So Many Ironies: Triple H Voices the Hulk in Botched Marvel Touring Experience Hated by Fans

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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WWE's Triple H was once rumored to play Thor. He has repeatedly fought a guy named Hulk. His most famous ex-girlfriend Chyna played She-Hulk in a porno. And now he gets to voice the Incredible Hulk - in the Marvel Experience interactive touring attraction (not be confused with the live touring stunt show Marvel Universe LIVE!).

You might think to yourself, why hire a guy who is hated by fans for being clueless to his viewers' desires and arrogant enough to assume we want to see far more of him than we actually do? Well, it's revealed as a pretty perfect match once you read the Yelp reviews of the show...

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"Secret Wars" Will Combine Marvel's Ultimate Universe and Regular, More

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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In a just-concluded press conference, Marvel's Axel Alonso and Tom Brevoort gave a few details on the upcoming Secret Wars storyline that will basically revamp everything company-wide. I'm not sure I fully understood it all - more details are being saved for a slow roll-out - but here's the gist:

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Gotham SPOILER Thread: Electric Company

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm

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Will it be a tale from the...VOLT of horror?

The World-Changing Martin Luther King Jr. Comic Book From the '50s

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally ran on TR two years ago. I'm running it again because when it comes to nerdy tie-ins to Dr. King's life, I have yet to find a better one]

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When we think of "comics for grown-ups," there's a tendency to either imagine R. Crumb-type stuff from the '60s, or Alan Moore and Frank Miller going grim and gritty in the '80s. But this predates all of that. Turns out a comic played a big role in the legend of MLK.


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"Hello. My Name Is Papa Smurf. You Killed My Franchise. Prepare to Die."

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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First, the terrible news: there's going to be a Smurfs movie reboot, and Mandy Patinkin will inherit the role of Papa Smurf from the late Jonathan Winters.

Here's the less terrible news: Raja Gosnell is not going to be directing, the movie will be completely animated this time, and is purported to be closer to the original Peyo comics. I hesitate to say we could actually get a good Smurfs movie...but we might get one without Guitar Hero references, or Neil Patrick Harris managing the unlikely feat of making us all hate him.

Constantine Gets Weirdly Meta Stop-Motion Webisodes

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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Normally, you'd expect webisodes to fill in some kind of story gaps. But John Constantine doesn't do things the normal way.

So in "John Con Noir," we get John Constantine, the real life person (as embodied by a stop-motion puppet) opining on John Constantine the TV character, and searching for missing writers Daniel Cerone and David Goyer. It never occurs to him, as it does all of us, that the world of comic-book adaptation might fare better if Goyer remained missing.

Constantine airs tonight at 8 p.m. Watch the strange short below, and then feel free to use this as your spoiler discussion thread.

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EXCLUSIVE: DC Comics CONVERGENCE April Week 4 Covers Reveal!

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

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DC's huge Convergence event starts in April, and the announcement of the return of the pre-New 52 universe has set the comics world abuzz (and damn near gave Jim Dandeneau an aneurysm). The elevator pitch for these series is "Brainiac kidnaps cities from a buttload of alternate Earths, plops them on a planet that exists outside the Multiverse, and has them all fight with each other." So, the comic equivalent of making your action figures fight with each other. They're cancelling all of their books and replacing them with the main Convergence weekly miniseries, and 40 two-issue miniseries checking in on all of the various realities.

And the folks at DC have given Topless Robot an exclusive look at the solicitations for the Week 4 books! Check them out, why don't you...

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10 Things We Learned About Marvel's Agent Carter, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil At TCA

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

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The Agent Carter TCA Panel
So, I've just been hanging out with superheroes this week. After The CW brought the casts of Arrow and The Flash to the Television Critics Association, Marvel had their chance with a panel for Agent Carter. After the panel and stayed for evening cocktails, and members of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped by for drinks too. I got to speak with producer Jeph Loeb and actor James D'Arcy (Jarvis on Agent Carter) but had to share Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ming-Na Wen with a few of my colleagues.


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Prince of Persia May Replace Bane in Suicide Squad Movie

Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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Man, how funny would it be if that were literal? Too bad I'm just talking about actors. Tom Hardy's schedule has forced him to drop out of the role of Rick Flagg, with Jake Gyllenhaal the most likely replacement.

Funnily enough, after watching Nightcrawler I was thinking Gyllenhaal would be an excellent Joker, probably more so than Jared Leto. As for Hardy, I feel like he deserves to get one of the big, iconic roles, and that this would have been a waste for him. Why not have him as Martian Manhunter, or Shazam?

It's going to be an odd superhero movie any way you slice it, but at least they look to be replacing one good actor with another.

Hot Rumor: Spider-Man to Make Marvel Studios Movie Debut in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:26 am

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I wouldn't consider this a done deal just yet, but often-reliable Latino Review writer Da7e is claiming he has heard Sony and Marvel have come to terms on a profit-sharing deal, it definitely will NOT be Andrew Garfield, and he'll be in the next Avengers movie [NOTE: linked article has potential MAJOR SPOILERS for other Marvel films, if true.]

Given that we know now that the studios have been talking, and given that absolutely 100% of the response from the fan community has been, "Yes, that is a far better idea than Amazing Spider-Man 3, or Young Aunt May, or Uncle Ben's Ghost V. Morbius: Dawn of Dead-Horse Beating" and perhaps most importantly that this way Sony can make money without actually doing anything, I think there's a good shot at this happening.

Here's the ironic thing - when I think of Spidey team-ups from my childhood, I think of X-Men and Fantastic Four. I'd actually rather see him in the Fox hero-verse, unless of course the new FF movie completely capsizes that.

If Garfield's out, who would you like to see in?