For just a moment, I want to touch on what a really great time it is for sf/fantasy in my book. I mean, I think Wonder Woman was one of the best blockbuster movies this year, and am completely happy about the potential of the coming sequel and pretty jazzed about the Justice League trailer. I'm going to preface this with a brief disquisition that will probably make your eyes glaze over if you come here strictly for the politics stuff and maybe even if, like me, you are a geek.
I liked Batman Vs. Superman. There, I said it. Furthermore, I think Affleck as Batman is actually, among other things, what an Affleck might even be good for. He physically is Bruce Wayne/Batman-sized. He somehow inhabits Bats' obsessions and trauma vs. privileged intersections. I think the Christ-symbolism with Cavill's Superman was kind of heavy, but the addition of Wonder Woman, and the later good, solid, origin-story Wonder Woman tale, and the way both establish that meta-humans are now part of reality, were not bad--just possibly waiting for something like JL to break out the way Marvel's Avengers did. (I like Justice League just because--they were my playground pantheon.)
Speaking of Avengers--I've got a lot of love for Thor: Ragnarok. So, how would we make a Thor movie good for me--okay, be a Thor Movie, have Loki and maybe another character like the Hulk. Greeeeeaaaat. How would I make that better ? Okay, Cate Blanchet is the baddie and there's Jeff Goldblum. And now I'm so...take my money!
Also excited for Black Panther! (Okay, what the Marvel films are doing is basically creating a thing where I just need to give them my money. How they have not realized that a Black Widow movie is the best way to make feminists give up the ducats is not a thing I totally understand, but I get that they are having a major creative arc--this is how they made me buy all the comic books in the 90's. I both still feel like the biggest mark and enjoy the sheer world-building escapism. But going with Black Panther's world is also a challenge they want to live up to. )
But why stop with the perv suits? Here's a great disturbance in the SF force--Doctor Who looks like a lady! I don't know why this is shocking for anyone--I don't know why the qualities that make a good character, like wit, strength, ethics, etc., suddenly can't be applied to virtually anyone regardless of gender. It seems to me like just having wit, strength, ethics, etc., should be really good things to display no matter who has them. It isn't like heroism is gender-specific at all--and I don't know why gender-attitudes of mostly "ancient" Earthlings should apply to Gallifreyans anyway. I look forward to Jodie Whittaker's adventures.
Here's another entertainment I am here for in body and spirit--A Wrinkle in Time. Give me math and science nerds and love saving the day from conformity and totalitarianism with the help of stars and witches. Give me Ana DuVernay to plumb these depths. So in, is me. In like a very waiting and happy thing.
Also--there is a new Star Trek in the works! I love Star Trek. I even liked Star Trek: Enterprise where time travelling scientist Sam Beckett was somehow in the body of an Earth starship captain until he eventually solved the timeline by creating the Federation of Planets or something. I wasn't the biggest fan of that theme song, although I can sing it in a weaponized fashion. But this Star Trek is going to have ladies and gays even. I'm being snarkful. But still-yay SF diversitude!
But here's my favorite up-and-coming thing--a Stargate web series based on Catherine Langford. Oh, Stargate. You know I do love some period-based sciencing and adventurism. I love the idea of a trained historian venturing through the stargate with early 20th century know-how and spirit. It could be a fascinating exploration--here for it. Here for how she would respond to what she sees, how it changes her. I am entirely in.
Also for books? I am recommending The Laundry Files: Delirium Brief. In light of what is happening in the US gov't, Stross's vision regarding new and untried takeovers of government without institutional know-how combined with an outside threat actually made me shiver a bit. Really good, though.