With less than one month until the return of Doctor Who (eee!) a new trailer was released today.
There's a lot of awesomeness right there, but mostly there's River Song. Because River Song is amazing. (If you don't like River Song, feel free to tell me why. Try not to base it on Rose Tyler, though, because then I will pay absolutely no attention to you.)
River Song isn't just amazing because of her innate bad-assery, intelligence, and beauty. River Song is amazing because she's being played by a forty-seven year old actress, in an action-heavy part, against a twenty-eight year old actor. In a love story.
Over the weekend, there was a lot of buzz around the decision to cast Amy Adams as Lois Lane, because she's thirty-six, and Henry Cavill is twenty-seven. The questions about whether she's too old are ridiculous, but keep coming. Mostly from big media outlets. And then the counter-voices mention that the classic Lois/Supes combo of Kidder/Reeves involved an older Lois.
There's a lot of talk these days of fanboys and what they can and can't handle, what they will and won't freak out about, and what studios will and won't do to please them (and whether they should).
I'm not saying there's 100% overlap between Doctor Who fans and Superman fans. And, sure, the Doctor is a 900 (ish) year old Time Lord who could regenerate into the body of a seventy year old man (though that doesn't seem to be the way the BBC is going, does it?). But we all know looks count, and we all know plenty of us have fandom overlaps.
I think maybe the media outlets who keep perpetuating this age thing should look around various fandoms. The people who care about the age aren't the hardcore fans. Because we know better.