“Iron Man may have changed the game for Marvel movies, but Marvel already had a long history of movie-making before the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”  

If there’s one thing I love, it’s superhero movies. They changed the face of the entire movie industry as we know it after 2008’s Iron Man of course, it wasn’t always the gravy train that we know now. The genre earned it’s reputation in blood, political misgivings and many missteps.  

Oh yes, True Believers…there were a lot of stinkers too, as you can imagine. Hammy directors and campy writing didn’t help the attempted “Big Picture” these features were working at which didn’t really culminate until 2008’s The Incredible Hulk  which sparked the over-arcing Marvel Cinematic Universe, that, up until then was ping-ponged back and forth due to political garbage like constant competition between Fox, Sony, and Marvel. Check out the article after the jump and get educated on how some good eventually did come out of a whole lot of bad. 

source: io9.com

It looks like the Marvel universe’s Howard Stark, Dominic Cooper, might be jumping ships to Preacher, from DC’s Vertigo imprint…

Not everyone follows the lesser known comic studios, –but Vertigo is pretty popular, –it’s just not always directly joined to the DC universe. One of Vertigo’s publications, Preacher, is rumoured to be headed to TV with Dominic Cooper as the frontrunner for the role of Jesse Custer in the TV series. If any comic deserved its own syndicated TV slot, Preacher is the one. 

For those of you not familiar with the story, Jesse Custer is a small town Texas preacher, possessed by “Genesis” –who then accidentally kills his flock and destroys his church. The creature Genesis is the unholy offspring of an angel and a demon, and by being bonded to Custer, is supposedly possessive of enough power to rival that of the big G-O-D himself. God runs away from Heaven, to avoid dealing with the drama, and so Jesse Custer goes on a long, adventurous road trip with some friends tagging along, to look for him. Sounds like fun right? I can’t wait!

source: www.denofgeek.com

“How much might Batman be mentioned in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie? Rumor has it the Caped Crusader will cast a shadow over the movie’s proceedings.”  

So no one knows really how Batman is going to be made to look in the upcoming Suicide Squad film. Apparently, according to IGN, there’s a rumor floating around that Batman is sort of a bad guy to the Squad, and painted as villainous, –an enemy of the government. There are also rumors circulating that Ben Affleck might appear in the film as Batman… but that begs another question, perhaps even more important:

How will this fit into the timeline for the Man of Steel continuum? Because the Batman vs. Superman movie follows the latest Superman reboots, –and so where is Suicide Squad supposed to fit in there? The film begins filing in Canada this spring, and we’re all eagerly waiting for more details. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted!

source: www.youtube.com

“Dark Horse Comics and PopCap Games are teaming up to bring the very popular video game, Plants vs. Zombies to a comic shop near you, with an all-new mini-series titled Bully for You.”

What’s even crazier, is that this isn’t just some bullshit, McDonald’s happy meal prize type shit, –they have real artists on the game here, Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Tobin is involved, and artists Ron Chan, –they worked together once before for Marvel’s Models, Inc. Ron Chan has a few major titles under his belt, but has some catching up to in the comic world, –but no worries, –he’ll definitely make a big mark in the comic world eventually.

A bunch of guest writers and artists can be expected to contribute too, like Peter Bagge, Dustin Nguyen, –among others, to work on bonus strips and extra stories from the highly involved Plants vs. Zombies universe, –which somehow has gotten huge over the last few years. Dark Horse has had lots of success releasing PvZ art books, so it makes sense for them to continue to cash in on the phenomena. But it’s not purely commercial; the project sounds like a lot of fun, and the results will definitely be entertaining!

source: nukethefridge.com

I had no idea she was going to die!”  

Me either; I’m going to go with my picks, of the top five of these super sad deaths, you can click through for the other five, –and quite honestly, the list is in desperate need of updating. If we’re talking characters that Chris Nolan has killed off… I was more upset when Bane dies. Gwen Stacy –snap, crackle, pop –she died in the comics, and dies in the movie. Very sad, for everyone involved. 

Professor X –from X-Men: The Last Stand and then I think, pretty much everyone cried, at least until the end of the movie, when we found out his consciousness was just transferred to some guy in a coma. Agent Coulson, probably, in The Avengers, was probably the saddest death I can think of, but Rachel Dawes was still the first, because it was so… out of nowhere. Oh well, there are more tragedies to come.

source: www.nerdacy.com

“The CW has released an epic new trailer for the return of The Flash later this month, and it contains plenty of amazing footage…”

According to the new trailer for The Flash, we can expect quite a lot of really cool shit, not to mention, appearances from some of our favorite characters and actors from the DC Comics universe. Mark Hamill’s Trickster makes an appearance, Liam McIntyre will guest star as the “Weather Wizard” –aka Mark Mardon. The Golden Glider will appear on the show as well, and later, Malese Jow guest stars and plays Linda, Barry’s date in a very awkward situation.

The ‘Reverse Flash’ also shows up in Central City, and Dr. Wells is looking more suspicious by the minute, when Cisco starts looking into things a little more closely. The shows comes back later on this month, –so while you wait, there are stills cool promos and trailers. Click on the source to watch the video.

source: www.comicbookmovie.com

The publisher known for comics featuring Bloodshot and X-O Manowar has landed a 9-figure deal to bring their properties to movies and TV.

Tired of the ho-hum of back-to-back Marvel and DC movies? Do you tire of the keyboard warfare of fanboys arguing between which one is better? I think I have just the thing for you.

Valiant Comics recently got a pretty sizable check for developing movies and TV shows. For all the comic book hipsters out there who aren’t fans of mainstream comic movies (how lame) this is a big step for a name that’s not Marvel and DC. Valiant’s first movie is rumored to star Valiant character: Bloodshot. Hit the jump for more info!

source: www.ign.com

The publishing and media production company, which was founded in 2012, also is developing several television series.

I haven’t been this excited since Claire came back to life after Sylar played around with her brain on Heroes. Black Mask Studios brought us 12 Reasons to Die, Godkiller, Ballistic, and Critical Hit among other great titles, and sure, they’re not DC, and they’re not Marvel, –but they’re indie-tastic, they have awesome artwork, and most importantly, great stories to tell.

They’re not famous, but they have fans, –at least, they have me… so maybe now they’ll have you. And a lot of other people eventually, since they’re marketing “tubecomics” –comics that have their own YouTube channel. Neat. And they’re bringing us animated movies, shows, and probably more content, –so they’re definitely a rising studio star in the comic world. I’m ready.. so should you be!

source: www.nytimes.com

The writer was an unlikely choice to take over DC’s best-selling comic, but his tenure in indie comics and his approach to the character have left people clamoring for more.

You know, in the world of fiction and writing, you’d be surprised how often people who attended college or have formal education, get shit on. Usually, by other writers who didn’t go to college or get any formal higher education. I think that Scott Snyder’s best-selling editions of Batman were in part, made possible, by his Master’s degree in fiction, –and that he was bringing a fresh mind to an older story. He took clean, practiced, –not perfected, –indie comic writing, with a gritty edge, sharp and toxic like a rusty Bic razor, and gave us great new stories, about one of our oldest and most loved heros. 

We honestly have his wife to thank; she’s the one who made him go to work, and kept him from calling in sick. But the pressure of making Batman new, sharp, and darker than ever before was probably getting to him. Behind every great man, –is a woman telling him to get off his ass and go to work. 

source: www.scpr.org

Look out! It’s The Green, uh, Buffoon…

I am vengeance. I am the night. I. AM. Laderlappen!

Apparently the Swedes have a very different moniker for the Dark Knight. For the a there, Batman was called, “The Leather Patch”…no really, I’m serious. The article covers several different superhero names from different countries, really makes you wonder how those would relate in the U.S. where these characters were created.

Before you know it, The Incredible Hulk V.S. Wolverine becomes The Green Giant V.S. Jerv. It almost sounds like a canned vegetables mascot fighting a STD. Maybe it would be on the Lifetime channel if they had it in other countries like Italy and Hungary. Check out this article and facepalm at the sheer silliness. 

source: www.businessinsider.com.au