The Dystopia Project

As just about everyone in the world is aware, the last several months have been a bit strange here in the United States. A billionaire businessman with no government experience is now the leader of the free world. The country’s venerable intelligence agencies have posited that foreign operatives worked to help put him into office. And now, just days after his inauguration, his team – in its ongoing fight with the national media – is arguing that easily disprovable statements aren’t lies but “alternative facts.” Up does certainly seem to be down.  Read More

“Make ‘Em Laugh”

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

After nearly two weeks of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being panned as a grim, joyless slog, the website Birth.Movies.Death. reported last Friday that Warner Bros. is working to lighten up its next DC Comics flick, Suicide Squad – which will hit theaters on August 5. But while the timing of the news seems to suggest that the “tens of millions” of dollars being spent on reshoots is in reaction of the poor reviews of BvS, the fixes seem to have been in the works for at least a few weeks.  Read More

DC v Marvel

BamSmackPow

BamSmackPow

Founded in 1934 and 1939, respectively, DC Comics and Marvel Comics have been rivals for nearly 80 years. But while that competition mostly existed in the pages of the comic books that gave them their starts, it’s increasingly showing up on the big and small screens as well.  Read More

“If It Ain’t Broke…”

While it is way beyond cliché to say that Hollywood hasn’t had an original idea in decades, it is certainly true that things seem to go in cycles. I’m sure that’s been the case since time immemorial, but I really became aware of it in the early 2000s, when superhero flicks seemed to be all the rage. Okay, that feels a bit weird to write since we now get a bevy of big-budget action films from the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Studios every year (and will until at least 2019), but that wasn’t really the case before Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in 2002, which showed that there was indeed a market for films based on comic books. Read More

#WheresRey: The Saga Continues

Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm

Good evening readers!! While I initially had a Marvel vs. DC Comics post planned for this evening, that got shelved after I read an article on Hypable earlier this afternoon that raised more questions about the whole #WheresRey controversy. Sent to me by my best guy friend S, the article links to a report on the blog Sweatpants and Coffee that quotes an industry insider as saying that Star Wars toymakers were “specially directed” to exclude Rey from their products. Though these claims aren’t all that surprising given what we’ve seen so far in terms of a dearth of merchandise for female characters, it still made my heart hurt and my blood boil. Then, I got angrier as I read some other news stories about the whole thing and I decided tonight was a good time for a bit of a rant here on Geeky MusingsRead More