Brian Michael Bendis shares a figurative and literal home with Superman – both of the comic book icons hail from Cleveland, Ohio. So for Bendis, the Man of Steel is in his blood.
I recently sat down with the newly minted DC superstar (who crossed the aisle after years at Marvel) to chat about creating a comic around a character as iconic as Krypton’s last son, as well as the joy of collaboration and the future of the DC Universe.
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A month ago, a story broke that Deadpool director Tim Miller was likely developing a Kitty Pryde movie for Fox. Now, that story is all-but-confirmed as news comes that Miller and comic writer Brian Michael Bendis are teaming for a “mysterious” new X-Men spin-off called 143.
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What was the alternate Thor: Ragnarok credits scene featuring The Grandmaster that didn’t end up on screen? Will Katee Sackhoff return to The Flash? Did Superman kill someone in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? What can we expect from Avengers: No Surrender in January? How did Kevin Smith help inspired the new director of Thor: Ragnarok? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Brian Michael Bendis, the popular and influential comic book writer best known for creating Jessica Jones and acting as one of the vital creative voices at Marvel for the past decade-plus, has joined the opposition. Today, DC Comics announced that they have signed Bendis to an exclusive “multiyear, multi-faceted” deal. This is significant news for comic book fans, but it’s easy to imagine it being big news for movie fans. After all, Warner Bros. has turned to comic book creatives to give their DC movies a shot in the arm and Bendis has plenty of experience consulting on superhero movies.
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Back in July, Marvel Comics announced that Tony Stark would be stepping down from the mantle of Iron Man and passing it off to a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams. Since the Iron Man title didn’t really apply anymore, she was revealed to take on the name of Ironheart.
Tony Stark already encountered Riri Williams in Invincible Iron Man #12 after the MIT prodigy reversed engineered an old Iron Man suit and used it to stop a prison break, but an upcoming issue of the comic gives us a little more insight into her backstory, including a glimpse at one of her suits. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Last month, Marvel Comics announced a brand-new Iron Man in the form of Riri Williams, a teenage prodigy who reverse-engineered her own suit of high-tech armor in her dorm room at MIT. Now we’ve learned that the new Iron Man will boast a new Iron moniker. As revealed by writer Brian Michael Bendis, Riri Williams will henceforth be known as Ironheart. Because “Iron Maiden” was too much of a legal headache. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Brian Michael Bendis, co-creator of the books that inspired Netflix’s Jessica Jones and PlayStation’s Powers, has another comic heading to the small screen. Cinemax has put into development Scarlet, an adaptation of his Icon Comics series about a young woman who sparks another American revolution in the modern day. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
Who originally auditioned to play Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy? How can you prep for the Jessica Jones Netflix series? What would a George Miller Superman be like? Does Neil deGrasse Tyson think Batman or Iron Man would win in a fight? Is Ryan Reynolds worried about Deadpool‘s superhero movie competition? Where and when will Wonder Woman take place? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Currently on stage before the Television Critics Association is a panel of Netflix showrunners representing a selection of the streaming service’s top original shows. Melissa Rosenberg is on the Showrunner Panel representing Marvel’s Jessica Jones TV series, which stars Krysten Ritter (pictured above in Breaking Bad). Asked about her upcoming show, the edgy tone Rosenberg described seems akin to their Daredevil series, though she emphasizes the two shows are very different.
And while Jessica Jones is based on the Marvel Comics series Alias (no relation to the TV show), which was one of the first “R-rated” runs from Marvel’s MAX imprint, Rosenberg says the Netflix series goes even further than the comics did. Read More »
Its been almost four years since Marvel revealed they would be introducing a half-Black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man named Miles Morales. But the character was part of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, which means that he remained part of a side universe sector of the Marvel Universe, which also included its own version of the classic Peter Parker character. So while it seemed like a huge step forward for diversity in comics, it was also seen as a compromise.
Marvel has now announced that Miles Morales is officially becoming Spider-man in the Marvel Universe, but that doesn’t mean he will be the only Spider-Man in town. Peter Parker is still around, so now we are presented with a universe with two spider-man characters. Will they be able to co-exist in New York City?
And while this is another step forward for Marvel, it seems like we won’t be seeing a black Spider-Man on the big screen anytime soon. Despite Spider-man comic writer Brian Michael Bendis and former Spider-man actor Andrew Garfield both suggesting that the new Marvel/Sony Spider-man should bring Miles Morales to the big screen, Sony seems set on a white Peter Parker as the main character in the series. Maybe that will happen someday too.
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