‘Supergirl’ Struggles to Take Flight [Review]


Note: Supergirl premieres tonight on CBS. Below is our original review of the pilot, which ran in July during San Diego Comic-Con.

In a TV landscape littered with superhero shows, Supergirl stands out in a couple of ways. For one thing, it’s the rare superhero show that’s about a superheroine. For another, whereas most of those other dramas tend toward the dark and brooding, Supergirl is mostly bubbly and upbeat — just like its plucky heroine Kara, played by the radiant Melissa Benoist.

But for a show to succeed, it can’t just capture the audience’s interest, it has to sustain it. On that front, Supergirl unfortunately struggles by prioritizing plot over characterization.   Read More »


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NYCC cosplay

New York Comic Con has come and gone, and while there wasn’t any particularly huge news to come out of the convention, there was still plenty of cool stuff to see. Some Pepsi Perfect bottles were handed out to Marty McFly cosplayers, but there were plenty more dressed up fans as a new music video illustrates.

The folks at Sneaky Zebra have put together a slick but simple little music video that shows off some of the best NYCC cosplay, but in a much more stylish way than snapping a photo and throwing it in a gallery. Just watch the first minute, and once you get to that shot of Rick Sanchez (of the incredible Rick and Morty) with the Meseeks, you’ll want to watch the whole thing. Read More »

Jared Leto and Mark Ruffalo

More often than not, the actors and actresses who bring your favorite comic book characters to life on the big screen are fans just like you. They grew up idolizing certain superheroes, and it’s a dream for them to be playing them, just as it is for you to see them become as real as they can on film. However, they can’t enjoy fandom the way we can without being swamped by other fans who want to take pictures with them and want their autograph.

But plenty of stars have found an awesome workaround that helps them fit in with the masses of fans, even at a place that’s overrun with the most rabid of them: cosplay. Many an actor and actress have worn costumes in order to walk the showfloor at Comic-Con without being mobbed by fans, and Jared Leto and Mark Ruffalo have just joined their ranks. Read More »

outcast trailer

The new Outcast trailer has answers for all of your burning questions. What show will Cinemax add to its line-up to actually make you tune in when The Knick isn’t airing? When will The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman take advantage of his TV clout and bring another series based on his work to the small screen? Where did that kid from Almost Famous go? The short answers: “Outcast,” “just about right now,” and “right here and ready to battle demons on weekly basis for your amusement.”

And with those pressing queries out of the way, you can watch the new Outcast trailer for yourself after the jump.

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Mr Robot Season 2

Mr. Robot was one of my favorite television shows of this year. From the series’ surprise twists and turns, to the interesting framing and composition, to the almost up-to-the-minute commentary on our modern world, to the refreshingly accurate look at computer systems and hacking. Sure it didn’t always hit a home run, and I think a lot of us saw that last twist coming a mile away, but it did so many things right. I’m excited to the see where the story goes in the second season, especially now that “the cat is out of the bag”.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail and some of the cast appeared at New York Comic Con over the weekend, and revealed some information on the second season. We also take a look at some of the previous quotes from Mr. Esmail and cast, as well as some rumors (including when we might expect to see the second season premiere). Hit the jump to find out what was revealed.

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batman v superman costumes

By now, you’re probably a little sick of looking at Batman and Superman. The good old days of not knowing what Ben Affleck‘s take on the Dark Knight looks like are long gone. The conversations about how Gal Gadot will look in Wonder Woman‘s armor are but a dream. Thanks to trailers and official stills and concept art, we know exactly what the stars of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice look like. The mystery is long gone.

Or is it? This well-timed new featurette, coinciding with New York Comic-Con, gives us an extended look at the Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman costumes via a conversation with costume designer Michael Wilkinson. It turns out that there are still things to discover in these colorful duds, should you care to take a closer look.

Hit the jump for more on the Batman v Superman costumes!

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daredevil season 2 poster

In a year where much of the discussion surrounding superhero movies revolved around when audiences where going to grow tired of superhero movies, Netlix‘s Daredevil arrived and gave that conversation a swift kick in the throat. Stylish, complex, and and so very different than the rest of its brethren in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series won over hardcore comic fans and normal folks alike. While season two of the show is currently filming and won’t be ready for some time yet, a new poster had debuted online. You know, just in case you need a reminder to get excited for the next batch of episodes.

To see the Daredevil season 2 poster for yourself, hit the jump!

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New York Comic-Con 2015 live stream

We’re two days away from New York Comic-Con, and if you’ve left your planning until the very last minute we’ve got some bad news for you: Tickets are totally sold out for all four days. The good news, though, is that this doesn’t mean you have to miss out completely. Fans who can’t attend (or just don’t want to) can still enjoy some of this year’s biggest panels via the New York Comic-Con 2015 live stream. Get more details after the jump.   Read More »

Empire sticker

We’re not quite done with Star Wars D23 stuff, but there’s non-D23 stuff here, too. After the jump:

  • Find out where to get the cheeky car decal seen above
  • Watch highlights from the Star Wars D23 panel
  • J.J. Abrams explains why anyone would even want to join the First Order
  • … and gushes about Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma
  • Oscar Isaac talks about growing up in a Star Wars-obsessed family
  • Daisy Ridley looks pleased as punch with her Drew Struzan Episode VII poster
  • Learn a tiny bit more about Episode VII‘s Constable Zuvio
  • Ooh and ahh over Sideshow‘s deluxe edition Boba Fett figure
  • Get details on the limited-edition Darth Vader PlayStation 4 console

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