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Burn Notice interview
We’re a couple of episodes into the Burn Notice season, but this is still a good interview with Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell about the show and where this season is headed.
Not much about Fiona unfortunately, except to expect that her relationship with Mike will “go left, right and all around, and it’ll be exciting.” Donovan also says, “Some of the episodes I actually don’t read until I get on the day just so I can see what crazy thing she’s going to do to me that day.”
Sounds about right. I love Fiona and she’s continuing to show this season that she’s a strong character, not just in kickbuttability, but also in the way she’s growing emotionally. She’s still psychotic though, which is so cool.
Alan Moore on Sexism in Comics
This is an ancient series of articles and doesn’t shed any new light on the subject, but it’s written by Alan Moore which means that it’s thoughtful as well as entertaining as all get out.
New Black Canary writer
So, it’s true. Green Arrow/Black Canary does have a new writer as of issue #15. Andrew Kreisberg is one of the writers on Eli Stone, which bodes well since I really, really like that show. He also wrote that Helen Killer comic that Chris Sims likes so much, so there’s that too.
Still, I can’t help but be skeptical. I’ve really loved the globe-trotting adventures that Judd Winick’s been writing and I’ll be sorry to see Dinah and Ollie go home to Star City to focus on their marriage and the new bad guys Kreisberg’s creating. Still, there’s no reason that the series can’t continue to be awesome under those circumstances. Hopefully, it will be.
Now here’s a Black Canary doll the Christian Voice can get behind.
From Tonner. Very snazzy.
Black Canary on Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Two things I noticed from this San Diego report on the upcoming Batman cartoon, which already looks awesome.
1. Black Canary will be appearing in an episode.
2. Oswald’s playing Batman.
Oh. Wonder Woman’s dressing up too.
Also from Tonner.
Animated Wonder Woman movie
Here’s some more info on the animated Wonder Woman movie. It’ll be released in February (on the 9th, according to BuzzFocus, who also reports it will have a “very dark storyline”) and in addition to the already announced cast, will also star Oliver Platt as Hades.
Here’s some footage of the trailer that someone nicked at San Diego.
I really hate the look of Hasbro’s Marvel Super Hero Squad. Especially the happy-as-pie Hulk and the disturbing and creepy Thing. It works pretty well on She-Hulk though, so I may have to pick up this two-pack. Anyone want a disturbing and creepy Thing toy?
(Incidentally, there’s also a Marvel Super Hero Squad version of Shang Chi, and I’ll definitely want that one. Shang Chi toys are too hard to come by to be picky.)
Over at Newsarama, I reviewed TJ Dort and Joe Haley’s excellent Underburbs comics. It’s about a swell, little girl named Angela who has to save the world from a not-so-swell vampire girl named Winifred. Really fun, cool stuff.
Keira of Oz
Annie Leibovitz is at it again, this time shooting Keira Knightley in Wizard of Oz scenes. Thank you, Annie Leibovitz.
Filed Under black canary, comics, fantasy, hawaiian dick, horror, lost, mummy, mystery, oz, pirates, scifi, spider-man, star wars, superheroes, women in fiction
- Just when it doesn’t look like Lost can get any better, Grant Gould goes and offers reasonable speculation that it may involve pirates now.
- And speaking of pirates, Disneyland is offering lots of Pirates art and merchandise in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
- Just because Rachel Weisz isn’t coming back for Mummy 3 doesn’t mean that her character, Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell, isn’t. She’ll just be played by Maria Bello (A History of Violence, World Trade Center). I’m going to miss Weisz, but I don’t know Bello very well. Maybe I’ll like her.
- Today is L. Frank Baum’s birthday. He would’ve been 151 years old.
- There’s a large brouhaha going on in the comics blogosphere over this statue. And it certainly deserves some hullabaloo. The problem though, as this blogger points out, is that “while it is undeniably offensive, there are too many opinions on why for it to be of any use.” For instance, a couple of bloggers find the very notion of Cheesecake demeaning to women and want to prove it by calling for illustrations of men in cheesecake poses to show how ridiculous it looks. My problem with that is that there already is a male equivalent to cheesecake, so there’s nothing particularly insightful about turning the tables. Also, I agree with Kady Mae that Cheesecake itself isn’t the problem: “Cheesecake has a certain playfulness, a certain light-hearted mischief to it that pandering lacks … The subject of cheesecake is always a person.” That fits girlontheleft’s description of Adam Hughes’ concept drawing for the statue: “MJ looks cute and human and a bit goofy, and I can imagine she’s just teasing an unclad Spidey who’s just out of frame.” In other words, it isn’t that Mary Jane is in a sexy pose that’s the problem with the statue, it’s that — unlike Adam’s version — she doesn’t appear to be in on the joke. Her eyes are lifeless and her smile is uncomfortable, as if everyone around her is laughing and she’s pretending to understand why. Those features, plus the elongated body make the statue look like it’s not based on the Hughes drawing, but on a Michael Turner re-imagining of the Hughes drawing.
- The colorist of DC’s upcoming Black Canary mini-series is showing the covers to all four issues and there’s at least one, huge spoiler amongst them. Go take a look before someone gets wise and makes him take them down.
Stuff Nobody Cares About But Me
- It’s official. Studio 60 is done.
- I talked before about how TiVo and other new ways of watching TV are screwing around with the Nielsens and advertisers. According to the New York Times, it looks like the networks and advertisers are getting smart: “‘They have control,’ (ABC ’s executive vice president for marketing Michael) Benson said of viewers, ‘and we’re not going to fight that. We want to make it easy for them to get what they want, where they want, when they want.’ At the same time, ABC and the four other big broadcast networks are working on methods to hold the attention of TV viewers throughout the commercial breaks that interrupt the shows they want to see … One way that many networks hope to engage viewers during commercial breaks is by wedging original content into the blocks of advertising time, so that viewers will anticipate seeing something fun if they sit through a few ads.” I’m all for it. I don’t mind watching commercials at all as long as they’re entertaining. In fact, I’ll often rewind the TiVo and watch one that catches my eye as I’m fast-forwarding through it.