Whether we’re talking Boom Tubes or retcons, there’s plenty of jargon in the world of comics. The PoP! Stars are here to ensure you’re not left scratching your head, saying “It’s All Geek to Me.”
Suspension of Disbelief – n. 1) The very act of letting go of one’s misgivings and sometimes logic in order to enjoy a fictional creation, in any form or genre.
As far as we all know, man can’t fly. When we see Superman flying on the pages of any of his comic books or on the big screen, any normal human realizes it couldn’t happen in real life. For that to even happen in a fictional surrounding, we naturally agree to accept the fact that the characters act in their own world with different laws of physics and whatnot. It could even be the existence of real magic or highly advanced technologies that may never be seen in reality.
So the average Joe accepts the unwritten agreement presented to him by the creator, and is now ready to accept anything thrown at him, from one of the smartest people in the world hidden in an advanced fighting armor to a blind doctor who can “see” sharply in the dark. Well, almost anything.
Unfortunately, Suspension of Disbelief is sometimes being taken for granted by writers, mistaken for the willingness of readers/viewers to also accept moronic plots and impossible character developments. Sadly, over the years it seems that creators have decided to use SoD as an excuse for ANYTHING even when it’s not really appropriate, and the audience made it too easy by letting them get away with it.
To wrap it up, SoD is an originally innocent term created for the benefit of all parties involved, in order to make fictional stories far more accessible, but was later abused to pave the way for whatever crosses the mind of a perverted creator.