April Fools’ jokes are tricky, and not just because it’s way too easy to forget the date and believe Gmail’s about to turn blue for a few minutes. They’re also hard to get right: they need to be believable, but not too believable; absurd, but not totally out of left field. And most importantly, they need to leave your readers feeling in on the joke, rather than cheated and pissed off. We’ve compiled the highlights (or, depending on your viewpoint, lowlights) of today’s pranks from around the Web. From the email of the future to an Aaron Sorkin-esque HR move at a comics giant, here are the headlines that made us smile, cringe, and sometimes both. … Read More
Marvel, DC, and Pixar are three of the most titanic forces in entertainment, each with its own set of iconic characters and distinct aesthetic — that is, until now. Phil Postma, who runs the geek blog Minion Factory, has transposed Marvel and DC’s cast of superheroes and supervillains into Pixar’s instantly recognizable animation style. The result is a bizarro world where Peter Parker looks like the guy from Ratatouille and Magneto could have come straight out of The Incredibles. Postma has done similar work with the casts of Star Wars and Star Trek, but the comic-Pixar mashup is his most seamless yet. Take a look at the makeovers, which we discovered via io9, below.
With a few glaring exceptions (both the Green Hornet and the Green Lantern instantly come to mind), comic book crime fighters usually translate into extremely popular live action entertainment, spawning the kind of film franchises that are just as exciting for studio execs as overeager fanboys. But for whatever reason, Hollywood has really struggled when… Read More
Scottish illustrator Matt Cowan — whose clever pop-culture math equations we previously featured — is back with a new poster that casts superheroes and villains from the Marvel and DC universe as elements on the periodic table, grouping them according to their powers, affiliations, and species. Explore a much larger version… Read More
Considering the speed with which Hollywood usually cashes in on a smash hit, we were frankly a little surprised that it took a full month for the staggering opening weekend of The Avengers to get the long-gestating film version of DC’s equivalent all-star superhero franchise going. But as Variety reports, it’s not that it just happened, it’s that it just broke — Warner Brothers, which holds the film rights to the DC characters, put screenwriter Will Beall (who penned the forthcoming Gangster Squad) on the job of writing a film version of Justice League last year, a “top-secret hire” which, according to the industry paper, “was more in anticipation of — rather than a reaction to—the box office success of The Avengers.” So the Justice League movie is happening — but filling it with superheroes will be easier said than done. Who should play them? We’ve got some ideas after the jump — and we’d love to hear yours. … Read More
Everyone loves the idea of traveling to faraway planets and hanging out with aliens, right? Science fiction is such a cool genre — there’s spaceships and jet packs and lightsabers and sexy green women and a guy who travels through time in a phone booth! It’s not all it’s cracked up to be, though, when you start to actually think about the type of planets you see in sci-fi stories. Some of them are utopias, sure, but those places usually get blown up, like Krypton and Alderaan and the planet Vulcan from the new Star Trek movie. For every lush world full of hyperintelligent civilizations, there’s a crappy slime-planet that everybody hates living on (and some of the lush planets are pretty crappy too, actually). Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up some of the worst places we could think of to build a summer home in the science fiction world, ranked from least to most awful. Check out our list after the jump, and tell us about your least favorite planet in the comments. … Read More
Is it just us, or have the past few weeks of network television renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups been particularly dramatic? More than any other previous year, the anticipation and anxiety surrounding upfronts has been at fever pitch, with fans of imperiled cult favorites glued to their Twitter feeds for news and a slew of new shows that already have critics and readers talking. The onslaught of announcements has been so intense that even those of us who follow pop culture for a living have had trouble keeping up — so, for the sake of our sanity and yours, we’ve dug through the reports to compile a list of the biggest and most interesting news about the 2012-13 TV season, including trailers for some of the most talked about new series. … Read More
The past decade has been pretty good to movie-loving comic book nerds. Superman and Batman movies have been around for decades, but now Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hellboy, the X-men, the Hulk, Captain America, and even Green Lantern and Thor have made their way to the big screen. Hell, there’s a Watchmen movie, and nobody even thought that would be filmable!
The thing is, Hollywood is running out of cool comic book heroes to put on the silver screen. Recently, we learned that a long-rumored Ant-Man movie may actually happen – Ant-Man! Seriously! Once the Avengers and the final Dark Knight films premiere, what superheroes are going to be left? Here are a few that we can’t see carrying a franchise, no matter how hard to studio execs try to make it work. … Read More
Cupcakes aren’t just cutesy treats for girlie girls like Zooey Deschanel’s character from New Girl – they also make the perfect canvases for some awesome (and often decidedly geeky) comic-related pop art, featuring everything from superheroes to graphic novels, and even Sunday morning newspaper comics. Plus, they always look so delicious! We’ve scoured the Internet to show you some of the best comic cupcakes out there, so click through to check them out — if, like us, you’ve been quietly suffering from a massive post-Valentine’s sugar hangover all day, these sweet treats might be just the hair of the dog that you’ve been craving! … Read More
If being a fan of Star Wars and comic books alone isn’t nerdy enough for you, then you’ll be happy to know that Scottish illustrator Matt Cowan has put together a series of mathematical equations that explain the origins of some of your favorite pop-culture characters, from Darth Vader to Captain Jack Sparrow. Check them out after the jump, and be sure to take a look at Cowan’s T-shirt store if you have a powerful urge to put one of these cool designs on your body. … Read More