DC Comics

In ‘Gotham,’ The City’s Darkness Outshines Its Hero

Gotham is this year’s Most Likely To Succeed show because there are fervent, built-in fans who will immediately flock toward any and all Batman stories. Gotham is also this year’s Most Likely To Disappoint show because it happens to exist in a pop culture world that is overpopulated with Batman stories. It’s a strange conundrum: How do you take one of media’s most popular characters (from books, television, and movies), create him anew and force him to stand out, especially amidst the lingering success of The Dark Knight trilogy and the upcoming, questionable Zack Snyder movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Fox does so by taking a unique approach: focusing less on Batman and more on his hometown of Gotham. What results is a great pilot about the crooked core of a rotten city. … Read More

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The 15 Stupidest Comic Book Superpowers

With X-Men: Days of Future Past hitting theaters this weekend and showing the world how super-cool superpowers can save the world (and also save a motley crew of friendships), now seemed like the perfect time to take a look at some lesser superhero powers. As the co-author of a book about teens with lame superpowers — The Misshapes, available in October — I wanted to see what the geniuses of Marvel, DC, and beyond came up with when they were bored and punchy. With 80-plus years of the American comic book industry available, there’s a terrible superpower for nearly every day of the week. … Read More

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10 Kick-Ass Female Comic Book Characters You Should Know About

At a recent “Women in Comics” panel at New York Comic Con, Alpha Girl Comics founder Amy Chu pointed out that Wall Street was doing a better job of closing the gender gap than the comic book industry. Perhaps this seems like an outlandish claim, but illustrator Becky Cloonan also revealed during the panel that, although 40 percent of NYCC’s attendees are women, only six percent of its special guests are female. This is not a negligible gap. … Read More

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Illustrations of Female Superheroes Dressed as Hipsters

What happens when you cast the characters of Girls using your favorite female superheroes? Atlanta-based artist Elizabeth Beals shows us exactly that with her collection (spotted via Laughing Squid) of DC Comic heroines dressed like they just stepped off of the L train. Skinny jeans, rompers, and slack-jawed boredom abound! Check them out after the jump. … Read More

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The Best April Fools’ Jokes From Around the Web

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

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Classic Comic-Book Superheroes Reimagined as Pixar Characters

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.

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The CW’s Trying to Make Wonder Woman Happen

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

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