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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)

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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.

MORE, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Out Queer Actor Ezra Miller To Play 'The Flash' In Warner Bros. Franchise

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Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin) will play comics character The Flash in Warner Brothers/DC Comics' superhero franchise that will include a solo feature coming in 2018. BuzzFeed reports:

Miller will star in a stand-alone movie of The Flash in 2018, after presumably appearing in Justice League Part One in 2017 from director by Zack Snyder, who is also helming 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (This is not to be confused with The CW’s television series The Flash, which stars Grant Gustin and exists in a separate fictional universe.)

Warner Bros. also announced a full slate of feature films based on DC Comics, including a 2020 stand-alone film for Cyborg, starring Broadway actor Ray Fisher. In the current ecosystem of officially announced superhero movies, it would be the first time a black actor has headlined his own superhero movie based on a comic book since 2004’s Blade: Trinity. (To be fair, Michael B. Jordan is part of the ensemble in 20th Century Fox’s reboot of The Fantastic Four, but Fisher would be his film’s ostensible solo star.)

Miller came out as queer back in 2012 to Out Magazine, saying

“I’m queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I’ve been trying to figure out relationships, you know? I don’t know if it’s responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we’re ready for them. The romanticism within our culture dictates that that’s what you’re supposed to be looking for. Then [when] we find what we think is love -- even if it is love -- we do not yet have the tools. I do feel that it’s possible to be at this age unintentionally hurtful, just by being irresponsible -- which is fine. I’m super down with being irresponsible. I’m just trying to make sure my lack of responsibility no longer hurts people. That’s where I’m at in the boyfriend/girlfriend/zefriend type of question.”

The CW's iteration of The Flash is currently in its first season and stars Grant Gustin as the eponymous hero (formerly the promiscuous gay warbler on Glee).


Provincetown's Comic Book Carnival Springs to Life in These 120 Sexy, Superpower-ful Instagram Pics: PHOTOS

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Every year in August more than 90,000 people descend on the gay and lesbian resort destination of Provincetown, Massachusetts for the town's annual Carnival celebration. This year, balmy, late summer temperatures combined with festive vacation spirits turned out animated characters and 'Cape crusaders' in force for 2014's theme: Comic Book Capers.

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We've collected 120 of our favorite Instagram pics featuring more Supermen, X-Men, Batmen than you can leap in a single bound along with a few Poison Ivies, a couple of Hat Sisters, an Iron Man, a dozen Robins, the Flash, a Green Lantern or two, Smurfs, Babs, Captain America, a group of Roy Lichtenstein gals, more than one Ambiguously Gay Duo, Wonder Women, a few Drag Race celebutantes, the nation's supply of spandex, and a few guys who are just plain Super.

Watch the comics come to life in the nation's LGBT playground, AFTER THE JUMP...

Also, don't miss our Instagram galleries from BEAR WEEK and FAMILY WEEK.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at TLRD for more photos from Provincetown this summer.

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