Spoilers (but not many)
2016 might have witnessed a fair amount of upheaval, but one thing remained constant: Hollywood’s love of superheroes is as strong as ever. While DC sat out 2015, Marvel saw three of their properties in theaters; this year The Big Two had six combined. Next year that will edge up to seven. In addition, geek-favorite franchises Star Trek and Star Wars continued their multi-year missions through galaxies far, far away. Almost all of them raked the ticket sales (analysists were divided on whether Star Trek Beyond fell short of breaking even or turned a modest profit). Either way, neither profit margins nor quantity of films produced equal quality. 2016 was a very mixed year in terms of artistic merit, as fans could be forgiven for experiencing whiplash when trying to create a double bill for some of these movies. Some films excelled by being able to break new ground, while others entertained with well-executed tried and true formulas. Some were an utter mess (and not simply in their murky CGI sequences). It could have been worse; viewers were denied anything quite as terrible as last year’s Fantastic Four. Then again, that is placing the bar quite low.
Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2016: Film
In addition to his excellent writing and analysis, our own Cosmo is also a secret comic book industry insider. While on the case, Cosmo recently discovered a transcript of the conference that ultimately led director Ruck Famuyiwa to quit the upcoming Flash live action film. Click below for a view behind the curtain of the cut throat comics industrial film complex Continue reading Cosmo’s On The Case Exclusive: The Meeting Rick Famuyiwa Quit The Flash Film
“The Future’s starting to look a lot brighter.”- Barry Allen, The Flash, 1991
Demonstrating the core concept of the Multiverse and parallel Earths, we have Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash on the CW and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash in the DC Cinematic Extended Needs Less Adjectives Universe. Fans are mixed about this fact, but like the character both actors share Ezra Miller isn’t slowing down anytime soon… Continue reading Ezra Miller is the Flash
Warner Brothers also unveiled today the first glimpse of next year’s Justice League movie. Orientated around Bruce Wayne recruiting members for his new “team” it features most prominently Ezra Miller’s Flash and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. And yes, it does have a less somber feel about it . . .
Justice League, directed Zack Snyder, opens November 17th, 2017.
With DC Rebirth, and the promotion of Geoff Johns to co-chair of the DC Cinematic Universe, the company has pledged to return to its roots of “Hope, Optimism, and Legacy” While that is all fine and Jim dandy, it strikes me as coming pretty late when you consider the story Kingdom Come. One of DC’s most classic series of it’s era by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, the comic could’ve saved DC a lot of trouble had they considered that story as the template to follow instead of Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. Continue reading Hope and Optimism 20 Years Later
It is generally agreed upon that comic book fans have recently been treated to a bounty of pleasures on the Silver Screen. Even films that are not entirely satisfying (such as last year’s Age of Ultron and Ant-Man) were still enjoyable experiences. Yet, nothing’s perfect, and the clunkers keep slipping past. Last year fans had to suffer through a Fantastic Four project so awful, it managed to outdo the mess that was 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. The good news is that Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice never matches these nadirs. There are some positive elements to the movie; there are some pretty bad ones as well. The real problem is that there is very little which is actually great. Thus, while the overall film is not outright incompetent, it is also barely engaging or compelling.
Continue reading Review: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
Now featuring more Lex Luther, Alfred, Wonder Woman and general Batman/Superman action.
Movies that are based on superhero comics depict inspiring heroes fighting to save the world, and box office sales data indicates that these movies appeal to young men and woman in their teens and twenties. The United States Armed Forces noticed this interest in superhero movies from a key recruitment demographic, and the Army and Army National Guard sponsored two superhero films – X-Men: First Class (2011) and Man of Steel (2013). These sponsorships were intended to reach an audience of young people who might be inspired to serve their country in the military, but they sparked controversy about the military’s recruitment tactics and spending.
Continue reading “Super-Soldiers”: The U.S. Military’s Controversial Sponsorship of Superhero Films