3 Things We Learned From Latest Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

The latest “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” trailer has finally dropped, giving a further glimpse into the second chapter of Marvel’s intergalactic, sci-fi, action, comedy blockbuster. This trailer introduced characters and weaved new themes that set the tone for what may be a more serious, but still funny sequel. So lets look at three […]

The LEGO Batman movie — or, return of the not-so-serious Batman, Part 2

In my last post, I talked about the history of whimsical, light-hearted interpretations of Batman, from the kid-friendly adventures of the 50s and 60s to modern revivals like the Brave and the Bold animated series and the delightful Batman ’66 comic. As much as I enjoy talking about that kind of thing, though, I had an ulterior […]

Grim avenger of the night? The return of the not-so-serious Batman, part 1

Comic fans know Batman as a dark, moody character, a brooding avenger who haunts the rooftops of Gotham City and periodically swings down to punch clowns in the face. That’s the Batman who’s been the more-or-less standard comics version of the character since the 1980s, when works like Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke, […]

The Rise of Comics as the Birth Place for Pop Culture

From Peanuts and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to The Avengers and The Walking Dead, comics have long been fertile ground for fresh ideas, birthing some of the most beloved properties in American entertainment. Whether due to the budgetless nature or singularity of vision, comics have flourished as a place where distinct voices, creative concepts, and […]

Wonder Woman trailer shows Amazon princess in action

DC’s cinematic universe has already given us two of the company’s big three heroes in the form of Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman. Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman was one of the most popular parts of the otherwise mixed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now we’re starting to see footage from her […]

Teens with attitude: the Power Rangers are back

“Gritty reboots” are so common that they’re basically a running joke now. What’s the next light-hearted, kid-friendly property the film, TV or comics industries can give a coat of dirt and darkness? Scooby-Doo? The Smurfs? Apparently the answer to the question is the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. That’s right — the kids’ TV hit of […]

Master of the Mystic Arts: Your guide to Doctor Strange hype

With movies starring characters like Ant-Man and Rocket Raccoon under their belts, Marvel probably feel pretty confident that they can sell a movie with a relatively little-known character. And they’re probably right about November’s big release, Doctor Strange. Still, if you aren’t familiar with the character, the trailers may still have you wondering who the good […]