It seems like such a simple idea, take a beloved franchise action hero with an aging star and transfer the series to animation. Fans still get to hear their hero while the action remains fast ans furious without killing said aging star. Sure animation is expensive, but live action at the Indiana Jones level is just as expensive or more. Enter artist and animator Patrick Schoenmaker and let the magic happen. (more…)
Valve Corporation‘s first-person puzzle platformer Portal is one of the most enduringly popular video games of the past decade. By controlling the protagonist Chell as she creates portals thta help her soft puzzles to get away from the taunts of the nefarious AI, GLaDOS, players explore the unique world of Aperture Science in pursuit of promised yet elusive cake. Consistently well loved for both its dark cyberpunk plot and distinct physics, fans have been begging for the game to be recreated on the silver screen for a long time now. (more…)
One of cinema’s all time greats, Alfred Hitchcock has left a legacy of truly incredible film behind him. Known as the Master of Suspense, the care and detail put into every frame of his work is so meticulous that he is still considered one of the finest filmmakers of all time, despite the far more advanced tools contemporary creators have to work with. It would be wonderful to see what someone with his talents could do with those tools. Sadly, until scientists perfect time travel, this is impossible, and directly remaking his work would set everyone involved in the project up against some very high standards. (more…)
The talk of a Namor film has been going on for ages; way before the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a thing. The Namor: The Sub-Mariner film has had elite director’s such as Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, Home Alone) and Philip Kaufman (Quills, Henry & June) dating all the way back to 1997. The 90’s?! The main barrier holding the film back this whole time is that Universal, not Marvel Studios, held the rights to the character. But on a recent Kevin Smith Podcast, Fatman On Batman, Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada made a mention that the rights had finally reverted back to Marvel. While there has been no confirmation from Marvel regarding Quesada’s news bomb it has not stopped the internet from wanting a Namor, but who could play him? (more…)
Everyone who knows the history of Wonder Woman knows that she comes from Themyscira. On the island of Themyscira, the Amazons reside. The residents on this island are all woman who has thrived apart from the male-dominated world. Comic fans have long thought that Wonder Woman and the Amazons would logically be lesbian due to the fact that there were no men in Themyscira. However, given that Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) has had relationships with men such as Steve Trevor, Trevor Barnes, Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Kal-El (Superman), and many others, her sexuality has always remained ambiguous.
Recently Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed Wonder Woman’s sexuality canonically. When asked if Diana Prince was flat out queer, Ruka finally gave an answer. After first confirming that “queer” is defined as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest towards persons of the same gender,” and confirmed that Diana Prince is in fact queer.
I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, ‘Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!’
And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, ‘How can they not all be in same sex relationships?’ Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.
It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.
But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”
Buka also talks about what he calls the “Northstar Problem” where a character screams to the heavens proclaiming their sexuality. This is in reference to Marvel comics character Northstar who was one of the first openly gay comic character and also the first same-sex marriage in mainstream comics.
“For my purposes, that’s bad writing. That’s a character stating something that’s not impacting the story. I get nothing for my narrative out of that in almost any case. When a character is being asked point blank, if it’s germane to the story, then you get the answer. But for me, and I think for Nicola as well, for any story we tell — be it Black Magick, be it Wonder Woman, be it a Batman story — we want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing.”
Buka doesn’t want Wonder Woman or any of the Amazonians sexuality to detract from the storyline that they are telling. The purpose is to show, not tell.
At the end of the day, she’s not a superhero because she’s queer or bisexual, she’s a hero because she’s Wonder Woman. And that’s what should be the important part about her character.
We’ve got some good news and some bad news for Adventure Time fans. The good news, Adventure Time Season 9 has started production, the bad news, this will be the last season of the hit animated show. Cartoon Network is pulling the plug on any additional seasons. The announcement comes just two weeks after Cartoon Network canceled another of its popular animated series the Regular Show. (more…)
Hollywood beefs start over the smallest things. To wit, you’ll recall that in 2007, Rob Zombie made a remake of Halloween, and in a documentary about the effort Zombie said that original Halloween director John Carpenter was “cold” to his efforts to honour the ballad of Michael Myers, disgruntled babysitter killer. Carpenter didn’t like that, and in a Q&A earlier this week the legendary filmmaker said he had nothing but support for Zombie as he remade his legacy (and some would say butcher it). But just as quickly as this flared up, the feud now seems to be over. Carpenter has called it, and he says he and Zombie have “buried the hatchet.” And not in each other. (more…)
One of Marvel’s most anticipated upcoming solo films is Black Panther. After actor Chadwick Boseman had his introductory role as the titular character in Captain America: Civil War, fans have been eagerly waiting for his solo film. With director Ryan Coogler taking the reins of the film after last year’s Rocky spinoff Creed, it looks like this film is the one to watch. The film already has a very impressive cast which includes Boseman as T’Challa, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira as members of Black Panther’s elite royal guard the Dora Milaje, and Michael B. Jordan as Black Panther’s nemesis Erik Killmonger. It looks like the film has a new person joining the cast.