The Empire Strikes Back - Karl Fitzgerald - Bottleneck Gallery NYCC Prints

This weekend, New York Comic-Con will descend upon The Big Apple, bringing all sorts of hardcore nerdity to the city. We’ll be bringing you all of the important updates about upcoming movies and TV shows, but in the meantime, we’ve got a line on some of the outstanding collectible artwork you’ll be able to get your hands on from the showfloor (and some you can get online too).

Bottleneck Gallery has sent us some exclusive debuts of prints that will be on sale this weekend at New York Comic-Con. They include an outstanding new print for The Empire Strikes Back by Karl Fitzgerald, who also delivered a mesmerizing piece in honor of Blade Runner 2049. Plus, Martin Ansin has an astounding print for Wonder Woman, and there are prints for The Thing, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Watchmen, Jaws, Guardians of the Galaxy and more.

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Justice League The Art of the Film Book

How are the Inhumans ratings for the series premiere of the show? Which Arrow villain has been confirmed to be part of this year’s Arrowverse crossover? Are you ready to celebrate Helaween in honor of Thor: Ragnarok? Do Shazam audition tapes hint at a direct connection with Batman and Superman? What does James Gunn say about the chance of resurrecting Yondu? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok

What does Lynda Carter have to say to James Cameron for his remarks about the Wonder Woman movie? Could Hela have something to do with the final Infinity Stone in Thor: Ragnarok? Which movie inspired James Gunn‘s love of opening credits sequences for Guardians of the Galaxy? Why is Justice League entirely shot in an IMAX aspect ratio? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Justice League Score

Danny Elfman, who has composed the scores for superhero movies ranging from Tim Burton’s Batman to Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, was hired to provide the score for Whedon and Zack Snyder’s superhero sequel Justice League a few months ago, and we haven’t heard much about his approach to the material. But today in a new interview, Elfman revealed that he’ll be including John Williams‘ instantly-recognizable and beloved Superman theme in the new film…in a way that we might not expect.
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Thor Ragnarok Poster

Will we ever see the iconic Green Arrow goatee appear in an episode of Arrow? Would you like to see Wonder Woman be bisexual in the DC Extended Universe? How much is Justice League projected to make in its opening weekend this fall? Which major Hollywood franchise star might have a little cameo in Thor: Ragnarok? What’s the highest grossing superhero movie of 2017? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Superman The Movie Extended

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a three-hour extended cut of Richard Donner‘s 1978 classic Superman: The Movie! But what’s it doing up there? Oh, I see now, it’s preparing for its long-awaited home video release later this year. Naturally.

Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection has finally decided to give Superman fans the chance to own this rare, newly-remastered extended edition for themselves, and considering how Henry Cavill’s modern cinematic interpretation of the Man of Steel isn’t exactly cheery, it seems like a great time to bring Christopher Reeves‘ smiling, unabashedly positive take on the superhero back into our lives.
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superman all american

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: how a recent Superman comic is bringing out the worst side of America…and revealing what this country is supposed to stand for.)

In Action Comics #987, Superman faces a simultaneous barrage of small and large-scale calamities that see him harried, flying faster than a speeding bullet from crisis to crisis. One of them is an AR-15-wielding white guy sporting an American flag bandanna who opens fire on a group of Spanish-speaking factory workers. At the very last microsecond, Supes flies in front of the workers, shielding them from the bullets. He then berates the gunman for attempted murder (can you imagine!) and when the would-be killer bleats out that the workers stole his job and ruined him, Superman spits back that he should take responsibility for his own life.

With an ungodly to-do list, Superman then jets off to stop a spiteful activist from burning down a mansion to give the 1% what for, leaving the gunman and the workers in the hands of the local police. Yes, Superman is both against the mass murder of innocent people and against the destruction of private property. Yet his sense of fairness doesn’t work for Fox contributor Todd Starnes, who has twisted the issue to make it seem like Superman protecting innocent people is a new, liberal conspiracy meant to give pro-immigration forces a powerful ally. In Starnes’ take, Superman should have flown all the of the Spanish-speaking workers back across the border to Mexico. Since he didn’t, Starnes’ rhetorically asks, “Remember when Superman stood for truth, justice, and the American way?”

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darren aronofsky batman

Darren Aronofsky‘s Batman pitch was one of the famed projects stewing in development hell for years, cast aside by Warner Bros. executives for being too dark a take on a property that generally attracts families. The project, which Aronofsky worked on with Batman: Year One writer Frank Miller in 1999, envisioned an R-rated Batman who grew up on the streets, fighting villains in a ski mask and wielding brass knuckles.

But Aronofsky didn’t get his chance to do his “Travis Bickle”-style Batman, and the Caped Crusader got his gritty, realistic reboot with Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins instead. But with Aronofsky on his mother! press tour, questions about his Batman project keep coming up, and he revealed who he would have cast if his film had come to pass.

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