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FX Orders Y: The Last Man to Series

Y: The Last Man

It’s been a bit since we heard any news concerning the television adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan‘s Y: The Last Man. Today, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the series has been ordered and will come to screens in 2020.

After years of on and off, it looks like the beloved comic series is finally on. FX has announced it picked up the tv adaptation and handed out an order for it. Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal are showrunners and executive producers for the series and it stars Barry Keoghan and Diane Lane. The cast also includes Amber Tamblyn, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Juliana Canfield, and Marin Ireland.

Originally published by DC ComicsVertigo imprint the series was created by Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra running for 60 issues. The story revolves around Yorick Brown (Keoghan) who is the last surviving human with a Y chromosome, along with his Capuchin monkey, Ampersand.

Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Vaughan executive produce and developed the series. Melina Matsoukas directed the pilot.

It’s been a long path for the comic to make it to screen. FX began development in 2015 after New Line scrapped plans to make it a feature film. New Line acquired the rights in 2007. New Line wanted to create one two-hour stand-alone film whole others wanted a three-film franchise. Others set to develop it in March 2012 and that fell apart with the rights beginning to revert back to Vaughan in September 2014. In 2017 Vaughan said he was looking for a partner who loved the source material but not afraid to change it. The story has evolved some becoming more relevant today focusing on toxic masculinity and in the age of #MeToo and the Trump Presidency.

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman Dawn of JusticeFearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the over 2 hours 30 minute Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice feels like a patchwork of ideas mashed together into a film that works on some levels and fails on others. Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer share writing credits and the film feels like moments geared towards comic fans in a sequel of a movie for a film trilogy that hasn’t happened yet. The film feels like we missed something, an interesting twist to comic films that both works and fails here.

The plot is in some ways good and bad. Integrating the events of Man of Steel perfectly, the film sets up why Batman would distrust Superman and why the world would be mixed in their trust of a god like being without a check in place. In comes Lex Luthor, a tech giant channeling a mix of the Joker and X-Men villain Arcade in a new take on the character. Luthor wants to create a deterrence, and if the film left it at these three it’d be a much stronger narrative, but it also mixes in Senate hearings, plots to setup Superman by Luthor, some kidnappings and eventually Wonder Woman and Doomsday. The film could have easily been two films, a criticism of The Dark Knight, another film Goyer had a hand in the story. You can feel Terrio’s hand in the political and moral aspects of the film. He worked with Affleck in the solid film Argo.

The film attempts to do too much, but with Snyder’s name attached, subtlety isn’t something we should expect. The film is not just a battle between Batman and Superman, but also an assault on the sense, both visual and audio. While many crap on Snyder’s style, I enjoy the look of his films, he can set up over the top action and deliver in empty battle. Where Snyder fails here is creating a greater visual contrast between Batman and Superman, the light and the dark. While that theme is discussed over and over in dialogue, we don’t see it visually, a missed opportunity and the director’s biggest fail in the film.

When it comes to the actors, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot steal the show. Due to the screen time and focus of the film, the movie feels more like a sequel to an Affleck Batman film instead of the follow up to Man of Steel. Affleck’s Batman is excellent as a mix of scary boogeyman and an actual detective who is weary, tired, and grizzled after 20 years of fighting crime. Irons Alfred is a voice of reason and mechanic who sees the weight on Bruce’s shoulders. As I stated Eisenberg is a different take on Lex Luthor, a crazy genius. And finally Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is mysterious until the end of the film where Wonder Woman really makes her presence known and in many ways saves the day. I’ll admit seeing Wonder Woman on the big screen kicking ass put a massive smile on my face and gave me warm fuzzies inside. She’s the most surprising part of the film. But is not all great. Her introduction to Bruce is rather flimsy, it’s not until she dons her costume does Gadot work, and it’s hard to not cheer as she throws out her lasso.

Where the film fails is many of the holdovers from Man of Steel. Henry Cavill as Clark Kent only looks pensive, never once smiling. That lack of emotion, he’s almost a walking Blue Steel, creates a lack of chemistry with Amy Adams‘ Lois Lane. Adams, along with Diane Lane as Martha Kent, are woefully underused and play the damsels in distress too much.

But the film is really about what’s to come, an ambitious slate of films that’ll introduce us to the massive DC Universe on the big screen. It’s no spoiler to say we are introduced to many including the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, and much is teased as to what’s to come. Comic fans will be explaining all of this to their non-comic reading friends for weeks. And while some of those introductions are cool, the flashes to the future to come is a massive fail in many ways.

Then there’s also…. well that’s a spoiler… but my 90s comic reading teen self had flashbacks.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a missed opportunity in many ways, but it also has a lot on its shoulders and sets up what looks to be a possibly exciting future when it comes to DC Comics’ movie universe.

Overall Rating: 6.65

Man of Steel Sequel has a title, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

We’ve been referring to it as Batman vs. Superman for almost a year now, but the sequel to Man of Steel, officially has a title, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film will not only feature Batman and Superman, but also Wonder Woman, and many more rumored individuals.

Filming is underway on the film which is being directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman. Also appearing are Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

The movie will open worldwide on May 6, 2016.

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Batman vs. Superman Casts Its Wonder Woman

DC Comics has announced their Wonder Woman has been cast! After months of rumors, it has been confirmed (including casting) that Wonder Woman/Diana Prince will make her big screen debut in Zack Snyder’s upcoming and as yet untitled Superman and Batman film.  She had been mentioned on some short lists, but Israeli actress Gal Gadot has been confirmed for the role. You might know her from the Fast & Furious movies. She’ll be joining Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

Zack Snyder said in a release:

Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.

The film also reunites Man of Steel’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

The film begins principal photography early next year and opens in theaters on July 17, 2015.

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When Batman Slept with Superman’s Mom

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In the weird world of Hollywood, Ben Affleck, who will be playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, “slept” with Diane Lane, who played Superman’s mom Martha Kent in the Man of Steel and will reprise the role in the sequel.

That all went down in 2006’s Hollywoodland which saw Affleck playing George Reeves who donned the tights to play Superman. So Affleck has played Superman as well!

Movie Review: Man of Steel

man.of.steel.posterSuperman is about duality. The fact he’s from another planet but raised on Earth. His roles as Superman and Clark Kent. His two sets of parents. And most importantly, having the power of gods, but his attempts to be normal. Directed by Zack Snyder with the story by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel focuses on that duality. This is an attempt to create a thinking person’s Superman, but really just for about 1/4 of the film, as the majority is made up of punching, lots of punching, and destruction along the line of a Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich disaster movie.

The story is pretty simple. Superman is sent to Earth to escape a dying Krypton. He’s raised by the Kents to live as a regular person, but struggles to come to grips with his powers. Along comes some other survivors who have  a grudge with Supes and a want to recreate Krypton.

What I felt really interesting was how the movie barrels towards it’s destructive drag out finale of a fight. The plot just flows towards the big fight we know is coming, filled with flashbacks about Clark Kent learning about his powers and the advice he’s given. There’s very little Clark Kent like we saw in the classic Donner films. It’s an origin film and an introduction of Superman to the world that’s delivered with a punch instead of staying hidden behind glasses before the big reveal. But, unlike those previous films, this is the origin of Clark Kent as Superman attempts to figure out his alter-ego’s role in his like and the world.

There really is very little Clark Kent in the film, Superman is front and center. This is a film about Superman trying to find his place in the world. And without Kent to play off of, it’s a bit more dour. Superman here shows off every way to portray doubt/frustration/loneliness/contemplation and a few other emotions with his face and few words. I doubt actor Henry Cavill as Superman was given more than 50 words to say in the entire film.

His supporting cast isn’t given much else either other than to chew scenery or act scared or in awe. Michael Shannon as Zod grits his teeth and spews lines with nothing but rage. Russell Crowe attempts to impart wisdom as Jor-El but acts like an irritating hologram with an accent that doesn’t make sense. Kevin Costner imparts wisdom as Pa Kent in flashbacks and Diane Lane mostly looks sad, comforts and hugs her adopted son as Ma Kent. There’s a an equally long list of solid actors given little to do including Laurence Fishburne, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix and Christopher Meloni.

Then there’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane, a version that’s somewhere between Margot Kidder’s and Kate Bosworth’s versions. There’s a lot for her to do and she does more than just play the damsel, but something to me was a bit off and it’s mostly her infatuation with the Last Son of Krypton. As a journalist she pursues the story about a man who travels the world saving people with amazing powers and when confronted with the truth she struggles with the story. That’s great and fresh. But, as the movie progresseses she’s thrown into ridiculous situations and then a kiss with Superman that belittles both. Of course there’s an attraction but in truth she knows so little about this person, it would make you think she could only like him for his powers and/or looks, both shallow reasons. Luckily the “relationship” storyline is given little screen time, showing how it’s needed even less and a stronger film would have played off the flirtation and explore more in future movies.

But, much like how the movie goes out of its way to mention Superman isn’t hard to look at, Snyder and his collaborators go for style over substance. This is a slick new Superman, more angsty than past on-screen versions and less of the humor and innocence of past live action versions. Snyder over uses shaky cams to attempt to hide fx flaws which is fine, but uses it when it’s not needed at all. What was up with it a the beginning of the film on Krypton? We have a debate and the camera needs to shake? When will this lazy film making end? There is some great use of angles during battles and flights and great visuals in general, but there’s a lot of choices that are clearly made to cover up issues with the fx. The continuation of quick cuts persists. Another film making trick that has overstayed its welcome.

Overall, Man of Steel is a fine disaster movie, I’m still debating if its a fine super-hero movie. There’s a lot I like including the change of what we’d expect as far as plot structure and use of dual identities that we’ve seen in previous films. Instead of a normal person taking on a super identity, finding it and then saving the world, we have someone who is super trying to find his normal identity and place in the world. It’s a fresh take on the big screen Superman mythos.

But, with so much destruction and visuals that are very engaging on the big screen, and I’m not sure would be as awe inspiring on a small screen, it’s difficult for me to say to pass up this big popcorn movie in the theaters. Not a super start, but a welcome return and a decent celebration of Superman’s 75 years on planet Earth.

Direction: 6 Acting: 6.75 Plot: 7 Overall: 6.25

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I got my comics for the week, did you?  Reviews will be Sunday as usual, but they might be at a decent time (earlier in the day) than the 6ish time period like last week.  If you haven’t picked yours up yet, check out Takio, it looks pretty entertaining.

Other than that, the Emerald City Comicon is this weekend, which means expect to see other blogs’ coverage over the next day here (not like we’re there).

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ComicsbeatMarvel Month-to-Month Sales: January 2011 -We don’t have the patience to go over the month to month sales, luckily others do!

ICv2First Look at Wizkids’ ‘Captain America Boosters’ – We love our Heroclix and ICv2 just happened to snap some photos of the upcoming Captain America line at Toy Fair.

Comics Alliance10 of “Wizard” Magazine’s Most Dubious Moments – Wizard is dead, but the bizarre reporting lives on.

Arts BeatEven Superman had a Mom, and Diane Lane Will Play Her – Hmm, we love Diane Lane, but Superman’s mom should not be this hot.

Comic Book Resources SpinoffAvengers To Shoot in Cleveland – A great excuse to visit where I was born and grab some good food.

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The tubes were blogging with comic fans, writers, artists, fanboys and girls, your mom, thoughts about Tuesday’s The Daily Show (and Charlie Sheen).  We linked to our version of the video, go check it out, you know you want to.  Ok, other than that, it’s new comic book day.  Did you go?  We haven’t yet, maybe today, if work doesn’t get in the way (stupid work).  Well, below is all the articles we found interesting that we’ll never get to covering.  Enjoy!

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Comics BeatSpider-Man: Turn off your brain – The Beat caught Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and gives their review.  We hope to check it out before it eventually shuts down.

Monsters and CriticsFirst comic book superhero celebrates his 75th birthday – The Phantom is turning 75 this year and he totally doesn’t look a day over 30.  What’s the secret Phantom?

Comics Alliance ‘Batman Live’ Writers to Include Allan Heinberg, Stan Berkowitz and Alan Burnett – So, DC is turning Batman into a musical.  I’m sure that’s prompted from the success of Spider-Man (see above).

Comics AllianceBehind the Scenes at ‘The Daily Show’: My Day at the Fake News Headquarters – Chris Sims talks about his experience on The Daily Show.

Comic Book Movie Diane Lane Signed On For Superman Reboot! – Who knew Superman’s mom was hot!?

TBN WeeklyGulport Library seeks donations – Do some good and donate those extra comic books you have laying around collecting dust.

Mother JonesWould Superman Pass the Birther Test? – Mother Jones interviews the guys behind the Law and the Multiverse blog.

AsiaOne NewsIndians mourn loss of father of comic books – The title says it all to this article.

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