The early 90s film "The Rocketeer" is getting a reboot and there's been a fairly significant change. Ready? Can you guess?
Got it yet? Come on ... !!!
You got it -- star Billy Campbell's role is out ... and the protagonist will now be played by ... a black woman.
"The Hollywood Reporter says the company is prepping a brand new sequel/reboot called The Rocketeers and the new hero is an African-American woman.
This new version will be set six years after the original film. The first Rocketeer has disappeared fighting the Nazis, so an unlikely pilot takes up the mantle and battles the scientists who are trying to mass produce the rocket technology for the enemy."
If you've heard that SJWs -- social justice warriors -- are simply never satisfied, look no further than here.
That's right -- even though Tony Stark has been replaced as Iron Man by a teenaged black female, Entertainment Weekly's suggestions for who should hypothetically portray the new character were met with derision ... because the actresses noted are too light-skinned.
"What Riri Williams looks like MATTERS. It MATTERS that she is a dark-skinned black girl. It matters because most black girls in America ARE darker-skinned but continue to be erased in entertainment — even from their OWN stories. That Hollywood would even consider a light-skinned 33-year-old actress for the role of a dark-skinned 15-year-old-girl shows how far it will go to avoid dark skin."
Everyone join me in one. Big. Collective. EYE ROLL.
Or, at least tries to. Love how the target will have none of it:
A tweet yesterday from "progressive" commentator Sally Kohn:
What about the mothers and fathers who have lost their violence to white guys with AK-15s conducting mass shootings? Why not profile them?— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 22, 2016
Second best retort: "Can you buy an AK-15 at Targ-mart?
The media is spending more time doing a forensic analysis of Melania's speech than the FBI spent on Hillary's emails.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2016
Comics veterans Chuck Dixon and Brett R. Smith have teamed up to do the graphic novel version of Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash.
"The graphic novel says that it will help to tell the story of 'the most corrupt candidate ever,' tracing Hillary Clinton’s involvement with shady characters back to when she and Bill left the White House in the late 1990s."
At least some creators out there are providing a smidgen of balance ...
In advance of San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Valiant is proud to announce that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for President of the United States, will join forces with Faith “Zephyr” Herbert on November 2nd in FAITH #5 – a history-making, 48-page election special teaming the leading female hero in comics today with the first female nominee from a major political party for a special tale written by comics legend Louise Simonson with art by FAITH‘s own Pere Perez!
On November 2nd, just days before Election Day 2016, legendary writer Louise Simonson and Harvey Award-nominated artist Pere Perez present history in the making with a presidential milestone like no other!
GIVE. ME. A. F***ING. BREAK.
Hey, will Faith ask Hill why she trashed the reputations of the women who accused her husband of sexual assault and rape?
Will she ask her why she blamed a silly video for the attacks in Benghazi?
Will she ask her why she repeatedly lied about sending classified material on unsecured emails?
This is why I have ceased giving my $$ to Marvel and DC for years now. Valiant is now added to the list.
It's bad enough that Marvel has a writer on one of its marquee books who was active in Democratic politics and who routinely trashes Republicans as "evil," but it also employs David Walker who writes (the poor-selling) Nighthawk.
Walker believes the biggest threats to black Americans are "racism and the criminal justice system that is infected by the disease or racism," and he's showing just that in his book.
The Nighthawk in this title is not, if you're an older Marvel reader, the hero from the old Defenders team book. He's the dimension-displaced vigilante from the J. Michael Straczynski Supreme Power/Squadron Supreme books, now in the Marvel Universe proper. The ... "hero" is stationed in Chicago, of all places, and in the preview of issue #3 we read this:
"The city of Chicago explodes in racial violence, but the nightmare is just beginning. NIGHTHAWK goes to war against a group of white supremacists, but with the cops also hunting him, he may have finally bitten off more than he can chew. And then there’s that serial killer on the loose…"
Also, someone has been "smuggling illegal arms into the city" -- which Nighthawk suspects involves the police. 'Hawk is "determined to keep the guns from making it onto the streets" ... he's "had enough of this @!#$", you see. (Those are the actual words.)
Indeed -- the greatest problems facing urban Chicago are white supremacists and cops smuggling illegal weapons into the city.
Here's what issue #3 looks like:
If conservative white people are upset by NIGHTHAWK thus far, wait until they see #3, in store next week. pic.twitter.com/Qgdi8ko2mX— David F Walker (@DavidWalker1201) July 12, 2016
And if you have an issue with what Walker's writing?
Remember what I said about loving everyone? I changed my mind. Some of y'all can go eat a bag of dicks.— David F Walker (@DavidWalker1201) July 12, 2016
But these figures apparently are immaterial to Marvel. Walker's got a new gig called Occupy Avengers which "is hoping to be rather political."
Occupy? How 2011. And you may remember how the detestable Gail Simone's now-cancelled The Movement did in sales.
Consider what Douglas Ernst asks: "Imagine you are a writer on a Marvel comic book that can’t even sell 17,000 copies in its second month of release. Now imagine what would happen if you logged onto your social media account and mocked 'liberal black people' while flippantly telling them to 'eat a bag of d***s' if they were offended by your work."
Well, Marvel writer Nick Spencer is at it again, this time going after law enforcement in Captain America: Sam Wilson #10:
Even ... "better" -- there's also the character Rage telling a group of young (black) men that it's "time we started hitting back":
Isn't that wonderful?
Interestingly, Spencer retweeted the following back on July 8:
... Spencer, on the other hand, bases his latest story on a different fiction: That police overwhelmingly, and unfairly, target blacks in the course of doing their jobs.
And there's more:
It is exactly this- white are seen as individuals, anyone else is seen within large blocs. It's about dehumanizing. https://t.co/Ghk48Tviz8— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) July 9, 2016
But media do backflips to isolate white shooters while portraying anyone else as part of a larger movement, almost without exception.— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) July 9, 2016
It never fucking fails. Dylan Roof? Mentally disturbed lone gunman. Micah Johnson? Speaking for millions.— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) July 9, 2016
Remember, whether a shooter speaks for everyone of their race/religion depends entirely on whether or not they're white.— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) July 8, 2016
Whites are never portrayed as a "monolithic" movement? Tell that to white police officers across the country. It's never a bad apple or two, but a "culture of white supremacy" (or something) infecting whole police departments.
Tell that American college students who are routinely subjected to "white privilege" and "diversity" workshops (sometimes mandatory), let alone actual courses, which demonize all whites for the ills facing minorities and the world in general.
Tell that to Marvel itself, which routinely lectures its readers (and potential readers) of the need for more non-white characters, and anyone who disagrees is a racist. All the while the vast majority of its creators remain white (and male).
This is what Marvel thinks of you, America. Nick Spencer, writer of one of its marquee books, who uses sources like the Daily Kos and the Democratic Underground and has little compunction about trashing anyone with a contrary point of view (and, God forbid you be a member of the Republican Party) uses the company's published product to promulgate his personal point of view ... and give you the colossal middle finger.
(Image h/t: Doug Ernst)
Yeah, Marvel cares about diversity ... sometimes:
Marvel’s resurgent group of teenage crimefighters—whether that’s the time-lost young X-Men or the youngest All-New, All-Different Avengers—are doing something that’s very teen. They’re defying their older colleagues to go it alone, fighting crime and generally being all hopeful and grassroots-y while doing so.
That’s the premise behind Champions, a new book from Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos being released in the wake of Marvel’s “Marvel Now!” initiative later this year. Channelling a youthful sense of positivity and social activism, the new group is headlined by Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales, after they chose to quit the Avengers for reasons currently unknown.
Waid? Waid?? The guy is in his mid-50s. He's a straight white dude. What a laugh ...
They've now turned the swollen-headed MODOK into a Donald Trump analogue:
The being is called M.O.D.A.A.K. -- Mental Organism Designed As America’s King.
This was the ... "brain-child" of Spider-Gwen Annual #1 writer Jason Latour. (Yes, Spider-Gwen. Somehow, somewhen, Gwen Stacy acquired spider-powers. Modern Marvel Comics, people.) Maybe Latour is establishing his "progressive" bona-fides in order to ingratiate himself into the political "club" of the likes of Dan Slott, Tom Brevoort, and Nick Spencer. Maybe he really feels that way. Whatever the case, there's only one type of politics evident at Marvel's comics division: Far left.
Whatever the case, here's the deal: 1) If you're a Republican/conservative, Marvel Comics doesn't want your business. Period. And 2) Marvel Comics couldn't come up with an engaging, original idea if their collective lives depended on it.
So Trump wants to be "king" of the United States? Where the f*** has Latour, et. al. been the last goddamn eight years?? Too busy working on panels like this.
Meanwhile, we'll await something like M.O.B.A.M.A. -- Moronic Organism Built for Absurdity and Muslim Appeasement.
See also: Doug Ernst's post on MODAAK. (h/t to Doug, too, for the first image above.)