10 Alternates That Should Have Replaced Their Originals Permanently

Science fiction loves itself some doppelgangers: Clones, alternate universes, robot replacements, possession... It's hard to come up with anything that hasn't resulted in new versions of familiar characters. Sometimes, they're a little too interesting, and they leave us wanting more. Here are the ten that should… »8/08/14 6:15am8/08/14 6:15am


Romance Fail: The Worst Fictional Pairings, and Why They Happen

Romance abounds in fiction — and science fiction and fantasy are full of epic romances too. But sometimes, it's just a bad idea. We see so many fictional couples that the writers clearly thought were a great idea, but are actually disasters. Here are the main signs that a fictional romance is a terrible, awful, bad… »2/14/14 3:00pm2/14/14 3:00pm

10 Superman Villains Who Really Aren't in the Man of Steel's League

We've been hearing rumors that a couple of Superman villains will fight Supes, Wonder Woman and Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. But not all Superman villains are really up to the task of fighting Superman, let alone the Trinity. Here are 10 Superman villains who really should have picked on a lesser hero. »12/11/13 1:13pm12/11/13 1:13pm

Are we at the start of a new golden age of superhero TV shows?

Eight episodes in, Arrow is officially a mega-hit, at least by The CW's standards. And not only that, but Arrow is actually... pretty decent. The Christopher Nolan-inspired "gritty" superhero soap opera manages to be addictive fun, blending some solid action with the kind of relationship drama that makes Vampire… »12/07/12 12:00pm12/07/12 12:00pm

Are the best TV shows made from books these days? And what's next?

Almost every day, it seems like we hear about another new TV show based on a book or graphic novel series. Just today, it was announced that NBC is moving forward with a show based on the fantastic Vertigo comic Midnight, Mass. (This is the third attempt at a Midnight, Mass show — read our thoughts on why it's a great… »9/20/12 5:39pm9/20/12 5:39pm

15 Science Fiction and Fantasy Characters Who Found Success After Dropping Out of School

A lot of the characters we love from science fiction and fantasy learned how to harness their powers and intellect in school: skilled wizards, mad scientists with PhDs in horribleness, carefully trained military officers, mutant superheroes who studied T.H. White. But there are plenty of heroes and villains who… »9/01/12 4:00pm9/01/12 4:00pm

How will Arrow escape the curse of superhero TV shows?

Television is littered with failed superhero TV shows. If you don't count Person of Interest, then only the only successful superhero shows of the past decade are Smallville and (for a while) Heroes. So how will Arrow, the new DC Comics adaptation launching on the CW this fall, avoid the curse of the superhero show?… »7/20/12 6:51pm7/20/12 6:51pm