1-20 of 25 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
Happy Birthday, Sis!
I know I know I haven’t written to you in years and this is reaching you a dozen days after your birthday Nov. 10th. That’s not really that bad if you consider you’re been gone 35 years and change. Before you get all bent out of shape you’re not doing so well in the- keep in contract with your brother department either.
Even when you were alive you weren’t much of a letter writer, but you have not visited me in my dreams in well over a year. In fact the last time I talked to you in a dream was the day Jean died. I’d like to think you have been busy catching up with our 26-year-old mother. You remember the day she came home on her 26th birthday and declared loudly so the entire neighborhood heard, “Sharon, Michael, »
- Michael Davis
My boy Marvin Haynes and I just knew we were going to get caught, go to jail if lucky, get shot if not.
Nassau County in Long Island New York once (maybe still) had the highest paid police force in the country. Some of the homes in the Five Towns area of the county were so grand as a young child I thought they were department stores. That highly paid police force made sure nary a worry would the residents of Inwood, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, and Hewlett have.
There was very little crime in Nassau County and no black people. The only place you would see people of color in Five Towns were the shopping malls or the cotton fields. Cotton fields? Can’t say I ever saw them, but I was born free.
Give that a second…
This was a community African Americans were not welcome in and the »
- Mike Gold
#BlackComicsMonth Diversity in Comics Panel (My view from the back row)
Hosted by the energetic Miz Caramel Vixen, the founder of Vixenvarsity.com, the #BlackComicsMonth Diversity in Comics panel featured a wide variety of panelists from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexualities. They also work in vastly different comics genres from Mildred Louis writing and drawing a Magical Girl webcomic with women of color called Agents of the Realm to David F. Walker, who directed a documentary about the blaxploitation genre and currently writes Cyborg for DC Comics and much more. One of the panelists, Mikki Kendall, only recently broke into comics with the Swords of Sorrow: Lady Rawhide/Miss Fury one-shot and is more well-known for her pieces about intersectional feminism for XoJane, The Guardian, and others as well as prose fiction. Vixen let each panelist speak their mind about what diversity means to them, and they often tied in »
- Logan Dalton
Superheroes have been leaping off the printed page and onto the small screen for as long as television has been in existence, and there’s never been a better time for comic book fans to binge on the TV exploits of their favourite crime-fighting characters with dozens of series either in production or on the way…
Interestingly it’s DC Comics who are currently leading the charge on television, thanks to the likes of Arrow and The Flash – both of which have seemingly changed the way superheroes are brought to TV. No longer are superhero shows camp and Ott, instead they have become much more like the very comic books that inspired them, telling rich stories within huge universes; and thankfully television networks haven’t been afraid to bring the epic “crossover” to the small screen either. Be it Arrow and The Flash and their irregular team-ups, or 90s Flash »
- Phil Wheat
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
Thanks for the read!!! Always open to critique! In 1992, an animated series focused on the DC comics hero Batman, debuted on television. After 23 years, and countless awards and praises, it’s still celebrated as one of the greatest cartoons to ever grace the small screen. Four years later in 1996, a spinoff of Batman: The Animated Series premiered that followed the adventures of The Last Son of Krypton. Superman: The Animated Series was a worthy follower to its DC animation predecessor as it faithfully depicted the Man of Steel. The DC animation train didn’t stop with these two powerhouses as Batman Beyond, The New Batman Adventures, Static Shock, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited all followed and ushered in a cohesive DC animated universe (Dcau). These shows not only set a precedent for animated superhero cartoons, but all cartoons as they exemplified great television. The person responsible for spearheading and »
He's recently been linked (though not officially) with the role of DC superhero Static Shock for a new Warner Bros. TV series. But while those deals are no doubt being wrangled, Jaden Smith has lined up a turn for Baz Luhrmann. He's joining Luhrmann's musical Netflix extravaganza The Get Down.Shawn Ryan, best known for shows like The Shield and The Unit, is teaming up with the Australian director to work on the series, which they first starting kicking around as an idea in 2013. The show is set in grungy, gritty, 1970s New York, a much tougher place to live than the law-abiding city it is today... In the South Bronx, a crew of teenagers who have no-one else to turn to find shelter and solace in each other, as they express their own musical abilities at a time when hip-hop, punk and disco are kicking off and pulsing through the culture. »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Justice League Mortal, Arrow, Static Shock, Gotham, Supergirl, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Heroes Reborn and more…
Well, Suicide Squad just added another couple of hundred million to its box office haul, with the latest set photos from the film confirming once and for all that The Dark Knight is set to feature in next year’s DC supervillain ensemble. We’ll not get into any detail here for fear of minor spoilers, but you can check out the Bat-related set photos and video here, »
- Gary Collinson
With the possible exception of the Black Panther, no other black franchise has garnered as much “it’s going to be a major movie or TV show” hype within the fan rumor mill than Static Shock. Finally the Black Panther is going to happen. As for Static Shock … kinda.
In 2018 the Black Panther movie will be released from what is now the best superhero moviemaker bar none, Marvel Studios. Static will make his way to the Internet as part of Warner Bros’ Digital arm later this year.
I find that rather disappointing.
More than any other black property, Static pretty much already owns the Internet. The massive amount of love Static has on the net is nothing short of extraordinary. In the 22 years since Static burst on the scene the admiration for the character has only grown and at no point shows signs of waiving.
That’s simply remarkable and »
- Michael Davis
Will Smith is playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad. Jada Pinkett Smith played Fish Mooney on Gotham. Now the DC Comics world may have hooked another member of the Smith family. Speaking to Flicks and the City about superheroes, actor Tyler James Williams (Dear White People) noted how “it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.” We last reported on Static Shock back in October when Warner Bros. announced that its digital division would be developing series based on the DC Comics along with Mortal Kombat and Critters. Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin is taking the lead on the Static Shock series, which will feature Virgil Hawkins, aka the superhero “Static”, who has advanced powers of electromagnetism. [caption id="attachment_250342" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Sony Pictures[/caption] We should definitely take Williams’ comment with a grain of salt. It’s possible that a game of telephone has become a little screwy and that »
- Matt Goldberg
As his dad plays DC supervillain Deadshot in Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad, Jaden Smith may be gearing up for a DC project of his own. The younger Smith is said to have the lead in Static Shock, Warner Bros. upcoming live-action digital series. More on the possible Jaden Smith Static Shock casting after the jump. Actor Tyler James […]
- Angie Han
Static is an African-American teen superhero created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan at Milestone Comics, who had a unique distribution deal with DC Comics for a time. They retained the rights to their characters (whose adventures existed outside the DC continuity), but DC published and distributed the comics. Milestone Comics became defunct in 1997.
Static lived on though, and was incorporated into the main DC universe. In 2000, Static got his own animated TV series, Static Shock. It ran for 52 episodes on The WB before being cancelled in 2004.
In recent years, rumours have linked Jaden Smith to the role for a live-action web series based on Static. These rumours began in October 2014, with the announcement that Warner Bros. were planning a live action show Static Shock show for the online realm, via their »
In the comics, Static (aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins) is a high school student who gains a variety of electromagnetic powers and becomes a costumed crusader against crime. At the time of the report, it was suggested that "After Earth" and "The Karate Kid" star Jaden Smith was likely to take the role.
"The Walking Dead" actor Tyler James Williams has seemingly confirmed that decision in a recent interview with Flicks and the City. Williams was discussing the lack of young black superheroes in an interview when someone in the crowd suggested Static Shock and Spider-Man.
Williams said: "I don't know...What you're talking about. But yeah no, it's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden." There's »
- Garth Franklin
Back in October, we reported that After Earth star Jaden Smith was rumored for the title role of DC’s upcoming Static Shock live-action digital series. Now, that report seems to have been confirmed, thanks to The Walking Dead and Dear White People‘s Tyler James Williams.
Williams was recently interviewed at McM Comic Con (via Flicks and the City), and was asked about any interest he might have in starring in a comic book adaptation. When he lamented that there “aren’t a lot of young, black superheroes,” someone in the crowd shouted out, “Static Shock! Spider-Man!” His response?
“I don’t know… [coyly] what you’re talking about. But yeah no, it’s great to see Static Shock happening with Jaden.”
Now, this is far from official confirmation, but it is a sign that Jaden is at least circling the role. We have yet to hear more news about the Static Shock series, »
- James Garcia
Welcome to the new column “Comics Issues” where two Sound on Sight writers debate a important or controversial comics industry topic. First up, we discuss whether the DC New 52 was a successful initiative or not. Feel free to post your opinion in the comments below.
Pro: “The DC Comics New 52 was successful.”
Overall, I think the New 52 was a successful initiative for DC Comics. The new #1’s attracted a lot of new readers (including yours truly) and made titles like Action Comics and Batman, which seemed inaccessible with issue numbers in the three digits. Speaking of Batman, the New 52 has been a time of creative renaissance for the character and his family of titles from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s soon to be legendary run on the title to artistically interesting books like Gotham Academy and Grayson. Other highlights of the New 52, include Grant Morrison’s metafictional event comic »
I’m a dick.
Or more to the point, a lot of people think I’m a dick.
Most times I’m of a mind to simply dismiss those clearly inferior beings, loudly and with purpose. Not so many years ago, nothing made me happier than to double down when those who opposed me dared call my conduct uncouth or outrageous and labeled me among other things, a dick.
I didn’t start off with the intention of being a dick. I didn’t even start off trying to be in comics Oh, my greatest wish growing up in the hood was to be a comics artist.
Technically, my greatest wish was to stay alive but being a comic artist was Right behind that. Well, technically it was right behind not getting hooked on drugs or getting a girl pregnant, oh and avoiding being shot.
Let’s just say this, »
- Michael Davis
It's speculation time! Reports are coming in that Franz Drameh (Attack The Block, Hereafter, Edge Of Tomorrow) has joined the cast of the CW's Arrow/The Flash spinoff show. His character has the good old fashioned alliterative secret identity name of Jay Jackson, but the DC superhero he's actually playing remains a mystery. Could it be Static Shock? Black Lighting perhaps? We do have some details on this Mr. Jackson, as according to the official press release he'll be a "former high school athlete, whose pro-career was derailed by injury. Now making ends meets as an auto mechanic, Jay will come to have a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew." That makes him sound a Lot like Cyborg, but with that character expected to make his big screen debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, is that likely? Whoever he turns out to be he'll »
While many DC Comics fans are directing their attention towards the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, The CW have been quietly building their own shared superhero universe on television.
After the spectacular ratings and attention received by the epic crossover between Arrow and The Flash, The CW are clearly intent on replicating this success on a long term basis. The currently-untitled companion series to both shows, has so far been met with an equal amount of curiosity and enthusiasm. The brand new series will collect together a team of fan-favourite secondary characters from both Arrow and The Flash, to form a weekly superhero adventure show unlike any other. The spin-off will (so far) star Brandon Routh as The Atom, Victor Garber as (one half of) Firestorm, Caity Lotz as (the currently deceased) Black Canary, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and finally, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave. »
- Ben Read
While attending Planet Comicon in Kansas City this past weekend, Stephen Amell told fans that the plan for the currently untitled, Arrow/Flash spinoff is for the show to "launch midseason next year." Currently, the show is confirmed to star one-half of Firestorm (Victor Garber), Canary 1.0 (Caity Lotz), the Atom (Brandon Routh), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) with casting currently underway for three additional DC Comics superheroes rumored to 'Possibly' be Booster Gold, Static Shock and/or Fire. A second interesting revelation from Amell, was his statement that the coolest moment in the show's history will be the trailer for season 4 that will be released at Sdcc 2015. They haven't filmed it yet, obviously, but Amell knows the direction the show is heading. Said Amell to fans in attendance, "Without spoiling anything, I will say, I think the greatest moment in the history of the show will be the trailer that we »
There’s much more to this story at Bleeding Cool.
On January 21st of this year, the Washington Post broke the story of the return of Milestone. Missing from the Post and every article since about the new Milestone 2.0 was any mention of me. I’m a founder and co-creator of the original Milestone’s best-known property, Static Shock.
There was to be a statement from Milestone explaining my absence, but in the three weeks since the story broke, Milestone 2.0 has not issued any statement.
Because there was no statement, comic book fans, Milestone fans, and my fan (I had two, one died) took to social media speculating as to why I was missing. Missing from news stories and missing from interviews, which was curious. I was no longer a part of the new venture, but in all the interviews, I was missing from the history of Milestone 2.0.
When I »
- Michael Davis
1-20 of 25 items from 2015 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners