When you hear people talk about “the Hollywood machine” it’s best to picture a contraption with a conveyor belt leading to a steel chute full of hammers and spinning blades. Good scripts are like adorable lambs who look at you with big, trusting eyes as you tearfully place them on the belt and assure them that they’re going to a big multiplex theater upstate where all the popcorn is free and none of the usherettes have acne. One man who knows the ins and outs of the machine better than most is supernerd Kevin Smith. While some of his scripts have staggered into cinemas, many more have become clogged in the cogs and gears. If he’s still got the fight in him, here are five Kevin Smith projects we’d like to see him resurrect.
If you happen to have a spare $40,000 lying around right now, you can get in on the bidding and grab yourself a couple of iconic pieces of vintage film memorabilia, before they undoubtedly get snatched up. The original Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeve in the first Superman film from 1978 has just gone up for auction online, along with Michael Keaton’s original Batsuit from the 1989 Batman movie. Which classic superhero costume will go first? Get bidding!
The fact that the CW renewed all it superhero shows – Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow – five months in advanced of when network schedules are announced in May, sends a particular message about how much they like being in the hero business. Still, there’s one day of the week where the CW doesn’t have a superhero show, which is starting to feel like a grave oversight given how successful the other four are. There is some potential as the Arrowverse keeps getting bigger, but CW President Mark Pedowitz is ruling out one possibility: the dude with the big red ‘S’ on his chest. (more…)
Throughout every Superman film that has graced the silver screen, a heavy emphasis is placed upon his physical strength. As an alien who gets his amazing abilities directly from the yellow sun, it is tough to avoid the focus on those abilities, especially when he’s duking it out with the likes of Doomsday or Zod. As humans, however, many times we fight foes that are much more destructive and deadly than The Blue Boyscout’s enemies; battles that Supes himself couldn’t win. In June of 2005, comic book writer Jeph Loeb was one of the many that felt the devastating effects of one such foe when is son, Sam Loeb, succumbed to his battle with cancer at the age of 17. Ten days after his passing, Jeph wrote a very personal story about a young Clark Kent and his brush with the disease. Now, eleven years later, in a fan made film, audiences have a chance to experience the story, and celebrate Sam’s life, in a whole new way. (more…)
As we are now full on into the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) with the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films coming next year and more films following, fans wonder “What about Superman?” After all, Man of Steel pretty much kick-started DC’s shared universe. Surely Superman was going to get another sequel. A little while ago there were rumors that there would, in fact, be a second solo film for Kal-El (which means he’s not going to stay dead of course). Now it looks like those’s rumors are bearing fruit.
Remember that time Superman died by the hands of Doomsday in the 90s event comic called “The Death of Superman“? Remember how the only two things to come out of that comic, were the lame Superman death armbands (so that every geek could show solidarity) and how later, Superman would come back to life (like Superman was ever going to stay dead) in the “Reign of Superman” follow-up, thusly and quickly rendering the former comic utterly worthless? Can’t say much about the death armband (though it does make for a “super” bookmark) or the Death of Superman comic, which again is now about as valuable and useful as a roll of toilet paper. However, the return of Superman did bring Superman back in a big bad way. He came back dressed in all in black and a sported a serious mullet. Yes, for a good portion of the 90s, Superman looked like Johnny Cash and WWF’s Razor Ramon, and it was good.
What’s with the trip down Death of Superman memory lane? Well, as you may recall, Zach Snyder shoved the whole Doomsday killeth Superman at the end of Batman V Superman. Much like the “Come on DC, like you have us fooled” doubt that swept the 90’s, do you really think Superman is gonna stay 6 feet under – like he’s not going to make a triumphant return in Justice League? Question is, will he come back the same blue suited boy scout, or will he back “cue the ACDC music* “Back in Black”, like in the comic?
According to Superman himself, Henry Cavill, he just might! (more…)
They say, “Hell hath no fury like an ex-Warner Bros Studios employee scorned for someone else’s incompetence” and, boy, does that old adage ring true here. An alleged former employee at the aforementioned movie studio has released an open letter to studio head Kevin Tsujihara, accusing him of recklessly steering the movie studio directly into oncoming icebergs. The legitimacy of the writer is unconfirmed, as she only gives the name “Gracie Law,” which is, of course, Kim Cattrall’s character in the movie Big Trouble in Little China, but the letter does contain many legitimate complaints against Warner Bros and is convincingly written from the point of view of someone who has been screwed over by people above her making bad decisions and allowing the crap to roll right downhill. Check out the full letter below!
DC’s ambition to craft a full-blown cinematic universe immediately after Man of Steel hasn’t exactly been working out for them. Both Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, two films fans insisted would improve upon Man of Steel, fared even worse with critics and audiences. As of right now, a combination of studio interference and bad creative decisions are causing an unfortunate cycle for the DCEU. (more…)
Throughout the first season of Supergirl, the show managed to only reference Kara’s cousin Kal-El, AKA Superman in obscure ways. Whether it was licensing or rights issues, or not to confuse audiences with the fact that there already was a Superman on the big screen, we were only able to see him in a silhouette or with his face blocked by the sun. They even showed him communicating with his cousin via e-mail. The CW finally decided to pull the trigger and cast the Man of Steel for the small screen and he will be played by Tyler Hoechlin who previously appeared on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Many fans had excitement but also wondered if he would be able to pull off as Kal-El.
For the second year in a row, Conan O’Brien is taking his show on the road to San Diego to attend Comic Con International: San Diego, otherwise known as SDCC. Last year Conan partnered with Funko, the company behind all of the Pop! Vinyl figures that have been taking the world by storm. Featuring characters from a wide variety of pop culture icons, the figures this year honoring the late night talk show host feature Conan dressed as a number of notable characters from upcoming films, including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ghostbusters, Justice League, and Suicide Squad. (more…)