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While genuinely frisson-inducing personal appearances by movie stars and memorable Hollywood casting annoucements of yesteryear were thin on the ground at Comic-Con this year, the event side-stepped into a new role that highlighted the pervasive desire in entertainment to champion inclusion, or at least be seen to champion inclusion, and stand up to intolerance.
For sheer show-stopping grandeur it may never get better than Tom Hiddleston’s appearance in costume as Loki several years ago, when the British star’s charm and pantomime menace reduced the audience in the hangar-sized Hall H in San Diego’s Convention Center to a jelly-like mass of adulation.
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Similarly, the sight of Robert Downey Jr sashaying up to the stage for an Avengers presentation while tossing red roses into the crowd will linger long in the memory of the several thousand who witnessed the occasion.
This year there was no Game Of Thrones, Westworld, or Stranger Things on display, yet the #MeToo era is inspiring new hero prototypes, and opportunities to tell new stories about previously marginalised characters. Invetiably for an event where fans of all shapes and sizes have always been quick to link arms and share in their fanatical love of pop culture, this was readily embraced.
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20th Century Fox Television is producing a rebooted Buffy The Vampire Slayer, more than two decades after Sarah Michelle Gellar made her entrance. Gellar won’t return; instead the lead will be played by a black actress. More news to come. Additionally, while original show creator Joss Whedon is on board as executive producer, the role of showrunner and writer goes to Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents Of SHIELD).
Sticking with breakout casting news, trans activist Nicole Maines has been cast in the CW’s Supergirl as a new, slightly reconfigured trans superhero Nia Nal, who becomes Dreamer, a new version of 1960s DC comic book hero...
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