Cowboy Bebop slated for live-action return

When science-fiction anime series Cowboy Bebop first appeared on Japanese television in 1998, it didn’t even complete its run of 26 episodes. Broadcasters were concerned that the show’s violence and adult content made it unsuitable for a general audience. Aired on a channel targeted at older viewers, though, it became both a commercial and critical success. And […]

Black Panther adds Afrofuturism to the superhero movie genre

Marvel’s latest superhero film, Black Panther, is garnering both critical and fan accolades. In part, this is because it’s a Marvel movie: a big-budget action spectacular with the usual collection of fights, chases and set pieces. In part, this comes from how rare (indeed, practically unheard-of) it is to see a Hollywood blockbuster with not only […]

CW brings Black Lightning to the small screen

Critics are already making encouraging noises about the CW’s new superhero series, Black Lightning, which premieres January 16. Created by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the series stars Cress Williams as the DC Comics character. But although he was one of DC’s first major black superheroes, Black Lightning isn’t a very well-known character, having been overshadowed […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming hints at a wider Spider-verse

After many twists and turns, Peter Parker is back in the Marvel Universe in his own film, following his appearance in Captain America: Civil War. And Tom Holland’s first star turn isn’t shy about tying the wall-crawler into the broader Marvel pantheon. What follows is a brief run-down of the connections between Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Marvel universe, […]

Blade Runner 2049 could be the year’s most controversial sequel

The trailer for Blade Runner 2049 is out — what does it tell us about the hotly-anticipated movie? Watch Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner today, and it’s easy to overlook how revolutionary the film was when it came out. So much of Scott’s dystopian neo-noir setting has been absorbed by other science-fiction movies that it can be hard […]