Kyle Higgins, the current writer of Nightwing, has an unparalleled love of superheroes that manifests itself in his short film The League. Set in Chicago, the Grey Raven’s sidekick, Sparrow, has returned to investigate a series of murders seemingly committed by an old speedster super villain. Does the passion poured into the project make for a good film? Find out with a special indie movie Major Spoilers review!
The minds behind the New York Comic Con have released its current list of panels for the show.Â It’s quite a list, and there are panels attendees will really want to check out.
Here’s a sampling of the panels I found interesting:
BOOM! Studios: BIG! BOLD! BOOM! Join Mark Waid, Ross Richie, and Chip Mosher as they run down the most exciting new projects at BOOM! Including a special announcement by Mark Waid that is sure to make your head explode! (Friday, 2:15-3:15)
The Business of Webcomics! LIVE!: Watch PVP Onlineâ€™s Scott Kurtz take thematic suggestions from the crowd as he, on stage, creates a brand new online property while Penny Arcadeâ€™s Robert Khoo simultaneously turns these concepts into monetizeable business models. Take notes! (Friday, 3:15-4:15)
TMNT: Quarter Century of Artistic Evolution: In 1984, TMNT creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman published their first black and white TMNT comic book. Since then, the Turtles have gone from underground hit to worldwide phenomenon. A panel of Mirage artists â€” led and moderated by Steve Murphy â€” will walk fans through the artistic evolution of the Turtles. Artists Eric Talbot, Jim Lawson, Michael Dooney and Steve Lavigne have been with Mirage since the beginning and will give true and new TMNT fans an insider look at the art behind the beloved characters. What is their inspiration? Who is their favorite character? What generation of TMNT do they associate with most and why? How do art and story come together? And what might be next? (Friday, 5:45-6:45)
History of Superhero Movies: Past, Present, and Future: Comic books started out modestly eight decades ago, printed on pulp paper and appealing to a very young audience. Today, comics are American mythology with a broad ranging readership, with legendary characters and stories that have transcended time and inspired generations of readers and artists in all different mediums. Film and entertainment historian Eddy Friedfeld analyzes the comic book movie, how far the genre has come and where it is heading: From the innovative Fleischer animated Superman cartoons and the Columbia Batman and Superman serials of the 1940â€™s to George Reeves and Christopher Reeveâ€™s Men of Steel, to the modern collection of Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney and Bale Batmans, Spider-Man trilogy, and a new crop of cinema superheroes, including Spiderman, Iron Man, The Spirit, The Hulk, and Hancock who have taken the genre to new levels of entertainment and insight. (Sunday, 11:15am-12:15pm)
Head over to the New York Comic Con website for the complete rundown.
Over at his blog, screenwriter John August gives a breakdown as to what happened to his Shazam! movie and how the execs at Warner Bros. cancelled the movie.
When we turned the new draft in to the studio, we got a reaction that made me wonder if anyone at Warners had actually read previous drafts or the associated notes. The studio felt the movie played too young. They wanted edgier. They wanted Billy to be older. They wanted Black Adam to appear much earlier.
His first draft, turned in before the writer’s strike, was more of a comedy than the darker, edgier feel Warner Bros. is now targeting for its superhero movies.