by the time it’s supposed to go to press.