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Tue
Aug 19 2014 12:00pm

Whatever Happened to the Boy Wonder? Bring Robin Back to the Big Screen

Robin, Dick Grayson, Batman The Animated Series

In 2008, when fans were eager for the final installment of Chris Nolan’s bat trilogy, there was an alleged quote from star Christian Bale, claiming that he would refuse to go to work if Robin showed up in the next film. Of course, he sort of did in the form of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but that hardly counts when he’s an adult and spends practically all of his time on screen not being Robin.

[But why the shyness where the Boy Wonder is concerned?]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 1:00pm

Looking For Spice in All the Wrong Places: Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Crisis at Crystal Reef

Star Wars, Young Jedi Knights, Crisis at Crystal ReefIt’s time for the Very Special Episode of the Young Jedi Knight books. It is also, unfortunately, the final installment of this series. Natalie and I are going to miss looking back on these weirdly formative adventures with all of you. They were a significant part of our childhood, and a funny corner of the Star Wars universe before everything went all… dark and stormy with the New Jedi Order.

So we finish on Crisis at Crystal Reef! Jacen still looks like Jonathan Taylor Thomas on the cover (seriously, what is going on?) and we’re going to be spending some time in the spice mines of Kessel (though he won’t be smashed into anything). People will get trapped in ice caps, but emerge much sooner than Captain America or Aang did in their respective narratives.

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Thu
Aug 14 2014 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 1 and 2

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverThe Harry Potter Reread is listening to a howling breeze at the moment, and dearly hopes that this is not a harbinger of bad news or bad sleep or bad company. (Not like the band Bad Company, which is an altogether different subject.)

We are starting the third book! And Harry is becoming a teenager. Which should worry the Dursleys probably more than it actually does. We’ve got the first two chapters of The Prisoner of Azkaban to start—Owl Post and Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Mon
Aug 11 2014 1:00pm

Uncle Lando’s Magical Amusement Park: Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Trouble on Cloud City

Star Wars: Young Jedi KnightsL Tourble on Cloud CityThe fun never ends when your adopted uncle is Lando Calrissian, as evidenced by this… wait. Wait, why does Jacen look like Jonathan Taylor Thomas on the cover of this book? Are we now obligated to watch every episode of Home Improvement? What vile scheme is this?

He really does look exactly like JTT, though. Which might make sense in terms of him being popular when this book came out. But it’s… creepy? Is Jaina based on someone too? Help us out, people.

Anyhow, that was a roundabout way of getting to the reread! Which happens to be the penultimate book, sadly. At least Uncle Lando shows up. It’s time for Trouble on Cloud City!

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Thu
Aug 7 2014 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: Rewatching The Chamber of Secrets Film

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film, Harry, Ginny

Rewatch in the reread time, everyone! Look out!

Now… what of Chris Columbus’ second (and final) foray into the Potter universe? Well, for one, I had forgotten how long it was. A film for the little ones that easily goes for two-and-a-half hours? What world is this? The answer, of course, is a world obsessed with Harry Potter. This film came out after Goblet of Fire was published, and Hogwarts Mania was firmly in the zeitgeist.

The movie is a mixed bag for sure, but it’s better than I remembered. I think it helps having some distance on these babies—now that the hype is no longer present, there’s less riding on these films being the best that they can possibly be.

[Can we panic now?]

Mon
Aug 4 2014 1:00pm

Never Too Late for Your First Space Derby — Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Return to Ord Mantell

Star Wars Young Jedi Knights Return to Ord MantellThere was this guy in the Star Wars EU called Gallandro, who was basically their version of an Old West gunslinger type. Wait, isn’t that Boba Fett already? you may ask. Nah—they needed a more direct knock-off. Fett has a rifle so he can’t draw at high noon.

No, really, Gallandro was known for being a fast draw.

But he and Han had unfortunate run-in and Gallandro didn’t make it out alive. Don’t worry; if you know anything about the EU, you know that everyone’s got kids except Lando. (Lando should have kids. Boo.) And they’re usually girls because there aren’t enough women in Star Wars. Let’s jump into Return to Ord Mantell and find out exactly what is going on with Gallandro’s legacy.

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 3:12pm

It’s Harry Potter’s Birthday — Let’s Celebrate With Fan Art!

Harry Potter, palnk, seven years

One of my favorite aspects of fandom has always been fan art. And since it’s Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday, it seemed the perfect occasion to flood the gates with gorgeous/moving/hilarious Potter fan art, like you see above. That piece, detailing all seven of Harry’s years is by DeviantArt user palnk.

More treats below!

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 12:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 17 and 18

Harry Potter and the Chamber of the Secrets coverThe Harry Potter Reread has passed through what Americans call a “sophomore year,” which is a useless word, in that it is designed to make it seem as though something was accomplished instead of just saying oh, good work on that second year. Seriously, it means nothing, but it sounds terribly important. (Also, it’s Harry and Rowling’s birthday today, so… cake? Do we have a cake? We should get some cake.)

Which does not detract from the fact that we’ve reached the end of the second book! I knew the first two went by faster than the rest, but this has been a total blur. I’m just sort of stunned and wobbly. Like a newly-freed house-elf? We’ve got two chapters left of The Chamber of Secrets—The Heir of Slytherin and Dobby’s Reward.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 7:00am

J. K. Rowling’s Real Life is More Incredible Than Any Fiction

JK Rowling You know what’s really hard for me? Talking about J. K. Rowling objectively (and on her birthday, too—she’s 49 today). And it’s not just because she wrote one of the most successful book series of all time, teaching millions of children to adore reading in the process. Not just because she has used her well-earned gains to promote so many charitable causes. Not just because the world loves a good rags-to-riches story, and hers is one of the best.

It’s because she described herself as “the biggest failure [she] knew” before she sat down to write one of the most beloved fantasy worlds on paper. It’s because she turned the sorrow over her mother’s death into a tale where a mother’s love for her child ultimately saves the world. It’s because all of the first publishers to read her three chapter sample rejected her book. It’s because failing made Jo Rowling push back hard against depression and poverty to find her very best calling.

It’s because she gave us Harry, Ron and Hermione, and so many of us wouldn’t recognize our childhoods without them.

[Meet in the Astronomy Tower…]

Wed
Jul 30 2014 9:30am

Yes, Women Want to Be Thor—So Why is the New Avengers Line-up Cause For Ire?

Mjolnir, Thor's hammer

Oh, the fury. The rage of fans who rally against change, across the board. There are so many reasons for the anger, too. There’s the academic “I don’t like where my media is going, so this specific move is a harbinger of everything that’s wrong!” There’s the over-concerned “I just think they should be more creative when trying to open up properties to groups that have classically been overlooked.” There’s the brazen “Diversity is just pandering, and if that’s what my favorites stories have become, I’m out of here.”

[What’s wrong with Thor being a woman, again?]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 1:00pm

Life As A Plague Storehouse—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: The Emperor’s Plague

Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: The Emperor's PlagueWith the advanced weaponry the Star Wars universe purports, it’s really no surprise that biological warfare would have been developed and enacted to a certain degree. So… who wants to encounter that as a teenager? You probably guessed it!

It’s the Young Jedi Knights, if you’re still guessing.

That’s right, the whole Diversity Alliance debacle will come to a head right now as the kiddies encounter The Emperor’s Plague! Which sort of sounds like the worst carnival ride ever. We will not be riding in those rusty cars any time soon.

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Sun
Jul 27 2014 2:30pm

Get Ready For Some Winchester Karaoke—Supernatural Party at SDCC!

Supernatural, Demon Dean

Supernatural is ten years old and almost to its 200th episode... so clearly they deserved a Hall H party at SDCC this year! Lets take a look at what they had to share with fans... (Hint: THERE IS GOING TO BE KARAOKE.)

Spoilers for fans who are no caught up to the end of the series—that’s season 9.

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Sun
Jul 27 2014 11:05am

New Teaser for The Flash Shows Barry Allen Ignoring Highway Speed Limits

CW's The flash, Barry Allen

This sonic teaser for CW’s The Flash popped up yesterday, and it shows Barry Allen giving a bored traffic cop a run for his money.

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Sat
Jul 26 2014 1:17pm

Warner Bros. SDCC Panel Delivers Batman v Superman, First Look at Wonder Woman, Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max, and Hobbit 3 with Stephen Colbert!

Batman v Superman

The Warner Brothers panels was buzzing before anything started—while they'd already announced spots for Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the final Hobbit film, everyone was hoping for a peek of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:37pm

Barrowman Forces Cast to Keep Secrets, Superman Might Steal Oliver’s Date, and A Season 3 Preview: Arrow at SDCC!

Arrow, Stephen Amell, John Barrowman

The cast and crew of Arrow were at San Diego Comic Con to get fans revved for season 3! (As though anyone needed the help!) And what did they have in store? Well... I'm allowed to keep you in suspense before a cut.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 6:06pm

What’s Next for Star Wars Books? The SDCC New Dawn Panel is Here!

Asajj Ventress, Star Wars book

Star Wars fans have already been informed the all Star Wars books going forward will fit into the new canon, going along with the television shows and movies, but here is a sample of what's coming up! The Star Wars books panel at SDCC has tie-ins for Star Wars: Rebels and much more.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 4:20pm

iZombie is More Buffy Than Veronica Mars: Rob Thomas Gives Hints at SDCC!

iZombie promo, Rose McIver, Liv Moore

Helmed by Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas, iZombie has been causing its fair share of buzz this year as part of the new CW lineup. Fan were saddened to hear that the pilot, set to screen on preview night, was not making an appearance, but today’s panels had plenty of peeks in store for eager fans.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 10:15pm

What to Expect From Star Wars: Rebels! New Info From the Cast and Crew

Star Wars Rebels

The creative team involved in Star Wars: Rebels came to SDCC this year to talk about what fans could expect from the new television series. And what they've got in store is truly exciting.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 8:49pm

TMNT, The Rock, Plus Batman Makes an Indecent Proposal to Christopher Nolan at SDCC Paramount Panel

Megan Fox, TMNT, SDCC 2014

There were trailers, stars, and big reveals galore at the Paramount panel in Hall H this afternoon! San Diego Comic Con brought the big guns as usual, this time with a special appearance by Chris Nolan—who has never before attended a Comic Con.

Megan Fox also proved that she is the SDCC Mascot of Perfectly Weird Faces. As you can see. If we freezeframe the new Turtles movie, it will basically be all this, right?

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 4:15pm

Superman Can Probably Use the Force, So This Picture of Henry Cavill as A Jedi is Right

SuperJedi, Henry Cavill dressed as a Jedi

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.