If you read comic books then you know that the major publishers are always shaking things up, Marvel and DC are particularly guilty of mega-event shake-ups that rejigger the status quo in an effort to get fans into a frenzy and into the comic book stores. So here we again, on the cusp of another huge Marvel Comics event, and one that has a simple goal: “We want fans to get fired up. Simple as that,” said Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso in a media release. But fired about about what? The eternal question of whether the Marvel Universe is big enough for two of every character… (more…)
The time honoured tradition of debating the outcome of a fight between two superheroes is as old as the medium itself. Undoubtedly right now somewhere someone is in the middle of a debate over who wins between two of our four colour champions and it is really all part of the fun of loving comicbooks (unless it is online, there it seems to be a vile spittle filled all-caps-apalooza that eventually degrades into personal insults. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) These Days if you casually glance at the comment section on the latest capes-and-tights movie trailer you’ll be washed over with a flood of bile and vitriol filled statements that are based more on brand loyalty and tribe mentality than anything actually related to the work itself.
Anyyyyyway. Will these duels ever have a definite and finite answer? Probably not, but if anyone can settle one of these conflicts and put the matter to rest it is Stan Lee. This past weekend at the ‘The Men, The Myths, The Legends‘ panel at this years Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) Hostess Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) asked for Stan’s insight on the eventual outcome of an all out mano-a-mano, drag-out, winner takes all, fist fest between Marvel’s star spangled man, Captain America, and DC Comics Dark Knight, Batman. And yes, he gave the perfect answer (via Heroic Hollywood.) (more…)
The name Bob Kane has been on everything associated with Batman since the Dark Knight’s creation in 1939. If you watch a Batman movie, read a Batman comic, or engage in anything Batman related, there would be Kane’s name, there to remind you of the one man that’s responsible for so many hours of joy. Except, there were two men. It’s taken over 75 years, but Batman’s co-creator has finally got his day, and he’s been receiving the recognition he so richly deserves. And now, the complicated history of Bill Finger, Kane, and Batman will be revealed in a new documentary called Batman and Bill. (more…)
The DC Extended Universe continues to grow despite poor reviews on its recent films. It seems nothing will stop the juggernaut production company from bringing about the worlds of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and soon, Aquaman. For those who watched Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and have been following the news, they already know that Jason Momoa will be playing the titular hero also known as Arthur Curry. Now a new cast member has been announced. Who will Dolph Lundgren be playing? Find out after the bump!
BOOM! Studios announced today that the duo behind the history-saving band, Wyld Stallyns alongside lead guitarists, Bill & Ted are coming back to the pages of comics in the forthcoming Bill & Ted Save The Universe. The creative team behind this new adventure is the same that gave us 2015’s Bill & Ted Go To Hell. This time, it’s not just history that’s at stake… it’s not just the world either. It’s the whole Universe. Whoa.
Sadly, this is not an April Fool’s joke. You may not know it, but comic book sales have been taking something of a dive lately, especially for Marvel. It’s an odd phenomenon considering the fact that so many comic-related products are all over film and television right now. More and more people are being exposed to the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Preacher thanks to media development, but it seems this is not translating to an increase in sales and Marvel’s Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel has something to say about it.
The sad progress of Hellboy 3 from a twinkle in Guillermo Del Toro‘s eye through rumours of a revival and straight into the garbage pail of Hollywood history was a sad sight for many fans to behold. For a minute there it really looked like Mike Mignola’s masterpiece was going to have one last shot at the big time. And while we were left bitterly disappointed, it certainly got us all thinking. Del Toro’s career is littered with dead projects that he keeps alive through sheer force of will, waiting for the right moment to resurrect them. So what other old Del Toro projects might we end up seeing? Here are the five we’d most like the Mexican maestro to work his magic on.
“Hey you! Yes, you. You look like you’re a fan of Manga masterpiece Ghost in The shell, right? Thought so. You also look like you quite enjoyed that film where Matt Damon was an amnesiac who hit people till they gave him his memories back, right? So how would you like to watch that movie again, but it sort of looks like Ghost in The Shell? Ow, why are you kicking me? Please come back! There are cool robots!” Such is the message of the latest trailer from this year’s remake of Ghost In The Shell, a film that boasts astonishing visuals coupled with an equally astonishing lack of narrative ambition. Let’s take a look. (more…)
When we think about the DC cinematic Universe, we tend to picture an ageing society beauty long forgotten by press and public. Alone in her dusty mansion, she gazes longingly at a faded photograph of Christopher Nolan before coughing spots of blood onto a handkerchief. Things aren’t looking too good, in short. The “take off and nuke the site from orbit” moment was last year’s Suicide Squad, an extended Hot Topic advert that left both fans and critics cold. In order to stop the patient from bleeding out on the table completely, they’ll need a new team for the sequel. Only the best of the best will do. So, who are they eyeing up so far? Their latest signing is screenwriter Adam Cozad, perhaps better known by his nickname; “who?” (more…)
Everyone seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story got to thrill at seeing the genuine bad ass that Darth Vader can be, but since Lucasfilm was absorbed by Disney in 2012, comic book fans have seen the dark Lord of the Sith at his best on several occasions, and now they will see it again with a new Marvel Comics series. The comic book publisher has announced today that an all-new series featuring Vader will be launched later this year, covering the previously unknown ground (in canon at least) of Vader’s post-Revenge of the Sith life as a newly minted Sith Lord. (more…)