Welcome to the latest installment of The Geekiary News Briefs. I’ll be covering Wonder Girl coming to The CW, holiday queer movie Dashing in December on Paramount TV, Harry Styles getting a Vogue cover, and more!
Let’s being with the domestic box office. While some people aren’t interested in staying home, when it comes to box office results, it’s clear that a majority don’t want to go to theatres. Even though we have had some new releases during the past couple of weeks, all of them seem to be opening in the $3-6 million range.
The same ended up being true for the dark comedy horror film Freaky. Starring Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, Freaky opened with $3.6 million.
What’s interesting is that to (likely) repair his image, Vaughn decided to do an interview which wasn’t necessarily received well online. In said interview, Vaughn talked about the need to respect the beliefs of people holding opinions different from yours.
In my opinion, Vaughn’s statements were what you would expect coming from similarly privileged people. Also, if one’s beliefs include supporting homophobia, racism, etc., I won’t be respecting any of those opinions.
Coming to the superhero side of things, there are reports about AT&T having discussions with Warner Bros. to potentially release Wonder Woman 2 on HBO Max. Of course, some fans don’t want Wonder Women 1984 to premiere on a streaming service. However, considering HBO Max needs new subscribers and WW84 has been continuously delayed, I wouldn’t be surprised if it does get a simultaneous streaming/theatrical release by the end of December or early January 2021.
While we’re on the subject of Wonder Woman, Deadline exclusively shared that a Wonder Girl TV series is being worked on. The upcoming show, for The CW, will be about Yara Flor (a new DC Comics character that will debut during January 2021’s Future State event), making it a (much-needed) superhero series with a Latina lead.
Viggo Mortensen came up on my radar because he was talking about how it’s okay for him (and other cisgender straight actors) to play queer roles. I did a bit of digging and found out he was promoting his new film (which he also wrote) called Falling.
Similarly, Selena Gomez has been cast to play mountaineering pioneer Silvia Vásquez-Lavado (a queer woman) in the memoir-based film In the Shadow of the Mountain.
On the other hand, queer actor Wentworth Miller shared on his Instagram that he’s done playing straight characters. I’m looking forward to seeing Miller doing his part when it comes to queer talent telling queer stories.
I have made my stance on the “Should Straight Actors Play Queer Roles?” debate numerous times. In my opinion, as long as a project (especially Oscar-bait films) is inclusive of queer talent, I’m okay with cisgender straight actors playing queer characters. For example, the upcoming movie Uncle Frank has Paul Bettany playing a queer role. However, he’s starring alongside queer actor Peter Macdissi.
Also, congratulations to Harry Styles for gracing the December issue of Vogue and expressing himself the way he wants. Of course, certain people decided to attack Styles and pointed out how he’s feminizing masculinity and Hollywood is encouraging men to be weak.
Sigh! I don’t think I can ever understand the type of people who are always ready to attack individuals for simply being happy. Also, I won’t be putting up those tweets here because I don’t want to give them more attention.
For those looking forward to Happiest Season, another holiday-themed queer film Dashing in December will premiere on Paramount TV come December 13, 2020. Anyone in the mood for queer cowboys, Christmas, and happy endings?
And before I bring everything to a close, it’s been revealed that even though Johnny Depp stepped down from reprising his role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 (I talked about it in the previous Geekairy News Briefs), he still got a double-digit-million payday. Anyway, let’s see who Warner Bros. finds to replace Depp with.
We got a new trailer for the Tom and Jerry film!
Are you excited about a Wonder Girl series? Did you watch Freaky?
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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