Mattel Honors Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and More Real-Life Role Models With Their Own Barbie Dolls

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Mattel

For International Women’s Day on March 8, Mattel recently announced that a number of real-life women will be occupying a spot normally reserved for their longtime doll icon Barbie. As part of the company’s effort to inspire girls, female trailblazers will be replicated in plastic as a nod to their singular lives and careers.

A photo of Mattel's Shero line
From left: Fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal, actress and philanthropist Xiaotong Guan, conservationist Bindi Irwin, soccer player Sara Gama, snowboarder Chloe Kim, journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, boxer Nicola Adams OBE, ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan, director Patty Jenkins, chef Hélène Darroze, volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, and fashion designer Leyla Piedayesh.
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For Mattel's Inspiring Women adult collector’s line, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, artist Frida Kahlo, and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson will be available in doll form to consumers for $29.99 each. But the company is also issuing a series of "Sheroes": one-of-a-kind dolls not available for sale that honor the achievements of 14 contemporary women. Among them:

Patty Jenkins: The director of Wonder Woman, the highest-grossing film helmed by a female director.

Bindi Irwin: A conservationist taking up the efforts of her late father, Steve Irwin.

Yuan Tan: A prima ballerina and dancer at the San Francisco ballet.

Mattel hopes that the new Inspiring Heroes and Shero figures will help spark conversations about goal-setting and opening up girls' eyes to career possibilities.

"As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest lineup of role models timed to International Women's Day, because we know that you can't be what you can't see," Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager for Barbie, said in a statement. "Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything."

Why Fans Are Certain Tessa Thompson is Headed to the Avengers 4 Set

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Disney/Marvel

by Kwadar Ray

Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie did not appear in Avengers: Infinity War despite surviving Thor: Ragnarok. It was unclear if she was one of the few to endure Thanos's snap, or if she was one of the many casualties.

However, the Russo brothers and Infinity War screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, later confirmed that she was still alive in the movie's DVD audio commentary.

And now, the actress is teasing that she may appear in the untitled Avengers 4 movie. She posted a video to her Instagram story featuring her, Avengers star Chris Hemsworth, and his stunt double Bobby Holland Hanton leaving London after a day of shooting the Men in Black spinoff.

🎥| @tessamaethompson Via IG Stories. #ChrisHemsworth #TessaThompson

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Not only that, but Hemsworth previously said he would be heading from London to Atlanta to continue filming Avengers 4. Hanton's IG story showed Thompson stepping off the plane with them in Atlanta, and fans are unsurprisingly thinking this means Valkyrie will appear in the upcoming movie.

Fans are loving the idea of Valkyrie obliterating Thanos.

Avengers 4 is set for a May 3, 2019 release, and hopefully Thompson will be a key part in the fight against evil.

Zack Snyder Confirms Justice League Was Supposed to Feature Another Superhero

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

by Kwadar Ray

​​Zack Snyder talks an awful lot about the universe building he did for Justice League. The director began working on the DC film from the start, but unfortunately had to step down after a family tragedy occurred, and Joss Whedon was hired to finish the job. Whedon apparently changed a decent amount of the film, leaving fans desperate for a "Snyder cut."

The director had plenty of plans to introduce characters to the DC Extended Universe with Justice League, which he successfully did with the likes of Deathstroke and Mera. However, ​Snyder revealed there was another hero he was going to include. Ryan Choi, a.k.a. The Atom, was also supposed to featured in the movie.

Earlier this year, attentive fans noticed when rewatching Justice League that Choi's name was displayed on the side of a computer screen, revealing that in the DCEU, the superhero is an employee at S.T.A.R. Labs.

A fan also found a Justice League promotional picture featuring Silas next to another scientist, who Snyder has confirmed was indeed Choi. The scene, however, was ultimately cut during post-production/reshoots.

Outside of the comics, The Atom has most prominently appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Choi's appearance in Justice League would have likely been minor, which is understandable. Still, including him as a S.T.A.R. Labs employee was a wise choice by Snyder, because he would have retained his scientific background.

DC's next movie to hit theaters will be Aquaman directed by James Wan, set to premiere on December 21, 2018.

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