Skip to content

Is this a blooper reel?

June 18, 2014

 

Deny everything.

[NSFW language, as always]

Is this a vlog?

November 24, 2012


Will this be a regular thing?

I have no idea.

Why is the lip sync out?

Also, good question.

The lighting?

No, no, that was YouTube’s fault.

Female Superhero Films, or Where’s My Ms. Marvel Movie?

August 21, 2012

Adi Granov’s variant cover of Captain Marvel #1

Used under Fair Use

So, with this current glut of superhero movies, and recent box-office success of female-led action films like Brave and The Hunger Games, we’re bound to see the ladies of Marvel and DC leaping onto the big screen, right?

Not exactly.

Despite proving to Hollywood that audiences can cope with a female protagonist without their heads exploding at the very idea, and the popularity with which Black Widow and Catwoman have been received, there’s still no announcement of a solely superheroine movie.

I know, I hear you. There’s a ton of films in the works; what do you want, them to bring the entire comic canon to screen?

And I get that; you can’t make every film at once, these things cost money, etc. But Marvel announced four films post-Avengers; and I don’t think it’s too much to ask that maybe one was focused on a female superhero.

This isn’t to put a downer on the future films – I am psyched for Guardians of the Galaxy, a film I never thought we’d see, and I hope to see the Wasp starring alongside Hank Pym in Ant-Man. I’m even looking forward to the Superman reboot. But there is a growing female audience for this kind of stuff (not because the cast of The Avengers were extraordinarily pretty, but because women read comic books) and if they can identify with Captain America and Iron Man, then male fans can probably sit through a whole Wonder Woman flick.

The other questions, I hear you cry, is who? Who is there other than Wonder Woman who’d be suited to this role?

I asked myself this too; as the title suggests, my answer was Ms. Marvel, but I’ve put together a list of five possible candidates for female superhero movies.

Cover of Wonder Woman vol.3, #5 by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
Used under Fair Use

1. Wonder Woman

People have been waiting for Diana to hit the screen for years. Really, I don’t think I even have to justify this one. She’s flipping Wonder Woman. Get this kickass babe into our cinemas, DC – drag one of the projects out of Development Hell, or start a new one.

And if you’re worried about the ‘Amazonian princess’ being too cheesy? Don’t be. People loved Captain America, for God’s sake. If The Avengers taught us anything, it’s that audiences can simultaneously love Tony’s Stark hilarious cynicism, and Steve ‘I-don’t-like-bullies’ Roger’s sense of what’s right and wrong.

We’ve had the age of gritty, dark knight heroes. It’s time to bring back the Lasso of Truth. People will love it. (Also Wonder Woman doesn’t look nearly so silly now that she wears trousers, so, there’s that).

2. Spider-Woman

Far from just ‘a female Spider-Man’, Jessica Drew has such a varied backstory you could probably pick and choose several different movie ideas out of it. Just her initial origin story of learning to fit in when she’s suddenly been aged up to seventeen and hardly spent time with humans before could be a great teen film.

Add in all her dilemmas about working for HYDRA and you have a much more complicated character than ‘Spidey with boobs’.

3. Batgirl

There have been a few Batgirls over the years, and all of them could probably hold a film, but my choice has to be Barbara Gordon. She was a great Silver Age character and feminist icon, but you could also use a Batgirl film within DC’s relaunch, The New 52, looking at how Barbara copes with her PTSD and having recently recovered from her paralysis.

Which is not to say you couldn’t make a great movie with her as the Oracle. It’d take a lot of work, because she’s not exactly running around and kicking ass, but I think an investigation into how a disabled character exists in a superhero universe could be turned into an interesting movie.

4. Captain Marvel

Cover of Captain Marvel 1 by Mark D. Bright
Used under Fair Use

You know what we need even more than female superheroes? Black superheroes. War Machine’s fun, but there are rumours of Falcon and Black Panther turning up in later films, and no one wants a Luke Cage movie more than I do (seriously, you want a comedy? Forget Ant-Man, Luke Cage is all you need).

But what do we need even more than POC superheroes? WOC superheroes. That’s right, I’m talking about Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel. It’s frightening how few black women we see in Hollywood, especially in a role like this, and this is a perfect opportunity to introduce Monica to the world.

And on a personal note, I think her superpowers are awesome and fairly uncommon. Your SFX team would probably have a blast.

5. Ms. Marvel

I couldn’t resist.

Her backstory and origin is a little tough, with all the alien conflict you’d have to introduce, and she’s flitted around quite a few of the Marvel superhero teams. Not to mention a lot of her more iconic superpowers are abilities she got as Binary…

Cover of Ms. Marvel vol.2, #1 by Frank Cho
Used under Fair Use

So Carol Danvers is mostly on this list for fun. Because she’s awesome. And out of all the women I’ve mentioned, she’s the one that most looks like she could actually beat you up. Seriously, look at those thighs.

Her character arc in the comics has kind of gone all over the place, and she’s really coming into her own recently as the new Captain Marvel; but I see no reason why a characterisation closer to the Ms. Marvel from Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes couldn’t be used for a film version instead. She’s certainly a fun, popular character from the cartoon series, a great role-model, and one tough cookie.

And those are just a few ideas. The ladies from the Justice League could do with a bit of love, and Batwoman is the perfect opportunity to start getting LGBT superheroes onto the big screen. I can’t be the only one who wants a Catwoman or Elektra film done right, and since The Avengers, who doesn’t want to see Black Widow and Hawkeye have their own buddy movie? (Come on, what happened in Budapest?)

Hope is on the horizon – DC do occasionally make noises about that so-called Wonder Woman film – and it’s been announced that Joss Whedon is doing a Marvel live-action TV series. There are rumours that, without the licensing laws that affect films, this TV series could feature Spiderman and X-Men characters as cast members – and it seems like a great time for Whedon to show off his skill at writing female characters by dragging a few lesser-known heroes back into the light.

Here’s hoping. (Also, I really recommend the related links this time; they’re all super interesting).

Related Links:

Nostalgia Chick’s ‘The Worst (And Least Awful) Female Superhero Movies‘ [VIDEO]

Moviebob’s The Big Picture ‘All The World Is Waiting‘ [VIDEO]

Pathetic Avengers Fangirl’s ‘Marvel Comic-Con Reaction

Pathetic Avengers Fangirl’s ‘Six Avengers I Want to See on Film (and One I Don’t)’

Pathetic Avengers Fangirl’s ‘Dear Marvel: More Women, Please?

The Escapist: ‘Joss Whedon Signs on for Avengers 2, Marvel TV Series

Mitch Recaps: Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 – Volume One

August 15, 2012

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know I’ve been working on this baby for a while, hence the recent neglect on the blog.

Mitch Recaps is a vlog series I’ve been planning for a while, and I have tons of ideas to try out (I’d love any suggestions too though). Bubblegum Crisis is really more of an experiment whilst I get up and running – fiddling with equipment and review styles etc.

This was originally all video footage, but due to technical difficulties eveything got corrupted. Instead it’s told with screenshots – but I’ll see if I can fix this is later episodes.

Please let me know what you think, as I’m just starting out.

Thanks guys! You can also expect some more frequent blog updates from here on out. Except I promise that every time, so who knows?

July 9, 2012

FILM CRIT HULK! HULK BLOG!

AHHH, THE MONOMYTH.

IT IS A FASCINATING ACADEMIC PURSUIT; A JOURNEY INTO OUR CULTURAL HISTORY, TO THE TIES OF COMMUNICATION THAT BONDED OUR EARLY CIVILIZATIONS. IT EVEN EXPLAINS HOW OUR STORYTELLING ROOTS ARE DIRECTLY BORN FROM THAT SHARED HISTORY. YES, THE LESSONS AT THE CORE OF THE MONOMYTH ARE MANIFOLD, RICH, AND TEXTURED; A THOUSAND VERSIONS OF A HERO’S JOURNEY, ALL BOUND BY THE HUMAN CONDITION, ALL CRUCIAL TO OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHY WE TELL STORIES IN THE FIRST PLACE. SIMPLY PUT, THE HERO’S JOURNEY IS VITAL TO OUR HUMANITY.

AND NOW IT’S A TOTAL FUCKING CRUTCH.

A LOT LIKE HULK’S DISMISSAL OF 3 ACT STRUCTURE, THE PROBLEM WITH JOSEPH CAMPBELL’S THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES IS NOT IT’S LACK OF ACCURACY, BUT INSTEAD WHAT WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION IT PROVIDES. CHIEFLY, THE FACT THAT OUR SOCIETY HAS OVERTLY ADOPTED THE BOOK’S BREAKDOWN OF THE HERO…

View original post 6,851 more words

The Book Signing: How Did It Go?

June 28, 2012

The answer? Very well indeed.

I felt the people of Southampton were actually proud of Solent Uni, and us. And, in return, I felt proud of Ignite.

Watching it get tucked under people’s arms, carefully put into handbags, passed over the till at Waterstones; we waved goodbye to the copies as they found their way to their new homes. We hope everyone who picked up a copy will find something in the collection to enjoy.

Whilst friends and family came along to support us, plenty of members of the public wandered up to the table too. The vast majority of people who flicked through our display copies happily bought it and asked us all to sign them. (A few people tried to pay us for them, which was terribly sweet, but all the money goes to Waterstones and Solent University).

The result of this is that we sold out of Ignite‘s first print run. That means there are at least 100 copies sat on bookshelves round the country, which is pretty good going for a first-time indie-published title.

Both Waterstones stores in Southampton took some copies to put on their Recommended shelf, and we were their best-sellers of the day (possibly beaten by Fifty Shades of Grey, but we’re not miracle workers). For the record, Waterstones were fantastic throughout the entire event. Every member of staff made us feel welcome, and helped out in any way they could. Huge shoutout to them!

If you live in or around Southampton, I will be bringing our ISBN in the near future to October Books, the independent bookstore in Portswood; Southampton Central Library; and also my local library in Bitterne. If you know of any other independent bookstores in the area, or somewhere else that would display our book, please let me know at mitchkallan [at] gmail [dot] com.

Of course, the main way to purchase our book is still through Amazon, or as an ebook via the Kindle Store.

In other news, I’ve been publishing quite a bit over on Squidoo, if you’d like to check any of my articles out. New lenses include my advice on getting a beta reader (specifically aimed at fanfiction authors, but the idea is the same for any writer), our tips on geeky nights in, and my review of Neil Gaiman’s collection of short works Angels & Visitations.

Upcoming posts here on the blog will likely be a review of Tom Masters‘s epic poem Silence, which I’ve just finished, any more information on Ignite, and maybe some thoughts on pulp novels as I’ve been reading James Patterson‘s When the Wind Blows and The Lake House recently.

And finally, I have a LinkedIn profile here.

May 31, 2012

The Mask of Reason

Spoiler Alert!  Avoid reading this post if you haven’t seen The Avengers.

No really, look away!

O.k., let’s talk about The Avengers, the highest grossing movie so far this year, and the movie on track to potentially unseat James Cameron’s Avatar as highest grossing movie of all time.  Specifically, I want to talk about the writing and Loki, the film’s key villain.  More specifically, I want to explain how Joss Whedon managed to write the perfect Xanatos Gambit.

For those who don’t know or didn’t click the link above, a Xanatos Gambit (named for the villain Xanatos from Disney’s Gargoyles cartoon) is a plan that literally cannot fail because win or lose, the villain wins.  This is one of those “I wanted you to beat me all along” scenarios, where defeating the villain somehow means the hero still loses.  This isn’t changing your plans to compensate or getting lucky…

View original post 942 more words