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A man who decides the best way to fight crime in his native city is to dress up as a giant bat has to be a severely damaged individual on some level. But think about how damaged the city itself has to be for the man to think that the bat costume is necessary. Fox's new drama series "Gotham" (it debuts Monday at 8) wants to dramatize the crumbling infrastructure of Gotham City, which would eventually lead to Batman patrolling its streets. And it wants to play with the many wonderful toys available in that corner of the DC Universe, even if Batman himself can't be one of them, since the series begins with a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) witnessing his parents' murder in a dark downtown alley. DC been down this road before with "Smallville," a show that took 10 seasons to let Clark Kent put on the red cape and blue tights, »
- Alan Sepinwall
In the comics, Stick has the abilities of radar sense, acute hearing, taste, touch, smell, telepathy,and the ability to drain life energy from another person.
"Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey," said Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television.
"There are few actors who could bring the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such »
- Michael Stevens
In another move that shows how much inspiration the upcoming Daredevil Netflix series will draw from Frank Miller’s run in the comics, Marvel has cast Scott Glenn (The Hunt for Red October, Silence of the Lambs) as Stick, the mysterious martial artist famous for training both Elektra and the titular Man Without Fear.
Stick was created by Miller in 1981, where he’s depicted as a blind master martial artist who not only teaches a young Matt Murdock how to fight, but how to control his senses and develop his “radar sense.” Stick is also revealed to be the leader of a warrior order called The Chaste that regularly fought with a mercenary group known as The Hand.
- James Garcia
Despite its constant appearance in the news cycle, we still don’t know very much about Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, especially when it comes to the version of the Caped Crusader that we’ll see on screen. No two Batman interpretations are completely alike, and from the sound of it, Ben Affleck will play a far different Batman than Christian Bale did in the Dark Knight trilogy.
We’ve already heard reports that this version is in his mid-40s, making him a bit older than previous versions of the character, and that he’s likely been operating in the shadows of Gotham for quite some time. This darker, more seasoned crime fighter will draw inspiration from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, and even has a massive and powerful Batmobile to prove it.
Affleck recently sat down with »
- James Garcia
Marvel Studios is planning on revealing lots of new details about their upcoming Daredevil series at New York Comic Con next month, but showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight already shared a few things about it with Paste Magazine. In a recentinterview he offers a little tease of their vision for the man without fear.
"With this version of Daredevil we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the shit beat out of him. That's one thing that makes him a great character. He's not super strong. He's not invulnerable. In every aspect, he's a man that's just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human. The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he's one »
- Joey Paur
Unsurprisingly, Netflix's "Daredevil" series is set to be a darker and more grounded than a network comic book show ala "Marvel's Agents of Shield". Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has now given an extensive interview with Paste Magazine about the new series, how it is progressing, and what take he's bringing to the material:
"With this version of Daredevil, we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the s--t beat out of him.
That's one thing that makes him a great character. He's not super strong. He's not invulnerable. In every aspect, he's a man that's just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human.
The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he's one »
- Garth Franklin
The fall TV season is about to get under way in just a few short weeks, but, for many Marvel fans, the show they're eagerly awaiting won't debut until next year. Marvel and Netflix joined forces to produce Marvel's Daredevil, the first of four shows along with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage that will culminate with the mini-series The Defenders.
Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight is serving as the showrunner and executive producer on Marvel's Daredevil, revealing in a new interview that the show will be as grounded, gritty and realistic as possible.
"With this version of Daredevil, we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the shit beat out of him. That's one thing that makes him a great character. He's not super strong. He's not invulnerable. »
With the announcement of a new Batmobile via some leaked photos and then Zack Synder’s Twitter account, we at Flickering Myth decided to look at the various incarnations of the The Dark Knight’s most iconic of accessories….
The Batmobile first debuted in DC Comics’ Batman #27, a red convertible with nothing overly special in its functionality. But in an interesting piece of trivia, the term “Batmobile” was not used until Detective Comics #48 in 1941.
Moving into the live action realm on our list is one of the most well-loved looks for people of “a certain age” of the Batmobile, courtesy of the 1966 Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo. With great gadgets like an anti-theft switch, Bat Beam, Mobile Batcomputer and the Emergency Bat-turn lever, this version of the Batmobile is well respected and has been used by many as their transport on their wedding days. »
- Luke Owen
Just last night we were swooning over our first proper look at the wheels Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight would be sitting behind for the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Thanks to covert snaps taking on the film’s Detroit set, we discovered the Batmobile in question was sleek but well equipped, a cross between a Bruce Wayne-friendly sportscar and the tank-like vehicle driven in the classic Frank Miller comic The Dark Knight Returns. Well, not a few short hours after we’d all gotten in such a tizzy did Warner Bros give the okay for our first actually official look at the new Batmobile, with photographer Clay Enos stating “iPhone photography is great but some things deserve better.” Zack Snyder was even more upfront about combatting the leak, tweeting the pic with: “Here’s a real picture of the Batmobile”.
He’s right you know. »
- Tom Baker
Updated: After that thing called the internet that, er, we’re on right now shared a few ‘first look’ shots from the set yesterday and the all-new Batmobile, the WB team have been quick to get an official shot out there – Makes you think if anything is ever truly leaked, doesn’t it?
This new machine is one hell of a mighty beast, taking the best from Nolan and Burton and making a mean, fighting machine – Look at that machine gun on the front!! For those previous official shots just scroll down the page but here’s a huge look at the new one from them directly:
And now, to the older story….
- Dan Bullock
Chicks dig the car. We’re getting fairly well acquainted with the Caped Crusader Ben Affleck will be playing in upcoming blockbuster dust up Superman V Batman: Dawn Of Justice, but we’re yet to see much of his ride. Not sure what the Dark Knight is looking so moody about to be honest, considering the on-set snaps we’ve seen of the updated Batmobile make it look pretty sweet. It appears that director Zack Snyder is taking more cues from Christopher Nolan’s previous Batman films as well as Frank Miller’s classic Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, with a supervehicle that looks part sportsmobile, part all-terrain vehicle and part tank. And all awesome.
The covert snaps come from Instagram users amacro13 and dcu_the_watchtower (well what else do you expect from a name like that eh), taken on the Detroit set of Batman V Superman which »
- Tom Baker
Rrmbllll Kkkkrrakkk goes the lightning as Frank Miller’s Batman hits the streets for the first time in 1986’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns. A faceless, lowlife pimp throws one of his girls into a cab, threatening to cut her. The bearded, downtrodden cabbie accepts a stack of bills from the pimp; he mutters to himself, “dog eat dog world…” Unseen, Batman descends onto the yellow, checkered cab’s roof. The pimp finds himself on the receiving end of some brutality off-panel. The money is shredded. And with another Krakk – end scene.
This hardly feels like pages ripped from a William Gibson novel, more like frames from a grainy, 35-mm Taxi Driver print. The synopsis for Tdkr returns dubs itself “near-future”, and the genre “cyber-punk” has been tossed around by readers and critics alike. But really (mutant punks aside) the book falls into the Death Wish genre. Aging man, urban and moral decay, »
- Dan Black
Written by Charles Soule
Pencils by Steve McNiven. Inks by Jay Leisten
Colors by Justin Ponsor. Letters by Chris Eliopoulos
Standard Cover by McNiven, Leisten & Ponsor
Published by Marvel Comics.
Death of Wolverine #1 is the culmination of a storyline begun by Paul Cornell in which Wolverine lost his mutant healing factor, and the first issue of a four part weekly series which promises to kill off everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant with adamantium claws. Of course, only the most casual of comic book readers expect that death to stick: Wolverine is a cash cow character for Marvel Comics, star of several blockbuster films, and the company has gone down this road before, killing off such stalwart characters as Captain America and Human Torch only to see them returned to life (and the pages of comic books and screens of your local theater) in due time.
Of course, as in any story, »
- Austin Gorton
Concept Art by Joshua MinClick Here - More of Joshua Min's Sin City 2 Art Concept Art by Francesco CorvinoClick Here - More of Francesco Corvino's Sin City 2 Art Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film, Frank Miller's Sin City. Jessica Alba; Powers Boothe; Josh Brolin; Rosario Dawson; Joseph Gordon - Levitt; Eva Green; Dennis Haysbert; Stacy Keach; Jaime King; Ray Liotta; Jeremy Piven; Mickey Rourke; Bruce Willis Directed By Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez * Written By Frank Miller »
Sources tell Variety that Darren Lemke is set to write the script with Johnson attached to star. Johnson will play Black Adam, who in recent issues of the DC comicbook, is more of an anti-hero trying to clear his name than a villain.
Hiram Garcia is producing.
Johnson confirmed the casting this morning by tweeting out which character he would be playing in the film.
"Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot." My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics http://t.co/Qk55eNf3R7—
Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 03, 2014
Johnson has been teasing the idea of playing Shazam or Black Adam for sometime now on his social media sites, and some thought Warners might introduce him as »
- Justin Kroll
I had a whole rant plotted out in my mind, but when my fingers hit the keyboard I decided against it. Perhaps I’m mellowing in my antiquity. I hope not, as being not-mellow is how I make my living. Maybe it’s because I’m going to this weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con, always a wonderful event, and I’m awash in breathless anticipation.
Well, either way, I’ve got a deadline and ComicMix’s editor-in-chief is an asshole (not to be confused with this column’s editor, Adriane Nash, who is not an asshole) and I’ve got all these Sin City thoughts attacking my brain like anti-bodies at a clown orgy and I’m willing to share. Let’s see how long it takes for me to become non-mellow.
Fellow ComicMixer Martha Thomases and I saw Sin City: A Plot To Kill With last week. I »
- Mike Gold
While studios tout records, market share and No. 1 status based on box office grosses, we thought it’d be a good idea to look at some of this year’s summer films (tentpoles and not) to see how their budgets stacked up against their worldwide grosses to date. These budget numbers do not include domestic/international marketing and distribution costs, nor do they take into account the splits with exhibitors, but they do give an idea of outlay and income. Bear in mind, that while some of the biggest offshore grosses come from China, the studios are only getting a 25% cut from that territory. Also, some of these pictures will end up doing well in home entertainment and may make a profit over time — as in, a few years.
Here are some of the films we were able to compile from smallest to highest budgets with worldwide grosses (and percentage »
- Anita Busch and Nancy Tartaglione
8th Update, Tuesday, 4:42 Pm: Box office final tallies are in and the summer is off 14.6% from last year. Leading the next weekend will be the two August tentpoles — Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which once again, Paramount has a higher gross than others have for it ($11.7M vs. $11.9M). Regardless, it’s such a minimal amount, that we’re keeping with the $166.3M cume for its summer tally. Congrats to Disney/Marvel for having the top film of the season and of the year to date with a newly-established and fun franchise with Guardians. Can’t wait to see the next one.
Related: Box Office End of Summer, Some Profitable Hits in Overall Blah Season
- Anita Busch
Vincent D'Onofrio has carved out quite a lengthy, successful career for himself. With credits going back over 30 years, which include roles in Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black, JFK, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and much more, one would understand if he'd be hesitant to take on a new show. With 10 seasons of Criminal Intent under his belt, some would think it strange that he's going right back into another television series. But the 6'4 actor sounds downright giddy about his next project: Daredevil, a Marvel production for Netflix.
"Filming has been great. I can’t really talk about specifics. Really," he tells Men's Journal in a new interview. "But I can tell you it’s all working. It’s all gritty. Everything is really impressive. They seem to know what they’re doing over at Marvel. I think ever since Downey and [Jon] Favreau did Iron Man and proved that comic »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Review
You can’t deny the artistic abilities found in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, but it looks like Frank Miller may have lost his storytelling abilities to his ego. There’s something to the idea of fusing a film from the largely unconnected stories that might exist as “issues” of a graphic novel, but this isn’t how you make such a theory work.
The film kicks off with Marv (Mickey Rourke) walking us through an encounter that simply serves as an explanation of who he is, and puts him into the world so that we recognize him when he shows up later. This takes us to Dwight (Josh Brolin), and Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who will each have their turns being the focus of stories that don’t connect to each other.
Dwight has his world disrupted when Ava (Eva Green), an ex, »
- Marc Eastman
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