These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.
The Bat-Rainbow Connection
Comic fans were shocked when co-writers J.H. Williams and W. Haden Black announced they were leaving Batwoman due to editorial interference last week and revealed DC Comics wouldn’t allow the lesbian superhero to marry her fiancé Maggie Sawyer. However, DC seems to be making an effort to appease its LGBT readership by handing over the comic to gay writer Marc Andreyko — best known for his run on the acclaimed Manhunter series — beginning with Batwoman #25. Andreyko took to Twitter to announce the news, saying, “Its, it’s true: I’m the new writer of Batwoman! and, as i prepare for the interweb onslaught, a few things: i ADORE J.H Williams and Greg Rucka and Hayden Blackman and the great character they’ve created so lovingly. I am taking this job very seriously and hope to do right by Kate, Maggie, Bette and the rest of the cast. This all happened very quickly, so I am trying to catch my breath and let it sink in. And I’ve already had great conversations with Mike Marts and can’t wait to work with him again. I hope you will give my run a chance as I am going to give it my all and try to live up to the work those great creators did before me.”
Let’s hope he has an easier time than the last creative team did taking the character in a bold new direction.
Author J.K. Rowling announced we’ll soon be able to return to her iconic realm of witchcraft and wizardry with a new film franchise set in the world of Harry Potter. However, rather than return to the characters we’ve come to love, Ms. Rowling will be introducing us to the adventures of Newt Scamander, the great-grandfather of Luna Lovegood’s husband.
The story of Scamander, who is known in the Harry Potter universe for writing the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be set in the 1920s, roughly 70 years before the original Potter series.
According to an official statement from Rowling:
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
Cutie Keanu Reeves will once again be jump-kicking across the big screen when the martial arts flick Man of Tai Chi hits theaters Sept. 27. Of course, the early reviews haven’t been kind to the film’s script, or Reeves’s performance, but if the trailer is any indication, we’re in for some amazing fight sequences that are sure to work up our nostalgia for the Matrix. Just try not to laugh out loud when Reeves channels Mortal Kombat by shouting, “Finish him!” in the preview below.
Will the “Real” (Hot) Geeks Please Stand Up?
One of the pervading myths of cosplay is that many of the women who dress up in their geeky best at conventions are only doing it for attention and aren’t “real” geeks. It’s a ridiculous notion, and vlogger Jennifer Landa expertly flipped the gender script at Comic-Con International this year by turning the question on the many shirtless male cosplayers who could be found in abundance at the annual pop culture celebration.
JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for The Advocate and Gay.net, as well as a contributor for Out.com, HIV Plus, and She Wired. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner.