MARVEL AND JACK KIRBY’S HEIRS SETTLE COPYRIGHT DISPUTE
“Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”
Well, those are words no one expected to read on Friday morning — or maybe ever — but they were indeed issued in a joint statement.
AQUAMAN IN ‘MAN OF STEEL’ AND 6 MORE SUPERHERO CAMEOS YOU TOTALLY MISSED
By Mike Ryan
Late last week, word started to trickle out that Aquaman – who is all but confirmed to be played by Jason Momoa in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ – made a cameo in ‘Man of Steel,’ but you just didn’t realize it because he was never on camera. Remember those whales that we see after Superman saves the people on the oil rig? Apparently, Aquaman sent those whales to help out.
On the Marvel side of things, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been making the rounds in support of the ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Blu-ray, and they claim that the driver of a truck that we see in two scenes may or may not be The Punisher.
All of this is clever. Who needs real cameos when, later, someone closely associated with the movie can just say, “Oh, yeah, that character you like? He or she is there, just not quite on the screen where you can see him or her.” It’s kind of like what we’re hearing out of the ‘Star Wars’ camp, that an evil character will be introduced during the ‘Rebels’ television series, then reintroduced in ‘Episode VII’ in a, See, he’s been there causing mischief all along, sort of way. This is both a sham and genius. I can’t decide if I’m offended or impressed.
Anyway, based on this line of thinking, we went back to some recent superhero movies and, lo and behold, there are a plethora of cameos that we never noticed.
‘PROJECT GREENLIGHT’ SHORT FILM ILLUSTRATES THE ARGUMENT AGAINST SEXIST SUPERHEROINE COSTUMES
Over the past few years, comics fans have been embroiled in a debate over the double standard that applies to superhero costumes. While men’s costumes are increasingly depicted as totally functional and conveying strength, women’s costumes remain what they’ve been for decades: skimpy, overtly sexualized, and all too often, anything but what would be practical for the purposes of patrolling the streets and fighting crime.
Filmmaker Luke Patton’s short film “Sexy Superhero” faces that debate head-on and makes something really funny out of it.
THE ‘BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN’ BATMOBILE WAS STOLEN… BY A STORMTROOPER (SORT OF, NOT REALLY)
By Jacob Hall
A pretty wacky rumor sprung up over the weekend. It seems that, according to certain sources, the Batmobile from ‘Batman vs Superman‘ had been stolen from the set, which meant that some car thief was driving around Detroit in their brand new tank. The rumor was quickly put to rest, but not before director Zack Snyder was able to joke about it.
And that tweet is kinda’ worth the whole rumor being started in the first place.
Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said that police confirmed with producers of “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” that the vehicle has not been stolen, a rumor that proliferated on the web and social media on Friday.
“The Batmobile is safe in the Batcave where it belongs,” Woody said.
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.
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.
SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST X-MEN FILM DIRECTOR BRYAN SINGER DROPPED BY ACCUSER
Michael Egan, the former model who filed sexual abuse charges against X-Men: Days Of Future Past director Bryan Singer in civil court, has withdrawn his suit following the recent departure of his former attorney, Jeff Herman. Egan insists that his decision is no reflection on the merits of his case against Singer, and instead reflects his inability to continue without representation.
ALE GIORGINI DRAWS CHARACTERS FROM YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED
By Chris Sims
When you’re trying to spotlight an artist like Ale Giorgini, it’s difficult to figure out what to focus on. He’s done so much great stuff built on so many themes, from minimalist portraits of celebrities (a roster that includes both Charlie Brown and David Lynch) to pairing off some of cinema’s greatest couples in a series called “That’s Amore,” and it’s all worth seeing.
In the end, though, it was the pieces inspired by some of my favorite movies that hooked me, full of sleepy-eyed characters from The Big Lebowski, Ghostbusters, The Goonies and more.
REPORT: SONY PLANNING A WOMAN-LED SUPERHERO MOVIE IN THE SPIDER-MAN FRANCHISE
By Matt Wilson
As fans debate what superheroine should get a solo movie from Marvel Studios, it would appear that Sony is looking to beat the Disney superhero factory to the punch using a Marvel character.
According to a Deadline report, Sony Pictures is planning to release a movie in its Spider-Man franchise led by a woman, though it’s not clear which character will be front-and center. The movie would see release in 2017.
BEST ART EVER (THIS WEEK): 08.01.14
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: Rocket Raccoon by Karl Tagle.