August 5, 2016 |
During a seminal run in the 1990s, Dan Jurgens wrote some of the best-selling Superman stories of the past 25 years. He killed and resurrected the hero and added now-classic and formidable villains to his rogue's gallery, like Doomsday and Cyborg Superman. Given all that, returning to the character as part of DC's line-wide relaunch "Rebirth," may strike some as a no-win scenario. Jurgens doesn't think so. "I think that, this time in knowing what this character is and knowing what 'Rebirth' was designed to do, that there was a natural fit there," he told Comics Guy Jerome Maida.
April 5, 2016 |
The weekend box office for Batman v Superman decreased faster than a speeding bullet. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell a steep 68 percent in its second weekend in theaters, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million over the weekend, easily besting the modest new openers like God's Not Dead 2 and Meet the Blacks . The Zack Snyder -directed movie cost a reported $250 million to produce and around $150 million to market, and has earned an estimated $261.5 million to date.
March 29, 2016 |
SUPERMAN. Batman. Wonder Woman. Critics. Who wins? Duh. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rebounded from a bat cave full of bad reviews to debut with a massive $170.1 million in North America, the sixth best opening of all-time. The stakes were high for the Warner Bros. release, which cost $250 million to make and about $150 million to market. But the studio's bid to launch a DC Comics universe to rival Marvel's empire was met with persistent PR pains and numerous changes in the release date.
March 25, 2016 |
Although Batman and Superman will appear and fight on the big screen for the first time in a film hitting screens this weekend, the seemingly odd matchup has happened several times in the comics. Why are Superman and Batman presented at cross purposes so often - and why do fans enjoy that conflict? "People find the conflict between Superman and Batman compelling because the disparity in power levels of the two characters means that Batman will always have to come up with some incredibly clever strategy to survive and even triumph," said comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society . "On the other hand, Superman's character will be tested as he has to battle an adversary who is so much less powerful, without killing him or looking like a bully.
March 20, 2016 |
"Fearing the actions of a godlike Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before. " - Warner Bros. synopsis for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice . Box office prognosticators are predicting big things for Friday's epic face-off, with two of the most iconic comic book characters-turned-film-franchises of all time sharing the screen and trying to take each other down, never mind the caped Kryptonian's obviously more-daunting skill set. Ben Affleck is the grouchy Gotham City crime fighter with the nocturnal flying-mammal fetish.
January 20, 2016 |
With his slick, black hair, lean silhouette, and chiseled features, Gerald "G-Eazy" Gillum could be a '40s gangster movie idol. Or a member of Roxy Music. Or a model of leather haute couture tuxedos. "That's me, man," G-Eazy, 26, says with a snicker. "I always dressed and had my hair like this, even if I'm not on stage. That's just me. " G-Eazy is a white rapper of coolly discordant, ominously symphonic, yet wildly commercial, slow electronic hip-hop that fills albums such as the new When It's Dark Out and packs rooms like the Fillmore Philadelphia, where he'll do two sold-out shows Tuesday and Wednesday.
June 23, 2014 |
Some fathers bond with their sons over a baseball game, a museum visit, a day at the zoo. Others wake up at 4 in the morning, drive from Virginia to Philadelphia, dress up in Batman, Robin, and Nightwing costumes, and become celebrities at the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. "It's something we do together," said Dave Huffman, 47, outfitted in full Batman costume. "We've met a lot of fun people. " Huffman drove up from Chesapeake, Va., to spend the day with his sons at the Convention Center, where 25,000 visitors were expected over four days.
June 19, 2014 |
THE TERM "living legend" is thrown around pretty loosely these days. However, when it comes to Neal Adams, the description is more than apt - and richly deserved. It was Adams who defined the look of iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Green Arrow for the modern age. In other words, it was Adams who gave them the look that we associate with them today. "All I really did was bring Batman back to what he was supposed to be," Adams said with typical modesty. "I didn't really change him. " Nevertheless, it is Adams' look for Batman and the others that almost every artist who has drawn the characters since aspires to. That's pretty impressive, but it pales in comparison to Adams' advocacy for creator rights, which was seared into him when he saw scores of artists lose their jobs because of a congressional crackdown on comics in the 1950s that made horror and crime comics disappear and prompted a Comics Code Authority to establish guidelines on appropriate content.
June 19, 2014 |
HIS LIVING ROOM was a bit disheveled, the victim of last-minute haste. An enormous stack of silver and red sat in the corner. At the top was the square, metallic-blue helmet of Optimus Prime, overlooking the house with its antennae-like ears pointed upward. It was just four days until Wizard World Philadelphia and Eric "The Smoke" Moran was making the final alterations to his new lineup of costumes with the same fervor and excitement of a believer on Christmas Eve. In the basement of his Chestnut Hill townhouse, all four walls are covered with film posters, drawings and action figures - most still in their original packing.
April 30, 2014 |
STILL CRAZY after all these years . . . Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell , were arrested on disorderly conduct charges Saturday by officers investigating a family dispute, but the couple held hands in a Connecticut court yesterday and said they did not feel threatened by the other. Simon told a Norwalk Superior Court judge that he had a rare argument with his wife Saturday night at their home in New Canaan. A caller from the singers' home dialed 9-1-1 late in the evening Saturday and hung up, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said at a news conference yesterday.