Comic News Roundup 12/20/16

Comic News Roundup 12/20/16

TOP STORIES FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016 Gendercrunching Analysis Shows DC Up, Marvel Down Free Comic Book Day Titles Announced Harry Potter Set to Make First Comics Appearance Disney Becomes First Studio to Pass $7 Billion in a Year Comic News Roundup is a curated selection of news stories related to comic books, comic book films, and other associated media. Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic…

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WONDER WOMAN First Female-Helmed Film With $100 Million Budget

WONDER WOMAN First Female-Helmed Film With $100 Million Budget

Superhero films are currently Hollywood’s bread and butter, amassing profits in the billions and serving as tentpoles for entire years’ worth of productions. Until now, they have always been a male-centric enterprise, but the game is about to change with Wonder Woman. Warner Brothers recently wrapped principal photography on the Wonder Woman solo film, starring Gal Godot and directed by award-winning filmmaker Patty Jenkins. At a glance, it seems like a no-brainer that Wonder Woman would be…

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Black Widow and The Sidelining of Female Fans

Black Widow and The Sidelining of Female Fans

Where’s my Black Widow movie?! In an interview with Deadline, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed some interesting information regarding the Avengers’ resident Russian super-spy. DEADLINE: You’ve got a bunch of characters in this movie from Falcon and War Machine and Black Widow and Hawkeye, who have so far guest starred in movies with another characters title above the fold. Is there one destined to get a solo movie down the line? FEIGE: We’ve announced the…

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DC Entertainment Launches SUPER HERO GIRLS Initiative

DC Entertainment Launches SUPER HERO GIRLS Initiative

The failure of most mainstream media companies to offer much in the way of content or product targeted towards young female consumers has been a topic of much discussion in the geek-o-sphere over the last year or so. It now appears that DC Entertainment, at least, has gotten the hint and is looking to address it in a big way with DC SUPER HERO GIRLS. DC announced on Tuesday that it is partnering with Mattel to…

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Marvel to Celebrate Women’s History Month with WOMEN OF POWER Covers

Marvel to Celebrate Women’s History Month with WOMEN OF POWER Covers

Marvel Comics has been doing a stellar job reaching out to female fans in recent years. They have launched numerous new titles starring female leads, elevating the profiles of such classic characters as Black Widow and Scarlet Witch while launching new characters such as Ms. Marvel and Spider-Gwen. Today the New York-based publisher announced that they would be releasing a series of covers spotlighting these characters and more for 2016’s Women’s History Month. With twenty-five…

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REVIEW: Lady Killer #2 – Domestic Violence With a Twist

REVIEW: Lady Killer #2 – Domestic Violence With a Twist

  Lady Killer is heavy in tropes. This must be intentional, and it’s not always clear when it’s being sardonic. In a lot of ways it’s heavily reminiscent of some of Pam Greer’s sexploitation films, although of course without the added blaxsploitation element. Josie infiltrates her targets with seduction and feminine wiles, slinky hip-shaking Charlie’s Angels moves that belie the construct of a strong female character. But the added element, the redeeming factor that makes…

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Ms. Marvel No More

Ms. Marvel No More

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to steal a few minutes from writer Kelly Sue DeConnick when she was in town to speak at WisCon, the feminist science fiction conference held yearly in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to her rather epic run on Osborn for Marvel, she has penned a terrific adaptation of ABC’s Castle meta-fiction, Deadly Storm. Her major upcoming project, and the subject of today’s piece, is Captain Marvel, which hits shelves…

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