Hot Toys is the premier collectible toy company known for making hyper realistic figures, statues, and busts inspire from Hollywood’s biggest movies and franchises. In the age of the Hollywood Blockbuster, a movie isn’t a true pop culture smash unless Hot Toys makes some toys/collectibles from it.
Coming off their insane display of cool sh*t on display at San Diego Comic Con, Hot Toys (via Sideshow Collectibles) has officially released three Suicide Squad action figures featuring Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and The Joker. (more…)
Matt Ryan stole the hearts of comic fans with his portrayal of John Constantine, from the show Constantine NBC aired in 2014. The series, which was based on the Hellblazer comics, saw John and his cohorts battling the evils of ‘the Rising Darkness’, protecting the innocent from the paranormal, occult, and that which goes bump in the night. While the show was well received by fans of the comics and of superhero shows, it was cancelled after one season due to not making the numbers NBC has come to expect from their shows; fans, however, were adamant that the character return as played by Matt Ryan. There were petitions, hashtag campaigns, and even Stephen Amell of Arrow made a push (resulting in Constantine guest starring on an episode of the green archer’s show). Now CW has picked up the rights to the show (along with Supergirl from CBS)—though if they will revive it remains to be seen. While we wait for more news on the hopeful revival of the show in some capacity, we have a nice adventure to fill in the gap: the new, animated version of Justice League Dark. (more…)
A feat of storytelling, soundtrack, CGI and cinema in general, Guardians of the Galaxy is a great example of just how brilliantly the more obscure stories from comic books can translate onto the big screen. When it first came out, it quickly became Marvel‘s third highest grossing film at the box office, after only The Avengers and Iron Man 3. It had all of the heart and soul of the comic in a way that managed to appeal to both existing fans and new viewers without causing much friction between the two groups. (more…)
The Walking Dead‘s Lennie James has joined the cast of Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner sequel in an as yet unannounced role. Featuring the return of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, the long-awaited sequel is set decades after we last saw Deckard and Rachael. What role might James play? (more…)
Who would have imagined that 41 years after the biggest cult classic debuted, there would indeed be a made-for-tv remake of said beloved classic? That’s right, we’re talking about The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and yes, Fox picked it up. Kenny Ortega, director of High School Musical, will be directing this take on the classic 1973 film, which was firstly adapted from the Broadway show of the same name. Just when you thought Rocky Horror was a sacred cinema cow that couldn’t be touched, along comes this new trailer for the Fox production that asks, Could you be wrong? (more…)
Stranger Things, which popped up on Netflix on July 15th, has become a new favorite for many among the plethora of high quality original content on the streaming platform. The show largely plays homage to horror twinged, adventurous ‘boy’ films of the 1980s, with an even heavier atmosphere. The show itself is about the disappearance of a young boy, Will Bryers, in 1983 Indiana, and the increasingly strange circumstances that happen afterward (or rather, because of it), including the appearance of a mysterious girl with unnatural powers. While many fans loved it, they thought it was truly over. It seems, however, Netflix has other plans. (more…)
In a world of ever-increasing superhero movies, there are times where the film will not jive 100% with the source material, especially with live action adaptations. As great as our film-making technology has gotten, this is still the world of the fantastical. At times, the films are slated to be more in “the real world” or at least toned down a little. Sometimes the story-line doesn’t mesh 100% completely with what was within the comic. Take, for example, Captain America: Civil War, due to corporate reasons and film rights issues, not every character could be in the film adaptation of that comic book crossover event. However, the film adaptation uses the “less is more” approach and made one hell of a film that ended up, arguably, better than the source material. Batman v Superman also took liberties with the story-lines it borrowed from to try and make a complete film. That’s just how it goes with adapting and transferring a story from one medium to another.
In animation, there are even more liberties that can be taken in regards to adapting a comic book. For one, the animation visually looks similar to the comic book, as even casual fans find it easier. Instead of comics that are read from page to page, they are viewed in animation form and it’s easier on the eyes. Also with animation, the studios have been doing it for a longer time and thus have more experience in this form of storytelling. We’ve only had “really good” superhero films for the better part of the last decade, while we’ve had really good animation for much longer. Simply put, the studios are better at doing it in animation form. No one has had more practice (and success) than the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. They simply know their source material and have done a stellar job in their direct-to-video films surrounding DC Comics properties. With more than 28 films under their belt, they have gotten very good at what they do.
Which is why their latest adaptation, Batman: The Killing Joke is such a letdown. (more…)
If you like female superheroes then this was a good year at San Diego Comic Con for you because on the one hand Warner Bros. gave us the first Wonder Woman trailer, and on the other Marvel Studios introduced us to Captain Marvel Brie Larson. But come on! We know that there’s been one superheroine that’s been kicking butt since the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for years fans have said that she deserves her own movie. Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow getting the solo spotlight she’s earned is still sadly a long way off, but if Marvel is interested, a director with a proven track record in the MCU might be willing to help make it happen. (more…)