Geek Girl: Comic-Con goings-on and the new Wonder Woman
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Comic-Con International: San Diego, known simply as Comic-Con, took place in, you guessed it, San Diego this past weekend, July 24-27. Despite humble beginnings, Comic-Con is now one of the biggest events of the year in geek culture and pop culture in general. Now no longer spotlighting comics, the convention has branched out to include TV shows, movies and video games, some connected to comics, others not.
I have been twice and can tell you Comic-Con features excessive promotional giveaways, standing in line, over-crowding, more standing in line, guys selling â€ślimited editionâ€ť action figures for more than $100, even more standing in line, someone you never heard of signing autographs for a charge, standing in line for the opportunity to stand in line later, surly security guards informing you that you canâ€™t stand in line there, and costumes that are recognizable or indecipherable or too revealing or uncomfortable looking or give the impression that some people have too much time on their hands.
Despite all that, Comic-Con is awesome! Where else can you get to greet your favorite writers, artists, actors or directors in one place. You can get your heroesâ€™ autographs, take a picture with them, or just tell them how much their work means to you. Last year, I saw Sandra Bullock from 30 feet away, and it was amazing. Comic-Con is a once-in-a-life experience that happens every year.
This year at Comic-Con â€¦ Warner Brothers debuted a photo of â€śThe Fast and the Furiousâ€ť franchise alum Gal Gadot (she was the dark-haired foreign lady who often carried a gun) as Wonder Woman. She will be featured in the upcoming movie â€śBatman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.â€ť Forgoing the bright red and blue spandex Wonder Woman was first known for, the photo features Gadot in a brown leather outfit straight out of â€śXena: Warrior Princessâ€ť and holding a sword against a brownish background.
After seeing this photo I have three questions: 1) If Gal Gadot and Xena star Lucy Lawless were in a fight, who would win? Gadot is younger and was once in the Israeli army, but Lawless is from New Zealand. Itâ€™s a tough one to call, but Iâ€™m leaning towards Lawless. 2) Is this new movie going to be all brown? â€śBatman vs. Supermanâ€ť director Zack Snyder has in past movies (â€ś300â€ť and â€śMan of Steelâ€ť) picked one color that permeated the whole film. While I tolerated the constant blue of â€śSteel,â€ť I donâ€™t think I can take an entire movie devoted to the color brown. My $8 could make or break your film, Mr. Snyder, so listen up. 3) Is that sword purely ornamental? While Wonder Woman has made numerous costume changes in her 70-plus years of existence, one thing has remained the same: when Wonder Woman takes out her sword, things are about to get real. She only pulls it out when the situation is absolutely dire.
I hope the film includes an end-of-the-world type situation that WW plays a big part in. I hope she isnâ€™t only introduced so Superman can get a girlfriend and Batman has someone to brood over like in her current role in the Justice League comics â€¦
HBO show â€śGame of Thronesâ€ťannounced that it is adding nine new characters to the show next season. However, the fourth and fifth books of the series on which next season is based introduced a lot more than that. Book readers prepare for a large departure for the show, which in my opinion has had mixed results in its deviations. Fingers crossed! â€¦
Marvel Studios announced â€śGuardians of the Galaxyâ€ť which premiers Aug. 1 will have a sequel out in 2017. In unrelated news, I will publish my second novel in 2016. My first novel isnâ€™t finished yet â€¦
Raâ€™s al Ghul will be the main bad guy on the third season of CWâ€™s â€śArrow.â€ť Word is he will be played by a Jamaican since they couldnâ€™t find another Irish guy to do it â€¦
Lots of other things happened but I canâ€™t cover it all.
See you next week, Geeks!
(Jennifer Ellis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from U.C. Santa Cruz, but is most proud of her George R.R. Martin autographs.)