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We all remember Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Will Eisner‘s The Spirit, or maybe we’re trying to forget it. That wasn’t the first time Hollywood attempted to bring the comic book classic to the big screen. One of the previous attempts was to turn the story into an animated movie, with a young director named Brad Bird creating a […]
- Peter Sciretta
So as you can tell I’m pretty excited about what Lemire and Kindt are doing in recent happenings in Valiant comics, but before the current Valiant universe one of, if not the the major player in the original universe from the ’90s, one Jim Shooter, was ousted and went on to create Defiant comics. Among those that went with him was David Lapham, an artist/writer who would go on to win Eisners for his independent work. Lapham would be the artist on the debut comic from Defiant, but before he did that, before anyone did anything we could put in our hands, we got Mongrel. We never saw him again.
It’s no secret that the medium of comic books, at least in the United States, is mostly dominated by characters that have been around for decades and come with not only a personal history, but in many cases multiple histories. »
- Jay Tomio
Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice may still be a full year from release, but that hasn’t stopped fans chomping at the bit to uncover more about Warner Bros’ titanic showdown. Yesterday, we had the first reveal of Jesse Eisenberg as evil supervillain Lex Luthor, but today Badass Digest brings word of some fresh speculation relating to the film’s plot which, you should be warned, delves into spoiler territory unabated.
Still with us? Great. According to Badass Digest’s report, Dawn of Justice will still use The Dark Knight Returns as a major touchstone, though it’s understood there will be a number of significant differences between Frank Miller’s seminal comic and Snyder’s feature film. For one, it is Clark Kent who instigates the encounter between the titular pairing at the command of Lex Luthor. How and why exactly this plays out remains to be seen, »
- Michael Briers
Early this morning, it was finally revealed that Jesse Eisenberg is in fact playing a very bald Lex Luthor. The ultimate DC Comics villain was unveiled in his new big screen incarnation in honor of the one year wait we still have for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to hit theaters. And over the next twelve months, more and more of the virtually unknown plot will surely leak out. Badass Digest is helping that idea along with new story details, which give us a reason why the last son of Krypton and The Dark Knight are throwing fists in each other's direction. And if this rumor pans out, it looks like it's all Lex Luthor's fault.
It's no secret that Bruce Wayne and Kal-El are going to go toe-to-toe in an epic battle that is said to come halfway through the movie, before these two team up to take on a common foe. »
According to some reports, actress Jena Malone ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") will be introduced as 'Robin', the iconic sidekick of 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":
"...'Carrie' was a schoolgirl and girl scout who was attacked by muggers one night, but was saved by the recently returned and grizzled elder Batman on his first night out of retirement.
"She would then spend her lunch money on a 'Robin' costume and hunt down some petty con-men to find Batman again, using a slingshot loaded with firecrackers as weapons.
Her parents were very neglectful of her, as one-time activists and hippies during the 1960's that became 'apathetic stoners'..."
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- Michael Stevens
Of all the live-action adaptations of Shakespeare’s beloved Romeo And Juliet, three spring to mind. The fiercely loyal 1968 version starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting; Baz Luhrman’s 1996 modern day re-telling starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes; and of course, Lloyd Kaufman’s brilliantly goofish Tromeo & Juliet. Those three stand out as arguably the most recognized out of the countless takes on the Bard’s star-crossed tale. But there could be another imminent arrival destined to outshine them all.
Few story details have been disclosed, with the exception of what anyone with a high school diploma could probably recall from English Lit lessons. However, what captured our eye was the description of the studio’s vision for the movie. »
- Gem Seddon
It’s funny how sometimes the smallest of memories sticks with you the longest. I remember watching an advertisement for a Robocop Versus The Terminator sweepstakes. Although I was too young to watch either film and certainly wasn’t allowed such an action-packed game, even then I thought it was a kick-ass concept. And why there still hasn’t been a movie featuring the two most famous cyborgs in one film is beyond me.
Of course, great concepts don’t always make for great gaming, especially when it’s based off of a movie (or in this case, Frank Miller’s excellent comic book). So we’ll see how it pans out with not one, but two reviews, covering the Genesis and the Snes versions.
Let’s start right off the bat by saying the Genesis version, at least on the surface, captures the tone and essence of both Robocop and The Terminator. »
- Andrew Hudson
Martin Burgoyne chats with Domenico Albani, Ronan Coiffec and Mathieu Fremont about White Night…
I recently got the chance to interview Domenico Albani, Ronan Coiffec and Mathieu Fremont, the talented French trio down at Osome-Studio, about their “old school” survival horror game White Night. Here we discuss everything from major influences to French cuisine…
Hi guys! How are things down at Osome-Studio? I only just got the name when I said it out loud… (Oh… Some studio?)
Hi! Yes we wanted the studio name to begin with an “O” as our existing engine was called “OEngine”. We know some will pronounce it as “ozome” but we don’t care! The game is just released, so now we can relax a little bit and have more time for interviews like this one.
White Night is your studios first major project, had you been waiting for a long time to make a game like this? »
- Martin Burgoyne
One thing the promotional materials for Netflix's "Daredevil" series has yet to show off is the iconic 'Daredevil' red costume that Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) will ultimately don. Instead, all we've seen is the black bodysuit from the Frank Miller run of the comics.
Show runner Steven DeKnight says we won't be getting just two separate outfits, rather the character's outfit in the film will evolve with each episode, right up until he's donning the better-known red costume. He tells Comics Continuum (via Cbm):
"He always wore a black mask that was tied in the back. We went through a lot of different versions and did a lot of R&D before settling on something. If you watch very closely, you'll see the outfit evolve subtly into what we call the black ninja suit. The mask changes. He starts wearing protective pads.
Eventually it morphs into the classic suit, »
- Garth Franklin
Some fans were disappointed that Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil series wasn't going to feature the character's most popular costume from the comics right off the baton, but Steven DeKnight is adamant that the black outfit (which Murdock did sport initially in Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.'s Daredevil: Man Without Fear anyway) makes more sense for the show's real-world setting... at first at any rate. While chatting with Comics Continuum (via McU Exchange), DeKnight explains how the suit will evolve over the course of the show, until we finally reach the point that people will readily accept the more outlandish look. Expect a few variations of the black costume before we see those red horns in any capacity! "He always wore a black mask that was tied in the back. We went through a lot of different versions and did a lot of R&D before settling on something. »
I know what you're thinking, why does the picture of Jared Leto at right look like something out the French New Wave, isn't this post about Suicide Squadc To answer your first question, I'm not sure, and to answer your second, yes it is, but this is the picture director David Ayer tweeted of Leto earlier this month so it is the one I'm using and you'll just have to roll with it. Continuing on... I feel like half the things I've produced for the site since I began writing in the fall have been about the upcoming adaptation of DC Comics' Suicide Squad, and the trend continues today as Latino Review (via The Playlist) reports the film's version of The Joker, played by a newly coiffed Jared Leto, draws heavily from Frank Miller's take on the character in his beloved graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns". The »
- Jordan Benesh
Frank Miller's seminal comic book miniseries The Dark Knight Returns, which was turned into a 2-part animated movie back in 2012, is said to have heavily influenced Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If we're to believe a new rumor, that style will also carry over to David Ayer's Suicide Squad, with Jared Leto taking a page from that book. This follows a previous statement from the actor himself, who said he is 'bulking up' for the role.
Last week, Jared Leto got his hair cut for The Joker role, with a style reminiscent of the 'Batman Endgame' comic. Now, Latino Review claims that the villain will look like The Joker from The Dark Knight Returns, wearing a big, broad shouldered suit with bleached skin, no make-up. There is also a mention of Hugo Strange being in the movie, though no casting has been announced yet. »
Another day, another rumor regarding David Ayer's upcoming "Suicide Squad" feature. Perhaps the most anticipated reveal the film has yet to show off is that of Jared Leto's new interpretation of The Joker.
Today, El Mayimbe has posted some details about this incarnation of the famed villain which will be more akin to the version seen in Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" comic. Along with that, it sounds like another Bat-villain might show up in the movie:
"Leto's Joker is most definitely based on 'The Dark Knight Returns' version. He's lean & scarred but his suit does have broad shoulders.
Joker works out in his cell like an inmate when he is interrogated by Amanda Waller. He's doing hand stand push ups so it makes sense that Jared Leto said he is putting on weight. He's definitely not skinny, but in fact more muscular. He has bleached skin not make up. »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, the internet experienced a minor meltdown when director David Ayer tweeted images of Jared Leto's golden locks being cut in preparation for his role as the Joker in "Suicide Squad." Certainly, the 30 Seconds To Mars frontman and Oscar-winning actor has big shoes to fill with both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger having delivered titanic performances as Batman's arch-nemesis. But Leto is reportedly drawing from beloved source material for his take on the character. According to Latino Review, the Joker in "Suicide Squad" is based on Frank Miller's work in the graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns," the 1986 graphic novel that more than any other work rehabilitated the Bat-mythos' image: the general public's idea of Batman, the Joker and supporting characters up to that point was based on the campy 1960s tv show. After "The Dark Knight Returns," Batman et al would be defined by a relentlessly dark tone, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Latino Review's El Mayimbe has posted the last of his Suicide Squad scoops, and this one relates to the incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime Jared Leto will be playing in the film. As we'd all assumed from previous reports, this version of the character will (apparently) be primarily based on The Joker from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns -- he'll even have those exaggerated shoulders by the sounds of it. Also, anyone worried that we'd be getting another painted on clown face can rest easy, as Mayimbe reckons it's bleached skin all the way. He also provides details on what got The Joker locked away in the first place, but obviously beware of big Spoilers before reading any further. "He's lean & scarred but his suit does have broad shoulders. Joker works out in his cell like an inmate when he is interrogated by Amanda Waller. He's »
Read More: Watch: 'Marvel's Daredevil' Netflix Series Launches Dark, Bloody First Teaser For fans of the comics, anticipation is huge for the upcoming launch of "Marvel's Daredevil," but even if you don't know the names Frank Miller or John Romita Jr., the latest trailer for Netflix's first excursion into the superhero genre will get your blood pumping. While focused on Matt Murdock's (Charlie Cox) journey towards vigilante justice, the trailer also features plenty of "True Blood" alumni Deborah Ann Wolf as Karen Page and Vincent D'Onofrio as prime villain Kingpin. There's also an explicit reference to Marvel's roster of blockbuster heroes -- a reminder that "Daredevil" is part of a much bigger universe. And a whole, whole lot of violence and action. "Daredevil" premieres April 10 on Netflix. (Yep, all at once.) Read More: Netflix Casts the New 'Daredevil' for 13-Episode Marvel Series »
- Liz Shannon Miller
When you ask Robert Rodriguez, the visionary director of "Sin City" and "Desperado," how he was initially drawn to the graphic designs of legendary American illustrator Frank Frazetta, he'll tell you that he and his brother stumbled upon several volumes of artwork at a bookstore while waiting for their father. "We were both into art and drawing and we went to the art section and saw these books that were put out at the time called 'The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta.' We had never seen anything like it," Rodriguez recounts. "I used to cut them out and put them up on my wall." Coming full circle, Rodriguez is opening The Robert Rodriguez Museum during this week's South by Southwest Film Festival and showcasing original Frank Frazetta artwork, along with limited edition prints - like the "From Dusk Till Dawn" image, which we are exclusively unveiling.
For Rodriguez, Frazetta's influence cannot be overstated. »
- Drew Taylor
Does length matter? (In a game, that is)
Okay, stop sniggering. We’re better than that. I was, of course, referring to the recent brouhaha surrounding PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 and its relatively short running time. For the uninitiated, mere days before the game launched to collective sighs around the globe, rumours hit the web that the game could be completed in as little as five hours. Gaming sites melted down, Internet arguments kicked off; it was, for lack of a better term, just another molehill turned mountain within the gaming industry… read the full article.
‘Dark Souls': Ornstein and Smough are a golden maelstrom of unyielding death
In the brutal gauntlet of boss encounters in Dark Souls, there are a daunting amount of epic and memorable battles to consider. From the soul-crushing difficulty of battling four undead kings in the darkness of the void, to the haunting duel »
You’re about to see a lot more of Matt Murdock. Even if he doesn’t see a whole lot of you. The blind lawyer by day, vigilante superhero by night is ready to head back into the mainstream later this year as Daredevil kicks off Marvel’s roster of Netflix series, with early reports suggesting it returns the Man Without Fear to a gritty, crime-oriented setting, more like The Wire than Agents Of Shield.
It’s about time, too. Daredevil has never been one of Marvel’s heaviest hitters – don’t expect to see him popping up in an Avengers movie any time soon, even if the series is set in the same Cinematic Universe – but, then, he was never designed to be. Much removed from the usual super villain fighting stuff, Daredevil mainly concerns himself with “street level crime”.
Especially in the iconic runs by artist/writer »
- Tom Baker
This year during SXSW in Austin, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will unveil an amazing collection of art from the legendary Frank Frazetta, whose work not only defined the look of a number of properties — including Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and John Carter of Mars series — it also influenced a number of wonderful projects, from The Legend of Zelda to He-Man. Rodriguez, a Frazetta superman himself, is set to direct a remake of Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi’s Ice and Fire. This art show, which will be available to anyone (not just SXSW badge holders) will show off a number of original pieces from Frazetta alongside Frank Miller, Drew Struzan and Sebastian Kruger. To call it a star-studded affair fails to show proper reverence. It’s a legend-studded affair. Information about the show can be found above. It will run in downtown Austin for a week during the South by Southwest Film Festival. There »
- Neil Miller
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