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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ADVANCE REVIEW: Noble #1 Puts the Focus on Family

ADVANCE REVIEW: Noble #1 Puts the Focus on Family

On May 3rd, 2017, Noble #1 from Lion Forge drops onto store shelves and digital retailers, introducing new readers to the Powell family.  David Powell, astronaut, husband, and father, was forever changed when he sacrificed himself for humanity in something called “The Event.”  He has returned one year later with no memory of his former life, and with immense, strange new powers. The core of the comic, however, belongs to his wife, Astrid.  Astrid appears at the…

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WONDER WOMAN Ad Campaign Outstripping Suicide Squad; Will Ramp Up in May

WONDER WOMAN Ad Campaign Outstripping Suicide Squad; Will Ramp Up in May

Be not afraid, Wonder Woman fans! Sources for TheWrap have stated that the marketing for Wonder Woman will ramp up in May, once the Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters and its marketing dies down a little. This comes in conjunction with Vanity Fair reporting that the amount spent for Wonder Woman‘s TV ad campaign beats out the campaign for Suicide Squad last summer. Suicide Squad‘s campaign cost $2,645,643, but the Wonder Woman campaign cost DC and…

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Wonder Woman’s Marketing Scheme: Brilliance in Disguise?

Wonder Woman’s Marketing Scheme: Brilliance in Disguise?

Over the last few days, people have asked if the Wonder Woman marketing undersells the picture. Considering the history of studios not standing by or hyping female-led CBMs, this worry has some legitimacy. That said, I’m not sure it’s a valid worry in this case. Looking at Wonder Woman in the context of her cultural heft, the dominant narratives surrounding the movie, and the previous entries into the DCEU, I think that the marketing team…

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RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×13 “Land of the Lost”

RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×13 “Land of the Lost”

This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow takes us into two of the most dangerous places: the inside of the mind and the ancient past. The episode opens with the compass not really working too well.  Sarah and Jax talk about what’s going on.  They then tempt fate by saying he’s in the brig where he ‘can’t hurt anyone.’ Then we cut to Rip, who uses a Captain’s override command to get out of the…

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