The image you’re looking at is me in 2019 celebrating Pride month. In the eleven years I’ve been writing this blog I have continued to take the position that all humans should have the same rights. I’ve gotten older, fatter, and have had a couple of health scares but my opinion hasn’t changed. Seeing as how this country has barely survived the most bigoted (and that’s saying something in a country that had Andrew Jackson’s Trail-of-Tears), anti-science, regime in American history, I thought it might be time to look at a couple of examples of some of the positive highlights I’ve found while hanging out here. There are many more, and you can find them by using the lovely search engine located in the upper right hand side of every page. I won’t be linking to thesebogs in any chronological order. More like what showed up in my search engine first got used first. Without any further ado, and – yes – these are all true, let’s begin. [Read more…] about Happy Pride!
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A lot of silly things had to happen for the Snyder cut become a reality, but it has, and we’re all here for it. After Joss Whedon’s vision for Justice League plopped through theaters it garnered little support from fans, but managed to earn almost $650 MIL. The problem is that, by the time he finished with the film, $300 MIL had been spent. While it made a profit, after everyone got their piece it wasn’t much. Another problem that haunts all Whedon movies is he likes “strong (preferably Caucasian) women” who stand in the shadows of white men. Buffy the Vampire Slayer seems to have been his only exception. But that was written before he cheated on his wife numerous times and discovered how power makes ugly men sexy. He, honest to God, calls himself a “woke bae” when it comes to women. That’s nearly as cringe worthy as “I’m not a racist, but …” With Justice League he was handed a character, Wonder Woman, who had shown the ability to stand on her own, in all aspects of the term.
To avoid sounding like I’m picking on the guy, this is an excerpt from his script for Wonder Woman, which was (thankfully) rejected.
“To say she is beautiful is almost to miss the point. She is elemental, as natural and wild as the luminous flora surrounding. Her dark hair waterfalls to her shoulders in soft arcs and curls. Her body is curvaceous, but taut as a drawn bow … She is barefoot.”
There’s a lot more about feet.
So, yeah, that just screamed “empowered.”
You can tell the scenes Whedon added for her pretty easily. She needs the Flash to save her after she drops her sword. She’s not a major factor in the fight with Steppenwolf, and so on. Where ever possible, she got relegated to a second tier character. Easy to excuse when you have Superman, but still troubling.
Somehow, despite all this, he was slated to write and direct Batgirl. Depending on who you talk to he either left to pursue different opportunities, or was shown the door. He claims the former, my contacts at the DCEU claim the latter. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that particular bullet got dodged.
Now, back to the Snyder cut.
Shortly after Whedon’s version was released there were rumors, started by crew members it seems, a Snyder cut existed, it was mostly complete, and it was, as the kids like to say, The Fo Schnizzle. Facebook groups, with tens of thousands of members, began forming.
The hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut would trend on Twitter multiple times a month. Not a common occurrence for a hashtag related to one specific entity.
Near the end of 2019 Warner Brothers studios had seen darker, offbeat, films like Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and Joker make goo gobs of cash and maintain critical acclaim. A darker, more violent, Justice League no longer looked problematic.
Now it was simply a matter of justifying it, as it were. “Angry nerds” isn’t a good reason to throw millions of dollars at a movie that’s already out.
Nevertheless, behind the scenes talks began between Snyder and Warner Brothers.
Then, miracle of miracles, a pandemic hit the world in January and was headed towards America at terrifying speeds. Studios quickly shut down production on everything. Even before the death toll started to climb, people who listened to scientists knew we were in for a world of hurt. A quick check at who was in charge and their historical responses to anything that had a bad image was well known. America was going to suffer for a long time.
Suddenly, getting a blockbuster back on screens, for the cost of the catering budget for the first one, had its appeal. By the end of February a deal had been struck.
Warner Brothers is going to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.
On HBO Max to encourage social distancing.
Watch the video below to get a taste of things to come.
My friend Joi likes to say that a person needs six hugs a day to maintain their sanity. And there’s enough research behind that thought to warrant consideration. Having your personhood affirmed by tactile reinforcement can go a long way in our increasingly disconnected world. I was reminded of this today as I was walking home from the library and spotted a woman wearing a Superman shirt like mine. Hers was a rebirth era, and mine is classic, but Superman is Superman. So we laughed, claimed a bond only true comic book fans can claim, and then, catching me completely by surprise, she hugged me. We held there for a moment, wished each other well, and went our separate ways. You know what? The world needs more random hugs. And if you can’t do that, hug someone anyway. You’ll thank me when you do. [Read more…] about Free Hugs!
Before the Comics Code Authority comics told stories. Yes, many were silly, some were obvious rip offs of others, but, in the main, they told stories. They tended to love America, wish all people were treated equal, and offered new ways to look at old problems. To be honest, they had problems too. Societal racism was a constant thing and comic creators were no more immune to it than anyone else. Some confronted it, others continued it. I could do an entire dissertation on race in comics and still not scratch the surface. But, after the Comics Code, any sense of nuance died. Any attempt to tackle social issues was shelved. For a simple example, Batman, in 1939, was a vigilante who killed and worked with the seedy underbelly of society to mete out a larger theme of justice. After …? Bang, zoom, pow. The Batman of the ’60s. [Read more…] about Stay Home and Ignore People
Thanks to the internet we know some things to be true. Specifically that Ben Affleck has been fired, or quit, and is no longer Batman. Except for the fact that he is, and is scheduled to appear in the next Justice League. We’ll get to why that is in a few. Other things we know is that Chris Hemsworth will never play Thor again. Except in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. And maybe in another Marvel film. There are no plans for a stand-alone Thor film, but that could be changed before my diaper. Suffice it to say there’s a lot of bad information out there. And, thanks to people needing to fill in blank spots with their burbling thoughts, it’s only going to get worse. There are, as of this typing, eight Marvel, and two Sony, movies slated for release with no information attached to them. Now, obviously, one will be a sequel to Venom. It made stupid money and, thanks to people like me who want to see it again, is doing steady biz as a download. The other Sony flik will probably be Morbius. It’s dark, has room for gratuitous violence and sex, and is a movie designed to make everyone who hated Twilight happy. That’s a potential fan base of billions. [Read more…] about Isn’t This Super?