Avengers - Thanos

What would the Justice League movie look like if it was made in the 1980s? What is Thanos doing leading The Avengers? Who has been cast to play Dick Grayson on the Titans live-action series? According to tweets, what was the biggest blockbsuter of the summer? What does Patty Jenkins think about the potential Oscar buzz for Wonder Woman? Want to see one more clip from Batman and Harley Quinn? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Deadpool Venomized

Will Joss Whedon get a writing credit on Justice League? Will X-Men: Dark Phoenix go full intergalactic or will it be more grounded? Why is only the first half of the first season of The Tick available to watch on Amazon? Will the Mutant Response Division be introduced. How did the Mayweather vs McGregor fight boost Thor: Ragnarok on social media? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Gotham - Young Batman

Why does young Batman on Gotham look like some kind of gimp? What do the first reactions have to say about Hulu’s new Marvel series The Runaways? Would Tom Welling ever play Clark Kent again? Why does Kevin Conroy think The Joker origin spin-off is a good idea? When can you see the Vixen animated web series airing on The CW? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Justice League - Diasabled Kids

What is supposedly the budget for Aquaman? Want to see a photographer turn several uniquely disabled kids into the Justice League? Would you like to see a Marvel TV comedy series at some point? Does Justice League Dark have a new writer? Is Maggie Sawyer going to survive on Supergirl? How does James Gunn narrow down the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight First Look

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Batman took on the real-life serial killer, Jack the Ripper? Wonder no more.

This DC Universe Animated Original is adapting Hellboy creator Mike Mignola‘s and Brian Augustyn‘s Elseworlds comic book run with the upcoming Victorian spin on our favorite Caped Crusader, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight. You can watch a sneak peek of the new movie right now!

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joker origin movie

A few days ago, the news broke that Warner Bros. is developing a movie that would explore the origin story for The Joker. And while this Todd Phillips-drected, Martin Scorsese-produced project (!)  sounds like a profoundly bad idea on many levels, it got the /Film staff talking. Who would you cast as the young version of Batman’s arch-nemesis? And more specifically, who would you cast as the young Joker in a movie that will be a standalone film unconnected to the larger DCEU and therefore untethered to Jared Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad?

So we put our brains together and came up with 14 names. These are not the actors that we think would actually be cast as a young Joker. Instead, these are the actors we’d like to see cast as a young Joker. After all, if they’re going to make this movie, they might as well cast someone interesting in the lead.

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Batman Metal - Joker Hybrid

What would Patty Jenkins change about Wonder Woman in retrospect? Have you seen the new creepy Joker and Batman hybrid? Could we see Jonah Hex return to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but in the future instead of the West? Will Supergirl be stopping by Riverdale at some point? What’s up with Tony Stark‘s new chest piece in the next Avengers movies? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

joker

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: why the very concept of a Joker origin movie is a terrible, no good, very bad idea.)

Some questions are better left unanswered. This basic notion is anathema in modern Hollywood, where every character must have an origin story and every origin story must be given the full franchise treatment. Thus, earlier in the week, Warner Bros. announced that it was working on an origin movie for The Joker, the infamous supervillain who has plagued Batman and Gotham City throughout decades of films, TV shows, and comic books. Much of the early reaction was focused on the baffling combination of people involved in this potential film: right now, Todd Phillips of The Hangover is slated to direct and co-write the film with Scott Silver (8 Mile), and Martin Scorsese — Martin Scorsese — will produce it.

Let’s get this out of the way: that trio working on this project is inexplicably odd to the point of feeling like the product of a fever dream. (If there is no other lesson here: you should have seen Silence when it opened in December, instead of neglecting it.) But the problem with this Joker origin story idea isn’t that it’s going to be directed by someone who’s made his name largely on obnoxious, bro-heavy comedies, or that Martin Scorsese is attached (which is just kind of heartbreaking). In fact, it has nothing to do with the men involved, and everything with what they’re involved in. There shouldn’t be a Joker origin story, of any kind, ever.

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The Punisher #218 - War Machine Armor

How does Yondu‘s death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 impact Sean Gunn‘s character Kraglin? Will we see the members of The Defenders cross over into each others’ shows more often now? How would you like to eat a bucket of popcorn out of Hulk‘s fist? Want to see a bunch of Marvel movies in theaters again starting this weekend? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

Will Deadpool 2 also feature a younger version of Cable? Want to watch the entire first episode of Marvel’s Spider-Man series on Disney XD? Will the Hellboy reboot be another origin story? What disguise did Ben Affleck wear while appearing at San Diego Comic-Con? Has the final Guardians of the Galaxy Easter egg been found? Who is Katee Sackhoff playing in The Flash? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »