Will Rocketman Downplay Elton John’s Sexuality?
We are somewhat worried. Not too much, not yet, but a little. See, we watched the trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic coming this fall, and like a lot of queer people, we’re a little anxious that Mercury’s gayness and his death from AIDS will take a backseat to the glory of Queen’s music.
We will, of course, take a seat on this until we actually see the film. But still, now we can’t help being a little nervous by association for Rocketman, the Elton John biopic that finally arrives in theaters in May of 2019. Taron Egerton plays John in the 1970s when his career blew up with albums like Honky Château and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, well before John announced his bisexuality, married a woman, then divorced her and came out as gay in the early 1990s.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher — who stepped in to finish Rhapsody after the firing of Bryan Singer — Rocketman is still pretty firmly under wraps, and we’d like to take this opportunity to encourage the teams behind both movies to add a lot more homosexuality to the final cut. Unhappy LGBT audiences will be a bad response for biopics about LGBT heroes, we can all agree.
Supergirl Adds Transgender Character
Supergirl, the underrated, progressively-minded CW series that keeps on rolling in spite of a network change (from CBS) and a ratings slump, will see the arrival of a transgender character in its upcoming fourth season.
Kara Danvers — the reporter alter ego of Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) — will welcome a person named Nia Nal to the newsroom. All current information suggests that this character will take a leading roll in Danvers’ workplace and that the character will also be a trans woman.
As trans characters slowly make their way into narratives on network TV, it’s beginning to feel like a mini revolution, and each new addition is great news. Of course, casting becomes a flashpoint issue for trans characters, and we’re hoping that actual trans actors are the only candidates being considered.
Why not let the cis male actors who want to stretch go find a different way to accomplish their goals? It’s simply time.
Romeo San Vicente adds a lot of homosexuality to everything he touches.