Doctor Poison of Wonder Woman is worth your attention, as is the gay thread in The Babadook. This and more in today’s Daily Blunt!
With Patty Jenkins’s barnstormer of a comic book movie poised to conquer the box office for a second weekend in a row, many fans will find themselves returning for another trip through Themyscira and war-torn Belgium. Now that spoilers are less of a concern, we can also revel in the backstory of secondary villain Doctor Poison, played by the Spanish actress Elena Anaya. The character is nearly as old as Diana Prince herself, originating in 1942 as an evil WWII chemist who causes no end of trouble for the Amazons, eventually succumbing to one of her own gases (other incarnations have fared better, and she’s still running amok in the pages of DC comics). Jezebel revels in the history of facial prosthetics like the ones worn by Anaya in the film, and Cinema Blend explains how her storyline might pave the way for yet another DC villain to appear in upcoming movies set in the present day. The important thing is that little girls everywhere now have a villain to play as well as a hero; not everyone fantasizes about fighting for truth and justice.
Speaking of unlikely role models, how did pop-up monster The Babadook – yes, that Babadook – end up becoming 2017’s biggest LGBTQ icon? This Mic article explains how a joke that started on the internet gained traction with fans of the cult horror hit, compiling some of the best memes and inviting onlookers to comment on the bizarre phenomenon (from screenwriter Michael Varrati: “He is in Diane Keaton drag … He’s this vaudevillian creature”). Is all this really just the result a Netflix display error? Or has the Dookster been queer this whole time? Enjoy rewatching with these questions in mind.
When she’s not enduring Aunt Lydia’s burlap habit in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Ann Dowd enjoys a rich and gratifying personal life. Among her many hobbies is being mistaken for “August: Osage County” alum Margo Martindale – a pastime the two actresses apparently have in common. Vulture conducted this fascinating interview with Dowd and Martindale side by side, in which they talk about the roles they’ve stolen from each other, and generally try to convince the moviegoing public that they’re two different people. If it all goes bust, Martindale has a backup plan: “I could go back to Texas and teach drama in an insane asylum. Which is what I did when I was sixteen.” Funny, given Dowd’s current role, it seems like that might be more up her alley.
Writer friends: How do you explain to someone that their manuscript is no damn good? A post on Reddit entitled “My grandfather’s book is terrible, and I don’t know what to tell him” has ended up serving as a forum of advice for those struggling to impart constructive criticism to those who are … well, struggling. One pro instructs the poster to “use wording that steers clear of laying a judgement on it (bad/meandering/juvenile/confusing), and instead focus on two things: [your] own experience while reading it, and concrete things they can do to improve it.” If that works for you, then here’s your next big challenge: getting anyone who ask for your advice on any subject, ever, to actually take it.