The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
There has been an awakening, Doctor. Have you felt it?
One skilled YouTuber has mashed “Doctor Who” footage up to the music and style of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. Starring Christopher Eccelston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, the “Star Wars”-flavored fan trailer captures the magic and adventure of “Doctor Who’s” return to the small screen, complete with high-flying space adventures, personal tragedy and an army of Daleks hidden in Dark Space.
Rejoice, Whovians — Penguin/Random House is releasing a “Doctor Who” coloring book for adults. Finally, you can make the Tardis whatever color you want it to be.
Featuring quotes and designs from the hit BBC series, the “Doctor Who” coloring book clocks in at 96 pages. Check out a preview for the book, which goes on sale Feb. 23 for $9.29 USD, below:
Ahead of the big game on Feb. 7, the Pokémon Company has unveiled the extended version of its first-ever Super Bowl spot.
The commercial, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, shows young trainers from across the globe (each of whom vows, “I can do that”), before settling on two players facing off in an arena with CG pocket creatures. It ends with what the company characterizes as a call to action: “Train on.”
Sure, Thor star Chris Hemsworth can lift Mjolnir, but when it comes to winning a sleigh scooter race, he may not be worthy.
Appearing last night on The Tonight Show to promote his new film In the Heart of the Sea, the actor was enlisted for a race against host Jimmy Fallon through the halls of 30 Rock, with the Hemsworth Cup at stake (hold your “Hemsworth cup” jokes, please).
While we all knew “Batman ’66” was a glorious camp-fest, but not all of us were aware just how zany the labels were that appeared throughout the series.
Thanks to the Twitter account @Batman66labels, which has been collecting every label from the famed ’66 Batman series over the past two months, we can enjoy a collection of the ridiculous captions that appeared on the series.
Hot Topic is teaming up with the BBC for a limited-edition line of “Doctor Who”-inspired fashion, which includes dresses adapted from the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors’ costumes, a knit cardigan sporting Weeping Angels, a sweater inspired by the Fourth Doctor’s scarf, and tons of TARDIS apparel.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the nine-piece collection hits stores on Friday, exclusively at Hot Topic’s website. Prices for the clothing range from $48 to $90 USD, with plus sizes included. Check out some of the “Doctor Who” garb Hot Topic has to offer below:
For the premiere last night of the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, Jimmy Kimmel went all out, even building a Bat-Signal to call in the Caped Crusader. He needn’t have gone to the trouble, however, as star Ben Affleck was already sitting in the audience.
“I’ve been here for 20 minutes,” an exasperated Affleck said between bites of his snack. “I’ve been waiting. […] You just texted me yesterday, and you were like, ‘Hey come down to the show tomorrow,’ and I texted you back and said, ‘Sure.'”
Last week, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush weighed in on his favorite superhero, citing Batman before adding, “[Supergirl] looked pretty hot… I don’t know what channel it’s on, but I’m looking forward to that.” It wasn’t long before “Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist caught wind of that.
“I heard about it!” she revealed in a CBS interview. “I’m glad he’s excited to watch the show.”
“I think everyone would be able to take something from it, but I would really love to reach young girls, and to be a good role model for them,” she added.
She also weighed in on a scene from the pilot where her character dons a sexier costume, only to reject it on the grounds “that’s not her and that’s not what’s important about her.”
When you think about CBS’ TV spinoff of “Limitless,” comic books probably aren’t the first thing to come to mind. However, a scene from the latest episode may just change that.
During a scene where protagonist Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) speaks with FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), he reveals he “checked in” with everybody in the FBI field office that day by reading their lips. As he describes this to her, he flashes back to an earlier time; the audience sees the room from Brian’s perspective as he surveys the scene, and speech balloons pop up in front of everyone who’s talking. If you think it looks awesome in the photos here, you should check out the scene in motion, as the bubbles float and move with each person in the room.
The history of live-action adaptations of DC Comics characters goes back nearly as long as the comic books themselves, dating back to the 1943 “Batman” serial, debuting just four years after the Caped Crusader’s first comic book appearance. Of course, now there’s more live-action DC than ever, both on the big screen (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters next spring) and on TV (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham” and more on the way).
Thus the inspiration for an artist known by the Reddit username AshsEvilHand, who earlier this week posted an homage to DC Comics’ multiverse-melding “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline. Much like how that 1985-1986 miniseries by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez brought together the many Earths of the DC Universe at the time, this image imagines that the decades of DC Comics adaptations, ranging from the George Reeves Superman to the Tim Burton Batman to CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” could somehow be tied together in the same greater fictional landscape.
“Arrow” star Stephen Amell makes the leap — and based on the moves he showed last week, “leap” is exactly the right word — from actor and pro wrestling fan to WWE Superstar for one night this Sunday at “WWE SummerSlam,” teaming up with Neville against Stardust (who he’s sparred with over social media for weeks) and Wade Barrett.
Amell is far from the first celebrity to participate in a pro wrestling match — Jay Leno, of all people, did so back in 1998 — but the overlap between wrestling fans, genre TV fans and comic book fans have generated keen interest in the affair (along with the fact that the parkour-training Amell probably will be able to do some pretty impressive things inside the ring). With that type of interest, of course, comes a ton of fan art.
Part of NBC Playground — a chance for up-and-coming comedy writers and creators to get their television pitches made to series both on-air and digitally — “Stunted” by Jeff Galante caters very much to the comic book crowd, with its pilot episode filled with comic book references, following a main character that’s would-be comic creator and featuring a music video called “Ex-Men” that has a guy cosplaying Cyclops while playing a keytar.
And yes, you read that last part right. In case you were wondering, the lead singer is dressed like Wolverine — but with a mullet. Take that ’90s Superman.
What if Aubrey Plaza played Kate Bishop in a Netflix original “Marvel’s Hawkeye^2″ series based on the acclaimed run by David Aja and Matt Fraction?
Gotta admit — it’d be a cool story, bro.
If you’re attempting to sell your audience on a match between a 50-year-old retired wrestler and a current top-shelf talent, then it makes sense to turn to Marvel’s iconic underdog, street-level hero for inspiration: Daredevil. And with the character’s Netflix series still fresh in everyone’s minds, it makes even more sense to pay homage the show’s epic hallway fight scene.
Pop-up books aren’t just for kids anymore — and if that wasn’t apparent already, a new pop-up book based on “The Walking Dead” looks to make that abundantly clear. “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book,” based on the massively popular AMC TV series based on the Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman, is set to feature five two-page spreads, described as “uniquely terrifying” and depicting “blood-drenched action,” words never thought to describe the likes of “Richard Scarry’s Biggest Pop-Up Book Ever.”
By Becca Zerkin & David Hawcock (paper engineers), Sally Elizabeth Jackson (illustrator) and Stephani Danelle Perry (words), “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Books” will focus on the show’s fearsome walkers — lots of pop-up gore potential there — and depict locations like Hershel’s farm and Terminus.
Published by Insight Editions — the same folks behind last year’s “Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros” — “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book” is scheduled for release on Nov. 10.