DON’T EXPECT A DISNEY ANIMATED MOVIE SET IN THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE ANY TIME SOON
By Mike Sampson
When it was first announced that Disney was purchasing Marvel, the minds of many fans leapt immediately to the possibility of a Disney-Pixar animated Marvel movie. We’re sorta getting that in November with ‘Big Hero 6‘ but as that movie approaches, it’s become very clear that it’s not really much of Marvel movie at all, other than being loosely based on the obscure 90s comic. What fans really want to know is if we’ll ever see a Disney or Pixar animated movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. John Lasseter, who runs both Disney Animation and Pixar, has your answer: no
When asked by Vulture if he or anyone on his team had ever had talks with Marvel about collaborating on a project, Lasseter answered bluntly, “No, we haven’t.” And, it’s this next quote that makes us think those talks will never happen either. “If we went directly into the Marvel Universe, that would mean we’d work more directly with Marvel,” as if that were a bad thing.
BEST COMIC BOOK COVERS EVER (THIS MONTH): AUGUST 2014
A great comic book cover is an advertisement, a work of art, a statement, and an invitation. A great comic book cover is a glimpse of another world through a canvas no bigger than a window pane. In Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month), we look back over some of the most eye-catching, original and exceptional covers of the past month.
August offers a feast of shape and color, with striking covers by Scott Fischer, Victor Santos, Chrystin Garland, and Tula Lotay, some bold juxtaposition, and a quirky take on a pulp archetype or two — including a Nazi airship and some poor sap being held in a giant hand. It’s a classic!
JESSE EISENBERG ON PLAYING LEX LUTHOR: ‘I WOULD DO IT IF IT WAS FOR FREE’
In a new interview in Total Film magazine, actor Jesse Eisenberg, who will portray Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, gives the movie and its writers more than just a ringing endorsement. He says he’d do the movie for no money at all if it was some low-budget flick. “I really liked it on its own terms. I would do it if it was for free and it was tiny.”
That seems like quite a stamp of approval. Sure, actors have to talk up their movies for promotion, but saying, “I’d do this for no pay” is a fairly extreme endorsement. And it turns out from the rest of the interview that Eisenberg isn’t exactly a fan of the superhero genre — but he may be coming around.
TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE CANADIAN WAY: ROYAL CANADIAN MINT ISSUES FOUR NEW SUPERMAN COINS
Last year, the Royal Canadian Mint issued seven collector’s coins to celebrate Superman‘s 75th anniversary. Looks like it’s a hard habit to break, because at this year’s Fan Expo in Toronto, the mint announced it was issuing four more coins with images from covers dating back to Superman’s debut in 1938.
Though he’s widely considered a U.S. hero, Superman has Canadian roots. Joe Shuster, who co-created Superman with Jerry Siegel, was born in Toronto.
BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK): SUPERGIRL, NIGHTWING, DARKSTALKERS, PIKMIN AND MORE
Compiled by Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
ELEGANT ENNUI: MICHAEL CHO TALKS ‘SHOPLIFTER’ [REVIEW + INTERVIEW]
I admit a reticence towards the “20-something stuck in a rut” narrative, the “how did I end up here so far from all that I’d hoped and dreamed?” Part of this is simply ugly cynicism, that whilst recognizing the feeling and experience as real, I can’t help but eyeball it with a sense of melodrama: not achieving what you’d hoped, not even being on the path towards it when you’re that young is hardly a deal-breaker; many people are yet to figure out exactly what it is they want from life, and as you get older you realize it’s a condition that continues to permeate in some form or other: the human condition is such we all feel we should be better, have better.
Armchair psychology aside, as excited as I was when Shoplifter, Michael Cho’s first book-length comic, was announced, it was tempered somewhat upon learning the thematic strain.
PREVIEW: LEMIRE, KINDT AND RIVERA GO BIG IN ‘THE VALIANT’ #1
By Matt Wilson
When I talked to writers Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire about their new Valiant Comics miniseries The Valiant at San Diego Comic-Con this year, they said that the kernel of the story, the real heart of it, was something small and personal.
It’s not that I don’t believe them — the new, nine-page preview of the series released by Valiant this week includes one page in which Geomancer has a conversation with an unseen person in a library, and it’s fairly quiet — but the eight other pages are full of historical battles, prehistoric battles, future battles, and mythical battles. There are a lot of battles, with Eternal Warrior in the center of some, and Bloodshot in a few others. ArtistPaolo Rivera makes it all seem gigantic.
JACK KIRBY: A ‘KING-SIZED’ 97TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE SPECTACULAR, PART TWO!
Jack Kirby is very probably the single most influential figure in the history of American comics. He produced countless stories in a career that spanned seven decades, inventing and re-inventing genres and styles every step of the way. He inspired generations of artists and writers; created and co-created thousands of characters; defined the visual vocabulary of superheroes; and believed in the potential of comics to be both entertainment and art, long before most people imagined these stories would be remembered past the four weeks that they sat on newsstands.
This week would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday, so to celebrate, we asked some of our favorite creators and other comic pros to contribute their impressions of his characters, life, and legacy – and the response has been overwhelming. Yesterday, we posted the first set of these all-star tributes, and here’s the second, even more expansive selection including:
- Christian Ward
- Joe Keatinge
- Kris Anka
- Jim Rugg
- Scott McCloud
- Nick Pitarra
- Gabriel Hardman
- Fred Van Lente
- Andy Suriano
- Corey Lewis
- Nick Gazin
- Ramon Villalobos
- Andy Kuhn
- And more!
ASK CHRIS #210: THE STRANGE SAGA OF BATGIRL CASSANDRA CAIN
By Chris Sims
Q: Cassandra Cain: WTF happened? — @IamMedellin
A: Here’s the least shocking thing you’re going to read this week: I love Cassandra Cain. That probably goes without saying, given that she’s a relatively obscure member of the Batman family that made her debut when I was a teenager, but really, it goes deeper than that. She came out of the gate with a compelling edge, some phenomenally solid storytelling, and a hook for drama that put her in contrast to the rest of Gotham’s assorted heroes and hangers-on, while still feeling like a natural compliment to the other characters. And then, less than a decade later, she’d gone from being a new character with an incredible amount of potential to an also-ran who only really shows up to fill space in crossovers — something that almost never happens to characters in the Batman family, especially when they’ve got 70+ solo issues under their utility belts.
So what happened? Man, I can’t even tell you, I just read the darn things. But folks, it got really weird there at the end.
BEST ART EVER (THIS WEEK) - 08.29.14
Compiled by Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
Above: Wonder Woman by Alex Ross