April 30th is almost here – the premiere of American Gods on Starz. I’ve been following the progress of the American Gods TV series since the first announcements about it. When I learned Bryan Fuller was attached to the project, I was excited, but cautiously concerned. Fuller’s NBC series Hannibal felt the ire of fans for poor treatment of its female characters. I feared that complex ladies like Laura Moon, Sam Crow, and Bilquis would be slotted into shallow stereotypes.
Instead, it looks like American Gods has taken the exact opposite road!
“Oh my god, guys, there’s this show that we’re doing and the women are allowed to be actual human beings, can you believe it?” – Emily Browning
Last week, our Comics Contributor Kat covered the first two issues of Marvel’s ongoing Civil War II arc. Although that particular story won’t wrap up until October of this year, Marvel Entertainment is already teasing viewers about what comes next. Today’s big announcement: Riri Williams will succeed Tony Stark as Iron Man.
Before attending the Brooklyn Book Festival this summer, I had never attended a true book festival. The closest thing I could compare this to would be BEA/BookCon—the publishing industry event that I and several other Geekettes have been attending together for the past two years. Of course, there are differences between BookCon and BKBF. Most obviously (and sadly), while the books at BookCon are free, most of the books on display at BKBF must be purchased if you want to get them signed and take them home with you—although I did manage to score a free ARC of a book called Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler. Perhaps a more important difference, though, was in the content of the panels and choice of panelists.
That was the comment that sent the audience into cackles during the first end credits scene of Ant-Man. There she was, Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Janet Van Dyne, seeing the Wasp prototype suit for the first time, and before she could even get her line ‘It’s about time’ out of her mouth, the audience is howling at the idea that she might gain weight and not fit into the suit.
Forty-eight people are laughing and one fan feels like she’s heard this story before.
Compared to other TV shows, Leverage is a really great gemstone obscured by all-too-mainstream diamonds. There are plenty of TV dramas focused around crime with a team dynamic, but most of those are procedural crime-solvers. And very rare is it that you get a show where every member of the team is treated equally.
But Leverage, and all five of its lovely seasons, has just that, along with a slew of crime-committing. So what’s the story? Former insurance investigator Nathan Ford is asked to lead a group of expert criminals so they can steal back important documents for a powerful client. A one-time only event becomes not only the start of a team, but a family.
When the original Super Smash Bros. was released in 1999 it had a roster of 12 characters, only one of which – Samus Aran – was female (For the purposes of this article, I won’t be considering Jigglypuff as a female role). Super Smash Bros. Melee more than doubled the roster but only added two new women to the list, Peach and Zelda (four if you count Zelda’s down special move, which allows the player to transform into the Princess’ alter ego, Sheik, and Nana from the Ice Climbers duo), and SSB Brawl actually saw the female to male ratio decline, rather than increase: only one new female role, Zero Suit Samus, an alternate version of an already existing character, was added.
If we count Zelda/Sheik and Samus/Zero Suit Samus as single characters and discount the presence of Nana, then we’re left with 8% representation in SSB, 12% in SSBM, and 8% in SSBB. Those wouldn’t seem to be encouraging numbers for the ratio in future SSB titles.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts revealed the nominations for its 11th annual Games Awards early Wednesday morning. Unsurprisingly, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us and Rockstar’s GTA V picked up the most nominations, with The Last of Us receiving ten nods and GTA V nine. Both are nominated for Best Game, Game Design, Performer, and Story.