What's The Most Bizarre And Inexplicable Offshoot Of A Major Franchise?

Sometimes, when a property becomes ridiculously mega-popular, it starts generating spin-offs and alternate versions at such a crazy rate that something truly bonkers comes out. But what's the most crap-your-pants crazy thing to come out as a sideline to something with huge mainstream popularity? » 9/18/14 2:11pm Yesterday 2:11pm

Paul Pope's Battling Boy Universe Expands: Meet The Heroic Aurora West!

Paul Pope's Battling Boy graphic novel was one of the best things to happen to superhero comics in the past year. And it left us wondering about Aurora West, the daughter of slain hero Haggard West. Now a sequel, the Rise of Aurora West, tells her story, and we've got an exclusive book trailer. » 9/18/14 10:38am Yesterday 10:38am

10 TV Shows That Hooked Us In The First 5 Minutes (And How They Did It)

We're just a few days away from the start of the fall TV season in earnest. Tons of new TV shows will be displaying their bright plumage for you. But these days, a TV show has to move fast to hook people. Here are 10 TV shows that won us over in just five minutes — and what they did to grab us. » 9/17/14 10:00am Wednesday 10:00am

Ted 2 Set Photo Promises More Flash Gordon

The sequel to Seth MacFarlane's big comedy hit Ted (centered around a kids' Teddy Bear that comes to life, grows up, and becomes a problematic adult Teddy Bear with a heart of gold) is currently under production. And main character Mark Wahlberg has released a slightly spoilery set photo that promises the return of… » 9/15/14 8:40am Monday 8:40am

"Strong Women Characters" Who Made Mistakes (And Learned From Them)

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You know what we really want from our "strong female characters" in pop culture? Not to be perfect human beings. Or to screw up and be sidelined. What we want is to see them do what all great characters do: make mistakes, and grow as a result. Here are a ton of female heroes whose mistakes made them great. » 9/10/14 1:46pm 9/10/14 1:46pm

Stories That Lost Their Writers (And Their Plots) Halfway Through

Sometimes it can be confusing to be a fan of pop culture. Sometimes writers leave halfway through a story, and a new writer has to wrap things up somehow. Sometimes a creator gets fired, and the replacement told to change gears in a hurry. Here are 20 stories that changed drastically when the writer left in the middle. » 9/08/14 1:01pm 9/08/14 1:01pm

10 Times When Comics And Movies Sexualized Male Superheroes

You've heard the argument that male superheroes are sexualized simply because they are often bare-chested. But a man taking off his shirt doesn't make him a sex object. It's actually rare to find examples of male superheroes who truly are sexualized the way women are in comics. Here are ten examples. » 8/28/14 10:59am 8/28/14 10:59am

Guardians Of The Galaxy Art Shows The Kick-Ass Gamora We Could Have Had

We loved the green-skinned super-tough version of Gamora we saw on screen in Guardians of the Galaxy. But now we're realizing we were robbed. Concept artist Andy Park has tweeted a ton of art he did for Gamora and Nebula, and unlike that Rocket art the other day, this would have been better. » 8/26/14 5:00pm 8/26/14 5:00pm

Great Performances That Helped Prove Comic-Book Movies Could Be Art

Even among other genre films, comic-book movies used to be viewed as disposable pulpy fun. But we've now reached the point where serious A-list actors are vying for roles in superhero films. And actors are actually bringing their "A" game. Here are 12 amazing performances that helped elevate superhero movies. » 8/26/14 1:51pm 8/26/14 1:51pm

Guardians Concept Art Shows Rocket Could Have Looked Way More Grizzled

Rocket Raccoon struck a pretty amazing balance between cuteness and badassery in Guardians of the Galaxy — but check out some concept art which shows a much more grizzled, war-torn version. Concept artist Justin Sweet just posted this Guardians art, along with very different versions of Groot, Gamora, Drax and… » 8/20/14 7:20am 8/20/14 7:20am