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Artwork by Roger Robinson Someone's killing our super heroes. The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us? Watchmen (2009) was directed by Zack Snyder ("Man Of Steel"), from a screenplay written by David Hayter and Alex Tse. It's an adaptation of the comic book of the same name created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The cast included: Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. On a budget of $130 million, the film pulled in $185 million. »
The actor/writer/comedian/rapper/not-Spider-Man Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, recently released his new album ‘Because the Internet.” On said album, Glover, amongst other tirades about money and how he has it, exclaims in a solemn tone… “I don’t know who I am anymore”. This is precluded by lyrics revolving around what one might assume his life is like these days – facing criticism from random strangers, texts from other strangers, and general haters being hateful– and as such, the line hits home pretty harshly. We’ve all been there, right?
Shortly after hearing that line though, adjoined to others like “No one’s ever been this lost”, “Funny the day you born that’s really your death sentence”, and the gem “Eventually all my followers realize they don’t need a leader” I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth. Glover’s alter ego »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Two of 2013’s biggest movies in the superhero- and action-flick sphere are going to be served up as Blu-ray stocking stuffers over the next few weeks, and Bam! went behind the scenes on The Wolverine and Fast & Furious 6 in anticipation of the big scores from Santa. Superhero World Builder Francois Audouy has left his creative fingerprints on a startling array of seminal sci-fi and comic book-derived properties (along with more conventional movies), beginning by working in the art departments on films like Men in Black I and II, Spider-Man 1 and 2, Minority Report, I Am Legend and Avatar, then as art director for Transformers, Watchmen and Green Lantern, and ultimately as production designer on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and The Wolverine....
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It’s hard not to get at least a little excited by the most recent trailer for the upcoming Robocop. It’s got robots, guns and Samuel L. Jackson. Maybe it won’t be a 5-star masterpiece, but it will certainly be an entertaining way to kill a couple of hours at the cinema.
The ‘Cop himself, actor Joel Kinnaman, talked to SFX about why he was attracted to the project:
‘When I first heard there was gonna be a Robocop remake, I thought, “Maybe I’ll see that somewhere down the line. But it’s nothing I’m interested in pursuing myself.” Then when I heard it was José Padilha that was gonna direct it, I became very interested. José has fought very hard and succeeded in making something that has a point of view, and a political and philosophical perspective.’
Robocop is a remake, a word that has »
- Tom Durbin
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Rebootman! A mere seven years after the sputtering jalopy misfire that was Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) takes the helm for the tonally divergent Man of Steel. Genre fans and geeks the world over regaled when, it seemed mere moments after the Bale Batman franchise ended with The Dark Knight Rises, it was announced that trilogy helmer Chris Nolan would shepherd the new Superman projects. Penned by Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer, Snyder’s new tale of a Kryptonian son of Earth rising to his potential in a world afraid of him is, while undeniably entertaining, a real departure from the hero that represented America at its best.
- Kyle North
Good Wife season 5 new major prosecutor arriving to befriend Alicia & more,new spoiler. According to a recent report from Michael Ausiello over at TV Line, the Good Wife season 5 peeps have hired actor ,Matthew Goode (left), to come on and play a new ,major prosecutor for some recurring action,and he's going to befriend Alicia at some point. They described Matthew's character as "a prosecutor who befriends Julianna Margulies’ Alicia after having a crisis of faith and deciding to chart a new direction for his career. His first episode is slated to air in the spring." Matthew's acting credits includes roles in Watchmen, Leap Year, and the Pride and Prejudice spinoff Death Comes to Pemberly, which is scheduled to air on PBS. As a side note, they also revealed that "The Good Wife" will be returning from its Winter break hiatus on January 5th, 2014, so jot that down on your TV calendars, »
Legendary comic scribe Alan Moore recently spoke about the state of the comic genre and the many superhero films that have appeared on screen in the last few years. Rather than be pleased at the growing number of comic fans and the legitimacy of the comic book/graphic novel genre, Moore instead reflected his horror at the fanbase, invalidating their love for these characters and the genre’s success in the process. His exact words are:
“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine »
- Richard Church
1. Wonder Woman is a larger-than-life icon, a character who has existed for more than 70 years. She will probably still be important when everyone breathing now is dead. But for the last decade, she has existed most prominently as a casting rumor. They tried making a movie out of her, or several movies, or a Justice League movie that would’ve produced a Wonder Woman spin-off — a process that engulfed geek demigod Joss Whedon in a mid-’00s Dark Period so painful he has (maybe accidentally, maybe not) devoted years of his life to DC’s comic-studio archnemesis. They tried making »
- Darren Franich
After a tangle of hits and misses (Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, Watchmen), Zack Snyder has at long last returned to produce 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to his breakthrough blockbuster 300. Though Noam Murro has taken Snyder's place at the helm, you can see in the trailer above a clear effort to continue the splashy style and ardent machismo that made the first film such a rousing hit. Back in 2006, Snyder brought to light the incredible story of the Battle of Thermopylae, where King Leonidas of Sparta led a small army of just 300 into battle against the fearsome forces of Xeres. Re-imagined by comic book crafters Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, 300 was a vibrant and thrilling historical epic that awed audiences around the world. But even with all its grandeur, battles, and bloodshed, it was just the beginning of a grander story. At the conclusion of 300 it's said »
Coming to CBS in 2014: The Goode Wife.
The English actor will play a prosecutor who befriends Julianna Margulies’ Alicia after having a crisis of faith and deciding to chart a new direction for his career. His first episode is slated to air in the spring.
Goode recently wrapped production on the Pride and Prejudice spinoff Death Comes to Pemberly, which will air in PBS next year. The mini-series »
- Michael Ausiello
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Aquaman, Arrow, The Flash, Teen Titans Go! and more....
Sony has certainly made up wait, but this coming week we'll finally get our first look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when the first trailer arrives on Thurdsay (December 5th), but we have managed to get a sneak peek at two of the villains set to join Jamie Foxx's Electro thanks to a poster featuring Spidey (Andrew Garfield) staring down a suited up Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and glider-flying Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan or Chris Cooper... and if you look closely at the Led screens on the poster, you'll be able to tell which). Meanwhile, with »
- Gary Collinson
Happy Black Friday! If this dark day can indeed be considered "happy" (if you make it out alive). Try not to drain you bank account this week, if possible. To add some additional strain on your wallet, Mondo has announced their Black Friday sale. As usual they have a treasure trove of beautiful artwork they're selling off on Friday, including some fantastic new prints for Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and David Cronenberg's classic horror The Fly. There are a few more leftover prints they have and they're also selling their newest Mondo Book Volume IV. Photos of the fresh artwork and info on the sale below. Thanks to the Mondo Blog for all the photos/details. They also have a few other prints including a Venom one and Halloween (linked to the vinyl release). Up first below is the new Sightseers poster by Olly Moss: Next, »
- Alex Billington
There's little doubt that Alan Moore is one of only a handful of comic book writers who could legitimately be described as the greatest of all time, but in a new interview with The Guardian (via Comic Book Movie), the creator of classic titles such as Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell has offered up some choice words for "emotionally subnormal" fans of the superhero genre.
"I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them. »
- Gary Collinson
Alan Moore has dismissed superheroes as "abominations".
The legendary writer has once again criticised mainstream comics, accusing readers of being "emotionally subnormal".
"I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen," he told The Guardian. "I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations.
"They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their 9-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently.
"These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not 9 to 13, it's nothing to do with them. It's an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year-old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it - they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. »
Alan Moore, legendary comic-book writer and co-creator of “Watchmen” — still considered the greatest comic book of all time — currently has a problem with men in tights. More specifically, men of a certain age taking an interest in them. Speaking with the Guardian about his latest graphic novel – “Fashion Beast,” which started out as a film but wound up in his hands for comic treatment – the 60-year-old Brit, who also penned “V for Vendetta” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” said superheroes are “abominations” … and that grownups who still obsess over them have to justify their obsession »
- Josh Dickey
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Alan Moore - who clearly has an extremely high opinion of his own work judging from that piece - has shared his thoughts on anyone over the age of 13 who happens to enjoy reading superhero comic books or the movies that they're based on. He's clearly forgetting that he's talking about the same people who have made the likes of Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and V For Vendetta the best-selling successes they are, and you can read his thoughts on "emotionally subnormal" fans below. "I haven't read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they »
I think we all know how Alan Moore feels about the adaptations of his own works. The writer and creator of V For Vendetta, Watchmen, and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen has said in the past that most of his stories were designed to be unfilmable. When the adaptations were made, Moore wanted to distance himself from them and even asked that his name be taken off any credits. If you've read anything Moore has written, when superheroes are present, so to speak, they are unconventional. »
- Niki Stephens
Season 2 of the Metal Hurlant Chronicles is nearly upon us, and to celebrate its imminent arrival, we have the first video teaser from the show right here for ya! Check it out!
In the lineage of cult series such as "The Twilight Zone", "The Outer Limits", and "Tales from the Crypt", Metal Hurlant Chronicles is the science fiction live-action adaptation of stories from the eponymous world-renowned magazine that gave birth in the U.S. to Heavy Metal. So what should that mean to you? Plenty of boobs, monsters, and bloodshed, that's what!
Directed by Guillaume Lubrano, Metal Hurlant Chronicles stars Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight), James Marsters ("Buffy" and "Angel"), and Darren Shahlavi (Watchmen) with fight choreography by Larnell Stovall (Mortal Kombat).
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Seemingly picking up moments after the fiery end that concluded with the burial of officer Matt Cordell in Maniac Cop 2, it seems the streets are once again safe from his ruthless brand of justice. His six feet slumber is short lived once voodoo priest Houngan (Julius Harris, Black Caesar) resurrects him after spirited cop Kate Sullivan (Gretchen Baker, Ed Wood) is gunned down and framed by a druggie (Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen) and a scorned news camera crew. Seeking retribution for the now coma induced Sullivan, Cordell lays waste to those that wronged her, while forming an insidious plan involving an unholy matrimony. Recognizing Cordell’s murderous m.o., Lieutenant McKinney (Robert Davi, Maniac Cop 2) teams with Dr. Fowler (Caitlin Dulany, Class Of 1999 II: The Substitute »
- Justin Edwards
Plans for a movie adaptation of the popular Sony video game Gran Turismo moved closer to production with Watchmen writer Alex Tse signing on to write the adapted screenplay. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tse joined producers Michael De Luca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti for the planned adaptation of the PlayStation racing game into a feature-length action movie. In addition to Watchmen, Tse also worked on the long-simmering The Crow remake, an adaptation of the Japanese anime Ninja Scroll, a remake of the 1986 fantasy adventure Highlander and an adaptation of the graphic novel Battling Boy. Tse’s Gran Turismo script assignment followed in the footsteps of another racing game-inspired action movie, Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul. »
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