Main heroine “Babydoll” in the asylum her step-father has committed her to, restrained by other women and threatened with a lobotomy if she doesn’t follow the wishes of the male orderlies. Crazy, huh?

When director Zack Snyder first started showing previews of his new film Sucker Punch back in 2011, there was a certain amount of public skepticism. To be sure, a section of the internet lit up with geeky glee at the sight of Suicide Girl-esque figures dispensing robots, monsters, and giant samurai via swords and bazookas…and looking fantastic while doing it. Similarly, there was a different section of society that had already started rolling their eyes at the film, fueled no doubt in part by that first internet section’s reaction. It was one thing when Snyder had half-naked men engaging in…


One of the titans of “giant robot” animation, Evangelion USED TO feature a bisexual main character… or at least a character who was as confused about sexuality as he was about everything else.

Why all the changes? That’s what a lot of fans of the classic anime series said when it was recently brought to Netflix. With a new voice cast and the loss of their iconic ending song (a cover of Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon”), the most obvious changes soon became a side topic of conversation as fans realized that the new translation seemed… off.

To bring a new, polished version of the massively-popular series to streaming, Netflix went with Studio Khara, the splinter studio formed by Hideaki Anno, director of the original anime. This is not the first time that Khara has re-envisioned Evangelion, as they started making a 4-film retelling of the original series back in 2007. The fourth and final film of that series still has not been released, with many crediting the delay due to…you guessed it, Anno’s unhappiness with voice-over and translation issues.

So what’s new in this story? Is this just another series with a huge fanbase that produces…


As a movie buff and former comics reader, I was recently asked why Marvel doesn’t have more minority representation in their films. It’s a tough question, and I can’t answer it perfectly. I don’t know. But I can offer some thoughts on the difficulties involved from a business and social perspective.

My thoughts are that there are 2 main challenges to this:
1. Superhero films are adaptations of pre-existing properties.
2. The nature of this genre makes it difficult to use it for “Representation.”
Let me explain.

People have been pushing for more representation at all levels from MCU films…

Jeff Light

I write about films and culture at www.nottheacademy.com and currently live in Costa Rica, where I eat all the tacos, pet all the dogs, and live en la playa.

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