Why I'm Excited For DC Comics' Massive New Movie Plans

A couple weeks ago, Warner Bros. announced it was claiming release dates for nine unspecified DC Comics films, between now and 2020. This signaled that Warners is serious about building on the success of Man of Steel, and challenging Marvel's comic-book movie ascendancy. And here's why that's a good thing. » 8/19/14 8:00am 8/19/14 8:00am

Why JK Rowling Should Open Harry Potter Up To Other Writers

Earlier this month, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling released a short piece of prose that offered a quick look at Harry Potter and his Hogwarts classmates as adults. The response indicated that fans are still hungry for stories of the wizarding world—and perhaps it's time for someone other than Rowling to give it… » 7/18/14 12:14pm 7/18/14 12:14pm

Does It Matter That The TV Version Of Constantine Is Straight?

This fall is seeing a huge crop of comic-book TV shows, and one of the most promising is Constantine. The trench-coated antihero who copes with the unsavory side of magic is getting a more faithful portrayal. Except he won't smoke. And now we're hearing his sexuality will be toned down too. Does it matter? » 7/14/14 12:58pm 7/14/14 12:58pm

This Summer Has Actually Restored My Faith In Pop Culture

The love of pop culture is tumutulous and unpredictable, full of sudden letdowns and unepected thrills. And sometimes, it's easy to get pessimistic. But just when you think you're burning out on TV, movies and comics, they can surprise you. And this summer has done quite a bit to restore my faith in pop culture. » 7/07/14 1:07pm 7/07/14 1:07pm

What Happens When Indie Directors Take on Big Franchises in Hollywood?

Suddenly, all the giant Hollywood franchises are being driven by alternative filmmakers. The latest news is that Rian Johnson, director of indies Looper and Brick, will direct Star Wars VIII. Can a quirky visionary really change a pop culture behemoth? Here's what happened to other indies in the franchise machine. » 7/03/14 4:17pm 7/03/14 4:17pm

Is It Time To Retire The Word "Epic"?

You'll see lots of rants on the internet claiming the word "epic" is overused. It's become a blanket synonym for "fun," and people say "I had an epic bath" with zero irony. But maybe this is just a symptom of a larger problem. Maybe the word "epic" in general has lost all meaning, including when we talk about fantasy. » 7/03/14 12:37pm 7/03/14 12:37pm

Stunt Casting That Actually Made Everything Better

Stunt casting is a long tradition in science fiction and fantasy, but it's only gotten more common lately. Films and TV shows will cast a famous actor — or someone who used to be in a Joss Whedon show — to spark interest. Sometimes, it's just unnecessary. But here are a bunch of cases where it was the perfect casting. » 6/05/14 9:00am 6/05/14 9:00am

Would Marvel Really Cancel Its Fantastic Four Comics To Hurt The Movie?

As you may have heard, there are rumors going around that Marvel, pissed off at Fox Studios, will be canceling both its Fantastic Four and Ultimate Fantastic Four comics in order to deny support for Fox's upcoming FF movie. It's completely insane and totally implausible... and yet it might be true. » 6/03/14 9:00am 6/03/14 9:00am