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“Wonder Woman and the Importance of the Female Hero Moment”

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…”

https://www.wired.com/2017/06/wonder-woman-hero-moment/

“15 Characters We Want To See In Young Justice Season 3”

“Though the details are still scarce, fans of the Cartoon Network series Young Justice are rejoicing after news broke that Warner Bros. Animation will be reviving the show for a third season. Despite a dedicated fan base during its initial run, the show was cancelled in 2013 after just two seasons. Premiering in 2010 and loosely based on the comic title of the same name, the show was praised for its mature content, character growth, and overarching storylines. Since then, the fans have been vocal about wanting the show to return. The voice actors and creators of the series have also spent the intervening years hinting that a revival, perhaps on a site like Netflix, was possible.

While we don’t yet know whether the new season will be back on Cartoon Network or will instead be produced by Netflix, it’s clear that fans’ enthusiasm and the fact that the show is regularly trending on the streaming platform had an impact on the company’s decision. The series showcased many DC characters over its 46 episodes, but there’s still a number of prominent comic book heroes who have yet to appear. With that in mind, here are 15 Characters We Want To See In Young Justice Season 3.

15. CYBORG

For a show that featured the Justice League and a variation on the Teen Titans, one of the most notable absences over the series’ two seasons was the hero Cyborg. While his prominence in the League during the New 52 reboot and his status in the now-burgeoning DCEU weren’t yet established when Young Justice premiered, his absence was still quite notable. Given his main role in the popular Teen Titans and subsequent Teen Titans Go! series, it does seem odd that some version of the cybernetic former athlete known as Vic Stone was never added to the Team’s roster…”

http://screenrant.com/young-justice-netflix-season-3-characters/

“Young Justice Season 3 Is Finally Happening, Here’s What We Know’

“The first time somebody said “Ask, and you shall receive,” the subject at hand wasn’t a third season of a fan favorite animated series, but it definitely applies in the case of the no longer short-lived superhero offering Young Justice. After three and a half years of waiting, fans can finally rejoice now that Young Justice Season 3 is finally happening, and there is no longer a need to keep petitioning and campaigning. (Maybe change “Season 3” to “Season 4” on the picket signs instead of throwing them away, though, to be safe.)

Warner Bros. Animation dropped the rather shocking announcement today thatYoung Justice Season 3 is currently beginning production. At this early point, a premiere date hasn’t been carved out yet, and more interestingly, there still isn’t a network attached. Young Justice spent its first two highly acclaimed and well-rated seasons on Cartoon Network, where it aired its last episode in March 2013, but it apparently won’t be headed back to that cable outlet for further adventures. Both seasons are currently available to stream on Netflix, a company known for embracing TV series’ surprise comebacks; perhaps a bigger relationship will blossom between the show and streaming service.

But while Young Justice‘s home may be changing, some things are staying the same, and the new season will see the return of creators and producers Brandon Vietti, who has since directed the fun feature LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, and Greg Weisman, who is currently a writer/producer on Star Wars Rebels. So hopefully we don’t need expect any big shifts as far as story and tone are concerned.

Unfortunately, such early news necessarily means that not a lot of narrative details are floating around for Young Justice Season 3. The announcement only promised “new twists, turns and dangerous new threats,” but we could have already guessed that. It’s unclear just how The Team will change, if it will, from Season 2 to Season 3, but I have to assume that Vietti and Weisman have been thinking about future Young Justice stories since Season 2 was in production, so this could easily be the best season yet…”

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/1582400/young-justice-season-3-is-finally-happening-heres-what-we-know

“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…”

http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/wonder-woman-75th-anniversary-dc-comics-1201884289/

“‘Black Lightning’ DC Superhero Series In Works From Greg Berlanti, Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil”

“In a pairing that resembles a superhero team-up, I have learned thatGreg Berlanti, king of the CW’s DC universe, has partnered with The Game and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil for Black Lightning, a drama series based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden. I hear the project, from Warner Bros TV and studio-based Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions, is currently being pitched to networks.

Written by the Akils, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.

Pierce aka Black Lightning was one of DC Comics’ first major African American superheroes, making his debut in 1977. In the books, Jefferson has two daughters, both of whom have followed in his superhero footsteps — Anissa Pierce aka Thunder, who is a member of the Outsiders, and Jennifer Pierce, aka Lightning, recruited by the Justice Society of America.

On TV, Black Lightning is looking to join another black superhero who toplines his own series, Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix.

While it’s being taken out now, a Black Lightningseries had been in the works at WBTV for well over a year, going through different incarnations as the studio has taken its time to get the take right.

Greg Berlanti and his Berlanti Prods. are behind all WBTV superhero series on the CW, DC’sSupergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow, which Berlanti also co-created, as well as the upcoming Archie Comics adaptation.”

http://deadline.com/2016/09/black-lightning-dc-superhero-series-greg-berlanti-mara-brock-akil-salim-akil-1201811892/

“‘Young Justice’ Writer Says Season 3 on Netflix Could Happen, But You Have to Keep Watching”

“Of all the shows Netflix could revive for another season, Young Justice season 3 is a definite option. DC’s animated show about a team of teen superheroes premiered in 2010 and got the axe in 2013. The streaming service released the first two seasons on its platform, while hope for a potential season 3 pickup has been kept alive. Amid new rumors that it’s now a done deal, original writer Peter David took to his personal blog to clear things up.

A few days ago, a Reddit user posted about a conversation with David at Connecticut’s TerrificCon Comic-Con. The writer allegedly told the fan that he had a meeting with Netflix about Young Justice season 3. Since then, David took to Twitter to confirm he was misquoted, but he’s keeping fan hopes alive.

He stated that series creator Greg Weisman said that “Netflix is seriously considering ordering a third season because they’re impressed with how much people are watching it.” However, it’s far from a sure thing.

That’s what I’ve been saying for the past month, countless times, ever since I had lunch with Greg before San Diego. Seems pretty straightforward.

And suddenly I’ve been getting barraged with tweets and emails from fans asking me if it’s true that I’ve had a meeting with Netflix about writing the third season. Why? Because someone asked me the question at the recent Terrificon in Connecticut and, rather than report the answer I’ve given at least a hundred times, he instead provided his own version. I’ve no doubt it was an innocent mistake, but it’s caused a MAJOR headache for me.

Furthermore I’m now worried it could do damage to the cause, because people might think, “We did it! There’s gonna be a third season, done deal!” and then stop watching. Which would then cause Netflix to say, “Hunh, people have stopped watching, guess it was just a passing fad,” and that’s that.


So I will say it once more: It is NOT a done deal. So continue watching Young Justice if you want to have a hope of a third season.

Young Justice featured a strike team made up of sidekicks — Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Superboy, and Artemis — that executed covert missions for the Justice League. Other members, like Zatanna, were added, but the time jump in season 2 saw them grown up with a number of additional forces, including Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Wonder Girl, and Beast Boy…”

http://collider.com/young-justice-season-3-netflix/

 

“A Harley Quinn Origin Story Movie Could Be Just What DC Needs”

Suicide Squad might be earning mixed reviews from fans and critics, but that hasn’t stopped audiences from flocking to the movie theaters. And, as with any hit superhero movie, Suicide Squad will probably warrant a sequel, perhaps in the form of a Harley Quinn spinoff. The potential spinoff would reportedly feature Harley Quinn alongside other DC female characters Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Katana, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There’s no question that a movie that would bring Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Katana (a character tragically underused in Suicide Squad) would be awesome. But DC could make a much stronger film if they made a Harley Quinn origin story movie instead.

Spoilers ahead! For many fans, Harley Quinn was one of the main appeals of Suicide Squad. As a relatively recent addition to the Batman universe, Harley had never before been represented in live action on the big screen, and actor Margot Robbie is somewhat of a Hollywood it-girl at the moment. Harley was one of the first major characters announced as part of the presumed franchise, and was heavily featured in the promotional material, making her, essentially, the belle of the ball. But, sadly, in a cast of roughly nine main/supporting characters, there wasn’t a lot of Harley Quinn character development, and what was shown of her backstory and her character all had to do with her relationship with the Joker.

Harley is one of the most engaging characters in Suicide Squad, but the glossy way the film portrays her love of The Joker and their relationship borders on the inappropriate. Harley isn’t just a woman tortured by love, but someone who is physically tortured by her lover, a fact that is mostly overlooked in the film.  (Yes, he eventually tries to rescue her after her capture, but it hardly seems as though it was a priority.) It’s a terrifying, troubling story, and although it’s often hard to watch, it’s definitely worthy of exploration on-screen…”

http://www.bustle.com/articles/177489-a-harley-quinn-origin-story-movie-could-be-just-what-dc-needs