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“Wonder Woman at 75: How the Superhero Icon Inspired a Generation of Feminists”

“The first time Gal Gadot appeared on the set of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” in her full Wonder Woman regalia — eagle-encrusted body armor, knee-high boots, and golden belt and bracelets, her raven hair swept back under a tiara — she was approached by a little girl.

“She wrote that she wished me luck and she was Wonder Woman’s No. 1 fan,” recalls Gadot. “I keep it with me.”

That encounter during last year’s production of “Batman v Superman,” which marked the movie debut of the decades-old female superhero, was a poignant reminder of Wonder Woman’s enduring prominence in the comic-book canon.

It also underscores the stakes that Gadot, Warner Bros., and DC Comics face as they ready the Amazonian princess’ first big-screen solo adventure. “Wonder Woman,” which hits theaters next June, is the first major feature film centered on a female superhero since 2005’s “Elektra.”

Thinking back to that first day on the “Batman v Superman” set, producer Deborah Snyder says she was so moved, she welled up.

“This girl and my daughter, who is now 5, will be able to have a female superhero as a role model,” says Snyder, also producer of the upcoming “Wonder Woman.” “They’ll have this strong character to look up to.”

The new film marks a seminal moment for a character who first hit the comic book landscape at the dawn of World War II, a time when society mandated that a woman’s place was in the home.

The re-emergence of Wonder Woman, who is celebrating her 75th anniversary this year, comes at a pivotal juncture, as Hollywood is consumed by a fierce debate over the lack of opportunities for women in top executive suites as well as in front of and behind the camera. Though men continue to outrank women on studio lots and are much more frequently employed on high-profile films, things are beginning to change.

Actresses such as Patricia Arquette and Jennifer Lawrence have been advocating to get paid the same rates as their male co-stars, and studios have made a commitment to hire more female directors. “Captain Marvel” will feature a strong female protagonist in Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson, with Lorene Scafaria, Jennifer Kent, and Niki Caro among the women being considered to direct. In a bid for gender equity among the blockbuster set, Disney has entrusted its $100 million-plus adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” to director Ava DuVernay…”


“The Defenders: 6 Marvel Villains Sigourney Weaver Might Play”

“Marvel and Netflix dropped a major bombshell at NYCC this past weekend when actress Sigourney Weaver walked on stage at the “Iron Fist” panel and revealed that she’s been cast as the lead villain in the upcoming Defenders series. We don’t know which character Weaver will be playing, but clearly it’s someone capable of taking on the combined might of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. That alone narrows down the candidate pool a bit.

We’ve put together a list of seven potential villains Weaver might play in The Defenders. Because Marvel isn’t averse to gender-swapping characters from time to time, we’re including a mix of male and female characters.


Viper seems like the perfect option if Marvel wants to use The Defenders to build closer ties between the Netflix shows, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers movies. Viper is a villain with ties to the Hand, which has been a recurring threat in Daredevil and will soon resurface in Iron Fist next year. She’s also served as a head of Hydra. Given how high the turnover rate with that job is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s probably about time to introduce a new one anyway. And between her abilities as a skilled assassin and a master of poisons, Viper has the fighting skills to clash directly with the Defenders.

It’s worth pointing out that Viper already appeared as a villain in 2013’s The Wolverine. However, given that she’s as much an Avengers villain as an X-Men villain, we doubt Marvel Studios would be prevented from using her. If we can have two Quicksilvers in live-action, why not two Vipers…?”

” Marguerite Bennett To Write Batwoman Ongoing For DC”

“Readers of the current Detective Comics run have seen firsthand the prominent role that Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman, plays in training Spoiler, Orphan, Clayface, Red Robin and even Nightwing—the next generation of Gotham City’s protectors. This February, Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics Bombshells, Batgirl, Earth 2: Worlds End) will be writing the new adventures of the heroine in an ongoing monthly series scheduled to debut in February 2017, with art by Steve Epting – his first work for DC in more than fifteen years.

Detective Comics writer James Tynion IV will continue to use Kate Kane in that series, and will co-write Batwoman along with Bennett.

As part of the next wave of Rebirth titles, the February title will be a Rebirth-themed one-shot, with a new issue #1 to follow in March.

“Batwoman is yet another example of the character depth, richness and diversity present in Gotham City,” said Batman Group Editor Mark Doyle. “Fans have really responded to her role in Detective Comics, and we all love Kate here in the Bat-office, so that made it an easy choice to return her to a solo series.”

As a preface to her new solo adventures, Bennett will join James Tynion IV on “Batwoman Begins,” a two-issue story arc in Detective Comics. Following the Night of the Monster Men, Batwoman and Batman discover that the venom from the defeated monsters’ corpses is being sold as a bioweapon. After Batwoman comes face to face with the villain responsible, Batman gives Batwoman a mission that takes her around the world, creating the backdrop for her new solo series in February, whose first story arc will also be co-written by Bennett and Tynion IV…”

“Stan Lee Has a Plan to Unite Police and Black Lives Matter”

A HALF-CENTURY ago, at the height of the civil rights era, Stan Lee was co-creating the regal African character the Black Panther with the aim to appeal to a diverse readership. The legendary Marvel editor believed in the power of comics not only to reflect truthful aspects of society, but also to illuminate the better angels of our nature.

Now, at 93, Lee continues to create visuals to appeal to our higher sense of self, even as, he says, some might divide us.

That is why this week, comics’ greatest living ambassador is bringing a new symbol to New York, and thus, he hopes, the nation. Lee will be featured Friday night at a Madison Square Garden “creators’ roundtable” event as part of his appearance at the bustling New York Comic Con, which runs through Sunday.

And what Lee will speak to, through the prism of his many flawed superheroes, is mutual respect. Because Lee is again seeing a country that is roiling and boiling and hurting, partly along lines of race and authority, and so he has drawn up a simple lapel pin that depicts a handshake between arms of contrasting tints, interlocked beneath the word “Respect.”

“Marvel Comics Icon Stan Lee Talks Superhero Diversity And Creating Black Panther”

“Stan Lee is not just the elderly mustachioed man who cameos in every Marvel movie. The spry 93-year-old also co-created most of the comic book company’s stable of superheroes — from Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers to Spider-Man, Iron Man and even Guardians of the Galaxy’s sentient tree, Groot.

Working with artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee introduced these soon-to-be iconic characters in an unparalleled burst of creativity during the early 1960s. Of course, at the time he had no idea they would last, much less eventually take over, post-millennial popular culture a half-century later.

“I never thought of it that way,” Lee tells HuffPost Canada over the phone from his California home where he’s “multitasking” by signing posters he’ll be bringing to his last trip to Toromoraeynto’s Fan Expo, which runs Sept 1 – 4. (He’s healthy, by the way, just will no longer be attending comic conventions back east because he’s, well, 93.)

“I would write the stories, and hope the public would buy them and like them, and then I’d be able to pay the rent. I never really spent time thinking how how long will that last, because I knew if the character became unpopular, I can always write another one.

“I was always writing other ones.”

Indeed he was, and some of them pushed beyond the white, mostly male superhero blueprint laid by DC Comics a few decades earlier with Batman, Superman and later the rest of the Justice League. The 1960s was an era of social and political upheaval, and that bled into Lee’s work, though he demurs somewhat.

“You were always aware of all those social issues, but I wasn’t writing political stories or social stories. I was just trying to write stories that people of all ages and sexes would enjoy reading. If we touched on any issue, I did it very lightly,” he says. But when he was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2008, the dedication cited that “these new stories provided a medium for social commentary. In 1972, when he became the publisher, he used his editorial page, ‘Stan’s Soapbox,’ to speak to the comic book reader about social justice issues such as discrimination, intolerance, and prejudice.”

And it wasn’t just on the back pages…”

“Being Latinx in Comics: Ignorance, Erasure, Whitewashing, Oh My”

“What does it mean to be Latinx in comics?

It’s a question I’ve been asking myself for a while now. Growing up snatching up whatever scraps of Latinx representation I could even if it meant settling for stereotypes, whitewashing, secondary character status (if lucky), and their stories ending in death. This is a plight many fans of color and other marginalized peoples can relate to. In comics, Latinx characters are often Latinx in name only, Spanish characters being positioned or promoted as Latinx characters, whitewashed, or having their Latinx identities erased.

All these problems with Latinx representation in comics comes down the the ignorance surrounding the Latinx identity. Comics as a medium don’t appear to have a clue what being Latinx is or how to represent Latinx people. To understand how to depict Latinxs in comics, we have to begin understanding the difference in what Hispanic and Latinx mean — what an ethnicity is — and how being Latinx and/or Hispanic is a racialized one.

To begin, it is a common misconception that Latinx and Hispanic peoples are one and the same. People who are Hispanic are people who descend where a country’s language is primarily Spanish-speaking and have ancestry that can be traced back to the Iberian Peninsula or Hispania. This includes Spaniards, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans, but it wouldn’t include Brazilians as the primary language spoken is Portuguese. Latinx identifies people from Latin countries, and have ancestry from Latin America (both south and central). So Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Colombians, and Brazilians. These differences are all due to a history of colonization at the hands of European countries such as Spain and Portugal.

You can be Hispanic but not Latinx, just as you can be Latinx but not Hispanic, and you can even identify as both. But no matter which a person may identify with, it doesn’t automatically mean they’re a person of color…”

“15 Powers You Didn’t Know Wonder Woman Had”

“After 75 years since her creation, Wonder Woman will finally be getting her own big budget movie next year! It’s something that felt like it might never actually happen, as we witnessed so many other big name heroes get their solo films. Then we started witnessing the increasingly more obscure heroes getting their big screen adaptions and we couldn’t help wondering how a talking superhero raccoon (albeit a very entertaining one) was making it into movies before one of the main icons of DC comics.

Now that the first trailer for the Wonder Woman movie was released at Comic-Con, it finally feels like a reality, and the wait is nearly over. But because of how scarce Wonder Woman has been in movies compared toBatman or Superman, a lot of people who don’t keep up with her comics might not even know all the powers she has. Do you fit into that category as well? Don’t worry, we’ll catch you up on everything you need to know about the princess of the Amazons before you go to see her movie. So you already know Diana Prince has a lasso and some bracelets, but these are 15 Powers You Didn’t Know Wonder Woman Had.


What, you didn’t think Marvel heroes were the only ones with healing factors, did you? Now Wonder Woman is no Wolverine or Deadpool when it comes to bouncing back from major injuries, but she’s absolutely more difficult to take out than your average human—and even some of your above average heroes. Even if your first introduction to seeing what Wonder Woman can do was from her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (in which case, where have you been for the last 75 years since her creation?) then you know she’s pretty durable. She stood up to Doomsday, a villain capable of even sending Batman running for his life…”