Pop Culture Fix: Could Nicole Maines and Javicia Leslie Make the Leap to the DCU?

Happy last Pop Culture Fix of 2022, friends! Thank you for coming with me on this journey of vapid delight this year! See you in 2023!

+ 5 Arrowverse stars who can make the leap to James Gunn’s DCU Nicole Maines and Javicia Leslie made the list, which I absolutely agree with both in terms of acting and their characters. I am going to be BEYOND frustrated if DC just hands the Batwoman mantle back to Kate Kane. Both Kate and Ryan Wilder are such revolutionary characters who still have so much story to tell. And Dreamer? Well, she’s just getting started!

+ How the Mythic Quest ladies became best friends, on- and off-screen.

+ Well here’s some great news for big babies like me! HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation will scale back the graphic violence!

+ Gossip was the saving grace of 2022.

+ How I Wanna Dance With Somebody recreated Whitney Houston’s famous Super Bowl performance.

+ Vulture’s list of TV’s Weepiest Moments of 2022 has some familiar queer stories.

+ In 2022, cozy games went from niche to video game fixture.

+ Wednesday‘s creators say they’re open to a relationship between Wednesday and Enid because “sometimes characters reveal themselves.” But also they keep saying “friendship” over and over in a way that makes that not seem true?

+ 10 beautiful LGBTQ+ TV weddings. :)

+ Beth Ditto chats about her time playing lesbian country music icon Gigi Roman on Monarch.

+ Do yourself a favor and pull up Reneé Rapp’s EP, Everything to Everyone.

+ 50 queer and trans pop culture moments that defined 2022.

+ How Blackpink’s tour unleashed a wave of queer yearning.

+ In Brooklyn, Homer’s Odyssey is reimagined as a queer audio series.

+ New original queer musical, Shooting Star, adds four more performances in January.

+ Collider’s Best TV Duos of 2022 has some gay faves (and a very bizarre choice for Hacks???)

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Am very intrigued to see the adaption of The Last of Us, especially as it’s one of those games, you know the type, that you really want to play but you’re more of an open-world-easy-setting kinda gal and you tried to play it once but kept getting eaten by some Rat King.

    So yeah, that’s where I’m at.

  2. “Wednesday‘s creators say they’re open to a relationship between Wednesday and Enid because “sometimes characters reveal themselves.””

    Autostraddle aiding and abetting with the queerbait i see. smh

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