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“Finish the sentence: "There have been 16 feature films with Superman or Batman but zero Wonder Woman movies and the main reason is...”—The LA Times Hero Complex reported tweeted this. The main reason is….? Good fucking question.
...because Derek Morgan needs a little lovin' too...
I get it. I do. Derek Morgan is The Hero. The protector. The breaker-down-of-doors.
Not that he’d ever readily admit to it, though. He just does what needs to be done. He is the first to put himself in harm’s way if it means even the slightest chance of deflecting risk away from someone else and he insists on putting everyone’s emotional needs before his own.
He is the big, strong knight come to save the day. Dust you off. Hold you up when you feel like crumbling. He is strength and bravado and firmness. At times a little unyielding. Perhaps sometimes a little gruff. But beneath that steely countenance, there is such softness. Kindness. Gentleness.
You can see it in his eyes. All that raw vulnerability. He wears his heart on his sleeve, where it takes a constant bruising. And everything he feels is always just right there. Always near the surface, but never breaking through.
And that is a tragedy.
Hero ComplexAlex McElwee
Hero Complex Intro
I don’t know how long i’ve been working on this but it was a long time… it’s the intro to the new song i’m working on. And it like sounds like I have a full band when I really just have a guitar and a piano… alright, tell me what you think! Please?!
Women in Comics and the Tricky Art of Equality
Great article from the LA Times!
Some good bits:
“They consistently make editorial decisions that seem designed to alienate women,” (Jessica) Abel said. “So it’s self-reinforcing. If you’re constantly straight-arming women, women aren’t going to read them. If they don’t read them, they don’t grow up imagining them. If they don’t grow up imagining them, they’re not going to make them.”
Though she disagrees with the practice, MacDonald says she understands why the so-called Big Two cater so heavily to teenage boys and men.
“They’re just terrified of getting the girl cooties on there and losing their audience,” she said. “Marvel and DC, they have a different goal, a different corporate mandate. Certainly for Marvel, they are absolutely part of Disney’s great master plan to have more boy readers…. For DC, as part of the corporate structure, that is more where they fit in.”
And interesting bits…
But even in the superhero world, new artists and more women are being brought in, partly in response to fan concerns.
“It’s definitely been a push,” said Bobbie Chase, editorial director for DC. “We’re pursuing people all the time who could be new voices for comic books, but it’s still going to be a predominantly male industry. I don’t think that has to change, but we can certainly make a much better balance.”
Chase doesn’t apologize for unrealistically sexy portrayal of DC’s heroines, but she emphasizes context.
“You’re doing idealized, muscled characters, so obviously they don’t look realistic, and they’re in costume,” Chase said, noting that the real measure of progress is in the personalities of such characters as Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Catwoman. “They’re not cheesecakey women books. They’re strong female characters.”
Chase points out that 25% of the editorial staff is women. Numbers for the creative staff were not available, but she said that more women are joining the New 52 roster in the coming months.
One of those women is Ann Nocenti, a veteran comics writer recently recruited to take over “Catwoman.”
“I think they reached out to me partly for that reason … as an effort to bring female perspective into comics,” Nocenti said.
But toning down Catwoman’s sexuality is not part of her plan, she said.
“She puts on a skin-tight leather black catsuit with one zipper,” Nocenti said. “Do you know anyone who dresses like that? If you did, you would assume that they were loving their sexuality. … I think there should always be intentionality to the sex in a character.”
Argh. Two things here: One, Catwoman is sexy. But that’s not ALL there is to her. We don’t solely describe Superman as ‘strong’ because there’s more to his character; and that’s what I want to hear about Catwoman. Yes, she’s sexy. But she’s also morally grey, she does what she needs to survive; she does actually care about other people; she’s funny; she’s empathetic; she’s really good at what she does and what she does is stealing. Tell me about the complex character, not about the SUPER SEXY character. I know that. Tell me something new.
And two? When you’re talking about “idealized” characters, whose ideal? Men in comics are portrayed as the male ideal of how they want to look, while women are portrayed as how straight men want them to look. Men are who they want to be, women are who they want to fuck. So don’t give me this “everybody is idealized” garbage. I’ve heard it before and it’s a false equivalence.
Also, I’m getting increasingly wary about Nocenti’s portrayal of Catwoman based on her interviews. If it’s anything like Winick’s, I won’t be picking up this book.
7 Things We Want to See In J.J. Abrams Star Wars VII
The LA Times guys via the Hero Complex Blog gave us 7 things we want to see in J.J. Abrams Star Wars VII…
- A simple, straightforward story: “Star Wars” is about big, mythic arc, the triumph of good over evil — trade disputes, political maneuvering, not so much. Let’s just see great heroes, intriguing, complicated foes and a righteous quest that would make Joseph Campbell proud.
- A bad-ass leading lady: Leia set fan boy hearts aflutter — yeah, yeah, slave bikini, blah, blah — but for a whole generation of young girls, she was a smart, independent, resourceful character, a woman of principle to look up to. Natalie Portman is a terrific actress who’s turned in some astonishing performances in genre fare, but her Padme Amidala just never inspired the same sort of devotion.
- An all-new cast of characters: With so many stories to tell in the universe, let’s leave the canonical characters in the past. Yes, there would be a certain wonderful nostalgia in seeing cameos from Luke, Leia and Han Solo, but perhaps something a little too distracting too. Here’s to exploring new galaxies, though if Artoo and Threepio wanted to tag along on that journey, that might be all right. Those droids age well. And speaking of droids…
- Limited CG: Please, please use prosthetic makeup to design creatures that occupy actual physical space. Vividly rendered alien worlds are great, but they’re better when they’re populated with beings that exist in three real-world dimensions. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take a giant walking carpet over a CG phantom any day.
- Benedict Cumberbatch: So, we still don’t really know much about his “Star Trek Into Darkness” character but, seriously, just listen to that voice. Is there anyone who could make a better Sith Lord? The chameleonic British actor already is beloved by genre fans. He’d be a great addition to the cast in really any role. As would Simon Pegg. Maybe not as a Sith Lord, but there’s no question he could be the cool teacher at, say, a Jedi Academy?
- Humor: Bring with the funny. It doesn’t need to be a comedy, certainly, but in its best moments, “Star Wars” warmly embraced action, adventure, romance, pathos and humor, especially with the artfully placed one-liner (preferably delivered in a dry, world-weary manner by a scoundrel-type with a heart of gold who wouldn’t hesitate to shoot a Rodian first). Ahem.
- Time travel: It’s a part of nearly every Abrams project. Surely, there must be a way to use the Force for good and erase Jar Jar Binks from existence?
What do you think about those 7 things? What do you want to see from the new Star Wars VII film?
“In a world where movies and TV shows often end in ways that are sometimes unsatisfying bordering on outrage-inducing (yeah, yeah, I know), your ending, darling Raiders, is absolutely, exquisitely perfect.”—
Damon Lindelof on why Raiders of the Lost Ark is a perfect movie, if you love movies the rest of the essay is a great read over at Hero Complex.
It’s great how every generation of movie lovers has a Spielberg flick that’s one of their favorite movies.