Spider-Man Homecoming Shocker Costume

The first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming showed us quite a bit from the upcoming franchise reboot of Marvel’s webslinger that’s being done in collaboration with Sony Pictures this time. We know Robert Downey Jr. will be helping out a bit, even though he’s ultimately trying to deter young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he is anxious to get involved in helping to keep the world safe all while living the life of a teenager who is still in high school.

Even though Peter Parker is keen to prove himself as an Avenger, the bad guys in New York City might prove to be too much to handle for the wallcrawler. Michael Keaton will certainly be a formidable threat as the villain Vulture, but there’s another antagonist in town who will create trouble too. The villain Shocker will appear, and he’s being played by Bokeem Woodbine. There’s a quick shot of him in the Spider-Man: Homecoming international trailer, but some new promo art gives us a much better glimpse at a different look he’ll wear in the movie. Read More »

Batman v Superman - Alternate Batsuit

Who is Ben Affleck‘s favorite Batman according to Matt Damon? Which Stranger Things cast member paid a visit to the set of Avengers: Infinity War? Who is Batman fighting in a post-production glimpse at Justice League from Zack Snyder? How did Tom Holland react to the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer? Is Patrick Stewart done with the X-Men franchise too? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Ben Affleck Batman

UPDATE 2/17/17: As reported by THR today, talks have broken down and Matt Reeves will no longer be directing Warner Bros.’ solo Batman movie. The trade adds, however, that there’s still a chance talks will resume later on. In any case, the studio is still set on making the film, and will continue to try and fill the director’s chair.

Our original story from 2/10/17 follows.
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Shazam

DC’s Shazam has been in development for several years now, but it hasn’t shown any serious forward momentum since it cast Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam back in 2014. With that 2019 release date slowly creeping up, though, Warner Bros. is finally ready to take its next big leap forward. The studio has reportedly tapped director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) to direct.
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logan trailer

After nearly two decades, the X-Men franchise under 20th Century Fox’s stewardship has begun to feel too constrained by storytelling mechanics and full of characters that are warmed over. After the third or fourth time that you’ve seen the X-Men crew go up against a powerful supervillain and face off against a city- or world-destroying force (often accompanied by a blue beam shooting towards the sky), you begin to wonder whether this franchise still has new stories to tell.

These days, films that deviate heavily from the formula have felt refreshing (e.g., Deadpool, Days of Future Past), while those that hew closely to it are tiresome (e.g., X-Men: Apocalypse). This is why James Mangold’s Logan is a goddamn miracle. It unapologetically blazes its own trail in the X-Men universe. Logan throws the whole X-Men chessboard into the air, settles on the few pieces it wants to use, and then plays them off each other in ways we’ve never seen. The results are thrilling, and give me hope that the genre as a whole can still be fresh and inventive. It’s a near-perfect film, and one that I’ll be thinking about for a very long time.

Spoiler-free thoughts on Logan follow.
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sam and twitch series

You’ve got to hand it to Kevin Smith – the man is certainly keeping busy. Yoga Hosers is a critical and financial bomb? No sweat, he’s got episodes of The Flash and Supergirl to direct. Clerks III isn’t going to happen? No big deal, he’ll just write a new Jay and Silent Bob movie. He has no interest in directing a Batman movie? Of course he doesn’t! But he will work on another comic book adaptation: a police procedural television series based on Sam Burke and Twitch Williams, two characters who were originally introduced in the pages of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.

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Anatomically Correct Spider-Man

What would it be like if Spider-Man was anatomically correct? What does Patrick Stewart think about the X-Men taking on The Avengers? Did you know Green Lantern and Silver Surfer once teamed up? Want to see The Dark Knight‘s version of The Joker take on the Suicide Squad version of The Joker? How much is Logan on track to make in its opening weekend. All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Fate of the Furious Helen Mirren and Vin Diesel

This spring, we’ll watch as Helen Mirren achieves her greatest ambition — to be in a Fast and Furious movie. The Oscar-winning screen legend clinched a role in The Fate of the Furious after publicly praising the action franchise, and today we finally have a better idea of what she’ll actually be doing in the movie. Learn more about the Fate of the Furious Helen Mirren character below.  Read More »

legion episode 3 preview

2016 was the year I fell in love with Westworld and it’s already starting to look like 2017 is the year I fall in love with Legion. I was blown away by the first episode of FX’s new X-Men television series and the second episode was a worthy follow-up, slowing down the pace to start establishing the parameters of the wild world introduced in the first hour. I’m always going to be a sucker for weird, formally dynamic genre television and Legion does just that while also being a very cool comic book adaptation. Hook. Line. Sinker.

Anyway, the preview for the third episode, titled “Chapter 3,” is online now. You know, just in case you turned off your television a few minutes early or watched last night’s episode on iTunes or something.

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Is Marvel Working on a Secret ‘Namor’ Project?

namor movie

Take this one with a grain of salt. Actually, take it with an ocean’s worth of salt. The latest rumor to hit the world of Superhero Movie News Coverage is that Marvel is working on a project built around the character of Namor and that it’s eyeing Hawaii as a potential filming location. This is entirely unsubstantiated at the moment, but we’re going to go ahead and cover it for one reason only: Marvel really should make a Namor movie. Why the hell not?

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