How Superhero Movie Costumes Are Made

The suits that your favorite superheroes wear are iconic. From the helmet of Captain America to the cowl of Batman, these are the some of the most recognizable costumes in movie history. But because they come from the world of comic books, there’s already an influence from another artist. It’s up to the costume designers to determine which versions of a given comic book superhero or villain will influence their own designs to bring that character to the big screen, and some of them don’t make it in front of camera.

Ironhead Studios is one of the companies who creates superhero wardrobes, and the folks at Tested talked with founder Jose Fernandez about some of the work they’ve done which includes Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and non-superhero flicks like TRON Legacy. Find out more about how superhero movie costumes are made after the jump. Read More »

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When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack was released, many fans were angry that it didn’t include the song from Maz’s castle. The soundtrack only collected John Williams‘ score and not that awesome new cantina song which was created by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda in collaboration with filmmaker JJ Abrams.

And now that its Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), they have finally decided to release the song, titled “Jabba Flow”, on iTunes. JJ Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda made the announcement today, and even performed the single live. Hit the jump to find out how you can download the new single “Jabba Flow,” watch Abrams and Miranda perform the song live and also learn a bit about what the song means.

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How Batman v Superman Should Have Ended

For years to come, one of the most divisive comic book films will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Among comic books fans, there are those who like what Zack Snyder to the table, and there are those who hated what he did with DC Comics iconic superheroes. Among general audiences who don’t care about comic book mythology, there are those who loved the movie while others were underwhelmed. But the film is officially the seventh highest grossing comic book movie of all time, even if it didn’t perform quite as well at the box office as Warner Bros. Pictures hoped.

If you’re one of those fans who wasn’t happy with Batman v Superman, then you’ll probably be happy to see the latest installment of How It Should Have Ended. Since the two superheroes have been a staple of every video from these folks, this particular installment is particularly a good one.

Watch How Batman v Superman Should Have Ended after the jump. Read More »

Iron Man vs Optimus Prime

This coming weekend we’ll see Captain America squaring off against Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War, dividing the Avengers into two different teams in a truly epic superhero battle. But before you head to theaters, why not see how Tony Stark and his armored battle suit fares against one of the Transformers? More specifically, how will Iron Man do when he has to face the Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots?

The latest episode of Super Power Beat Down, which is the first digitally animated episode of the web series, brings these two different heroes together for the first time ever. Are Iron Man’s repulsors and missiles any match for the arsenal that Optimus Prime has hidden in his body? Find out in the Iron Man vs Optimus Prime episode of Super Power Beat Down below. Read More »

Mirror Shots in Movies

Plenty of movies have featured a shot focusing on the central character looking into a mirror in a moment of self-reflection. But what’s interesting is the emotional reaction that follows after they look at themselves. Fandor has assembled a video that takes a look at the difference between what usually happens when a female character looks in the mirror and when a male character looks in the mirror. It seems to indicate a certain perception and presentation of difference between genders as women typically cry and men smash the mirror. Watch the video essay about mirror shots in movies after the jump. Read More »

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There are some very passionate pop culture fans out there in the world. Some of them like to show their love by amassing collectibles, others like to dress up as their favorite characters. But it takes a real dedicated crew to build a homemade version of an iconic cinematic vehicle. Plenty of people have created their own Back to the Future time machines or A-Team vans, but a group of friends decided they wanted to bring a vehicle from the world of Pixar Animation into the real world.

Some very talented people decided to create a working replica of the Pizza Planet Truck originally seen in Toy Story. Not only is their creation from 2011 impressive and as screen accurate as possible, but once they were done with it, they drove it to Pixar’s studios and impressed some of the very people who created the real Pizza Planet truck. Read More »

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When Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele announced the end of their Comedy Central show Key and Peele last year, the official line was that they just wanted to move on to other things. But maybe the real reason for their professional breakup was something much more sinister. Maybe their relationship was irreparably damaged when it turned out one of them is — gasp! — a theater texter, while the other one just wants to be left alone to watch his movies in peace.

Well, probably not. But the two do find themselves hilariously at odds in a new “Don’t Talk” PSA from the Alamo Drafthouse. Which they recorded to promote their new movie together, Keanu. So yes, you can breathe a sigh of relief, they haven’t really turned against each other after all. Watch the Keanu Alamo Drafthouse PSA after the jump.  Read More »