I always thought Jimmy Olsen was supposed to be a mild-mannered guy, relying on Superman for help and always idolizing "Mister Kent" to an almost pathological degree. Mehcad Brooks, who has just been cast in the role for TV's Supergirl, looks like he already is a comic-book hero.
I mean, we don't know how he'll play it yet. Maybe those abs are masters of disguise. But this is certainly different.
Last week, I asked for pics of how you show off your collections and the response was incredible. As a special gift for all of us, Valiant has given TR an exclusive one-page minicomic - look over there :points to the picture that says "Click to Embiggen" underneath: for that one, because it's pretty awesome. You guys have some AWESOME stuff, and some of you are exceptionally talented at showing it off, and I wanted to start with a few honorable mentions.
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Mataxis's Joes had me screaming "THEY BELONG IN A MUSEUM" until I found out they actually were. Props to 10glfan for very clearly being an awesome Dad. And to Luke because I'm an inveterate kissass (and holy crap, man, that's a whole wall of figures). A shoutout to Toyota executive Faimekhan. Kozmik_Pariah's display case is incredible - great lighting, man. Nthman16, Kurutchin and Bearr have outstanding eyes for book shelving - not just showing off your books, but thinking about how they look standing next to each other.
One more honorable mention goes to montewilliams for reminding us all that libraries are great places to get hooked on comics. As a special thanks, I have a few trades from my own collection that I'd like to donate to your library, Monte. Shoot me an email with the address of your branch, and I'll get those out this week.More >>
Well, this is all very serious, isn't it?
With the director dropping hints that David Cronenberg was one of his influences on this, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. But I did not expect a teaser that looked like Interstellar for the first half, and and X-Men sequel in the second.
I loved Fantastic Four as a kid, so to me, and in my memories they're a FUN property first and foremost - their classic origin story is so cheesy and such a product of their time that playing it super-serious never struck me as the way to go. While I have some issues with the Tim Story films, I liked that they were nonetheless trying to be those fun romps I half-remembered. This looks so, SO different that my curiosity is piqued. And I still really want to be assured that Jamie Bell isn't the worst possible casting for Ben Grimm.More >>
With the success of Marvel Studios films, Hasbro's continuation of the Marvel Legends brand seems like it's been marginalizing mutants. While other Marvel properties got their own mass-market Marvel Legends Infinite series to coincide with their 2014 films, the only tie-in for X-Men: Days of Future Past was a Toys R Us exclusive All-New X-Men (the ironic name for the title featuring the original worst X-Men) box set. There was an X-Men Marvel Legends Infinite series exclusive to Toys R Us, but it hit shelves well after the peak movie synergy period. The good news is that it contained neither drably costumed movie figures nor running change character "swaps" where one ends up rare or isn't released at all (the Dani Moonstar variant for Mystique is still M.I.A.).
The bad news is that it contained fewer figures than the other Marvel Legends Infinite assortments last year, and most were uninspired rehashes of previously released characters with no accessories. Ordinarily we would've been delighted to finally get a Jubilee (except that she's a Build-A-Figure and in her uncharacteristically black vampiress outfit), but this disappointing line-up was massively frustrating because there are so many quality X-characters that still haven't been been made into Marvel Legends yet. The only one announced at SDCC '14 was Magik. So this list should guide Hasbro in selecting the right new mutants to unveil at 2015's Toy Far and SDCC. (Or if the chronically unloved Ant-Man's Marvel Legends series yoinks the movieless mutants' annual toy slot, this will be who they definitely need to produce in 2016 to coincide with X-Men: Apocalypse!)
Big Chief Studios The Babadook is on his head
I was going to do a post about how David Tennant's plastic sculpted hair is going to come to life and eat you, but then this happens. And boy, is this going to be interesting in how they handle things. Kilgrave isn't being referred to in press releases as the Purple Man, but he is in the comics - a villain with the super-ability to force people to do whatever he wants. And at one point he kept Jessica Jones captive for 8 months and things got kinda rapey.
So, um, this is definitely a different role than the Doctor. And is going to lead into some really interesting discussions as to how far Marvel will push PG-13 to be comics-accurate.
We've heard a lot of wild rumors about upcoming DC movies, but I think it's pretty clear that one battle we won't be seeing onscreen is Bizarro vs. Bane. Bane's had two big-screen outings and been the butt of fanboy jokes both times, and Bizarro might require a fair bit of backstory first to get him right.
But where there's a will, there's a way, and this unfinished, previously unreleased footage of a Justice League game developed by Double Helix shows how the fight might go down. The game was originally developed to tie-in to the George Miller Justice League movie, but when that fell through the idea was to make it more comic-based. In the end, it just didn't happen.
And honestly, I feel no sense of loss about that. But I do want to know why Bizarro randomly turns into a woman for split-seconds during the fight.More >>