- Announced on Father's Day last week, Dream Daddy, a new PC game from the creators of the popular webseries Game Grumps, will allow players to create their own "Dadsona", and date a range of single dads ranging from a bear type to a goth/anime villain. The game will be available on July 13th.
- In 1986, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons broke new ground with Watchmen, their landmark deconstruction of the superhero genre that remains hugely influential over thirty years later. Already divisively adapted for film by Zack Snyder in 2009 (not to mention DC Comics' own divisive prequels and upcoming crossover with the DC Universe), Watchmen is now in early development as an HBO series, with writer-producer Damon Lindelof (of Lost and The Leftovers) in talks. It's unclear if this would only adapt the source material or try to expand its universe, but I hope that the comics' queer themes, little-explored in the original comic and film, are explored more thoroughly.
- Everything was not awesome this week for The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired from next year's Han Solo prequel film after clashes with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Lord and Miller, who reportedly favored a more improvisational and comedic sensibility than did Kennedy and Kasdan, were quickly replaced by the more traditional Ron Howard.
- Later this summer, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will team Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Peach with a set Ubisoft's cute/annoying screaming rabbit mischief-makers who are costumed as their Nintendo counterparts. On her blog, trans game journalist Laura Dale offers a case for why said Rabbid-Peach may actually be "a trans woman, who got into both kinky sex and selfie-taking as a response to the increase in body positivity that transition provided her."
- Roller-skating disco singer Alison Blaire, better known as Dazzler, is easily among the most fabulous (and most 1980s) X-Men characters, but she has yet to appear in any of the films, in spite of hints that she might show in X-Men: Apocalypse. Entertainment Weekly now confirms that the character will appear in next year's X-Men: Dark Phoenix, in what is described as a "small role" (hopefully not too small for a proper musical interlude).
A happy pride to all those celebrating today; keep it geeky!