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Every week I am sent a package full of comics and graphic novels I’m not able to read from my pals at DC Comics. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to find the time for everything I’d like to take in on an entertainment level. My plan is to showcase these books once a week in an ongoing column. If there’s anything I need to say about one of the titles, I’ll gladly add my two cents worth in. DC’s been good to me over the years and I want to do my best to promote their many excellent books they publish every month.
Just in case you’re not a big comic book consumer, let me give you some quick facts. All new comic books and graphic novels are published on the Wednesday of every week. Also, Vertigo is an imprint »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
By their very nature, comic book movies are a little bit silly. They involve masked, costumed vigilantes – often with superpowers – going around fighting ninjas, monsters, gods and aliens. The more you think about it, the sillier it actually sounds, but the fact is some absolutely fantastic cinematic works have been produced using such material.
Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, X-Men, X-Men 2, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy are just a few examples of comic book movies that have not only proven to be huge financial successes at the box office, but also big hits with critics – something that you’d never believe if the only comic book movies you’d seen were offerings like Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, Howard The Duck, Batman And Robin, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex and Green Lantern.
With all that having been said, »
- K.J. Stewart
In 1998, predicting a fiscally and artistically rich superhero-movie industry would’ve gotten you laughed out of your local comics shop. Hell, the idea of an “industry” for movies about costumed heroes was ludicrous. No such thing had ever existed; superhero movies had been few and far between throughout cinema history, and the then-most-recent superpowered flick had been 1997’s Batman and Robin — a movie so derided that George Clooney has spent 17 years apologizing for it. Then Wesley Snipes came along and changed everything. In 1998’s Blade, Snipes donned the shades of the titular vampire-stabbing superhero (a longtime Marvel Comics staple) and raked in more than $131 million worldwide. A revolution quietly began. Successful caped-crusader movies started trickling, then flooding, into theaters. Now we live in a world where nothing — nothing — rakes in dollars (and euros, and pounds, and yuan) like superhero movies. Hollywood’s confidence in them is getting »
- Abraham Riesman
Ever since Jeremy Irons was announced as the new cinematic Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans have wondered what his take on the character would be like. Irons is known for having a sort of dark, morally complex presence onscreen, with a disposition that lends itself naturally towards villainy. To hear he was taking over a role that had just been played with such vulnerability and warmth by Michael Caine seemed to signal that this would be a very different Alfred. Irons, out discussing his career after being honored at the Marrakech international film festival, added fuel to the fire.
"He is quite a different Alfred than we have seen so far," he says. Irons then added, "Zack Snyder had very clear views about what he wanted. I would just say he's more hands-on perhaps than just a butler." The actor was also quick to caution fans, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
One change between the first and second of "The Amazing Spider-Man" films is composer James Horner. The "Avatar" and "Titanic" composer came onboard the franchise with the first Andrew Garfield-led film outing but wisely opted out of the sequel which seems to have become one of the most hated comic book films since "Batman and Robin".
In a new interview for a fan site Jh Film Music, Horner himself didn't hold back on his feelings about the franchise. He also explained how he came onboard the first one, mostly due to the film's director Marc Webb, and what happened behind the scenes on the first (Spoilers Ahead for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"):
"He [Webb] was very inexperienced and he and I had a very good relationship and the producers had their own opinion. And they didn't want his input. And then Sony had their own, they just wanted action. »
- Garth Franklin
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a franchise killer along the same lines as Batman and Robin, something which I pointed out in my review at the time. The third instalment (previously scheduled for 2016, with a fourth set for 2018) no longer has a release date, Venom is dead, and we've heard nothing about Sinister Six for months. The movie was such a disappointment, Sony are now discussing movies for Aunt May and other characters no one cares about, so the fact that the shoddy sequel has been snubbed by the Academy probably shouldn't come as a surprise. The VFX shortlist for the 87th Oscars has been revealed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today, and they've narrowed it down to 10 movies. It will be narrowed down to five next year after members of the Visual Effects Branch are invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films. »
Adam West is quoted as saying that three B's shaped the '60s: Bond, The Beatles, and Batman. Curiously enough, West was offered the role of James Bond for the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service but turned it down, wanting a British actor to have the role instead. While West may have been right about the '60s, I might expand and say those three B's have shaped our pop culture to this day. Fifty years later we still get excited about all three, but over the years some have forgotten the impact West's Batman truly had on the series. While we may not have a Batman logo etched on our back molar like West does, we do remember some things his Batman did better than most.
Operate In Broad Daylight
- Mick Joest
On the heels of Suicide Squad's cast announcement, I have a bittersweet taste in my mouth. While I do like the thought of Jared Leto, Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and others portraying some of the baddest villains out there, I have a foul taste in my mouth. "What about the television actors?" I think, remembering the solid performances of Michael Rowe as Deadshot on Arrow. The same can be said for many other actors in the DC universe right now, such as Nick Tarabay, who recently made his debut as Captain Boomerang on Flash. Not long after his debut, it was announced that his former Spartacus cast mate Jai Courtney will be playing the same character in Suicide Squad.
- Mick Joest
Welcome the new creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi (Batman And Robin) and Doug Mahnke (Justice League)! The unity between Superman and Wonder Woman will be tested as never before as a mysterious group of villains make their New 52 debut – but first, Atomic Skull and Major Disaster cause trouble for our favorite heroic couple! Superman/Wonder Woman #13 Written by Peter J. Tomasi Pencils & Cover by Doug Mahnke »
Make no mistake – the box says Batman 3, but this is clearly the DC response to the Marvel Lego Super Heroes game from last year. With over 150 heroes and villains, an oncoming storm of Dlc, and a sweeping plotline, this is the biggest look at the Lego DC Universe yet.
The title says “Beyond Gotham” and they follow up straight away – the opening video features the six Lantern Corps that aren’t green. Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Saint Walker and Larfleeze start off bickering but are quickly defeated and put under the thrall of the game’s Big Bad, Brainiac. In only the opening levels of the game the narrative moves from an underground battle against Killer Croc to a outer space where Batman and Robin team up with fellow Justice Leaguers Flash, Cyborg and the Martian Manhunter.
All the Lego games bear some common concepts – the characters fight and puzzle their »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
“Jurassic World Lego sets will hit store shelves next year, as part of Universal’s merchandising plan for the film. Some images of the the new dinosaurs included in those sets have leaked, and they include the all-white D-Rex, a Tyrannasaurs Rex, and a few velociraptors.”
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This morning saw the first images relating to the dinosaurs to feature in Jurassic World, the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park series. Unfortunately, it was the Lego toys coinciding with the release. All we can use to imagine what our new favourite dinosaur film will include are chunky, colourful creatures with big circles attached to their heads (and, in a few instances, small fart-bubbles indicating their gases smell like little brown teddies). A white D-Eex? Bright orange and green raptors? »
- Simon Columb
Christopher Nolan recently sat down for a chat with The Daily Beast. In this chat, they explored several topics that spanned everything from his position in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film, his responses to some of the critique of Interstellar, and how producing Man of Steel helped inform his decisions on how to shoot the Americana setting shown in Interstellar.
The man responsible for relaunching Batman after the character had sputtered out with Batman and Robin, and whose vision for the iconic character transformed him into one of the hottest pop culture properties of the last 10 years, was asked about the new "new Batman." While some folks have made themselves willfully blind to the fact that Nolan is no longer intrinsically attached to the franchise- having stepped away from creative duties after Man of Steel- and have claimed that he had some sort of hand in »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Trevor Hogg explores both the dark and humorous side of Batman…
With the Blu-ray and DVD releases of the second season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, season one of Young Justice and Beware the Batman: Dark Justice, the Warner Archive Collection showcases various Dark Knights who can appeal to children, teens and adults; they range from a helium gas-speaking superhero to a parental supervisor to a brooding vigilante.
A slight deviation from having unrelated adventures beginning each episode, the second season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold uses them as a teaser for a grand battle against the alien Starro which encompasses a two-part episode which occurs at the halfway point. Even with the massive destruction that ensues and the constant punches being thrown, an irreverent attitude prevails from the vibrant colour pallet of the production design and to the quips made by the characters which certainly »
- Trevor Hogg
There are countless celebrities who apparently have analogues in the fictional DC and Marvel comic book universes. The Avengers were once guests on David Letterman’s chat show, Batman and Robin tried to wrap their heads around the Paul Is Dead Beatles conspiracy theory, and Spider-Man teamed up with John Belushi to fight the Silver Samurai back in the seventies (all of those are things that actually happened, because comic books). What they could really use, though, is a Gok Wan, or a Trinny and Susannah.
It’s not like superhero costumes are the most dapper get ups in the first place. Even in a world of morphsuits and Lady Gaga, you’d get some funny looks walking down the street donning the Batman cowl, or clanking about in that Iron Man suit of armour. Still, the spandex outfits do the job, and everybody’s sort of accepted them as the norm now. »
- Tom Baker
This week's Dancing With The Stars was all about dynamic duos! From Bonnie and Clyde to Batman and Robin, the stars and their pro partners brought famous couples to life through dance, and it was one of the most enjoyable shows of the season so far.
Not only were the couples dressed up as famous duos, but it was revealed that there would also be a head-to-head dance off, pairing each couple against another in a series of three impromptu performances that could earn them extra points. However, the highest-scoring couple of the night would be totally safe from elimination, and wouldn't have to compete in the dance-off. The excitement was brewing right off the bat.
It was a fun »
Dancing with the Stars celebrated its Dynamic Duos night on Monday with the seven remaining couples fighting to move forward.
Dancing With The Stars Recap
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev took on the personas of Bonnie and Clyde in a jazz routine. Despite the promise of the concept and Lea’s dancing chops, the routine somehow fell flat. Len Goodman didn’t think Lea took enough risks on the dance floor, while Julianne Hough took issue with Chigvintsev’s “dated” choreography. Overall, it was a capable but disappointing performance. Scores: 8+8+8+8=32
Michael Waltrip, who has defied the odds by remaining on the show into week 8, danced a foxtrot with Emma Slater. As the Tarzan to Emma’s Jane, Michael once again struggled to hit all of the moves in the choreography. The judges attempted to go easy on the Nascar driver during their remarks, but their true feelings about the performance came out in their scores. »
Tonight's elimination/performances show, kicked off with them ,getting right down to it with the performances. Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev started things off with a Bonnie and Clyde Jazz routine that landed them a decent 32 out of 40 score from the judges. Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater rocked a Tarzan and Jane Foxtrot to get a very mediocre 25 score. Janel Parrish & Val Chmerkovskiy served up a beautiful Romeo and Juliet Contemporary number that turned out to be absolutely perfect with a 40 out 40 score from the judges! They also won immunity from being eliminated this week, since they got the highest scores of the night. Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd delivered a June and Johnny Cash Paso Doble routine for a very less than stellar 26 score. After a break, Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas hit the dance floor to deliver a Adam and Eve Contemporary number for a really great 38 score! Alfonso Ribeiro »
From spooky costumes to wild dances, here are the best, worst and weirdest moments from the 'DWTS' Halloween episode.
Monday night's episode of Dancing With The Stars gave us a number of things to get very excited about.
First and foremost, it was the show's Halloween episode, meaning tons of strange costumes and bizarre stories.
Also, the show ended in a surprisingly entertaining team competition, in which four couples went up against four other couples in a freestyle choreographed dance-off.
And finally, this was the week Len Goodman returned to the judges' panel, and he brought a whole lot of harsh criticism and technical know-how with him.
So let's take a look at some of the best, worst and weirdest moments of the evening.
Alfonso's Big Announcement
In the one of the sweetest moment from the season thus far, Fresh »
It was Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins that set a new course for the DC film franchise following Joel Schumacher’s disastrous Batman and Robin. He stuck with the franchise through two more movies and helped kick off the new, cohesive DC Universe with Man of Steel, and is now helping to usher in a new Bat-era […]
The post Don’t Expect Christopher Nolan to Be Involved in Future DC Movies appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
As sequel fever spreads across Hollywood, there is at least one movie that no one ever hoped would receive an additional film: Batman and Robin, Joel Schumacher’s ill-conceived superhero flick that featured nipples on the Batsuit and, more problematically, no narrative consistency of which we were aware. Even Schumacher himself has admitted to the spectacular failure of the film, going so far as to place most of the blame squarely upon his own shoulders. But no movie must remain un-sequeled, and Batman and Robin is no exception; although its sequel will not be taking a cinematic form.
According to Bleeding Cool (via /Film), Schumacher is currently at work on a Batman and Robin sequel in comic book form. The twelve-issue series will be drawn by Dustin Nguyen and will follow Batman Triumphant, the unmade third film in the Schumacher trilogy. The plot of that film was reportedly supposed to »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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