For a character with no real footprint in the pop culture landscape (no feature film in development, no TV series in the works, and only one comic at publisher DC), Wonder Woman nevertheless occupies a huge space in the public consciousness. At least, that's the argument of filmmaker Kristy Guevava-Flanagan, whose hour-long look at the history of Wonder Woman "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" draws a line between William Moulton Marston's Amazonian princess and the birth and progress of the feminist movement.
"Wonder Women" positions the character as kind of the patron saint of feminism: strong, confident, bold, and at the same time marginalized, minimized, and sometimes only grudgingly part of the conversation. As disappointing as it is to see the character pushed to the margins of pop culture over the years, it's heartening to see so many creatives and thoughtful women still inspired by the legacy of the character.
With issues 15 and 16 of Valiant's "X-O Manowar," time-tossed Visigoth Aric of of Dacia returns to Earth after taking the battle to the aliens that took his hand and enslaved his people. While we don't yet know how things went on the other end of known space, it's left the X-O armor-bearer feeling a little homesick. Unfortunately, his home disappeared some 1600 years ago, so he might need to take over a new one--and that's going to put him up against Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior.
Writer Robert Venditti agreed to answer a few questions about "X-O Manowar's" next big event, and what it means to have a guy in an alien murder suit go up against an immortal badass.
Coming this spring, Shout! Factory releases Marvel Knights Animation's "Inhumans" on DVD. From the acclaimed team of writer Paul Jenkins and artist Jae Lee, "Inhumans" follows the Eisner-winning adventures of King Black Bolt and his royal family as they attempt to protect Attilan. Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer at Marvel Entertainment, chatted with MTV Geek about Marvel Knights Animation, getting the pages to leap right off onto screen, and what Marvel fans should be looking out for next.
Katee Sackhoff has a busy couple of weeks on the video shelves: on Tuesday, the thriller "Sexy Evil Genius" is out followed by "The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia" on April 16. In both films, the "Battlestar Galactica" and "Bionic Woman" actress plays two very different, very troubled women--one out to get revenge on the lovers who've done her wrong, the other a young woman helping her family deal with with a vengeful spirit.
I spoke with the actress recently about her attraction to these sometimes unloved characters, the kinds of horror she's into, and what it was like working with her "Robot Chicken" co-stars in "Sexy Evil Genius."
The spring slate of new programming of Cartoon Hangover begins today with "Our New Electrical Morals." Sprung forh from the doodles and absurd imaginings of webcomic creator Mike Rosenthal, the long-running strip is the opening salvo in the YouTube channel's pilot-style releases of animated shorts which, with enough interest, could join "Bravest Warriors" as an ongoing series.
In our first interview ever conducted while wearing a monocle (not really) Rosenthal talked to us about the origins of the strip, the origins of the Business Cat, and his strange, conflicted feelings about dubstep.
There's a certain way these kind of long-lead reveals in comics work: in the best situations, neither the comic creators (or us covering the comics) want to spoil the big reveals, but at the same time, the publishers want just enough tantalizing details about the big secret (whatever it may be) to keep readers readers invested for the couple of months until the issue in question comes out. So it goes with James Robinson in our chat yesterday about the Batman of DC Comics' Earth 2, whose identity will be revealed in May's first "Earth 2" annual.
Look, Robinson's not going to spill the beans about who's under the cowl (but we can safely assume it's not Bruce), but he did tell us a little about how this character operates and he wants readers to be assured that the character will be sticking around: "He's a huge part of 'Earth 2,' he's going to be a huge part of the DC Universe, and everything he does from the Annual onward will have huge implications for the DC Universe."
With the season three finale of "The Walking Dead" set to air this Sunday on AMC (opposite the season premiere of "Game of Thrones," set your DVR), we spoke to series producer Gale Anne Hurd about the evolution of the zombie series, where Rick will go next, fan reactions to Andrea, and who she'd like to have at her side with the living dead stalk the Earth.
"I’m not interested in making what they call 'a good movie.' I’m just trying to find new angles, because I get bored really quickly with the regular ideas..."
In my GLOWING review of Quentin Dupieux's "Wrong" I called the film, "...so unorthodox, so odd, so potentially infuriating, yet so particular in its embrace of the beautifully absurd" and thanked the world for producing filmmakers as idiosyncratic and brave as Dupieux. I had to opportunity to chat with Dupieux leading up to the film's theatrical release this Friday, March 29, over the phone about some of the inspirations for "Wrong," the methods behind producing such a strange and surreal work of cinema, and how important the audience is when crafting a film.
Marcus Dunstan, along with co-writer Patrick Melton, crafted his sequel "The Collection" as a response to the recent glut of found footage horror cluttering theaters and store shelves. As he told me in a chat via phone, he said that while some found footage films have merit, there's been an erosion of the type of horror that truly affected him as a young fan. Movies made with the care, beauty, and respect for imagery of Dario Argento's giallo classics "Suspiria", "Inferno," and the like. In our conversation, Dunstan shared insight on "The Collection's" gruesome (and hilariously horrifying) opening bloodbath that sees (spoiler alert!) a club full of horror archetypes slaughtered by a giant wheat thresher(!), the origin of his future slasher icon The Collector, and more, including an update on the eagerly-anticipated "God of War" adaptation that he and Melton are writing.
When I asked "Transformers Prime" executive producer Jeff Kline what made the Predacons, the new faction making their debut on the third and final (more on that in a bit) season of the series tonight on the Hub, here's what he told me:
If there’s one word: power. The audience probably has a good idea of how powerful the Decepticons are and who’s the scariest ones and who’s capable. Now we are bringing in this x-factor with many more question marks.
Grant Morrison is no stranger to comic book fans. He is the prolific writer responsible for some of the most iconic modern era stories in the DC Universe. From "Final Crisis," to "All-Star Superman," to "Batman Incorporated," to his recent run on "Action Comics" that re-booted and re-defined Superman in DC’s "New 52."
Morrison’s work has taken the mainstream spotlight lately, making headlines with the high profile death of Robin, who also happened to be Batman’s son Damian Wayne, in last month’s "Batman Incorporated" #8. His epic run on "Action Comics" just closed with issue #18 and took Superman into a multi-dimensional game changing tragedy laden battle with the Fifth Dimension’s Lord Vyndktvx, which was fought through three time periods in the Man of Steel’s life. Read More...
The next season of the YouTube animation channel Cartoon Hangover kicks off in a couple of weeks with Mike Rosenthal's "Our New Electric Morals." And the man behind getting Rosenthal, and "Adventure Time" creator Pendleton Ward and "SuperF*ckers" creator James Kochalka a place to show their oddball programming is Fred Seibert, founder of Frederator Studios.
Seibert, a longtime animation and TV vet (he's worked everywhere from Hanna Barbera to early-90's MTV) introduced the world to the more adult animation of Cartoon Hangover last year with the first season of "Bravest Warriors" shorts (which has spawned its own comics line from BOOM!) and James Kochalka's "SuperF*ckers," titles that might otherwise struggle to find homes on TV. We spoke to Seibert about the origins of Cartoon Hangover, what he's looking forward to in the fall lineup of new animated shorts, and how you too could potentially get your animated series on the YouTube channel.
This week, the Nickelodeon series adds a new character with the magical talking dog Sparky (voiced by "T.U.F.F. Puppy" and "South Park" actor Matt Taylor). Series creator Butch Hartman wanted to introduce us to his dog magic-practicing new addition to the cast of "The Fairly OddParents," holds forth on the character's mysterious, dark past, and how he hopes to bring the show one step closer to "The Simpsons" with the March 23 episode.
Writer Brian Wood keeps busy. The "Demo" creator has "The Massive" and "Mara" scratching his creator-owned itch at Dark Horse and Image respectively, while he's dipping his toe into superhero comics with a stint on "Uncanny X-Men" (something it seems like he's still trying to wrap his mind around), plus he's got a "Conan the Barbarian" miniseries with his "Demo" collaborator Becky Cloonan and bringing the original trilogy "Star Wars" to life in a new series.
I got a couple of minutes with Wood during Emerald City Comic-Con to talk about why he's not bothered by the expanded universe, the love of Conan's life, and sex, athletics, and superheroes.
For Yaya Han, it all started with a character from the mid-90's anime "Maze." "I dressed up as Mill Varna who was this really obnoxious little princess. That was 13 years ago and I think part of the costume was made of felt and I shudder think about it now." Since then, Han has become a fixture at cosplay conventions around the world, crafting her own comic, anime, and video game-themed costumes out of cloth, latex, thermal plastic--you know, the usual. Read More...