2020 may sound far off but we are only months away from major movie releases like Wonder Woman 1984.
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The film will be directed by Patty Jenkins who directed the first Wonder Woman film back in 2017.Gal Gadot’s back as Diana Prince who will be tasked with facing off with a long time foe on the big screen for the first time, Dr. Barbra Ann Minerva aka Cheetah.
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Cheetah will be played by Kristen Wiig and this will be the first live action adaptation of the character. This supervillain has always been seen as a strong and capable enemy of Wonder Woman’s. Minerva’s iteration of the character was created by Len Wen and George Perez. Her first comic book appearance was in Wonder Woman (vol.2) #7 in 1987.
Plot wise, nothing has been released but Cheetah is obsessed with the Lasso of truth and wants to covet for herself to add to her collection of artifacts. So we can speculate that might be explored.
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Steve Trevor will be back in some sort of capacity even though at the end of the last movie he and his plane blew up. Even if they find a Lazarus pit for Diana’s man, I’m not sure why he has to come back. I’m not mad at Chris Pine for getting a check but I don’t him being a major factor in the story. Maybe it’s because I was sort of upset that his death was the one that pushes Diana over the edge and unleashes her god powers to defeat her uncle. And their “love” plot was barely a plot.
Maybe I’m just bitter, anyway as a DC fan and huge Wonder Woman fan I’m not sure if this movie will make a massive impact in DC’s overarching universe. As of now the state of their universe is a bit messy. Justice League came out to mixed reviews as did Aquaman.
Wonder Woman 1984 is set to come out on June 5, 2020 but will it change the game for the DCEU, like the first? Only time will tell.
After finishing Leigh Bardugo’sSix of Crows duology, it bumped The Lunar Chronicles right out of the top-spot as my favorite book series (sorry Marissa Meyer, but you’re always in my heart). This high-fantasy heist series is a striking read. I can’t get enough of the characters, the narrative, the world. Despite having read it a few years ago, to this day it’s left me with the biggest book-hangover of my life. Here are the top six reasons why you need to read this duology too.
6. You don’t have to read her first series to understand it
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While technically a sequel series to Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, you definitely don’t have to be well-versed in the world to dive right into these books. I personally didn’t read any of the original series and was still able to fall head-first into everything Six of Crows had to offer. It’s completely different than the first series with all new characters. And while I’m told there are a few minor cameos by characters from the Grisha Trilogy, this duology works brilliantly as a standalone.
5. It doesn’t play into YA fiction tropes
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Spoiler alert: there are no lost princesses in this duology! No love triangles, no “I’m not like other girls” girls, and absolutely no Chosen Ones. Even though this is a fantasy novel (and a high fantasy one at that), it strays greatly from the YA conventions of the fantasy genre. With those elements gone, it makes way for a truly unpredictable narrative. With the absence of these stylistic tropes, this series makes way for different aspects of YA to be explored. Not to mention without the comforting predictability of the high fantasy story structure, you’re constantly on your toes while you’re reading.
4. It delves into real-world issues
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Ketterdam is where the duology is primarily set and it’s a nation that is so dedicated to capitalism that it’s a religion to them. Bardugo uses these books to explore the dangers of a country that values money above all else. As a consequence of this world, we see characters as members of gangs, having to be prostitutes, and being plagued by illness and addiction. Bardugo paints a grimy world—one that requires her teenage-aged protagonists to grow up faster than most and she writes the psyche of each character so incredibly well.
3. The writing is extraordinary
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Bardugo’s one of those authors whose writing just hits you. She balances the serious with the loving and the heartbreaking. And despite how grim the subject matter might seem, the duology still manages to be uplifting, relatable and hilarious. Not to mention quotable as hell. Careful, though. You might end up with a Six of Crows quote as your Twitter bio.
2. The diversity is on point
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Much needed discussions in the YA community about diversity are finally being had. And as a tough critic on the lack of book characters of color and how they’re treated when they are there, I can actually give these series a stamp of approval. Not only are the characters racially diverse, but Bardugo is also inclusive in other ways. There’s a character that is plus sized, characters with both physical and mental disabilities, and LGBT+ representation. And when I say LGBT+ representation, I don’t just mean That One Gay Character in the main friend group and his under-developed boyfriend. I’m talking MULTIPLE queer characters of varying identities that are fleshed out. Not only is this diversity baked into the narrative, but it’s also not tokenized or stereotyped. Bardugo strikes a nice balance between writing her diversity so obscurely that nobody knows they are until she retroactively tells us in interviews (looking at you J.K. Rowling) and making that diversity the sole trait of those characters. She’s able to write diverse characters as people and that’s what we want when we ask for representation.
1. It’s going to be a TV series
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This is your chance to be the “I saw it first” friend. As of January of this year, Netflix has ordered an eight episode series of Shadow & Bone and Six of Crows. While there’s no details on how yet, the show will be combining both of Bardugo’s book series to make the show. Get a jump on the narrative by reading the Six of Crows duology. Not only will you be ahead of the curve for what is sure to be a highly talked about adaptation, but it’ll also be fun watching the world and character you know come to life onscreen.
Turning a critically acclaimed novel into an equally critically acclaimed film isn’t easy, and sometimes it leads to disastrous results. Just look at The Goldfinch.
Based on the 2013 novel of the same name, the Pulitzer Prize winning book follows a boy named Theo from adolescence to adulthood. After surviving a terrorist attack at an art museum that killed his mother, Theo takes a small painting from the museum called The Goldfinch with him and holds on to it for the rest of his troubled life.
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The film adaptation of The Goldfinch released on September 13th and has plenty of prestige behind it. It was directed by John Crowly, director of the critically acclaimed adaptation of the novel Brooklyn. It featured an all star cast consisting of Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffery Wright, Finn Wolfhard, and Nicole Kidman. And to top it off, the film has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival a week before release.
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Unfortunately, none of that added to a successful film. The Goldfinch earned negative reviews from critics and bombed at the box office. It has been reported that the film could lose up to $50 million for the studios that financed it.
Many attribute the poor performance of the film to the challenges of adapting the novel. At over seven-hundred pages and told in an unreliable first-person narrative that spans several decades, the story of The Goldfinch is a complicated one that the film doesn’t convey properly by flashing back and forth between time periods. In addition, critics felt that the characters were underdeveloped and hard to sympathize with.
It’s always a shame when a great novel gets lost in translation on the big screen.
Michael B. Jordan has been a huge powerhouse actor, especially as a leader for the African-American community. He’s appeared in meaty roles such as Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther, and more. Now, he’s transitioning to the small screen with the debut of his new show, Raising Dion. The show is set to premiere on Netflix and has an intriguing premise: a father is trying to raise his son, whose starting to develop superhuman abilities.
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Raising Dion is based on the comic book by Dennis Liu. The story centers around a young woman called Nicole (played by Alisha Wainwright) who raises her son Dion, after the unexpected death of his father, played by Michael B. Jordan. Dion is a huge fan of science and superheroes and out of the blue, begins developing powers of his own. Its up to her to help raise her superpowered child while protecting him from antagonists out to exploit his abilities. Jordan will serve as an executive producer on the series, along with Liu and Barbee.
The series, from its trailer, aims to be a family friendly show. Jordan will likely have a small role in the series but the trailer looks promising as a new twist on the superhero story. On the series, Jordan was quoted as saying:
“It’s natural for me. Long before the word inclusion became a thing. I don’t want it to be just a Black film, but a high caliber piece of work that people don’t see that often. … We try to balance that as much as you can, to run a company where it’s not its entire identity but, at the same time it’s as an important silo and something that we care about.”
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The series launches in January 2019. Check out the trailer below!