These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.
Rumors are flying through the interwebs faster than a speeding bullet that Wonder Woman may be featured in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel along with Batman. According to Bleeding Cool, a casting call has gone out from Warner Bros. for the next Superman film that states they movie studio is looking for a female lead who is physically strong, between the ages of 25 and 33. Though the Amazing Amazon hasn’t been specifically identified as the character in question, several agencies who have been submitting actors for the role are expecting this to be the case and are choosing their submissions with Wonder Woman in mind. I’m keeping my bracelets crossed this is the first step toward the Amazon Princess lassoing a feature film of her own in the near future.
You’ve Been Super Served
Speaking of the Amazing Amazon, a video from the Streetstar 2013 competition featuring an epic vogue battle between two ladies dressed as Sailor Moon and Wonder Woman has been making the rounds on the web. This is a fabulous combination of geek and queer culture that desperately needs to become a staple of Comic-Con International every year. What geek wouldn’t buy tickets to watch something like this go down?
The Age of Ultron
A new teaser for the Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron has been officially unleashed on the public. And while it doesn’t show much — just the forging of Ultron’s helmet — it is enough to induce a case of geekbumps.
Skipping Ender’s Game
Geeks OUT, the NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to rallying, empowering, and promoting the queer geek community, has announced plans for six separate events in cities across the U.S. as a part of the organization’s Skip Ender’s Game initiative — a boycott of the film based on the novel Ender’s Game by antigay activist and former board member of the National Organization for Marriage, Orson Scott Card.
Each Skip Ender’s Game event will take place on November 1, the opening day of the film, and will be a gathering place for the geek community as well as our friends and supporters with proceeds from the majority of events benefitting local LGBT foundations and organizations.
The current list of official Skip Ender’s Game Events includes:
Skip Ender’s Game – Chicago: Spin Nightclub, 800 W. Belmont, 7 PM–12 AM; dancing, drink specials, big-screen gaming, and a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Skip Ender’s Game – Dallas: The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, doors open 7:30 PM followed by a screening of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element at 9 PM; proceeds benefit The Resource Center Dallas’s new GLBT Youth Program
Skip Ender’s Game – New York: Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge, 642 Tenth Avenue, 7–10 PM; specialty cocktails and a screening of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element; proceeds benefit the Tyler Clementi Foundation
Skip Ender’s Game – Orlando: The Geek Easy, 114 S. Samoran Blvd, Winter Park, 8–11 PM; karaoke, games, and drink specials, co-hosted by Flame ON!; proceeds benefit the MAP Foundation
Skip Ender’s Game – Seattle: Gay City-Calamus Auditorium, 517 E. Pike Street, Seattle, 7–10 PM; screening of The Gamers: Hands of Fate, proceeds benefiting Seattle’s Gay City Health Project.
Skip Ender’s Game – San Francisco: The Lone Star Saloon, 1354 Harrison Street, San Francisco, 8–11:30 PM; futuristic spinning from DJ Badger and Jimmy Swear and a video tribute to Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), co-hosted by FANBOYSF
Visit SkipEndersGame.com and geeksout.org for further details of the Skip Ender’s Game campaign and all events, including in new cities.
The Streets of Gotham
Gotham, a new live-action TV series based on the early days of Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department, is heading to FOX, according to Deadline. The series, which will not feature the Dark Knight himself, is the second new show currently in development based on characters from the DC Universe — the other being a potential Flash spin-off of the CW’s Arrow starring super-cutie Grant Gustin (Glee) as the Scarlet Speedster. Given the popularity of the C.S.I. franchise, the timing for Gotham couldn’t be better and there’s a prime opportunity for the show's creators to infuse a bit of LGBT representation by including Gotham City’s fan-favorite lesbian character, Detective Renee Montoya as a series regular. Let’s just hope Gotham doesn’t share the same fate as the last TV series based on characters from the Batman universe, Birds of Prey.
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.