Pryde’s Picks 4/16/14 – Comic Book Reviews

- 04-20-14Comics, Nerd Culture Posted by Kelly Carlton

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Thanks for taking a break from your chocolate bunny induced comas to join me for our weekly dose of geek rage. I want to apologize for this week’s completely Marvel and DC pull. The tops dogs had too much out to ignore so the indie books got dropped. I hope you can forgive me. Next week, I’ll try to make it up to you.

Marvel had me bored and confused with their Ultimate Fantastic Four and their handful of X-Men books. Their only saving grace this week was a relatively satisfying final issue of Superior Spider-man. DC tried to trick me into liking them by bringing my guilty pleasure The Metal Men into the Forever Evil story arc. They further seduced me with two delicious issues of Batman that left me wondering just how far Bruce Wayne will go for his boy Gordon?  (more…)

Wondercon Celebrates Batman’s 75th with ‘Batman Beyond’ Animated Short

- 04-20-14Comics, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Batman is turning 75 this year and the folks at DC and Warner Bros. are doing their best to give us a little taste of all-things-Caped Crusader. The latest is another animated short, this one set within the world of Batman Beyond. It was released at Wondercon on Saturday the 19th, though it’s not likely to be the last of these little surprises. Check out just over a minute of Batman-y goodness courtesy of writer and artist, Darwyn Cooke. (more…)

International Market Will See ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Before the US

- 04-18-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It’s nothing new that movie studios like to release their films early in many of the international markets. In fact, it’s almost a given that those in the UK and other select countries will see the big blockbuster flicks before we do. It looks like Warner Bros./DC is following the trend by reserving an early international release date for their upcoming Batman vs. Superman flick. (more…)

Business as Usual: Why We’ll Never Get A Full Marvel Movie Universe

- 04-18-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by JT Stevens

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We both know that a man can’t swing from building to building with the power of spider-webs and his acquired radioactive spider skills, but the wizardry at play on the big screen can trick the mind for a few moments and suddenly we are 10 and anything is possible. Sadly, those moments pass quickly. The lights come up and our feet are stuck to the floor of a theater that time forgot and you’re waiting to merge into a sea of people that are trudging up a slight incline toward their sub-compact cars and the next item on their To-Do list.

If you strip the thing down to its barest truths, you just completed a financial transaction. Movies are magical but that magic is either fleeting or hollow, depending on your view. One thing is for sure, though, they sure are big business.

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Zack Snyder Talks About the Creative Process & Screen Testing the Trinity

- 04-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I know. Marvel’s kicking DC’s @$$, Warners is grapsing desperately to catch up, Zack Snyder is a hollow, talentless hack; all the talking points for why Man of Steel 2 (AKA: Batman Vs Superman) will be handing its lunch money to Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016. But let’s put all that aside for the moment and talk about expectations. Not yours or mine, but the director’s. Snyder is talking about his own ideas, how he struck upon the notion that led to the movie known to all Batman Vs Superman, and he’s also talking about those initial screen tests for the costumes on the holy trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. (Sadly, the above image is as close as you’ll get to seeing it for yourself… For nooooooowwwwwwww…) (more…)

‘Arrow’ Producer Reveals Drops Some Knowledge About Season 3 Plans

- 04-17-14Comics, TV Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Even if you’re not a religious Arrowhead like me, you’ve still likely been drawn in to the amazing writing and execution of the latest season of CW’s Arrow series. The first season was pretty rocky, but they’ve stepped up their game and have been delivering some seriously quality television. But with only five episodes left, it’s about time to start wondering what they plan on doing for season 3. Luckily, Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg has stepped up to talk a little bit about the show and where they might be taking it.  (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S02E19 – “The Man Under The Hood”

- 04-17-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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Two weeks ago, Arrow dropped some serious bombshells. Not only did Slade (Manu Bennet) continue to wage war on Oliver (Stephen Amell), but he revealed to Thea (Willa Holland) her true parentage and told Laurel (Katie Cassidy) The Arrow’s secret identity. Last night’s episode mostly dealt with the repercussions of those bombshells, but the progression of events plodded along in such a way it was difficult to ever really appreciate any developments. There was simply too much going on in “The Man Under The Hood” to give any of its interesting threads the time and energy required. (more…)

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ News – ‘X-Men: DOFP’ After Credits Scene and More Info on Movie #3

- 04-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Today we have some Amazing Spider-Man 2 news that actually has NOTHING to do  with marketing spam (well, not directly)! I know, I can’t believe it either. But with the  movie coming up in just a few weeks, I guess they feel comfortable enough with what  they’ve put out there thus far? Anyways, the new information is regarding a couple of  interesting things. The first is that, oddly enough, Amazing Spider-Man 2 will feature no TASM after-credits scene, but it will feature a clip from the upcoming X-Men: Days  of Future Past. The other, more sane-sounding bit of news is that some folks are finally talking about what we might see in Amazing Spider-Man 3. Scroll down for all the juicy  info. (more…)

11th Doctor Lives in New Comic Book ‘Doctor Who’

- 04-17-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It was with a lot of disappointment (and admittedly some jubilation on the other hand) that Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith regenerated into Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi at the end of the Doctor Who Christmas special this past December. And although Capaldi’s adventures as the Time Lord don’t kick off on television till later this year, those already missing space and time fairing with Eleven will be pleased to know that you’ll be able to carry on with the bow-tie clad hero… In comic book form! (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ – Episode 18 – “Providence”

- 04-16-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Brent Cook

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“Not agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., just agents of… nothing”

With last week’s episode showing that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can hold the weight of being the MCU tie-in that we all wanted it to be, this episode asked the question of “Can they keep it up?”  While the answer to that may have been obvious to most viewers, we’ve definitely got an idea of what we can expect from here on out. (more…)