A few years ago, this guy by the name of Aristotle wrote a book called “Poetics”. Oddly enough, it wasn’t about poets, or poetry, or even Edgar Allen Poe. It was, instead, about the nature of storytelling and theatre, and the power they have to make us better people.
Today is the day, the day that The Flash and Supergirl cross over and we get a delightful musical episode. But this isn’t the first superhero musical. So let’s take a look at some previous songs about superheroes and supervillains and see which ones were the best.
Maybe you don’t like Christmas comic books. “Bah! Humbug!” you say, when creators try to mesh superheroes with yuletide cheer. Here’s one that has a ghost of a chance of changing your mind.
The Official Domestic Trailer for Russias very own superhero action flick GUARDIANS (AKA “Zaschitniki,” or “The Defenders”) hits the web.
The WB’s DC based shows have been, as a whole, a delight. Their wholehearted embrace of the source material and ability to deliver it to live action in a fun way has made them must-see-TV for many fans, and has turned many non-fans on to the often quirky charms of the superhero genre.
The DC Universe shown in the CW shows is a tragedy. I’m not saying that as an insult; I actually quite enjoy the shows and they’ve had some very strong stories and crafted some excellent adaptations of beloved DC characters. But in the theatrical sense, based on the definition of ‘stories where the protagonist fails…
It was in December of 1940, in Batman #4, when Batman reminded Robin, and confirmed for the audience, that he never employed the use of lethal force. For decades to come, nearly all other superheroes would employ a similar ‘no kill’ policy, be it outright stated or not. This was for multiple reasons. For Batman, it…
None of these are worth their own post. In aggregate, however, I think they’re worthy of discussion.
April is National Poetry Month. OK, so “poetry” doesn’t seem to fit well with io9. Science—and its cognate, science fiction—seems to run counter to poetry in many ways. Oh, geek culture loves its prose fiction, but poetry about spaceships and superheroes and video games doesn’t often get its due.
Wonder Woman Batman v. Superman is out next week. I’ve been reading and re-reading some things. I thought I’d make a post recommending a few Wonder Woman stories, if anyone’s interested.
the Winter Soldier prequel the new trailer (just a fight scene, to be honest) for Zashchitniki aka Guardians aka The Defenders, Russias stylish take on superheroes.
So there was an article today on io9 today about why it sucks to be a superheroes girlfriend. One of the points was how the girlfriend is usually the last person to find out about the superheroes secret identity which got me thinking about my biggest pet peeve regarding super hero identities, namely the tendency for…
This is an article on Malaysian Wayang Kulit shadow puppets from a studio called Fusion Wayang Kulit. From boing boing, with links to their FB page.
When the idea of a sequel to Pixar’s The Incredibles first showed up on io9, I made the following pitch for what I’d like to see. I’m posting it here, again, now so that I can file copyright infringement charges against Brad Bird when he creates his film—which I’m certain will follow my outline.
Whether movie-goers realized it or not, in watching the first Incredibles movie, they were being given a guided tour through the first few decades of the comic book superhero experience - what if the next movie continues that trend?
So, Gretnablue, Brawl2099, and I had a great discussion about what we like to see in characters that we think makes them great superheroes. The debate of which superhero is greatest will never end. Superman vs. Batman? Spider-Man vs. Batman? Wolverine vs. Batman? (Apparently a lot of people think Batman is great.)…
Howard Moskowitz once said that there was no perfect pasta sauce, only perfect pasta sauces. This is something that superhero films need to learn as I feel that the need to make everything like the MCU could eventually hurt the art-form as a whole.
As the title suggests, the upcoming stupid-ass movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature Batman and Superman opposing each other, at least for a while, before they inevitably come together to form what will become the Justice League of America. I do not follow this garbage film franchise, because it is…
Marvel’s newest big picture is finally out – the stakes are a lot smaller than in the Avengers flicks, but there are still huge connections. Is [REDACTED] alive? Where did [SPOILERS] go? Did you notice the first Ant-Man? (Not so) short answers, below.