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There’s a curious trend among fans of major franchises that oftentimes feature enraged, genocidal villains hellbent on either crushing the universe under their fascist fist or who want to wipe out massive amounts of life: for some reason, it’s actually one of the heroes’ faults.

Take poor, poor Poe Dameron, who Nerdist claims is the real villain of The Last Jedi. Or Peter Quill, our beloved Star-Lord who gets blamed for Thanos’s victory in Avengers: Infinity War. Even Thor is not safe, as the directors of Infinity War say if we should blame anyone, blame Thor for not killing Thanos. Notice how the blame is not on Thanos, or Kylo Ren. Instead of calling out these baddies, we’re too busy ripping the heroes to shreds for decisions the writers gave them in order to move the plot along.

This is not a new trend. Since the dawn of Twitter, people have loved to write hot takes about how heroes showing a moment of narratively-mandated weakness means they’re the worst. Even when the characters do nothing wrong, they are oftentimes labelled the “real villains” of the movie or show just for opposing the protagonist or for making bad decisions in order to further the plot. Take any woman in an AMC television series—looking at you, Breaking Bad‘s Skyler White, who...

It was already announced that there would be a TV crossover event featuring Batwoman, but now it has been confirmed that a Batwoman series is going to be a full-fledged series on The CW, TVLine has learned.

The show will come out in 2019, and according to press releases, Batwoman a.k.a. Kate Kane will be an out lesbian in the series, as well as a highly trained street fighter.

Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Badass lesbian anti-heroine, sign me up. The series will be written by The Vampire Diaries’ Caroline Dries, who will also serve as an executive producer alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns.

Bringing Kane on board now makes her the 6th main character with The CW/DCTVU who is LGBTQIA+. We have Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow), Mr. Terrific (Arrow), Anissa (Black Lightning), Alex (Supergirl) and Captain Cold (Legends of Tomorrow)*.  Having two lead heroines on The CW’s roster, one a lesbian and the other bisexual,  s well as supporting...

Steven Universe episodes “A Single Pale Rose” and “Now We’re Only Falling Apart” answered arguably the biggest questions on fans’ minds: who was Rose Quartz, really, and why did she start the rebellion? I don’t mean to be that fan, but I never gave up believing that Rose Quartz had been Pink Diamond all along. Once I read a post about it on Tumblr, long before Steven’s encounter with any Homeworld gems, it made too much sense to ignore. So, when “A Single Pale Rose” finally confirmed that theory, I was more interested in everything else it said about the characters, especially Pearl.

There’s a reason that Pearl was our point of view character for this episode, and not just because she’s the only surviving gem who knew what really happened. If all we needed to know was “Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond,” we could have had a simpler, more straightforward flashback episode like “Now We’re Only Falling Apart.” Instead, we got a trip through Pearl’s mind, and suddenly everything about Pearl made sense.

More than the others, Pearl has always been trapped in the past. She clings to her importance as a founding Crystal Gem and Rose Quartz’s most loyal follower, even though it holds her back from progressing in the present. When Steven is an infant, Pearl literally can’t see him as a person...

Good news everyone! Margot Robbie’s desire to see a diverse Birds of Prey movie looks like it’ll be happening and I’m so excited about it. According to an exclusive from The Wrap, it was announced that the movie will include Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya in the film. Ugh, excuse me while I cry into my framed picture of Laurel Lance. Alright, so we know that this is happening, now the question is who should star?

Fancasting time!

(Credit: DC/Warner Bros)

Black Canary / Dinah Lance

Traditional Pick: Adelaide Kane

(Credit: MTV)

Adelaide Kane has played warrior women before and has the acting chops to pull off the role, especially the fighting scenes. Also, before anyone starts with the “she’s not a blonde” in the comics, originally Dinah was not blonde and wore a wig.

Alternate Pick: Kylie Bunbury

(Credit: Fox)

With the characters already included in this movie, it...

We’re in love with Steven Universe for a lot of reasons, not the least of which has long been the show’s empathetic depiction of queer love and identity. In a recent interview with NPR, the show’s creator, Rebecca Sugar, came out as a non-binary woman. She explained how important it was to be able to express her sense of identity through the show, as well as to present a depiction of gender identity that we rarely, if ever, get to see on television, let alone in children’s show.

“One of the things that’s really important to me about the show is that the Gems are all non-binary women. They’re very specific and they’re coming from a world where they don’t really have the frame of reference. They’re coded female which is very important. I was really excited because I felt like I had not seen this. To make a show about a young boy who was looking up to these female-coded characters—they appear to be female, but they’re a little more representative of nonbinary women.

They wouldn’t think of themselves as women, but they’re fine with being interpreted that way amongst humans. And I am also a non-binary woman which is been really great to express myself through these characters because it’s very much how I have felt throughout my life.”

(via i09)


Okay, hear me out.

This weekend I saw Ant-Man and The Wasp for a second time so that I could see if an impression that struck me the first time held up. I also told my friends, who had not yet seen the movie, to kindly watch whenever Michelle Pfeiffer was onscreen so that we could have a conversation about my strange theory thereafter.

Ant-Man and The Wasp was, to my delight, even better the second time through. Somehow the wacky B-plot full of car chases didn’t seem to drag as much knowing how it would end, and I was able to relax and enjoy the many comedic set-ups and deliveries. But the overall light tone of Ant-Man and The Wasp only served to shore up my hypothesis. Here’s the part I can’t stop thinking about:

Towards the end of the movie, Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym lands his vessel in the Quantum Realm in a desperate bid to find his lost wife, Janet Van Dyne (Pfeiffer). In a colorfully melting quantum landscape composed like a mashup of Kirby and Ditko’s cosmic trips, Pym wanders directionless, searching for Janet.

All of a sudden, he appears to be back in the Pym’s old Victorian house. The ticking of a clock is loud in our ears. Hank is spoken to by...

Over the weekend, the first images from Netflix & Dreamwork’s upcoming She-Ra reboot showed up online. Noelle Stevenson, the Eisner-winning creator of Lumberjanes and Nimona, will be serving as showrunner and executive producer, and we’ve been anxiously waiting to see what her take on the beloved 80s character would look like. We are not disappointed.

The images were released in EW, and Stevenson also tweeted them out earlier today. Not only does She-Ra look amazing, but the other “Princesses of Power” look totally badass.

There’s so much to be excited about. The original She-Ra told the story of Princess Adora, the long-lost twin sister of Prince Adam (aka He-Man). She’s able to transform into She-Ra via the Sword of Protection, the parallel to her brother’s Sword of Power. The show was an over-the-top 80s joy, and Stevenson is such a fantastic choice to bring us a more modern but equally fantastic version. The new animation style totally reflects that. It’s so cool to see a more realistic-looking She-Ra, with muscled arms and a more practical (but still gorgeous) outfit. Plus, in the original, Adam and Adora were 16-year-old children. I’m not sure if that will be...

Fans have been clamoring for years to see a movie version of the Uncharted series and its protagonist Nathan Drake. While several adaptations have been in the works off and on, fans have always favored Nathan Fillion for the role. Fillion bears a striking resemblance to Drake, and his sly onscreen persona is perfect for the quippy treasure hunter.

Now, we get to see Fillion’s take on Nathan Drake in a new fan film simply titled Uncharted. The 15-minute clip, directed by Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) features Drake’s kidnapping and escape from a mansion filled with bad guys, with the help of teammates Sully (Avatar‘s Stephen Lang) and Elena (Episodes‘ Mircea Monroe). Along the way, there are ancient letters, bracelets, and hidden codes: all the classic tropes of treasure hunting movies.

Fillion has longed to play the role, launching a Twitter campaign to get cast. In the meantime, the film has bounced around in various stages of development, with David O. Russell attached to direct and Mark Wahlberg attached to star. After Wahlberg left, Chris Pratt was rumored to star, but turned the role. Early last year, it was announced that Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) would be directing a prequel story featuring Tom Holland (Spiderman: Homecoming) as a young Nathan Drake.

Ungar and Fillion took to Instagram to announce the film, which was made without permission from Sony or Naughty Dog:

The key to a good meme is for it to continue on for a full week after the original post goes viral. Or at least that’s what is happening with this meme about Captain America: Civil War. When Twitter user homeisarealsong got bored and posted a video from the film with a Billy Eichner voiceover on it, fans instantly hit retweet.

From there, it didn’t help that both Billy Eicher and Chris Evans shared the post, making jokes about the edit and making it get rather popular on Twitter.

And in true Twitter fashion, fans didn’t stop there. Eicher tweeted at everyone, saying, “Guys no” when more edits started to surface and really, Billy, you should know better.

From there, everyone wanted the Marvel Chrises to weigh in, and if the clips weren’t from Marvel movies, that worked just fine, too. With edits including Rocky, Forrest Gump, and even Mamma Mia, everyone was yelling out “Let’s go, lesbians! Let’s go!” and getting ready to run.

Wish Meryl had yelled “Let’s go, lesbians”...

Self care has become a commodity.

How many articles hype how the latest face mask or a bath bomb will somehow relax you, soothe you, and solve your ills? Or that a spa day is the best way to restore your happiness? How many jokes are there about the benefits of retail therapy? Face it, people love talking about how great spending money on self care is, but when it comes to the nitty gritty of self care, they’re suddenly quiet.

Self care is personal to each person. For some of us, self care is curling up with a bag of chips and our favorite TV show. For others, it is a spa day, or a hobby, or a face mask. But the concept of self care has become commodified in our culture, turning from a personal action of self love to a capitalist scheme to get people, namely women, to spend more money on things focused on outer beauty. Much like how parts of feminism have been co-opted by makeup and beauty companies to sell products, the same goes for self care. And people at large buy into this without a thought.

This is not to say that face masks, spa days, and other traditionally feminine activities and things are inherently bad. But we need to consider how it’s become a commodity of sorts, a way for us to...

When the going gets tough, the tough go to the library. There are few problems you can’t solve with some solid research. Nancy Drew and I have this outlook in common, but somehow, I never really connected with the prim 1950s version of the character in the set of books on my dad’s shelf when I was a kid.

Kelly Thompson and Jenn St-Onge’s Nancy Drew, with her black nail polish and her penchant for danger, seemed to me at first an iconoclastic take on the character, but then I did a little research. As it turns out, she may be an updated version, but in many ways, she hearkens back to the first iteration of Nancy Drew. In the 1930s, Mildred Wirt, the first writer of the series, made Nancy kind of a BAMF. Wirt’s teenaged sleuth carried a revolver and drove a roadster. The Nancy Drew of this new Dynamite series isn’t toting a gun (so far!), but she’s definitely speeding into some pretty sharp twists and turns, including grief, murder, racism, and police corruption—and this is only the second issue.

In the first issue, Nancy receives a fairly threatening letter that references her mother’s fatal accident from seven years earlier. Seemingly undaunted, she returns...

There are many different ways a film can impact its audience. There are films, expensive and bombastic, that evaporate from your brain while you’re still in the theater parking lot. There are films that move you, make you weep, and touch on universal emotions we all feel. There are movies that terrify you, keep you up in the dark hours double-checking for monsters under your bed. Then, there are the rare movies that worm their way inside your mind and break it wide open, reminding you of the awesome power of art that holds up a funhouse mirror to society to reveal existential truths.

Sorry to Bother You is just such a film. I just saw it yesterday and I’m still processing the densely packed tome from artist and activist Boots Riley. STBY taps into a glorious cinematic history, joining the ranks of films like Dr. Strangelove, Network, Fight Club, and Being John Malkovich as satirical touchstones that define an era of American history.

The film centers on Cassius “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield) an Oakland man struggling to make ends meet. Cash lives in his uncle’s garage with his girlfriend Detroit (a luminous Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and activist. When Cash takes a job at telemarketing company RegalView, he quickly discovers that he can boost his sales by adopting a “white voice” (dubbed by David Cross) with customers. As Cassius ascends the ranks of RegalView, his financial success is...

Ever since it was announced that an Aquaman movie was going to be made—I’m not gonna lie—I was rooting for it. Despite being a part of the DC Comics universe for decades and often being depicted as a founding member of the Justice League, Aquaman, much like Jabberjaw, got no respect. Yet, with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman in the cast, and James Wan behind the camera, Aquaman could be the DC movie universe’s second hit.

An excellent piece by Collider has broken down 50 things you need to know about the film coming in. Some of it is a little bit more spoiler-y and mythology-based than may be fully necessary, but it does deliver a good breakdown of some important highlights of the upcoming DC picture.

Most important of all: timeline and location. Aquaman is going to take place after the events of Justice League and will serve as a stand-alone film, mostly taking place underwater. Yes. Yes, please show me the majesty of the ocean floor. So many movies that take place in different universes/settings spend way too much time in the human world. More Atlantis, less problems, as far as I’m concerned.

The article also confirms that Aquaman will not be carrying over the “dark” tone that has plagued the majority of the universe it resides in, which is fitting because,...

Last we heard from James Woods, he was being dropped by his agent in an act of patriotism. But seeing as Woods is better known by many these days as a Twitter troll than as an actor, his lack of representation isn’t slowing him down.

Over the weekend, James Woods tweeted out a screencap of Michael Avenatti, best known as Stormy Daniels’ attorney, from an interview during the London protests of Trump’s UK visit. “Oh, look,” he captioned it. “The real diapered, hot air balloon …,” referencing the “Trump Baby” balloon that flew over the protests.

Avenatti is no stranger to childish Twitter insult exchanges. The man has made it his mission to take down Donald Trump and in the process, has employed a number of Trumpian tactics, from disparaging nicknames to trademark hashtags. So no one was expecting Avenatti to take the high road in responding to a MAGA-loving troll like Woods. But the angle he chose to take in firing back was incredibly distasteful.

**Avengers: Infinity War spoilers ahead.**

When leaked shots were released from the upcoming fourth Avengers movie that seemed to depict the Battle of New York from the first Avengers movie, my first thought was “Omg yes! Loki’s back,” and then my second thought was “Oh no, and that terrible wig.” Hair in the MCU has its champions (Black Panther and Tony Stark) and its failures: most of Black Widow’s wigs are tragic, and one of the best things Ragnarok did was cut Thor’s hair. However, Loki’s hair has been hit or miss in many ways for me.

We must remember that, although our sweet classic prince Tom Hiddleston has been known for playing brooding dark-haired Byronic heroes, he is a sweet ginger man and so getting into the black gothic locks for Loki is part of his transformation into that character. Today, we will be going through Loki’s wigs throughout the MCU and breaking down which bring honor to our trickster god and which belong in the flames of Hel.

The Worst: The Avengers

It would make sense that Loki’s worst wig would pop up in the movie where he’s also written the worst out of all his appearances in the MCU. The way it’s styled...

It’s one of those iconic movie romances. Frances “Baby” Houseman and Johnny, the charismatic dance instructor she falls for while vacationing in the Catskills with her family, have captured moviegoer’s hearts since 1987, inspiring a short-lived TV series, a prequel/sequel, and a box-office smashing stage production. Dirty Dancing is without a doubt an excellent love story and a charming film about finding yourself and growing up, but it should have another legacy in addition to these. There is also an underrated feminist feature hidden behind the pop songs and kickass dance moves.

I was never much of a fan of Dirty Dancing until this past year when I found it was on Amazon Prime and rewatched it for the first time in a while. I was struck by the number of women’s names in the opening credits—including screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein—and decided to pay a little closer attention to the film instead of just writing it off as fluff. I was surprised by how forward it was, how much agency it gave Baby, and by how feminist the abortion subplot was despite being set in the sixties and being released in the eighties.

The abortion subplot is, obviously, the centerpiece of the film’s social message. Johnny’s dance partner Penny is impregnated by Robbie, the sleazy waiter who’s trying to take advantage of Baby’s older sister. When he refuses to help, Baby gets money from her father to...

Hiding behind your keyboard and sending an anonymous message to a fan you don’t like might feel like a harmless act. You’re just expressing the fact that you don’t like their posts. In reality, you’re probably jealous of them for some reason or another and it is an easy way to bring them down. Nothing happens to you and they’ll probably just ignore it, right?

Here’s the thing: that person that you’re hating on is still a person with feelings, and their emotions tied to an actor or character or video game are just as valid as your own. Just because they got attention you didn’t doesn’t mean you get to slander them for hours because you’re mad Channing Tatum didn’t laugh at your joke on Twitter, or someone else’s stories get more reblogs on Tumblr, or you take issue with their personal headcanons.

While there’s recently been a lot of discussion and coverage about the overt toxicity that sees loud groups of fans attack actors and creators over property decisions that they don’t like, less examined is how toxic fandom can be internally. A group of people who have been drawn to spend a good portion of their time invested in a movie, musical, book, or the famous people involved often reaches outside levels of attachment.

They want to protect their favorite thing and, in doing so, tear down other fans...

Bo Burnham’s new film Eighth Grade, which premiered at Sundance in January, follows Kayla, a 13-year-old girl struggling to find her place and herself in the final week of eighth grade. While the film has received critical acclaim as a naturalistic and poignant coming of age story, actual eighth graders will be unable to see it, unless a parent or guardian brings them. The film, which features five uses of the word “fuck,” has automatically been granted an R-rating.

The MPAA, the shady and mysterious Powers That Be behind movie ratings, have hard and fast rules in place when it comes to the F word. PG-13 movies are limited to one “fuck” per film. According to Section III, C, 3 of the Ratings Rules:

“A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires a PG-13 raging. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of the words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.”

In addition to the “fucks,” the film also features conversations about sex, including the main character...