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'Supergirl' Head Writer Reflects on DC's Growing Cast of LGBT Characters

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Supergirl head writer K Perkins took to Instagram over the weekend to share thoughts about her stint with the comic book and the work she’s done to bring more queer storylines to DC. Specifically Perkins wanted to draw attention to one of the more longstanding stories revolving around Maxima, a longtime supervillainess and recurring Superman adversary.

“#Supergirl issue #40 is out & the the book is coming to an end - but really happy i got to have this moment,” Perkins wrote. “There needs to be more characters of diverse backgrounds, including LGBT ones, in mainstream media.”

In issue #645 of Action Comics Superman first meets Maxima, queen of the planet Almerac an its war-locked nations. Maxima, like most Almeracians, was originally written as a woman obsessed with the idea of finding the perfect mate to produce offspring perfect for fighting. Unlike Almeracian women, the planet’s men were rare and tended not to be nearly as strong, so many turned their sights of other species of super-powered humanoids. Maxima eventually comes to Earth in hopes of mating with Clark Kent, who roundly rebuffs her sexual advances.

Since her introduction Maxima’s gone from being a villainess with a ticking biological time clock to to a much more interesting reformed hero with a series of complex relationships. Though many of Maxima’s plot lines have centered around her obsession with procreation, she’s consistently had difficulty bonding with the men of DC’s many universes. The problem, Perkins explained, wasn’t that Maxima couldn't find the right man, but that she hadn’t met the right woman.

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The Avengers Are Ready for Action in New 'Age of Ultron' TV Spot: WATCH

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A new 60-second TV spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron features new footage and dialogue from the upcoming summer blockbuster including Captain America throwing a motorcycle at a jeep, Thor’s sick hammer-Captain’s shield combo attack and more of Tony Stark’s trademark snarky attitude.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron starring stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), James Spader (Ultron), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) arrives in theaters May 1. 

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Marvel's Latest 'Avengers' Trailer Is A Vision Of Things To Come - WATCH

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Marvel’s latest trailer for May’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” has a very clear Vision in mind. Specifically, it has our very first look at Paul Bettany as the Vision, one of the three new Avengers to be introduced in the upcoming film. In addition to the cowled android, the trailer sets up the broader plot points driving the film and shows off some of more subtle super-dynamics created by the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson.)

The trailer gives us a hint of just how Ultron (James Spader) might intend on dismantling the world’s mightiest heroes: magic. As Marvel has incrementally built upon its cinematic universe with its series of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor films, it has kept the bulk of its super-heroes relatively grounded in the real-world. Thor, for example, is explained as being an alien whose technology is so advanced that it appears to be magically-based.

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The Scarlet Witch, and by extension her twin brother Quicksilver, are somewhat different. As her name implies the Scarlet Witch’s abilities have always been mystical in nature, and her introduction into the MCU could be the beginning of future magical Marvel characters like Dr. Strange, whose film is slated to be released next year. In a few key frames we get a good look at the Witch working her way into the Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johansson) mind with abilities that up until now have been non-existent in the MCU.

Other highlights of the trailer are the Black Widow’s spiffy new combat gear, an extended clip of Iron Man’s iconic fight with the Hulk in his Hulkbuster armor, and a scene in which Captain America (Chris Evans) is unable to save a pair of innocent bystanders.

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Between Cap’s guilt and Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) admission that Ultron was his ultimate mistake, it’s looking like “Age of Ultron” is already setting the stage perfectly for the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War.

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Selina Kyle, DC's Original Catwoman, Comes Out As Bisexual

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Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn aren’t the only queer ladies prowling the streets of Gotham anymore, folks. After decades of flirtation and fervent fan speculation, Catwoman is now a canon bisexual according to current Catwoman head writer Genevieve Valentine.

“She’s flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,” said Valentine. “The more we talked about it, the more it was something I wanted to make happen.”

In the 54 years since she first appeared in the pages of DC Comics Selina Kyle has lived many different lives. As the most iconic Catwoman, she’s been written as a jewel thief, a sex worker, as a recurring love interest to Bruce Wayne’s Batman.

Though sensuality and allure have always been hallmarks of Catwoman’s character, her sexuality has mostly been characterized as another weapon she used to befuddle her male foes. Recent events in Selina’s life, Valentine explains, presented the perfect opportunity to change that.

“And as Mark Doyle and I were first hashing out the relationships in this arc, Eiko seemed like the right person: intelligent, driven, in that uncanny valley of Almost Catwoman, and knows enough about Selina that their honesty has become something of a shelter in a situation that’s getting increasingly dishonest for everybody involved.”

Eiko, for the unfamiliar, is a companion of Kyle’s with a similarly dubious past crime. In addition to being Selina’s newfound love interest, Eiko recently donned a Catwoman mask of her own in hopes of combating her Yakuza crime family.

“Was it a surprise for them? In terms of their sexualities, not particularly; certainly it’s no surprise to Selina that she has an attraction to a woman.” Valentine elaborated. “Is this particular kiss a surprise? It’s definitely surprising; this is the very last thing you’re supposed to be getting into on the brink of war, and they both know it.”

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Stan Lee Won't Be Creating A Gay Superhero

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And the rationale is actually pretty sensible. In an interview with SheKnows, Lee said,

That's something that I can't write about that much because I don't know that much about it. You know what I mean? I can write about things I know about.

It's important to note that this explanation is for why Lee himself will not be creating a gay superhero and is not an indictment against creating gay superheroes at all, even within his Marvel universe. With a laundry list of out gay heroes already in existence in the Marvel realm, including the best versions of Beast and Colossus, and every version of Northstar, trying to put the kibosh on them would be a fruitless endeavor in the first place.

Still, Lee suggests he could be open to creating a gay superhero should there be enough demand: 

It never occurred to me, frankly. If there's suddenly an overwhelming desire on the part of public to have a gay hero, then I would probably try to write one. But, until you mentioned it now, it never occurred to me.

Cue the flood of Drax/Rocket requests.


Tickets for Flame Con, NYC's First LGBTQ Comic Convention, Are On Sale Now

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Last fall we told you about Flame Con, NYC's first GLBTQ comic convention that's the brainchild of Geeks OUT, a group dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusiveness in the geek community. The project exceeded their Kickstarter goal by almost 33% more than what they asked for, so needless to say the project is well underway. In fact, according to the event's Facebook page, you can now buy tickets through TicketBud.

Tickets range from $10-25 for the June 13th event, so get your "flame on" and spend a summer day at Flame Con.


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