MAYBE because I have seven nieces whose dreams matter to me, maybe because I have so many female friends whose talents dazzle me, or maybe just because I think it’s madness not to encourage and recognize the full potential of half of the human race, I keep looking to the movies for something better. For something more equitable. For women saving the world or saving the president or at the very least saving themselves.
Every so often I get my wish. This year it actually happened several times. The astronaut fighting to survive in “Gravity,” the kind of effects-laden extravaganza that typically drowns in testosterone, was played by Sandra Bullock. And in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Jennifer Lawrence returned as Katniss Everdeen, the stoic, steely archer on whom nothing less than the hope for a livable tomorrow rests. Both movies made buckets of money, proving that audiences had no trouble, none at all, with a woman leading the way.
But around the same time that I savored this happy turn, I read some less happy news: Wonder Woman was finally en route to the silver screen — but not, alas, in a vehicle of her own. She’s slated to be an appendix to Superman and Batman in a sequel to “Man of Steel.” For all I know she’ll be zipping out to Starbucks for their lattes or the dry cleaner’s to fetch their capes. Meantime, producers scrape the bottom of the superhero barrel for male demigods to put in the foreground and the title. Just last week Variety disclosed that Paul Rudd was in talks to play “Ant-Man.” Yes, “Ant-Man.”
"A Wonder Woman movie would be too big a financial risk! We've decided to go with a proven moneymaker: A Ben Affleck superhero movie!"— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) August 23, 2013
"We'll get to Wonder Woman eventually. But for now we're really excited about our next film, which stars a horse in an Aquaman costume."— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) August 23, 2013
Personally, I think it’s great Peter Capaldi is the new Batman.— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) August 23, 2013
the only possible way i’d be excited about a superman/batman movie is if wonder woman showed up in the first five minutes, killed them both, and took over the movieGingerhaze, in response to an ask about whether she's excited about the possibility of Superman carrying Batman in his arms in the forthcoming Superman/Batman movie.
I haven't read the paper yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
If Marvel manages to get Batroc the Leaper on screen before DC/WB manages to get Wonder Woman up there, every movie executive at DC/WB ought to throw themselves into an active volcano for failing so hard at their jobs.
*pulls tape off mouth ... ouch!*
Keeping my mouth shut all this time was tough! There was so much I wanted to say about everything but I was afraid that even things only tangentially related to my vids would give it all away.
The first thing I wanted to say was that I personally have been calling this the Bechdel Test Festivids. There were plenty of vids that focused on awesome individual female characters - a Losers vid that focused on Aisha, a Colombiana vid, a Maid Marian from Robin of Sherwood vid, a Mattie vid from True Grit, Audrey from Haven, Cha Song Joo from Capital Scandal, Ma Joad from Grapes of Wrath, and that's only for starters - there are plenty more. But I particularly noticed what felt to me to be a large number of vids that were about women's relationships with other women - Birds of Prey, two Charlie's Angels movies vids, a Charlie's Angels tv show vid, three(!) League of Their Own vids, a Bletchley Circle vid (I never heard of this show and now I want to watch! But all of the *ahem* links at the *ahem* places are expired!), Sense & Sensibility and Lilo & Stitch vids that focused on sisters, two Chak De! India vids, a Daria & Jane vid, the women of Parks & Rec - and that's also really just a small sampling. I mean, I didn't do a scientific comparison to prior years' Festivids, but it felt to me like there were a large number of women-centric - and in particular, women's relationship-centric - vids this year. Let's just say that if VVC ever does another Bechdel-test themed show, they won't be hurting for potential vids to include.
I apparently was caught in the zeitgeist, because both of my vids were about (scantily-clad) women who kick ass -- and, to a lesser extent, about their relationships with other women: Lady Marmalade (Cleopatra 2525) and Titanium (Wonder Woman).
( Cleopatra 2525 )
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As for me, I made two vids:
Titanium (Wonder Woman). Yeah, yeah, everybody and his mother had me pegged for this; I knew even as I was making it that I may as well go ahead and sign my name because I wasn't fooling anyone.
Lady Marmalade (Cleopatra 2525)
Song: Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
Fandom: Wonder Woman
Summary: Suffering Sappho.
Sizes: 54 MB (544 x 408 .divx), 19 MB (400 x 300 .wmv)
Download: Monsters from the Vids
Download from Sendspace: The .divx file is here and the .wmv file is here.
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Thanks so much to rivkat for the beta.
(Crossposted to LJ)
In the course of an interview with Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, who are writing and drawing DC’s rebooted Wonder Woman, Geoff Boucher raises an interesting question. What does it mean to change Wonder Woman’s origin story, turning her from a statue brought to life by Aphrodite for Queen Hippolyta to Zeus’s daughter:CC: If you went to the average person on the street and showed them a picture of Wonder Woman they would recognize her immediately. Ask those people her origin story and some of them might know the clay story but many, many others would not know that at all. That’s not a problem you have with Superman or Batman; everyone knows their origin. By making her the daughter of Zeus, we’ve gotten a big driving force behind our story.That’s a sort of Buffy-ization of the Wonder Woman mythos that accords with a lot of recent stories that explore scenarios where there are a lot of people with varying degrees of power in the world. The idea that we’ve all got a little Wonder Woman in us has been part of the feminist mythos since the founding of Ms., which put her on the cover of its inaugural issue trying to halt the advance of the Vietnam War, striding past a billboard with the slogan “Peace and Justice in ’72.” A mythology that makes that possibility explicit raises the possibility of a pantheon of new superheroes. But it also risks reducing Wonder Woman to a permanent and perpetual mother-protector role, constantly rushing around defending her divinely-inspired relatives.
*feels very old*
Apparently, it may be that the clay story was part of the Paradise Island story that I remember? Wiki is a little unclear and apparently her story changed over time.
... but in brighter news, I saw a poster for Colombiana. I never even heard of this - but, really? A violent mainstream action movie starring a woman of color who is featured alone on the poster? That's kind of awesome. I'm so there.
Because a lot of the reporting suggests that it was just crazycakes for Sanchez to suggest that he'd been discriminated against because he's Cuban. I've seen high-profile reports and blogs say that Sanchez is essentially "white" and likely hasn't experienced prejudice, and therefore his rant about Jon Stewart was bad not just because it was antisemitic but because he was claiming an oppression he hadn't experienced.
For the record, I think his antisemitic remarks were inexcusable. His claim that his career has been hindered because of his Cuban ancestry, however, I think is probably true, and at the very least, isn't mock-worthy.
In other news, this is the most depressing thing you'll read today.
Also, I don't even know how to feel about this. Wonder Woman, OMG, yay! But David E. Kelley? Because I had to stop watching Boston Legal, I was so repulsed by his approach to gender and sexuality.
The cover story of this year's Entertainment Weekly summer movie preview concerns the behind-the-scenes scoop on the new espionage thriller "Salt," directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ekiofor. Much of the article is a group pat on the back for the supposedly amazing progressiveness of the fact that Angelina Jolie ended up playing an action hero originally written for a male star like Tom Cruise (who bailed when the script began to too closely resemble a "Mission: Impossible" picture).As one person put it, RRRRRAAAAAGGGGGGGEEEEE.
But there's a real kicker buried amid Noyce and his colleagues' smugness:"In the original script, there was a huge sequence where Edwin Salt (the original male protagonist) saves his wife, who's in danger," says Noyce. "And what we found in the new script, it seemed to castrate his character a little. So we had to change the nature of that relationship." In the end, Salt's husband, played by German actor August Diehl ('Inglourious Basterds'), was made tough enough that he didn't need saving, thank you much."
In related news, I've been rewatching Wonder Woman, and absolutely reveling at how
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