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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.

Check out the panels where Maxima finally realizes her personal truth and comes out to Supergirl AFTER THE JUMP...

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FIRST LOOK: Paul Rudd is the 'Ant-Man'

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A new trailer debuted last night for the latest installment in Marvel's superhero franchise, giving us our first glimpses of Paul Rudd as Ant-Man. Rudd co-authored the script for the movie which, if the trailer is any indicator of the final product, will not only feature Marvel's signature superhero antics but also Rudd's signature sense of humor. Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale and Judy Greer round out the cast.

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Is An LGBT Superhero Film Far Off?

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Comic book fans had lots to rejoice about yesterday when Marvel Studios announced its upcoming slate of new films. In addition to sequels for the critically and commercially successful Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy films, Marvel is making history with its first film led by a black superhero, Black Panther, and its first anchored by a female, Captain Marvel.

ThorIt’s just the latest move coming out of comic book culture, where publishers have been redefining mainstream heroes as a more diverse bunch. Many of the familiar (straight, white, male) characters — most of which got their start decades ago — are being joined by a growing number of heroes that reflect a richer representation. In addition to the female Captain Marvel, Marvel’s also recently started publishing series focusing on a female Thor, a black Captain America and a wildly successful book based on a Muslim American teenager, Ms. Marvel.

This surge in inclusivity extends to LGBT characters as well. From lesbian crimefighter Batwoman to young mutant Benjamin Deeds, there’s a growing number of queer mainstream characters that could become the next Batman, Wolverine or the Flash, conquering the box office or leading a television series.

“As pop culture goes, it's never been hotter to be a geek,” wrote Jono Jarrett, a founding board member of GeeksOUT, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusiveness in the geek community. “Politically, across the world queer visibility and acceptance are on the rise—or where it's not, it's being challenged like never before.”

With this momentum on and off the page, could it be long before we see an LGBT superhero take the spotlight on the large or small screen?

Learn more about the state of queer characters in comic books today, AFTER THE JUMP

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The Avengers Party And Try To Lift Thor's Hammer In New 'Age Of Ultron' Trailer: VIDEO

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Following Marvel's announcement of nine upcoming films in its superhero franchise, the studio debuted a new trailer last night for the hotly anticipated Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. As Business Insider notes, this latest reveal from Marvel "shows the Avengers gang together at a party trying to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, to no avail." The humor on display is trademark Marvel through and through.

Watch as the boys compete to see who can lift Thor's hammer, AFTER THE JUMP...

And in case you missed it, check out the original trailer released for the uber superhero sequel HERE.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Has Finally Arrived: WATCH

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For those of you who somehow missed it, the Avengers: Age of Ultron debut trailer dropped last night, having already racked up over 6 million views on YouTube. 

The superhero blockbuster, which arrives in theaters next May, has Earth's mightiest heroes teaming up once again - this time to face off against the maniacal artificial intelligence known as Ultron (voiced and motion captured by James Spader)

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Avengers: Age of Ultron also 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), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver).

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Weekend Movie: The Miraculous 'Birdman'

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Washed Up Actor vs. Difficult Thespian Round 1 in the hilarious, awesome "Birdman"  

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

A card in the bottom right hand of the star's mirror reads:

"A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing."
-Susan Sontag

Which immediately complicates or maybe simplifies celebrity and art, two major themes (among a handful) of Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu's one of a kind new film experience. It's destined for major Oscar nominations and you should see it immediately. The movie has the simple and then complicated title of BIRDMAN, Or (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) which fits its two-faced nature perfectly. This quote is never addressed in the film but it's always stubbornly lodged there in that mirror, defying or playfully encouraging conversation about what this movie actually is. And what are reviews or after-movie conversation other than attempts to interpret and define?

Critics are often treated with petulant hostility in movies about show business, as if the filmmakers have an axe to grind and need to do that with grindstone in hand while their critical avatar/puppet hangs there limply, waiting to be struck with the sharpened blade. Birdman is no exception, immediately insulting its formidable theater critic Tabitha (Lindsay Duncan) as having a face that 'looks like she just licked a homeless man's ass,' before she's even spoken a line. But Tabitha is a slippery mark, portrayed as a voice of integrity in one scene and then a vicious unprofessional monster in another. This calls into question the reality of her scenes altogether.

Is each scene in the movie meant to be taken at face value or are plenty of them partially or fully projections of the actors, warped by their egos and neurosis. Birdman is filled with these kind of mindf*** questions while also being completely hilarious and emotionally compelling. The story revolves around a has-been movie star named Riggan Thomson who used to be very famous for playing a superhero. In the movies all-around genius casting he is played by has-been movie star Michael Keaton who used to be very famous for playing a superhero.

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