|When Superman Returns hit theaters in 2006, one of the main criticisms fans had about the film was the lack of action. What Bryan Singer’s movie had in melancholic emotions it lacked in the spectacle that audiences have come to expect from comic book movies. So as I and other members of the online press visited the set of Man of Steel way back in August 2011, that was the big question – was Zack Snyder going to deliver the Superman action that fans have been craving?
Walking into the middle of downtown Plano, Illinois where shooting was taking place, it didn’t take long for us to get our answer. As we walked down the street which doubled for Smallville, we saw the smoldering wreckage of an A-10 Warthog spread down the road. The street was filled with craters and the shops along the way such as “Kansas State Bank,” “Payne’s Toys & Comics,” and 7-11 were utterly destroyed. What caused the carnage? Past the smoke and flames we saw it – a Kryptonian battle on a scale we hadn’t seen since 1980’s Superman II.
Last week we were thrilled beyond belief to learn Capcom has created DuckTales: Remastered, a video game that harkens back to the classic Nintendo game based on the animated series. Here now with some 90s nostalgia is an updated look at Greg Weisman’sGargoyles. This series holds a special place in my heart, not just for the characters and storylines, but voice actors as well. DeviantArtist Digital Tofu illustrated much what I’d expect from a CGI reboot of the series. Take a look for yourself.
I know I cannot let my bias from keep me from informing you of the latest Star Trek: Into Darkness goings on, but man is it rough…. This film will need to be something truly special to bring me around, and I don’t see that happening 🙁 Well without further bitching, here is your trailer:
By Henry Hanks, @ CNN.com
On television and in comics, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has pushed boundaries. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine” dealt with abortion, a rarely discussed topic in comics. Two 2012 issues featured a story in which the slayer decided to terminate a pregnancy.
The world of superhero comics has seen a lot of changes recently, with the demise — and in some cases, resurrection – of Robin, Captain America, Peter Parker, Professor Charles Xavier and the Human Torch. Clark Kent walked out on his job and dated Wonder Woman. There have been revelations that multiple characters were gay, along with a same-sex wedding or two. (There also was a complete reboot in 2011 for DC Comics, which like CNN is owned by Time Warner, and a relaunch of many of Marvel Comics’ books in 2012.)
So, what’s behind all these headline-grabbing plot twists in comic books these days?
We have asked some of the creators over the years. Scott Snyder, who writes “Batman,” including the most recent “Death of the Family” story arc, said he writes stories as if this was his one chance to write about a certain character: “It’s not so much to make the books as dramatic as possible or to be shocking, but to try to tell the best story you can that feels organic. It’s not been a marching order (from editors).”
When the Human Torch died in a 2010 issue of “Fantastic Four” (only to return a year later), Marvel editor Tom Brevoort spoke to CNN about deaths in comics, “It’s very easy to develop cynicism about the stories we tell. The only way to combat and conquer it is to have a story that touches on the humanness of people that has emotional resonance and truth to it. The fact of death is something every human being can relate to. I would argue that a well-told story of a character’s demise is not necessarily undone by them coming back later.”
We recently spoke with three comic book experts, who gave us their thoughts on this phenomenon:
CNN: Why do you think we seem to see more and more of these kinds of stories and changes in comics?