Hiya Geeklings! Happy International Women’s Day! Whether a woman, a girl, or a fan of both, today’s the day to celebrate how far we’ve come and the strides we’ve made. For a couple of books to take a look at click here and here.
Today, I thought I’d take the opportunity to focus on two sisters who, while they may not be changing the world per se, have taken something they love and have created a huge presence online with it. Their YouTube page has almost 1.3 million followers and their latest video has almost that many views in just five days.
Who’m I talkin’ ’bout? Hilly and Hannah Hindi and their channel The Hillywood Show. What do they do? Parodies of their favorite fandoms in the form of elaborate musical numbers based on popular songs and featuring seriously awesome cosplay and terrific production values.
OH MY GOSH! THE COSTUMES! AND LOOK HOW MUCH EVERYONE LOOKS LIKE THEIR CHARACTERS! AND THE DANCE NUMBERS! You gotta hand it to them, they is talented, and for fans of these fandoms these videos are fun and squee worthy.
How about a few more examples? A few of my favorites include a Taylor Swift ode to Supernatural with with MANY surprise guests at the end.
I guess the lesson to take away from the Hindi sisters and today in general is that women are, and always have been, capable of amazing things. Whether it’s something as earth shattering as a new invention or something that creates as much joy as a musical parody, it’s always great to take a moment to realize that women, and people in general, can accomplish almost anything so long as the drive, the hard work and the love are there.
Stay awesome geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.
So this last weekend, the latest installment of the DC Extended Universe opened in movie theaters. But what makes this film interesting is that this is the first mainstream movie to focus on a team of super-villains instead of their heroic counterparts. Allow me to present the Suicide Squad.
For those who are unfamiliar, let me bring you up to speed. Also known as “Task Force X”, the Suicide Squad is a highly unusual work release program operating out of DC comics’ Belle Reve Penitentiary. A group of super-villains who are under lock-down are put together to work on covert missions for the government. If they complete the mission, they get time off their sentences and other perks. Failure usually means death.
As much as that sounds like a disaster, and many times it is, there is some logic to it when you think about it. Many of these criminals are, in essence, living weapons, so this program points them in a direction where they can hopefully do some good. They are the perfect fall guys and completely expendable. The government can deny all knowledge, act like the bad guys were operating on their own, and if someone dies or is otherwise incapacitated they just throw another villain in there (it’s not like DC has a shortage).
Oh, and in case you’re wondering; no, these villains don’t typically do this of their free will, despite the perks. They’re all implanted with a tiny bomb in their necks. If they step out of line or try to escape, all someone in charge has to do is push a button and that dissenter’s head goes kablooey. It’s a pretty effective incentive to behave yourself.
And you just know if Harley is around, the Joker is not far behind.
So is this movie worth watching? Well, I’ve seen it, and… I kind of liked it. Even though it’s currently sitting at 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, I still kind of liked it. Granted, it could be because I’m partial to villains (I mentioned that in one of my previous posts). It could also be that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justiceset the bar so low for me for DC movies that I’ll take any old thing at this point. But, in Suicide Squad’s defense, at least it TRIED to be fun. Was the plot nonsensical? Yup. Was it still a little dreary? Yuh huh. Did the whole thing they were fighting against seem tacked on and pointless? You betcha. But, in spite of that, there were things to like here. The cast was great, even if, like in BvS, they didn’t have much to work with. There were some lighter moments. The characters are cool. And there was some style here as well, and some COLOUR, gosh darn it!
And of course, whenever a new Joker shows up on the big screen everyone has an opinion about it before anyone’s even seen a scene. It happened to Heath Ledger, and it happened to Jared Leto. And though a lot of the focus has been how method Leto was on set, the important thing is what the end result was like. So how’d he do? Not bad, in my humble opinion. His Joker is more of a slinky, menacing gonzo crime boss with moments of horrifying wackiness. He didn’t get much screen time, but he wasn’t the focal point of the movie, so that made sense. But people wanted to see more. Apparently the deleted scenes will cover some of that.
Nerdist has a great article about what happened behind the scenes for this movie. It’s an interesting story of how Warner Bros basically lost their nerve after BvS failed to become the massive success they were hoping for and they tried to rush Suicide Squad through a series of reshoots in order to try to give the fans what the executives thought we wanted. It’s a good look into what’s going wrong for DC/Warner Bros. Can you blame them for being panicky? They’ve got literally MILLIONS of dollars invested in this and it’s not working.
But, there is a ray of hope Geeklings! It was announced a while back that Geoff Johns is now going to be one of the big guys in charge of this endeavor. Wait, who’s that? (Warning: I’m going to totally fangirl here and use the word ‘favorite’ a lot, brace yourselves) This is Geoff Johns. One of my favorite FAVORITE comic writers ever! He wrote some of my favorite storylines. He made Hal Jordan one of my favorite heroes, and helped make b-list villain Sinestro one of the most interesting and complex characters in DC, and one of my very favorite characters ever. Johns’ been the president and chief creative officer of DC Comics since 2010. He’s overseen many of their TV shows. He knows what the heck he’s doing!
What do you think Geeklings? Anyone seen Suicide Squad yet? Anyone going to? Was it a step up from BvS or worse? Is there hope for the Extended Universe? Can someone of Johns’ caliber pull the fat out of the fire? Post away!
And be sure to check out our Suicide Squad graphic novels. I’ve been following this series for a while now (just got in Volume 4), but there’s classic Squad and even newer Squad too. Good stuff.
As any hardcore fan has probably caught wind of, San Diego Comic Con 2016 was this past weekend. And though, like me, it’s likely you guys could not attend (BOOOOO!) we at least get to partake in all the awesome news and sneak peeks that the con brings out from our favorite fandom creators. And what a look we got this year! Let’s watch!
First, we’ll start with DC. We’ve got a new look at LEGO Batman(click here to put a hold on The LEGO Movie. You won’t be sorry).
Then we have a new trailer for Suicide Squadthat highlights it’s new soundtrack (click here for the first in one of their best graphic novel series).
(BTW, in case you’re wondering, Hall H is the massive hall in the San Diego Convention Center where they do the panels that will likely draw the largest crowds.)
And, finally, FINALLY, we get to the new WONDER WOMAN TRAILER! (You know we’ve got comics on her).
The big question remains; will Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman or Justice League erase the sheer disappointment I felt watching Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice? Only time will tell… but I remain optimistic.
Now on to Marvel. We got some new trailers from their upcoming Netflix series’, including a teaser for The Defenders, when all four of the characters featured on Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) will be brought together, as Marvel Studios is wont to do.
And Fox, who own the film rights to the X-Men, is getting in on the TV action too. Over on FX they have the X-Men spinoff Legion.
But we all know what we’re waiting for from Marvel in 2016. This November’s big screen intro of a certain Doctor… a Strange Doctor!