Why Superhero Movie Fans Need To See Birdman

Even in a year with some pretty notable superhero films, Birdman is a pretty significant movie about superheroes. This darkly surreal satire about an aging actor struggling with his superhero past is full of magical-realist touches and tugs at our national obsession with big heroic narratives. And here's why superhero… » 10/22/14 12:21pm Wednesday 12:21pm

The Exact Moment In Last Night's Episode When I Learned To Love Gotham

I've had some reservations about Gotham, the new Batman prequel show. I loved Detectives Bullock and Gordon, but didn't like Bruce or Barbara, and the young-villain cameos seemed gratuitous. But last night's episode finally clicked for me — and here's the exact moment when I decided I love this show. » 10/21/14 1:51pm Tuesday 1:51pm

Who's Your Favorite Hero Who Kills Without Hesitation?

Everybody's always going on about how great it is that some heroes don't kill. Like Batman, for example. Not killing is what makes them so heroic. But sometimes, a hero who does kill can be pretty effective, too. Who's your favorite hero who has no hesitation about ending a life if circumstances require it? » 10/16/14 2:05pm 10/16/14 2:05pm

The Latest Agents Of SHIELD's Comedy Conceals A Deep Layer Of Darkness

On the surface, last night's episode of Agents of SHIELD was about "facing reality" — something both Coulson and Fitz were grappling with. But on a deeper level, the (super funny) episode was about how the two men are both severely damaged. And the question of how far you can trust yourself, much less your friends. » 10/15/14 8:30am 10/15/14 8:30am

Gotham's Version Of American Idol Is A Lot More Brutal

In the various Batman tales, someone is always trying to put something into the water of Gotham City. Poison, chemicals, mutagens, liquid fear gas... but the prequel show Gotham conclusively reveals that the water supply already contained critical levels of lead, lowering everybody's IQ to single digits. Spoilers... » 10/14/14 8:30am 10/14/14 8:30am

What's The Most Absurd Thing To Come Out Of 1990s Superhero Comics?

The 1990s were a special time in comics. Fueled by an out-of-control speculator boom and a craze for "dark," angsty storytelling, superheroes went EXTREME even as their feet shrank to nothing. But what was the single most absurd character, trend or storyline to come out of 1990s comics? » 10/13/14 1:30pm 10/13/14 1:30pm

We Only Thought Agents Of SHIELD Was Twisting The Knife Before

Things have been getting darker and bleaker on Agents of SHIELD ever since the big revelations in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And the season premiere contained a couple huge gut-punches. But it turned out the show was just getting started, and last night was basically one long kick in the teeth. Spoilers… » 10/08/14 8:30am 10/08/14 8:30am

Gotham Reveals An Early Balloon-Themed Version of Batman Was Less Scary

Before a man dressed up as a bat and went out to terrorize the criminal scum of Gotham City, there was another vigilante. A man who used balloons to deal with corruption and crime. They called him... Balloonman. And we got to know him pretty well last night on Gotham. Spoilers ahead... » 10/07/14 4:47pm 10/07/14 4:47pm

The Agents Of SHIELD's Main Superpower Is Accepting Each Other's Damage

Last night's Agents of SHIELD was really like part two of the season opener, wrapping up the Absorbing Man story and the "getting the team together again" story. But the best bits involved our heroes accepting each other's damage, and even using it to get things done. Spoilers ahead... » 10/01/14 11:30am 10/01/14 11:30am

It's Not A Trap: The Most Incredible Cosplay From Long Beach Comic Con!

We've seen a lot of truly astonishing cosplay over the past summer, so it's easy to get jaded. And then you see the quality and creativity of the costumes from this past weekend's Long Beach Comic Con, and your enthusiasm gets renewed all over again. Here's the most fantastic cosplay from LBCC 2014. » 9/29/14 4:46pm 9/29/14 4:46pm