I’ve neglected to discuss the idiocy of this “Breaking Bad” action figure debacle.
For those of you who don’t know, a Florida (yes, Florida again) mother Susan Schrivjer going by the name of Susan Myers was stunned, shocked, appalled that Toys R Us was carrying Mezco’s 7″ “Breaking Bad” line — based on the AMC show about a high school teacher who becomes a meth dealer — and went to change.org to demand Toys R Us immediately remove the “offensive” figures saying the figures are a “dangerous deviation from their family friendly values.”
“While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters,” Myers wrote.
TRU buckled and responded by pulling the figures from its store shelves and website. But last time I went by TRU though, I didn’t recall seeing Walter White and Jesse on the pegs next to Barbie and Mickey Mouse. Continue Reading
You’re not gonna find a better revenge thriller this year than “John Wick,” a smarter-than average action spectacle that’s one of the best of the genre.
It’s always cool getting to interact in person with the CC profile subjects and I’ve had the pleasure of talking with this week’s profile on a few occasions. You may recognize him from that awesome Hercules cosplay he brought out at the New York Comic Con and as a big Silver Age fan, I’ve got a soft spot for Mike Hemmig’s work. You probably will be too after checking it out. Continue Reading
Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, spoke with Buzzfeed about a question a lot of folk want to know: why are the movie and TV universes being kept separate?
“We look at it as the multiverse,” Johns said. “We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it’s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through. I think the characters are iconic enough. I like [Marvel’s Agents of] S.H.I.E.L.D. a lot. I love what Marvel does. I’m a huge fan. It’s just a different approach.”
That’s great and all, but I need to hear from Captain Amell himself.
Soooooo, about that “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” teaser trailer… yep, pretty much everything we were hoping for with James Spader’s creepy-voiced Ultron evoking memories of Heath Ledger’s memorable turn as The Joker in “The Dark Knight,” Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch doing their thing and Hulk vs Hulkbuster Iron Man. That was all it took for Marvel Studios to remind everyone that while yeah it’s swell that DC/Warner Bros. has their slate of comic book movies set through 2020, there’s that towering psychotic robot in the room and we may have just gotten our first look at the film that could be the highest grossing film of all time.
But for the slew of big announcements last week: Jason Momoa IS Aquaman! Ezra Miller is zooming in as Flash! Two Justice League movies are coming! Cyborg is getting his own movie! DC/WB doesn’t have anything to excite comic book fans on the big screen until March 2016 and by that time, “Age of Ultron” will likely have come to redefine how to do a blockbuster comic book movie like “Marvel’s The Avengers” before it.
So how can DC/WB respond? Easy, get that footage of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” from San Diego Comic Con out first thing Friday to have people buzzing about it all weekend. It may not be Hulk vs. Iron Man, but for now it’s the only thing WB/DC can pull out of its hat that could hope to match the “Ultron” trailer.
That’s kind of the problem with shooting off your big announcements a year and a half early and as WB/DC desperately tries to make up ground for the lost year that is 2015, its going to need to be very creative in stirring up interest in its franchise-starter. But they’d better hurry before Marvel releases a trailer to “Captain America 3,” which will follow “Batman v. Superman” in theaters just two months later.
Team Arrow goes international in the search for Thea Queen and to take care of some loose ends for ARGUS, but neither goes exactly as planned in tonight’s episode. Continue Reading