WONDER WOMAN On Track To Crack Top Ten Superhero Movies Ever!

WONDER WOMAN On Track To Crack Top Ten Superhero Movies Ever!

Wonder Woman proved an unexpected tour de force at box offices these last three weekends.  At most recent count, the film has made $275 million domestically, and has a worldwide gross of $572 million. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman origin story currently ranks 24th worldwide, sandwiched between Iron Man at 23rd and X-Men: Apocalypse at 25th.  Domestically, it ranks 17th, just under Man of Steel‘s $291 million total.  Another incredible factoid: the film has the lowest second-weekend drop…

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REVIEW: Noble #2 is Action-Packed and Cinematic

REVIEW: Noble #2 is Action-Packed and Cinematic

So this review is a week late, and I apologize for that.  But, dude, Noble from Lion Forge is still so damn good.  Last month I talked about how the comic centered the perspective of Astrid Powell, the title character’s wife.  This is still definitely evident, though the narrative feels more evenly split this time. Warning: this review is not spoiler free, so proceed at your own caution. We open with a flashback to six months ago.  Dr….

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WONDER WOMAN: Full of an Amazing Grace; Undeniably Female

WONDER WOMAN: Full of an Amazing Grace; Undeniably Female

Seventy-six years in the making, essentially, the Wonder Woman film, directed by Patty Jenkins, delivers on the intrinsic promises made by the character. Graceful, flowing, and visually exquisite, Wonder Woman has it all in terms of superhero cinema and then some. Firstly, anyone who feared that Gal Gadot might now be able to carry a two and a half hour film, fear no longer. Gadot’s Diana is innocent, fiercely compassionate, and her blunt insistence on…

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

Guess who’s back with Throwback Thursday!  That’s right, after a long sabbatical from the column, I’ve returned.  This week’s film is Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.  While the 1975 flick may not be a ‘comic book’ movie in the traditional sense, it definitely presaged the genre in the same way the pulps it came from influenced comics back in the day. Doc Savage, frankly, kind of sucks.  I just want to be clear on that.  The acting…

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BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: Who’s to Blame? The Data Say Us.

BLACK PANTHER & THE CREW: Who’s to Blame?  The Data Say Us.

By now you’ve probably heard about the cancellation of Black Panther & the Crew.  A proliferation of thinkpieces and outrage followed the announcement of its cancellation, and rightly so.  That said, another refrain also rose up: “I only just heard about it now that it’s being cancelled!” Why is that? Realistically, we can’t expect every company to promote every book equally.  There isn’t enough time in the day.  But Black Panther & the Crew had some PR gold…

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NEW MUTANTS: ‘Split’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actresses Cast

NEW MUTANTS: ‘Split’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actresses Cast

After approximately a year of rumors, and a few months after a confirmed announcement, we’re getting The New Mutants casting news!  Popular fancast (and Arya on Game of Thrones) Maisie Williams will play Rahne “Wolfsbane” Sinclair.  Additionally, Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) will portray Illyana “Magik” Rasputin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The New Mutants will follow the classic version of the comic book team: Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball, and Warlock.  THR doesn’t say anything about Doug Ramsey or…

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LOGAN NOIR in Black and White For One Night Only Next Tuesday

LOGAN NOIR in Black and White For One Night Only Next Tuesday

As if Logan, critically acclaimed and a box office smash, could shoot for more arthouse appeal.  A superhero drama that transcends the conventions of the drama and hews much more closely to those of the Western, Logan may well be the superhero film that makes it to the awards season for non-technical categories.  In that vein, the idea of the film in black and white should be enough to make cinema geeks salivate.  Especially given that Mangold…

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Final Wonder Woman Trailer Drops Amid MTV Movie Awards

Final Wonder Woman Trailer Drops Amid MTV Movie Awards

Wonder Woman fans have received a bounty of hype for the upcoming film in the last week.  It doesn’t seem set to end soon, either, because tonight, at the MTV Movie Awards, Warner Bros. dropped the final movie trailer for the film! This trailer seems to take many aspects of previous trailers and mix them together.  We see Diana as a little girl and as an adult, in Themyscira and in Man’s World.  We get a…

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Comic Book Movies and Color Grading

SUNDAY MATINEE: Comic Book Movies and Color Grading

Starting this week, I’m doing a biweekly column, called the Sunday Matinee, that focuses on the more technical aspects of CBM filmmaking.  I studied film in school, and work in the field of production, and I want to bring that knowledge to the reviewing sphere! People love to talk about tone in superhero movies.  I’d argue tone was the major buzzword of 2016, in fact.  That said, I don’t believe tone describes the argument actually being had under…

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REVIEW: ‘Catalyst Prime: The Event’ Kicks Off Line With Explosive Drama

REVIEW: ‘Catalyst Prime: The Event’ Kicks Off Line With Explosive Drama

Free Comic Book Day this year put over 50 free issues out into the public sphere.  From publisher Lion Forge came Catalyst Prime: The Event, a one-shot prequel to each #1 in their new Catalyst Prime universe. Earlier this week, the universe started with #1 of Noble, which I also reviewed with great praise.  That said, I’m even more excited by this issue!  Introducing us to the other people caught up in ‘the Event’ — the destruction…

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