Normally I hang my head in disgust when anything political becomes an issue in entertainment. PC Culture is toxic and vile, and we need a safe refuge from it. Alas, no such refuge exists. Some problems, though, are easily avoided, or would be, if people would just not be stupid. A perfect example of this stupidity was the decision to cast Ed Skrein of DEADPOOL fame in the upcoming HELLBOY reboot. The character assigned to Skrein, Ben Daimio, is of Asian descent. Skrein is not of Asian descent. What were they thinking? Remember how the PC wankers squealed like gutshot porcines after Tilda Swinton got cast in DR. STRANGE in a role that was, according to the comics that inpired the film, supposed to be Asian. (Ironically, this shitstorm came about because the director was actively TRYING to be PC sensitive, fearing that casting an elderly Asian in the role would have been stereotypical. I tell ya, there just ain’t no pleasin’ the PC wankers.)

The studio, Lionsgate, should have known better. Skrein, however, showed that he has integrity. When he found out about this issue, he voluntarily stepped down. “I must do what I feel is right,” he said. Good on you, boy! It would be wrong for the studio to change the ethnicity of the character, just as it is wrong when they change the ethnicity of any established character by casting a minority in a role that should be played by a Caucasian. There are a few cases where they got away with it and it worked–Heimdall in the THOR films, Jason Momoa as Aquaman–but it never works the other way around, casting somebody white in a role that should be played by a minority.

It shouldn’t fall to the actors to have to make such decisions, but they have to when the studios are too stupid to do it themselves. Skrein just did Lionsgate a big favor.

James Cameron said that WONDER WOMAN was a “step back” for feminism in movies. He said it nicely. But the director of WONDER WOMAN, Patty Jenkins, laid some serious smack down on him anyway. She did it nicely, too.

Here’s what HE had to say: “All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit…” Hmmm. I think plugging your own character, there, counts as “self-congratulatory back-patting” too, Jimmy.

Here’s what Patty Jenkins said in reply: “James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for [is] unsurprising as…he is not a woman…if women have to always be hard, tough, and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far…”

Yep. Owned. A woman can be sexy, physically beautiful, and still be strong, Jimmy. Maybe you are just intimidated by strong women?

I really, really hope the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE movie doesn’t suck. A sucky movie can ruin the day of a collector. I remember acquiring a McDonalds Happy meal toy of Electro from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. I was excited to get hold of the figure before it was officially available to the public–I won’t reveal how I managed it–even though I had reservations about the film itself. Then it came out and it sucked so hard it completely ruined my appreciation for the figure. I sold it on eBay.

I stopped by a K-Mart that was having a going-out-of-business sale recently. Everything was marked down, and I about whooped for joy when I found a Batman vs. Steppenwolf action figure 2-pack on the toy aisle. When I got to the register, though, the cashier told me they couldn’t sell it to me, because they had made a mistake and put it out on the shelves too early. “But you’ll be out of business by the time you’re supposed to put it out,” I argued. “What are they gonna do with the figures then?” But it was to no avail. This pissed me off, and I tracked down the figure set on the aforementioned eBay for not much more than I would have paid at the K-Mart. Y’hear that, K-Mart? Suck it!

I have since purchased a 12-inch Aquaman figure and a Parademon.

Please don’t suck, JUSTICE LEAGUE movie. PLEASE don’t suck.

Zack Snyder can’t catch a break. The media en masse are participants, either willingly or because they can’t help themselves, in the pile-on effect. It’s good business to, as Don Henley, sang: “Kick ’em when they’re up! Kick ’em when they’re down!” Also, to quote the former Eagle, “We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing, but when it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing.” So, so true. If there ever was anything resembling journalistic integrity, the Internet killed it. Sites report on rumors, completely unverified rumors, and then other sites parrot them, and things that were never true to begin with become “common knowledge.”

There’s a RUMOR going around that the upcoming Justice League movie was “unwatchable.” Is it true? There’s not an ounce of proof to back it up, but it doesn’t matter. It makes for a good headline. We on the Internet live and die by the clicks. You might be thinking it’s hypocritical of me to say this, considering I also am paid to write articles for the Internet, and I also want to generate “hits.” I admit all that, but I have not knowingly written lies in an attempt to garner attention. If something I write about is just a rumor, I will state that it is just a rumor and I try to encourage my readers not to take it as more than that. (In fairness, some of those other sites have also added such disclaimers to their posts. SOME of them.) RUMORS ARE NOT FACTS, people. And MOST rumors end up not being true.

There’s no way that Snyder can win this one. If the movie ends up sucking, they’ll say it was because of him. And if it ends up being good, they’ll say it was Joss Whedon who came in and “saved” it. I feel bad for the guy. We’ll probably never know where one director’s influence ended and the other’s began. But it’s a guarantee at this point that any faults found with the film will be laid at Snyder’s feet, whether they belong there or not.

We all know that crap is king.