Sunday, August 25, 2013
Cinema In Noir: Ben Affleck As Batman, Hollywood's Civil Rights Depiction, And The Damnation of Layered Female Characters
Rebecca also wondered whether the impending award season would include Danai Gurira's work in Mother of George, which both she and our other co-host, Kimberly Renee, praised. Will Hollywood honor a film that highlights a Nigerian-American family? We're not sure...
In our news segment, which includes lots of interesting headlines, we discussed the hottest news on the casting block: Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Now I know this news has sparked a heated debate online (mostly riding heavily on the "oh hell to the nah" side), and I know Daredevil still exists and is still bad. But may I just present Hollywoodland? Back down, haters.
In honor of this weekend's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we discuss how Hollywood has depicted the civil rights era and what stories we'd like to see moving forward (Grace Jones anyone?).
Lastly, we shared our thoughts on actress Anna Gunn's (from Breaking Bad) New York Times piece (which I wrote about here) that calls out viewers whose inexplicably strong dislike of complex female characters has presented a whole new problem in how we view the gender as a whole.
Listen to an encore presentation of today's podcast here, and sound off below.
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