Last year, Man of Steel proved to be a commercially successful reinvigoration of the Superman film franchise. It wasn’t a critical darling, and the reaction to the film by Superman comics fans can likely be generously described as “mixed.” If you began a debate surrounding the film in a comic book store, you’d likely find both ardent defenders and detractors of the finished product. The usual suspects… Continue reading Comics on Film: What Quentin Tarantino Got Wrong About Clark Kent
Early in the year 1989, the comic book blockbuster didn’t really exist yet. While 1978′s Superman was an extraordinarily successful film that launched the modern comic book movie, its success could be considered relatively modest in the grand scheme of the superhero genre. By the summer of ’89, that was about to change, because a character that most people had written off as campy, comedic, and dubious in the… Continue reading Comics on Film: 25 Years Ago, Tim Burton's 'Batman' Changed Superhero Movies Forever
The days are getting hotter, but the assortment of geekery hitting theaters and comic shops in June offers more than enough excuses to spend some time cooling off this summer. Along with a long list of high-profile comics on the way, the month is book-ended by two blockbuster films, a trio of geek-friendly releases on the home video side, and enough collectible toys, statues and other swag to… Continue reading June Geek Guide: Marvel's 75th Anniversary, 'Rabbit Hole Batman,' Superman Stories, Transformers Comics and More!
Last week’s Comics on Film article seemed to generate a rather passionate discussion in the comments section and a devoted thread on Reddit based off of its major claim: Spider-Man on film should move from his current position at Sony and join Marvel Studios alongside the likes of Iron Man and Captain America. While reading through each participant’s thoughts, one theme of the opposing argument that… Continue reading Comics on Film: 5 Characters That Should Not Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe
When it comes to superheroes, who have been in publication for over 75 years, films have a gray area regarding the rules of adaptation. As the times change, these characters do too, but there’s also an intangible element that will definitively make Batman, well, Batman. A detectable truthfulness exists in each character adapted to the screen, but the rules for what constitutes that truthfulness change from… Continue reading Comics on Film: Why It's Not Fair to Compare 'Man of Steel' to 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'