Queer Beats – October 19, 2018

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Welcome to Queer Beats, your weekly one-stop shop for queer television news! This week, we finally get a glimpse of Batwoman, the Legends meet a unicorn, and Emily Andras cares if you stay.

Batwoman

Along with much of the queer fandom, I am beyond excited to see the introduction of Batwoman into the Arrowverse during December’s crossover episode. Naturally, I cling onto every sneak peek we are blessed with. That’s why I was pumped to see the debut of Batwoman’s suit last week:


Where can I find one in my size?

Plus, the crossover is currently being filmed and we are getting additional glorious teasers including this picture from Ruby Rose:

Either she just got out of the Batwoman mask or she’s trying out a really obvious secret identity à la Kara Danvers

Black Lightning

Black Lightning recently started back up and this season is really looking promising. Nafessa Williams (Anissa Pierce/Thunder) was looking good at Atlanta Pride this past weekend.

I might start a petition for this look to be incorporated into Thunder’s disguise.

Haunting of Hill House

Look, I have to be honest, I can’t watch scary movies/TV shows. I essentially refuse to go near them because I LIKE TO SLEEP. Sue me. But I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that this new Netflix show has a queer lady and I heard she’s treated well. That being said, definitely check that out if being terrified is your thing! *insert judging side eye here*

Legends of Tomorrow

LEGENDS IS ALMOST BACK, Y’ALL!!! And they have been blessing us with sweet, sweet content in the week leading up to their premiere.

First, here’s Ava’s birthday cake (which was posted to celebrate Brandon Routh’s birthday)

I feel giddy dreaming about our badass Sara Lance cutting out these little hearts for Ava’s cake.

Then, we got an extended promo for the premiere which was full of murderous unicorns, fairy godmothers, and (most importantly) AvaLance kisses!

I’ve never seen one trailer so adequately represent an entire show before.

As we all know, Legends is not going to be included in the Arrowverse crossover this year (We were robbed of perfect Sara/Kate Kane interactions but whatever). So, in typical Legends fashion, they put out their own trailer and talked about their own plans in this TV Line article.

Caity’s mom has got it going on.

Finally, Caity Lotz (Sara Lance), Jes Macallan (Ava Sharpe), and Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer) attended Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend and gave us lots of good AvaLance content. My personal favorite moment was when Jes got jealous over any potential interaction between Sara and Batwoman.

RED

Everyone should know that I love me some Red. Red wine, red nail polish, and especially RED the web series. RED, a Brazilian series that everyone should be watching, recently announced that it will have its first mini-con in Los Angeles in February.

You don’t even need to know Portuguese for this to convince you to watch this show.

Supergirl

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I love Chyler Leigh. Which does not make me unique because she is one of the most beloved actresses in the queer wlw collective fandom (let’s not even speak about her Clexacon 2018 panel). So I love when other people get a chance to speak about how great she is, as Jesse Rath did this week.

Speaking of SuperGirl, I want to give a quick shoutout to Nicole Maines who has joined the show as TV’s first transgender superhero, Nia Nal. She shined in this season’s premiere and I think her character is really setting SuperGirl on the right path this season. Here she is talking about what this role means to the trans community:

Excuse me while I silently sob rainbows of happiness.

Tales of the City

Even more queer cast members have been announced for Netflix’s “Tales of the City,” an upcoming series based on Armistead Maupin’s popular novels (and subsequent adaptations). I could list all the amazing queer people involved in this remake but I might run out of space (Hint: it includes Ellen Page and Jen Richards).

Wynonna Earp

Oh, Earpers. You really know how to throw a convention (or multiple). This week in Another-Wynonna-Earp-Convention-That-I-Can’t-Attend, the cast seemed be as angelic as always at Earpapalooza in Minneapolis, MN. The convention is working on uploading full panel videos to their Youtube channel and the “Ladies of Purgatory” panel is worth the watch. I dare you not to cry while Emily Andras says “you’re here and you stay.”

What did we do to deserve this cast?

#SpiritDay

Finally, it was Spirit Day this Thursday and some of our favorite shows, actors, and allies stood up to support LGBTQ youth against bullying. As usual, the Wynonna Earp crew showed up strong with this Dom and Kat video and another major fan fundraiser. Isabella Gomez and the Shameless cast wore purple. And, in case you missed seeing her face, Tatiana Maslany also posted about Spirit Day:

Tatiana’s support of LGBTQ rights is the most important thing about her.

I also literally held back a scream when I saw Floriana Lima‘s face pop on my Instagram wearing purple (I’m all about Alex Danvers doing her single thing but I miss Maggie’s face).

SIGH

And that’s it for my first Queer Beats post! Always thorough, always professional, never random.

About Nikki Tantum

Nikki has always known two contradictory things to be true: queer TV can save lives and queer female cop/agent characters will be the death of all of us (looking at you Officer Haught, Director Danvers, Detective Sawyer, and Sameen Shaw). Her first dive into fan content was when she ran a secret Xanga blog dedicated to pictures of Lorelai Gilmore in the 7th grade. She has never looked back.

One thought on “Queer Beats – October 19, 2018

  • Thanks for all the great queer updates, Nikki! I am looking forward to seeing Batwoman, am taking in Black Lightning and Supergirl, and can’t wait for Monday’s Legends. So much to be grateful for in these challenging times. Thanks for including the linked content.

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