Category: Comics and Graphic Novels

‘Joker’ Film Will Not Follow the Comic at All

Almost no adaptation takes everything exactly from its source material. Things change when translated from book to screen. In the case of the upcoming Joker film, pretty much everything has changed.

Speaking to Empire magazine as part of their August cover issue, director Todd Phillips said that the new film starring Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t take inspiration from any particular storyline in the DC Universe. In fact, the film doesn’t follow the comics at all.

 

Image Via Empire

 

“We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about. We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.”

 

That man is Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who goes insane and turns to a life of crime in Gotham City. Phoenix stars as Fleck, with Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz co-starring.

 

Are you excited for the upcoming Joker film? Do you think not taking inspiration from the comics will be a good decision?

 

 

 

Featured Image Via GQ

Martin Charnin with co-creator of Annie the Musical

‘Annie’ Musical Writer, Martin Charnin, Dies at 84

When it hit the stage in 1977, we were swept away by the little orphan Annie. The musical that we all know and love was adapted from a comic strip series written by Harold Gary. The lyricist for the musical, Martin Charnin, died July 3rd of a heart attack at the age of eighty-four.

The first to announce the news was his daughter, Sasha Charnin Morrison, who announced it in a very touching Instagram post.

 

 

Charnin didn’t begin his Broadway career as a writer, though. Before he wowed us all with Annie, which went on for a record six year run for the Alvin Theatre, he starred in the original production West Side Story. He made his songwriting debut with 1963’s Hot Spot, starring Judy Holliday. He won an Emmy for a television writing gig in the 1970’s before he went on to make his directing debut with the revue Nash at Nine. It wasn’t until after all of this that he co-created and co-wrote Annie.

Charnin won a Tony for Best Musical Score along with composer Charles Strouse in 1977 for the musical. The musical went on to become a movie in 1982, and it ended up nominated for an Oscar. There is no doubt over Charnin’s brilliance, who has proven to be a truly remarkable actor, writer, director, and man.

featured image via washington post
Cannon Busters by LeSean Thomas

Netflix’s ‘Cannon Busters’ Adaptation Finally Has Release Date!

It is about time we have the release date for the long awaited adaptation LeSean Thomas’s Cannon Busters. The news came this past Sunday at the Los Angeles Anime Expo from Netflix’s sci-fi/fantasy twitter account stating that the show would air August 15, just in time for a weekend long binge!

Thomas first published the series in 2005, and it centers itself around an unlikely trio’s adventures: a high-end friendship droid, a discarded maintenance robot, and a deadly fugitive. Together, the three embark on a deadly adventure to find the heir to the kingdom. If it sounds exciting, that’s because it is very exciting and jam packed with action that will leave you wanting more. The release date leaves viewers with just over a month to get their hands on a copy before they binge the next best thing to come from Netflix.

 

 

The road to Netflix for Cannon Busters was long. After being published in 2005, Thomas created a kickstarter to make it into a feature in 2014. It was announced in 2017 that it would be a series on Netflix, which was pushed back to 2018 before being shelved. Fourteen years after publication, we will finally get to see Thomas’s work grace our screens! I already have an alert set, how about you?

featured image via forbes

The Walking Dead Comic Series Is Coming to an End

The Walking Dead is not only one of the most popular comics around, but it also became one of the most successful television shows of all time. Today, it was announced that the comic that inspired the show is coming to an end.

In a surprise announcement, creator Robert Kirkman said that this week’s latest edition to the series, Issue #139, will be the last entry. The issue will be released Wednesday as a “super-sized” epilogue to the series.

 

Image Via IGN

 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE WALKING DEAD COMIC

 

The last two issues of The Walking Dead gave readers a shocking twist when lead character Rick Grimes was killed off. Though the details of the final issue remain under wraps, it is likely to deal with the aftermath of Rick’s death and tie up any loose ends surrounding his demise.

 

Image Via Den of Geek

 

Kirkman expressed sadness at the thought of ending the beloved series, but stated that the sudden announcement was planned from the beginning:

 

The Walking Dead has always been built on surprise. Not knowing what’s going to happen when you turn the page, who’s going to die, how they’re going to die… it’s been essential to the success of this series. It’s been the lifeblood that’s been keeping it going all these years, keeping people engaged. It just felt wrong and against the very nature of this series not to make the actual end as surprising as all the big deaths … from Shane all the way to Rick.”

 

This is not expected to affect the television series in any way. The series will premiere it’s 10th season this fall, and the character of Rick Grimes is still alive in the show and will headline three television movies set within the Walking Dead universe.

 

 

 

Featured Image Via The Portalist

Top 6 Comic Books Involving Mysterio to Read Before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’!

The release of Spider-Man: Far From Home is tomorrow, chronicling the fallout of the mega-blockbuster Avengers: Endgame as well as continuing the adventures of Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. Debuting in this film is a new foe for the wall-crawler: Mysterio, as played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Mysterio is a more obscure antagonist in Spider-Man’s rogues galley, even if he is one of the superhero’s iconic foes. While we don’t know the role he will play in the new movie, let’s prepare and take a look at ten essential comics in Spider-Man’s library, featuring Mysterio as his dastardly nemesis. Let’s dive in and see the origins of the fishbowl-wearing menace.

 

6. ‘The Menace of Mysterio!’

 

Image Via Comic Book News6

The Amazing Spider-Man #13 is one of Spider-Man’s earliest stories, featuring the first appearance and debut of Mysterio. We learn in this story that Mysterio has no superpowers but instead an array of colorful gadgets and magic tricks that he uses to pass off as a superhero. Within the story, he courts public approval, finding fame as J. Jonah Jameson supports Mysterio as a crimefighter and Mysterio goes after Spider-Man to become the top dog in town. This is a must-read for seeing the debut of Mysterio, even if the story is very dated and clunky to modern eyes. But it’s a classic that shouldn’t be overlooked.

 

5. ‘Aliens and illusions!’

Image Via Marvel Database

This story uses Mysterio’s illusion abilities to showcase how scary he can be. Aliens are seemingly threatening Peter’s girlfriend, attacking and hounding her endlessly, leaving Peter running ragged as he struggles to defend her. But it’s all revealed to be a scheme by Mysterio, whose been using his illusion abilities to craft the threat. Ultimately, it ends on a classic confrontation and showcasing how Mysterio isn’t so goofy when he wants to be serious, despite his hideous outfit.

 

4. ‘Mysterioso’

 

Image via Wikipedia

In this storyline, the original Mysterio had been long dead. But then, out of the blue, Mysterio seemingly returns, bringing with him a cache of familiar rogues to antagonize Spider-Man once again. But is this the real Mysterio or an imposter? Whose under the mask? It’s up to Spider-Man and his friend Carlie Cooper to solve the mystery, leading to a twist you’ll have to read to see for yourself!

 

3. ‘The Madness of Mysterio!’

 

Image via Marvel

This comic is also a showcase of talent for Mysterio, as he drives Spider-Man to the brink of madness. After successfully escaping prison, Mysterio challenges Spider-Man and manages to knock him out during the fight. When he awakens, Spider-Man finds himself shrunken down to minuscule height, now facing a gigantic Mysterio! How did this happen? And can he escape Mysterio’s wrath before he gets squashed? You’ll have to read it to find out!

 

2. ‘The sinister six!’

 

Image via Marvel

For Spider-Man’s first annual issue, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko pulled out the stops: a big super villain team up with Spider-Man’s deadliest foes! Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, The Sandman, The Vulture, and Mysterio (of course). Mysterio may share the spotlight with others this time but he gets a one on one confrontation with the hero as Spider-Man works his way through each villain of the team, one by one. Mysterio doesn’t last long but he proves an essential member of the line up and has returned again to the Sinister Six each time they’ve reappeared.

 

1. ‘Spider-men’

 

Image via Amazon

This mini-series showcases the first meeting of Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Hailing from different realities, they needed a big threat to unite their universes and who should prove fitting but Mysterio! Its revealed that the Mysterio of Miles’s reality is actually the same one from Peter’s own world. Its up to the Spider-Men of different worlds to take down Mysterio, whose concocted a far more devious goal than normal and he always got a trick up his sleeve for any would be do-gooder.

 

 

Featured Image Via The Washington Post