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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Incredible Fan-Made 'Man of Steel' Opening Sequence

If you are eagerly awaiting the release of Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' perhaps this fan-made opening sequence, by commercial production company Will & Tale, will help satiate you until the June 14th opening. It has the look and feel of an actual movie opening with voice overs, aerial shots, and even some Superman footage (not from the actual MOS movie of course). This was created from scratch as a "passion project" according to the creators. 

"Like many fans, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Man Of Steel since it was announced a few years ago. Taking inspiration from diehard fans who created unofficial title sequences for films such asAdventures of Tintin and X-Men: First Class, we wanted to see how far we could go with this same idea."

For behind-the-scenes concept art and shots of the rendering process check out Will & Tale's blog.

(Source: Nerdist)

DISCLAIMER: This unofficial title sequence is a passion project and is not for sale or resale. It is in no way endorsed by Warner Brothers or DC Comics nor is it intended to undermine or compete with any existing or forthcoming material. WILL & TALE makes no claim to any of the characters, locations, storyline, props, costume designs, logos, names or situations that are trademarked, copyrighted or otherwise protected by the federal, state, international or other intellectual property law. This film is produced solely for the entertainment purposes for all Superman fans. No copyright infringement is intended or implied.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Disney's Haunted Mansion Batman-Style

Haunted Arkham Asylum by ArtistAbe
Artist Abraham Lopez has given Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction a Gotham City makeover. In the elevator portion of the attraction you enter and the seemingly normal portraits on the walls begin to stretch as you descend and reveal some precarious predicaments. Lopez has inserted all the characters you know so well from Batman, Batgirl, and Nightwing, to the Joker, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn among others. It's really a beautiful and creative piece that pays homage to the original below. 

Via Doom Buggies
(Source: Laughing Squid)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Arkham City Catwoman Cosplay by Yaya Han

Our favorite cosplayer is back with her Arkham City version of Catwoman and as usual Yaya Han has nailed it. Han takes great pride in replicating costume designs of comic book characters and this one is no different. From the goggles to the lines of the fabric to the cleavage she has been meticulous in her costume construction. Check out her site to see what con she'll be at next.

"I've always loved Selina Kyle and Catwoman, and after cosplaying the comic book version, I wanted to do another Catwoman costume. I was overjoyed when she was announced for the 2nd Batman game - Arkham City, and sold on the costume design from the first time I saw a teaser."

"I sewed the costume entirely myself, as usual, making sure to triple-stitch the seams (100+ of them) and also top stitch all of them. I have to say, this was like putting together a complex puzzle and I had dreams about sewing corners and top-stitching at night. Certain pieces like the collar and zipper were also a pain to install, I had to seam-rip and re-do them 3 times."

"This is one of my most comfortable costumes!! I really love wearing it, and it's easy to transport too. I couldn't be happier with it."

Star Wars in 60 Seconds

1A4 Studio with a Speedrun Video of Episode IV

Friday, April 19, 2013

DC Introduces Joker's Daughter

Who is She and What Does She Have in Store for Gotham?

"Something evil lurks under Gotham City and it wears the Joker's face." That was the singular phrase associated with this rendering of what Bob Harras over at DC Comics' blog referred to as Joker's daughter followed by a question mark. A very curious development indeed in the new landscape of the New 52 at DC. A cheap ploy? Another casting gimmick? Who is she? Harper Row? So many question marks in the latest attempt by the desperate folks at DC Comics to spark sales. Well, I am intrigued if not a little confused.

Duella Dent, Harvey Dent's daughter, was the original "Joker's Daughter" and later revealed to be from Earth 3. So we are left to speculate who this one is suppose to be. It would make sense that it would be Harper Row just by the fact that she's navigated the sewers of Gotham and probably found Joker's face after his fight with Batman. But that leads to more questions about her motivation to be attached to that criminal because she's been so  involved in helping Batman. So it would make no sense for it to be her. I suppose we'll get our answer soon enough. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

'Kick-Ass 2' Fight Sequence Movie Clip (NSFW)

Unclear if Leaked or Released (Possible Spoiler)

Kick-Ass 2 - Extrait #1 by Lyricis

Bleeding Cool posted this fight sequence from the upcoming 'Kick-Ass 2' but they were unsure if it was an official release because it appears to be a pivotal point in the movie and ends abruptly. It does provide some insight on how it'll look and it basically continues the feel of the first film. Which is good news because it looks to be equally awesome. 

Patton Oswalt's Star Wars Episode VII Movie Pitch has a Poster by EW

Image Credit: Illustration for EW by Jef Castro; Marvel; Lucasfilm; Disney; Getty Images; Fox; Paramount; NBC

"yesterday also saw the Parks & Recreation producers release a video of guest star/geek scholar Patton Oswalt improvising about the future of the Star Wars universe. The improvisation turned into an epic eight-minute-plus pitch for a fever-dream Episode VII, a mega-crossover with the AvengersX-Men,Fantastic Four, and Clash of the Titans that would feature a cuckolded Han Solo and a decapitated Chewbacca — who’s not dead, don’t worry, they’re making him a spider-robot body with ion cannon shoulders, but only for the post-credits sequence. Also, Boba Fett. Also also, Moon Knight.
Oswalt appears on tonight on Parks & Rec. In his honor, EW visual guru Jef Castro designed the movie poster for Oswalt’s Episode VII"
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Harrison Ford Will Not Answer Star Wars Questions on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Hilarious Segment That Gets a Little Heated 

Harrison Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about his role in the new Jackie Robinson biopic, '42', when the interview turned to the rumored reports of him returning as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars movie. He didn't want to talk about it and refused to answer any questions about it. Jimmy then turned to audience members for questions and Ford agreed as long as they weren't about Star Wars. 

Needless to say that audience members were a bit deflated but things got a little heated when one person from Ford's past appeared to ask a question. Check out the video for the hilarious bit.


Happy 75th Birthday, Superman!

(Image via

My earliest memories of Superman were watching 'Adventures of Superman' on television when I was around 8 or 9 nine years old. It was the syndicated reruns of the black and white show that ran in the 1950's starring George Reeves as Clark Kent aka Superman. It was a fun show with decent special effects for its time and it really got me excited to see 'Superman: The Movie' around that same time period. Once I saw it I not only believed a man could fly I believed in the magic of truth, justice and the American way. 

The movie starring Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Margot Kidder, and Christopher Reeves as Superman elicited a sense of wonder and joy that I haven't felt since from a comic book-based movie. Now to be honest, I'm a bigger Batman fan and while I loved Tim Burton's and Christopher Nolan's takes on the Dark Knight Detective they failed to capture the wide-eyed optimism and humble righteousness that the Superman movie did. Perhaps it was my young unspoiled and naive state of mind at the time. It was far from the more cynical adult I would become and undoubtedly subconsciously measured every superhero movie by that experience ever since. Superman represented the best in all of us. 

His mid-west upbringing was relatable, to a point, with the same insecurities of growing up and being unsure of who you are and what you are capable of. There is a time when we must take responsibility and embrace our identity and most of all do what is right for our fellow man. Superman despite being invincible and powerful transcended the comic book pages and reminded us that being truthful and seeking justice wasn't just for Kryptonians but for everyone. He was an example of what we could be in guiding principles if not in supernatural physical ability. 

In the following years, I would discover comic books and start collecting various titles including Superman. I enjoyed the work of many different writers and artists. All providing the Man of Steel with great adventures that would challenge his worldview on mankind. I followed intermittently as he died and inevitably returned from death. Also followed his exploits with the Justice League and guest appearances on other books. In fact, Comic Book Resources has compiled a great list of some of the best issues of Superman comics.

The 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All Time #25-1

And now with the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, coming out June 14 the time has never been better to revisit those old stories and see those old movies. After so many failed attempts to bring Superman back to the big screen with a good story worthy of his stature it appears Warner Bros. has finally gotten it right. At least that is my hope. Perhaps there's a kid out there who'll experience the movie like I did and be inspired for years to come as well. Here's to another 75 years!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

'R.I.P.D.' Trailer Released

R.I.P.D. - Trailer #1 [VO|HD] by addictomovie

After the poster release, Universal has released the trailer for R.I.P.D. starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as the after-life police, hence the Rest In Peace Department title. Based on the Dark Horse comic book series by Peter M. Lenkov, Bridges and Reynolds have to round up dead culprits and from the look of the trailer save the world at the same time. They have to do it while appearing to the living as model Marissa Miller and veteran actor, James Hong. Confusing? Not really. Silly? Definitely. Yet the trailer appears funny with some charm but the special effects aren't cutting edge. It should remind you of Men in Black, Beetlejuice, Hellboy with a little Ghostbusters thrown in. Hopefully, it's as good as those films. 

R.I.P.D. stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, James Hong, Mary-Louise Parker, Robert Knepper, and Kevin Bacon. It opens in 3D on July 19, 2013.

'Catwoman the Cat Lady' by caanantheartboy

There might be too many famous felines in this piece by Caanan
How many famous cats can you spot?

Patton Oswalt's Epic Star Wars Mash-up Filibuster from 'Parks and Recreation'

8 Minutes of Nerd-Powered Oratory 

Patton Oswalt appears on NBC's Parks and Recreation this Thursday and delivers an improvised filibuster speech that would boggle the minds of most politicians. At a Pawnee council meeting, Oswalt's character decides to uphold a vote by filibustering for as long as he can. He then begins a detailed interpretation of what he would like to see in the next Star Wars movie, Episode VII. He manages to mash together Star Wars, The Avengers, Clash of the Titans, X-Men, and others in the most phenomenal movie pitch you've ever heard. Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New 'Man of Steel' Official Trailer #3

More Footage. More Dads.

 As expected, Warner Bros. released another Man of Steel trailer and it's even more exciting than the last. This time more screen time for Kal-E's two dads and some Lois Lane interaction. As well as some action scenes that promise to give audiences the battle-worn hero it's been waiting for in Superman.
In theatres June 14th.

2013 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards Nominees

The newly announced 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nominees from Comic-Con Int. has some hotly contested categories of some of the hottest books and talent in the business. Here are some of them:

Best Writer
  • Ed Brubaker, Fatale (Image)
  • Matt Fraction, Hawkeye  (Marvel); Casanova: Avaritia (Marvel Icon)
  • Brandon Graham, Multiple Warheads, Prophet (Image)
  • Jonathan Hickman, The Manhattan Projects (Image)
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)
  • Frank M. Young, The Carter Family (Abrams ComicArts)
Best Penciller/Inker

  • David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
  • Becky Cloonan, Conan the Barbarian (Dark Horse); The Muse (self-published)
  • Colleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)
  • Sean Phillips, Fatale (Image)
  • Joseph Remnant, Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland (Zip Comics/Top Shelf)
  • Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel); Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom (IDW)
Best Cover Artist

  • David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
  • Brandon Graham, King City, Multiple Warheads, Elephantmen #43 (Image)
  • Sean Phillips, Fatale (Image)
  • Yuko Shimizu, The Unwritten (Vertigo/DC)
  • J, H. Williams III, Batwoman (DC)
Best Continuing Series
  • Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
  • The Manhattan Projects, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (Image)
  • Prophet, by Brandon Graham and Simon Roy (Image)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Best New Series
  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
  • Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
  • Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
The Eisner Award winners will be announced during the ceremony at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 19. The rest of the Eisner Awards nominees...

R.I.P.D. Movie Poster Starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds

The film stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges with Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, Mary-Louise Parker, Marisa Miller, Mike O'Malley, James Hong and Robert Knepper. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay wrote the script and Robert Schwentke directs. Based on the Dark Horse mini-series, "R.I.P.D." (short for "Rest In Peace Department") is Peter Lenkov's comedic amalgam of the police and zombie genres featuring two dead police officers whose job it is to help the dead "rest in peace." (Source: Coming Soon)

R.I.P.D. hits 2D and 3D theaters on July 19.

Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer #3 - Now with More Cumberbatch!

More Amazing Action Footage Revealed

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Official Site:

Director: J.J. Abrams

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller

Writers: Alex Kurtzman , Roberto Orci , Damon Lindelof

In theaters: May 17th, 2013

Copyright © 2013 Paramount Pictures

Monday, April 15, 2013

General Zod has Spoken! Earth Has Been Warned! Surrender Superman!

Man of Steel Viral Campaign Has Begun

And so it begins! The 'Man of Steel' viral campaign has started with this grainy video with General Zod's dire warning to Earth to turn over Superman or suffer the consequences. Along with a Kryptonian count down clock at Warner Bros. is ramping up to what early reports deem as an exciting and surprising take on the Son of Krypton. All this in anticipation of another trailer release for Tuesday. Photos recently released in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly reveal a darker but more action packed Superman movie than we've seen with a formidable villain. So far so good. 

Wonder Woman Documentary Debuts on PBS Tonight!

Thanks to film-maker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan,  fans of Wonder Woman and superheroines, have it's own documentary chronicling the rise of female heroes over the years. Since an actual worthy feature film has proven elusive for decades this doc represents how ingrained the powerful inspiration of fictional characters like Wonder Woman are pervasive in American culture. 
"Tonight on Independent Lens, watch  "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines," which traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman.From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation. Go behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and feminist figures such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer a counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre." - PBS

Friday, April 12, 2013

Why Wonder Woman Kissing Someone Not Named Superman Has the Web Ablaze

Preview Gatefold Cover of Wonder Woman #19 Raises Some Questions

Since DC Comics released this preview of Wonder Woman issue #19 with the gatefold cover that has her in full passionate lip lock with Orion internet bloggers are curiously outraged. They question why she was kissing Orion while currently dating Superman. Is she a cheater? Is she under some spell? What will become of her relationship with Supes?

Considering that from the beginning of DC's launch and relaunch of 52 comic book titles Wonder Woman hasn't exactly fit in the new continuity. She's been on her own journey in light of new revelations about her birth and has mainly been dealing with her family of powerful gods. It's not very clear if the WW of her book is the same WW of the 'Justice League' book where the relationship with Superman exists. 

Furthermore, my theory is that she's under some kind of smell because she hasn't gotten along very well with Orion and with supernatural siblings capable of manipulating people I wouldn't put it past them. 

We will know for sure when the book drops on April 17. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

R.I.P. Roger Ebert

The Legendary Film Critic Loses His Battle with Cancer and Passes Away at Age 70
1942 - 2013

Long ago, before the internet and sites like Rotten Tomatoes, movie reviews were primarily found in newspapers and later on television. Unlike today where there is a saturation of information about the latest movies with casting and plot spoilers available on your mobile device there was a time you depended on smart and fair critics to give you an inkling as to whether or not it was worth your time. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert, along with Chicago Tribune's Gene Siskel, on their show 'At the Movies' was my gateway to previews and information by way of intelligent debate over great and not-so-great movies as a young man. Today, the Sun-Times reported that Ebert had passed away from a decade long battle with thyroid and salivary gland cancer. 

One of the great aspects of Ebert's reviews was his honest and fair evaluation of films from 'Citizen Kane' to 'Ishtar'. He didn't merely dismiss a film without telling you specifically why he felt the way he did. And he could do so eloquently and with a unique perspective. He loved movies and that love showed through on air and in his printed reviews. Even with Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer I still searched for what Ebert's take was on any given film. His reviews still mattered because there was at least one voice you knew, even if you didn't agree, still had integrity. Perhaps, that is why so many aspiring writers, critics, reporters were influenced by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic. 

In his later years as the cancer altered his life he found a voice through his blog and Twitter. His social conscience was displayed in magnificent pieces about the world at hand. He was more than a critic but a writer of many merits. The characters in Twitter couldn't contain his wit and passion as he was still reaching new and old generations alike. He had just recently announced he was stepping away from day-to-day activities to deal with the reemergence of the cancer and just as quickly was gone. His contributions to the art of criticism and film review will linger on as part of his legacy. Thumbs up, Roger. 

"So on this day of reflection I say again, 
thank you for going on this journey with
 me. I'll see you at the movies." - Roger Ebert

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Gallery 1988 West Art Exhibit: Tribute to SNL

Is This Thing On #2 Too
a tribute to SNL
March 29 - April 20, 2013

7308 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA

Glen Brogan
Saturday Night Live has been ingrained in our pop culture psyche for almost 40 years due to it's irreverent humor and sometimes unpredictable improvisational sketches. Despite being inconsistently funny when a sketch resonates it resonates big. Thus adding to the lexicon with phrases like "Schwing!", "Down by the river", "Well, ain't that special", "Superstar!" and many others. Some sketches led to big movie adaptations that worked (Wayne's World, Blues Brothers) and many that didn't (A Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, The Ladies Man, etc.). Many of the best and most memorable moments of SNL have been captured by artists and are being exhibited at Los Angeles' premier pop culture art gallery, Gallery 1988 West.

These and many more works are also available for sale online at their website. The exhibit ends April 20, 2013.

Andrew Heath

Aaron Sechrist

Augie Pagan

Bill Main

Bruce Yan

Clinton Reno

Cuyler Smith

Cuyler Smith

Dave Quiggle

Darin Shock

Irma Rivera

Isaac Bidwell


Jason Liwag

Oliver Barrett

Joey Spiotto

Jude Buffum

Tara Krebs

Fully Dressed Redesigns of Superheroines by Mike Lunsford Covers Up Wonder Woman and Others

Artist Puts a New Spin on Comics Super Women Wardrobe 

Wonder Woman
At Spartantown, we've been known to feature beautiful artwork and cosplay of female super-heroines in what could be deemed sexy or revealing attire. Yet we have attempted to be tasteful about it and we have never pretended that Power Girl's "boob-window" ever made sense or that Wonder Woman in essentially what constitutes a one-piece bathing suit was proper crime-fighting gear. These and other sometimes preposterous outfits have been canon for decades so they live on in comic books, blogs, fan art sites, and in the cosplay community. However, artist Michael Lee Lunsford has re-imagined some of the most popular heroines in fully clothed costumes. 

The result is a more realistic version of costumes with some influence of their original outfits. WonderWoman now sports pants and long sleeves while retaining her chest armor. Black Canary and Zantanna ditch their fishnets for pants and Supergirl covers her mid-driff and opts for pants as well. Psylocke and Elektra add sleeves to their costumes. Vampirella is nearly unrecognizable without her skimpy bikini and Supergirl is sans said window. Lunsford doesn't claim to have an agenda and simply states he wanted to play with the character design using costumes that covered their entire body while paying homage to their original look. 
Black Canary

"An exercise in character design, attempting to clothe the heroines nearly all the way and not making them painted-on, while still keeping the look of their original costumes in some way.  Hopefully keeping them looking as iconic as the originally were. Just showing what can be done with a costume breaking outside the barrier of the norm."

Power Girl
I appreciate the creative re-imagining that Lunsford takes even if they don't always work. Zantanna's outfit looks to be a couple sizes too big and Black Canary also appears to be sporting baggy pants. Power Girl's and Supergirl's tunics seem ill-fitting and the jury is still out on Wonder Woman's khakis and whatever that is that's covering them. Vampirella's equestrian set is classy and both Psylocke and Elektra benefit from minor alterations to their costumes. 
Overall, the new looks make way more sense and leave more to the imagination. We would never demand more skin to be shown of the male heroes so neither should be demanded of the female ones. Yet Catwoman still bares major cleavage and we remember the uproar that the addition of pants to Wonder Woman's costume caused. Why she would be in her traditional suit in the Arctic for example is beyond me. Even Batman has altered his look a bit over the years. It would be nice if the creators at the male-driven publishing houses would take chances and add a little, a smidge, a tiny bit of reality in their costume design from time to time. This leads to bigger conversations of the treatment of female characters altogether and the reality is it's easier to make a u-turn in a big rig on a mountain road than change views in the boy's club of comic book publishing. For now we can enjoy great fan art like Mike Lunsford's.  

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