There are a lot of comic book films out now, and even more on the horizon. But “comic book” wasn’t always a term that brought people flocking the theaters. Some films wanted to establish themselves as fantasy or sci-fi without being tied down to the term “comic book”. This left us with a treasure trove of movies that the general populous has no idea started out as comic books. Which franchises do you think are kicking themselves 10 years later? Here’s a quick list to improve your comic book cred and impress your friends with your in-depth comic-to-film knowledge.
Comic book movies utilizing music isn’t new. The scores for comic book movies have become legendary pieces that are instantly recognizable. Superman’s 1979 theme and Batman’s 1989 theme have become iconic. But in recent years, comic book movie makers have begun utilizing contemporary music to accent their movies. When done correctly, these pieces can hype a trailer, amp up a fight scene, or add emotion and depth to an intense series of scenes. Here’s a list of 6 songs that Hollywood used to perfect effect.
In a genre dominated by male counterparts, female sidekicks are nothing new. But after the decades we’ve seen them change and morph into strong-willed, intelligent, capable characters that can stand on their own two feet. When your female sidekick is doing most of the work, it begs the question – why aren’t they the lead? More than the super-smart hacker behind the muscle, more than the damsel in distress for the dashing hero to save, here’s a list of 5 ladies who could take over for their mentors without skipping a single beat. (more…)
Deadpool has taken the movie-going world by storm. Rob Liefeld, the creator of Deadpool, left Marvel to help form Image Comics, and later split from Image with his Extreme Studios to form Awesome Comics. Liefeld recently sold the film rights for more than 50 characters to Netflix for a seven-figure payout. Deadpool is now a household name, but who can we expect to see from Netflix and their Extreme characters? Here are 5 titles we could soon be binge watching.
When Wonder Woman hit the big screen you could almost hear the audible pop as the collective hive mind that is the nerd community exploded. We’d had attempts at female-led comic book movies before. But this was the first time it had been done to the level people expected. With Captain Marvel looming on the horizon and rumors of Black Widow movie, it begs the question: What other comic book ladies need to see some screen time? It’s not limited to superheroes, as previously reported, any comic book property could be snatched up and taken to the big screen. So here’s a list of 11 female-led properties that need to be seen on the silver screen.
In the comic book industry, writers are a dime a dozen. Everyone and their dog has a script that’s sure to toss the industry on its ear. But who are the writers that are actually doing it? Who’s making a splash big enough to make waves and who is making more subtle moves that might go unnoticed? We all know the big names in the big companies. We always hear about the Bendises (Is that the correct plural of ‘Bendis’? Bendisies? Bendi?) and the Snyders, but who should you be following that doesn’t get their names plastered all over the comic store? Who are the movers and shakers that aren’t getting their names shouted across social media? This list is here to help.
Not all heroes wear capes and for one North Carolina native, that’s especially true for Devyn Nicole, an up and coming writer, new to the comic book industry. Nicole recently completed her first major release, Zara: The Beginning for Heroic Icon, an independent publisher and is bringing her message to the world, but more importantly, to underprivileged children. Nicole’s work isn’t just about creating new and exciting characters for people to read, she works hard to promote creativity to young people with the message created for Heroic Icon, Where Everyone Can Be A Hero™ (more…)
Other than Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Trilogy and the recent Wonder Woman film, DC has struggled to find their feet on the big screen. Films like Batman V. Superman, and The Justice League have definitely not met studio (or fan) expectations. Each Marvel film seems to have a bigger following than previous films while DC films seem to get more complaints. The discussion on Marvel films is the meaning and characters, while discussion of DC films is about their failures. But one area that DC has not only done well but has full saturation is TV. There are many live-action DC shows on TV now with more on the way. (more…)
Comics are seeing a battle between Social Justice Warriors and the Politically Incorrect. Though, it isn’t quite as simple as that. Comics are bigger than ever, despite a decline in Marvel’s and DC’s (The Big Two) sales. There are lots of voices, exclaiming to know how to solve the problem. But if we turn to veterans of the medium, they can offer some insight into what’s actually going on.
As you’re no doubt aware, Deadpool 2 is currently playing at a cinema near you. And without giving too much away – particularly because it’s been featured in enough of the film’s promotional material – Ryan Reynolds’s latest turn as the merc-with-a-mouth also marks the first feature film appearance of the bad boys (and girls) of Xavier’s School for Gifted Children, X-Force. More than a fair share of you will know all about X-Force, but for many of us, the characters included in Deadpool’s first team outing may well be complete unknowns. Let’s fix that… (more…)