Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
It been kidding season so I have been up to my kneecaps with baby goats, thus I haven’t been writing much, but I as I help midwifed the mother goats I am always thinking of new things to write. There has been a couple hot button geek topics in the news the last week that I thought I might talk about. The fact that Marvel doesn’t seem to be supporting female action figures from the Avengers: Age of Ultron. The other the rape of Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones.
But what am I going to say about these. I am much more likely to buy a Black Widow action figure for my desk or my niece’s birthday than any other of the Avengers. Not only is there not enough Natasha products a stupid idea it is uncharacteristic for Marvel/Disney to leave money on the table. As for Sansa, I am the only geek in the world who doesn’t care about GoT and I really really really, hate the rape as drama trope.
Ok that pretty much sums up DCotU, for this week thanks for coming folks. I mean I can say more about the subject but that pretty much covers it, besides neither topic is a lot of fun. I did however stumble across a geek, feminist related gem that is a lot of fun. The Taylor Swift video for her song Bad Blood.
Let me sum up the storyline for Bad Blood. Miss Swift plays mercenary/anti-heroine Catastrophe. Along with her partner Arsyn she breaks into a Yakuza owned business in London, to steal a McGruffin. Arsyn turns on her friend and throws her of a skyscraper. Catastrophe is saved by a secret government agency and her body is rebuilt three clones code-named The Trinity, giving her the power to walk through walls. The agency is led by a tough as nails woman going by the name of Lucky Fioni. Cat is trained as a government agency her skills are respected but not liked by her fellow trainees. Fellow borg, Delima, ninja Home Slice, martial artist Mother Chucker, gadget girl Slay-Z, explosive expert Destruct-X, Knife fighter Cut Throat, arctic combat expert Frostbyte and effective because she is crazy Crimson Curse.. She even goes to blows with hand to hand expert Knock out. Her only ally is the teams token male, and tech/com expert Welvon Da Grate, they bond over the fact they are both outcasts. Vehicle expert Domino takes her on a mission, coming back from the mission she meets field ops Luna and Justice and learns what the outside world is really like. Then experienced warrior woman and field leader Head Mistress, teaches her that she can’t earn the teams respect until she respects herself. A newly invigorated and trained Catastrophes leads the others in an apocalyptic battle against Arsyn and her minions. (Did I read too much into this?)
I am not normally a huge Taylor Swift fan. I can respect her talent, but her music doesn’t move me. She isn’t Janice Joplin, Social D or Johnny Cash (but then again who is?) But it is not bad, I don‘t cringe if my seventeen year old daughter listens to her. This song is OK, but with the exception of the line Band-Aids don’t fix bullets holes” it’s no Eleanor Rigby. But the video is fun.
It’s not even original it is homage to Kill Bill, Sin City, The Fifth Element, Hannah, Grind House, Le Feme Nikitia, and Tron. It not even the first or best movie trailer video that goes to the Black Keys Howling for You. I didn’t really like Iggy Azalea’s Black Widow song but her Kill Bill-esque video rocks. But back to Bad Blood, I love it because it is just plain old-fashioned fun.
So back to the premise if Taylor Swift can make a cool female superhero movie why can’t Hollywood?
I mean honestly it is isn’t if we get a feminist superhero movie, it is a matter of when. Let just hope that we the geeky viewing public haven’t moved on by then.
Hollywood’s lame defense is that all the previous female superheroine movies were flops. But look at their examples Electra and Cat Woman (Both had bad scripts) Blood Ryne (A movie whose sole purpose was to lose money to take advantage of a loophole in the German tax law) Sucker Punch (I love that movie but let’s face it Snyder said he was making the anti-movie) Look at all the good female lead superheroine influence movies that were commercial success there is out there. Kill Bill, Tomb Raider, Hannah, Lucy. And Resident Evil.
If Hollywood doesn’t get on the ball soon someone will beat them to the punch. Well they have look at Web Shows, like the Sweat Hearts of the Galaxy, or We Might be Super Heroes, or the upcoming Electra Woman and Dyna Girl reboot. Or hope on Netflixs and check out movies like The Scribbler (It starts out what is reality? show, and then goes full bore superhero) or 88 (A woman’s personality is taken over by a villainous persona) [Dang it sorry guys they just pulled 88 but if you can find it somewhere else check it out] or Mercenaries which is about female mercs who take so much damage and regenerate so fast they might as well be super heroines. Brought to you by the people who brought you Sharknado, it stars stunt woman extraordinaire Zoe Bell. It is by no way a great movie, Zoe’s New Zeeland accent keeps slipping through her American one. It is super low budget and I think I recognized the Ventura Freeway in a background shot that was supposed to Kazakhstan. But at least it is something until the big boys get their act together.
Now you may notice these aren’t true cape and tights hero movies. But you know what that is OK. Maybe holding to tightly to the genre is one of the reasons why Man of Steal and Green Lantern sucked. No only should we have more female lead superhero movies they should expand. I love the Incredibles but it as much James Bond as Super Friends. Winter Solider is a 70’s spy thriller with main characters who have powers. Guardians of the galaxy is space opera with a comic book twist.
Let break more than just the gender barrier. How about a Gotham Sirens with Sin City feel. Black Widow in a James Bond-esque movie, Birds of Prey as a check flick with explosions. Or Nova in her own movie set in space kind of like a female Han Solo.
Come on Hollywood you have the money and you have the talent lets do this. You been put on notice. If not Taylor’s next song is going to be all about you.
More female action videos.