“Sandra Oh was working when she got the news that she had received her sixth Emmy nomination and first for the show Killing Eve. She was with her friend and fellow actor Michelle Krusiec, talking through the Hansol Jung play, Wild Goose Dreams, which Oh had previously starred in. “My friend is auditioning for the play,” she said on the phone a few hours later. “We were talking about it because I was already familiar with the character that she was going in on.” She finally looked at her phone and saw the news. “I really love the fact that when all those calls were going off, my phone was on silent,” Oh said, “[because] Michelle and I were talking about this play about a North Korean refugee.”
Both of them realized what a historic moment this is: Sandra Oh has become the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for lead actress in a drama. (Archie Panjabi won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2010.) Her first five nominations came in a consecutive string from 2005 to 2009, for her work as a supporting actress on Grey’s Anatomy as the prickly and ambitious Dr. Cristina Yang. She left the show in 2014 to pursue new creative projects…”
“Batwoman is already scheduled to visit the Arrowverse for the annual crossover event in December; she may now become a permanent member of it, expanding the universe and breaking some TV ground in the process.
In Batwoman, written by Dries based on the DC characters, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
Batwoman already has been a trailblazer for LGBTQ+ representation in comics. After a long hiatus, she was reintroduced to the DC comic universe in 2006 when she was established as a Jewish lesbian, becoming the first-ever lesbian superhero title DC character. Now Batwoman would become the first gay lead character — male or female — of a live-action superhero series…”
“The titular superhero characters of CW’s The Flash and Freeform’s new Marvel series Cloak & Dagger came from the comics world and got their powers from exploding science experiments, but that’s where the similarities stop. It would have been easy for Cloak & Dagger to follow The Flash’s highly successful formula and have the initial power-granting incident produce a bounty of supervillains, which the protagonists would have to use their new powers to stop. But in its first four episodes, at least, Cloak & Dagger goes a different route by having them focus on real-world injustices.
The approach aligns with the characters’ comics roots. First introduced in the 1980s, Cloak and Dagger primarily focused on fighting the war on drugs, rather than doing battle with costumed supervillains….”
“Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther exceeded expectations by absolutely crushing the domestic box office. At nearly $700 million, Black Panther is the highest-grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For that matter, it’s the third highest grossing movie to ever hit the box office in the United States.
On the small screen, Black Lightning took The CW by storm in it’s first season on the network. It quickly rose to top of the review-aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes with a 97% rating and it garnered over 30 million viewers.
Cheo Hodari Coker — the showrunner behind Marvel’s Luke Cage — recently sat down with /FILM to talk about the increasing popularity of superhero properties with African-American leads.
“It’s just honestly just pure joy and adulation. I’m just rejoicing the fact that film and television finally has the diversity of thought that hip hop music has always had,” Coker said….”
“When Hawaii Five-0 returns this fall for its eighth season, it will do so without two of its veteran stars. Daniel Dae Kim (who plays Chin Ho Kelly) and Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) both decided to exit the series after CBS Television Studios reportedly refused to raise their salaries to match those of their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. The news is bound to hit fans hard; these two characters have been with the 2010 series since the beginning, and have also been a part of the franchise since the original procedural debuted in 1968. The departures will be addressed on screen in the season to come, but in the meantime, Kim has opened up in a lengthy Facebook post about his decision to leave.
“Though I made myself available to come back,” the actor wrote, “CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue.” The writer thanked the cast and crew on the show, wishing them nothing but the best going forward.
He also thanked CBS and the show’s fans, writing, “I will always be grateful for their faith in me to bring Chin Ho Kelly to life. As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho. I will miss him sincerely.”
As Kim ended his note, however, he added one more subtle nod toward his reason for leaving: “I’ll end by saying that though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future. I am…”
“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…”
“Fans of Young Justice can now rejoice, as the third season is not only moving forward but getting closer to completing production. When Young Justice premiered on the Cartoon Network back in 2010, it took the superhero world by storm. The show was not only hailed as one of the best animated projects to date, but one of the best superhero TV shows ever. Thanks to nuanced storytelling, lots of character development, and an overarching plot, the show managed to craft a number of powerful and mature episodes. Along the way, it also delivered plenty of action and lots of DC heroes and villains.
After just two seasons, however, the show was cancelled and fans immediately began petitioning for the return of the series. Despite the creators and voice actors fanning those flames, nothing official was heard until late last year. The announcement took many by surprise, with word that season 3 of Young Justice, dubbed Outsiders, would be coming soon in some format. Since that time, we’ve learned that the show and Titans will bedebuting on DC’s upcoming digital streaming service. Now, it looks as if the show is a good deal into production.
A Twitter user attending Awesome Con nabbed some footage of Young Justice voice actor Nolan North discussing the new season. North, who plays Superboy on the show, revealed that he had just finished recording episode 5 of the series, indicating the show is well into production at the point…”