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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Teaser Is Here, Trailer to Debut Monday - WATCH

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The world's finest superheroes meet (and clash?) on the big screen for the first time in cinematic history next year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Director Zack Snyder confirmed there will be a IMAX trailer event for the film next Monday and has released a teaser that you can (and must) check out AFTER THE JUMP...

The film stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray fischer as Cyborg and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Arrives in theaters March 25, 2016. 

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Paul Rudd Suits Up and Shrinks Down in Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Trailer: WATCH

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The first full length trailer for Marvel's Ant-Man has dropped and the film looks set to deliver heists, humor, and a healthy dose of bite sized action for those itching for some post-Avengers: Age of Ultron superheroics.

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Ant-Man starring Paul Rud, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, and Michael Douglas arrives in theaters July 17.

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Latest 'Fantastic Four' Trailer Features The Team's Revamped Powers: WATCH

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The latest trailer for Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot has dropped and it features our first look at Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller) the Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan) and the Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) in action. 

One of the failings of the original 2005 Fantastic Four was the fact that the foursome weren’t really all that fantastic sfx-wise. Aside from the Human Torch (then played by Chris Evans) the rest of the team wasn’t given much to do in the way of eye-popping action sequences. Josh Trank, the new film’s director, clearly set out to change this in his darker, grittier reboot.

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'Beyond' Is The Queer Sci-Fi Anthology You Need To Be Reading

BeyondFor a lot of LGBT-identified people comics, science fiction, and fantasy were their first experiences being transported to faraway worlds where being different meant being special.

The stories of being chosen for a greater purpose or discovering hidden powers within mirror the experiences so many of us have coming to terms with our identities and coming out to loved ones. As much as queer people may identify with Marvel’s Inhumans or DC’s meta-humans, the number of actual gay, bi, and trans characters is relatively small. Sfé R. Monster is working to change that one panel at a time.

Beyond is an anthology of 26 comics collected from 18 writers and illustrators all featuring queer characters whose sexualities and gender identities are as plainly stated as their super powers. In an interview with io9 Monster, who’s editing the book, explained that a shared desire to see queerness normalized in sci-fi inspired him to spearhead the project.

“Sci-fi and fantasy have infinite potential for all sorts of diversity,” he said. “[I]t has always baffled me that these stories that accept aliens and magical dragons without question still struggle when it comes to featuring anything more than cisgender, heterosexual casts of characters.”

The stories featured in Beyond wouldn’t be the first comic books to feature queer characters travelling to fantastic lands, but Monster and his co-editor Taneka Stotts set out to do something different with the anthology. Often times queer (especially trans) characters are depicted as tragic or their identities are made out to be more magical than their surroundings. Beyond, Monster explained, wasn’t interested in those stories.

“When we put out the open call for submissions for Beyond I stressed that we were looking for diverse stories, and, to my absolute joy, that is something that everyone contributing a story to the anthology embraced with verve,” said Monster. “The thing I love most about Beyond is that giving people the go-ahead to create stories about diverse genders and sexuality gave them a space to tell stories that many of them have always wanted to tell, but felt there was no market or audience for.”


'A.K.A. Jessica Jones' Hints At Introducing Marvel Cinematic Universe's First Openly Gay Characters

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A.K.A. Jessica Jones is the upcoming Netflix original series about Marvel’s Jessica Jones (played by Krysten Ritter), a woman who chooses a life of detective work over being a superhero despite being super strong and able to fly. The show is one of the four upcoming live-action series that Marvel Studios is producing with Netflix for a streaming release later this summer in addition to a multi-series Avengers-style crossover. While we’re still a few months out from Jones’s premiere, set photos have begun to surface that are giving Marvel’s LGBT fans something more to look forward to. 

Carrie-Anne Moss has signed onto Jones to play Harper, an original character seemingly created for the show. The set photos depict Moss in character kissing and embracing another unnamed woman, who could be her love interest. Harper’s character description doesn’t say much about the character other than her being a powerful potential ally of Jones’s, but she might also be the first openly gay character introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As Marvel Studios heads into its third phase of film and television content, it’s beginning to make a more concerted push into broadening the diversity of its characters. The upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron will finally introduce the second female hero to the iconic team as well as including the team’s first non-American members. Similarly Marvel’s Black Panther and Captain Marvel films promise to further expand the look and focus of its films. It’s only fitting that the studio begin to include LGBT-identified people in its expanded universe.


'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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