That’s No Princess!

Nice article on the BBC News website today about how difficult it is to find toys or action figures of female characters from popular films. The most recent example, as mentioned in the article, was the clear lack of Black Widow figures following this year’s Avengers movie – she plays a big role throughout and yet, no toy.

It’s a problem that needs to be addressed and will hopefully get better – I’m not a parent but I have two young nephews who are just getting into Star Wars and this weekend I was looking to pick something up for them. Tons of stuff from the earlier films and plenty of Kylo Ren stuff from Episode VII but Rey – one of, it not the principal character – was nowhere to be found.

However, and not wishing to make light of the subject, a couple of things did make me smile; first, this line:

Wonder Woman – the world’s most prominent female hero – is also not immune. She once disappeared from a set of Justice League sheets, ironically replaced by notorious bed wetter Aquaman.

Ha! Aquaman still gets no respect!

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Supergirl – Red Faced

Supergirl Red FacedPlaying catch up with the Supergirl series so only watched this episode last night.

It’s another solid entry in the series – Supergirl is recruited/forced to battle the new Red Tornado android to test its capabilities against insurgents, a test mandated by General Sam Lane (Lois and Lucy’s dad). Due to having already had a stressful day, Kara loses her temper, totals the Tornado and knocks some wiring loose allowing it to go rogue, something with General Lane blames her for.

There’s another parallel story – Kara needs to learn to control her temper both as Cat Grant’s assistant and as Supergirl, working out what’s really making her angry (the fact that she’ll never have a normal life) before being able to use that anger to her advantage. She and Cat bond a little more while Max Lord makes a short appearance, slowly growing his role as villain and yet potential love interest for Kara’s sister Alex. And then there’s the mystery about Hank Henshaw which the internet has already spoiled.

Like I said, another good episode – Supergirl grows a little more, General Lane is a xenophobic arsehole and Red Tornado makes his on screen début – but I did have a couple of problems with it, mostly about dear old Reddy.

Sadly, unlike any of the other aliens/bad guys featured to date on the show (or even Supergirl herself) Reddy looked like nothing more than a man in a suit:

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and not a very good one, either. Nothing about the character’s design said “android” – it was just a suit, a fact that was reinforced when Max Lord lifted the severed arm up as if it were made of polystyrene; the prop clearly had no weight to it. Reddy was described as a prototype, though, so I’m hoping if and when he returns, he’ll look a bit better.

And I’d put money on his return, as well, as despite Kara blowing him to bits at the episode’s end, Red Tornado has a long history of being destroyed and rebuilt which inevitably leads to scenes like this:

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Androids get all the love.

 

Idris Elba – The Gunslinger?

CBR reports (and I use that term loosely) that Idris Elba may be the front runner for the role of Roland Deschain, the gunslinger from Stephen King’s huge work The Dark Tower.

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And I for one could not be happier.

I’ve loved The Dark Tower books since I read the first one oh so many years ago and if there was one good thing that came out of Stephen King’s road accident a few years ago, it was that it made him realise he needed to pull his finger out and finish the books.

Sometimes the story meandered and to this day I disagree with how he dealt with one of his long-term villains but overall the books were fantastic and easily rivalled The Lord of The Rings for me.

Idris Elba as the world-weary gunslinger, trudging after the Man in Black, is something that I would love to see. For all Pacific Rim‘s faults (and there were quite a few) the one thing that made me enjoy that film was Elba who stole every scene he was in and acted the hell out of the film.

I would be so, so happy to see this come about.