“Much of the excitement that surrounded this week’s announcement of the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures to allow Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe…”

The idea is that somehow Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are going to get together and make the perfect, or the “correct” Spider-Man movie, whereas everyone else has been doing it wrong. I personally, refuse to believe that Sam Raimi has ever done anything wrong. He could kill one of his girlfriends, like Phil Spector, and I’d still be rooting for him, because hey, she probably deserved it. Anyway, the article does bring up a few good points.

For example: no more long, drawn out, 45 minute intervals of backstory. Dude. And then every movie not only gives the backstory/origin story, but then, it continuously flashes back to the death of Uncle Ben. Origin + flashbacks is overkill, –and we support the suggestion that they should just keep origins and stuff in the flashbacks, and keep them short. Move on to better villains, and better support for Peter Parker, –not Spider-Man. He’s a loner, and needeth no sidekicks. 

source: www.hollywoodreporter.com

“Over the past 75 years, the Superman symbol has been rendered in a wide variety of styles…”

In almost a century, the Superman logo has been changed over and over… sometimes more than once in a year, other times, more than 40 years were between one change and another, –for example, the huge gap between 1944 and 1986. Man of Steel #1 was revitalized and resurrected in 1986 and the emblem was very subtly changed, and it wasn’t until ’93 that it was changed again.

And those are just the changes that it went through in the comic books, –in films, it was another story, and the changes weren’t as numerous, but there were still plenty. The infographic can be found by clicking through the source link, it’s really great, and totally informative. For example, it’s theorized the 1978 logo worn by Christopher Reeves was handsewn by one of the characters in the movie, which is why the logo was so sloppy looking. 

source: www.fastcocreate.com

Not all comic book movie characters originated in comic books.

Of course, some of them might have been added later, but I doubt it. My favorite in this whole huge list, was Max Schreck. He was played by Christopher Walken in Batman Returns, –and first, because this is Christopher Walken, as this incredibly sexy guy with white hair and a big coat. He was hot. But my other reason for loving this character is that he is named after the actor to play Count Orlok in Nosferatu

Most people don’t know that, bit of trivia for you there. Anyway, the #1 character to be added to a comic book movie, after never been featured in the comic book, was “Nuclear Man” pictured above, in his appearance in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. If you haven’t seen the older Christopher Reeves Superman movies, you’re missing out. Check out the other eight comic book movie characters and learn some of the trivia behind their genesis.

source: whatculture.com

The latest offering in Scribd? Comic books! More than 10,000 were added today!

I know this doesn’t initially sound like a big deal, –especially to diehard Kindle lovers like myself, but! the thing is, Scribd has a lot more to offer than Kindle Unlimited, –which is a subscription based service like Scribd. Think of it as Netflix but for books. Scribd came out first with the obligatory eBook selection, then audiobooks, and now, they’ve added comic books, –a huge boon to people who want the latest in their favorite publisher’s releases.

Proof that Scribd is better than Kindle Unlimited? The source article was written by a Kindle Paperwhite owner, who admits the temptation, however, Scribd has a bigger collection, and! it’s cheaper. If you haven’t tried a subscription service yet, I strongly recommend this one.

source: www.teleread.com

“When it comes to adapting a comic book into a live-action movie, a director can either take liberties or stay very faithful to the original source.”   

And that’s the rub: some directors think they know better than the fans, but then again, other directors are out there to make big money, and pander to the majority of people, who don’t actually have official status as comic book nerds, only comic book dabblers. I can say with confidence, that I am a dabbler, and as the ex-wife of a very, very extreme hardcore comic book nerd, I was lucky to escape with only dabbler status.

Regardless, it’s still important to me that directors and writers are true to the source material: the best comic book movie adaptations are true to the source, such as Watchmen and 300, as well as the newer Spider-Man franchise. And then, as the source article points out, there are movies like Wanted. Which had almost nothing to do with the comic book, and just… all around was irritating. David Ayer will be directing the Suicide Squad movie, and has apparently been saying “To canon, or not to canon?” Look dude. Don’t screw us. Please.

source: nerdreactor.com

“You can add a few more entries to the long list of comic book movies due in the next few years…”

Aww, look how tiny Spider-Man is in comparison with those two giants. Sigh. Iron Man has all the money, Captain America is a military superhuman experiment; but realistically, Spider-Man is an equal. He can’t -fly- like Iron Man, but he gets around in much the same way, through the air, so he might as well. Ad, like Captain America, he has been genetically altered.

So he might be rich or endowed with government experimentative medical upgrades, but he’s still awesome. I’d like to see more Spider-Man in the movies, so I’m ready. Let’s do it. Coming in 2017, –some sort of unnamed Spider-Man movie. Woohoo.

source: www.engadget.com

“5 Batman villains from the comics that should appear on Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham…”

Okay, before I start, I just wanna say: I love Scarecrow from the newer Batman movies, and he’s totally hot. I always want more of him. The consensus as to which villains viewers like you want to see, starting with: Killer Croc. He has a great backstory; growing up with an abusive aunt and a terrible skin condition. I’d like to see the genesis of this villain, if only for the emotional masochism involved. 

The Court of Owls; creepy, elitist, conspiracy, clandestine organization; they resurrect dead people and use them for their dirty work, –calling them “Talons”. Creepy to the extreme. The Ventriloquist and Scarface (his dummy). Potentially the weirdest villains ever, but apparently, these two were fairly formidable, as they actually worked for Gotham’s mafia. Lastly, Professor Pyg, a giant lunatic in a pig mask, terrorizing Gotham, and according to the source, he can “out crazy” the Joker. So to quote one of my favorite movies, “Squeal like a piggy! Weeee!” –for Gotham to add Professor Pyg.

source: collider.com

Marvel is really knocking it out of the park here, but DC Comics can’t seem to get it together.

Not only do girls read comics, girls also write about them, and I’m ready for a change too. DC Comics does seem to have a lot of male superheroes, –I mean, guys are everywhere, and it seems like any time a woman enters a comic book, she’s usually a villain, in desperate need of saving, or worse, a female villain who often needs saving. Where are all the female superheroes? 

Dude, if an 11 year old girl notices that women are missing in the DC Universe, then surely the rest of us have noticed it too. Not only did she notice that female superheroes were missing, she noticed that they are identified as very feminine and very girly. It’d be nice to see a change, DC. 

source: www.upworthy.com