Did you know Spider-Man is getting a Wild West comic soon? Want to see what Superman‘s new suit might look like in Superman & Lois? Ready to play as Joker in Mortal Kombat 11? Are you interested in a musical episode of Lucifer? Want to meet Gal Gadot‘s stuntwoman for Wonder Woman? Who is Taskmaster in Black Widow? Want a Funko POP commemorating Tony Stark’s death? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
It’ll be at least another year before we return to Westeros.
During today’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, HBO’s head of programming, Casey Bloys, said that House of the Dragon, the network’s first big Game of Thrones prequel series, is expected to debut sometime in 2022. Bloys explained why he gave a series order to that show but passed on Jane Goldman’s series last year, and he also provided a Watchmen season 2 update. Read his comments below. Read More »
Did you hear Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow has apparently semi-retired from acting? How is Burger King trying to appeal to Bronx residents annoyed by the tourism of the Joker stairs? Is Lockheed seen in the background of the New Mutants trailer? Who could Christian Bale be playing in Thor: Love & Thunder? Was New Mutants ever intended to be R-rated? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Movie trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, let’s rank The Best Movie Trailers of 2019.
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In the 21st century, geek properties have come to define our entertainment culture to the point where some say comic book nerds are now our cultural overlords. Despite false alarms of impending genre fatigue, superhero films dominated the 2010s right up until the end of the decade. In 2019, geek-chic gave way to peak-geek, with saga-ending pop culture behemoths like Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker roaming the earth and indeed ruling the worldwide box office. However, “geek” is a broad term that could encompass not only sci-fi/fantasy but also the work of auteurist directors, whose filmographies inspire the same kind of brand-name loyalty among cinephiles. What the term really implies is a certain devotion.
We’re all movie geeks. For some fans, a new Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino film, especially one that served as a bittersweet career culmination, might be no less an event than a Disney+ premiere or a Game of Thrones finale. Throw in Joker and a few other wild cards — including the sale of 21st Century Fox and HBO’s live-action sequel to Watchmen, the greatest comic book story ever told — and it starts to feel like the deck was pretty stacked this year. In all honesty, there may never be another year like this again, entertainment-wise.
With the real world in shambles (“We’re in the endgame now?”), looking back on the escapist highs and lows of 2019 only serves to hammer that home with thundering clarity, like a powered-up Captain America laying the smackdown on any notions of a competing convergence of franchise farewells. Yet amid the perfect storm of geekiness that was 2019, new industry trends also emerged to create a picture of the future landscape of film and television.
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Did you hear a second season of Marvel’s What If…? animated series is already in production? Could we see Daniel Radcliffe in the Moon Knight series? When will the next Spider-Man movie start shooting? How did Martin Scorsese‘s daughter use Marvel to troll her father at Christmas? What went wrong with Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark? What are the most anticipated comic book movies of 2020? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Watchmen showed audiences another side of actor Tim Blake Nelson. As Wade Tillman (a.k.a. Looking Glass), Nelson is more imposing than ever before. The reserved cop, to put it mildly, doesn’t need to beat anybody to a pulp to prove or illustrate his immense strength. Look no further than the interrogation scene to see a man in complete control of his surroundings, body, and power.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nelson’s casting imbued an authenticity to Wade and the setting of Damon Lindelof‘s magnum opus. As a storyteller himself, having directed written and directed several films, including the thinking man’s stoner pic, Leaves of Grass, Nelson is as much in awe of Watchmen‘s storytelling as the rest of us. After the series concluded with answers as exciting as the questions, we spoke to Nelson about his experience working on and watching the show, acting opposite of Regina King, and similarities between Minority Report and Watchmen.
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Want to see a clip from the upcoming ABC special Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee? Why wasn’t Nite Owl in the first season of Watchmen? Which critics group awarded Joker the honor of Best Picture? What was a certain action sequence cut from Justice League? Did Sebastian Stan really put on enough muscle that his Winter Soldier arm doesn’t fit anymore? Would you like a full-on Constantine and Lucifer crossover? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Want to see the first trailer for Superman: Red Son? Do you have your DVR set to record Celebrating Stan Lee on Friday? Did HBO’s Watchmen series actually throw shade at Zack Snyder? Why did director Boots Riley call Joker and The Dark Knight “cop movies” recently? How did Kumail Nanjiani respond to being featured on an adult website for his Marvel superhero physique? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
When Watchmen was first given a series order by HBO in 2017, it was originally intended as a 10-episode series. But as the series finale for executive producer and writer Damon Lindelof’s comic book series hit the airwaves last weekend, the final Watchmen episode count came up to only 9 episodes. So, what changed? Lindelof revealed that his team had initially set out to write 10 episodes, but during the writing process, they realized that 9 episodes was all they needed to tell their story.
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