For decades, entertainment franchises have been able to share universes in both television and movies. The Twilight Zone did it. Firefly did it with Serenity. The Doctor Who series did it with the Doctor Who TV movie. The X-Files did it with big and small screens. And Marvel is doing it with surgical precision and innovation in combining their cinematic world with the ABC network’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. And then there’s Netflix’s upcoming four-series deal. That, in particular, will expand Marvel’s live action roster with the Hell’s Kitchen Heroes – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. So, not only is occupying the same universe a thing that’s worked successfully, it’s proven to be a smart move on several occasions in terms of continuity. DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns disagrees. (more…)
Following several other recent announcements for the Bat family books, DC Comics is taking Barbara Gordon and Batgirl in a whole new direction. Though Gail Simone will no longer be writing the title, fan favorite Cameron Stewart will be co-writing with Brendan Fletcher, with Babs Tarr as artist. Along with the new creative team, Batgirl gets an entirely new costume design. Check out some concept design and some more thoughts further down. (more…)
Alan Robert is a busy man. Since the 90′s he’s been the on again/off again bassist for Brooklyn-based alternative rock and heavy metal band, Life Of Agony. He’s been active in the comic book industry for years, having first become known for his four-part Wire Hangers series – which he wrote and illustrated. In 2013, it was announced that Robert was teaming with IDW Comics to produce The Shunned One, his newest story about an Angel of Death who bails on his duties and goes rogue after sparing the lives of innocents. The comic still hasn’t come out yet but already has a movie deal. Yes, Alan Robert is a busy man and is about to get busier. (more…)
I’ve been a big fan of the Batman Arkham games but it seems that Rocksteady and WB Games have really, finally nailed it.
This latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight looks like the Batman game you’ve been waiting for your entire life. That’s not to the say previous games were bad. They were great (well, except Arkham Origins but that’s a different story for a different day) but just the tip of the iceberg, the filling before the sweet, sweet cake. Arkham Knight the the culmination of these games and it looks damn good.
Check out the latest gameplay trailer below and prepare thy lungs for excited squealing.
The best thing about Captain America is that he’s a human being, protected by nothing more than a thin layer of spandex. Where Bruce Banner turns into the impenetrable beast that is the Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark is shielded by his iron suit and Thor is an otherworldly god here on Earth, Steve Rogers is just a man, driven by a relentless need to serve and protect his country. This simple fact is what ultimately helps The Winter Soldier work so well, both as a part of The Avengers series and as a stand-alone piece of cinema. Joe & Anthony Russo’s first foray into the Marvel Universe never loses sight of the fact that beneath the red, white and blue exterior is bona fide flesh and blood, with a pulsing heart that can be wounded. In many ways, The Winter Soldier is a catalogue of the lacerations that Rogers has endured, both as a solider and as a man completely out of his own time.
Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.
Comic fans have to be tired of waiting for Neil Gaiman and DC to deliver issues of the recent Sandman revival on time. When Sandman: Overture was first announced, it was supposed to be a bi-monthly series, launching in October 2013 (which, without a calculator, I can deduce that we should be on the fourth issue next month). However, the second issue slid from a planned December drop to an appearance just this past week. Now, Gaiman is saying that issue three won’t even hit stands until July. As the Brits themselves would say: bollocks!
Good news for those who despised Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (which, to be honest, feels like pretty much everybody). While Webb has directed the first two entries in the now Raimi-less series (and is signed to helm the third), he says he’s formulating an exit strategy from the Peter Parker game. (more…)
Jimmy Palmiotti is the co-creator of Painkiller Jane and the writer behind Harley Quinn, All-Star Western, and Batwing. Recently, Palmiotti announced that a Painkiller Jane feature film was in development off of a script that he co-wrote. His company, Paper Films, also embarked on their sixth Kickstarter campaign, successfully funding Denver – a post apocalyptic mature original graphic novel from Palmiotti, co-writer Justin Gray, and artist Pier Brito – in just six days.
In an exclusive interview with Nerd Bastards, Palmiotti takes us through some of Denver‘s details and explains why he chose Kickstarter over more traditional methods. Palmiotti also talks to us about the future of the Painkiller Jane comic at Icon, why the time was right for a film adaptation, his happy relationship with DC editorial and what he thinks about some of the public breaks from the company that others have experienced. (more…)
EDITORS NOTE: In partnership with Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), we bring you another weekly installment of badass, foul mouthed comic book reviews. So without further ado here’s F’N Pryde with her weekly comic book rundown. It’s ”Pryde’s Picks!”
Holy busy movie newsweek, Batman! It looks like the epic Batman/Superman crossover is being pushed back to 2016. Michael Douglas is brushing off the stripper glitter from Last Vegas and joining the cast of Ant-Man as Hank Pym. Just when we think we’ve been overloaded with geek news, Wizards of the Coast announces that 20th Century Fox has the rights to adapt a Magic: The Gathering movie! But let’s talk comics shall we? (more…)
Despite the good work that he has done within the realm of superhero comics with Watchmen, The Killing Joke, and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, there is an impulse to completely tune out Alan Moore’s recent caustic remarks about comic heroes and our continued fascination with them, but is there merit to what he says? (more…)