DC Comics seems to think so. In the recently released solicitations for August, almost a third of DC’s output will be Batbooks. But is all that bat a bad idea for business? Major Spoilers runs the numbers.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled to hit theaters on August 01, 2014. With less than two years to get the movie off the ground and on to the screen, is it really a surprise that the studios are looking for someone to play Star-Lord?
My parents were always adamant about us not having portable gaming systems, but when Pokemon Blue and Red came out my brother and I went on a year long pleading spree until we finally got some Game Boy Colors and a copy of each. Since then my interest in Pokemon has waned, but I’ve always kept the game in my thoughts. Which of course leads to analysis, which leads to contemplation of things that bother me about the game.
So I sat down and thought to myself. If I was given control of the Pokemon franchise, what would I do with it?
There’s a lot of talk on launching a third installment of the Expendables franchise. That’s all well and good, but Hollywood learned a long time ago that as more sequels are made, the box office returns generally go down. A third installment will more than likely have a $100 million budget, and to ensure money is available, the producers and executives may want to look to crowd funding to get the production off the ground.
For those who don’t know, I play a little card game called Magic: the Gathering. Every year, as new cards come out, we get a different take on a different world through the block system. For me, and many, many others, the best block that Wizards of the Coast (Wizards or WotC) ever created was the Ravnica block. That was seven years ago now. As with another popular block, Mirrodin, being revisited seven years after the fact, this fall we will “Return to Ravnica”. If you have ever heard me talk about Ravnica or Magic, you would imagine that I, and a large portion of the Magic community, are pretty darn excited. Well, you would be right, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have serious reservations. So take the jump for a speculative look at the “success” of the Return to Ravnica block.
My good friend, boss, and racquetball partner, Stephen Schleicher is a big fan of the Animated Universe that spiraled out of the Batman Animated Series. Specifically, he affirms that Kevin Conroy is the best Batman voice actor ever. And I tend to agree. So what’s the problem, you ask? I believe there are times when you should NOT use the best man for the job.
This summer, the comics world has been abuzz with the news of Marvel NOW!, a change that is reputedly not-a-relaunch of their comics line, which Marvel swears bears no resemblance to DC’s New 52 not-a-relaunch of 2011. Internet voices have already begun complaining, sight unseen, that this move is just another case of following the leader, and that the final nail has been struck into the coffin of Originality. It is worth remembering that a wise someone (the internet is torn on whether it was Heraclitus, Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt or Dick Van Patten) once opined that there is no such thing as an original idea. I’d take it a step further, by saying that, at least in terms of popular culture, there never have been many truly original ideas.
And that is perfectly fine…
It started out as a rumor – Peter Jackson had so much B-roll from shooting the two Hobbit films, that he was considering creating a trilogy. Jackson denied it, and the studios backing the project shot down the talk left and right. Then, right after the San Diego Comic Con, a third Hobbit movie was announced, new contracts were signed, and fans are left wondering, “Do we really need THREE Hobbit movies?”
Short answer, “Yes.”
In 2011, DC Comics took an enormous risk, restarting their entire comic book universe, and relaunching ALL their properties with a whole new, streamlined continuity. In 2012, Marvel Comics announced their ‘Marvel NOW!‘ initiative, the details of which seem to indicate that Marvel is making some changes but not going back to the drawing board for a full-scale reboot. The reality is, after 50+ years of interconnected stories, the Marvel Universe desperately NEEDS a fresh start…
Who came first, the hero or the villain? The question came into the general public’s awareness in 1989, when Batman and the Joker shared the exchange during a pivotal moment in the Batman film. While many will ponder in message boards and on soap boxes, a real world example may have finally answered that question.
This week, Major Spoilers turned six years old! As Major Spoilers celebrates its sixth year as a source for pop culture and comic book information, I sit back and look at where we were, and though it should be a happy time, I find myself so very frustrated.
Recently we have seen some controversy with people claiming the “geek” title for themselves, and the backlash it causes when other people feel they don’t deserve it. This issue is more complex than you may think, but there’s a very simple and basic issue at its core. We all like to feel special.
(Oh, real quick though, there’s a spoiler for watchmen in this article… I know it’s weird, but I kind of need it for the wrap. So if you’ve already read watchmen or you reeealy want to read this article then read on)