The upcoming film will be a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and sees Ridley’s Ophelia become the central character. Her trusted lady-in-waiting to the Queen (played by Naomi Watts) captures the attention of young Prince Hamlet (George MacKay), sparking a forbidden romance between the two. However, with a war on the horizon, and betrayal coursing through Elsinore Castle, Ophelia will be forced to choose between the man she loves and her own life when she’s asked to protect a dangerous secret.
Clive Owen (The Knick) will play Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle, while Tom Felton (The Flash) will play Laertes, Ophelia’s younger brother. Devon Terrell (Barry) is set to play Hamlet’s friend Horatio. (X)
In The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, back in 2013, there was exactly one queer character. He was a side character with an offscreen love interest created solely so that people wouldn’t ship him with Lizzie at that pivotal point in the story.
2014 was when LIWs really took off, and it was also when there were the greatest differences in LGBTQ+ representation (though no one was very good at it yet). Series like Emma Approved and Green Gables Fables (we’re talking Season One here) had none. Other series, like From Mansfield With Love, made a side character who didn’t have a love interest be gay. So far, no one was really gender-bending or reimagining anything to make it gayer.
But Shakespeare is about the gayest off-copyright source material there is, so it was pretty much impossible to correctly adapt Shakespeare and make it end up totally straight.
From our 2017 standpoint, NMTD looks pretty heterosexual, but it was actually about as queer as any LIW can be without departing from the source material (though we’ll get to Twelfth Grade a little later on). Hero’s moms, though absent, are accepted by everyone, as is Balthazar, who is of course very gay despite never using that word in NMTD (The Candle Wasters really don’t like actually saying things, do they?). But it was Pedro’s coming out that really changed the tides. Goodbye queerbaiting, hello to the possibility of onscreen characters entering into non-heterosexual relationships.
2015 was a transition year in many ways. It was no longer acceptable to make an LIW without some form of queer representation, but the methods were all over the place. Some LIWs put a queer pairing center stage – Pedrazar being the prime example, however you feel about LLL – while most series started to create queer side pairings, either through gender-bending or through creating new arcs for the characters. A few examples of this from 2015 would be George Squared from Call Me Katie, Smarling from The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy, and Jamie and Isabella from Northbound. Of course, some LIWs still did LBD-style representation – The Misselthwaite Archives comes to mind – but it was now because the creators wanted queer representation and not because they wanted to avert certain het ships.
Then 2016 happened. We, the viewers, were no longer willing to tolerate entirely cishet shows. 2016 saw the rise of trans and genderqueer LIW characters at long last – Puck in Bright Summer Night and Serena in The Adventures of Serena Berg being the prime examples – as well as multiple characters on the ace spectrum. And with the rise of young, bisexual webseries creators, the number of bisexual characters skyrocketed.
So let’s talk about Twelfth Grade for a minute. I won’t lie and call this series the gayest thing I’ve ever seen, but it is probably the biest. All three of the leads are bisexual, and no one is straight. Literally no one. And no matter who you shipped, it was likely a possibility if not a reality. Again, this was made possible by the source material, which is just about the biest thing ever written, and by the new LIW atmosphere, which was demanding – and getting – the queer representation that just doesn’t exist anywhere else.
Gender-bending skyrocketed in 2016, both with side characters and with mains. And now, in 2017, cishet characters are starting to be the minority. The Emma Agenda and Middlemarch: The Series, my two favorite currently-airing LIWs, have both gender-bent logically and competently all over the place in order to keep canon mostly intact while also making it much, much more diverse. Very few current LIW ships are m/f, and of those, even fewer characters are completely heterosexual.
We’ve come a long way since the days of LBD. and we couldn’t have gotten here without a lot of hard work and thinking and the bravery to tell stories the way we wanted them told. I’m not saying heterosexuality should vanish from LIWs, but I think that the direction we’ve come in is the right one. When a series like NLTS or MMTS gives the same amount of drama to queer pairings as to straight ones, when characters like Roxanne Roberts or Bathsheba Everdeen struggle with their identities in relatable ways, it normalizes every part of the human experience and continues to make LIWs the most representative form of media I know.
While I know I skipped a lot of important moments and didn’t mention several very diverse series, I used examples that I hope most people will be familiar with and that won’t be too spoilery.
LIW creators: keep doing what you’re doing. It is noticed and appreciated. Thank you.
(samurai jack spoilers) i think one of the reasons the finale was kinda disappointing (other than ashi’s extremely unsatisfying story arc) is that like. the super dark and gritty beginning of the season led me to believe that the conclusion would be more mature and thought-provoking than it ended up being
it introduced itself as an adult reimagining of the series that wasn’t afraid to ask tough questions like “how have jack’s struggles affected his psyche” or “can jack kill another human”. i was expecting the final showdown with aku to be BOLD, i expected jack to question whether he should even return to the past. at the start i was actually almost positive jack would sacrifice himself to defeat aku
but in reality, it felt like as soon as jack got his sword back the story lost all its ambition and just went back to being the original series, just with a few little bits here and there that genndy couldn’t have gotten past daytime CN’s censors. jack returns to the past and kills aku without a second thought and that’s pretty much it. this ending probably would’ve been fine in 2004, but after showing us how much they could do with the series on adult swim it felt like the season had a lot of wasted potential
So alright, there were a couple of cute moments, but how are you gonna make a modern day musical, with a fun and colourful opening number, no less, and make it boring?!
I cant even remember any of the songs from it. Not even a tune.
And Ryan Gosling’s character was SO unlikeable! I like him as an actor, but the character he played was a twat! I get that you need character conflict, but you can do it without making the protagonist and unlikeable ass-hat!
Not to mention is based in Jazz bars and movie lots and the staging WAS! SO! DULL! (apart from the final dreamy sequence where their lives are reimagined in a ‘what if?’ fashion, which is what the whole movie should have looked like, stylistically, but it didn’t)
Summary: La-La Land hasn’t changed my opinion of Oscar-bait movies being hugely overrated. It committed the worst crime a musical can commit, it was DULL!
tbh gafou is much more interesting bc even tho stanley is a cute character we know very little about him and if someone wants to reimagine gaston as less abusive to fit their narrative or if they just find the characters hot and don’t care about their compatibility i feel like ? that’s fine. they’re not real
As it’s presented in canon, Amun and Kebi’s relationship is horrific. He transformed his slave with her loyalty as the deciding criterion, and they maintain that owner/owned dynamic to this day. That’s immoral and exploitative and abusive, particularly because BD amply demonstrates that Kebi has no say in decisions which could lead to her death.
Personally, though, I like to reimagine their story. To my mind, Amun had a mild Edward-moment circa 2200 B.C.E. He saw this quiet, weird young woman working at his temple, decided she was the light of his life, and relaxed his usual stance on humans for her. So, unsure what to do with these brand new feelings, he offered Kebi anything she’d need to start a new life away from him and/or immortality, if she wanted it. Kebi– who was pious– knew that if a god offered you eternal life, you said yes.
In short, she was transformed, had one heck of a spiritual crisis (surprise! suddenly she was a god! and maybe there were no gods, as she defined them, if she could become one so easily?), and fell in love with Amun the regular way. She’s a shy person by nature, and her silence in BD is a combination of not-speaking-English-that-well and not wanting to be there at all.
One of Marvel’s most beloved heroes takes center stage next month – and you’re not going to want to miss it. Fans have already gotten a glimpse of Mary Jane Watson in the Free Comic Book Day issue of Marvel’s upcoming series, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, and Marvel has enlisted some of comics’ most acclaimed artists to reimagine the fan-favorite in the shoes of iconic heroes such as Doctor Strange, Hulk, Iron Man, Wolverine and more.
Marvel has revealed a number of the Mary Jane Watson Variants coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of June:
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3 by Kris Anka
All-New Wolverine #21 by David Lopez
Avengers #8 by Mike Allred
Black Bolt #2 by Ryan Stegman
Captain America: Steve Rogers #18 by Paolo Rivera
Champions #9 by Helen Chen
Daredevil #21 by Humberto Ramos
Deadpool #32 by Elizabeth Torque
Doctor Strange #22 by Francisco Herrera
Gwenpool, The Unbelievable #17 by David Nakayama
Hulk #7 by Rahzzah
I Am Groot #2 by Julian Totino Tedesco
Invincible Iron Man #8 by Marco Checchetto
Iron Fist #4 by Stephanie Hans
Mighty Thor #20 by Patrick Brown
Secret Warriors #3 by Javier Rodriguez
Spider-Gwen #21 by Kevin Wada
The Mighty Captain Marvel #6 by Chris Samnee
The Punisher #13 by Dave Williams
Venom #151 by Francesco Mattina
X-Men Blue #5 by TBD
X-Men Gold #5 by Anthony Piper
Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on these covers throughout the month of June!
The Universal monsters are getting their redo in grand fashion — and with A-list actors — courtesy of the Dark Universe.
The shared world reviving legendary creatures from early Hollywood horror films — like the monster version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — now has an official name, which Universal Pictures announced Monday. Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe, The Mummy (in theaters June 9) kicks off the Dark Universe, and Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem have boarded the franchise as the Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster respectively (who will appear in future projects).
“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise audiences we will expand this series strategically,” Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, said in a statement.
In addition, Oscar-winning composer Danny Elfman is creating an original theme to accompany the Dark Universe logo that will open each film, and the series will continue next with Bride of Frankenstein, slated for release Feb. 14, 2019. No actress has been cast in the lead role yet but Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast) is signed on to direct a screenplay by David Koepp.
“The Bride of Frankenstein remains the most iconic female monster in film history, and that’s a testament to (James) Whale’s masterpiece—which endures as one of the greatest movies ever made,“ Condon said.
The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman is on tap to oversee the Dark Universe alongside Koepp, producer Chris Morgan and filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible).
The franchise will revolve around Prodigium, a mysterious international organization led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Crowe) with the aim of protecting the public from the knowledge of monsters in our world and committed to tracking, studying and (if needed) destroying them.
The Mummy will introduce Jekyll and Prodigium, plus Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Boutella as the cursed title character.
TIL that Julius Schwartz, creator of Adam Strange and one of the guys responsible for reimagining Hawkman as an alien detective, also co-created basically the first fanzine ever, so that’s pretty cool!
Here’s my 4th year film, On the Run- a reimagining of a time I ran away from home as a kid. This was definitely the most difficult projects I’ve ever undertaken, but I really hope you all enjoy it (particularly those who come from broken households). Enjoy!
I’ve been slowly rewatching Yuri On Ice these last couple of weeks (the English dub this time so I don’t have to read subtitles while drawing). I’ll watch on a separate window while sketching some of my favorite key moments.
I stopped at episode 7, as you can see… Should I draw some more from the later episodes? I’ve gotten kind of addicted to drawing “Yurie” and “Viktoria.” XD Also, asymmetrical bobs are the BOMB.
I wonder if YOI would have gotten as popular as it has if the main characters had been female. I hope so!
Olga Prinku has reimagined the art of embroidery by weaving dried and freshly cut blooms into artful arrangements. Delicately sewing the florals to tulle (or mesh) allows the subjects to be shown at their full potential - fragile and beautiful. You can find more of Olga’s work on her Instagram.