Caped crusaders are out and proud this year at Comic-Con International. Even Superman and Batman at the Prism Comics booth wear snug Underoos, capes and chef’s aprons — but not much else — as they entertain passersby.
“It feels revolutionary,” says Scott Covert, decked out as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, at one of the convention’s many panels about gay culture and the comic book world. He flips the lip of his cape as he adds, “There’s more tolerance this year.”
Gay Geekdom celebrated last month when Marvel’s mutant superhero, Northstar, married his longtime partner, Kyle, in “Astonishing X-Men No. 51.” The day the issue was released, comic book shops nationwide, including L.A.’s Meltdown Comics, hosted commitment ceremonies, vow renewals or parties; and there was a legal same-sex wedding at Midtown Comics in Manhattan.
Also in June, DC Comics resurrected the original Golden Age Green Lantern, featuring Alan Scott as a gay man. Even Archie Comics’ All-American Riverdale was the site of a biracial, military-themed, same-sex wedding earlier this year.
All I needed to hear was that Kevin Bacon is in the movie. He’s playing against the two most powerful characters in the X-Men world (Professor Xavier, Magneto) as Sebastian Shaw. A world-class tycoon and his power is an ability to absorb and then use any sort of unleashed energy (any energy, even a nuclear bomb).
Sounds like a perfect plot, mutants and superheros pitched against Kevin Bacon. What more could you ask for?
Just so you know why I’m all Kevin Bacon, take a look at this story from the LA Times:
“A couple of years ago, Kevin Bacon needed a few degrees of separation from his fame…he went to a Hollywood makeup specialist…paid the $500 and then, with an anxious glee, he took his new rubber face…to experience an afternoon without autographs.
“You wouldn’t have recognized me if I was standing next to you,” Bacon said with a faraway expression. “It was really bizarre and I didn’t really like it. I didn’t like it at all. People cut in front of you and when you’re at a check-out counter it’s just … different. People weren’t all that nice to me. I’m just not used to it.”
Sitting in a quiet corner of a Brentwood restaurant, the actor shook his head, perhaps surprised at his own candor and then laughed at himself. “I can’t imagine life without it,” he added, referring to fame…”