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DC and Warner Brothers have undergone quite a lot of changes over the last few months and every new piece of information released seems to divide the fandom more. With James Gunn at the helm there seems to be a hard reboot of the DCEU coming, yet there are some lingering projects that Warner Brothers simply can’t afford to cut and therefore they will be released in the face of a reboot.
There has been much discussion on the internet about the quality of Marvel’s phase 4, most of the criticism uses the phrase “quantity over quality” now quite frankly that's a bullshit copout phrase that people who are incapable of an intelligent opinion use, but Marvel does not seem to be slowing down so I would like to dive into the slate for 2023 and discuss their possibilities.
Things That Feel Like Winter
Now as we discovered in October there are certain pieces of media that feel like fall and likewise there are pieces of media that feel like winter. These are the perfect shows, movies, music and books to experience when it's raining or snowing outside and you are just trying to stay warm. Occasionally I have no explanations for these and it's just a feeling but sometimes these things are meant to feel like winter.
Glee Christmas Episodes
Glee was a moment, it was iconic for all of the wrong reasons but that doesn’t stop many of us past gleeks from hate re-watching. That said there were good episodes, among them being the Christmas ones. So I have decided to rank the Glee Christmas episodes. These are being ranked based on musical performances, song choice and storyline.
Have a Very Disney Christmas
I think we are all aware by now that I am the christmassy of Christmas elves, so along with articles about date night Christmas movies, things that feel like winter and the best Christmas movies of all time, I am also here to help you have a very Disney Christmas. Not very many people can afford to go to Disneyland or Disney World for the Holidays but that doesn’t mean that you can’t fully immerse yourself in Disney Christmas fun.
The Power of Marketing
In a world where media surrounds us in a way that is inescapable there is so much that exists that it can’t possibly all be good. Now not everything that is branded as “bad” by the general public actually had to suffer that fate. Sometimes the problem isn’t the cast, plot or dialogue, sometimes it's simply the marketing. The marketing of a project can kill it or sell it more than the project itself. If a television show is marketed as a teen drama then that's the drama that you expect, however if a project is branded as satire then it's easier as a writer or showrunner as you haven;t boxed yourself into a specific genre. Both Riverdale and Jennifer’s Body get a bad rap, one because it is in fact bad but would be brilliant if marketed differently and the latter brilliant but marketed so poorly a majority of the initial audience missed the point.
Male v Female Gaze
Just like our other heroines in the MCU, Black Widow was the first to suffer from the male gaze. Her treatment was admittedly the worst, being the most sexualized and used specifically and solely for male enjoyment. Black Widow and her treatment is also easier to track due to her being the first female avenger and amount of appearances. From her start the writers and directors wanted audiences to see Natasha as nothing more than an object, and yet her loyal fans saw so much more.
With about a thousand adaptations of Superman in existence there is always plenty of talk around the fans of DC about which is the best. The reality of the situation is that there are many good adaptations but none as good, or as thorough as Smallville. The 2001 live action series set the bar high for all superhero media to come and yet none have lived up to the incredible nature of Smallville.
Separating Art from the Artist
Many artists across history are problematic, they have all done, said or live by ideals that are no longer acceptable in the eyes of society. Just to be clear, “cancel culture” isn’t a thing, it's called grown people finally being held accountable for their actions. Jk Rowling and Joss Whedon are two media giants who definitely deserve to be held accountable for their actions, but what does that mean for fans of their work?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
I got the pleasure of seeing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on opening night and I did in fact cry like a little bitch baby within the first 30 seconds. It was an incredibly emotional, heartfelt and touching tribute to Chadwick Boseman and it was genuinely the most incredible Marvel movie for one simple reason, it didn’t feel like a Marvel movie.
Vampires Endurance in Hollywood
So we’ve talked about the stories that have a chokehold on both Hollywood and society but the most enduring subject of media is vampires. Inspiring both television and film vampires insight into possibly the most amount of projects ever produced. It's also one of the few subjects that spans demographics; ordinarily associated with teenage girls (thanks to things like Twilight and Vampire Diaries), grown men also find entertainment in vampire stories (Dracula and Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
Anticipating Black Panther
Marvel has gifted fans with tons of content this year but one of the most anticipated projects of this year is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. I am fully prepared for this movie to absolutely destroy me emotionally as the trailer has made me cry on three separate occasions. The film certainly looks like it's going to be a collective grieving experience for both the filmmakers and the audience. But I wanted to use this article to point out the canonical things from the comics that they could incorporate into the future of this character. The choice not to recast Chadwick was a good decision, and leaves room for the women to take the forefront.