The discussion of comic book movies has taken an interesting turn with the release of Joker. Despite its controversy, many critics have hailed the film as a true breakthrough for comic book cinema, and even consider it Oscar worthy. This isn’t the first time that comic book films were recognized as prestige art. In 2019, Black Panther was nominated for Best Picture along with several other nominations, and Heath Ledger won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight.
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But not everybody is singing the praises of comic book films, especially Martin Scorsese.
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The director of The Irishman commented on the popularity of comic book films and stated that he does not watch them because he doesn’t consider them “cinema”
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way. https://t.co/hzHp8x4Aj8
Creed director Ryan Coogler made the big leap to comic book movies with his Oscar-nominated adaptation of Marvel’s Black Panther. Coogler is set to return for the sequel, set to be released in 2022, but that isn’t the only comic book film he’s working on.
Deadline reported yesterday that production company Legendary Studios has made a deal with Coogler to produce the film adaptation of Image Comics’ Bitter Root. Set in the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance, it follows the Sangerye family who used to moonlight as monster hunters, saving New York from various supernatural threats. However, years of in-fighting has caused the family to break up over the years. But when an invasion of monsters happens, the remaining Sangerye family members must put aside their differences in order to save the city once again.
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As of right now, there have been six issues of Bitter Root released, five main issues and a One-Shot. The last main issue was released in March, while the one shoe came out last July.
There is no word yet on who will be writing or directing this adaptation.
Michael B. Jordan has been a huge powerhouse actor, especially as a leader for the African-American community. He’s appeared in meaty roles such as Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther, and more. Now, he’s transitioning to the small screen with the debut of his new show, Raising Dion. The show is set to premiere on Netflix and has an intriguing premise: a father is trying to raise his son, whose starting to develop superhuman abilities.
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Raising Dion is based on the comic book by Dennis Liu. The story centers around a young woman called Nicole (played by Alisha Wainwright) who raises her son Dion, after the unexpected death of his father, played by Michael B. Jordan. Dion is a huge fan of science and superheroes and out of the blue, begins developing powers of his own. Its up to her to help raise her superpowered child while protecting him from antagonists out to exploit his abilities. Jordan will serve as an executive producer on the series, along with Liu and Barbee.
The series, from its trailer, aims to be a family friendly show. Jordan will likely have a small role in the series but the trailer looks promising as a new twist on the superhero story. On the series, Jordan was quoted as saying:
“It’s natural for me. Long before the word inclusion became a thing. I don’t want it to be just a Black film, but a high caliber piece of work that people don’t see that often. … We try to balance that as much as you can, to run a company where it’s not its entire identity but, at the same time it’s as an important silo and something that we care about.”
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The series launches in January 2019. Check out the trailer below!
Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, is set to have a huge lineup of Marvel content ready at launch. This includes new series such as Loki and WandaVision as well as the films in the MCU like Black Panther and Captain Marvel. But nothing can beat the classic Marvel cartoons from the 90’s. Fans of those shows might be excited by this news.
Though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, those who have had early access to the streaming service has gone to Twitter to say that Disney+ plus will feature 90’s Marvel cartoons such as the original Spider-Man and X-Men cartoons. Other 90’s cartoons include Silver Surfer, Incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four.
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People have asked so here’s all the pre-2000 Marvel shows I’ve found:
Spider-Woman (1979), Spider-Man(1981), Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1982), X-Men(1992), Iron Man (1994), Fantastic Four (1994), Incredible Hulk (1996), Silver Surfer (1998) and Spider-Man Unlimited (’99)
The tweets came after Disney+ launched a free trial for the service exclusively in the Netherlands. According to the original source, there are even more classic Marvel cartoons on the service.
Disney+ will have classic Marvel animated series like X-Men ‘92, Spider-Man ‘94, Spider-Woman ‘79, Spider-Man ‘81, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Iron Man ‘94, Fantastic Four ‘94, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Spider-Man Unlimited. pic.twitter.com/Yzj3DiZtwg
We’re still 60 days away from the launch of Disney+, and the photos and tweets themselves don’t officially confirm anything, but the prospect of being able to stream these classic cartoons whenever you want is surely to get people talking.
Marvel fans rejoice! The breakout star of Black Panther, Shuri, is getting her own novel! The superhero sister of the eponymous Black Panther, Shuri was brought to life by Leitita Wright onscreen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She proved to be extremely popular among audiences, both for her witty, humorous personality and representing an intelligent woman of color onscreen. Now, the character will expand from the big screen to a children’s novel centered around her.
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The novel will kick off a new partnership between Scholastic and Marvel to make new original stories for young readers around beloved superheroes. Shuri will be written by Nic Stone and a second Marvel book is already in the works: Avengers Assembly by Preeti. This is very exciting news for Marvel fans, especially with the break between Avengers: Endgameand the next set of films in the Marvel library. The Vice President of Scholastic, Sara Amanat, had this to say on the deal:
“Marvel’s characters mean so much to our fans because they inspire us to embrace our individual power. As the first title we’re launching with Scholastic, Shuri is the perfect character to highlight this message. She may be a Wakandan princess, but what makes Shuri the ultimate hero is her unique sense of intelligence, responsibility, and determination, ideals that resonate with all of us.”
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The synopsis for Shuri is this: “Starring one of the most beloved and respected characters in the Marvel Universe, Shuri: A Black Panther Novel follows Shuri as she races against time to rescue the nation of Wakanda. For centuries, the Chieftain of Wakanda (the Black Panther) has gained his powers through the juices of the Heart Shaped Herb, which grows only in Wakanda. Much like Vibranium, the Heart Shaped Herb is essential to the survival and prosperity of Wakanda. But something is wrong. The plants are no longer growing, and their supply is running short. It’s up to Shuri to travel from Wakanda in order to discover what is killing the Herb, and how she can save it.”
Nic Stone has cited he is extremely excited to work on the project, citing Shuri as his personal favorite character when he saw Black Panther in theaters. The book will hit shelves in summer 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited! What do you think? Tell us in the comments!