Blame Gotham: Wanting to get in on that sweet origin story action, Syfy is developing Krypton, a prequel series set on Superman’s homeworld.
Do you love your dog, but also occasionally daydream about an alien bursting forth from her chest? Or...at least about scaring the crap out of everybody at the dog park? Then do we have something for you! Storenvy created this fantastic alien facehugger harness, and we love them for it.
Morning Roundup wants to join Barbie’s computer class! We’ve got more discussion of Interstellar’s science stuff, and a look back at a holiday classic!
Who knew MacGuffins could be so cute? So, as you probably know, a MacGuffin is an object of desire in a movie where the desire for the thing is more important than the thing itself. So, um, spoiler alert, but Rosebud fuels the plot of Citizen Kane even though the sled itself is barely in the movie, thus, MacGuffin. Same with the eponymous Maltese Falcon. Artist 100% Soft has immortalized the greatest film MacGuffins, including the Infinity Stone from Guardians of the Galaxy with this adorable art! His “Lil MacGuffins” series will be featured in a three-person art show with Glen Brogan and Russ Moore at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, so go buy some art!
Morning Roundup is its own McGuffin! We have links to the Prattiest of all PrattPratts! Also, a cameo appearance by Grandmaster Flash, and math porn!
When DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio hinted last year that “we have big plans for Lois Lane in 2014,” we assumed that meant her own comic, in time for Superman’s 75th anniversary. Instead, Lois’ first real solo project will be a young adult novel called Fallout, by Gwenda Bond.
Much like Dean Trippe’s excellent (and, sadly, rejected) Lois Lane: Girl Reporter pitch, Fallout aims to introduce Lois to an entirely new generation of comics fans and reporter wannabes. And they’re doing so in the most Millennial way possible.
The late 90s were a dark time for the Superman franchise. The character was still reeling from the EXTREME!!! marketing stunt of his death in the comics and attempts to revive the character in film turned into a weird four-five-six way tug of war between Tim Burton, a string of producers, Kevin Smith, and Nicholas Cage.
A fan-made documentary is attempting to shed light on this weird almost-was film, dubbed Superman Lives. And now that documentary has a trailer.
We sort of wish that Zack Snyder had put a little more effort into finding a suitable Jedi robe for Superman, though. It’s got that horrible shiny, crinkled I-just-got-pulled-out-of-a-plastic-costume-bag look. Come on, Snyder. Cavill’s worth more than that.
Still, whatever it takes to make our crossover dreams come true, right? Does this mean Cavill will be wearing this to the Warner Brothers panel at Comic Con this year?
All of our ongoing San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage can be found here.
Bleeding Cool is reporting that concept art exists for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring the character Doomsday, whose primary claim to fame is beating the crap out of Superman so hard that Superman died. The 90's were like that.
And, you know, at this point why not? The film already features Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Lois Lane, Alfred, Perry White, and is rumored to be including hints of Arrow, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and others. Surely the addition of Doomsday will be the thing that finally excites us? We hope Paul Giamatti is playing him. His Rhino was effortless and beautiful.
You’ve got to admire actors who are willing to take more than one try at playing a comic book superhero, especially when the first hero isn’t as well-received by audiences as hoped. Ryan Reynolds went from Deadpool to Green Lantern; we’ve nearly forgotten about current Captain America Chris Evans’ past as Johnny Storm... and now Brandon Routh joins the club of superhero reduxes.
Six years after he played the Man of Steel in the tepidly-received Superman Returns, Routh returns to the DC universe. Except this time it’s on television—the CW’s Arrow—and it’s a character of a, shall we say, smaller stature than Superman.
We know that Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent are frenemies in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (more on that title in a sec), but this first official photo of Henry Cavill donning the cape again reminds us a lot of our first look at Ben Affleck in the Batsuit two months ago.
That is, he looks very sad and brooding, frowning into the (Gotham? Metropolis?) rain.
Hollywood tipster Nikki Finke has posted a list of the Justice League slate of movies that Warner Bros. is expected to announce at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. (Which is only in a month? Geez.) The list of films is extensive and seems to introduce an Avengers-style shared movie universe, but is it accurate?
Literally all of your favorite people have been asked the question: Batman or Superman? Total Film has been asking the question at press junkets for a while now, and have answers from a variety of actors and directors. The fun bit is in seeing how they interpret the question. While some actors clearly think it means “Who would win in a fight?” (as the pro-Superman Peter Berg declares, “preposterous fight. It’s gonna be a massacre.”), many others take it as a question about the characters’ as individuals. Some vote for Batman because he chooses to fight for good despite a lack of supernatural powers.
Variety has scooped the casting of actor Ray Fisher as the character Cyborg in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie. With Gal Gadot already announced as Wonder Woman, Fisher’s casting adds further weight to the film being a backdoor assembly piece for a Justice League film.
In the world of DC Comics, Victor Stone is turned into Cyborg by his own father, who was trying to save his son’s life after an accident at S.T.A.R. Labs left Victor mangled. In the recently rebooted version of the DC Universe, Cyborg is a key player in the eventual formation of the Justice League.
S.T.A.R. Labs was included as a worldbuilding Easter egg in Man of Steel, along with Lexcorp and Wayne Enterprises. In a special feature on the DVD release of the movie, Superman actor Henry Cavill commented that Cyborg “...would create an incredible bridge between superheroes and humanity.”
Will his origin remain the same, or will Cyborg become an unwilling pawn of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lexcorp? We’ll see in two years...
We realize that the Ice King becomes a figure of empathy in later seasons of Adventure Time, but right now, we don’t care. We just don’t care, and we’re not going to care again until New York thaws out in May. In the meantime, check out these mathematical snow sculptures! There’s a cute Totoro at the end!
Morning Roundup has news about Noah and Divergent and The LEGO Movie! And a guy in the greatest shirt of all time attacking a car! And a hard-hitting look as a game world tragedy.
Growing up, I always had an affinity for Superman—but only the idea, the figure, rather than stories. Even when I was a very young comics fan, scrounging up my buck at the corner store, I preferred the soap opera theatrics of Claremont X-Men (and most especially their junior class, the New Mutants) over anything DC had to offer... But when pressed for my favorite comics characters, I’d invariably name Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hal Jordan. People I knew only through their Who’s Who biographies and indexes, whose histories were banked forever in that corner of my mind but whose monthly adventures—actually participating and enjoying them as they occurred—didn’t interest me at all.
For me, that math was simple and it remains simple: I like the idea of Superman and Wonder Woman, of inclusive human perfection, a lot more than the feet of clay that any given story demonstrates. I was a kid that loved soldiers and warriors, as ideas, but preferred my reading companions to be directly identifiable: I can talk about Superman all day, my house is frankly full of Superman crap, but I’d rather be reading about characters I understood and felt for.
Artist Jeffrey Veregge has used his Native American heritage as inspiration for superhero and movie based artwork, and the results are nothing short of stunning. These unique interpretations have such bold plays on color and geometry that they totally blew us away. Check out more of them below and head over to his website!
So, you bawled your eyes out during Catching Fire, and watched Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary unfold through your fingers. You know what? You’ve earned Idris Elba DJing while dressed as Superman. Here you go. Gaze upon that and ready yourselves for the week ahead.
Morning Roundup isn’t through yet! We’ve got some Matt Smith rumors, some million dollar comics, and lots of space shenanigans!
Lon Chaney Jr. and Moose the dog are having a serious discussion on the set of The Wolf Man, presumably about how they re both very good boys. Apparently these two were great friends as well as costars! Although Moose came to a sad end, it’s aww-worthy to learn that the dog always recognized Lon Chaney, no matter how much monster make-up he wore.
Morning Roundup features a spirited discussion of Doctor Who, something completely different over on reddit, and a giant leap forward in exoskeletons! Enjoy!
Over at Worth1000.com, they frequently hold art and photoshopping contests, and one of their favorite categories is “Superhero ModRen,” where they encourage fans to put superheroes into their favorite works of art. Some of the results on this are truly stunning, and they’ve run the category half a dozen times or so. Here are a few favorites from our end! (The one to the right would be Wonder Woman imposed on Lucien Henri Grangérard’s “Adolesence.”)
Superman is my favorite superhero, possibly my favorite fictional character. But when it comes down to it, my favorite moments in Superman stories rarely involve Superman directly, but instead are about the men, women, and children inspired by Superman to be brave and do the right thing, even at great personal cost. The little boy standing up to his abusive father in Action Comics #0. The population of Earth rising up to face Mageddon the Anti-Sun in JLA #41.
Which is why I love Bizarro so, so much. There are a few characters explicitly inspired to heroics by Superman (Supergirl, Superboy, Steel), but Bizarro is the only one who, by narrative conceit, can never live up to the ideal. Whatever his origin (and there’s been a few), Bizarro’s defining characteristic is that he’s “the imperfect clone of Superman.” He wants to be the hero but he always gets it wrong, often so badly he does the exact opposite of what Superman would do. He even speaks in opposites, replacing “hello” with “goodbye” and “hate” with “love.” This makes Bizarro an extremely versatile character.
Okay, we know that marching band is a noble endeavor, attempted by only the most valiant souls. But for a good portion of the population... they just don’t get it. Why can’t you just play your music sitting down? Or standing in place?
Well, maybe because you could never form a walking, eating T-Rex that way. Or the Eye of Sauron. Or fighting pirate ships.