“When “Luke Cage” exec producer Cheo Hodari Coker declared at his show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” the crowd erupted in cheers. So did the internet.
“Right before I said it, I knew what I was feeling,” Coker later told Variety. “I had said variations of it during the day. It was coming from an emotional place, but I didn’t think it was going to reverberate the way that it did. But I’m glad that it did.”
The “Luke Cage” panel came in July on the heels of widespread protests sparked by the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. When the show premiered in September, it became the first live-action series about a black superhero since 1994’s “MANTIS.”
Now it’s getting some company. Next season the CW will premiere “Black Lightning,” based on the DC Comics superhero. And next year Marvel will debut “Black Panther,” the studio’s first feature with a black hero in the lead. Social, political and business trends have converged to put black superheroes at the centers of burgeoning television and film franchises after years of being relegated to supporting status.
Dan Evans, VP of creative affairs at DC Entertainment, cites the emergence of black superheroes on-screen as part of a larger trend in television and film.
“There’s so many examples now, from ‘24’ to ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to ‘Creed,’” says Evans, whose office door features an oversize image of Cyborg, the black teen hero who will play a key role in the upcoming “Justice League” movie. “We’ve seen again and again that if you tell a good story with these characters, people will come…”
“WHEN J.J. ABRAMS was wrapping up Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he showed a rough cut to Ava DuVernay, the Selma director he’d recently befriended. It needed something, she told him. Daisy Ridley’s Rey needed to have one more powerful moment, one more show of strength in her final battle with Kylo Ren. Abrams took her advice, shot some new footage, and added a close-up of Rey’s face as she strikes a massive lightsaber blow. If you watch it now, it’s very clear which one it is. Just ask any 15-year-old female Star Wars fan—even now, she can probably recall it from memory. When you don’t expect to see yourself as the hero, you don’t easily forget what it looks like.
Wonder Woman has more than 20 hero moments like this. It even ends on one. They’re not all close-ups like the one Abrams added to Force Awakens, but they do show a hero in action. Filmed in slow motion, almost always in battle, they feature Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), as well as other women. It’s trite to say, but I’ll say it anyway: This is revolutionary.
The hero shot is a staple of superhero movies, and action movies in general. If you had to think of one right now, though, your mind would probably light on Thor hoisting a hammer or Superman floating above Metropolis with his cape billowing in the wind, not of a woman saving the world. Katniss Everdeen got some of them in theHunger Games films, the female mutants have had their share in the X-Men movies, Joss Whedon gave a couple to Black Widow and Scarlet Witch in the Avengers flicks – but rarely, if ever, has one film been dedicated to them in the way Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is…”
“Like Spider-Man, Black Panther made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War. It was in Civil War that Marvel introduced the world of Wakanda — and its leader, King T’Chaka. T’Chaka was the father of T’Challa, and it was his death — at the hands of the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes — that led to T’Challa donning the Black Panther suit in Civil War. By the end of the film, however, he was providing a safe hiding spot for a couple of heroes, including Captain America and Barnes.
Marvel hasn’t released a synopsis of the movie, but during San Diego Comic-Con last year, cast member Lupita Nyong’o gave a brief, but detailed description, of what the movie will focus on.
“Black Panther’s leadership [of Wakanda] is being threatened by two foes that come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the CIA and the Dora Milaje to try to defeat the enemy,” Nyong’o said, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Black Panther will also have strong ties to the next Avengers movie, Avengers: Infinity War,according to Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios. Black Panther is the last movie to come out before Avengers: Infinity War, giving it the important duty of setting up the events of that film.
Black Panther will be released on Feb. 16, 2018.
“Netflix has plenty of original series to juggle these days, but the site never drifts far from Marvel. With shows like The Defenders and The Punisher dropped this year, Netflix has plenty of comic book content to drop in 2017. And, if a new report is to be believed, then fans can expect the site to dish out three more series next year.
Recently, Entertainment Weekly compiled Marvel’s upcoming schedule of TV releases. The sizzle reel nodded to shows like Marvel’s Inhumans as well as Cloak & Dagger. However, it was the site’s take on three developing Netflix series which had fans talking. Entertainment Weekly’s reel said that Daredevil’s third season would debut in 2018 alongside the second seasons of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
So far, neither Marvel nor Netflix have confirmed the site’s dating. Fans do seem keen on siding with the reel’s reported premieres. Many had already anticipatedJessica Jones and Luke Cage to get their new seasons next year. The latter show is already filming for season two, and Luke Cage is expected to go into production later this year.
When it comes down to it, fans were most surprised to hear about Daredevil. The series had its third season order awhile back, but little progress has been made on it thanks to The Defenders. The miniseries will premiere this August, leaving Charlie Cox free to reprise his devilish role in the hero’s standalone series afterwards…”
“Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently gave a speech at DICE on the importance of creating games that are inclusive. Following his speech, I sat down with him to talk some more about this subject. I wanted to hear about the process and the challenges of creating games that step outside video gaming’s character confines of overwhelmingly white, straight, male heroes.
Game making is a creative process, an amalgamation of individual ideas and biases into a collective consensus. Games are consumed by people with their own passions, frustrations and desires. These games are also subject to international censorship laws and the conservative media’s outrage machine.
We’re told that it’s impossible to please all the people all the time, but this has turned out to be a thin excuse for gaming’s lack of diversity. For a long time, developers and publishers have satisfied themselves with pleasing the small slice of humanity they feel comfortable portraying. Not coincidentally, this male, white and East Asian demographic is also dominant in development, retail, publishing and, yes, journalism.
“There’s always going to be someone upset with things that we do,” Kaplan says. “We know we’re not always going to get it right. But it’s about trying to be welcoming to a lot of people and thinking about others…”
“Following the announcement [earlier] of the cast for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Marvel has made another big reveal about their TV productions with the lineup for the title heroes of their series Marvel’s Runaways! The Marvel’s Runaways cast includes:
- Ariela Barer (New Girl, One Day at a Time) as Gert Yorkes, a purple-haired, bespectacled, contemporary riot grrrl. Never passing up a moment to stand on a soapbox, Gert sometimes wields her persona as a brash social justice warrior to mask her true feelings.
- Lyrica Okano (The Affair, Unforgettable) as Nico Minoru–tough, intelligent, and independent–embodies teenage angst. A budding “Wiccan,” Nico’s carefully crafted goth appearance isolates her from her peers and family, but maybe what she really needs is someone to talk to.
- Rhenzy Feliz (Teen Wolf, Casual) as Alex Wilder is a loud-and-proud nerd. Admittedly a bit of a loner, Alex spends much of his free-time playing video games, but deep down, what he wants most is to reunite his childhood group of friends.
- Gregg Sulkin (Faking It, Don’t Hang Up, Anti Social) as Chase Stein is a lacrosse-playing, high school heartthrob. While many write him off as a dumb jock, Chase exhibits flashes of untapped brilliance in engineering, not unlike his wildly successful father’s.
- Virginia Gardner (Goat, Little Bitches) as Karolina Dean, model-perfect exterior with a lot going on behind her professionally whitened smile, is burdened by the lofty expectations and responsibilities put upon her by her parents. Underneath her veneer of privilege and perfection, Karolina is experiencing a newfound eagerness to explore her identity and pursue her own desires.
- Allegra Acosta (100 Things to do Before High School, Just Add Magic) as Molly Hernandez, the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong…
“The new Wonder Woman film, starring Gal Gadot as the title character, is in theaters soon. We were first introduced to Gadot’s Wonder Woman in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, where she was one of the few bright spots the film had. Many want to see a Wonder Woman movie done well, as her television show and comics are cultural touchstones.
Wonder Woman’s live-action feature film debut could not come soon enough, as her legacy is amazing and they have decades of stories they could redo or simply tell word for word in a script. This will be the first major superhero movie with a female hero as the protagonist. Wonder Woman is a feminist icon, but she did not get there easily. She honestly wasn’t one to begin with. Her story is great, but she has some weaknesses that few of male characters would ever be given by their creators– some are understandable while others were downright sexist to say the least.
We at Screen Rant wanted to do the kind of digging normally reserved for construction workers, to bring you 15 Weaknesses You Didn’t Know Wonder Woman Had.
15. A POKE TO THE EYES
You may be wondering, why in the world would this even be a weakness anyone would bring up? People need to know something obvious about Wonder Woman. Similar to Hercules, she is a Demigod. This makes her basically human, yet blessed with amazing abilities due to her God-like half. However, the human element of Wonder Woman was played up a lot in the comics and one of the most glaring things we learned is that Diana can be a victim to the same weaknesses the every day human might have – one of which is a poke to the eyes…”