The Weekly Read – Aug 8th

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Selecting interesting articles, exciting news from the world of comics and pop culture, important editorials, or unique perspective pieces; LGN presents a weekly round up of links to read every Monday.

This week we have The Killing Joke, Rick & Morty and the court script, and D&D in Hollywood.

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1. Batman: The Killing Joke and why you can’t just ‘update’ sexist source material | Guardian
“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In theory, the additional Batgirl material was supposed to provide a counterweight to the casual misogyny in The Killing Joke. In Alan Moore’s version, Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, is casually shot by the Joker and crippled as a way of tormenting Batman and Barbara’s dad, Commissioner Gordon. Harming women to advance the emotional development of some dude is a wearisome comic-book plot staple, and producer Bruce Timms promised that the cartoon wouldn’t follow that same old script.”

This.

2. Watch ‘Rick and Morty’ Reenact Insane Denver Allen Court Transcript [SDCC 2016] | Comics Alliance
“Rick and Morty has yet to set an official return date for Season 3, likely eyed somewhere toward late 2016, but never you fear for lack of new material. A new video from Comic-Con 2016 has emerged, featuring creator Justin Roiland acting out one of the most insane pre-trial transcripts in recorded history, complete with animation.”

A magnificent display of subtle voice work and utter absurdity, not to mention the script is a real one.

3. Food Network Orders Travel Series With YouTube Star Hannah Hart (Exclusive) | THR
“The cable network on Monday announced it has ordered a six-episode travel and food series starring the comedian. The currently untitled project, which is being eyed for a late 2016 release, will see Hart travel to and dine out in different cities across the country, but there’s a catch. She will have a limited budget determined by the average price to dine out in each city. “

Youtube sensation and internet sweetie Hannah Hart is getting a show.

4. The People’s Pokédex: The Rock Takes Over “Pokémon Go” | FastCo
“WHY WE CARE: We care about basically everything The Rock does, and we are constantly amazed that there seems to be no limit to the things he gets up to. (Is he going to launch a surprise third-party campaign for president? It seems possible!)”

The Rock having fun with the Pokemon Go phenomenon.

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5 . Behind Hollywood’s Closed Doors, A-List Stars Are Playing Dungeons & Dragons | THR
“Vin Diesel plays it. So do Dwayne Johnson, Drew Barrymore, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers and Jon Favreau, among other bold-face names. Some even built their careers by playing it.”

Everyone is coming out of the D&D closet.

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