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How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
Director: Jeffery Scott Lando
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Synopsis: On the tenth anniversary of her father’s psychotic break and murderous rampage, a young girl and her bullying high school classmates are terrorised by his alleged escape and determination to finish what he started.
I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of the horror genre and it’s tropes. I could say that it was because I was a child of the 80s and nothing that came thereafter could compare to that decade of slash and dice but I won’t. What I will say is that I was challenged to experience the macabre madness at Film4 Frightfest and whilst I love a good challenge, I love that its reopened my eyes »
- Sacha Hall
“I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”
That’s the quote from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic book series that was used to introduce the concept of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice back in the summer of 2013. Specifically, the quote comes towards the end of the series, where a big bust-up between DC’s finest heroes comes to a head.
Snyder has cited the comic »
Director Zack Snyder has outright stated that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is heavily influenced by what Frank Miller did with his graphic novel series, especially The Dark Knight Returns, where an older, more grizzled versions of Superman and Batman fight each other.
When Snyder announced the film two years ago at Comic-Con, he quoted directly from the novel, sending the crowd into a frenzy. If you’re familiar with the novels, then you will appreciate the various nods seen in the trailers and images released so far, including Batman’s costume and a single shot that pays homage to the cover of The Dark Knight Returns.
For those that aren’t too familiar with the source material though, here are nine ways in which Miller’s work has influenced Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. »
- James Garcia
The suit makes the man. That's the statement boldly declared on an official photo from Marvel's Daredevil as it prepares for Season 2 in Spring 2016. Netflix sent out the promo via the show's official Twitter, which finds Matt Murdock's iconic red costume boxed up, sitting next to his walking cane.
Charlie Cox, who plays blind lawyer-turned-Hell's Kitchen vigilante, spent most of Marvel's Daredevil Season 1 fighting crime in a black bandana and matching tactical wear that cloaked him in the shadows of the night. That look was inspired by Frank Miller's iconic Marvel comic book run. It wasn't until the very end of the last episodes that we got to see Daredevil slip into his more recognizable, and certainly more iconic, red costume. As this latest sneak peek indicates, Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 is picking up right where we left off. And the new suit will be seen on the streets of Hell's Kitchen in full-effect. »
Secret Wars: Secret Love #1
Written by Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Jeremy Whitley, Marguerite Bennett, Katie Cook
Art by Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Gurihuru, Kris Anka, Katie Cook
Published by Marvel Comics
Recently, romance anthologies have made a little bit of comeback with former DC editor Janelle Asselin’s Fresh Romance title and even little one-shots like the Harley Quinn Valentines Special and 2013’s revival of the classic DC series Young Romance. Now, Marvel has gotten into the romance game with Secret Wars: Secret Love bringing a variety of Marvel veterans and newcomers to tell some fun love stories. There is an homage to Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr’s run on Daredevil complete with a battle against Typhoid Mary, a special team-up between Robbie Reyes and Kamala Khan in the Ghost Racers universe, an extremely non-traditional date night »
- Logan Dalton
It seems as if there’s a new theory about the nature of Jared Leto’s Joker in “Suicide Squad” nearly every day. Just last week, Leto’s hat selection while on vacation fired up the rumor mill. The hat had a similar look and feel to the Joker’s silhouette in Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke,” leading fans to speculate on the possible link between the graphic novel and his backstory in the DC cinematic universe. It’s certainly possible that there’s a connection, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and sometimes a man wears a hat to avoid a sunburn. Having said that, speculation can be one of the more rewarding parts of the pre-release anticipation. So, let’s do some more of it! This particular rumor is drawn from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Strikes Again,” and focuses on the Joker’s »
- Roth Cornet
Just in case you weren’t aware of this, there’s a rumor (well, really more just fan-speculation) going around that the incarnation of The Joker that Jared Leto will play in the DC Extended Universe actually used to be Batman’s sidekick, Robin. This seems to have stemmed solely from the fact that in Frank Miller’s much-maligned The Dark Knight Strikes Back, Dick Grayson goes doolally and reinvents himself as the new Clown Prince Of Crime. Plus, there’s that defaced Robin statue in the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer, along with Bruce Wayne’s line: “20 years in Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?”
Now getting back to that statue, a Redditor has come across some new evidence that might just add some weight to this theory. As you can see from the image above, there are something like bullet »
- Mark Cassidy
There are those who believe that The Joker used to be Robin in the world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While that may sound ridiculous, it's worth bearing in mind that Dick Grayson went insane and became the new Joker in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Back, so there's certainly precedent for this happening in the comics (especially as Zack Snyder is using The Dark Knight Returns as his inspiration). Surely the director won't shake things up that much? Well, Batman asking Aflred in the Batman v Superman trailer "20 years in Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?" led many to believe that The Joker could be his former sidekick from early on, and now one redditor has pointed out the following which seems to once again link the two characters; they have matching scars. Could this Joker »
First announced back in 2004 and solicited for release in January 2011, the four-issue miniseries Batman: Europa is finally set to see the light of day this year, with DC Entertainment revealing that the first issue is set to land in November. Courtesy of Comics Alliance, here’s a look at Jim Lee’s cover for issue #1, along with a variant by Lee Bermejo…
See Also: Official details for Frank Miller’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race
Superstar artist Jim Lee returns to the Dark Knight with this premiere issue! The impossible has happened and Batman is on the verge of being taken down by an enemy he cannot defeat: a virus for which there is no cure! And the only hope for his salvation is The Joker! Who infected Batman, what does the Clown Prince of Crime know, and how will the Dark Knight get that information? Together, the enemies crisscross Europe, »
- Gary Collinson
Ahead of its arrival this November, DC Entertainment has revealed the official solicitation for the first issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race, Frank Miller’s follow-up to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again…
The epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!
DC Comics is proud to present the debut issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race, one of the most ambitious projects ever from a major American comics publisher. Here are the details…
Each issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race will include:
• A 32-page standard format comic book that will measure 6.625” x 10.1875”
• A 16-page minicomic with no interior ads that will measure 5.5” x 8.375”
The minicomic will be tipped on to an insert and bound into the main comic.
After the release »
- Gary Collinson
The bad news just keeps rolling in for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. The film has had terrible reviews (read ours here and here), it’s director has shamed the movie publicly, Fox have pointed the finger of blame at him (and apparently locked him out of editing the film), it’s bombed at the box office and some rumours suggest Fox may even cancel the sequel for Deadpool 2.
But, it’s at least broken one record.
Fantastic Four has earned the lowest CinemaScore for a studio-produced superhero movie movie. Its C- rating is lower than Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (C+), Batman & Robin (C+) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (C). It’s also lower than The Green Hornet (B+) and Daredevil, Elektra and Catwoman, which all earned a B.
The previous Fantastic Four movies also scored a B each.
- Luke Owen
With trailers now in theaters and the 2016 release date slowly inching closer, speculation is growing about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Most people assume—probably correctly—that Batman will leave the Man of Steel lying in defeat. Batman’s popularity is such that bat-fans would riot if the Dark Knight should lose. However, the fact is…Batman Should lose, and here are five good reasons why.
Batman is the most popular super hero in the world. That’s hard to dispute. Starting with the success of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, continuing through the staggeringly popular Nolan/Bale films, Batman is the king of comic characters. The fervor people have for this character is such that fans consider him unbeatable given the proper prep-time. That will probably affect the script of the Batman v Superman film, and Superman will end up flat on his back. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
We still have eight months until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters, but that.s not going to stop the rumor mill from spinning. The latest scuttlebutt to make the rounds involves the possible identity of Jena Malone.s character in the movie. Be warned, there are potential spoilers beyond this point. If you.re averse to such things, leave now. You.ve been warned. According to Latino Review.s industry sources, the Hunger Games and Donnie Darko star will appear in Dawn of Justice as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and the civilian alter ego of both Batgirl and Oracle in the comics. This latest bit of news runs contrary to earlier reports that Malone is playing a version of Robin based on the Carrie Kelley character from Frank Miller.s The Dark Knight Returns. Most fans dismissed this after the latest Dawn of »
Last year came a rumor that not only would there be a Robin appearing in Zack Snyder's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," but that it would be female and akin to the version seen in Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" comic.
At the time there were also rumors that Snyder's "Sucker Punch" star Jena Malone would be taking on the character as she was spotted on Detroit set for a brief period sporting red hair like the character did in the Miller comic.
With the film's recent Comic Con trailer now confirming that at least one male Robin has died prior to the events of the movie, and offering no suggestion of a replacement, the talk of Malone's potential involvement has switched to another character.
Latino Review claims to have heard from three different sources that Malone is playing Barbara Gordon in the film. Whether she'll just be herself, »
- Garth Franklin
When it was revealed that Jena Malone had been cast in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (a role she dyed her hair red for), fans immediately began speculating that she would be playing Carrie Kelly. After all, this movie is taking inspiration from Frank Miller's classic The Dark Knight Returns, so that theory made at least some sense. Then, The Hollywood Reporter weighed in by indicating that they had heard that was indeed the role The Hunger Games star had been chosen for. Maybe not! According to Latino-Review, Malone has actually been cast as Barbara Gordon, a character better know to us all as either Batgirl or Oracle! They're not sure what exactly her role in Batman v Superman will be, but Snyder could really go either way with the character here. Malone always seemed a bit old for Carrie, and Barbara - another redhead - seems like »
It's not a Man of Steel sequel (supposedly), so it's not Man of Steel 2. It's also got Batman in it, has reportedly drawn some inspiration from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" and will feature the two title superheroes squaring off. Thus it would be assumed the title would be Batman vs. Superman, but no, not "vs." and not "versus", the latter of which would only add another "s" where it already had one too many, and what's with the periodc But hold off, it's not even going to be Batman v Superman, because that would imply this was a single film, and not part of a cinematic multiverse. No, it's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and director Zack Snyder tells "Empire" magazine why the need for the subtitle in a new cover story that also delivers a batch of new pictures. Before I get too far ahead of myself, »
- Brad Brevet
20th Century Fox
The landscape of cinema today is a vastly different and distinctly less-original one than previous decades. Itʼs hard to put your finger on exactly when the tide began to turn, but it’s safe to admit we live in an age of sequel-mania.
Currently there are a staggering 142 sequels either in-production or development across numerous studios. Some are justified and worthy of warranting second instalments, whilst others will strike you as desperate attempts at squeezing out that last remaining trickle of money from a dying franchise.
Here is a selection of the most sh*tty and unnecessary sequels (possibly given the the protracted production of some) heading our way in the next few years.
The original was innovative and a blood-splattered shot of adrenaline. »
- James Armstrong
Villordsutch: Your name is attached in the top corner of all the Star Trek ongoing series comics Mike, and you’ve written up a lot of stories. Did you arrive at the Idw doors saying, “I have a plan for the next 5 years!” or are you part of an Idw’s current Star Trek plan for the next 5 years?
Mike Johnson: I wish I was clever enough to have five years planned out! My arrival was fortuitous, because at the time I was working for Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci, who were in the process of writing and producing the 2009 Star Trek movie. With their encouragement I had already been writing for DC Comics, and when the »
Been a long time since a new hair cut has caused such talk.
Scarlett Johansson has been spotted returning to the "Captain America: Civil War" set after a break from filming. The catch? She's got a new hairdo and Just Jared has posted the shots of the actress sporting her own natural hair dyed Black Widow's signature red color - but way shorter.
When not on-set in a more regular Black Widow style wig, Johansson usually kept her blond hair intact - like she did back in May shooting scenes for 'Civil War' with a long red wig as seen here. This has immediately sparked speculation that Black Widow will get her locks chopped off in the film into a pixie-style reminiscent of her appearance in Frank Miller's "Daredevil" comic run.
Omg Scarlett Johansson has dyed her blonde hair Natasha Romanoff red, Could This Be short hair Natasha??? pic. »
- Garth Franklin
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