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Talking WONDER WOMAN, Female Superhero Films, STAR WARS Collectibles

Talking WONDER WOMAN, Female Superhero Films, STAR WARS Collectibles

Take a load off, Wonder Woman fans; you had a busy weekend, what with bringing Diana Prince’s first ever headlining feature to a mighty $100 million box office intake. Today’s Nerdist News Talks Back kicks off in celebration of the film’s Amazon-sized opening, as host Jessica Chobot and her honored guests, Nerdist Managing Editor and Fangirling empress Alicia Lutes and Nerdist Associate Editor Kyle Anderson, delve into what the successes of the feature mean for the future of two very important concepts: female superhero movies and our own personal Chris rankings.

Triumphant though it may be in its own right, Wonder Woman‘s true achievement may prove to be opening the door for further female-led and -directed superhero pictures. Though we’ve thus far really only seen male characters lead the transition from comic book pages to the silver screen, DC and Marvel Comics have plenty of heroines to choose from for future films. We’ve already got Batgirl, Captain Marvel, and DC City Sirens on the way, but who else do we hope to see make the jump?

Not to distract too greatly from the glory of Gal Gadot’s starring turn in Wonder Woman, but we’d be remiss not to throw a few golf claps toward Chris Pine, who did an impeccable job as Diana’s right-hand man Steve Trevor. After seeing him in this latest gig, we’re wondering if Pine’s standings among the Hollywood Chrises–they being Captain America‘s Evans, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Pratt, and Thor‘s Hemsworth–will soar.

Stepping away from Themyscira, we acknowledge a bit of sullen news to take way in the Star Wars universe. If you’re a super fan, you may know about Rancho Obi-Wan, the largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the known galaxy; for years known, owner Steve Sansweet has opened his Sonoma County, CA residence to fans for private tours of his extensive collection, with all proceeds going toward public outreach. As it turns out, Sansweet’s ranch has been enduring systematic robberies over the course of a number of months between 2015 and 2016. Nerdist News Talks Back has great sympathy for Sansweet, as we all know what it’s like to cultivate a collection we care tremendously about. With the subject on our minds, we’re discussing some of our own most prized geek-friendly possessions, Star Wars-related or otherwise.

Staying on the subject of Star Wars, we’ve heard that Apple and Industrial Light & Magic have teamed to bring the Outer Rim planet of Mustafar to life via the bounties of VR. The project includes the whole shebang: TIE Fighters, Vader’s castle… even the man himself. What do we think about this project, its propensity to rope naysayers into the world of VR, and the opportunity to finally have a real-life lightsaber battle (or the closest thing to it)?

Let us know what you think about future female superhero films, your favorite Chrises, and your most beloved collectibles!

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