Marvel goes ‘woke’ as Drag Race star Shea Couleé joins Ironheart after DC canned Batgirl

The Marvel cinematic universe seems to be heading in a ‘woke’ new path, because it was confirmed on Thursday that RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Shea Couleé is becoming a member of the solid of its new Ironheart collection.

Following the information that DC won’t be releasing their $90m Batgirl film after pushing of a politically-correct agenda by producers, Shea’s casting was confirmed on Thursday, although her position is presently unknown.

Comedian e-book followers have expressed outrage that Batgirl won’t be launched on HBO Max as deliberate after it was deemed ‘terrible’ in take a look at screenings, with film critics pointing to the movie’s ‘woke’ lead character as a cause for its failings.

New role: RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Shea Couleé is joining the cast of Marvel's new Ironheart series

New position: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Shea Couleé is becoming a member of the solid of Marvel’s new Ironheart collection

Shea starred on the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and is ready to seem in Ironheart as a collection common when it debuts on Disney+.

Sharing the information on Instagram, she posted: ‘I am looking for the phrases to precise the deep pleasure I really feel over this venture. Appearing was my old flame lengthy earlier than Drag. 

‘So it solely appears becoming to finish my Drag Race journey and start my performing profession within the greatest method I might think about. 

Drama! It comes after rival company DC canned their $90m Batgirl movie after pushing of a politically-correct agenda by producers

Drama! It comes after rival firm DC canned their $90m Batgirl film after pushing of a politically-correct agenda by producers

Exciting! Shea shared the news of her casting with her followers on Instagram

Thrilling! Shea shared the information of her casting together with her followers on Instagram

‘Entering into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been like entering into OZ. Ironheart is high to backside going to be a fully STUNNING expertise for the viewers, and I am so humbled on a regular basis that I get to work on set with a number of the greatest and most devoted artists within the business. 

‘Thanks to everybody who has supported me all through my journey, and I stay up for sharing the thrilling new chapter with you all.’

Primarily based on the comedian e-book character of the identical title, Ironheart follows Riri Williams (who shall be performed by Dominique Thorne) as a genius inventor who devises an armour go well with.

How much? Batgirl was canned, despite already wrapping production at an eye-watering cost of $90million (£75million) (pictured filming in Glasgow in January)

How a lot? Batgirl was canned, regardless of already wrapping manufacturing at an eye-watering price of $90million (£75million) (pictured filming in Glasgow in January)

Dominique will make her debut because the character within the upcoming Black Panther sequel Wakanda Ceaselessly forward of the collection’ launch.

Different beforehand introduced solid members embrace Anthony Ramos, Manny Montana, Lyric Ross and Alden Ehrenreich.

Whereas Shea’s position is but to be introduced, the Queen already has a connection to the comedian e-book universe, as in December 2018, the Iceman collection launched a drag queen character referred to as Darkveil/Darnell Wade, who was reportedly impressed by a number of Drag Race stars, together with Shea.

This casting has come simply days after it was revealed that rival comedian e-book firm DC’s upcoming Batgirl has been canned, regardless of already wrapping manufacturing at an eye-watering price of $90million (£75million).

The choice to axe the movie — which was slated to be launched on HBO Max later this yr — got here after a collection of take a look at screenings had been panned by audiences, and studio execs thought it could damage the way forward for the model as they search to streamline the DC Prolonged Universe.

The movie’s premature demise has inevitably prompted critics to level to the film’s ‘woke’ character as a cause for its failure.

It's done! The decision to axe Batgirl came after test screenings were panned by audiences, though critics have pointed to the film's 'woke' character as a reason for its failure

It is completed! The choice to axe Batgirl got here after take a look at screenings had been panned by audiences, although critics have pointed to the movie’s ‘woke’ character as a cause for its failure 

Batgirl’s screenplay was by Christina Hodson, the British author of ultra-feminist movie Birds Of Prey, accused by one critic of ‘hating on males — all males… [and] uninteresting to the purpose of numbing’.

Batgirl additionally featured a transgender character, Alysia Yeoh, Barbara Gordon’s flatmate, performed by the trans actor Ivory Aquino. The impression, critics say, is of a movie placing its ‘progressive’ values forward of all different considerations.

El Arbi and Fallah, who additionally directed Dangerous Boys For Life and Disney+’s Ms Marvel, wrote in a press release on Instagram: ‘We’re saddened and shocked by the information. We nonetheless cannot consider it.

‘As administrators, it’s essential that our work be proven to audiences, and whereas the movie was removed from completed, we want that followers all around the world would have had the chance to see and embrace the ultimate movie themselves. Possibly at some point they are going to insha’Allah (if God wills).’

The administrators continued: ‘Our superb solid and crew did an amazing job and labored so onerous to convey Batgirl to life. We’re endlessly grateful to have been a part of that group.

‘It was a dream to work with such incredible actors like Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, Corey Johnson, Rebecca Entrance, and particularly the good Leslie Grace, who portrayed Batgirl with a lot ardour, dedications and humanity.

Breaking her silence: Batgirl's star Leslie Grace took to Instagram after the film was shelved to say she was proud of her hard work on the film

Breaking her silence: Batgirl’s star Leslie Grace took to Instagram after the movie was shelved to say she was happy with her onerous work on the movie

‘In any case as large followers of Batman since we had been little children, it was a privilege and an honor to have been part of the DCEU even when it was for a quick second. Batgirl For Life.’

Batgirl was first given the greenlight in 2021 as a part of a company-wide effort to create characteristic movies particularly for HBO Max.

It might have featured Grace within the titular position as she battled Brendan Fraser’s Firefly who turned to a lifetime of crime after he’s fired from his job, loses his medical insurance and will not take care of his sick spouse.

Warner Bros spokesperson stated on Tuesday: ‘The choice to not launch Batgirl displays our management’s strategic shift because it pertains to the DC universe and HBO Max.

‘Leslie Grace is an extremely proficient actor and this determination shouldn’t be a mirrored image of her efficiency. We’re extremely grateful to the filmmakers of Batgirl and Scoob! Vacation Hang-out and their respective casts and we hope to collaborate with everybody once more within the close to future.’

Filmmakers had been informed the choice got here right down to a ‘buy accounting’ maneuver accessible to Warner Discovery as a result of the corporate modified palms earlier this yr.

Meet Leslie Grace: The Latina actress who would have performed the DC Universe’s Batgirl

Leslie Grace Martinez was born to Dominican dad and mom on January 7, 1995 within the Bronx and grew up in Davie, Florida.

Whereas in center faculty, she recorded and launched an unbiased Christian music album in partnership with CD Child, however her mainstream debut got here together with her cowl of the 1961 Shirelles hit Will You Nonetheless Love Me Tomorrow.

By 2013, her self-titled album reached quantity 4 on the Billboard Latin Albums Chart and quantity three on the Billboard Tropical Albums chart.

Grace has been nominated for Finest Modern Tropical Album, Feminine Tropical Artist on the 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, in addition to Feminine Tropical Artist of the 12 months and Tropical Album of the 12 months on the twenty sixth Premio Lo Nuestro.

In 2014 she additionally obtained nominations within the Billboard Awards within the classes of New Artist of the 12 months and Sizzling Latin Songs, Artist of the 12 months, Feminine.

Her performing debut started with the 2021 movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award successful musical Within the Heights. 


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