Superman died so Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman could live 

It’s been 25 years since the death of Superman, a cultural event that shocked a nation, swept comic books into the mainstream, and, we’re guessing, inspired that one Our Lady Peace song. The crossover event, which spanned a number of DC publications, is still remembered fondly and, in a bid to make something watchable…

Shazam! conjures up Djimon Hounsou to play its 3,000-year-old Wizard

Given that we’ve had multiple updates from DC, Warner Bros., and New Line about how the upcoming superhero film Shazam! is basically going to knit everyone in America a sweater made of smiles to make sure you know how family-friendly and light-hearted it’s gonna be, it’s a little surprising this news took so long to…

People are hectoring AT&T to release Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League

One of the internet’s most organized, hyper-specific, extremely-online fanbases is that of Zack Snyder and Warner Brothers’ critically reviled DC Extended Universe. While most people have reacted to the recent run of Batman and Superman movies with something between indifference and strong dislike, some very vocal…

Hey DC, why not let the writers of Infinity War fix your cinematic universe? 

Things are not so great over in the DC Extended Universe at the moment. Case in point: Justice League, the superhero team up that was supposed to be the DCEU equivalent of an Avengers film, ended up becoming the worst-performing DCEU film to date. (Admittedly, that’s like saying you wanted a gold-encrusted Ferrari…

DC is going to win back DCEU fans if it has to throw each one into a Batmobile by hand

DC has taken the opportunity at this year’s SXSW to open a pop-up shop bound and determined to remind you that their superheroes are fucking cool. After several films that were received, shall we say, less than enthusiastically in recent years, DC and Warner Bros. have hit the festival hard in an effort to restate the…

Weekend Box Office: Did The Mummy just put a nail in the Dark Universe coffin?

“Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters,” says Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll as Nick Fury around the midway mark of last week’s The Mummy. In case the prominent “Dark Universe” logo at the onset of the opening credits didn’t make it clear enough, Crowe was there to remind audiences that the dopey Tom Cruise vehicle…

Letters For Lucardo is both vampire love story and explicit erotica

Monsters in pop culture are cyclical, with media fixating on a particular type long enough for audiences to get sick of it before moving on to the next one. For a while it was vampires, and for the most part creators are hitting the tail end of zombies as a reasonable plot device. Soon it will be aliens again, or…

For female heroes written by actual women, look beyond Marvel and DC

Nadia Pym is Marvel’s latest attempt to make its comic-book universe resemble its cinematic universe, and while she’s not exactly the same character as Ant-Man’s Hope Pym, she fills the same role as Henry Pym’s daughter that takes on the Wasp mantle. (In Slavic, Nadia means hope.) Nadia takes the spotlight in the new …

Patty Jenkins doesn’t think her Wonder Woman is a “mess”

On Friday a vicious open letter from a self-proclaimed former employee of Warner Bros. and published at Pajiba made the rounds. It covers the author’s frustration with the studio’s insistence on fucking up DC properties in the wake of 2014 layoffs. Mostly the information is not groundbreaking. (“Zack Snyder is not…