You Can’t Spell ‘Economics’ without ‘Comics’ — “Why Superman Doesn’t Take Over the World” Reviewed

Generally speaking, economics books are not meant to make for pleasant reading.

In Defense Of… “The Incredible Hulk”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has completely changed Hollywood. From the proliferation of comic book heroes to the notion that every major movie studio now needs its own universe in which its characters can interact through multiple films, Marvel has laid the path that all others are following, praying that they will find the same success. The films withinContinue reading “In Defense Of… “The Incredible Hulk””

A Unique Opportunity: On Ta-Nehisi Coates Writing “Black Panther”

Last year, Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a celebrated writer on race in the United States, published Between the World and Me, a book that is presented as a letter to his teenage son about being a black man in America.

Week in Review (March 25, 2016)

It’s been a Batman week for me. For my birthday, my wife (and kid) decorated the dining room in a Batman theme and gave me a Batman cake like I was turning 12 and not 36. I also wrote a long piece on how Tim Burton’s Batman films are better in memory than in reality.

Tim Burton’s Batman Films Are Far Worse Than You Remember

From Deadpool to Captain America: Civil War to X-Men: Apocalypse to Suicide Squad, we are truly living in the age of the comic book film. Studios pour hundreds of millions of dollars into films that try valiantly to remain true to the source material and translate the artwork of a splash page onto a movieContinue reading “Tim Burton’s Batman Films Are Far Worse Than You Remember”

Is That Really a Marvel Movie? On the Confusing State of Comic Book Films and Shared Universes

Deadpool is a monster hit. It has shattered records and proven that an R-rated superhero film can not only work, but be a massive success. In everything I’ve read and heard, it keeps getting repeated that Deadpool is a Marvel film. And that’s true…but it’s also false. Huh?

Documentary Tuesday: “The Death of ‘Superman Lives” [2015]

In the mid-to-late ’90s, Warner Brothers began development of a revival of Superman. Kevin Smith even wrote a script for it before Tim Burton became attached and brought in his own writers. He immediately cast Nicholas Cage as Clark Kent and there are rumors that Jim Carrey was in talks to portray Brainiac. The projectContinue reading “Documentary Tuesday: “The Death of ‘Superman Lives” [2015]”