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The DC Cinematic Universe is getting ready to make its next big move. After getting its foot in the door with 2013’s Man of Steel, Warner Bros. has been gearing up to compete with Disney and Marvel’s cavalcade of superhero movies with their own cinematic universe featuring DC Comics’ iconic characters. Their next step to the master plan comes this March with the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Notice the last word of that movie title as it’s the catalyst for the pièce de rèsistance of DC/Warner Bros.’ turf war against Marvel/Disney: A two-part live-action Justice League movie bringing all of DC’s’ superheroes together. Details have been slow and sparse, but new information indicates, in the words of the immortal Jim Ross, business is about to pick up. Entertainment Weekly reports that The Justice League Part 1 will begin filming on April 11 at Leavesden Studios in…

Last May I wrote an article for the Press reacting to the trailer of the then-upcoming CBS TV adaptation for DC Comics hero Supergirl. The eight minute preview didn’t spell good things for the show, which looked to portray Kal-el’s cousin Kara in what, I felt, was an incredibly stereotypical setting with the show basing its social values on a shallow and misinformed interpretation of feminism. I felt no better watching the actual pilot (totally legally on it’s premiere date in October and not by finding the episode when it leaked online about a week after the trailer dropped) as the show and its writing actively tried to pander to a feminist audience, only to fall flat on its face; the episode itself felt like a rushed and clichéd superhero origin film. I’ve been meaning to watch a few more episodes just to see if the show could improve on…

Since her debut in the 2010 film Iron Man 2 as a formidable yet mysterious agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, became a character to look for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Widow–Portrayed by Scarlett Johansson–went on to use her skills to match up with a super-soldier, a green hulking monstrosity and a damn Norse god in 2012’s The Avengers. At this point, she definitely deserves her own standalone story to truly invigorate this valuable fictional female that’s not just strong for strength’s sake, but a fictional female whose power and personality is peppered with depth and complexity only teased through fleeting moments of vulnerability. In 2015, not only does Black Widow not yet have a planned solo film (this coming from a franchise that can squeeze $774 million out of a talking raccoon and his best friend The Giving Tree), but her most recent portrayal in…

Guess what, kids? It’s almost superhero season at the movies! Yes, we’re just days away from Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated (to put it lightly) sequel to Marvel’s blatant rip-off of the Super Friends TV show. So since Marvel movies are responsible for most of the annual box-office intake, I figure it would be appropriate to pick out the best big-screen adaptations of Stan Lee’s squad. Just for the record, I’m including Marvel movies before and after Disney grabbed onto superheroes’ coattails. With that, BEST OF LIST, ASSEMBLE!!!!   X-Men (2000) Two superheroes ruled cinemas from 1978 to 1997: Superman (primarily in the 1980s) and Batman (primarily in the 1990s). Marvel’s biggest cinematic output during that time was the tale of a duck from another dimension. Then came an interesting idea from director Bryan Singer; take two acclaimed British thespian actors, an Australian theatre actor, John Stamos’ model…

The funny thing about Marvel studios as of late is that they’re trying really hard to distract people from the fact that they deal in superheroes. In the movies, they’ve turned Captain America into Ethan Hunt and made big money putting a raccoon and a talking tree in space. The same goes for their work on television, with another Mission: Impossible rift (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and a World War II spy drama (Agent Carter). Continuing with their progressing conquest of all forms of media, Marvel is now in a deal with Netflix to produce more TV adaptations. Their first shot is a tricky one with an adaptation of one of Marvel’s most acclaimed costumed crime-fighters: the man without fear, Daredevil. Not only is this Marvel’s second attempt at the character after the underwhelming 2003 movie with Ben Affleck, but it also creates the challenge of l making the hero of…

Summer is just around the corner and that means millions of people will need an excuse to stay indoors with air conditioning for two hours. Thankfully, cinemas are still open (for now) and will be chock full of new movies for the public to soak up. We took a look at the ones we think will trend on FaceTwitGram or something Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15) 36 years after the first installment, the angry Aussie is back for a new generation. Original writer/director George Miller helms this reboot with Tom Hardy taking over the title role. This time around, Max must team up with a mysterious woman named Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to evade crazy killers in tricked out cars that would make the Fast and Furious cars leak oil. Yes, Fury Road is another addition to the reboot/remake/franchise canon. Yes, it follows “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and…

Graphic novels (or comic books, as you might like to refer to them) can be great ways to kill a couple of hours in a visually appealing way. They can provide multilayered immersion into different worlds and present to you timely elements in interesting ways that other mediums can’t provide. But with so many to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of multiple volumes and spinoffs. To avoid such confusion, here are five recommendations ranging from the supernatural to the medieval to get you started on the venture into the comic world. 1: Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know even a little bit about the famed Caped Crusader we call Batman. As a detective and crime fighter, Batman is forever on his nightly escapades to protect Gotham City, all while maintaining his…

Star Wars #1 Jason Aaron John Cassaday Laura Martin A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Dark Horse Comics executives were breathing into a brown paper bag to keep from hyperventilating when they found out that they were losing their Star Wars comic book license, which they had maintained since 1991, to Marvel, who previously held the license from 1977 to 1986. When both Star Wars and Marvel were bought by Disney, comic book creators and readers knew it was inevitable. And now, with all continuity outside of the movies—including games, novels and comics, totally scrubbed from canon, how did Marvel do with its soft reboot of the Star Wars comic book franchise? Alright, I guess. The new Star Wars #1 finds the main crew of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2 infiltrating an Imperial arms factory not long after the destruction of the Death Star…