Last Week’s Episode: Gay Eternals, BDSM Batman, and a Prince and the Dressmaker Musical! OH MY!

Last Week’s Episode: Gay Eternals, BDSM Batman, and a Prince and the Dressmaker Musical! OH MY!

Another long week has passed and in the wake of the high-drama of the Oscars, nothing has slowed down with a slew of interesting movie and TV news headed our way, a lot of which is comic book-centric! So strap in for this week's edition of Last Week's Episode. Movies After JoJo Rabbit won best

Another long week has passed and in the wake of the high-drama of the Oscars, nothing has slowed down with a slew of interesting movie and TV news headed our way, a lot of which is comic book-centric! So strap in for this week’s edition of Last Week’s Episode.

Movies

After JoJo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay at the Oscar’s — making Taika Waititi the first Indigenous Filmmaker to win the accolade (Buffy St Marie won for best song, and Wes Studi won an Honorary Award for acting) — there were plenty of interesting conversations to be had about the controversial comedy. One of the most interesting and important things I read was Michael Koresky on queerness in cinema and the fact that there have been more representations of queer Nazis than the queer people killed by them. [Film Comment]

Looks like the big wigs at Marvel have finally decided that gay people other than Joe Russo exist as Haaz Sleiman recently revealed that he’ll be playing Brian Tyree Henry’s husband in the upcoming Eternals movie. During an interview with New Now Next the actor spoke to the fact that the pair would apparently share the first same sex kiss in the MCU as well as being a married couple with children. We’ll see if any of that actually makes it to the screen as the MCU has been notoriously terrible at good representation, but hey at least we know ALIENS are allowed to be gay under Ike Perlmutter. [NewNowNext]

After much hype about just how weird Robert Pattinson’s Batman was going to be and how likely it was that we’d see him masturbate–looking back at his work post Twilight the odds say it’s actually very likely — director Matt Reeves has revealed a first look at the new Batsuit. There’s lots to talk about, like how the main suit looks a little too Snyder-ish but also (according to the internet) maybe has the Bat Symbol made out of the gun that killed Bruce’s parents, which is too emo for me to hate on. Mostly though I’m very into the weird cowl on which you can actually see the stitches giving us some seriously steampunk or BDSM vibes. Hopefully the fact that we didn’t get to see the ears means that we’ll be getting big long Kelley Jones style ones though I won’t hold my breath for that one.

After becoming the unintentional VIP of Awards Season, Team Parasite’s translator Sharon Choi wrote a beautiful essay at Variety about her whirlwind experience. “The past six months has been a blur of new cities, microphones and good news, with endless orders of honey lemon tea as I tried to preserve my voice. Driven from one crowd to the next, I shook hands with hundreds of people whose eyes shone with the excitement of having watched a special film. Moments alone were still riddled with the absurdity that I was sharing hand sanitizers with a man whose films I’d organized movie nights for in college.” [Variety]

 

If you’re a big Predator fan then you’ll be happy to hear that the original script is being translated into comic book form by Dark Horse. Jeremy Barlow, Patrick Blaine and Andy Owens will adapt the screenplay from James E. Thomas and John C. Thomas that ended up becoming the classic ’80s action horror hit. [The Hollywood Reporter]

According to Tom Holland it looks like the cursed Uncharted movie will actually begin filming in four weeks! Do we believe it? Not quite but hey who stranger things have happened. However I’m still dreaming of the Ki Hong Lee Nathan Drake that we all deserve. [IGN]

The Prince and the Dressmaker (Jen Wang. First Second Books, 2018)

Jen Wang, First Second Books

I’ll finish off movie news on a high note with the incredible reveal that Jen Wang’s beautiful coming of age comic The Prince and the Dressmaker is getting a musical movie adaptation with songs from the award-winning Frozen songwriters Kristen and Bobby Lopez. I can’t quite believe something that sounds this good could really be true but we’re excited to see what happens with this dreamy project. [Playbill]

Television

Netflix’s non She-Ra affiliated He-Man “anime” series from Kevin Smith has revealed its cast and it is honestly quite astonishing. I still wish this was set in the wonderful world of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power but I have to admit that this did get me interested.

Looks like Netflix might uncancel their Vertigo Comics’ adaptation Lucifer. Though the show began life on Fox and ended unceremoniously after three seasons, the streamer picked it up for a fourth and what was alleged to be “the fifth and final season.” But according to reports it looks like Netflix might have changed their mind where Mr. Morningstar is concerned and the service is allegedly in talks with Warner Bros. to bring the show back one more time. [Business insider]

In other Netflix comic book news, the streamer dropped the trailer for Charles Forsman’s I’m Not Okay With This which is another Pittsburgh set story this time about a young girl who thinks she might be developing superpowers. I’ve watched the first two episodes and it seems more promising than End of the F*cking World (though that was a smash for the streamer so what do I know.) Hopefully it will deliver something a little more subversive than what we usually see from these sorts of series but we’ll have to wait until it drops on the 24th of Feb to find out.

Ever wanted a show about cursed house flippers? Well, 2020 is delivering with a f**king weird series from the Safdie Bros and Nathan Fielder. The pilot order is for The Curse which will center on a couple who are trying to flip houses but are cursed. Benny Safdie will star alongside Fielder but the brothers won’t bring their uniquely anxiety inducing directorial style to the pilot, according to the original report. [Deadline]

In Memorandum

A woman in brightly colored clothes clasps her hands together and smiles

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This week we’re remembering Good Times’ actress Janet Dubois who passed away this week. Her prolific acting career was a huge step forward for good representation of Black women on TV and she also starred in iconic movies like I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and Charlie’s Angels Full Throttle. Dubois was also a talented songwriter who co-wrote the theme for The Jeffersons. [Shadow and Act]

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