Anti-Bullying @ Comic Con

comic conSo one day shortly after San Diego Comic Con, I was reading CNN (what else is new) and loling at their failure to grasp the concept of cosplay when I found an article on an anti-bullying panel at the convention.

Many prominent sci-fi female voices were involved with the panel and the Girl Scouts was one of the sponsors. I personally think it’s great the women had such a presence at this panel. I know that the guys aren’t immune from being bullied by other people, but nowadays the girls are getting bullied by non-nerds for being nerds and the male nerds who don’t think the girls are actually nerds. We’ve had a plethora of posts on this blog (here’s one and here’s another one), so I’m really not going to go in depth into the issue.

The point is it’s something that needs to be addressed and talked about. The more people who pretend that bullying, both from non-nerds and nerds alike, isn’t happening, the more people are suffering. And unfortunately we have people killing themselves. A high school junior in my town just did so, and from what I’ve learned about her through mutual acquaintances she was just a bullied nerd. All it takes to save a life is the right person saying the right thing at the right time. I don’t know the correct who, what, or when, but if we all sit quietly and say nothing then no one is going to get the help they need. By creating a discussion, we can let people who face bullying know that they shouldn’t be ashamed to be who they are and that the way they are being treated is wrong.

Wow, I didn’t realize how deep I was going to get in that last paragraph. Anyway, if you’re interested in how the actual panel went, take a look at the video below!

Sherlock @ Comic Con

Sadly, neither Benedict Cumberbatch nor Martin Freeman could go to Comic Con. Happily, however, they sent video messages. And they’re below for your viewing pleasure.

General observation: the sunglasses really make the Bilbo costume. That’s where the compliments to Martin Freeman end however. Because while we know Freeman as an actor, we (or at least I) don’t know him as a person. And here’s the thing with humor: if you do not have an fairly intimate relationship with the person you are joking with, any joke has to be over-the-top and obvious. While I believe Freeman was in fact joking about attacking people, his delivery made me think a couple times about whether he was being serious. And that makes it an unsuccessful joke.

On to our second segment. Benedict Cumberbatch is frickin’ adorable. And funny. To be honest, I really had no idea what was going on in the first half of his message; I was distracted by his rather good looks. But the concept of him trying to spoil us and being thwarted was an interesting idea and rather well executed. And it helps that Benedict Cumberbatch is gorgeous.

I’m sorry, I really didn’t intend to make this into a fan girl post. But that sort of happened in the last paragraph. Sorry. But Sherlock is coming back! And it’s this fall, which is honestly sooner than I thought. Either that, or Sherlock Series 2 ended longer ago than I remember. Either way, we have more things to be excited about, including Benedict Cumberbatch.

Post-San Diego Comic Con: Superman/Batman and its Implications

(WARNING: Man of Steel spoilers. So, you know, if you won’t want to be spoiled, go do something else.)

Let me get this out of the way first: I could not be more excited about the prospect of a Superman/Batman live-action movie. Batman is my favorite comic story, and Superman is just awesome because he’s Superman. Don’t question it.

photo courtesy of filmschoolrejects.com

photo courtesy of filmschoolrejects.com

But with excitement comes fear. Absolute fear of how badly Zack Snyder can screw this up. But there is one quick, clean, and easy way to fix my fears.

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X-Force

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X-Fans! I bring glad tidings! We have a lot to be excited about. Of course, you know about The Wolverine, which is coming out in less than two weeks. And certainly you know that X-Men: Days of Future Past is due to be released in less than a year. However, you may not know that Twentieth Century Fox has registered the domain “x-forcemovie.com.” I’d say this indicates a strong possibility that a film is in works to engage that more militant splinter team of the X-Men.

What’s more, it seems that Fox will be using San Diego Comic-Con (less than a week away!) to really sell the big news. That particular panel will be on July 20th at 4:15 PST, and you can tune in over at The Bleeding Cool. It seems that Jeff Wadlow, who wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, has been singled out to write and possibly direct the X-Force film.

Now, if you’re not familiar with X-Force, they are an offshoot team of the X-Men–more violent and more proactive, frankly, than the original team. Technically speaking, the X-Force series was established as a reboot of the original New Mutants comic. So, as I understand it, offshoots, spinoffs, and reboots offer a chance to explore characters who maybe don’t get a ton of ink in previous versions or flagship titles. That right there is your reason to get excited about an X-Force film. The team has prominently featured Bishop, Colossus, Deadpool, DominoForge, Tabitha Smith (Boom Boom), and of course, that team’s leader, Cable. There’s not a character in the list that doesn’t deserve an opportunity to shine on the silver screen. They have compelling storylines, long histories, and the powers necessary for a brilliant superhero action flick.

So, get excited. Before I let you go, io9 has it that there may also be a Magneto film coming our way, straight from the mouth of Robert Liefeld, who developed X-Force. Although his statement was something of a warning about not getting too excited about films in their planning stages… so we’ll just have to see where it goes. But I’m certain that with the increasing fan fervor for Marvel films, the numbers are there to support an X-Force film.