Superman and Lois

Want to see the first trailer for The CW’s new Superman & Lois series? Why was Kelly Hu‘s role as Deathstrike in X2: X-Men United so challenging for her? Want to see a DeepFake video putting Mahershala Ali into the Blade movies? Did Joseph Gordon-Levitt talk with Marvel Studios about a new project? Want to hear part of the new Justice League score by Junkie XL? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Poison Ivy Sequels

(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. In this edition, things get dirty with inappropriately seductive women, idiotically horndog men, and venomous plants in name only.)

I didn’t intentionally make the title of this week’s column sound like a math problem, but if it’s any consolation the films we’re looking at today require very little in the way of heavy thinking. This is purely fluff cinema designed for film fans drawn to naughty women, worse men, and flora taxonomy.

Poison Ivy didn’t exactly set the world ablaze back in the early 90s — it cost $3 million and earned even less — but it found a home on VHS and pay cable meaning it remained in the public consciousness long after its theatrical run would have suggested it be forgotten. That awareness was enough of a reason to justify not one, not two, but three direct to DVD sequels of wildly varying quality. (The last film premiered on TV but was immediately followed by a DVD release featuring five minutes of extra footage in the form of T&A.) All four films, the entire quadrilogy if you will and I know you will, are now available in a box set from Scream Factory, so it seemed like the perfect time to dive right in and see what these sequels had to offer.

Turns out the answer is skin, morally bankrupt men, and a very specific manner of death.

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Legion Poster

Want to see some weird Batman art created by Adam West? Will Cat Grant be appearing less in the second half of Supergirl‘s second season? Does Doctor Strange‘s UK Blu-ray and DVD release date indicated when we might get it in the US? Did you notice that Marvel‘s Twitter accounts got hacked? Which Mr. Robot star is campaigning for a role in the DC Extended Universe? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Megan Fox as Poison Ivy

What western has a big influence on Logan? Who should play Poison Ivy in the Gotham City Sirens movie? What did Mark Millar think about the big screen adaptation of Captain America: Civil War? When will The New Mutants start filming? What drew Patrick Wilson to joining Aquaman and working with James Wan again? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »