by Susana Polo | 10:15 am, August 2nd, 2013
It’s October 28th already, and you don’t have a Halloween costume. But worry not, because we’ve got your back.
What's with the name?
by Susana Polo | 10:15 am, August 2nd, 2013
by Tamar Altebarmakian | 4:19 pm, July 17th, 2013
If you’ve seen an episode of Xena, hell, if you’ve seen the opening titles to Xena, you know that you don’t mess with Xena. She’s strong, clever, resilient, and at times, ruthless. The show remains an important feminist text for a number of reasons, reasons reinforced by the likes of Joss Whedon and Quentin Tarantino. It champions strong women, but at the same time, it does not paint them as these infallible, flat superheroines. The female characters of the show, allies and villains alike, are rounded, with complex back-stories and goals that range from trying to lift a city-wide ban on dancing to wanting to become the queen of the Amazons.
But this is old news. What’s really striking about the show is just how many of the central villains are female. To date, I believe Xena still has the most female big-bads of any television show.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:20 am, June 28th, 2013
by Dan Wohl | 2:45 pm, June 6th, 2013
*Contains minor spoilers of Star Trek Into Darkness*
Unlike our own Zoe Chevat and Jill Pantozzi, I was actually very happy with Star Trek Into Darkness overall. Having been a Trekkie for as long as I can remember, I understand that it doesn’t have the philosophical weight of some past Trek stories, as well as the contention that it heavily recycles old characters and plot points. But personally I look at the “Abramsverse” as a complete remake, and my view of the new films is that they’re made differently but extremely well.
That’s not to say that I don’t agree with the gender issues-related criticisms of the film. The now-infamous Carol Marcus undressed scene was, to be sure, gratuitous, offensive and completely inexcusable. I was equally disappointed by the scene of a Starfleet Command roundtable which shows a 20-person group that’s between 70-75 percent male. But where equality appears even farther away, in Hollywood as a whole, is among another realm of film characters: villains.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 4:16 pm, April 19th, 2013
DC Comics teased a single picture this week, under the title “What’s New in The New 52 – Joker’s Daughter?!” (I’ve put the full picture below the jump.) And while a lot of you are probably thinking “ugh, what a trite idea for a female character,” I was thinking “Oh, neat, are they really going to bring back Duela Dent?
Now at this point some of you are probably going “Dent? Like… Harvey Dent? And Duela is “two”… but she’s the Joker‘s daughter?”
Yes. Come, lets talk about weird shit in comics, and a strange female character who maybe is getting a comeback, who knows?READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:21 am, April 16th, 2013
Well we already knew they weren’t going to make Jamie Foxx dress up in a yellow and green supervillain costume for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but I’m not sure this is what anyone expected Electro to look like. Those lights might be tracking dots with the added value of creating some electric glow to help with post-production but what do you think of the look? Looks like they’re taking the mutated villain route again. I’m assuming this is an in between look and that he’ll have a full costume later in the film.
by Jill Pantozzi | 3:30 pm, March 21st, 2013
Artist Rafa Toro somehow made the villains of Gotham City look casual. Which, if you’ve ever seen one, they’re anything but. Anyway, Toro created GIFs of Batman’s Rogues and we’ve arranged them from the Tim Burton years through Christopher Nolan. I have just one question, are these villains walking toward Batman or away from him?READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 10:16 am, January 10th, 2013
by Jill Pantozzi | 10:18 am, January 3rd, 2013
by Susana Polo | 10:13 am, September 25th, 2012
Justin-mctwisp created a small series of portraits last year featuring several major Disney villains (all women, naturally), lounging around like the cat that caught the canary. And no wonder: this is his idea of what all these ladies would have looked like if they’d succeeded in their plans of kidnapping, impersonation, murder and seduction. So, they might be a little old, in internet time, but it’s the first we’ve seen of them, so we’re putting them up here. You’ll just have to deal with that.READ MORE