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Against women-only screenings of ‘Wonder Woman’? Its creator would like a word.

If they had cinemas, they'd certainly have women-only screenings. Care to argue with them? Image: warner bros. As the millions of Americans who gave it a record-breaking $100 million weekend now know, Wonder Woman spends most of its opening hour on Themyscira, the fictional island of the Amazons. Or, as it used to be called in the comics, Paradise Island. There’s a reason why William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator, gave his heroine the Paradise Island background when he delivered her to the world in 1941. This wasn’t just another Krypton, a way to introduce a superhero with a cool otherworldly origin. SEE ALSO: ‘Wonder Woman’ $100 million box office is the best opening for a female director No, Marston’s reasoning can be summed up by two words that are often mocked in modern political discourse: safe space. His Amazons were women who’d fled slavery in Ancient Greece and found eternal life beyond the terrors of “man’s world.” Their island was an allegory for what real-world women needed Virginia Woolf’s all-important room of one’s own, writ large. Marston, a man ahead of his time in his feminist beliefs, was also a fan of feminist utopias. As Jill Lepore has noted

How Wonder Woman finally made it to the big screen

Wonder Woman's fought her way through (development) hell and back. Image: Clay Enos / Warner Bros. Next week, Wonder Woman hits theaters with her-ever first live-action solo adventure. And it only took her 76 years to get there. Although she’s only a few years younger than her Justice League teammates Superman and Batman, Wonder Woman has had far worse luck making the leap to movies. But it’s not for lack of trying. SEE ALSO: Final ‘Wonder Woman’ trailer: More action, more weapons, and Dr. Poison To the contrary, Wonder Woman is the payoff to decades of on-again, off-again efforts to bring the Amazonian princess to the big screen. With the film just days away from release, let’s take a look back at the long and winding journey it took to get here. Wonder Woman’s early days Wonder Woman first appears in the comics in 1941. Image: DC Comics Wonder Woman made her comic debut in 1941, just two years after Batman and three years after Superman. Even though she was immediately popular, it took her a while to cross over into other media. 1967: Wonder Woman tries to transition to TV. The first attempted Wonder Woman TV series, Who’s Afraid

‘The Gifted’: How will Fox’s new X-Men show tie into the movie universe?

The X-Men took their first tentative steps towards the small screen in February with FX’s Legion which centers around David Haller (Dan Stevens) the secret son of Charles Xavier, who has spent his life believing that his powerful psychic abilities were simply delusions brought on by mental illness. The show’s last two episodes vaguely teased the connection between David and his long-lost father, but despite a few references to mutants, the show felt largely disconnected from the sprawling cinematic universe featuring Professor X, Logan and Magneto. SEE ALSO: ‘Legion’ creator wants the show to prove itself before you call it an X-Men series That won’t be an issue for Fox’s new series The Gifted, which will premiere on the broadcast network on Monday nights this fall. Like Legion, The Gifted is executive produced by the architects of the X-Men cinematic universe, Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Oh, and they’re damn sure not afraid of mentioning the X-Men or Magneto’s Brotherhood as the first full-length trailer for the show reveals. “Its very different from [Legion], visually, and yet its very different from the X-Men films as well,” Singer told

A bunch of ‘X-Men’ movies get release dates

Guess who's back? Image: 20th Century fox Here’s hoping you love mutants, because you’ll be seeing a lot of them next year. 20th Century Fox has just announced 2018 release dates for three Marvel movies: the X-Men sequel Dark Phoenix; the X-Men spinoff New Mutants; and the X-Men spinoff sequel Deadpool 2. SEE ALSO: You can probably (maybe?) trust this ‘Avatar’ sequel news, finally Of the three, New Mutants will be the first to arrive on April 13, 2018. Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), it centers on a team of young superheroes. New Mutants will be followed a month and a half later by Deadpool 2, due out June 1, 2018. That one will be helmed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) and bring back Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth. New additions to the cast will include Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino. And rounding out the franchise’s big year will be Dark Phoenix, scheduled for November 2, 2018. It’ll be an adaptation of the iconic storyline from the Marvel comics, which was previously adapted into X-Men: The Last Stand. Meanwhile, there’s still no word on when the long-in-development

Culture Shock: Everything You Need To Know About Wolverine

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Death is officially meaningless on TV: Katie Cassidy’s coming back to ‘Arrow’ permanently

Rumors of her death have been greatly exaggerated. Image: Dean Buscher/The CW Well, this is unexpected. Katie Cassidy will be returning to Arrow as a series regular in Season 6 despite the fact that her character, Laurel Lance (aka Black Canary), was killed off in Season 4. In the world of superhero shows, anything is possible and Laurel’s sister, Sara (Caity Lotz) has already proven that you can’t keep a good vigilante down, having died and been resurrected on Arrow before moving over to spinoff series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. But Cassidy won’t be reviving the Laurel Lance that fans knew and loved for the first four seasons of Arrow she’ll be playing the Earth-2 doppelgnger version of Laurel, aka Black Siren, a metahuman criminal who was brought over to Earth-1 by the villainous speedster known as Zoom in The Flash Season 2. SEE ALSO: Superhero comics creators: we’re political, and always have been After Zoom’s defeat, Arrow villain Prometheus tried to enlist Black Siren in his vendetta against Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), forcing her to imitate Earth-1 Laurel to try and manipulate him. Black Siren was eventually captured and taken into ARGUS custody, but her story clearly isn’t over

This week’s ‘Walking Dead’ was a bloody mess, but things might be looking up

Image: AMC This recap contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7, episode 13, titled “Bury Me Here.” Welp, that was a lot. This episode opens with some of the residents of the Kingdom loading a single melon onto a truck, an image which is incredibly painful once we learn its meaning. After what seems like a rough night of nightmares, Carol can’t stand her self-imposed solitude any longer. SEE ALSO: Live interview with ‘Walking Dead’ star has hilariously unorthodox ending She heads to the Kingdom to make sure that Daryl was letting the truth in last week’s episode, and everyone back in Alexandria is alright. (Side note: No, he wasn’t and no, they are not.) She confronts Morgan, but it’s clear that she already knows something is wrong. Morgan refuses to tell her what the deal is mostly because he’s Morgan and nothing is easy with him. He does, however, offer to bring her to Alexandria to find out what’s happened, but because she’s Carol, she refuses. She also declines to show Benjamin how to kill walkers and survive outside the walls of the Kingdom. That’s par for the course with Carol this season. As she walks away from

You won’t believe which movies have fewer Oscars than ‘Suicide Squad’

The "Suicide Squad" Image: warner bros Everyone’s still talking about the craziest thing that happened at the Oscars on Sunday: Suicide Squad winning one. The DC Comics anti-hero action movie took home Best Make-up and Hairstyling. Fans had fun with it, while film snobs took it hard. Just like Suicide Squad.

The Walking Dead: Negans Disturbing Fondness for Women

The AMC zombie seriess resident Big Bad has a dark, complicated history with women. [Warning: Spoilers] “> Weve seen him gleefully bash in the skulls of two helpless men in front of sobbing friends and family. Weve seen his thugs extort peaceful communities for half their food and supplies. But if somehow The Walking Dead had yet to convince you of the depths of Negans depravity, Sunday nights episode, The Cell, added a new, even sunnier dimension to the shows latest Big Bad: Hes the type to extort a woman into becoming his wifewith all the sexual benefits that entails. But of course, he doesnt see himself as a rapist. In recounting the story of his relationship with one of his most loyal men, Dwight (Austin Amelio), Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) offers a first unwelcome glimpse into his demented relationship with women. Dwight, we learn, was married when he first arrived at the factory that Negan and the Saviors call home. Like most newcomers, he and his super hot wife and his super hot sister (Negans boorish descriptors) worked for points to earn their stay.   Unfortunately, Dwights sister Tina was diabeticand the price of insulin, a difficult thing to

Chris Evans’ biceps were really that huge in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

That scene from ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ You know the one Image: YouTube LOS ANGELES They were the guns gawked at ’round the world. And get this: They were real. The moment in Captain America: Civil War when Cap holds down Bucky’s departing helicopter had all the hallmarks of a digital-beauty enhancement and hey, there’s no shame in that. Just about everyone gets a little help in postproduction these days. SEE ALSO: Yes, Richard Madden’s eyes really are that blue IRL not just in ‘Cinderella’ But Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, doing the rounds to promote the film’s home video release, swear on a stack of comic books: That shot was all in-camera. 100% Grade A Chris Evans Beefcake, nothing more. Forgive us for being dubious. I mean, look at that thing:   But the Russo Brothers told Mashable on Wednesday that nothing about that shot was enhanced. (Watch for Mashable’s exclusive clip from the DVD extras tomorrow.) “Listen to this,” Anthony Russo said. “The very first meeting we ever had with Marvel, when we came in to ask about Winter Soldier for the very first time, we asked them, ‘Did you guys enhance [Evans] when he came