The Walt Disney Company‘s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 covered all levels of the Star Wars machine. Sure, it meant new movies and TV projects, but it also meant that all facets of Star Wars would be brought under the Disney umbrella, and one of those spokes is Marvel Comics. The move meant that the popular, expansive expanded universe created by Dark Horse Comics would come to an end, but it was a good piece of corporate synergy, and not only that, it would be a homecoming for the Star Wars brand, which first took comic form at Marvel in the 70s. Fans have been waiting to see what the House of Mouse and Ideas had in store, and today your imagination is somewhat teased with a press release and some art that suggests a blast from the past. (more…)
If there’s a single common thread through all the new franchises announced for Marvel’s Phase 3, it’s that all the new characters are being culled from Marvel‘s periphery. For better or worse, Doctor Strange and Black Panther aren’t exactly A-list heroes. Even when they’ve had solo titles that won mountains of critical praise, sales-wise series for these characters have often struggled to keep their heads above water, and have usually failed. A guy like Doctor Strange usually endures as an ever-present guy on the side; a character who shows up to let all the other heroes know things are about to get serious, but rarely takes center stage himself. But apparently with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel learned that a comic book franchise doesn’t need to be a superstar in the comic book shop in order to be a promising concept for the big screen, hence films for Ant-Man, Captain Marvel and, yes, the Inhumans.
So who are the Inhumans? Out of the endless crowds of guys and gals in funny outfits, what makes them ripe for cinematic treatment? What role do they fill in the larger universe and what makes them unique? (more…)
Scratch-N-Sniff took off back in the 1970’s and had a good run for about a decade or so. It employed microfragrance technology that coated cardboard or stickers. When you scratched a certain spot and smelled it, you tended to pick up the advertised odor. I personally haven’t seen it around lately, but DC Comics is bringing back the concept for Harley Quinn Annual #1, with different scents for four different covers. Leather, suntan lotion, pizza and a “mystery smell.” It’s being packaged as a theme too – for instance, rub the leather on her outfit and you’ll smell the leather. For legal reasons, it’s being promoted as a “Rub-N-Smell” campaign and for some reason, that mystery smell is singled out for U.S. issue only. Can you guess what this smell might be? It’s a real “Brainstorm Haze,” so to speak… (more…)
Recently we saw some test footage for a potential Deadpool movie. The internet was pretty dang happy. Then, earlier this week it was officially announced that we’d get a Deadpool movie. The internet promptly exploded with glee. We’d gotten a taste of the Merc With A Mouth with Ryan Reynold‘s fantastic portrayal of him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine before they immediately messed up the character, also in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. After the the test footage, we had hope that we’d get to see the character done justice in a movie, finally getting the right mix of violence and insanity down. Well, it looks like we’ll get a movie, just maybe not quite what everyone was expecting. (more…)
Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is officially locked in as Black Adam for the upcoming Shazam movie, even more details are starting to come out. While it’s interesting that we’re finding out who will be playing the villain in a movie before we even find out who the hero will be and that this will be the first DC/Warner Bros. movie that doesn’t center on one of the main Justice Leaguers, like Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman, that’s not all that is unique about this movie, as New Line president Toby Emmerich revealed today.
Butts are really in right now. Butts are all over movie posters and Instagram. While there’s something be said for appreciating the idealized human form, we need to step back and admit when we’re objectifying, rather than paying homage. Marvel’s “Spider-Woman #1” variant cover by Milo Manara crosses this line. (more…)
It looks like Playstation’s Powers is getting some of the last big pieces into place. The most recent bit of news is that Sharlto Copley, likely best known for his role in District 9, will be playing the lead of Christian Walker. Walker is one of the two primary characters in the comic series from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, which the show will be an adaptation of. In addition to Copley, Michelle Forbes has joined the cast to play a superheroine known as Retro Girl.
The series will follow two detectives, Walker and his partner Deena Pilgrim, who investigate homicides involving people with superpowers, otherwise known as Powers. Walker was once a Power himself, before losing his powers after a battle with a super-human killer. He now uses his unique perspective to investigate crimes involving the Powers community. (more…)
As someone who’s a part of Hollywood, Jason Momoa obviously has some thoughts on the industry. It also seems he’s not terribly afraid of voicing his discontent, especially when it comes to his as yet unconfirmed role as Aquaman vastly overshadowing his recent film Road to Paloma. Momoa not only starred in Road to Paloma, but directed it as well, obviously making it more of a personal investment than his rumored role as Aquaman. But fans just don’t seem to care all that much, which is what prompted him to take to Instagram and post the below picture: (more…)
It looks like we may see Aquaman a bit more than just his planned appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the planned Justice League film. According to THR, WB has ordered two separate script treatments for an Aquaman movie. Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire) will both be taking a crack at the potential movie. (more…)
Sites all over the internet, sites just like this one, use images from various movies, comics, TV shows, and more for commentary and analysis. The thing that allows them to do so is fair use. It’s pretty nifty, but comic artist Randy Queen seemingly didn’t think so.
Queen took issue with the blog Escher Girls, which points out impossible and unrealistic depictions of women in comics and other media. All the “sexy” poses that don’t look quite right get a bit of attention on the site. Coincidentally, Randy Queen is the artist of Darkchylde and Starfall, two books which are known for just these sorts of depictions. Queen has graced Escher Girls a few times, but recently he seems to have gotten fed up with it. (more…)