Invincible Iron Man #9 is out and there’s a new Iron Man… I mean Iron Woman… wait, she hasn’t chosen a name yet, apparently she’s working on it. That’s right, Marvel is once again changing who’s in the suit, as they have done numerous times when Tony Stark has been injured, disappeared, or just to drunk to suit up. This time around though, Bendis, Deodato, and Martin are introducing a new character, not one of Stark’s established friends who suit up when needed. Want to get a look at the new Iron… person? (more…)
When it was announced that Season Two of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix would feature the “Daredevil vs The Punisher” storyline, fans went crazy with excitement. When Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal was cast as army veteran turned vigilante Frank Castle, even better. As we watched that season, most of the best parts did involve The Punisher and it was a refreshing take on the character. Bernthal’s performance was praised by audiences and critics alike. Not only was he the one man army that could take out groups of mobsters, or steamroll through an entire wing of prisoners with one knife, but he also had a sweet side and offered Karen Page advice as well as reflect on time with his dearly departed daughter. It was almost a foregone conclusion that he would get his own Netflix show. When first rumored that Punisher would get a show, it was immediately debunked by producers. However, it looks like we will be seeing more of Frank Castle after all. (more…)
The Flash is one of the CW Network’s biggest shows. The show not only pays close attention to the source material (of course it takes liberties here and there like most comic-to-TV/films do), but it also captures the feeling, wonder, and joy of the comic book series. Every week, the audience is treated to the adventures of Barry Allen, the fastest man alive and he uses The Speed Force to help save not only citizens of Central City but sometimes citizens of the world and beyond. The show is a part of the “Arrow-verse” on CW and recently included CBS’s Supergirl making it now the “Berlanti-verse.” The inter-connectivity of these shows is rivaled only by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s why it was a bit of a disappointment when Warner Bros announced that their DC Cinematic Universe would not be connected to any of their television shows (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, and soon to be Krypton). The powers that be over at Warner Bros. would prefer that each medium is able to have their own separate characters and separate stories. When it was announced that there would be a Flash movie coming in 2018, some fans hopes were diminished when Ezra Miller was cast as Barry Allen, instead of Grant Gustin from the TV show. Producers promised that the TV show and film would be separate, and completely different takes on The Flash Character. That might not ring true if this rumored casting call sheet is real.
There was a time when a film based on a comic book character would get laughed out of Hollywood. Jump to present day and the film industry has become overly saturated with comic book films. Pretty much all of your favorite characters have, or will be racing onto the big screen in way or another as a result of the genre’s current popularity. The X-Men film franchise is partially responsible for the excitement and elevation of films based on comic book properties when the first film debuted in 2000. As soon as one mentions X-Men films, the first character that pops into your head is Wolverine. Not only is he one of comic book’s most popular characters, but he is also one of comic book film’s favorite characters. This is in no small part due to actor Hugh Jackman’s presence as our favorite mutant and that hardened six-pack doesn’t hurt either. His character has existed in pretty much all of the X-Men films (hopefully he’ll be in X-Men: Apocalypse as well) and has always been a crowd pleaser for fans of the films. However, for actor Hugh Jackman keeping in Wolverine-style shape for the 47-year-old can be taxing. Jackman indicated that the next Wolverine film (currently untitled) will be his last film. There are rumors that the film will borrow heavily from the Old Man Logan comic book storyline, and reunite him with Patrick Stewart, so it’ll be the “old school” X-Men characters/universe vs the First Class one. With Jackman bowing out of the franchise, something will be missing for fans. Who will replace the all-around badassery that Jackman had as Wolverine? What character could possibly fill in his shoes?
The one constant throughout the Star Wars films has been everyone’s favorite droid duo C-3PO, and R-2D2. Although the two spent most of The Force Awakens on the sidelines in favor of newcomer B-88, they still are very much a part of the heart and soul of Star Wars. They have gone on adventures with both Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke throughout both trilogies. When the promotional material for The Force Awakens first began to surface, there was a slight change in our favorite protocol droid’s appearance. No longer did he have his gold plating throughout his body. For some unexplained reason, C3PO was seen sporting a red arm on his left arm. Even though it was clear that he had a red arm, in typical C-3PO fashion, he spent some time to irksomely explain that he had a brand new red arm that everyone had to notice. While this was an interesting aesthetic, it was not explained at all during the film, it was just something that “happened” and now we’ll just have to get used to it. This left some fans to ponder: Why is his arm red? What happened? In typical JJ Abrams fashion, we didn’t get an answer… until now.
Fight Club was an instant cult hit in both literary and movie circles, with both its 1996 novel and 1999 movie gripping people all over the world. At the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, writer Chuck Palahniuk stunned fans with the news that he would be releasing a sequel in comic book form. (more…)
The big announcement coming from Emerald City Comi Con, pits three of the universe’s most feared figures against one another this summer in the ultimate science-fiction crossover battle: Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens! For fans of the 2012 sci-fi comic film-adaptation of Dredd starring Karl Urban, this Dark Horse Comics title featuring the one-man judge, jury and executioner, will quell the ache left behind from the lack of a sequel. Find out more after the jump
Even in comic books there are certain absolutes: Uncle Ben stays dead, Krypton was destroyed, and no matter what they do the X-Men are always hated and feared. One of those absolutes used to be the lack of origin for the Joker, or at least a canonical origin of the Joker, but all that will change in the near future when DC Comics will reveal the official origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime. That was just one, but perhaps the most consequential, of numerous announcements pertaining to DC’s Rebirth project at WonderCon this past weekend. (more…)
Most people remember Secret Wars for giving the world the black Spider-Man costume, but its influence is far more pronounced than that. Sure, the black Spidey was kind of a big deal, but did you know that it was one of the first, if not the first, company-wide crossovers done by the major comic book publishers. Regardless of whether not it was the first, Secret Wars has a long-standing impact on the comic book business, and since three of its primary architects – writer Jim Shooter, artist Mike Zeck, and inker John Beatty – were at Toronto ComiCon this past weekend, the venue was used to mark three decades since the release of Secret Wars. (more…)
It’s Toronto, it’s ComiCon, so naturally, we were going to talk about Captain Canuck! Members of the team that successfully relaunched Captain Canuck a few years ago in a multimedia charm offensive gathered for a panel that offered updates on all things Canuck. From the Captain’s comic book adventures, to the recently launched second season of his webseries, to new Crimestoppers PSAs, to even whispers of a feature film, executive producer Fadi Hakim, head writer Kalman Andrasofszky, Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely, and Captain Canuck’s voice Kris Holden-Ried had a lot to discuss. (more…)