The best superhero film ever made isn't The Dark Knight. It's not the 1978 Superman. It's not even Spider-Man 2. No, the best superhero movie is 2008's Justice League: The New Frontier.
Now, you might be asking, how does a 75-minute, direct-to-video animated film beat out those other films, which are widely adored and were helmed by some of the most acclaimed directors working today? The answer is, none of those films were built around the work of the great Darwyn Cooke, who passed away this past weekend from cancer.
Welcome to Together Breakfast, the new feature where Elle Collins and Katie Schenkel come together to dig in and savor every last drop of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. This week we have a double episode, in which we visit a watermelon civilization, learn what’s become of Malachite, and finally drill into the Earth to deal with that gigantic cluster that Peridot’s been so worried about.
Part One, "Super Watermelon Island," was written by Joe Johnston and Jeff Liu, and directed by Joe Johnston and Jasmin Lai. Part Two, "Gem Drill," was written by Raven M. Molisee and Paul Villeco, and directed by Kat Morris and Jasmin Lai.
We’ve seen Robot Chicken give the full-length parody treatment from Star Wars to DC comics a few times over, and now The Walking Dead will finally get its due. Robot Chicken will load its crossbow for a full special focused on the AMC zombie thriller, with Robert Kirkman aboard as well.
Last year's Peanuts Movie did the near-impossible and pulled off a successful translation of Charles M. Schulz's iconic style and characters from their native 2-D to CGI. That technical breakthrough was the film's real marquee attraction; the story was just a greatest hits. Structured over an entire year, you got the Red Baron, the Little Red-Haired Girl, the whole deal. Despite the deep melancholy and ennui at the strip's heart, Peanuts is a comic ultimately built on comfort and refuge.
Knowing that, it's easy to see why the new Boomerang/Cartoon Network series, Peanuts, went the route it did. Rather than attempt to modernize or emulate newer shows like Steven Universe or Adventure Time, Peanuts opts for a familiarity that perfectly evokes the feel of the comic strip.
Netflix hasn’t been particularly shy with forming the Legendary Defender that makes up its new Korra-sized take on Voltron, delivering photos and an early teaser, but now the giant hero has finally arrived. See for yourself in the full Voltron: Legendary Defender trailer, as the classic robot fighter joins a new generation of pilot for a delightfully updated take on the material.
Welcome to Give ‘Em Elle, a new weekly column that hopes to bridge the gap between old school comics fandom and the progressive edge of comics culture. This week I’ve been thinking about the comic adaptations of the past, long before the current superhero boom.
There have been superheroes on our screens almost as long as there have been superheroes in our comics, and some of them stand head and shoulders above the crowd. But what were the very best superhero adaptations even before the Christopher Reeve Superman movies?
The acclaimed graphic novel series March is being developed as an animated TV series by Charleston Immersive & Interactive Media Studio, according to an announcement by that company. March is the autobiographical story of Congressman and longtime activist John Lewis and his lifelong involvement in the Civil Rights movement. It's written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin with art by Nate Powell.
Batman: The Killing Joke is notable for being an adaptation of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel and for adapting that work without losing any of the brutality of the source; it was the first Batman movie to be rated R by the MPAA. Sadly, that’s about all it looks notable for based on this new trailer, which looks pretty awful.
Ever since he made his debut in 1940's Batman #1, the Joker has been the arch-criminal among arch-criminals, the one villain who can truly lay claim to being Batman's nemesis. As a result, he's made quite a few appearances across other media, serving as the antagonist in movies, television, and even a handful of video games.
Now, with Jared Leto set to take the role with a new interpretation rooted in questionable tattoos and on-set method-acting antics, it's time for us to finally sit down and figure out where we stand. For that, we turn to you, dear reader, as we ask that you cast your vote to tell us which mass media Joker performance is the undisputed best!
The Simpsons has visited just about every nook and cranny of pop culture in its near-30 years, though a long-abandoned episode concept saw the late Prince putting in a particularly meta appearance. Now, Simpsons boss Al Jean shares the tribute episode that might have been, as well what caused the revered artist to decline.
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