Mey and Heather accidentally wrote the exact same post at the exact same time about San Diego Comic-Con, so for a quick run-down of the queer/feminist news out of the weekend, go here! And for some more in-depth thoughts about the lady hero movie trailers that came out at SDCC, read on!
Mey: It was San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, and 90% of my LA friends were there. I mean, I guess 90% of the geeks in America were there, so that explains it, but still. The good thing is, I did get to hang out with Strong Female Protagonist writer Brennan Lee Mulligan, and he is an absolute delight. The bad thing is, I didn’t get to get to be a nerd with a bunch of other nerds, I only got to be a nerd with one other nerd. But I do have the internet, so I know a lot of what happened anyway.
So, in maybe the biggest news, at least for this column, Marvel finally announced who is going to star in their upcoming Captain Marvel movie! While it wasn’t Gina Rodriguez like I hoped, their pick did make me excited. It’s Brie Larson! The Oscar-winning star of Room, The United States of Tara, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the music video for the hit single “She Said,” will be taking up the mantle of one the Marvel Universe’s most powerful and iconic heroes.
Some have said that it’s a shame Marvel didn’t go with an actor who was in her thirties like Carol Danvers is, and while I agree, I’m not going to hold that against Larson, and I’m going to look very much forward to her performance. Remember, Captain Marvel will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie starring a woman, and Brie Larson is an immensely talented actor who should bring a lot of fun, energy and gravitas to the role. The movie isn’t coming out until March of 2019, which is ridiculous, but I want to see it so freaking bad.
Heather: I honestly haven’t been thinking of anyone as Captain Marvel besides Gina Rodriguez ever since Mey floated the idea, so I also was a little surprised by my disappointment that she didn’t get the role (even though there’s literally no indication that she ever even was considered for it; I was disappointed purely by my own imagination!) HOWEVER, choosing a woman who just won literally every major movie award on earth for the role is a huge dang deal and I am psyched beyond measure for it. I just hope the whole earth doesn’t have full-blown superhero fatigue by the time it gets here!
Mey: A lot of other previews also came out, most notably ones from the three big upcoming DC movies, Suicide Squad, Justice League and Wonder Woman. Yeah, you heard that right, we finally have a Wonder Woman preview! I loved the parts with Wonder Woman, the Amazons and Etta Candy, but I really never cared about Steve Trevor and definitely don’t care about him in this movie.
Heather: I put off watching this trailer all weekend because I have felt nothing but disappointment about this Wonder Woman movie from the moment Zack Snyder’s name got anywhere close to it, but then I did watch it! And it’s great! Mey, you are, as usual, correct: Steve Trevor is the woooorrrsssst. I don’t think most people realize that when this guy came into Wonder Woman’s life he was like the petulant baby man-child of Ezra Fitz and Donnie from Orphan Black. Like Donnie in his doofy incompetence, and like Ezra in the sense that he stalked and tracked Wonder Woman and spent half his life trying to trick her into marrying his boring ass. So right: I don’t care about him either. But I do care about everything else in this movie! (Fun fact: Director Patty Jenkins also directed that episode of Arrested Development when everyone keeps telling Michael to get rid of “the Seaward” and Lucille is like, “I’ll go when I’m good and ready!”)
Mey: The Justice League footage was surprisingly fun? Like, I actually think I’m excited for this movie! Both Flash, played by out actor Ezra Miller, and Aquaman, played by one of the four men on earth I find attractive, Jason Momoa, both look amazing and I can’t wait to see more of them. But why does Jared Leto have to be in Suicide Squad? At Comic Con they debuted a new trailer for it and it was genuinely wonderful. I kind of love Harley, Amanda Waller and Katana especially. I also loved this part of the Suicide Squad panel where Leto tried to get the audience excited and Viola Davis gave him the same look that I make every single time I read anything about Jared Leto.
Heather: Haha! I hadn’t seen that Viola Davis thing! What joy it just brought into my heart.
Mey: The Killing Joke animated movie is unsurprisingly terrible! I mean, not only did they make an animated movie about one of the worst Batgirl stories in comic book history, but they made it even worse by making her motivation for becoming Batgirl wanting to sleep with Batman? Gross! Also, when someone asked why they were treating Babs like that in the movie, Brian Azzarello, one of the writers, called the question-asker a “pussy.” Terrific.
Heather: Yeah, if you’re looking for a Batman animated movie, Batman: Bad Blood is for you. Kate Kane and Renee Montoya, y’all.
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