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Ender’s Game Has Big Comic-Con Plans, Minus Orson Scott Card

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ender's gameThe San Diego Comic-Con is so massive at this point, it only seems natural for films to eventually branch away from the pop culture-soaked event to become entirely separate entities. A festival solely promoting adaptations of young adult novels could easily match the audience and hype of the SDCC without much effort. And from there, the highly anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s celebrated novel Ender’s Game could host its own mini-festival.

But for now, the film is content just to take over its own portion of the convention, setting up huge interactive displays to accompany the standard booth. But all of this will be done without Card present, as the novelist — also a producer on the film — has been completely absent from the film’s advertising thus far, undoubtedly due to the public backlash against the author following another display of his staunchly anti-homosexual beliefs. Though really, it isn’t clear if Summit Entertainment is avoiding Card, or the other way around. They’ll have to bring him out at some point before the film’s release to appease the masses who wouldn’t be watching this movie if they didn’t love the book so much.

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Orson Scott Card’s Superman Story Loses Its Artist Amid Controversy

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If you’re standing around thinking everyone else is an asshole for not agreeing with you, but you’re the only person in the room, then maybe you’re the asshole. Celebrated science fiction author Orson Scott Card has claimed that room as his own, replacing the boys’ club No Girls Allowed sign with something much more homophobic.

DC’s upcoming Adventures of Superman digital anthology is now missing an artist, as illustrator Chris Sprouse has backed out of his agreement to illustrate the story written by Orson Scott Card, whose bigotry against gay people has brought all of the wrong kinds of attention to the project. We talked last month about how his outspoken views might negatively affect the upcoming Ender’s Game adaptation, but it didn’t even take that long for his negativity to taint his fictional works.

Perhaps he’d return if the online petition calling for Card’s removal from the comic, which currently sits at over 16,600 signatures, sways DC at all. They’ll likely be the only ones to change things, since I doubt Card will be retracting his Mormon Times quote calling homosexuality a “reproductive dysfunction.”

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Will Orson Scott Card’s Anti-Gay Stance Hurt Ender’s Game’s Box Office?

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In a nutshell, this is how the majority of human beings are able to process and separate entertainment from reality: Mel Gibson depicted the extremely brutal beatings of Jesus, a Jew, for Passion of the Christ, and people threw all kinds of money at him. He makes a couple of rancid comments about Jews behind the scenes, and people chastise him, sending more hatred his way than he probably had for the Jewish community in the first place. Our species moves in strange cycles.

The next probable controversy we’ll have to worry about is Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay stance impacting the box office revenue of Gavin Hood’s upcoming adaptation of Card’s Ender’s Game. Though his bias towards same-sex marriages isn’t new, it made a few headlines recently when DC announced Card would be a part of an upcoming Superman anthology, which resulted in a massive petition signing and at least one retailer refusing to sell the product. Film insiders are already backing away from him, and steps are being taken to limit the public promotions he attends for the film, just in case anyone should question him up front about it.