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Film: Batgirl Movie Shelved, Along With DC Film’s First Trans Character

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DC Films has unexpectedly cancelled its Batgirl film, despite it having already been filmed. The film – which was to introduce DC Films’ first transgender character, played by Ivory Aquino – was due to be released on HBO Max. But it was confirmed on Tuesday (2 August) that the film won’t see the light of day. According to The New York Post, which broke the story, early test screenings didn’t bode well for the film, with a source saying: “They think an unspeakable Batgirl is going to be irredeemable.” Full Story from Pink News

Trailer: Michaela Coel to Play Queer Warrior in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Marvel has confirmed that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will introduce the queer character Aneka, played by none other than Michaela Coel. The first trailer for the Black Panther sequel premiered at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday (23 July), along with a string of announcements about the new film and the wider Marvel universe. After much speculation, it was confirmed that I May Destroy You’s Michaela Coel will be playing Aneka. Coel was first announced for the film in July 2021, but her character had been kept under wraps. In the Marvel comics, Aneka is the combat instructor of the Dora … Read more

For Readers: Let’s Make a Mash-Up

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Scott: Something fun today. Take one of your favorite spec fic shows or films and mash it up with something else. Tell us the basic plot, and give it a name. Go! Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Chat on FacebookChat on MeWe

FIRST LOOK: Conversion Therapy Camp Horror Film They/Them


Peacock has dropped first-look images of conversion therapy camp horror movie They/Them. With Kevin Bacon starring the first-look images are giving cult classic in the making – for better or worse. Bacon, who is already a horror icon due to his role in Friday the 13th, will play camp counsellor Owen Whistler in They/Them (pronounced they slash them), alongside Carrie Preston (True Blood), who will play his wife, Cora. The cast also includes Anna Chlumsky (Inventing Anna), Theo Germaine (The Politician), Quei Tann (How To Get Away With Murder), Austin Crute (Booksmart), Monique Kim (Look That Kill), Anna Lore (Faking … Read more

TRAILER: Thor: Love and Thunder – Queerbaiting or Truly LGBTQ+?

Thor: Love and Thunder

Marvel has dropped the first trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder, and fans are already thrilled with the queer moments in the film. The film is the follow-up to Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth once again taking on the role of the hunky titular superhero. Tessa Thompson will once again play the swoon-worthy warrior Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman will be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Mighty Thor. The trailer, which was released on Monday (18 April), sees Thor living a seemingly peaceful life, even meditating on a hill. Thor comes to a realisation that he … Read more

MOVIES: The MCU’s Latest LGBTQ+ Character Has a Tragic Backstory

America Chavez

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will introduce fans to America Chavez, with a new trailer giving fans an early glimpse of the queer teen hero. Trailers for the upcoming Marvel sequel are keeping the plot a closely guarded secret. But one thing that has been confirmed is the introduction of a new queer character who looks set to be a key player. America Chavez, played by Xochitl Gomez, can be seen in the official Doctor Strange 2 trailer confronting a giant mummy-like creature in the multiverse, working alongside other sorcerers and punching an unknown foe. When she was … Read more

FOR READERS: Spec Fic Ear Worms

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Scott: What are your favorite spec fic TV or movie theme songs – the usually instrumental ones that run at the start of a TV show or the end of a movie? What do you love about them? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Chat on FacebookChat on MeWe

MOVIES: Batgirl Film Casts Actress for DC’s First Cinematic Trans Character

Alysia Yeoh

Batgirl has cast transgender actress Ivory Aquino to play the first trans character in a DC Comics live-action film. Aquino will join the upcoming Batgirl film, a HBO Max project, as Alysia Yeoh, the titular superhero’s best friend and roommate, according to Variety. Aquino’s character will mark the first time a live-action feature film adaptation of a DC comic will feature an openly trans character. The actress is best known for her role as transgender activist Cecilia Chung in the docudrama When We Rise, and came out to the public while promoting the miniseries in 2017. Full Story from Pink … Read more

MOVIES: Doctor Strange 2 Previews Queer Superhero America Chavez

America Chavez

New merch for the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has hinted that the film will celebrate a new character’s queerness loudly and proudly. Marvel announced in 2020 that Xochitl Gomez had been cast as the lesbian teenage superhero America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Chavez, also known as Miss America, has been a favourite ever since her comic book debut back in 2011, and fans have been eager to find out whether the MCU will put her queerness front and centre. In true Marvel fashion, the film studio has kept mostly quiet about … Read more

Paris Jackson Wants to Be a Marvel Superhero – Or Villain

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Queer musician, model and actor Paris Jackson has declared that she “wants to be a Marvel hero – or a supervillain”. Speaking to Variety Jackson, who stars in the new Hulu coming-of-age movie Sex Appeal, revealed that she’s a lifelong Marvel fan, and would love to join the MCU some day. “I want to be a superhero or a supervillain,” she said. “I grew up reading the comics with my brothers. Every time a new Marvel film comes out, we go as a family to watch it… They haven’t let anyone down since 2009.” Jackson said her favourite characters were … Read more