The folks at GLAAD have decided to call out companies like Marvel and DC Films for lack of LGBT representation in their films while praising other widely released films that have managed to accomplished that very representation.
Many have criticized how long it’s taken for Marvel to deliver a female-led superhero film and rightfully so. As much as a fun as I am of the superhero genre, I don’t think any of us can deny the lack of representation of other races, genders, and members of various sexual orientations in Hollywood films. I know people get antsy when they see a studio trying to cram in some form of racial, feminist, LGBT representation. To be fair, it’s been done poorly many, many times but films like Black Panther and Wonder Woman have proved that having that representation in the form of a $150 million blockbuster can mean more to some than we may realize. This is what GLAAD had to say about representation in the Marvel and DC films franchises, specifically the case of off-screen suppression of identity:
“There have been several films in recent years that have erased a character’s queer identity as they moved from page to screen. In 2017, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and DC’s Wonder Woman both included characters who are queer in the source material, but did not include any on screen confirmation of their identities. This must change going forward.”
Movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story, Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman have been criticized for having LGBT characters, but saying that it all happened off-screen. The erasing of that identity, while still trying to claim that they are properly representing that group of people, is a new trend that has proven to be a misguided attempt at inclusion. Director of Entertainment Research and Analysis at GLAAD, Megan Townsend, went on to praise many of the recent films who did provide proper representation:
“Though wide release films this year like Love, Simon, Annihilation, Blockers, and Negasonic and Yukio’s relationship in Deadpool 2, have raised the bar for LGBTQ images, studios must still do more to ensure that LGBTQ storylines and characters are included in fair and accurate ways. We hope that these films are the start of an upward trend of sustained progress and not just a blip in the radar of next year’s SRI.”
Hopefully, the success of something like Deadpool 2 can be a turning point for Hollywood’s representation in a big budget franchise, but we’ll have to wait and see what the forthcoming slate of films has to offer.
Which films do you feel properly represent the LGBT community? Let us know in the comments below!
10 Actresses Who Should Play Batwoman In The Arrowverse
It was just revealed that Batwoman herself will make an appearance in the next major Arrow crossover. After including characters like The Flash and Supergirl, Kate Kane herself is swinging into the Arrowverse. The character has been featured in animated DC projects, but she has never appeared in live-action before.
A talented actress is needed to bring such a strong character to life. Batwoman is just as fierce a fighter as her cousin Batman and she has a unique view on the world. An ex-soldier who was raised by her obsessive father, Kate Kane picked up the Batwoman mantle separate from her cousin’s decision to fight crime in Gotham. She has no problem putting herself in harm’s way to protect others and she’s also an intelligent tactician who will challenge Oliver Queen for the top slot in Arrow’s Justice League.
Hit Next to learn more about these 10 actresses who should play Batwoman in the Arrowverse!