Queer Geek News Roundup: July 23, 2017

  • A new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 offers more stunning visuals from Dennis Villeneuve's sequel to the Ridley Scott classic.

  • This year's other Wonder Woman film (not counting Justice League), Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, has a new trailer delving into the kinky, polyamorous life of William Moulton Marston.

  • HBO announced Confederate, a new series from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (top pic above), set in "an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution." Although the show's producers include Black husband-and-wife team Malcolm Spellman and Nichelle Tramble Spellman (lower pic above), the premise quickly provoked harsh criticism and parody:

Via Twitter user DOCFUTURE

A subsequent interview suggests that the producers are at least fully aware of the minefield they're walking into, but it will be a tough balance for them to pull off.

This has also been the week of the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International, which annually draws upwards of 150,000 geeks from around the world. Many of the major film studios, TV networks, and comics publishers take the opportunity to make major announcements, and this year was no exception. Below are a few of the highlights, in what's by no means a comprehensive list (there's just too much for me to catch everything):

  • Back in January, Young Justice co-creator Greg Weisman teased that the show "already" featured LGBT characters, raising the possibility of more explicit representation in the show's upcoming season. At SDCC 2017, Warner Bros. Animation revealed a character roster that includes a mysterious new female character named Thirteen; in current comics, Traci Thirteen is a magically-superpowered teen lesbian. Meanwhile, Aqualad has recently been reintroduced in the pages of DC Comics as a gay teen; could that carry over to the show?

  • Legion and Fargo creator Noah Hawley announced that he is developing a Doctor Doom film for Fox. Given the excellence of Hawley's TV work, I have faith that this could actually deliver where Fox's previous Fantastic Four attempts failed.

We got new trailers for a host of TV series and films:

  • SyFy teases Krypton, its Superman prequel following the adventures of Kal-El's grandfather when he was a sexy young man hanging with other sexy young people and presumably having lots of sexy, sexy sex. Time-travel shenanigans will allow the show to feature some more familiar DC characters.

  • Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist brawl, banter, and battle Sigourney Weaver's mysterious villain in a new trailer for Marvel's The Defenders.

  • Star Trek: Discovery shows us the Federation's cold war with the Klingons.

  • The phenomenon that was Netflix's Stranger Things returns with more 80s nostalgia and even creepier monsters.

  • HBO's Westworld is back in 2018 with more sex murder robots.

  • Justice League shows off its villain, Steppenwolf, but continues to keep Superman offscreen.

  • WB also announced a slate of upcoming DC films that includes Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad sequels, as well as Shazam, Justice League Dark, and Flashpoint. None of these films have confirmed release dates.

  • Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, an adaptation of the Ernest Cline bestseller, assembles pop-culture icons from the Iron Giant to Freddy Krueger to Back to the Future's DeLorean in a futuristic VR wonderland.

  • The God of Thunder teams up with the Hulk, Loki, and Valkyrie to battle Cate Blanchett in a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok.