The Supergirl Trailer Accidentally Rips Off an SNL Parody
A few weeks ago, Saturday Night Live aired a parody trailer for a Black Widow Marvel movie. The trailer, seen below, is a not-so-subtle way of implying that Hollywood has a very narrow definition of what a “female-centered” movie can be; if its starring a girl, it has to be a romantic comedy…action is for dudes.
Pretty funny, right? This week, CBS, released their own joke around DC’s Supergirl.
Ha! Same action-packed intro. Same smash-cut to a panning-city-skyline shot. Same clumsy sidewalk antics. Same Devil Wears Prada-esque boss. Same friends. Same music. Same everything. It was the exact same gag!
Except it wasn’t a gag. This was an actual trailer. We kept going, and subsequently watched a truncated version of the entire first episode. There was action, so that was good. There was a also quite a bit of exposition that said “Hey! Look at us! We’re not sexist!” There was inspiring music, there was encouraging dialogue, there was a tagline that read: “It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not a man.” There was also a bit of actual sexism throughout the whole thing as well (“Oh, you must be a lesbian! That’s the only explanation why you won’t date me!”).
Despite all that, we’re actually…kind of on board. No, production value isn’t that high. Yes, there are some pretty clear tropes. But it does look fun and seems to hit a lot of beats that we haven’t seen in the DCCU thus far. We’ll check it out next fall and let you know what we think. Meanwhile, we got some more laughs from other places…
Konami Forgets What Video Games Are
Remember when Konami used to make video games? Perhaps you’ve heard of Metal Gear Solid? Perhaps you’ve heard of Silent Hill? Perhaps you remember a whole lot of recent news stories about Konami firing Hideo Kojima and then scrubbing any last remaining trace of the much anticipated Silent Hill’s Playable Teaser from the internet?
Perhaps you think someone at the top of the Konami tower has abandoned all pretense of actually being a company that produces video games?
Well, you’d be right. In a move that sounds more like a sick joke than a company strategy, Konami is officially focusing all of their efforts on “freemium” mobile games. Because I can’t type another sentence without throwing up, here’s a quote from Konami CEO Hideki Hayakawa
Our main platform will be mobiles…Following the pay-as-you-play model of games like Power Pro and [Pro Evolution Soccer] with additional content, our games must move from selling things like ‘items’ to selling things like ‘features.’
So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were. Konami has gone from producing some of the best games of the past decade to tricking 12 year old kids into purchasing in-game “features” with their parent’s credit cards.
Is that a bitter opinion? Perhaps. We’ll leave you with another quote just to rub it in:
Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies.
We’d understand if you need some comfort food to deal with this news, which our not-so-subtle transition to…
Disney Reveals Plans for an Indiana Jones, uh, Restaurant?
Last week, we reported that a new Indiana Jones film was being discussed over at Lucasfilm. While this may be turn out to be true, it appears Disney has other plans for the franchise. That’s right, you guess it! Or maybe you didn’t, because who would have guessed it would be a restaurant?
The restaurant will be located in Downtown Disney and, based on some early concept art, will be themed after a 1930’s plane hangar, because apparently disembodied beating hearts and blood soaked temple walls were not considered to be the best of ideas.
This better be how meals are tracked.
This could actually be really cool. It does have some serious potential and could make for a fun meal next time you head down to the House of Mouse. It may not be such a laughable premise after all. If we need a few chuckles, though, we could always flip on the television though…
Simpsons Actor Quits Show; Flanders, Mr. Burns Speechless
Harry Shearer, the man behind Simpsons characters Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, and Principal Skinner, has officially walked away from the classic television show, leaving after over two decades of voice work (and a rumored $14 million).
Details are hazy, and we are left with nothing but a few cryptic tweets from Shearer and showrunner Al Jean.
This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work.
Of course, I wish him the very best. (2/2)
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
— Al Jean (@AlJean) May 15, 2015
From what people have been able to piece together, Shearer left to pursue other opportunities, despite being offered said freedom from Jean and the show’s producers. It’s tough to judge what really happened, so we’ll wait and see what happens before we jump to conclusions on what we went on behind the scenes.
Fear the Walking Dead Begins Production
This one HAS to be a joke. What? It’s not? Ugh.
David Lynch Returns to Twin Peaks
In other TV related updates, coffee drinkers can all rejoice in the news that David Lynch is returning to direct Twin Peaks and we’re getting more than the originally planned nine episodes! While it was previously reported that the, um, very whimsical director wouldn’t be returning to helm the series after some sour contract negotiations, it would appear that conflicts with Showtime have been resolved. Everything is back to normal.
Heh. That’s the last time you’ll ever see us use “normal” in a piece regarding Twin Peaks.
Yes, we have some updates for you as well.