Ryan Potter Drops Tim Drake Fight Scene Fan Film

Ryan Potter Drops Tim Drake Fight Scene Fan Film

Ben Affleck, just let Ryan Potter play Tim Drake already. This past Tuesday, I broke the story that Ryan Potter really wants to play Tim Drake in the DCEU.  Since then, fans have rallied in support, trending “#RyanPotterforTimDrake” on Twitter on Thursday.  That day, the Twitter campaign peaked at #5 on the trend list. Over the last couple of days, Potter posted several tweets about a “little something” he was working on.  He requested fans send him their best…

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Billy Crudup in Talks for Role of Flash’s Father Henry

Billy Crudup in Talks for Role of Flash’s Father Henry

According to a Variety exclusive, Billy Crudup is in negotiations to play the role of Henry Allen in 2018’s The Flash. Variety’s sources state that Crudup, who previously played Dr. Manhattan in the Zack Snyder-directed adaptation of Watchmen, will play Barry Allen’s father.  According to the comics, courts falsely convicted Henry Allen for the murder of his wife.  This sparked Barry to become a forensic scientist, so that someday he could find the real killer. Crudup would play…

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New Set Pics from BVS Show Wonder Woman and Pre-CGI Doomsday

New Set Pics from BVS Show Wonder Woman and Pre-CGI Doomsday

Wonder Woman doesn’t come out for a year, but we can still get a taste of her in battle.  This new set pic tweeted by Gal Gadot shows Diana in battle with a pre-CGI Doomsday, and she looks like she’s having a lot of fun. Gadot, in full kit as Diana, swings a sword at a stuntman in a motion-capture suit.  She howls a battle-cry as she does so.  Despite the lack of set besides…

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#TBT AT THE MOVIES: Superman (1978) – nostalgia, but not much else

#TBT AT THE MOVIES: Superman (1978) – nostalgia, but not much else

A lot of people really love — or at least purport to love — the original Superman movie.  So I decided to open this column with a review of this classic.  I’d never seen it before tonight, and was pretty stoked to give it a shot. And I won’t lie — it kind of disappointed me. I’m not a hard sell when it comes to movies.  Usually, if I have fun, I can forgive pretty much anything.  Apparently, though,…

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Justice League Cast Supports Pipeline Protestors

Justice League Cast Supports Pipeline Protestors

In North Dakota, conflict has characterized the last several months.  A company called Dakota Access wants to build an oil pipeline across Native lands, and have desecrated Native landmarks to do so.  The Standing Rock Sioux tribe now find themselves backed by some new supporters: The Justice League cast. Jason Momoa first kicked off the wave of support with his Twitter picture in April.  Then, Ray Fisher and Ezra Miller spoke out for #RezpectOurWater in May. Just…

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Batman Needs a Robin, and the DCEU Needs Ryan Potter

Batman Needs a Robin, and the DCEU Needs Ryan Potter

Ryan Potter took to Twitter yesterday to express interest in playing a Tim Drake Robin.  First, he tweeted: “Tim Drake has a nice ring to it.” (source) Then, a bit later, he went so far as to address Ben Affleck directly, tweeting: “@BenAffleck “Asian American Tim Drake adds diversity to Justice League cast” Headlines write themselves ☕🐸” (source) No public response from Affleck seems forthcoming.  But frankly, in his position, I’d be intrigued by Potter’s approach…

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LABOR DAY SPECIAL: Profile on the Hero Initiative

LABOR DAY SPECIAL: Profile on the Hero Initiative

Having a career in art can be deeply frustrating at times — most work is freelance, and that doesn’t translate well to job security or financial stability a lot of the time.  Even the best and most acclaimed artists and writers — especially in comics — often remain only a few steps away from financial ruin.  One illness, one accident, and you may have nothing left. That’s where Hero Initiative comes in.  HI is a…

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Georgina Campbell Cast as Female Lead in ‘Krypton’

Georgina Campbell Cast as Female Lead in ‘Krypton’

Big news for potential fans of the slowly-developing SyFy series Krypton!  The show has cast actress Georgina Campbell in the role of Lyta Zod, the show’s female lead. According to Deadline, Lyta Zod comes from a military guild on Krypton, the daughter of a general named Alura Zod.  Astute readers will recognize that she shares her family name with the infamous General Zod; Supergirl fans will remember that ‘Alura’ is also the name of Kara Zor-El’s…

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DISCOURSE DISH: Margot Kidder Slams DCEU Lois

DISCOURSE DISH: Margot Kidder Slams DCEU Lois

Welcome all to the first weekly addition of Discourse Dish, where I unpack current sources of controversy in superhero media and fandom.  This week: Margot Kidder, famously Lois Lane in the Donner Superman saga, thinks Amy Adams’s Lane is underserved by the writing.  Tumblr users respond and the ensuing discourse reveals a disturbing catch-22 regarding Lois Lane. Margot Kidder played Lois Lane in the 1970s Christopher Reeve Superman films.  Her version of the character reflects the…

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X-Men, Mystique, and Identity Politics: A Transgender Metaphor

X-Men, Mystique, and Identity Politics: A Transgender Metaphor

Recently, I saw a YouTube video that broke down The Matrix as a trans woman’s coming-out metaphor.  The movie, made by two trans women, certainly holds up to that interpretation.  It lead me to thinking about my favorite subplot in the X-Men Cinematic Universe — that of Mystique and her relationship to her body. I submit that Mystique, likely unintentionally, represents the experiences and hypervisibility of trans people.  Her arc, particularly in X-Men: First Class and subsequent movies,…

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