In honor of Asian-Pacific History Month, we take a look at DC’s Asian Superheroes.
DC is doing things right lately. Aquaman was epic. Shazam! is better than anyone would have guessed. And now, even though Todd Phillips’ and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker won’t be included in DC’s cinematic universe, it seems like the newest take on the iconic villain will knock the cinematic world off its axis.
The trailer has arrived. I was wrong to ever doubt.
We’ll be seeing a Joker origin story that takes place against the backdrop of Earth One’s Gotham City mayoral campaign, where Thomas Wayne (Batman’s dad) will be running for office. Many of the film’s aesthetics and atmosphere appear to borrow from the The Joker graphic novel as well.
And even if the film doesn’t quite live up to the high expectations it has just set, you can be certain that acting legend Joaquin Phoenix will do an excellent job. He is already convincing as The Joker who has had “one bad day.”
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In a sudden and unexpected news, Deadline reports that James Gunn has been rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3! This seems completely out of left field, especially after months of silence from both Disney and Marvel about the situation but Deadline has confirmed the news is legitimate. James Gunn has been reinstated for his beloved franchise, a news that will elicit a shriek of glee from Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.
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James Gunn was fired after alt-right journalists dug up his old tweets from a decade ago where he made pedophilia jokes. The tweets were horrific but Gunn has admitted they were a deep mistake and has since matured beyond those days. They were a decade ago, after all. But Disney quickly pulled the trigger once the tweets were reported by news outlets and Gunn was fired. However, since then Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn multiple times. Moved by Gunn’s public apology and his mature handling of the situation, Horn rehired James Gunn.
James Gunn’s words were not defensible but he has matured since the tweets and his words were simply that: words. Unlike others in his situation (Kevin Hart or Kevin Spacey), James Gunn has not engaged in the behavior he poked fun at. In any case, this is good news for Marvel fans and certainly good news for James Gunn. Although Marvel and Disney have remained mum on production details, it is known that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will commence production once Gunn’s next project, Suicide Squad 2, finishes. Gunn took the project after he was fired from the Guardians franchise, making his return to Marvel all the more of a surprise, considering the Suicide Squad franchise is owned by DC.
We’ll keep you updated for further details but for now, let’s all welcome back Gunn to where he belongs!
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Today is International Women’s Day, and I think its fairly appropriate to give some props to some of the most inspiring women from comic books. These are women who—with or without superpowers—inspire young girls (and those of us who are still young at heart). Real heroes are those who are willing to sacrifice everything for the betterment of others, those who are strong, and brave, and have heart and hope through the darkest of times. These are just a few of the endless inspiring women who encompass these ideals of heroism… and a few of their most iconic, empowering quotes!
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1. Captain Marvel
“This isn’t a question of what I’m not. This is a question of who I could be.”
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2. Wonder Woman
“I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.”
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3. Agent Peggy Carter
“Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say: ‘No, you move’.”
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4. Super Girl
“No hero can save everyone, not even Superman. But a real hero never stops trying.”
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5. Black Widow
“Don’t think I’m helpless just because I’m soft and cuddly!”
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“I don’t bow to any king.”
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“You counter despair with hope. You strive forever for the best you are capable to be! Therein lies the victory!”
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“Sitting at that desk, staring out that window, watching the city that we grew up in rot at its core. You find a way to not break.”
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9. Jessica Jones
“I can control myself, which means I’m more powerful than you ever were.”
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10. Bat Girl
“I’m strong enough and smart enough for anything you throw at me.”
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11. Gwen Stacy
“There will be dark days ahead of us too and there will be days when you feel alone and that’s when hope is needed most. Keep it alive.”
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12. Harley Quinn
“You think I’m just a doll. A doll that’s pink and light. A doll you can arrange any way you like. You’re wrong. Very wrong.”
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“Just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.”
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“I have all the powers of Africa now. From the fox to the Elephant… I am the life of Africa, and I believe in life.”
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15. Jean Grey
“We come into this world alone and we leave the same way. The time we spent in between is all that makes life worth living.”
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16. Black Canary
“To fight the unthinkable, you have to be willing to do the unthinkable.”
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“But they wanted more. They wanted it all. And I gave it to them.”
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“I call the shots! Got it?!”
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“I have spent most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I will be grateful to die among my friends.”
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“On Tamaran we appreciate the past. We respect it. But we don’t live there. We live here. Now. In the moment.”
Honorable Mentions include Okoye, Zatanna, Scarlet Witch, Poison Ivy, Sharon Carter, and Valkyrie. In truth, there are too many heroes to count!
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Like all recently vacated roles, rumor has been circulating the role of Gotham’s Dark Knight. As Batfleck settles into the past, a coveted opportunity opens up for a wide variety of hungry actors. Everyone from Jon Hamm (Yes) and Armie Hammer to Jon Snow (No) and Edward Cullen (Maybe, who knows?) have been linked to the cape and scowl in previous weeks. However, all these rumors have been confirmed as malarkey.
Most of the time the list of rumors we find on the internet aren’t even as ridiculous as they should be; they’re often pretty possible. However, here are some Batman casting rumors (some spiced with only a hint of believability and others more so) I hope to hear in the time leading up to Matt Reeves’ The Batman…
- Maisie Williams (anointed with the powers of Arya Stark)
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Batman could be described as a faceless man. More of a symbol than a man, Bruce Wayne runs around Gotham City giving people hope; the line from 2005’s Batman Begins goes “as flesh and blood I can be ignored, I can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol, I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.” Well, I’ll be dipped in an existential crisis that makes me turn to a life of secluded vigilantism if this philosophy doesn’t align with that of The Faceless Men based in Bravos from Game Of Thrones.
This guild of assassins specializes in the relinquishment of identity and possess the ability to shapeshift and change faces. As we all know, everyone’s (living) favorite Stark is taken in by the guild and trained to be a faceless man. Not only do Arya’s combat abilities make her an obvious bat-person choice but her supernatural abilities would be a gamechanger. Also, Arya’s upbringing is eerily like that of Bruce Wayne’s…
- Meryl Streep
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In Westeros, The Faceless Men are well renowned shapeshifting assassins. In the real world, Meryl Streep is a well renowned shapeshifting assassin—in that she kills it. Arguably the greatest actor EVER, Streep’s transformative nature is unparalleled. Twenty-one Oscar nominations and counting. We owe it to ourselves, nigh the world to appoint such an icon as the face of the DC universe. #MerylStreep2020. The Mirror actually did an article about this back in 2016, referencing Meryl Streep’s reaction to that rumor at the time.
- Timothée Chalamet (accent game on point)
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Okay, so I’ve joked about this before, but for real; if one were to assign this kid the task of fighting crime in Gotham, he would demolish expectations. I’m sure Timothée would stock up on the whey protein, chicken and chocolate milk whilst doing pushups all day long. This would move him from Indie life into the realm of overwhelming celebrity. Not only does Timothée Chalamet have the acting chops (having already been nominated for an Academy Award) but he fits the bill regarding DC’s idea of a younger Batman in Reeves upcoming film. He could literally be the studio’s Batman for the next thirty years.
- Donald Glover
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When this man acts, we call him Donald Glover and when he raps, we call him Childish Gambino; we do this without questioning it or ever really talking about it. Basically, Donald Glover already inhabits two entirely separate personas so well that some people don’t even realize the two are one and the same. That’s Batman/Bruce Wayne AF. In addition to this display of dual life swagger, Donald Glover was an amazing Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story (or, at least, I thought so).
- Pete Holmes
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Bruce Wayne needs to be handsome and charming. False. Batman needs to be strong and intimidating. False. Pete Holmes proved these falsehoods when he took it upon himself to don the cape himself in a series of web parodies. These skits recreated scenes from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films—the comedic twist was often that Batman is either incompetent or sex-obsessed. If the studio really wanted to bring something new and fresh to the table…
- Christian Bale
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The hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.
Always and Forever *Heart Emoji*
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- The guy from HISHE
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How It Should Have Ended or HISHE is an animated web series that parodies films through changing their endings and pointing out their flaws. An ongoing theme of their superhero related videos is the interjection of Batman and Superman having coffee Seinfeld-style. They discuss everything from the Marvel vs. DC rivalry to Batman’s impervious nature. Superman will ask Batman “How?” to which Batman always replies, “Because I’m Batman!” Below is a clip where the brilliant people over at HISHE parody that scene from the 1996 Jon Favreau film Swingers.
- Emma Stone
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Just because I’m a BIG fan. Ten times fiercer than Batman and twenty times more charming than Bruce Wayne. I’ll probably include Ms. Stone on every list I write until the end of time. Henceforth, she shall be my reoccurring motif. But really, odd numbers in lists just get more clicks according to “experts.” She could definitely do it though; many internet fanatics have imagined this national treasure as Batgirl already:
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- Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac can pretty much do anything. He has already played a mysterious CEO in Ex Machina (although a very sinister one) and rocked the gunslinger mentality in the Star Wars Trilogy. He’s been attached to the role via the internet in the past for a while and fans seem to love it. My only request would be that of a melancholy musical number because Oscar Isaac is a god damn songbird…
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