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Marginalized superheroes take the spotlight in new DC Comics miniseries

Charmaine Blake

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DC Comics’ Vixen.

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DC Comics is shining a spotlight on some of its most marginalized superheroes in a new miniseries written by Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley.

DC Comics announced the new series, The Other History of the DC Universe, focusing on characters who “come from traditionally disenfranchised groups,” DC announced Friday. DC named characters John Stewart, Extraño, Vixen, Supergirl, Katana, and Renee Montoya as some of the characters being featured in the series.

The miniseries is focusing on persons of color, female characters, and LGBTQ characters, giving readers a chance to look inside the stories of characters who unfortunately don’t get to enjoy the spotlight as often as straight, white, male superheroes.

Instead of going for traditional “hero saves the day” storylines, The Other History of the DC Universe will focus on “the lives of those behind the costumes, and their endeavors to overcome real-world issues.”

Before Ridley was pegged to take on this project, he wrote for a handful of movies and TV shows, earning an Oscar for his work on 12 Years a Slave and earning an Emmy nomination for his writing on American Crime. Earlier in his career, Ridley wrote for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and two DC animated TV shows: Static Shock and Justice League.

Ridley expressed his excitement for the project with DC Comics in DC’s announcement: “I could not be more excited by the opportunity to excavate the canon of the DC Universe through a vast array of characters who’ve earned their seat at the table.”

John Stewart, probably the most well-known of the named heroes, is a black member of the Green Lantern Corps. Extraño is a gay Peruvian character with magical powers. Vixen is an African woman with the ability to draw upon the powers of all the animals in the world. Supergirl is a female alien from the planet Krypton. Katana is a Japanese woman who is a master swordswoman and master martial artists. Renee Montoya is a lesbian Latina who works as a police officer in Gotham City.

The Other History of the DC Universe will debut in winter 2018. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/12/the-other-history-of-the-dc-universe-john-ridley/

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The Cloak of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger…

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Watchers of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger know that Tyrone Johnson is destined to become the “Cloak” half of that superhero duo, but he hasn’t quite figured out how to control the power that allows him to manipulate the realm of darkness inside him.

In this exclusive look at the fourth episode of Cloak & Dagger, Tyrone gets schooled on how the process of creating costumes can lead to greater self-understanding… and finally gets his hands on a familiar-looking black garment that might help him define his heroic identity.

“Call/Response” airs June 21.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/20/cloak-and-dagger-exclusive-clip/

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‘Wonder Woman 2’ star Gal Gadot shared a photo of herself in costume

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“She’s back… #WW84”

Wonder Woman continues to be the lone bright spot in the flailing DC Extended Universe. With the sequel’s Nov. 2019 release barreling ever-closer, Gal Gadot took to social media on Saturday morning with a fresh look at her Wonder Woman 2 costume.

Or is it? There don’t appear to be any differences between the superhero duds Gadot wore in Wonder Woman and the outfit she’s wearing in this new photo share. See for yourself.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/16/wonder-woman-2-gal-gadot-costume/

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Jason Momoa is getting in shape for Justice League

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Here, Jason Momoa is dry. Scroll down for the wet.

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While it stands to reason that anyone playing a hero called Aquaman would have to look good wet, I’d like to file a complaint with whoever got Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman, quite this wet for the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

Look, I know this “photographer” was just doing their “job” but what gave them the right to shoot an image of this absolutely enormous, bearded, heavily tattooed man with the body of a god and the hair of a WWE wrestler and put it on the cover of a magazine?

Look at how intensely he’s staring into the camera/the viewer’s immortal soul. Is it frightening? Yes. Am I ready to charter a boat in search of my buff aquatic king? Also yes!

Pause for a minute and think about what Jason Momoa must smell like in this picture. Think about it, manifest it, and breathe deeply through your nose. Congratulations.

But that’s not all! the Barnes and Noble version of Entertainment Weekly also included looks at Momoa’s Aquaman costars Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard, and smack between those two high-key attractive women is Momoa again, blonder this time, looking like he’s going to either kill someone or…yeah that’s just a “kill someone” look.

In the article, Aquaman executive producer Peter Safran had this to say about Momoa’s performance as a thicc amphibious man-hunk:

“Rarely has a superhero character been married to the real-life actor as much as Aquaman and Jason Momoa. “He’s authentically from two worlds, he’s this real physical specimen, he’s got this humor which he’s never been allowed to play before — in every regard he is Aquaman.”

A real physical specimen indeed.

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