9 items from 2015
Batman’s got The Joker. Spider-Man has Doctor Octopus. The Flash has an entire rogue’s gallery. The Fantastic Four used to have Doctor Doom, but now that Marvel’s banished the Fox-Four from their universe Doom’s annoying everybody, without priority.
Superman has a bald businessman/scientist with a severe ego problem.
I never thought Lex Luthor was much of a villain. In fact, when I was in my teens I was pretty certain I could take him. Evidently, from time to time the folks at DC must have felt the same way. He’s been put into super-power-bestowing armor, he’s been given super-powers and he’s hired or co-opted powered super-villains to do his dirty work.
Lex has been an evil scientist, an evil businessman, an evil president, an outer-world hero, and a domestic hero. He’s been a picker, a grinner, a lover and a sinner. »
- Mike Gold
Back at the start of the year, a section of the internet exploded with the news that black actor Michael B. Jordan had been cast as white comic book character Johnny Storm in 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four. Jordan has spoken briefly on the backlash on several occasions [see here and here], but now with the film on the horizon, he’s penned a lengthy response over at EW:
You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It »
- Gary Collinson
It took 20th Century Fox 14 years, but with last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, they finally delivered the movie that X-Men fans had been impatiently waiting for since 2000. Now, in 2015, Fox hopes to revive their other, more desperate, superhero franchise with this summer’s Fantastic Four. Using the same apocalyptic tones and brooding masochism made famous by Bryan Singer’s X-Men, Fox is hoping that their third go-around with the oft-troubled franchise will prove to be the charm. But, based on the failures of previous Fantastic Four films, the barrage of trailers and press releases for the new flick, and the entire history of the comic book series, Fantastic Four may inevitably be doomed from the start.
As a series, The Fantastic Four has proven to be one of Marvel’s more inconsequential title to readers, as well as one of its most inaccessible to writers. Ever since »
- Andrew Doscas
Thanks to SneakPeekTV.Com, Sneak Peek producer Roger Corman's 1992 "The Fantastic Four" feature in its entirety, plus a trailer from director Marty Langford's documentary "Doomed ! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's 'The Fantastic Four':
Low-budget film producer Corman reportedly finished the New Horizons feature in 1992 and although filming was completed, the picture was never officially released.
"...in a flashback, 'Reed Richards' (Alex Hyde-White) and 'Victor Von Doom' (Joseph Culp) are college friends who use the opportunity of a passing comet to try an experiment; however, the experiment goes wrong, leaving Victor horribly scarred. 'Sue' and 'Johnny Storm' are two children living with their mother, who has a boarding house where Reed lives. 'Ben Grimm' (Michael Bailey Smith), is a family friend and a college buddy of Reed's.
- Michael Stevens
Check out the poster below:
Written and directed by Marty Langford, the documentary explores the story of the infamous 1994 Concord-New Horizons / Constantine Films adaptation of Marvel’s First Family, which was produced by B-movie legend Roger Corman and starred Alex Hyde-White as Reed Richards, Rebecca Staab as Susan Storm, Jay Underwood as Johnny Storm and Michael Bailey Smith as Ben Grimm.
- Luke Owen
In less than a month, potentially the biggest film of the year is scheduled to hit theatres. Avengers: Age Of Ultron will more than definitely break box office records. If it wasn’t for a small film opening this December by the name of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’d go so far as to say that no other film in 2015 will be bigger. Whichever film ends up on top, there’s one more thing they have in common: when it comes to collectibles, they’ll successfully separate fans’ money from their bank accounts.
Though I tend to fall more in the Star Wars collecting group, I no less appreciate the significance and pure awesomeness of what we’ll be getting from companies in relation to the Marvel cinematic universe. And make no mistake: though there are no strings on Ultron, the boys at Marvel and Disney and »
- Dominic F
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Daredevil, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Aquaman, Shazam, Justice League Dark, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Batman ’66, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Lucky Man and more…
With less than three weeks to go until the start of the 2015 superhero season with the UK release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has upped the promotional blitz for the eagerly-awaited sequel this week. The studio has offered up plenty of new footage from the film courtesy of three new TV spots [see here and here], a ‘Re-Assembled’ video featurette [see here] and an Audi tie-in commercial [see here], as well as releasing four potential IMAX posters and encouraging fans to vote for their favourite [see here]. Meanwhile, a series »
- Gary Collinson
Empire has posted four new pictures from Josh Trank's upcoming The Fantastic Four reboot offering new looks at the film's four leads, which means new pictures of Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell as the titular four. Discussing the upcoming movie, set for an August 7 release, we learn the key difference between this film and the previous releases as well as Stan Lee/Jack Kirby's iteration, this version will draw from the "Ultimate Fantastic Four", which abandoned the idea of the heroes gaining their powers from cosmic rays during space flight in favor of inter-dimensional travel. Trank referred to the picture as a "dark Amblin movie", referring to the early days of Steven Spielberg's films, with writer/producer Simon Kinberg adding, "There was an Amblin-style approach to the characterization, and to contextualizing everything in a real world". "There's the opportunity to make something »
- Brad Brevet
By Adrian Smith
Roy Thomas, Josh Baker
Hardcover with fold-out, ribbon bookmark, and four-foot accordion-fold timeline
11.4 x 15.6 in.
75 Years of DC Comics. The Art of Modern Mythmaking
Hardcover with fold-out, ribbon bookmark
11.4 x 15.6 in.
If you take a look at the top 100 all-time highest worldwide grossing movies, fifteen of them are either Marvel or DC comic adaptations. According to Box Office Mojo the third highest grossing film of all time is The Avengers (2012) at over a billion and a half dollars. Comics, it would seem, are major players in the world of entertainment.
Seventy-five years ago it was all very different. Comics were for children and were disregarded as both an entertainment medium and as an art form. Comics were disposable. Because of their ephemeral nature surviving early copies now trade hands for vast sums. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
9 items from 2015
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