OK Batman fans, prepare yourselves: Jena Malone may be playing Robin in the upcomingBatman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Jena Malone, known best for her role as Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games, could be the first female Robin to hit the silver screen. Malone has been seen on the WB set sporting a new red hairdo, which may allude to a Carrie Kelley cameo.
She also posted an image of her fiery locks on her Instagram page.
Sure, Carrie’s need to see herself and her relationships with the men in her life as the still point of the turning world isn’t particularly charming. But being a neurotic, silly, kinda selfish person while still believing in the redemptive powers of work and sex and love and, above all else, your female friendships—because ultimately, that’s what so many women love about the show—doesn’t make you a bad feminist, or a bad example to womankind. It makes you a work in progress, just like the rest of us.
Warning: This story contains spoilers for Thor No.1.
Marvel went big when they announced this summer that a woman would be becoming Thor for a new comic book series. It shared the news on The View and revealed an impressive cover for Thor No.1. Now the new woman wielding the hammer has arrived on our shelves, or at least an introduction to her taking the Thor title has.
Written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman, Thor No.1 opens with some underwater action in the Norwegian Sea where people are investigating an anomaly. Of course as the suspense builds, it’s clear the anomaly—as anomalies tend to be—isn’t anything good. Even with their attack sharks, people can’t stop the familiar frost giants that appear.
The allegories of the X-Men franchise aren’t as essential when gay people no longer need stand-ins to be part of a story; in 2014, they can stand in for themselves. Which means the fetishization of the idea of queer superheroes, à la Watchmen, isn’t really necessary either. In the world of Watchmen, being gay still made you an other. But today, a gay superhero should be able to seem as commonplace as a straight superhero. Ultimately, the issue comes down to recognizing a character’s queerness, while not letting it define them.