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Re-Examining the Ending of the Dark Knight Returns: Did Batman Really Defeat Superman?

24 June 2015 12:01 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

It’s been almost three decades since Frank Miller’s game-changing comic book mini-series Batman: the Dark Knight Returns debuted to stellar reviews and huge sales. Ever since then, the common belief has been that Batman won the final clash with Superman. This opinion is affecting people’s assumptions about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, did Batman really win? Maybe not!

With DC’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice coming closer and closer to its cinematic release date next year, internet discussion has turned to debates about how Batman (Ben Affleck) will overcome the man of steel (Henry Cavill) in the film’s anticipated and inevitable brawl. It’s a natural assumption that Batman will win the battle. There are two reasons why the Caped Crusader is expected to be the victor. Reason # 1 is that Zack Snyder is more of a Batman guy and has »

- (Rob Young)

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Third "Wolverine" To Use Old Man Logan Story?

19 June 2015 2:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With "The Wolverine," Hugh Jackman's second solo outing as the character utilised Frank Miller's storyline which saw Logan visiting Japan. Now a new report suggests another famous comic storyline will form the basis for Jackman's third solo and final outing as the character.

Marvel Movie News says that the new film will be based on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's 'Old Man Logan' storyline from the 2008 run of the comic. The story is set in a future gone dystopian after the super villains of the Marvel Universe came together and eliminated all of the world’s superheroes in one fell swoop.

If true, there would be some major changes from the comic as the characters mostly consisted of ones outside of Fox's control and almost entirely in the hands of Marvel Studios - with the exception of Wolverine himself and Emma Frost.

Whichever way it goes, the third »

- Garth Franklin

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139 movie sequels currently in the works

18 June 2015 3:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...

Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.

Without further ado...

23 Jump Street

Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »

- simonbrew

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‘Jurassic World,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and Tom Holkenborg’s new shit

17 June 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Jurassic World is fine. Massive blockbuster earnings aside, it’s neither contrived enough to feel like another lesser sequel  nor original enough to stray too far from Spielberg’s 1993 original. That uneasy cradle — between ingenuity and brand loyalty — is where tentpole franchises and their music have come to rest. With Furious 7, Atlantic Records threw dub step and electro-house music onto another collection of so-so promotional hip-hop. Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson only squeak out brief homages to John Barry rather than admit how indebted to Roger Moore Bond Kingsman: The Secret Service really is. Even Danny Elfman and Brian Tyler never stray far from Alan Silvestri’s original “Transformers meets Mission Impossible” theme in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Blockbuster movie composition is, like the studio system in 2015, sturdy, safe and kinda boring. Michael Giacchino’s score for Jurassic World is the latest to fit the mold. Like the movie itself, »

- David Klein

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Interview: The Arcane Artistry of Patt Kelley

15 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Holy cats, my creeps, look who I’ve got tied u… err, who dropped by the crypt for a lil’ jaw session: none other than award winnin’ arteest Patt Kelley!

Famous Monsters. E’en though our faithful fiends and ghouls see yer art at the top of each n’ e’ery Outre Eye column, why don’t ya go ahead and introduce yerself anyway!

Patt Kelley. I’m an illustrator/comic artist based out of Boston. My most notable work is What Am I Going to Do Without You?, a graphic novel released by Top Shelf Digital. I also do a single panel strip every week for DigBoston called “What’s for Breakfast?”. It’s kind of like The Far Side, only not as good.

FM. I know you dig on the monsters. What is yer fav-o-rite fright flick beastie, and why do ya love ‘em so?

Pk. Probably one »

- DanielXIII

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Boaz Yakin on his aborted live-action Batman Beyond movie

15 June 2015 4:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following Joel Schumacher’s 1997 franchise killer Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. launched several attempts to reboot the Dark Knight prior to Christopher Nolan’s successful resurrection of the series with Batman Begins.

In August 2000, while Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller were devloping an adaptation of Miller’s Batman: Year One, the studio enlisted director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans) to work alongside Paul Dini and Alan Burnett on a live-action adaptation of the animated series Batman Beyond, and now Yakin has shared some details on the ultimately aborted project during an interview with IGN.

“I had just made Remember the Titans and my inclination is to always go off a trend: make an independent film after I make a studio film. I spoke to my agent, and he said, ‘I think you need to do another studio movie before you do that.’ I was just basically like, ‘Well, if I’m »

- Gary Collinson

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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

11 June 2015 6:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »

- simonbrew

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Hatred Review

10 June 2015 2:24 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Catharsis (n) ku-thaa-sis

From the Greek meaning “purging” or “cleansing” – refers to the restoration or renewal of emotions by relieving tensions often through art, such as music.

You know, when I’m feeling a little tense and need to unwind, I like to bust open something like Left 4 Dead or Brutal Doom for some violent release. I can take several anguishes out on zombie hordes or pixilated hell beasts without the finger wagging from authoritative figures or animal rights groups.

Those who say violent video games turn people into violent criminals have obviously never experienced the feeling of tension washing away from your very core with every exploded head or mowed down imp. It’s like an orgy for my Wasd keys, only without the smoking afterwards.

Okay, maybe a little smoke.

That cathartic feeling one gets from video game violence was the least I was hoping for from »

- Andrew Heaton

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Exclusive: Cbm Chats With Kingsman: The Secret Service Artist Dave Gibbons!

9 June 2015 10:49 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

With Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service hitting retailers on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD, we thought it would be a great time to share my recent interview with Kingsman co-creator and illustrator Dave Gibbons. Gibbons is one of the most influential artists in comics, working on titles like Watchmen and 2000 Ad, but he is also a great writer, having written for such titles as "Worlds Finest" with artist Steve Rude and "Captain America" with artist Lee Weeks. Gibbons also continues to collaborate with some of the finest writers in the industry including Frank Miller and Stan Lee. Js (Cbm): What Thoughts do you have on the cinematic adaptation of the comic?   Dg: I love the differences from the comic book as much as I love the similarities.     What about the significant differences from the comic?   As a comic book writer/artist you have to make the best comic you »

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Rai, Harbinger, X-o Manowar – Reflecting on the The Classic Valiant Comics O.G.’s

8 June 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

In a recent post about Toyo Harada I talked about the order of Valiant character appearances in the original Valiant universe from the early 1990s. I thought about it some and decided to piece together three reviews I did of first three original (post-Magnus and Solar) Valiant properties in their initial arcs as titles. Please note that these are several years old so some of the references might not be up to date and I’m not a good writer now, so you can imagine how I was then. These cover the two hardcovers that the current Valiant owner released of the classic material, Harbinger: The Beginning and X-o Manowar: Birth, along with the classic first Tpb of Rai from the ’90s.

The first page of Harbinger #1 is a splash page, the backdrop is mundane: a traffic jam, trees, a helicopter hovering above, this is the real world, the »

- Jay Tomio

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New Batman V Superman Intense Weapon Spoiler Revealed

3 June 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

According to a recent report from Heroic Hollywood, some new spoiler intel has popped up for the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" super hero/action flick. It turns out that Batman will somehow come across a weapon that turns out to be a kryptonite-laced spear! They wouldn't say how Batman gets a hold of this spear, but they did say Batman will also have a rifle that's similar to the one from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. As for the movie, it stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg ,and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Jeremy Irons,Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Holly Hunter ,and Scoot McNairy. It's still hitting theaters on March 25th, »

- Andre Braddox

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‘Providence’ #1 one of the best examples of smart, layered comic writing this year

29 May 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Providence #1

Writer – Alan Moore

Art – Jacen Burrows

Colors – Juan Rodriguez

Letters – Kurt Hathaway

Publisher – Avatar Press

On its surface, the story of Providence is the story of two genre fiction visionaries who in practice couldn’t be more dissimilar. One died a good decade-plus before the other was born. One wrote mostly prose fiction and probably would have despised the funny books that are the other’s stock-in-trade. One deals mostly in existential dread while the other routinely deals in sex, love, heartbreak, death, and all the messy bits of individual human existence. But Providence aims to find some middle ground between the two.

It’s appropriate that Providence, the long-awaited Lovecraft deconstruction comic miniseries, should come this year, the 125th anniversary of Lovecraft’s birth. No matter what Lovecraft’s place among the pantheon of great horror-fantasy writers might be, it’s a matter of course that modern critical »

- Luke Dorian Blackwood

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Comic book movies, and the exposition dump

28 May 2015 10:06 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Comic book films are full of intricate storytelling. But sometimes, even Batman, Spider-Man & Iron Man need Basil Exposition's help...

This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron and various other comic book movies - if you're not entirely up to date, then watch out as you read on...

As you know, we're enjoying a golden age of comic book movies and there are around 30 more of them pencilled in before the decade is out. Since Marvel Studios started experimenting with continuity between movies and whole franchises, there's been criticism of its use of MacGuffins and plot exposition - it provokes nightmares of long-winded recaps of already established stuff, starting with dreaded phrases like 'as you know'. And who'd start anything with those three words?

It's not that we're mistaking the use of exposition for poor storytelling - it's a super-broad term to describe something that's kind of essential to most stories. »

- simonbrew

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Yet Another Batman: Arkham Knight Pre-Order Perk Unveiled; New Video Charts Creation Of The Batmobile

27 May 2015 7:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Traditionally speaking, the months leading up to the release of a triple-a title such as Batman: Arkham Knight are often riddled with excitement and last-minute promotion. But much like Evolve and Watch Dogs before it, given the sheer amount of pre-order bonuses and limited editions announced, ardent fans have had their hands full picking apart each bundle to find one that suits them best. And just when you thought Rocksteady had all but wrapped up its pre-order push, the studio has unveiled the Gotham’s Future skin pack.

Featuring the menacing Arkham Knight emblazioned with the Batman Beyond symbol and The Caped Crusader himself sporting a guise channeling Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns – also the inspiration for Zack Snyder’s Dawn of Justice – the costume pack has been slated for a release on Steam come June 23. It’s unclear if this cosmetic add-on will make its way onto consoles, »

- Michael Briers

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Superman Wasn't Always Such a Nice Guy

24 May 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

At Vulture, we love comic books. We think that they matter, that they’re fun, and that they deserve our attention and not just our snark (though some of that’s cool, too). But the proliferation of big brooding men in masks, what some call the Frank Miller Effect, has become tiresome; that self-serious Batman v. Superman trailer probably needs to speak with a therapist, it’s so melancholy. And yet, the notion that super heroes have only become mean and dark in recent years, that Superman has traditionally been a nice, smiling savior, is erroneous. Truth is they’ve always been kinda mean.Over at The Atlantic, Charles Moss has penned an excellent essay that vivisects Superman’s morally ambiguous origins. As with Bob Kane’s Batman, who began life as a guy in a mask who threw thugs off of rooftops and hanged people by the neck from his Batplane, »

- Greg Cwik

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night review – exhilarating vampire girl power

24 May 2015 12:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature debut is a bloody triumph…

Iranian-American writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour describes her weirdly exhilarating feature debut, which premiered at Sundance last year, as the Iranian love-child of Sergio Leone and David Lynch, with Nosferatu as a babysitter. It is set in the fictional Iranian ghost town of Bad City (the name nods toward Frank Miller’s Sin City) and plays out like the missing link between Kathryn Bigelow’s first two features; the ultra-cool biker pastiche The Loveless and the latterday vampire flick Near Dark. It is steeped in the pop iconography of the past, yet its crystalline anamorphic black-and-white photography has an unmistakably contemporary edge. Cinematically, it exists in a twilight zone between nations (American locations, Iranian culture), between centuries (late 19th and early 21st), between languages (Persian dialogue, silent cinema gestures) and, most importantly, between genres.

Arash Marandi is “the Persian James Dean »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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In Defence Of... Ben Affleck's Daredevil

23 May 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The critical and commercial success of Marvel's Netflix show has given the character of Daredevil a new lease of life, with a confirmed second series, a co-lead spot in the upcoming super-team show The Defenders and a possibility that the character could one day make an appearance in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, it's time to re-appraise the character's first big-screen outing – writer-director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck. Is it really as bad as its reputation suggests?

Released in 2003 (the same year as Ang Lee's Hulk and Bryan Singer's X2, though it was first out of the gate), Daredevil took more than $102 million at the Us box office and just $76 million outside the Us, for a worldwide total of $179 million. Despite more than doubling its budget it was perceived as a flop, especially alongside the likes of Spider-Man and X-Men, whose successes »

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Comics Legend Geof Darrow on 109-Page Zombie Fights, Designing The Matrix, and Hating Super Friends

21 May 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

No one draws violence quite like Geof Darrow, and nothing he’s drawn is quite as violent as his latest graphic novel. The 59-year-old artist first became famous for 1990’s Hard Boiled, his insanely bloody collaboration with legendary comics writer Frank Miller, and since then has garnered acclaim for epic works like the monsters-and-robots tale The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and the kung-fu/Western mash-up The Shaolin Cowboy — as well as his now-legendary concept art for The Matrix. But even die-hard fans couldn’t have anticipated just how insane Darrow’s newest offering would be. The Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet is on shelves now, and I can safely say it has the best dialogue-free, 109-page zombie fight scene you’ll read all year. The novel, published by Dark Horse, follows the titular martial-arts master as he attacks a seemingly endless pack of zombies in the desert and »

- Abraham Riesman

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Simon Pegg pens thoughtful essay on ‘infantilization’ of mainstream films

20 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Simon Pegg is still a nerd and proud of it.

This week however the nerd community was ready to cast him out on account of some comments he made to the Radio Times. Pegg, who despite writing Star Trek 3 and leading the Cornetto Trilogy and likely cameoing in Star Wars VII, felt that he might one day “retire from geekdom” and pursue “serious acting” because of the “dumbing down” of our culture due to these movies.

Part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste,” Pegg said. “Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes… Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously…It is a kind of dumbing down in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or »

- Brian Welk

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Simon Pegg expands on cinema "dumbing down" remarks: 'I am still a nerd and proud'

19 May 2015 8:36 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Simon Pegg has responded to the controversy around his belief that cinema has been 'dumbed down' in recent years.

The actor, who is currently co-writing the script for Star Trek 3, criticised the industry's focus on 'childish' comic book and superhero subject matter.

However, he has now published a blog post to clarify his position and reassure fans that he is "still a nerd and proud".

He wrote: "The 'dumbing down' comment came off as a huge generalisation by an A-grade asshorn. I did not mean that science fiction or fantasy are dumb, far from it. How could I say that? In the words of Han Solo, 'Hey, it's me!'

"In the last two weeks, I have seen two brilliant exponents of the genre. Ex Machina and Mad Max: Fury Road, both of which had my head spinning in different and wonderful ways and are both very grown up films. »

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