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Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Arrow, The Flash, Young Justice, Hourman, Gotham, Justice League: War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
So, things have been almost deathly »
- Gary Collinson
When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, “Justice League: Origin,” by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, Justice League: War provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment’s “The New 52.” Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Justice League: War features the voices of Jason O’Mara (Vegas, Terra Nova), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory, Serenity, Firefly), Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III »
Has "Marvel's Agents of Shield" lost you?
The show started out with a bang, but a good number of people have dropped off along the way. "Shield's" meandering pace this season likely is part of the reason, but as the series heads towards its midseason, our vote is that people should keep watching.
So whether you're new to the show, lost interest at some point or need validation as to why you tune in week after week, here are Zap2it's list of reasons of why you should be watching "Agents of Shield."
1. It is getting better. Not every episode of "Agents of Shield" is better than its last, as is the problem with most TV shows. But these latest episodes -- particularly "Fzzt" -- are definitely an improvement from the early ones. Part of that is the show finding itself and not having to worry about developing its characters »
Yeah. I know. I’m last on the bandwagon, yet again. But that’s Ok, kiddos. I found Nirvana well after Kurt Cobain passed away. As many of you would also note, I found Star Trek: The Original Series just a little over a year ago. Funny enough, that was one of my most popular columns. For all the nerd-rage that exists when we poke and prod one another about our loves, we’re also the first sub-culture to embrace noobies with the unbridled passion of 1000 angry Daleks. That’s joyful rage though, so it’s all good. A bit over a week ago, I became of a fan of Doctor Who. Whovians, take me into your bosom. Move the celery stalk first.
A bit of backstory to begin. Unshaven cohort Kyle Gnepper has long been an outskirt Who-fan. Unshaven cohort Matt Wright also partook of the good Doctor upon subscribing to Netflix. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Joss Whedon’s Firefly is perhaps one of the greatest cult series’ to have ever graced our TV screens. This space western drama – based around the fallout of a civil war (the Unification War), smuggling and the opposition of the superpower known as the Alliance (or the Central Federal Government) – was cancelled after only eleven of its fourteen episodes and has since become a cult show, resulting in the release of a film, Serenity (2005), a line of graphic novels and even a role-playing game.
The show is set in a new star system in the year 2517 and follows the crew of the ship Serenity, a firefly class of craft. Aboard the ship are, as Whedon describes them, “Nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things”. Led by the ship’s Captain and former Independent Army Sergeant Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), are his second-in-command and war-time »
- Stu Whittaker
Anghus Houvouras reviews the eighth episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D....
It's funny when something really right exposes so many wrongs. I felt that way last night after watching the excellent Peter MacNicol appear as a guest star on the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This episode was billed as a tie in to Thor: The Dark World, and like many I was eager to see how the big screen world and the small screen Marvel universes would work when crossing over. But to call this a cross-over or a tie-in feels almost intellectually dishonest. Unless you consider playing janitor to the carnage wrought in the finale of The Dark World, crossing over.
It turns out there's some additional Asgardian clean up required after two rebellious Scandinavians track down a battle staff that gives whomever touches it super rage powers. They go on a »
- Gary Collinson
“"I didn't bring the cavalry.. I Am the cavalry" - #HobbsTheBeast #FastAndFurious7 Call action...”
And by identifying himself as “the cavalry”, Luke Hobbs is clearly identifying himself with Ming-Na Wen's Melinda May from Marvel's Agents of Shield. Except she doesn't like to be called that, whereas he owns the title as well as the identity.
Clearly, the only (completely non-contrived) explanation is that Fast 7 talks place before Marvel's Agents of Shield, and something tragic happens involving Luke Hobbs at some point in the future of the franchise, after which Melinda May is imprinted, Dollhouse-style, with Luke Hobbs, complete with his memories for some reason (or maybe she's imprinted to forget them, but then glitches and the memories start to come back), and joins Shield and works with Agent Coulson. »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Justice League Dark, Wonder Twins, Justice League: War, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United and more...
We'll get things underway this week with the final superhero movie of 2013, Thor: The Dark World, which has now passed the $350 million mark at the global box office, having enjoyed an $87 million debut weekend in the States, giving it the fourth biggest opening of the year behind Iron Man 3 ($174 million), Man of Steel ($116.6 million) and Fast & Furious 6 ($97.4 million). The film will overtake Captain America: The First Avenger's $370.6 million haul this weekend, where it's expected to retain first »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a list of the special features set to accompany the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie of 2014, Justice League: War, which is set to hit shelves in February...
-A Sneak Peek at Son of Batman – An advance look into the next DC Animated Feature Film with the creators and cast
-Deconstructing Justice League: War with Jay Oliva and Jim Lee – Part commentary, part documentary, director Jay Oliva teams up with artist Jim Lee as they compare and contrast the comic to screen process of some of the most memorable moments in the film.
-Creating Heroes: The Life and Art of Jim Lee – This documentary film explores the work of master artist, Jim Lee, from his early days to his current position at DC and collaboration with Geoff Johns.
-Justice League: War Act D – From animatic to pencil test
-From the DC Comics Vault: »
- Gary Collinson
Without a doubt, when I was looking through the schedule for the first day of Stan Lee’S Comikaze, “Vampires In Pop Culture And Myth” stood out as the must-see. This was due not only to my love of monsters, but also to a star-studded panel moderated by Buffy and Angel star Juliet Landau (Drusilla!), who was joined by the masterminds of Grimm, writers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf (who also worked on Buffy and Angel), Mariana Klaveno of True Blood fame (Lorena to you), musician David J (from the bands Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Gavin Hignight of FEARnet, and Georges Jeanty, the artist for Buffy Season 8, 9, and for the upcoming Firefly series.
The panel came together, in part, due to a feature length documentary in the works from Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes, a project that will explore many of the themes and topics discussed in the panel. I »
- Andy Greene
For though the actress has a martial arts background (in disciplines such as Tae Kwon Do and Muai Thai) and almost segued from a professional dance career (backing up the likes of Lady Gaga and Avril Lavigne) into stunt work, wielding a bo staff and the occasional makeshift kali sticks marked a teaching moment.
“I did a bit of training with our stunt coordinator, Bam-Bam [Bamford], but I definitely got bruises all over me,” she shares with TVLine. Anyone who has been in »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Anthony Stokes with a response to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. apologists....
One of the pet peeves on the mile-long piece of parchment containing all the things that irritate me about geek culture are those fans who act like any piece of entertainment not tailored to their specific taste has no redeeming qualities. To use Iron Man 3 as an example, a constant complaint I heard (no doubt recycled from somebody else's argument), was that Iron Man 3 was false advertisement. Now, unless you paid to see Iron Man 3 and were shown The Great Gatsby, that's a false criticism. And this is the problem with having big expectations - as soon as you find out the movie you're seeing isn't what you expected, you should try your best to objectively watch the movie that was made. And holding a trailer against a movie is also unnecessary because the marketing team are »
- Gary Collinson
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a superhero movie... and they've taken over Hollywood with their superpowers and Spandex costumes. The Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best
• Top 10 action movies
• Top 10 crime movies
• Top 10 arthouse movies
• Top 10 family movies
• Top 10 war movies
• Top 10 teen movies
• More Guardian and Observer critics' top 10s
10. Iron Man 3
Shane Black's jagged-edged debut in the Marvel hotseat might easily have been a by-the-numbers "threequel", especially with star Robert Downey Jr out of contract and The Avengers' stupendous box office success a year earlier. Instead, the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director delivered the series' best instalment so far via a perfectly-pitched twist that comes about as close as the superhero genre will ever get to its very own Crying Game moment.
Ben Kingsley's nefarious Mandarin is a preposterous, shadowy Bin Laden clone with a big bushy beard »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Justice League: War, Captain Underpants and more....
Over the past few weeks we've been inundated with news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but 20th Century Fox stole a few headlines from Marvel Studios this week by releasing the first trailer for Bryan Singer's hotly-anticipated mutant epic X-Men: Days of Future Past, next year's time-travelling X-sequel sequel which brings together Fox's original X-Men and X-Men: First Class timelines. Although lacking in any real visual effects (owing to the fact they're yet to be completed), the teaser gave us a look at the majority of »
- Gary Collinson
By Tami Katzoff
2013 was supposed to be the year that a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” finally came together. Fans and participants alike were excited about it; Nathan Fillion, who starred in the 2008 internet musical alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, had hinted that a sequel was forthcoming, if not imminent, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who crafted the film with the Brothers Whedon (her husband Jed and in-laws Zack and Joss) confirmed to MTV News in late 2012 that work was indeed being done.
But alas, it is not to be -- not in 2013 and highly unlikely in 2014. And you can put most of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Avengers and their sequel.
“I think that all of us overestimated our multitasking abilities,” Zack Whedon told us. “It’s not on the front burner, unfortunately.” What is on the front burner is Joss’ second Avengers film »
- Splash Page Team
By Tami Katzoff
Browncoats (fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show “Firefly” and its feature film follow-up “Serenity”) have had reason to rejoice since Dark Horse Comics announced that the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Co. will continue with a new six-issue comic series, “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” What makes this even sweeter for fans is the choice of writer for the series: television scribe Zack Whedon... Also known as Joss’ little brother.
Most of the previously published Firefly/Serenity comics, including those scripted by Zack, focused on backstory, or events that occurred between the TV show and the film. “Leaves on the Wind” will be the first series to pick up the action right where “Serenity” left off. It commences roughly 39 weeks after the Serenity crew managed to give the big bad guys of the Alliance a sizeable butt-kicking, with a very pregnant Zoe (widow »
- Splash Page Team
Warner Bros. is set to kick off its 2014 line-up of DC Universe Animation Original Movies in the Spring with Justice League: War, an adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's Justice League Origin story arc, and the first animated feature set in DC's New 52 Universe. IGN has just debuted the first trailer for the feature, and you can check it out right here after the official synopsis...
When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet.
- Gary Collinson
Arrow‘s tech gal Felicity is stepping up her game, putting herself in the line of fire this season, and she’s taking an active approach in her person life, too.
Oliver, that’s a warning to you that your Girl Friday isn’t waiting around for your attention. In fact, someone might be swooping in — in a flash — to charm her away, previews her portrayer Emily Bett Rickards.
Below, the actress also dishes about the team’s Canary conundrum in this Wednesday’s episode (The CW, 8/7c) and the “dance” that has her putting her hands all over Ollie. »
- Vlada Gelman
I absolutely love it when some combination of Whedonites (an actor or actress who has appeared in a work created by Joss Whedon) gets together on screen. They don’t even need to have worked together previously and I will be so stoked to see them working alongside one another that I’ll do a little dance (imagine me spinning in circles, jabbing my index fingers into the air). This time around, the two Whedonites I’m referring to aren’t going to be sharing any screen time (not that I’ve heard thus far), but they will both be appearing on this season of Arrow.
We already knew Summer Glau, who played River Tam on the fan-favorite Firefly, would be appearing in a major capacity during Arrow’s second season, but now we’re hearing her former brother will be making a guest appearance as well. Sean Maher, also known as Simon Tam, »
- Brody Gibson
Review Billy Grifter 26 Oct 2013 - 20:45
Despite its recent improvement, this week's Revolution takes a nosedive in quality. Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers.
2.5 One Riot, One Ranger
After making some decent headway in the past few weeks, Revolution fell down a few holes of plausibility this week, and seemed incapable of scrambling out.
The major problem, and it had been festering away for some weeks in the background, was how to introduce back Bass into the mix without a long list of people just killing him immediately. It was always going to be a stretch, but the direction that they took ultimately seemed the least credible of all possible routes.
Part of the issue was that Charlie only needed to be saved once to join the Bass supporters club, entirely forgetting that he was responsible for the deaths of her father and brother, and a ton of other people. »
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