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Why a Dwayne Johnson ‘Black Adam’ solo film is the boost that DC needs

THE SUPER-TEAMING of Johns and Johnson may finally make this a reality. A year after Marvel’s Deadpool finally scored in a solo film after a decade of efforts, the DC character Shazam — in film development for a decade-plus — is slated to get his shot in 2019. And now, Shazam arch-nemesis Black Adam could […]

What America’s cartoonists will miss — and won’t miss — about drawing President Obama

MATT WUERKER has thoroughly enjoyed playing with President Obama’s face. Wuerker goes so far as to call the president’s countenance “a great gift to cartoonists” — perhaps even “the best mug to work with since Reagan.” “He simply has a hugely expressive face with a great range of expressions,” says Wuerker, Politico’s Pulitzer-winning cartoonist. “His […]

New ‘Logan’ trailer shows Hugh Jackman may not be the last Wolverine

“Logan” may be Hugh Jackman’s swan song to his onscreen Wolverine character, but that doesn’t mean once the movie ends there will be no more mutants popping adamantium claws in the future. The latest and final trailer for “Logan,” which comes out March 3, confirms what many fans had already suspected. The young girl accompanying […]

‘Gravity Rush 2? is a gorgeously animated, exuberant game

Gravity Rush 2 Developed by: JAPAN Studio Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment Available on: PlayStation 4 “Gravity Rush 2” is a sugary-sweet conglomeration of the best of Japanese geek culture. Sharply animated and brilliantly colored, the game has the look of an anime film and tells much of its story through comic-book panels. It’s the […]

As Joe Biden exits, comedy bids farewell to a one-man gold mine

There’s a trick to satirizing Joe Biden: You need only look within. So says Jason Sudeikis, who starred on “Saturday Night Live” from 2005 to 2013. To create his impersonation, he zeroed in on one trait: “He feels like a people person.” The actor grew up around that friendly nature back in Kansas and simply had to […]

Here’s how Trump’s inauguration will go, according to cartoonists

WITH DONALD TRUMP’s presidential inauguration just hours away, the lingering mysteries are descending upon the Mall. Who will perform at Thursday’s “Make America Great Again!” welcome celebration? Where will the best inaugural ballsShow More Summary

Mark Hamill uses his Joker voice to become the president-elect’s nemesis: The Trumpster

PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP, while on the campaign trail, once told a 9-year-old boy that yes, he was indeed Batman. So it seems only fitting that were Trump to be trolled by a prominent villain, it would be the Joker. Mark Hamill may have returned to his lightsabering ways by reboarding the Star Wars franchise, but to […]

‘Y: The Last Man,’ one of the best comic books ever, is on the brink of becoming an FX show

With the recent announcement from FX at a Television Critics Association event that the network is close to receiving a script for the in-development “Y: The Last Man,” is it possible we are one step closer to finally seeing a live-action adaptation of one of the greatest comic book stories ever told? Perhaps even more […]

As John Lewis’s memoir hits No. 1 on Amazon, he hopes to inspire the fight against injustice

AS THE “March” trilogy rockets to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list buoyed by a feud between its memoirist, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), and President-elect Donald Trump, the congressman is optimistic that more members of a new generation will now come to comprehend how so many sacrificed much for civil rights. During a week bookended by Martin Luther King Day and […]

Why Green Lantern can still recover and become the multi-movie franchise we deserve

The Green Lantern Corps might be the last group you’d expect to rescue Warner Bros./DC Entertainment’s sometimes-polarizing attempts to build a connected live-action movie universe. But with David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Man of Steel”) and Justin Rhodes now set to write “Green Lantern Corps,” as confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision […]

‘Deadpool’ is creating a brilliant Oscars campaign about rooting for the underdog

FEW MODERN Hollywood ad campaigns have ever maintained a long-term, multi-layered narrative better than “Deadpool.” And ahead of the Oscar-nom announcements on Jan. 24, the machinery is staying brilliantly on message. On Thursday evening, “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds tweeted out a 30-second “for your consideration” video aimed at the Academy. And right down to its […]

A book of comics about the Orlando Pulse shooting vaults to the top of the bestseller list

READERS ARE flocking to an all-star comics anthology just as quickly as its contributors signed up for the charity publication. “Love Is Love,” a team-up book between publisher IDW and DC Comics in response to last year’s Pulse nightclub tragedy in Orlando, has vaulted to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list for […]

How cartoonists are mocking Trump, Putin and the claims of ‘fake news’

PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump says he has “nothing to do with Russia” and concedes that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee, all while tossing out the tainted label of “fake news” when referring to rumors of his being compromised by Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s been a wild week already in American politics, and the inauguration is still […]

Why George Lucas’s new museum has a crucial mission that goes way beyond Star Wars

IT IS welcome news that George Lucas and his team have finally settled upon a museum home for the Star Wars creator’s collection, after a years-long saga among three cities. Because the $1 billion Lucas Museum for Narrative Art has a vital mission to achieve. In an American culture that clings to its bubbles and walls […]

The Black Widow movie you’ve always wanted is happening right now in her comic book

A Black Widow movie may not be on the horizon from Marvel Studios, but that isn’t for lack of inspirational comic book material. Marvel Comics’ current ongoing “Black Widow” series from writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee, which debuted last March, is the latest and best example yet that perhaps a solo movie starring […]

Oculus Touch gaming: Welcome to the future

The Climb Developer and publisher: Crytek Superhot Developer: Superhot Publisher: Superhot Team I began 2017 reeling about my office, bumping into my desk, toppling over books, and scraping paint off the wall with a controller. Though I wouldn’t have had a problem passing a breathalyzer test, I was, without question, intoxicated by room-scale, virtual reality […]

All kinds of adult fiction books decreased in sales last year — except for this one

TO GRASP the big picture in publishing in 2016, it’s illuminating to look at all the smaller pictures. Because last year, the only area within adult fiction that rose from 2015 was graphic novels. So reports Publishers Weekly, which in citing Nielsen BookScan numbers, writes: “The lone bright spot in fiction was comics and graphic novels, which […]

As the next Lando Calrissian, Donald Glover gets why the character is so vital to Star Wars

DONALD GLOVER’s first toy was Lando Calrissian, the Cloud City leader played by Billy Dee Williams in the original Star Wars trilogy. Now, Glover, having inherited the role of young Lando in the next year’s standalone Han Solo film, is talking more about the role that could see him soon cast in plastic as a […]

What the new image of the ‘Justice League’ movie reveals

Slowly but surely, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are getting closer to an eventual new trailer release for “Justice League.” Until then, fans will have to enjoy updates via “Justice League’s” social media accounts. On Sunday, the official “Justice League” Twitter account tweeted a new image of the superhero team (after it debuted at USA […]

‘Rogue One’ is about to become the top movie of 2016 at the domestic box office

“ROGUE ONE” is now on the brink of becoming North America’s biggest film of 2016. And if there were any question as to the financial incentives for years (and years) of spinoff “anthology” Star Wars films, all doubt has been removed by what will go down as Disney’s biggest domestic release of a year in […]

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