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Comic Books, Film
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.
Advertising creative director by day, illustrator by night, Scott Park has taken it upon himself to celebrate the women of science fiction and fantasy with a poster (via io9) that features no less than 63 famous female characters from across the board, including “Agent Carter’s” Peggy Carter, “Mad Max: Fury Road’s” Furiosa, Star Trek’s Uhura and more.
The poster bears the tag “Vol. 2,” as it is the second installment in a series he calls “Hall of Heroes.” The original one, as well as this new one, are both available on his Society6 store. Both feature a character key at the bottom, which runs through where each character originated.
Check out the poster under the cut below!
In the never-ending war to determine once and for all which Big Two comic publisher is definitively the best, America is inherently biased. Yeah, the capital of the United States is Washington, D.C.. Think about that for a sec — !
In all seriousness, Chris Gethard, host of Fusion’s “The Chris Gethard Show,” decided to take the totally subjective, most nerdy of all nerd fights extremely serious while at Comic-Con International in San Diego and petition con-goers to make a real difference by changing the country’s capital to Washington, MARVEL.
The Conan O’Brien show has gone all-in for this year’s Comic-Con International, plastering the San Diego airport with advertisements for the Conan-themed line of Funko Pop! vinyl figures, running commercials hyping his attendance and rolling into town Mad Max-style.
Now, he’s celebrating the week with the early, “illegal” debut of the new trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Well, not really.
When Avengers: Age of Ultron star Mark Ruffalo stopped by The Daily Show Thursday night to promote his new film Infinity Polar Bear, an argument unexpectedly broke out … over who would win in a matchup between Superman and the Incredible Hulk.
For host Jon Stewart, there’s no contest: The Man of Steel would clearly triumph, at least if we’re talking about a standing high jump (which probably isn’t what most fans think of when they hear “Superman vs. Hulk”).
Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has nothing on this Hyundai commercial, which brings together the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight and the Fastest Man Alive to sell the new Grandeur. Oh, and save lives. Probably.
Debuting earlier this week in South Korea, the TV spot depicts a city under attack and a woman running through a parking garage as the structure crumbles around her. She’s met by Batman, Superman and The Flash — an “unexpected lineup,” the voiceover says — whose primary concern may be what they can do to get her into this Grandeur today (or Azera, depending on the market).
Stardust may have lost his match last night on Monday Night Raw, but that didn’t keep the WWE’s resident supervillain from continuing his recent Twitter war with television superhero and longtime WWE fan Stephen Amell.
After kicking off his pre-match ritual by leaning over the guardrail and hissing in the face of the Arrow star, Stardust (aka Cody Rhodes) was unsuccessful in his bid to defeat the high-flying Neville. Of course, if you take commentator JBL’s word for it, Stardust’s poor showing was due to being embarrassed “right out here in front of his nemesis, the Arrow.”