Thursday, December 31, 2015
Rumors have been swirling regarding the possible inclusion of Hippolyta and who will play her in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Negotiations with Nicole Kidman seem to have fallen through, and now Robin Wright is being associated with the role. I prefer Wright at an actress, so I am OK with this move (assuming the part is for Diana's mother, rather than Circe or another character). Still, there's a part of me that would love to see Lynda Carter in the role - she is still gorgeous, decades after she originally played the Amazonian princess.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Nightwing seems poised to finally make the leap to live action, but I am not sure where we will see him first. There was talk of a TNT series featuring Dick Grayson and other members of the Titans, but I haven't heard anything new on that in a long time. Ben Affleck's Batman is an older version, with at least one Robin in his past, and has the Red Hood saga rumored as the basis for a solo film so perhaps he will show up there. Then There's the Cyborg movie down the line, which has been rumored to have been changed into a Teen Titans film, once again a natural place for Nightwing to appear. Nothing seems to be set in stone with any of these plans, but I hope at least one of them provides a home for one of DC's longest running characters.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
I think that this would be a very interesting match up. Both have an unwavering mission to go after criminals and are looked upon warily even by the more straight laced heroes that they may fight alongside. They most likely would see one another simply as villains to be taken out, and it would be just a matter of time before they clashed.
Monday, December 28, 2015
In recent interviews, Mark Ruffalo has hinted that The Hulk may be undergoing some personality changes in his next cinematic appearance, Thor: Ragnarok. While I don't want the "Professor" version of the Hulk, it would be nice if he were at least a little more verbal. He's only been allowed to utter a few words in his past film appearances, and I think that has made the character somewhat limited. Let's hear some of his humorous nicknames for his friends and foes as well as throwing out boasts and warnings to his opponents.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
I was hoping that with the re-set timeline and 1980's backdrop, the teammates in X-Men: Apocalypse would finally be donning their colorful costumes from the comics and cartoons. Alas, from the footage and images I have seen so far, it looks like Bryan Singer is going back to the black leather look. At least Firestorm is getting closer to his comic book uniform on the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow TV show. They still need to add a headpiece to it, but it's an improvement on what we have seen so far.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Brainiac's "skull" ship is one of my favorite vessels in comics. Not only does it look cool, it perfectly represents the vanity of the villain that commandeers it. I am glad that even though Brainiac himself has been redesigned multiple times since its first appearance, the ship has more or less stood the test of time.
Superman and Machine Man crossed paths once before back in STF #770...
Friday, December 25, 2015
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
I remember getting a kick out of the Freakazoid cartoon back in the day. He was an interesting cross between the wackiness of Looney Tunes characters and straight up superheroes. The Creeper is a hero that can fit into both worlds as well so this could be a pretty cool pairing. But forget about a comic book, I'd want to see it animated!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
It was great seeing the original cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but I have to admit being more than a little disappointed at how little Mark Hamill was given to do. Sure, Harrison Ford is the A-List star to most - but for me, Hamill's return was the real draw. He has always seemed like "one of us", from his collector-friendly Amazing Stories episode, to writing and directing Comic Book: The Movie, to his decades-spanning performance as The Trickster and of course his perfect turns as the voice of The Joker and many other animated characters. Given the events in the film, it's a sure bet he will be much more involved in the action for Episode VIII... but it's going to be a long 18 months waiting for it!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Years ago, there was talk of a Sgt. Rock film being planned, but nothing ever came of it. Names like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger were mentioned for the lead role. While I enjoy both actors, it's hard seeing either of them truly embodying the character. In fact, I don't know who could really bring Frank Rock to life... maybe John Wayne in his prime?
Monday, December 21, 2015
Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that it all comes down to comicdom's greatest southpaw. Now that Earth-2 is a major plot point, maybe we can get an Alan Scott appearance on The Flash. It's not like he's being used anywhere else these days, so I can't imagine there would be any conflicts.
If you are wondering where Hal Jordan was during this two-part tale, that story was told back in STF #989...
Sunday, December 20, 2015
I was glad to see that Green Lantern Corps is among DC's future movies. Not only does that mean that Hal Jordan will get another chance on the big screen, we will also see the live action debut of John Stewart. I wonder which other GL's will fill out the roster though. I'd pick Katma Tui for her relationship with Stewart as well as Tomar Re and Chaselon just because they are so darn cool. I look forward to see the new character designs, as they all seemed a bit off the first time around.
This is only Part One of this cosmic tale - make sure you stop by tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion!
Saturday, December 19, 2015
It's going to be cool to see Hawkman and Hawkgirl in regular action once DC's Legends of Tomorrow gets started. I like that they are exploring the reincarnation aspects of the characters, as that presents a lot of story possibilities. The costumes look pretty good as well, although I agree with many that Hawkman's helmet needs tweaking. By mirroring Hawkgirl's helmet he looks more like Wolverine than the winged warrior.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Dial "H" For Hero was a crazy concept but I remember getting quite a kick out of it. As a kid that loved to create my own superheroes, it was cool to see what others my age had come up with - even cooler to see them in action by professional artists and writers. Most of the characters were really off the wall, but every once in a while there would be one that I thought was cool enough to be a mainstream star.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is ramping up, and bits of information are surfacing. First was the addition of Mantis to the cast, and now there is word that Kurt Russell is being considered for the role of Star-Lord's as-yet unnamed father. What I am really curious about though, is what songs James Gunn will select for inclusion in the sequel. The music from the first film was one of my favorite parts and I hope he can come up with an equally impressive collection for the new film.
The Legion also crossed paths with a couple of Guardians back in STF #686...
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
George Perez is rightly hailed as one of comics' greatest artists, and for good reason. His ability to make his characters unique in body and facial type and clearly depict action featuring a large cast is amazing. Even beyond that, his attention to detail, particularly in his landscapes and backgrounds in quite impressive. With so many fancy computer programs and coloring techniques available to comics, there is more opportunity for an artist to skimp on backgrounds these days, making me appreciate the effort that Perez has put in over the years all the more.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The Fantastic Four reboot hits home video this week and I think I will watch it this weekend while waiting for Star Wars crowds to thin at the theaters. I'm going in with pretty low expectations given the footage and reviews I have seen, so I hope that there with be a few action beats or character moments to pleasantly surprise me along the way at least.
These two teams shared an adventure once before, a two-parter that began in a galaxy far, far away...
Monday, December 14, 2015
I always wondered back in the day if Cherry Poptart creator Larry Welz got in trouble for making his title character look so similar to Archie Andrew's wholesome next door neighbor, Betty. Goodness knows that Cherry certainly got into some situations that Riverdale's sweetheart would never have been a part of, and I can't imagine that the executives at Archie Comics didn't notice.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
The first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse has been released, and it appears to be another action packed outing. It looks like the team will be going with the black leather outfit look again, which is a bit of a disappointment. I do like the mohawked Storm and Archangel, though. Oscar Isaacs as Apocalypse looked better than he did in the still images I have seen so far. I look forward to seeing what Bryan Singer has in store for his fourth X-film.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Continued from Yesterday's cover, it's time for Batman to call in an old friend for help. Doctor Strange is filming now, and looks ro be very cool based on the cast and set pictures that have surfaced. I'm a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock, and I can't wait to see him begin interacting with the rest of Marvel's cinematic stars.
Batman and Doctor Strange have met before, back in my B&B MS Paint Days - The first cover had them at odds, while the second was a classic tale which explains how every cover on this blog can exist...
Friday, December 11, 2015
Gotham has reached it's half way point through its second season, and I continue to enjoy it. It's a little hard to take seriously because many of the performances and plot twists are so over the top. I know that Gotham is supposed to be a rough town, but I don't know how they could get a single cop to work there when it seems like a dozen members of the police force get killed on a weekly basis. Still, there are enough decent performances to keep me coming back.
These two tangled once before, back in my B&B MS Paint days...
Make sure you come back tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion to this tale!
Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Wonder Woman film has begun shooting and set photos reveal that it will indeed be at least a partial period piece. On bit of casting that interested me was Lucy Davis, who played Dawn, the female lead on the original version of The Office from the BBC. Her role has not been announced, but I'm thinking that she will make a great Etta Candy. We will see if that will come to pass.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Question seems like a natural to show up on Arrow or perhaps the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow at some point. A street level hero that seeks out the truth behind every conspiracy can easily fit into or propel the types of story lines they use. The only problem would be finding an actor that doesn't mind being obscured by a featureless mask!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
The first time I paired Flash Gordon with The Flash, I used Barry Allen. It was pointed to me out that Jay Garrick's look even more closely resembled that of Gordon, and I have to agree. Here then is a meeting between them. Let's hope that Jay Garrick regains his powers on The Flash so that we can see some more original speedster action on TV.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Work on a New Mutants film has been announced, and frankly, I am surprised that it has taken so long. Of course, audiences will see at least one more X-Men installment first, this time using a younger cast in the roles of the team of heroes, Given that they will most likely now be closer in age, I hope there will be enough to differentiate the New Mutants from their predecessors when they take their cinematic turn.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
I still hope that one day we will see Paul Chadwick's Concrete on the big screen. There is so much potential there, through the unique visuals offered by Concrete's perspective on the world and the story lines that follow a decidedly different path than the usual super powered comic book character. Get a great voice to go with a CGI Concrete and it could be very cool - heck, I'd even like an all animated version if Pixar took the property on.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
The Bugs and Daffy Loony Tunes Hour was my favorite non-superhero cartoon growing up. I had no idea at the time that those shorts were already decades old by the time I watched them. Now, decades later still, when I watch those same cartoons on the Golden Collection series of DVD's, they still hold up just as well. It's really a testament to the Warner Brothers animators that they were able to create such timeless classics.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Crisis on Infinite Earths has its detractors, but I will always fondly remember the series, mostly due to George Perez illustrating the entire pantheon of DC Comics. For that reason, I was very excited when Marvel released The Infinity Gauntlet, a series of their own featuring most of their big stars and also drawn by George Perez. I was disappointed when he left the mini series after a couple of issues though. Ron Lim did a fine job picking up the reins, but I always wondered what the remainder of that series would have been like with Perez on art chores.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Many great heroes have a "dark reflection" type of villain, so this is a team that I have been meaning to assemble for a while. I can understand why it is such a common trope in comics and fiction in general. What better way to portray how heroic your character is than by presenting a version with the same attributes used for nefarious rather than altruistic purposes?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
When longtime Lost Issues visitor Isaac suggested this match up yesterday, I had to smack my head for never thinking of it myself. Obviously, many story possibilities present themselves when one considers the shared surname. This one was going to nag at me until I gave it a shot, so I decided to just go ahead and create a cover right away. Thanks for the idea, Isaac!
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I have always though that Brad Bird's The Incredibles was worthy of a sequel, and I am glad that one is finally in motion. Bird's other animated classic, The Iron Giant, is another story. As much as I love the film, I think that it is perfect just as it is. I think this is a definite case where the story is so perfectly told that a sequel is unnecessary.
Monday, November 30, 2015
This was a pairing that I had not initially thought about, but got a few requests for in the comments sections. The more I considered it, the more I liked the idea of a story featuring Cap and Hellboy together. It could feature a curse from WWII being revived in the present day and feature scenes from both time frames. Of course having a master like Mike Mignola tell the story would only make it even cooler.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
I recently read Old Man Logan and found it to be an entertaining glimpse into a possible future for Wolverine. It was a bit dark at times for my taste, but I enjoyed the characterization and beautiful Steve McNiven artwork. Apparently it was a hit because Marvel has brought that version of Wolverine to the present day for their current stories. There are also rumors that the storyline will factor into Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine movie. Interesting developments, but I wonder how long it will be until Logan in his prime returns again.
The last time these two crossed paths, things didn't go so smoothly...
Saturday, November 28, 2015
It has been promised that there will be no retelling of Spider-Man's origin once he joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is this a good thing because audiences don't need to see Uncle Ben die yet again, but hopefully it will lead to more humor from the hero. Toby Maguire's Spidey spent so much time mourning over loved ones that there was very little time left over for levity. Andrew Garfield always came off more arrogant and cocky that funny in the role, so the comedy didn't really work for me in his films. Hopefully the humorous side of Spider-Man is something that will finally be realized.
Friday, November 27, 2015
The teaser trailer for Captain America: Civil War has been released, and it looks great between the glimpses of Black Panther, the inclusion of so many Avengers and the conflict between Cap and Iron Man. Still, there was no sign of the part of the movie that has me most curious -Spider-Man. I wonder how big of a role he will have - I can't be too large with everything else going on, but I can't believe they will only give such an important character a brief cameo either.
Make sure you check back in tomorrow for the thrilling conclusion to this tale...
Thursday, November 26, 2015
When I look at the inventive and whimsical character designs of both C.C. Beck and Chester Gould, it's not hard to imagine that their signature characters could inhabit the same world. It would have been cool to see how Beck would have illustrated Dick Tracy or how Gould would have interpreted The Big Red Cheese.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
It has been revealed to very little surprise that the sequel to this year's Fantastic Four reboot is no longer going forward. Hopefully this will be the first step towards getting the rights back to Marvel Studios - or at least partially, as with Spider-Man. If there's anywhere that Doctor Doom is finally going to get a proper cinematic translation, it's back at home with Marvel.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The JSA have had a long history of tangling with maniacal villains seeking world domination, so this is a match up that I would love to see. I can imagine that the Society would not take very kindly to the Latverian dictator.
Make sure you stop by again tomorrow for Part 2 of this story!
Monday, November 23, 2015
It has been reported that David Goyer has expressed a reticence to use The Martian Manhunter in the the DC films because he feels like the character is too outlandish to work onscreen. I hope those sentiments were put to rest once Guardians of the Galaxy became a smash hit. That film froved that a green skinned alien would work just fine... right alongside a talking raccoon and tree creature, to boot! Let's get with the program, DC execs!
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Talk of the long in development Justice League Dark movie has picked up again, with director and casting rumors floating around. Even though Guillermo Del Toro is no longer attached to the project, apparently his top choice for the role of Swamp Thing was Ron Perlman - and the studio is still interested in hum. I had figured Swamp Thing would be a CGI creation, but if they are going to go with a live actor, I think that Perlman makes for a great choice.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
I still think it is a bit odd that Netflix is using The Defenders as the title of the series which combines Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, when Heroes for Hire seems to be a much more appropriate title. Not only that, it lessens the chance that we will see an actual live action Defenders show or film featuring the classic cast featured in the cover above. I loved that non-team growing up and have been waiting to see it featured in a cartoon or movie. It's funny, the closest we have gotten is when Justice League Unlimited presented a pseudo-Defenders team made up of Aquaman, Solomon Grundy, Dr. Fate and Amazo on "Wake the Dead", a great episode.
Friday, November 20, 2015
The first time that I paired Iceman and Robin together, I used Dick Grayson, and more than one person pointed out to me that Tim Drake might have offered more story opportunities because of the shared last name. What can I say, I have to agree, so here's a cover to remedy the situation!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Michael Eury of Back Issue requested a Batman/Ali match up a while ago, I hope he doesn't mind the addition of Deadman. I took me years to acquire a copy of Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali, and when I read it, I was not disappointed. Sure, the story is crazy, but the Neal Adams art in it is spectacular. Not only was he at the top of his form, the tabloid-sized pages really helped to showcase his work. I am glad that it has been reprinted so that more readers can appreciate it today.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The current Planet of the Apes franchise is readying a third installment and I hope it keeps up the high standards of the first two films. I liked how the second movie was so different from the first while still carrying the story along. The second Avengers film, while a ton of fun, hit a lot of the same story beats as the first and thus didn't feel quite as special. Hopefully the third will give audiences something they haven't seen before, and with the Russo Brothers at the helm, I am confident it will.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I am a huge fan of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and I am looking forward to finally seeing it return at the end of the year, even if only for a single special. Both actors are understandably in demand these days, and while I am a fan of Star Trek and Doctor Strange as well, I do wish they had time to work on more episodes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed sleuth.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that once again, Tony Stark has been less than forthcoming with one of his allies. Let's hope that Tony finds some redemption by the end of Captain America: Civil War. He did not come off well in Avengers: Age of Ultron. acting fairly recklessly despite his great intellect. Stark's attempts to become a better man have been the centerpiece to his character arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, and he deserves to finally be able to complete that journey.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Only a few promotional images from Captain America: Civil War have surfaced, but I like what I have seen of Iron Man's new armor. I have enjoyed the various designs that we have seen in the films to date, but I still miss Tony Stark's classic red & gold armor that he wore throughout the bulk of the Silver and early Bronze age. I have been waiting to see that look onscreen, widow's peak, hip discs and all, and maybe we will one day - but this new look is pretty cool too.
Make Sure you stop by for Part 2 tomorrow!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
I am still scratching my head as to why there has never been a ROM revival. I'm not sure who holds the rights these days, but I do know that the character is very fondly remembered and has a huge following. Imagine how cool a live action ROM would look, or how fun it would be to blast Dire Wraiths in a ROM video game! Much lesser properties have been brought back, bur ROM remains in limbo. It seems like a huge missed opportunity to me.
Friday, November 13, 2015
I have enjoyed plenty of comics featuring The Punisher, but his live action appearances have always fallen short for me. Non of the three attempts have really brought the character from the comics to life effectively in my opinion. That said, I am really looking forward to his appearances on the second season of Netflix' Daredevil series. Not only do I have faith in Marvel after the first excellent season, but the casting of Jon Bernthal in the role is just about perfect. I have a feeling that the fourth time is going to be the charm.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Now that DC has begun Calling Billy Batson Shazam in his superhero identity and Carol Danvers is the official Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics these days, there's been an opening for the title of Ms. Marvel. Marvel didn't waste any time and new there is a new hero on the scene. She certainly is getting plenty of early exposure, with her own comic, appearances with Carol Danvers and membership in The Avengers.
Cap teamed with the original Ms. Marvel way back in STF #72...