Live-Action The Tick Returning With Patrick Warburton?

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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Yes...this according to People magazine, an odd source for superhero news, so maybe take it with a grain of salt, but anyway - they say it will be back as an original series for Amazon.com.

The original series was probably a bit too "before its time," but with Guardians of the Galaxy set to become the #1 movie of the year, I'm not surprised funny superheroes are hot again, and this one's a pre-existing property with stars who haven't become super-expensive in the years since.

Are you ready for mysteries to abound again? Also, what is up with that oblong codpiece?

h/t Merrill Barr

The 7 Best Ways to Clear up Comics Continuity Errors

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Infinite Batmen from Brave and the Bold

When you put them together, Marvel and DC have been publishing two continuous, multi-titled universes for more than 125 years. Trying to keep the rich histories of these books straight has been an uphill fight for the editors and the publishers, and it's a common problem in genre fiction. The instant an author has to account for more than two people in more than one book, she runs the risk of losing track of one of them for long enough to trigger a flood of enraged fan mail.


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How Marvel's Movies Would Look With "No Jokes" - Pretty Badass, Actually

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Hey, have you heard? DC wants "no jokes" in their superhero movies!

(And yet they cast Ben Affleck. Rimshot!)

Actually, nobody at DC has come out and said that in any official capacity, but that hasn't stopped every site out there from writing about it. The story originates at HitFix, where Drew McWeeny talks about hearing it, and essentially dares DC to come out and confirm or deny it. I suspect that there are folks at WB/DC who want more serious movies, and also perhaps that the ones who like levity may be baiting sites like ours to demonstrate that there is a demand for some humor.

In a curious bit of timing, an editor named Gen Kim today sent me a supercut of the most serious and sad moments in the major Marvel movies, where pain and defeat exist alongside triumph. There is no humor in the four-and-a-half minute reel, and guess what? It still kicks major ass.

Watch it and realize - Marvel doesn't need "jokes," and the competition doesn't need to fear them. It's about making good movies, plain and simple.

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New Comic Book Day: Bob's Burgers Are Made of Wolverine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

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All good things must come to an end, my friends. This lovely blue orb will spin only so long before the sun explodes and makes what life remains here extinct.

As with Earth, so too goes the funny books game. Specifically, All-Star Western and Wolverine which both see their final issues making their debut this week. Oh, and Logan begins his slow crawl toward the grave with "One Month to Die." Plus, a little fools are about to die hard in the latest The Goon series out of Dark Horse.

But it's not all doomed! What could possibly be more fun than the Ninja Turtles going back in time and cosplaying as pirates? Plus, Bob's Burgers makes the leap from the small screen to the comics page.

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Donald Glover Finally Gets to Be Spider-Man - for One Animated Episode

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Glover famously campaigned to take Tobey Maguire's place in the movies, which in hindsight looks like a far better idea than it might have seemed to some at the time. But with great Twitter irresponsibility came great power, and now he's voicing Miles Morales in an arc of the current animated series that involves parallel realities.

At 30, Glover's a bit old to do it in live-action, but I'm 100% for the current onscreen Peter Parker getting killed off and replaced by Miles. As I don't know any 13 year-old actors out there right now, I have no casting suggestions - probably a young-looking 18 year-old to get around child labor laws - but playing it safe hasn't worked so far.

Just please don't let Milo Manara draw him

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New Funko Howard the Duck Toy Keeps His Pants on

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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The last time there was a Howard the Duck toy, it came with Marvel Legends' Silver Surfer...before disappearing soon thereafter. The problem? It had no pants.

No, this wasn't a concern about Howard having a corkscrew penis on display, but rather an issue that Disney had a problem with any other company's character resembling Donald Duck. Giving Howard pants was a compromise Marvel made to avoid lawsuits. Now Disney owns Marvel, but the pants are staying on, both in his recent big-screen cameo, and this Funko toy that it paved the way for.

Sorry, Beverly.

(Howard and Dancing Groot will be available in December)

I'm Not Sure "Incestuous Lesbian Watchmen Fan Fiction" Is Part of the Ice Bucket Challenge

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

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When Zack Snyder challenged his Watchmen women Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino to the ALS ice bucket charity challenge, he didn't tell them to make out. They decided to do that all on their own.

(They only play mother and daughter in the movie, so it's totally not creepy, right?)

Presuming that they also donated to the charity, I think the video is now officially the best movie Zack Snyder has ever been responsible for. If Sucker Punch had been this short, I think more people would have liked it.

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Fantastic Four Director Josh Trank confirms Ben Grimm Picture [UPDATE: Taken Down]

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

So this may have been a fake account, and the picture has been taken down and off Twitter - I embedded the Tweet specifically because I figured higher-ups at Fox might want it taken down, and this way the burden was on Twitter.

I think the picture was real, though.

I'd like to see more of the classic eyebrow, but this is okay...still skeptical Jamie Bell can play him though.

Weekend Open Thread: Become Robocop, Shake Some Tail and Drone in on Disney

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

There won't be a Weekend Hangover post on Monday, as Monday morning's list will be Liz Ohanesian's report from Power Morphicon. So let me try to throw as many items as I can out there now:

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-Rob Liefeld just looks like he's blatantly feeding the trolls with that variant cover above.

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Funko's Got Your Dancing Baby Groot Toy Right Here

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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It doesn't actually dance; it just bobbles its cute li'l head. But that's how we all got started.

Aside from the accessory figure that comes with the insanely expensive Hot Toys Rocket & Groot, this is the only official version of Dancing Baby Groot in toy form so far. I feel pretty certain it won't be the last.

Per Marvel's Ryan Penagos, pricing and preorder information will be revealed Monday. I hear it's going to retail for $IAmGroot.99, and be available online at IAmGroot. Consider that just a rumor, though.