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Whether it’s Angouleme or the Oscars, credibility wanes if diversity does

AFTER THE debacle in which judges saw fit to nominate no women, Angoulême moves on even as it opens up.The esteemed international comics festival begins today as it joyously takes over the French town for which it’s named. And the Festival...Show More Summary

Can Marvel and Star Wars franchises go on till … ‘forever’?

IN 2009, when Disney struck a $4-billion deal to buy Marvel, I asked the company’s mastermind editor and co-creator Stan Lee to size up the meaning behind the moolah. Just what was the Mouse House getting, exactly?Read full article ...

TV recap: The reverse plot twists fly fast in this week’s ‘The Flash’

IF YOU thought the return of Eobard Thawne on Tuesday night’s “The Flash” was going to add one yellow blur of a plot twist for the rest of Season 2, well … the reverse happened.Yes, the Reverse Flash was back (just as advertised in previews and online images). Show More Summary

Marvel gave its amputee superhero prosthetic legs — with the help of an Iraq War vet

DAN NEVINS knows the little things that only an amputee would know -- like what it does to your mind when you no longer sense the Earth beneath you.Which made Nevins -- who was wounded in Iraq in 2004 -- the perfect person to inform an otherworldly new story.Read full article >>

‘Supergirl’ recap: Amid workplace drama, who’s the Manhunter and who’s the man-hunter?

Mars attacks? No problem.The boss has an attractive son? Uh-oh.First things first: Monday night’s”Supergirl” had the Girl of Steel caught in the crossfire of a Martian civil war brought to Earth. White Martians have arrived with one mission: Destroy the hidden Martian Manhunter (who we now know disguises himself as Supergirl’s government ally Hank Henshaw).Read full article >>

Hollywood won’t give biracial Spider-Man a shot? These enterprising filmmakers come to the rescue.

WHEN THE future of Spider-Man’s next feature-film identity seemed still up for debate, a group of Washington-area filmmakers took notice and waited.Some rumors suggested Marvel Studios, having recently acquired rights from Sony to share...Show More Summary

From hip hop to politics: Four cartoonists confirmed for this fall’s National Book Festival

TWO GRAPHIC NOVELISTS who plumb the dynamics of culture, and two editorial cartoonists who plunge into the culture of politics, have been confirmed for September’s National Book Festival, the Library of Congress is announcing.Read full article >>

‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow': Did we ask for another superheroes team-up? More important: Did they?

Wait. Are these guys really legends?You may well ask yourself that upon first seeing the CW’s next superheroes show, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” which debuts tonight at 8.“Legends” is a direct extension of Greg Berlanti’s connected TV...Show More Summary

How one Batman writer conquered the concern: ‘What if everybody hates it?’

SCOTT SNYDER has long said that the day would come when he would write the big return -- when Bruce Wayne would go back to being Batman. But even such long-view awareness could not allay the author’s trepidation.Read full article >>

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ release is pushed back seven months — because we’ll line up whenever Disney says

ONCE UPON A TIME, in a 2013 announcement that now seems far, far behind us, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was pushed back from a summer 2015 release to its debut one month ago. And despite some hand-wringing at the time, we all know how that worked out.Read full article >>

This just in: AfterShock Comics is coming to comiXology in new digital deal

AfterShock Comics is bringing its great library to the digital realm.AfterShock is announcing this afternoon that it is teaming with ComiXology to bring the publisher’s line of comics to the digital format, allowing readers to access their comics on their devices of choice.Read full article >>

Here’s what we’re really seeing when we see the new ‘Suicide Squad’ trailer

THEY’RE THE bad guys. It’s what they do.But because this is an antihero tale, we root for them. It’s what we do.Here comes Deadshot (Will Smith), who can so powerfully pivot from stoicism to rage. Here emerages Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), whose hungry to chew some scenery. Show More Summary

At last, a true (and thrilling) window into Wonder Woman’s first solo outing

LAST NIGHT, with the CW special “DC Film Presents: Dawn of the Justice League,”  DC Entertainment, having played so much so close to the vest, began to really put its cards on the table. And the ace up its sleeve, it seems, is Wonder Woman.Read full article >>

See: This latest rockin’ ‘Suicide Squad’ trailer waxes rhapsodic

AS MID-’70s rock classics go, we reckon Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” or The Clash’s “I Fought the Law” would just too tame -- or not over-the-top enough -- for director David Ayer’s taste.Indeed, the Suicide Squad comes together for concussive...Show More Summary

Quote of the day: As Captain America turns 75, Stan Lee salutes ‘the best of America’

TONIGHT on ABC, ahead of the return of Marvel’s “Agent Carter,” a new documentary will air that celebrates the 75th birthday of Captain America.Yes, it was in 1941 that Steve Rogers made his comic-book debut, delivering that iconic haymaker to the chops of a reeling Hitler. Show More Summary

Here’s how the #OscarsSoWhite controversy will now unfold

WE’VE SEEN this song and dance before. Sure, this time, the members involved include some especially accomplished belters and hoofers. Yet there is such a pattern to this -- to how the sudden spotlight of embarrassment eventually ignites change -- that we can fairly predict how this will play out.Read full article >>

Oxenfree: A compelling, supernatural mystery

Oxenfree Developed by: Night School Studio Published by: Night School Studio Available on: PC, Xbox OneAs a child, I was fascinated by that mysterious region located off the coast of Florida known as the Bermuda Triangle, where legend has it that ships and airplanes disappeared under strange circumstances. Show More Summary

Why tonight’s return of Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ should command our attention

AMID ALL the praise for Marvel’s dark and much-buzzed-about Netflix universe, “Agent Carter” returns tonight with its second-season debut, to remind us that ABC has a powerful Marvel superhero worth praising anew.Read full article >...

Martin Luther King Day: How Rep. John Lewis continues to carry the banner for rights

THE JOURNEY BEGAN six decades ago now, when Rep. John Lewis was still a rural Georgia kid who used to preach to the chickens -- creatures that, he once told me, tended to listen much better than some of his modern colleagues in Congress.Read full article >>

‘SNL’ 2016 kickoff: Here’s why Adam Driver has a Force-chokehold on night’s best humor

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, the creative leaders behind Pixar’s “Inside Out” needed to write scenes resembling a live-TV production, so they felt compelled to do some in-person research to get their “dream scenes” right. As such, they ended up...Show More Summary

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