DC Comics simply cannot leave bad enough alone. The Powers That Be are simply compelled to keep making things worse.
Now, in a mind-boggling move, Superman has been given back the silly T-shirt and jeans he was forced to wear when the failed “New 52” started, and Wonder Woman has… well, it’s hard to tell what’s new with her latest get-up, since her look has been changing so much lately. Let’s just settle for saying it’s as bad as the first time they put pants on her.
Not as bad as Superman’s crappy duds, but still.
And let’s not even start on the Man of Steel’s haircut.
Actress Helena Bonham Carter cozied up with an endangered bigeye tuna to promote the creation of marine reserves in the UK Overseas Territories.
“I am a big supporter of protecting the marine environment,” Carter said of the Fishlove campaign promoting the Blue Marine Foundation, which raises awareness of “the unsustainable fishing practices that are destroying the earth’s marine ecosystem.” And it’s not just fish; the reserves would help whales, turtles, seabirds, penguins and corals.
“I’m actually very phobic about fish, so when Greta [Scacchi] asked me to be photographed naked with a 27kg tuna I was more worried about touching it than getting my kit off. Having said that, I conquered my fears and by the end of the morning we’d truly bonded.”
The third Captain America “solo” movie, Captain America: Civil War, is beginning to look like an Avengers reunion — especially with confirmation that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has joined the cast.
Of course Chris Evans is back as Captain America, and Renner/Hawkeye joins the already announced Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, as well as Frank Grillo returning from Captain America: The Winter Soldier as rejuvenated baddie Brock Lumlow, now known officially as Crossbones.
In addition, Chadwick Boseman will debut as Black Panther, Daniel Bruhl will be making his first appearance as villain Baron Zemo — and then there’s the widespread anticipation that Marvel’s new Spider-Man will appear!
Here is the first look at what Melissa Benoist will be wearing when she appears as the title character in CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL pilot. It’s clearly a version of the fighting togs worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.
And I think that’s the point: DC Comics/Warner Bros want to establish a brand, and so they have to have a consistent look. If Supergirl’s uniform were all bright and cheery, that would conflict with the established grim-and-gritty feel of Superman’s look. Let’s just hope that Kara Zoe-El doesn’t go around casually breaking necks whenever it’s convenient, like her cousin.
Ultron is the focus of the newest trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron — with a brief recap of his origin and James Spader using his creepiest voice to lay out the evil AI’s plan to destroy Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Lots to love about this trailer, which its action-packed scenes and intriguing teases — do Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) hook up? Do any of the big guns die? Who wins, Hulk or Iron Man in Hulkbuster armor? (Just so you know, Uncle Joe firmly believes that Hulk should win, but how it plays out on film is anyone’s guess.)
Take a look at this terrific pastiche video that perfectly captures the peculiar flavor of a Wes Anderson film, from the lighting to the mannered acting to the camera angles and the use of music.
The Uncanny X-Men was directed by Patrick H. Willems.
“Yeah, we fight people.”
The executive producer and lead writer of DOCTOR WHO, Steven Moffat, has promised fans that the series will not be remade in any other country, because that would be… well, crazy.
Asked last week at BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool, England, if any foreign TV channels have asked about making their own version of DOCTOR WHO, Moffat said:
If anyone were to ask me, I’d say it’s an absolutely insane idea. You couldn’t have more than one DOCTOR WHO in the world. It would just be dreadful. SHERLOCK [which he also produces] and DOCTOR WHO are both doing rather well, but they couldn’t be more definitively British. They’re obtusely British. They’re about as British as it gets.
I totally agree with this. There is something that’s just… off about DOCTOR WHO that cannot possibly be replicated in America or anywhere else. Something about the worldview of the show is so inimitably British that it cannot be replicated or replaced by flashy effects and more money.