Wonder Woman will be finally be appearing on the big screen, though not in her own film. Instead she'll appear in the untitled Batman vs Superman movie set to open in 2015
that will be directed by Zack Snyder
. The character will be played by actress Gal Gadot
R.I.P. Lou Scheimer
- Mr Filmation
- an Emmy and Grammy Award–winning American producer
of cartoon and live TV - has died
He was a co-founder of Filmation
, a company known mostly for minimally-animated but US produced cartoons
(often with reused backgrounds) and a small cast of stock voice actors (including himself
) that dominated the airwaves for decades . [more inside]
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
Here's a would-be documentary miniseries that PBS has buried in a single 3-hour bloc. It conatains the perspective that has been lost in all of the reimaginings and reboots durinng the last 15 years.
It will broadcast in repeats during the nest 2 weeks, or you can watch it online
As soon as it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman
in the sequel to the Superman reboot, twitter-ers were a-flutter with jokes and bemoaning the choice
, and YouTube user started putting together a Man of Steel 2 Comic Con Teaser Trailer
, in the style of the original Comic Con MOS audience recording
. YouTube user soylentbrak1
, aka "Steve," recently released a slightly longer, cleaner version
of his fan-made trailer, pulling from 20 different video sources, including features of the rumored role of Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor
. If you like that sort of thing, soylentbrak1 also made a Mad Max: Fury Road trailer
and over 100 other short clips in tribute to films, franchises, and dreams of what could be.
Chris Sims' amazing pitch for the Superman/Batman movie:
"A dang BOOM TUBE
opens up, and who comes out? Every Superman and Batman we’ve seen in mass media for the past thirty years
Undecided on election day? Sat through all the debates and still not sure who's right and who's wrong? What you're really looking for is an endorsment by people you can trust completely, you can look up to, true heroes? Well, J. Caleb Mozzocco has taken the trouble to interview a representative cross section of superheroes
and is starting to see a pattern. [more inside]
is a Peanuts-esque webcomic about the Justice League
(via Comics Worth Reading
). The tone is alternately sweet
, and poignant
. Because it's hosted on Tumblr it's a little awkward to work through the strips in chronological order. Start here
Comics author Grant Morrison
talked to Playboy about the Super Psyches of some of his favorite superhero characters
. (Clean interview, NSFW website)
"Until about 1964 most comic books in the Middle East were in either English or French.... Then a forward-looking editor began to wonder why comic books could not be translated into Arabic." Illustrated Publications, a Beirut-based company, did just that
, starting with Superman. As a reporter for "Al-Kawkab Al Yawmi" he swooped into the Middle east from distant Krypton on February 4, 1964
. The mild-mannered report, Clark Kent, became Nabil Fawzi, whose name roughly translated to "Noble Victory"
. The text of the comics was translated, but the rest of the comic looked an awful lot like the Superman of the United States, except the covers lacked context, Superman's S logo was reversed, and some of the colors were skewed in odd ways
. [more inside]
Is Batman a State Actor? Could you pass a Mutant Registation Act? Law And The Multiverse
considers legal matters in a world of capes, supes, and alternate dimensions. (via Mefiprojects
Frankenstein Defeats Evil Computer. Mysterious Grass-Roots Gal-Revolt Rocks Gotham! Are Hippies Slowing Down Space Progam in Protest? Headlines ripped from the pages of such great newspapers as the Daily Bugle and the Gotham Gazette await you at Dateline: Silver Age
Chris Sims of the Invincible Super-Blog has tangled with the undead before, most notably with The Annotated Anita Blake
, but now he's taking on the big daddy with the cape and the fangs: It's Dracula Week!
Over on Comics Alliance Chris lists Dracula's Greatest Comics Appearances
, then back on ISB he's followed up with Batman versus Dracula
and Dracula versus Superman
. Now he's taking on Dracula in his ultimate, most 70s form. Behold... BLACULA!
, DC's spectacular new oversize anthology featuring characters from Batman to Adam Strange
in one page installments of serialized stories, launched yesterday to much acclaim from the internet
. USA Today will be reprinting the Superman story
for the duration of the comics 12 week run.
Darkseid tries to join the Legion of Superheroes, Batman wrestles the serpent in the garden of Eden, Clarke Kent shoots Abraham (Brainiac) Lincoln... Hall of Silver Age Elseworlds first pages
- from DC Silver Age Elseworld stories that never happened, from the Elseworlds 80-Page Giant collection, which was pulped after controversy surrounding Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter
- which later became the only story in the collection to see print again.
is at bat, man
! Just in time
to handle your jones
for singalong fan bond
ing, to speak the heretofore unspoken truths of super jawes
ome classic film themes. Also he dresses up, like it's, um, Halloween
"I'm greater than Superman and Batman put together! Before I'm through, I'll have them cringing before the might of Composite Superman
!" The mighty Composite Superman
is brilliant artifact from the Silver Age of comics. A variation on the theme recently resurfaced in print
and on television
! Just goes to show that you can't keep a gimmick supervillain
down. He's even got his own blog
! (via Scans_Daily)
Today's weird correction from the NY Times (reg required, of course).
More fuel for the old "who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman?" debate.
ComicsFilter (but bear with me): Frank Miller & Jim Lee will be the writer and artist, respectively, of All-Star Batman and Robin
, a new miniseries intended to make the characters simple, interesting, and easy to follow after decades of backstory. Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely were announced to be doing the same thing on All-Star Superman
, and any comics fan will tell you that these four guys are some of the best in the entire field. Between these two projects, DC Comics
most likely has the top-selling books in the tiny comics industry sewn up for most of 2005, which is reason enough to publish them.
But there's also a question for non-comics readers here at MeFi: DC are really doing this for you. They want new readers (best-selling comics are lucky to top 150,000 copies these days), and they think publishing accessible comic books linked to the release of large movies (The Christopher Nolan film Batman Begins
, based in part on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One
, will be released roughly alongside All-Star Batman & Robin
) is the way to do it. But is there a snowball's chance in hell you'd read something like this? Would your kids, if you have them, be interested, do you think? (Frank Miller, it bears noting, is also the creator and co-director of Sin City
, a film you might've seen a preview for recently -- truly insane cast.)
Is waiting for June 17 driving you batty?
Does being patient until July 1 seem less than fantastic?
Have no fear. Superhero Hype!
will keep you up to date on all the latest news and rumors in the exciting field of comic-book-to-movie adaptations.
Sandy Collora's new "trailer" featuring the the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. (Quicktime required) Also check out his previous fan flick Batman: Dead End
Batman vs. Superman.
Tonight we find out who wins at the end of the seven hour marathon which started a few minutes back on Cartoon Network. All week long the fans have been voting for their favourites, and from the last two hours of this marathon will be dedicated to the winner. [It's on Cartoon Network in the US.]