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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wonder Woman TV 'On Pause' While The Flash is Full Speed Ahead at CW

'Amazon' Script Not Ready 

Off the heels of their announcement that The Flash might be getting his own TV series spinning out of Arrow, The CW President Mark Pedowitz said today their Wonder Woman pilot "Amazon" is being put "on pause" for the time being. "The script isn’t where we want it,” he said.“It’s better to wait and get it right.” - SHH
This is not good news for Wonder Woman fans. There doesn't seem to be a Wonder Woman television series on the horizon anytime soon afterall. Even with the hope of retooling being done at the CW as previously reported. The retooling apparently will continue until they "get it right", as CW President Mark Pedowitz recently stated. While it's reassuring to hear the network is being deliberate and careful about depicting the Amazon Princess properly on television they must be, by their logic, throwing caution to the wind because they are fast-tracking a 'Flash' series to be spun out of current hit, Arrow

The creative forces behind Arrow will be introducing  Dr. Barry Allen and his origin story on the show before spinning him off on his own. No word on who will play him but more details will be revealed soon. I'm glad the Flash will be the air again but is it at the expense of Wonder Woman? Diana Prince has become the Rubik's Cube of TV and movie studios. We are not asking Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to collide particles in hopes of creating nuclear fusion we just want a Wonder Woman movie. They figured out the Flash pretty quickly, enough to announce a spin-off series, so how difficult could it truly be to bring Wonder Woman to screen? It just takes some leadership and creative boldness. Man up, WB. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

'Wonder Woman' DC Nation Shorts - Clips 1-3

Short but Sweet Action From Cartoon Network

Along with featuring a block of DC Comics-based full-length cartoons, Cartoon Network has also run creatively distinct animated shorts the past couple of seasons and now they've released a new batch. Most notably are the ones starring Woman Woman. The shorts are known for presenting heroes like, Supergirl, Batgirl, Wondergirl, Catwoman, Batman, and others in new ways through different types of animation and stylized action. 

This Wonder Woman is young, cool, and badass in a convertible. I would love to watch a full-length version of this as I would all of the shorts they've created. They have a fun and unique energy missing from cartoons today. Watching WW whip her hair and race through the desert in a star-bangled Camaro in chase of Giganta is something to savor and want more of. C'mon DC make it happen!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

We Cast Lex Luthor for the Man of Steel Sequel - Choice #4 - Patrick Wilson

From Nite Owl to Lex Luthor?

Patrick Wilson, hot off the box-office surprise horror flick 'The Conjuring', is a versatile actor who is probably best recognized for playing the affable good guy (Morning Glory, Young Adult, Lakeview Terrace). Although, a steady working actor, Wilson isn't necessarily a household name yet. Now with the Man of Steel sequel confirmed at this year's San Diego Comic-Con with Batman entering the franchise as a possible adversary this could leave room for Lex Luthor to not have to be a "big" name. If Lex is indeed involved in the sequel, which I have to believe he is, then Wilson would not be a bad choice. 

Wilson has the added advantage of working with director Zack Snyder before on 'Watchmen' where he played Nite Owl. I'm sure the experience of working on a major comic book movie, albeit a polarizing one, would only bolster his chances.  

Gallery 1988 Pop Art Show: We Made Them Do It!

Pop Culture and Art Have a Kick-Ass Baby
Jon Defreest
We Made Them Do It! 
at G1988 (West)

We've enlisted almost 30 artists to do the unthinkable. Pop culture artwork seems to be popping up in every city now. It's a far cry from ten years ago when we first opened. Now since it seems every movie and TV show has been inspiration for artists, we find exactly what hasn't.

Ivan Minsloff 
The results are incredible! Whether it's a print inspired by The Mighty Ducks, a painting influenced by Three's Company or a cross stitch based on Beverly Hills, 90210 - our incredible group of artists have produced masterpieces for pop culture that might not deserve it - but we made them do it.
This show will also OPEN TOMORROW NIGHT, from 7-10 PM, at G1988 (West). It's our first opportunity to walk between the galleries and see two separate opening receptions!

Clark Orr

Gallery 1988 (West):

7308 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

West of La Brea


Wed - Sun: 11 AM - 6 PM
Mon & Tues: Closed

Phone: (323) 937-7088

'Wonder Woman of the Day' - Maria Annunziata

Beauty, Brawn, and Body Paint

 Maria Annunziata is a professional IFBB sanctioned bikini competitor and thankfully fitness photographer, J.M. Manion,  had the good sense to shoot her in Wonder Woman body paint. Annunziata certainly has the raven-hair and feminine brawn to play the Amazonian warrior princess. Manion, who is a huge comic book fan, has featured other athletes in super-hero body paint before and Wonder Woman continues to be one of his favorite characters to photograph. 

Behind the scenes...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lazarus #2 - Comic Book Hot Pick

Rucka Continues to Build the Violent Dystopian Family Saga 
Lazarus #2 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Image)

SYNOPSIS: "FAMILY," Part Two - The Carlyle Family has been attacked by their enemies to the south, and Forever's father suspects a conspiracy amongst his children. To root it out, he sends Forever into the arms of the enemy, Family Morray.

OUR TAKE: Greg Rucka uses issue two to expand on his dystopian world and delve deeper into the Carlyle family. Now with the gauntlet thrown between families it's up to Forever the Lazarus of the clan to weed out the truth. Lark's pencils perfectly captures the dark atmosphere that surrounds this future world as well as demonstrating the characters emotions through his excellent line work. As usual with Rucka at the helm the plot thickens and issue three can't come soon enough. 

Tale of the Tape: Batman vs. Superman

How Do They Measure Up in a Clash of Comic Book Titans

The co-screenwriter of the recently announced sequel to Man of Steel, David S. Goyer,  appears to have revealed that it will be named 'Batman vs Superman' or something like that. The inference being that there will be some adversarial conflict between the two caped powerhouses. This is not new territory but it is interesting that Warner Bros., director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have chosen to take this particular angle in the sequel. The two heroes famously battled in the classic Frank Miller graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns, although during the announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con, Snyder made clear it would not be adapted from this material. They did introduce the announcement with a clever quote from it:
I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come, in your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the man who beat you. - Batman
The obvious question coming from the non-comic book community on social media is how could Batman fight Superman? I mean, it's laughable, right?  Supes would win easily. It's no contest! As those of us who know, nothing is impossible in comics, not even resurrection from death. The easy answer is Batman is incredibly intelligent and supremely paranoid. That is why his contingency plans have contingency plans. Nothing is left to chance with Batman. He attempts to plan for anything and everything. If Plan A fails he goes to Plan B-Z if necessary. Also, he finds his opponents weaknesses and uses them against them. In Superman's case it's Kryptonite that can harm and weaken him and that will help even the playing field. It's his diligence that has kept Batman alive and on top despite not
having superhuman strength, a cosmic ring or  psychic fish powers. (Not that you'd want psychic fish powers) 

Batman is also mentally cunning and could use Superman's naivety and compassion for his adopted planet and its inhabitants, namely one Lois Lane against him. He has to find a way to counter Supes extraordinary powers from super speed, strength and senses by being ruthless and smart. History tells us if anyone can do it it's Bats. We'll see how Goyer and Co. manipulate this epic battle. It should be an exciting blockbuster unlike we've seen on screen before. 

More after the jump...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Batman Joins Superman in 'Man of Steel' Sequel But Who Will Play the Dark Knight?

San Diego Comic-Con Hall Erupts in Cheers with News of Super Team-Up

The enthusiastic audience welcomed the news of a Batman/Superman movie in the Man of Steel sequel from director Zack Snyder (and Harry Lennix) at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. The MOS cast will be returning for the sequel but no word yet who will play Bruce Wayne/Batman. The much anticipated announcement came on a day when Marvel was announcing their sequel for the Avengers, 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'. It was imperative that Warner Bros. made a splash too and the news lit up social media. 

The two legendary comic book characters share a long history both through their affiliation in the Justice League but also helming their own team-up books with the latest launching this year. The premise of Superman battling Batman isn't far-fetched at all as some uninitiated fans have squawked online. It becomes a battle of wits, brawn vs brains,  optimism vs cynicism, and an overall clash of personalities. However, there must be a greater threat that will unite them. I'm sure a powerful villain will force them to work together. 

There hasn't been any details released or leaked about the plot of the sequel so we, as always, are left to speculate on what's up Snyder's and co-writer David S. Goyer's sleeves. Besides the major villain we don't know who will play Batman a year after Christian Bale finished up his stint in Christopher Nolan's trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises. Bale has publicly stated he is done playing Batman but I have to wonder if Warner Bros. would offer him the world to convince him to return. That would lead to more questions obviously considering how Rises ended. 

With Bale supposedly out of consideration we will try and fill out the casting call with our own suggestions and previously rumored actors with a follow-up at a later date as details arise:
Armie Hammer
Jake Gyllenhaal
Matt Bomer
Gabriel Macht 
Joe Manganiello
Sam Page
We'll have to wait and see who Snyder and co. choose to play Batman. A lot is riding on the choice because the actor will have to hold his own in not one blockbuster film but probably two - Justice League. Let the guessing games begin!

More after the jump...

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Best Cosplay of 2013 San Diego Comic Con (Slideshow)

Cosplayers Invaded San Diego and Brought Their Best

Adrianne Curry

Rotten Tomatoes
Super Hero Hype

The 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Winners

'Saga', 'Building Stories', and David Aja Lead Honors
The winners of the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at a gala ceremony held during Comic-Con International: San Diego, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, on Friday, July 19. 

Best Short Story
  • “A Birdsong Shatters the Still,” by Jeff Wilson and Ted May, in Injury #4 (Ted May/Alternative)
  • “Elmview” by Jon McNaught, in Dockwood (Nobrow)  
  • “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch,” by Michael Kupperman, in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 (Fantagraphics)
  • “Moving Forward,” by drewscape, in Monsters, Miracles, & Mayonnaise (Epigram Books)
  • “Rainbow Moment,” by Lilli Carré, in Heads or Tails (Fantagraphics)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
  • Lose #4: “The Fashion Issue,” by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
  • The Mire, by Becky Cloonan (self-published)
  • Pope Hats #3, by Ethan Rilly (AdHouse Books)
  • Post York #1, by James Romberger and Crosby (Uncivilized Books)
  • Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8, by Michael Kupperman (Fantagraphics)
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)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
  • Babymouse for President, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
  • Benny and Penny in Lights Out, by Geoffrey Hayes (Toon Books/Candlewick)
  • Kitty & Dino, by Sara Richard (Yen Press/Hachette)
  • Maya Makes a Mess, by Rutu Modan (Toon Books/Candlewick)
  • Zig and Wikki in The Cow, by Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler (Toon Books/Candlewick)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
  • Amulet Book 5: Prince of the Elves, by Kazu Kibuishi (Scholastic)
  • Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse, by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos (Archaia)
  • Crogan’s Loyalty, by Chris Schweizer (Oni)
  • Hilda and the Midnight Giant, by Luke Pearson (Nobrow)
  • Road to Oz, by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Friday, July 19, 2013

We Cast the Role of Lex Luthor for Man of Steel Sequel (Maybe): Choice #3 - Idris Elba

A New Spin on an Old Nemesis

Idris Elba has been one of the busiest actors in show business. It is a testament to his talent and versatility that he's been able to transcend genres in the United States and his native London. Fresh from his role in the newly released Pacific Rim he has multiple projects lined up, including reprising his titular role in the British television crime drama Luther as well as playing Heimdall again in the Thor sequel, Elba is no stranger to the sci-fi and comic book movie genre. The transition to the leading villain in the Man of Steel sequel, should they go with Lex Luthor, would not be a difficult one. 

As the calculating and cutthroat druglord "Stringer" Bell in the much-celebrated HBO miniseries, The Wire, Elba demonstrated a cool yet ferocious demeanor that captivated audiences and helped make it one of the most revered television events ever. He could do the same as Lex Luthor. 

Yes, I know we're entering fanboy rage territory by changing the race of the character. If there is one thing fanboys love is continuity and god-forbid studios change something. There was obnoxious, probably racially charged as well, comments on internet forums when Elba was cast as the Norse god Heimdall in the first Thor. Laurence Fishburne also got his share of online chatter when he was cast as Perry White in Man of Steel. The goal should be when casting a role to hire the most capable actor who can embody the character regardless of race. I think Elba has proven to be more than adept at elevating the material of any project he is in and making it his own. This would be no different. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

SDCC 2013: Cosplay is in Full Effect with Yaya Han and More

Cosplayers Arrive in San Diego
"Bring it on - Comic Con!!
I hope the event will be more epic this year, but doubt that I will get the chance to partake in such a cool group again! It was a real treat to get all of these cosplayers of Ame-Comi figures together and I was honored to be a part of this gathering 

Ashley Hay as Mera
Brian Milner as Batman
Spifzaya as Huntress
Yaya Han as Wonder Woman
AntiAi-chan as Robin
Meg Turney as Zatanna
All costumes are based on the DC Comics Ame-Comi collectible figures, where the characters were redesigned anime- style!
Photo by Ljinto!" - Yaya Han

Heading to San Diego Comic-Con and will be in a Marvel costume? Make sure you swing by our two Cosplay & Costuming events at the Marvel Booth (#2329)! Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Marvel Cosplay Photo Op

Friday, July 19th at 5:00pm

-Stop by the Marvel booth in a Marvel costume, have your photo taken on the booth stage and potentially appear on!

Marvel SDCC Costume Contest
Saturday, July 20th at 6:00pm

-Marvel costumers of all ages are welcome to enter the Costume Contest for the chance to win spectacular prizes!

All contestants and costumers will be asked to sign a model release to appear on Join in the conversation on Twitter with ‪#‎MarvelSDCC‬!

See you all there!

~Judy (Marvel)

 "Best moment of the day! These are superheroes in the making! Really sweet little girls . I wore Phoenix for 30 min for the ‪#‎ewcomiccon‬ photoshoot, will wear her all day on Saturday 10 - 2pm at booth 4539 (Nicole Brune) and from 4pm on at Marvel! See you then!!!! "-Yaya Han

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

'Red Sonja' #1 - Comic Book Hot Pick

Gail Simone Helms This New Series of the Red-headed Warrior

Gail Simone is synonymous with strong female characters (Batgirl, Huntress, Black Canary, Oracle, etc.) and now she pens the stories of the one the baddest women in comics history, Red Sonja. The 'She-Devil with a Sword' starts a new series at Dynamite today with Walter Geovani as artist. Simone's approach promises to be true to the Redhead in sword and sorcery with added wit and adventure. Sonja will rise from slave to revolutionary. Certainly worth grabbing issue one today. 

'Necessary Evil' Trailer for DC Comics Villains Documentary

Christopher Lee Narrates As Super-Villains Take Center Stage

"Enjoy this exclusive early look at the trailer for Necessary Evil, the upcoming new documentary that's all about the super-villains of DC Comics. Featuring appearances by some of the biggest names in comics, film and television, Necessary Evil arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD from Warner Home Video and DC Comics on October 25, 2013." 
-DC Entertainment

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

'First Impressions': Wonder Woman Inspired Short Film

First Date Turns Into Butt-Kicking Fight Sequence

"What happens when your day job gets in the way of your new relationship?"

 A cool short film places a young couple in danger with a mysterious villain at the lead. Soon, the thugs learn not to mess with the brunette on her first date with an unwitting partner. Well directed with great fight choreography elevate this short film from fan films on the net. A primer of sorts for the much rumored young Wonder Woman pilot still in the works at the CW network. Female leads rock and this film once again shows it can be done right. 


Starring Hailey Bright, Chester See and Doug Jones

Directed by Leo Kei Angeleos

Written by George H. Ruiz & Leo Kei Angelos

Produced by George H Ruiz

Original music by Glen Cheney

Fight sequence and stunts by Thousand Pounds Action Company

Monday, July 15, 2013

'The Flying Man' Superhero Short Film with Big Film Effects

Marcus Alqueres' Self-Produced Vigilante Tale Heats Up Vimeo Ahead of Comic Con

The Flying Man from Marcus Alqueres on Vimeo.

"A new superhero is coming, only this time it's on his terms. Will he still be considered a hero?"

The short depicts the first appearances of a super powered vigilante, his impact in a modern society and its ethical discussion. Marcus made The Flying Man in order to demonstrate his vision as he currently outlines a feature version of the script. Marcus believes that releasing it online ahead of festivals could help accessing a potential audience and measure its reception. The short was produced under a very low budget and it was only possible due to the collaboration of friends and passionate and talented artists. With his background in visual effects, Marcus was able to accomplish around 60 vfx shots with a valuable help of another visual effects veteran João Sita within a short period of time for nearly no money. 

(Source: Latino Review)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

'Sharknado' Premieres on SyFy Thursday Night

What are You Gonna Do When Sharks Rain Down Upon You?!
Sharknado (2013) SyFy Original Movie
"When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. Starring Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo, and Jaason Simmons"

'100 Bullets: Brother Lono' #1 - Comic Book Hot Pick

Creators Pick Up Where they Left Off with this Dark and Exciting New Limited Series
'100 Bullets: Brother Lono' by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (Vertigo)

BROTHER LONO is a brand-new 8-issue miniseries set in the world of 100 BULLETS!
The Eisner award-winning team behind 100 BULLETS—writer Brian Azzarello, artist Eduardo Risso, colorist Trish Mulvihill, letterer Clem Robbins and cover artist Dave Johnson—reunites to tell the story of the baddest Minuteman of all. When last we saw Lono in 100 BULLETS, Dizzy Cordova had shot him through the chest...but Lono always was too tough to die. Now, after the final events of 100 BULLETS, Lono finds himself in Mexico working on the side of the angels. But there’s always more to a 100 BULLETS story, so pick up this EXTRA-SIZE first issue to see what’s really going on with BROTHER LONO, the cold-blooded killer you hate to love!

Yes, I know this book has been out a few weeks and theres more current stuff being released today. The solid work of Brian Wood on 'Star Wars' continues in  issue #7 for example. DC and Geoff Johns sets 'Trinity War' in motion in 'Justice League' #22 as well as a new 'East of West' and 'Helheim' come out today. With all that said, Azzarello's 100 Bullets spin-off is too great to ignore and is our Hot Pick today.

You don't have to be familiar with '100 Bullets' to enjoy 'Brother Lono' but I would encourage you to read it anyway as it's incredibly addictive. The same dark themes and violence melt into this limited series with outstanding art from Risso. Shadows and staging of scenes are expertly done. Sometimes the tension is built on subtle silhouettes then starkly exposed in a bloody reveal. Azzarello knows this character and this world so well the exposition and dialogue flow without a moment of awkwardness or hesitation. He's in his wheelhouse. It's for mature readers for good reason. Violence and language are part of the package. 'Brother Lono' is a gritty and exciting book worth adding to your pull list. 



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