The Geeks OUT Podcast: Suicide Squad Goalz

Geeks OUT Podcast: Suicide Squad Goalz

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin (@Gilligan_McJew) is joined by Lynaé DePriest (@LynaeDePriest) as they discuss news from DC Fandome, including the first look at The Suicide Squad, The Batman, and celebrate the new trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 as our Strong Female Character of the

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Lynae DePriest, as they discuss news from DC Fandome, including the first look at The Suicide Squad, The Batman, and celebrate the new trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 as our Strong Female Character of the Week. 

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Massive layoffs happen at DC including Editor in Chief & a third of their editors & name new co-interim-editors in chiefDC Universe shows moving to HBO Max
LYNAÉ: Stranger Things to go past 4 seasons

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Project Power, Umbrella Academy, Teenage Bounty Hunters
LYNAÉ: 3%, Lovecraft Country, I May Destroy You, The Chi

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

New trailer for Wonder Woman 1984

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

New teaser for Bad Hair

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New look at The Suicide Squad

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

• Olivia Wilde to direct female led “spider” movie for Sony
• New trailer for The Batman
• Netflix gets the R.L. Stine Fear Street trilogy
• Amazon announces Welcome to the Blumhouse movie series

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TV

• Netflix renews Warrior Nun for season 2
• Netflix cancels The Society and I Am Not Okay With This due to COVID
• Showtime cancels Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
• Writers quit All Rise after clashing w/ showrunner on depiction of gender/race
• New trailer for Earth to Ned
Supernatural announces return date for final “season”  
• AppleTV+ orders an animated Harriet the Spy series 

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COMIC BOOKS

• The Other History of the DC Universe finally getting released
• Milestone Comics returning early 2021
• Marvel announces Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices one-shot

R.I.P. Joel Schumacher

This week we lost gay filmmaker Joel Schumacher at age 80.  Although openly gay from the beginning of his career—he started out as a costume designer before making the leap to film directing with 1981’s quirky The Incredible Shrinking Woman—he wasn’t known as a “gay filmmaker” but rather a successful A-list, mainstream director with an impressively wide range.  He directed everything from drama (the 1985 “Brat Pack” hit St. Elmo’s Fire) to horror (cult classic vampire flick The Lost Boys) to a big budget musical (The Phantom of the Opera).  But for me, and many movie fans, he’ll forever be known as the guy who directed Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997), two of the most polarizing superhero movies in cinema history. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr. Freeze) and Schumacher on the set of Batman & Robin

I did a piece on Batman Forever five years back, reflecting on how it’s underrated and was likely a victim of homophobia; it was, however, a huge box office hit, scoring 184 million in the US.  In recent years, fans of both this movie and Batman & Robin have become increasingly vocal and have sought to change the narrative surrounding them while frequently shouting out their subversive queer sensibility.  I myself came around from ranking on B & R to enjoying its loopy charms.

Michael Gough (Alfred), Chris O’Donnell and Val Kilmer in Batman Forever

In hindsight, it seems remarkable that Schumacher was able to make mainstream, high profile movies as blatantly campy and queer as these two Batman films.  Ostensibly sequels to Tim Burton’s visionary Batman and Batman Returns, Schumacher’s installments amount to a reboot before that term became trendy.  He jettisoned the relentlessly grim tone that had marked the previous films and leaned more in the direction of the campy 60s Batman.  He finally added Robin (Chris O’Donnell, the hunk who launched a thousand gay awakenings) and played his villains as larger than life nuts, rather than the tortured souls who faced off with the Dark Knight in the Burton films.  The films featured homoerotic tension between Riddler (an amazingly fey Jim Carrey) and Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer) and Batman and Robin—much is made of the latter characters becoming “partners.”  When it comes to female characters like Debi Mazar’s moll Spice and, especially, Uma Thurman’s brilliantly over-the-top Poison Ivy, a drag queen aesthetic reigns—heck, Riddler even appears in a tiara and earrings at one point.  Nicole Kidman’s hormonal Dr. Chase Meridian is so unabashedly sexual that she comes off as practically a surrogate gay man. (Earlier this year a meme circulated likening photos of Kidman in a question mark chair to gays’ infamous inability to sit correctly.)  The films can’t resist bawdy dialogue like “hang out much in biker bars, Bruce?” or Chase openly lusting after “black rubber.”  (Of course, the rubber suits featured in Schumacher’s movies notoriously added nipples.) 

Thurman as Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin

All of this speaks not just to a queer sensibility, but to an overall sense of fun.  In Batman Forever: The Official Movie Book by Michael Singer, Schumacher says “This is what we do for a living.  If we can’t approach it with joy and fun, what’s the use of doing it?” In behind the scenes footage, Schumacher puts his arms around Batman co-creator Bob Kane—whose character first appeared in 1939, the year Schumacher was born—and appreciatively gushes “I wouldn’t have a job without him!”  Kane pats his head good naturedly and says “Atta boy.”

That sense of joy and fun extended to all of Schumacher’s films, which notably featured gay and lesbian performers like Lily Tomlin and Mark Blankfield (The Incredible Shrinking Woman) and John Glover (Incredible, Batman & Robin).  His screenplay for Car Wash (1976) featured a sassy Black queen named Lindy, who at one point tells someone “Honey, I’m more man than you’ll ever be and more woman than you’ll ever get!”  Shrinking Woman is a kooky, candy-colored variation on Richard Matheson’s sci-fi novel in which household chemicals cause Tomlin to shrink; The Lost Boys (1987) is a teen vampire thriller in which Kiefer Sutherland tries to seduce cute Jason Patric into a life of bloodsucking, all set to a killer 80s soundtrack.  Schumacher injected personality and life into larger than life moviemaking, and his talent and energy will be missed.

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Twilight Sparkle Batman

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Jon Herzog, as they discuss Robert Pattinson being cast as the new Batman, anxiously await the final season of Jessica Jones, and celebrate Hulu’s new animated queer fairy tale series The Bravest Knight in This Week in Queer.

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BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Disney, WB and other production companies threaten to leave Georgia
JON: Robert Pattinson to play the new Batman

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DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Rocketman, The Hot Zone, X-Tremists, War Scrolls, Heroes in Crisis
JON: Game of Thrones is over!!, POSE Season 1

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STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

New trailer for The Kitchen

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THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Season 1 of queer animated series The Bravest Knight coming to Hulu

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CLIP OF THE WEEK

New teaser & date announcement for final season of Jessica Jones

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THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

New trailer for Annabelle Comes Home
• New trailer for In Fabric
• Captain Marvel continues to come out on top
New teaser for Pixar’s Onward
Tom King is working on New Gods movie

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TV

• First look at season 3 of GLOW
• First trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
• Full trailer for Swamp Thing

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COMIC BOOKS

Free Comic Book Day was hugely successful for comic shops

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SHILF

• KEVIN: Elton John (as played by Taron Egerton)
• JON: Bald vampire Zachary Quinto

The Geeks OUT Podcast: The Dark Peen Rises

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Tea Berry Blue as they discuss Bruce Wayne’s batawang showing up in the pages of Batman: Damned, wonder how many times they can re-watch the Captain Marvel teaser, and celebrate Chloe Zhao, the new director for Marvel’s Eternals as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Batman: Damned debuts Bat-peen
TEA: New teaser for Captain Marvel

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Maniac, Return of Wolverine
TEA: Reigns games, Monster Girl Maker

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel’s Eternals

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Sesame Street writer says Bert & Ernie are a couple

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Mary Poppins Returns

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

 New trailer for The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Bryan Singer in talks to direct Red Sonja reboot
 Kevin Feige to officially oversee X-Men movies
• New trailer for The Grinch
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New trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet
• Space Jam 2 
greenlit with Ryan Coogler 
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Casting rumors for Birds of Prey
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First look at Joaquin Phoenix as Joker

 

TV

•  Netflix making live action Avatar: The Last Airbender
Marvel developing series for Scarlet Witch, Loki, and more
 ABC developing Marvel series centered on female heroes
 New teaser for Daredevil announces season premiere Oct. 19
New trailer for Netflix reboot Haunting of Hill House
New promo for Twilight Zone revival
Veronica Mars revival officially happening 2019
Star Trek: Discovery shorts premiere Oct. 4
New trailer for Doctor Who
New trailer for Big Mouth
 New trailer for Lore season 2
DuckTales renewed for season 3

 

COMICS

 Marvel teases the Death of Daredevil
Boom! Studios gets Buffy

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Jubilee
TEA: Maria Rambeau