More Calvin and Hobbes
Have it your own way, Batgirl!
Carmine Infantino with Mike Espositio from Dec 1967. See enlarged.
A Little Chat, with Bat-torture
Chris Nolan has posted online a bit of commentary about the Joker/Batman interrogation scene from The Dark Knight.
"They had rehearsed the stunts and the fight stuff very specifically, but we really let the actors work within that. I had never seen anybody sell a punch the way Heath was able to with Christian. I got the violence I wanted. What I felt was really important creatively for the scene was that we show Batman going too far. We show him effectively torturing someone for information because it’s become personal."
Posted photos and commentary on imgur.com
"Rawwwrrr!" - art by Robson Rocha, Birds of Prey #34. This is the last issue of the series.
Bird's of Prey #34 - Jorge Molina cover
Drax the Destroyer
"I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture. So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.
Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome. So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to."
Saw this sequence and testimonial on tumblr
Adam West 1966
Bluray and DVD (and streaming high def) versions of the complete 1966 Batman are finally coming out in legal retail packages this fall. More Batman 1966
Iron Fist 5 - Kaare Andrews
Iron Fist the Living Weapon #5, October 2014, Marvel Comics. Art and story by Kaare Andrews. More Kaare Andrews art A+X #4.
One sentence review: The faux-wear marks on the pages gets wearisome fast, but otherwise this issue showcases more of Kaare Andrews' expert pop-art superhero imagery.
Coming slate of superhero movies
- November 7, 2014 - Big Hero - Marvel Studios - Disney Animation
- May 1, 2015 - The Avengers: Age of Ultron - Marvel Studios
- June 19, 2015 - Fantastic Four Reboot - 20th Century Fox
- July 17, 2015 - Ant-Man - Marvel Studios
- May, 2015 - Daredevil - Netflix / Marvel - 13 episode TV Program. Along with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the Netflix series are planned to culminate in a Defenders production.
- March 25, 2016 - Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice – Warner Bros
- May 6, 2016 - Captain America 3 – Marvel Studios
- May 27, 2016 - X-Men Apocalypse – 20th Century Fox
- July 8, 2016 - Doctor Strange – Marvel Studios
Benedict Cumberpatch was the original choice on this. But he's apparently out and it's possible the title role will be filled by Joaquin Phoenix. Source: Indywire
- Nov 11, 2016 - The Sinister Six– Marvel Studios
- Luke Cage – Netflix/Marvel - This project started at Columbia in 2003, but rights reverted back to Marvel in 2013.
- Jessica Jones - Netflix / Marvel TV Series
- Iron Fist - Netflix / Marvel TV Series
- Black Panther - Marvel Studios
- Black Widow - Marvel Studios
- March 3, 2017 - The Wolverine 2 - 20th Century Fox
- May 5, 2017 - Unknown Marvel Title - Marvel Studios
- June 23, 2017 - Unknown DC Film - Warner Bros
- July 14, 2017 - Fantastic Four II - 20th Century Fox
- July 28, 2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - Marvel Studios
- November 3, 2017 - Unknown Marvel Title - Marvel Studios
- November 17, 2017 - Unknown DC Film - Warner Bros
- Incredibles 2 - Disney/Pixar - No known release date, but Brad Bird is working on script.
- Spider-Man Female - A female-leading superhero film from Sony that spins-off from the Spider-Man universe
- Venom Carnage - Sony
- March 23, 2018 - Unknown DC Film - Warner Bros
- May 4, 2018 - Unknown Marvel Title - Marvel Studios
- July 6, 2018 - Unknown Marvel Title - Marvel Studios
- July 13, 2018 - Untitled Marvel Movie - 20th Century Fox
- July 27, 2018 - Unknown DC Film - Warner Bros
- June 2018 - The Amazing Spider-Man 3 – Sony Pictures
- Nov 2, 2018 - Unknown Marvel Title - Marvel Studios
- X-Force - Marvel Studios - Iffy, might get scrapped because of ongoing X-Men series from 20th Century Fox
- May 3, 2018 - Unknown Marvel Title - Marvel Studios
- May 2020 - The Amazing Spider-Man 4 - Sony Pictures
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige claims that Marvel Studios has a strategy map that takes them up to 2028 for Marvel Comic movie adaptations.
Pop goes the weasel
This is what a bubble looks like before it bursts. This impossible list which will almost certainly get even more packed as the movie studios continue to maneuver announcement times to cover every prime release date on the calendar. What this reminds me of is the saturation-method used in the past by both DC Comics and Marvel, where they attempt to flood the comic book market to grab up market space for no other reason except to get there first and to this keep the other guy(s) out. Is there enough interest in the worldwide market to maintain this heavy a slate of superhero films?
Either way, the gold rush on superhero movies is on. If too much product doesn't slow it down, the very great possibility of a few bomb-sized releases will probably wake up the movie execs from this beautiful dream of superheros every month at the cinemaplex. This is truly a unique point in the superhero comic evolution to TV and movies. Marvel has caught lightning in a bottle, and DC/Warner Bros is investing heavily toward catching up.
Sources on dates: Variety, Nikkifinke.com, IGN.com, Indywire
Detective Comics #2 - 2-page Bat-Cycle Spread
Detective Comics #2 Dec 2011, DC Comics - 2 page spread by Tony Daniel
See the spread enlarged
The Top Ten Movies this weekend
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Paramount $28,400,000
- Guardians of the Galaxy - Marvel/Disney $24,735,000
- Let's Be Cops - 20th Century Fox $17,700,000
- The Expendables 3 - Lionsgate $16,200,000
- The Giver - Weinstein $12,760,000
- Into The Storm - Warner Bros $7,720,000
- The Hundred-Foot Journey - Buena Vista $7,109,000
- Lucy - Universal $5,317,000
- Step Up All In - Lionsgate $2,700,000
- Boyhood - IFC/AMC $2,150,000
Birdman Promo Poster
Billed so far as a "black comedy" about a washed-up superhero actor taking one more shot at fame (and a salary). Starring Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Ed Norton.
More Birdman 2014
More Batman 1989
Amanda Conner 3D Cover - Harley Quinn Future's End
Futures End - Wonder Woman 3D Cover
Cover by Tom Raney
Justice League Dark 1 - 3D Cover
David Aja art, Hawkeye #3
Tom Cruise "Edge of Tomorrow" rebranded
The Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt sci-fi war film Edge of Tomorrow is being rebranded for its Oct 7 Bluray release as Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow.
This is an understandable strategy considering the movie didn't do particularly well in the United States. Though still in theaters in August (it was released June 6), it has edged up to only $100 million in domestic earnings, which is poor indeed for a film with a reported $178 million budget and two star names on the poster. Overseas numbers for the film were better: $264,150,000 million, meaning a worldwide total of $364 million.
Part of the problem for the generally well-reviewed film was apparently the title. "Edge of Tomorrow" is too conceptual versus descriptive, and simply fails to convey much of the story and its video-game-like mechanism of back-and-forth time travel progression. "Live Die Repeat" is actually a better explanation of the movie's story, since this is the experience Tom Cruise's character gets into over and over as he is killed repeatedly while trying to sort out how to defeat an indomitable alien invasion force.
Review of Edge of Tomorrow
The Top Comic Book Web Sites online
Based on Google traffic estimation data, Aug 14, 2014
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This list is a work in progress. It is based upon the criteria of comic books as a "news" item in the Google ranking system. Other comic book sites that should be on this list (and are not) simply did not fall under the Google 'news' rubric.
The "ranking" is based upon a competition where every single web site is ranked against all others, regardless of subject type. For example, IGN.COM is #196 as most popular web site in the USA as compared to all other sites: time.com, fandango.com, walmart.com, etc.
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