Dear Hollywood, Authors, and Artists:
Greek Myth is experiencing a resurgence in pop-culture these days, and I couldn’t be happier about it– or indeed the resurgence of ANY mythology back into the spotlight. It’s a great way to explore a different culture and our world history. Congratulations on being part of bringing it back into our lives, and thank you for your contributions!
But.
Can we stop picking on Hades, already?! I mean, I know he’s an easy target, what with being the god of the Underworld, but Hades was never a Satan-equivalent. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s important that we reinvent and explore myths in different ways, and taking liberties with mythology is kind of unavoidable when you get down to it. Who can really keep all of Hercules’ exploits straight, never mind fit them into a linear timeline with the heroic milestones of every other hero! However, Christianizing Hades into the Devil has been DONE. Again. and Again. and Again. 
All I’m saying, is maybe it’s time for a fresh take. Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at the characterization and role of Hades in the mythology and break out of the “underworld=hell, Hades=Satan” box. Give some other gods their day as villains! Hera practically does the job for you already. And then there’s Nemesis! I mean, what better god could there POSSIBLY be for villainy than one named NEMESIS! Or Ares, the god of war! The possibilities there are really endless, in history. I mean, imagine what his role might have been in inciting ANY conflict! Or, you know, Zeus really isn’t a good husband– go ahead and vilify him for all the ways he cheats on Hera and abandons all those women he impregnated along the way (Callisto, guys! Then you have the one-two punch of Zeus offending both Hera AND Artemis!)
And then there are all the mortal and immortals who have suffered cruelly by the gods for things beyond their control. Countless women, raped and then cursed by the wives of the gods that took them against their will in awkward places. Let’s see them rise up! Let’s see Medusa plot against Athena and Poseidon, leading the charge against the gods for mortal and immortal women everywhere! Or how about Hercules, driven to madness by Hera to the point where he murdered his own wife and children. Don’t send him calmly off into the penance of his labors without a little OVERTHROW THE GODS rage and you don’t have to involve Hades at all! He’d sure make a lot more sense than Perseus in Clash of the Titans. Artemis, Dionysus, and Aphrodite totally screw over Theseus. Any one of them would make a good villain for a story about him! And let’s not forget all the guys who think that chopping up their children and turning them into soup for the gods is a good joke. Make Tantalus a villain! He’s a cannibal and a child-murderer!
I believe in you, Hollywood, Authors, and Artists. I know that together we can come up with something more interesting than the same old same old. Something that still resonates with modern culture! Rise to the challenge, and break out of the old molds! Give Hades back his character, and give the guy a rest!
With Lots of Love,
Amalia The Savage