In a great interview at Comicosity, Greg Rucka let the world know that Wonder Woman is queer. No joke, DC’s first lady is queer!
Matt Santori-Griffith: I’m going to start off simple and to the point. The Wonder Woman that you and Nicola have introduced to us in “Year One” — is she queer?
Greg Rucka: How are we defining “queer?”
You’re applying a term specifically and talking to an ostensibly cis male (and white to boot), so “queer” to me may not be the same as it is to an out gay man. So, tell me what queer is.
MSG: Fair enough. For the purposes of this conversation, I would define “queer” as involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender. It’s not the full definition, but it’s the part I’m narrowing in on here.
GR: Then, yes.
I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, “Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!”
And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, “How can they not all be in same sex relationships?” Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.
It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.
Please read the rest of the article, it’s really good.
At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, author Tameka Fryer Brown hosted a panel called, “Celebrating Diversity: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids.” In her presentation, Tameka discussed an interesting infographic inspired by Tina Kügler’s 2012 infographic.
This “updated” infographic below displays the sad truth about POCs in children’s books. Please take a look
As you can see, objects and animals are featured more the children of color; and that’s not all. Many children’s books still feature white males as the lead. Plus many of the (published and company supported) writers remain white as well. Just seeing this info really stings, because you see why many kids of color don’t think of themselves as heroes, leaders or beautiful. The lack of visibility in children books sends a strong message that our stories or presence aren’t important.
And when that message is so clear, our kids feel worthless and undervalued. Hopefully, this issue will get better, because this mess right here is completely unacceptable.
There’s a lot of talk about who could be in the stand-alone Batman film with Ben Affleck. We know that Deathstroke will be featured, maybe Tim Drake (Robin), but what about Catwoman?
Recently, Anne Hathaway said she would love to return as the feline criminal/crime fighter in the current DCCU. But let’s remix that thought for a moment. What if she does pops up in the DCCU, but it’s someone else in the role? Personally, I’ve always thought of Selina as a woman of color.
When I saw Eartha Kitt as Catwoman it just made so much sense to me and in Batman: Year One, I thought she was a WOC.
So, if she’s introduced in the DCCU, I think these actresses should be considered for the role:
Teyonah would be amazing as Selina. She has played diverse roles before and I think she will be a great Catwoman.
She was 2nd place in America’s Next Top Model, but now she’s doing her thing on film and television. Yaya’s sleek style and grace could be perfect for the role.
Best known in Telemundo telenovelas, Genesis is no stranger to drama and action. So, playing Catwoman could be a breeze for her.
Rinko is already an action star with Pacific Rim, 47 Ronin and other Japanesefilms. With lots of film experience, Rinko could transform Catwoman into something fascinating.
Rila played Yukio in The Wolverine. Keeping it real, she was the best part of the film for me. Rila has cat-like features that could dazzle on screen. Hell, I’m already excited thinking about her in the role.
Interesting news today about the next Wolverine we didn’t ask for. According Cinema Blend, Mister Sinister will be making his first appearance in Wolverine 3.
We got a little taste of him in the X-Men: Apocalypse’s end credits, seeing his real name Essex attached to a briefcase. In the audio commentary featuring Simon Kinberg and director Bryan Singer, it was confirmed that he will be featured. But what will Mister S be doing in Wolverine’s film? Well, there’s a lot actually. He could be creating new mutants, another Wolverine, Cable or something all together different… Which scares me.
Anywho, Essex is coming aboard the X-franchise. And with his track record, all hell will break loose!
In the DC TV Universe, Greg Berlanti is the mastermind of it all!
He’s running Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,Supergirl and now, Black Lightning. Yes, Greg will be teaming with the Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane creator Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil to give us the live version of DC’s prominent Black heroes.
This is amazing because Greg does a great job with the current DC shows and the Akils are excellent in telling Black stories and creating incredible Black characters.
According to Deadline, 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.
Black Lightning was created back in 1977, and was active in some super hero teams. He later had two daughters Anissa and Jennifer who also became superheroes.
Anissa is queer. It would be nice to see her story shine as well.