Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I have always though that Brad Bird's The Incredibles was worthy of a sequel, and I am glad that one is finally in motion. Bird's other animated classic, The Iron Giant, is another story. As much as I love the film, I think that it is perfect just as it is. I think this is a definite case where the story is so perfectly told that a sequel is unnecessary.
Monday, November 30, 2015
This was a pairing that I had not initially thought about, but got a few requests for in the comments sections. The more I considered it, the more I liked the idea of a story featuring Cap and Hellboy together. It could feature a curse from WWII being revived in the present day and feature scenes from both time frames. Of course having a master like Mike Mignola tell the story would only make it even cooler.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
I recently read Old Man Logan and found it to be an entertaining glimpse into a possible future for Wolverine. It was a bit dark at times for my taste, but I enjoyed the characterization and beautiful Steve McNiven artwork. Apparently it was a hit because Marvel has brought that version of Wolverine to the present day for their current stories. There are also rumors that the storyline will factor into Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine movie. Interesting developments, but I wonder how long it will be until Logan in his prime returns again.
The last time these two crossed paths, things didn't go so smoothly...
Saturday, November 28, 2015
It has been promised that there will be no retelling of Spider-Man's origin once he joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is this a good thing because audiences don't need to see Uncle Ben die yet again, but hopefully it will lead to more humor from the hero. Toby Maguire's Spidey spent so much time mourning over loved ones that there was very little time left over for levity. Andrew Garfield always came off more arrogant and cocky that funny in the role, so the comedy didn't really work for me in his films. Hopefully the humorous side of Spider-Man is something that will finally be realized.
Friday, November 27, 2015
The teaser trailer for Captain America: Civil War has been released, and it looks great between the glimpses of Black Panther, the inclusion of so many Avengers and the conflict between Cap and Iron Man. Still, there was no sign of the part of the movie that has me most curious -Spider-Man. I wonder how big of a role he will have - I can't be too large with everything else going on, but I can't believe they will only give such an important character a brief cameo either.
Make sure you check back in tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion to this tale...
Thursday, November 26, 2015
When I look at the inventive and whimsical character designs of both C.C. Beck and Chester Gould, it's not hard to imagine that their signature characters could inhabit the same world. It would have been cool to see how Beck would have illustrated Dick Tracy or how Gould would have interpreted The Big Red Cheese.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
It has been revealed to very little surprise that the sequel to this year's Fantastic Four reboot is no longer going forward. Hopefully this will be the first step towards getting the rights back to Marvel Studios - or at least partially, as with Spider-Man. If there's anywhere that Doctor Doom is finally going to get a proper cinematic translation, it's back at home with Marvel.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The JSA have had a long history of tangling with maniacal villains seeking world domination, so this is a match up that I would love to see. I can imagine that the Society would not take very kindly to the Latverian dictator.
Make sure you stop by again tomorrow for Part 2 of this story!
Monday, November 23, 2015
It has been reported that David Goyer has expressed a reticence to use The Martian Manhunter in the the DC films because he feels like the character is too outlandish to work onscreen. I hope those sentiments were put to rest once Guardians of the Galaxy became a smash hit. That film froved that a green skinned alien would work just fine... right alongside a talking raccoon and tree creature, to boot! Let's get with the program, DC execs!
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Talk of the long in development Justice League Dark movie has picked up again, with director and casting rumors floating around. Even though Guillermo Del Toro is no longer attached to the project, apparently his top choice for the role of Swamp Thing was Ron Perlman - and the studio is still interested in hum. I had figured Swamp Thing would be a CGI creation, but if they are going to go with a live actor, I think that Perlman makes for a great choice.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
I still think it is a bit odd that Netflix is using The Defenders as the title of the series which combines Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, when Heroes for Hire seems to be a much more appropriate title. Not only that, it lessens the chance that we will see an actual live action Defenders show or film featuring the classic cast featured in the cover above. I loved that non-team growing up and have been waiting to see it featured in a cartoon or movie. It's funny, the closest we have gotten is when Justice League Unlimited presented a pseudo-Defenders team made up of Aquaman, Solomon Grundy, Dr. Fate and Amazo on "Wake the Dead", a great episode.
Friday, November 20, 2015
The first time that I paired Iceman and Robin together, I used Dick Grayson, and more than one person pointed out to me that Tim Drake might have offered more story opportunities because of the shared last name. What can I say, I have to agree, so here's a cover to remedy the situation!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Michael Eury of Back Issue requested a Batman/Ali match up a while ago, I hope he doesn't mind the addition of Deadman. I took me years to acquire a copy of Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali, and when I read it, I was not disappointed. Sure, the story is crazy, but the Neal Adams art in it is spectacular. Not only was he at the top of his form, the tabloid-sized pages really helped to showcase his work. I am glad that it has been reprinted so that more readers can appreciate it today.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The current Planet of the Apes franchise is readying a third installment and I hope it keeps up the high standards of the first two films. I liked how the second movie was so different from the first while still carrying the story along. The second Avengers film, while a ton of fun, hit a lot of the same story beats as the first and thus didn't feel quite as special. Hopefully the third will give audiences something they haven't seen before, and with the Russo Brothers at the helm, I am confident it will.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I am a huge fan of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and I am looking forward to finally seeing it return at the end of the year, even if only for a single special. Both actors are understandably in demand these days, and while I am a fan of Star Trek and Doctor Strange as well, I do wish they had time to work on more episodes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed sleuth.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that once again, Tony Stark has been less than forthcoming with one of his allies. Let's hope that Tony finds some redemption by the end of Captain America: Civil War. He did not come off well in Avengers: Age of Ultron. acting fairly recklessly despite his great intellect. Stark's attempts to become a better man have been the centerpiece to his character arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, and he deserves to finally be able to complete that journey.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Only a few promotional images from Captain America: Civil War have surfaced, but I like what I have seen of Iron Man's new armor. I have enjoyed the various designs that we have seen in the films to date, but I still miss Tony Stark's classic red & gold armor that he wore throughout the bulk of the Silver and early Bronze age. I have been waiting to see that look onscreen, widow's peak, hip discs and all, and maybe we will one day - but this new look is pretty cool too.
Make Sure you stop by for Part 2 tomorrow!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
I am still scratching my head as to why there has never been a ROM revival. I'm not sure who holds the rights these days, but I do know that the character is very fondly remembered and has a huge following. Imagine how cool a live action ROM would look, or how fun it would be to blast Dire Wraiths in a ROM video game! Much lesser properties have been brought back, bur ROM remains in limbo. It seems like a huge missed opportunity to me.
Friday, November 13, 2015
I have enjoyed plenty of comics featuring The Punisher, but his live action appearances have always fallen short for me. Non of the three attempts have really brought the character from the comics to life effectively in my opinion. That said, I am really looking forward to his appearances on the second season of Netflix' Daredevil series. Not only do I have faith in Marvel after the first excellent season, but the casting of Jon Bernthal in the role is just about perfect. I have a feeling that the fourth time is going to be the charm.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Now that DC has begun Calling Billy Batson Shazam in his superhero identity and Carol Danvers is the official Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics these days, there's been an opening for the title of Ms. Marvel. Marvel didn't waste any time and new there is a new hero on the scene. She certainly is getting plenty of early exposure, with her own comic, appearances with Carol Danvers and membership in The Avengers.
Cap teamed with the original Ms. Marvel way back in STF #72...