Why you may come to hate Marvel and DC’s movie race

In the action-film community, it’s already old news that Marvel and Warner Bros. (who holds the film rights to DC characters and storylines) are coming out with 19 new movies from now until 2019. Some pop-culture and comic-book heads have gone positively haywire with excitement, but others aren’t so stoked. But why? Whatever could possibly be wrong with some of DC and Marvel’s most revered and treasured personae and narratives coming to life on-screen? Isn’t this what all of us have wanted for literally years?

Not always, argues Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff, who says that he looks at a master list of the new film slate and “see[s] a long list of chores.” Which, well, makes sense. Nineteen films, at an average movie length of an hour and a half, means at the very least 1,710 minutes of sitting and watching a screen. That’s about 29 hours, or a part-time workweek. Factor in a movie-snack allowance and that’s already pretty hefty price to pay.

But thinking about it, it’ll be hard to escape the movies — let’s face it, they’ll be everywhere. Whether that will be on your Facebook feed or over the water cooler or buzzed about in the minutes before your biology lecture, it’ll be there. Do you want to be hopelessly uncool and out-of-the-loop when quotes from the movies are inevitably tossed around at beers with pals? This will be a very real concern for those afflicted with the chronic condition of FOMO.

VanDerWerff also raises the valid point that the DC-Marvel reveal only encompasses a slice of the whole amalgam that will be action films for the next few years. Releases from Fox (who own the rights to Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four characters) and Sony (who own Spider-Man) haven’t yet been announced, and who knows what the inside of that Pandora’s Box will look like? It’s true, friends — we are on the brink of a plague of serious viewing anxiety. What to watch and when and where and for how much? Is it all worth the investment? Is it just another way that the big dudes are trying to reach into our humble little geek pockets?

Alack and alas, there’s not enough continuous space-time for contemplation of all the abstract details. What’s clear is that we’re about to consume unholy quantities of popcorn.

Source: vox.com

Source: vox.com

7 reasons why Taylor Swift is actually Wonder Woman

Ye olde interwebs has recently been sent a-Twitter over Yahoo’s accidental release of the official music video to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”, a kind of Lorde-y, snappy single from her forthcoming album 1989. Which was a pretty big boo-boo considering that the existence of the video had been heretofore intentionally kept secret, and that Swift had planned to do a big reveal on Good Morning America today. Her team dealt with it by putting it up a day early themselves, and all is still well in the universe because the video is brilliant.

T-Swift has been the source of both mass public scorn and hype since she was but a C-D-Em-G-strumming teen, but somehow she manages to keep her fist clasped tightly around the dice that determine her pop-star fate. And so we got to thinking… Tay-Tay is kind of a Wonder Woman herself, isn’t she? Here are seven reasons why.

1. Taylor Swift is a mythical Amazon.

It’s common comic-world knowledge that Wonder Woman comes from a physiologically gifted line of female warriors known as Amazons, known for their tall stature. Swift stands at a well-above-average 5’11”, which scored her modeling gigs as a pre-pop star Tennessee teen. Based on the mythical Amazons of ancient Greek lore, the DC Amazons are ruled by the fictional Queen Hippolyta (and mother of Wonder Woman), whose hair morphs from a dark to flaxen shade with the evolution of the series. Swift, an obvious blondie, could easily be a long-lost descendant of these badass warrier ladies.

The resemblance is totally there. Source: jlumux.com

The resemblance is totally there. Source: jlumux.com

2. Swift takes out foes with her own Lasso of Truth.

One of the reasons why the video for “Blank Space” and the song itself have been praised is that Taylor has taken media criticism of her dating history and thrown it right back into their proverbial faces. She’s in on the joke that she’s dated around Tinseltown and the movie and music industries, with lines like “Got a long list of ex-lovers / They’ll tell you i’m insane”. Tay looks the bull straight in the mouth and flashes her own lipsticked smirk because she’s unafraid of reality like that. Similarly, Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso forces anyone it wraps itself around to obey her wishes and tell the truth. It’s a pretty perfect metaphor for how T-Swift maintains her hold on the music industry and blocks out the haters.

Everyday iPhone earbuds or Tay's Magic Lasso? Source: yournextshoes.com

Everyday iPhone earbuds or Tay’s Magic Lasso? Source: yournextshoes.com

3. Tay-Tay has a healing factor as a superheroine ability.

A healing factor is commonly known as a fictional superhero or superheroine’s ability to, well, heal themselves — but at a totally rapid, superhuman rate. It’s one of Wonder Woman’s key abilities and secrets to her strength, and all sources point to the fact that T has been #blessed with this in real life. Despite the massive media scrutiny surrounding her very public breakups with a significantly younger Harry Styles of One Direction and a hella older John Mayer, she has kept her cool and managed to not undergo a Britney shaved-head episode circa 2007 (side note: we don’t blame you, Brit). Despite the emotional trauma that these breakups must have caused the 24-year-old, she kept on truckin’ and went on to earn close to $40 million in 2013.

Wonder if Taylor keeps her cash stash in here? Source: sf-collectables.co.uk

Wonder if Taylor keeps her cash stash in here? Source: sf-collectables.co.uk

4. T has a not-so-secret weakness.

Like all superheroes and superheroines, Tay herself has also made some career faux-pas when it comes to her otherworldly (songwriting) abilities. She’s come under fierce fire from music critics and feminist bloggers alike for relying substantially on her own dating life for song material, making her catalogue into a mass of teen-friendly sweet-as-pie/I’m-ripping-my-picture-from-my-locker-door heterosexual love ballads. It’s true that his has been a creative crutch of hers that has made some of her work pretty bland and predictable, but she’s acknowledged that it’s there and that she’s growing up, too. In the late 1960s, Wonder Woman chooses to revoke her abilities and not accompany her Amazon sistren into another dimension, choosing instead to operate on a pseudo-human level in the “Man’s World”. But she’s still proactive, acquiring a mentor from the Far East who hones her fighting skills. This is proof that both Wonder Woman and T-Swift are able to “Shake it Off” and move past their moments of weakness.

Swift has proved that she's good at getting herself out of her own jams. Source: marionharmon.com

Swift has proved that she’s good at getting herself out of her own jams. Source: marionharmon.com

5. T-Swift, like Wonder Woman, favors a signature red lip.

What’s the last thing you would want your nemeses to see before you knock them out in the name of justice? A flying, cherry-red blur just as they see stars, of course! From the Golden Age to The New 52, Diana has been outfitted in primary colors and bright-red boots to complement the hue of her lips. Besides her voluminous dark hair, her lip shade has been one of her trademarks. Like Wonder Woman, Tay has favored a 20th-century “retro” aesthetic when it comes to her look, and this wouldn’t be complete without a red lip. Perhaps it’s a vestige of when she went all “1950s Rhode Island summer trust-fund kid” slash “Daisy Buchanan reincarnate” circa the H-Stylez era, but who’s keeping track? She looks old-school glamorous wherever she sports the shade, much like her superheroine counterpart that has sported similarly classic looks since 1941.

Mega classic babe. Source: jackizehner.com

Mega classic babe. Source: jackizehner.com

6. Wonder Woman can get into country-girl mode, too.

Behold this still from Lynda Carter’s historic portrayal of Wonder Woman in the late-1970s TV series. Perched atop a horse amidst mountains that could easily be in America’s South, Diana is ever-strong and looks amusingly at home in such a rural setting. Since it’s been well-circulated that T grew up wholesomely on a Christmas-tree farm in Tennessee, we bet these two gals would be the best of world-saving pals.

T's down-homegirl. Source: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

T’s down-homegirl. Source: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

7. Taylor Swift has borrowed part of Wonder Woman’s moniker for herself.

In 2011, Tay launched her first perfume in conjunction with well-known cosmetics manufacturer Elizabeth Arden, and that perfume was called nothing other than “Wonderstruck”. Yeah, yeah, so some would say that it’s an obvious allusion to a line in her 2010 single “Enchanted“. But is it really a coincidence? Not to go all Illuminati-conspiracy-theorist on you, but we think not.

"I'm Wonder [Woman], blushing all the way home"... right? Source: theperfumeshop.com

“I’m Wonder [Woman], blushing all the way home”… right? Source: theperfumeshop.com

There you have it. Taylor Swift = Wonder Woman. Do you agree?

Unintentionally racist texting is about to be a relic of the past

Emojis, the smashingly popular Japanese emoticons for use in text messages and with social media (among other things), have been criticized  for literally years about the lack of racial diversity in the characters meant to represent tiny humans. It is essentially impossible to overlook the ubiquitous and sassy pink-shirt girl when scrolling through Emoji options on your smartphone, mainly because she’s everywhere. That is, comes in 11 different poses to depict a wide range of her social activities and feelings, from bearing a dejected face to smooching her male-presenting partner. This girl, who sports brown hair and a pale skin tone, has almost a dozen ways of being, whereas there are zero women of color, and exactly two people of color in general available for use in the Emoji palette. What gives, Unicode?



Welp, to counteract these criticisms, the guardians of all the cartoonish representations of our text-feelings introduced a plan to incorporate more skin-tone diversity in the next generation of Emojis. You can browse the plan here, which is based on the six tones of the Fitzpatrick Scale, a recognized standard for dermatology. (It is kind of ironic and yet typical that a plan for diversified skin tones is standardized under the outrageously white name “Fitzpatrick”, but we digress.) This is progress, right? It’s a start. It’s definitely better than having literally only a slightly-Asian-looking dude in a hat and a man wearing a turban to choose from when trying to represent people of color over text. 21st-century problems, post-industrial-developed-world problems, whatever. It’s worth getting stoked about.

(Random, unsolicited afterthought: Is “Emojus” the singular form of “Emoji”?)

Source: gizmodo.com

Source: gizmodo.com