8/19/2016

I'm a huge fan of the Tick. I started out reading the original comic books back in the eighties, watched the cartoon show in 1994, and watched the live-action show in 2001. I was really excited about seeing the Tick return in a new Amazon Pilot. But this is not the Tick I knew and loved. In some ways, it's better. In some ways, it's lacking.

In case you're not familiar with it, Amazon creates original TV shows like Netflix and Hulu, but they work differently. Instead of creating a full season, they work more like traditional TV in creating a pilot to see if it works. But the network doesn't decide if it's worth making a full season, viewers do. Viewers submit feedback, and the shows that get the most positive reviews go to series. It's more interactive than both models. This is a review of the half-hour pilot without knowing if a series will follow.


The episode opens with an alien spacecraft arriving in Siberia in 1908, bringing with it the arrival of "not-Superman" superhero Superian. Cut to an online TV show starring Whoopi Goldberg (yes, it's really her) interviewing Superian about the death of his nemesis, the Terror. There's a persistent conspiracy theory that the Terror isn't really dead, but they found his teeth after the crater Superian left him in. That's a running joke in the show, that everyone insists his teeth proved he's dead.

But one person doesn't believe it, and that's Arthur Everest. Unlike other iterations of the Tick, where Arthur is just a comic foil for Tick, this show is all about Arthur. Arthur is obsessed with the Terror for reasons I won't give away, and insists he's still alive. But everyone thinks he's crazy, and pities him for the incident that traumatizes him. Arthur isn't a superhero, but wants justice by staking out a mysterious shipment of weapons.

And then literally the Tick walks up to him, introducing him to the world of superheroes. There's no explanation for who he is or where he came from, but he's still the same non-sequitor spewing optimist of the original series. He's played very well by Peter Serafinowicz, who makes you forget about Patrick Warburton's iconic performance within seconds. He's less goofy and more straight-laced, but just as funny. From there, Arthur finds himself pulled kicking and screaming into the Tick's world, and becoming his sidekick. The episode ends with a cliffhanger, so I hope they end up making it into a series.

The new Tick pilot is a very different tone from the original comics and even the TV shows. The Tick has always been a bizarre and quirky riff on superheroes with parodies of superheroes and the superhero community, and a G-rated sensibility. In Amazon's The Tick, there's more of a realistic feel, like it's more a parody of our world and fame than superheroes. There's also death and mutilation, which was hard to watch sometimes. But the original comic had characters like the Man-Eating Cow, so I can't say it doesn't fit the concept. But when the Tick walks into a scene, the whole tone of the show changes for the better.

Arthur is played by Griffin Newman as a wonderfully complex and deep character that you really sympathize and root for. As the Terror, Jackie Earle Haley is fantastic. I really loved how Haley chewed the scenery with menace. With conspicuously large teeth.

Slight spoiler: if the flashback showing Arthur's "voices" is true, it points to an intriguing connection between Arthur and the Tick.

Thing I didn't like: I missed the off-the-wall craziness of the original Tick. Der Fleidermaus is my favorite Batman parody, and Batmanuel is a close second. I'd love to see characters like Chairface and The-Evil-Midnight-Bomber-What-Bombs-At-Midnight, but this show will probably never go that far. I know the dark tone is intended to make the show fit in with superhero TV shows like "Daredevil," but I think it will turn off some viewers who would prefer more light and optimistic fare.

I also thought the Tick costume looked too much like a suit of armor like "The Dark Knight." There's all sorts of textures and patterns on it that I found distracting.

In the end, I decided this show is still worth seeing, and I want to see more. I hope it goes to series, and lightens up a little bit to make it more fun. If you have Amazon Prime, it's definitely a must-watch for any comic book fan.

Would you see the Tick? If you saw it, what did you think?


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8/05/2016

I'll say this for Marvel. They have some problems, but they're also leading the way for diversity in comics right now. Their willingness to take beloved white male superheroes and transform them into minority and female superheroes is almost startling. They broke ground with an African-American teenage boy as Spiderman with Miles Morales. Then they created a female Wolverine, a female Thor, an African-American Captain America, an Asian-American Hulk, a female Muslim Ms. Marvel, and now the role of Iron Man will be taken over by Riri Williams, a teenage black woman.

According to the announcement by Brian Michael Bendis in Time, the character will debut in Invincible Iron Man. At the end of the current crossover event Civil War II, Tony Stark will quit and turn over his role as Iron Man full-time. Williams will be a teen genius who impresses Stark by enrolling in MIT at the age of fifteen, and building her own Iron Man suit in her dorm room. It's unknown as yet how or why Tony Stark will give up his armor, but we look forward to new adventures with a new female hero.

What I found most gratifying in the interview with Bendis was how he described the racist reaction online to the announcement. He said: "Some of the comments online, I don’t think people even realize how racist they sound. I’m not saying if you criticize you’re a racist, but if someone writes, 'Why do we need Riri Williams we already have Miles?' that’s a weird thing to say. They’re individuals just like Captain America and Cyclops are individuals. All I can do is state my case for the character, and maybe they’ll realize over time that that’s not the most progressive thinking. But increasingly we see less and less of that. Once Miles hit, and Kamala Khan hit and female Thor hit — there was a part of an audience crawling through the desert looking for an oasis when it came to representation, and now that it’s here, you’ll go online and be greeted with this wave of love."

I love his response to people who say there are enough minority characters in comics. I've even heard some people argue that comics should have a specific percentage of minority characters that matches the specific percentage of minorities in the United States. But the same people aren't complaining there are too many white male superheroes. The anti-diversity trolls aren't saying, "There's already a white male Batman. Why do we need a white male Superman?" There's no quota that needs to be met. How about we just make the ethnicity of the characters a part of who they are and what fits the character best, instead of assuming it's about some sort of progressive social justice warrior affirmative action agenda?

It's nice to know Marvel gets it.

I also think the new character will bring a lot to the character. What does it mean when a woman is playing the role of Iron Man? Will she be trying to pass herself off as a male? Would her being revealed as a female change how people perceive her? Will she have the wealth and power of Tony Stark or will she have to be the technological genius with limited resources? Looking forward to it.

What do you think of the new Iron Man?

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8/04/2016

Good news, everyone! Futurama is back! Well, sort of. It's unlike anything you've seen before.

A while back, we profiled a makeup creation of Professor Farnsworth from Futurama. Well, someone has gone full walrus with a live-action version of Futurama called "Fan-O-Rama." "Fan-O-Rama" has all the major characters, using makeup to bring Farnsworth, Leela, Bender, Zoidberg, and even Hermes into the real world. It looks like it's even doing it without CGI, using practical models. The project is led by Dan Lanigan, with special effects by Martin Moonwalker Meunier, Kody Frederick and Katie Lanigan to co-star and co-write, and Eric Diaz to produce music and costumes. Together, they created this trailer to prove that if Futurama existed in the real world, it would be really creepy and disturbing, but also fun to watch. We hope...



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7/13/2016

There's an action comedy out called Central Intelligence starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. They're high school buddies who become a special agent and an accountant who team up. It's not a scifi movie, but there is some interesting science behind-the-scenes. There's a flashback where it's revealed that Dwayne Johnson's character used to be an awkward fat kid in school. It shows Johnson singing in the shower to En Vogue's "My Lovin'," and subjected to a cruel prank of getting thrown into the gym naked.



For all of the Rock's fans, the results are pretty startling:

via GIPHY

The interesting thing is that they didn't use a fat suit, like they usually do for these movies, and which usually look pretty bad. They actually used CGI and motion capture to create a younger digital version of Johnson's head, and pasted it onto the body of overweight viral Polynesian dancer Sione Kelepi to create the effect. I'm always fascinated by how computer graphics have replaced makeup and costumes. Here's a great little breakdown of how they did it, presented by Wired.



What do you think of the effect? Should they have just used a fat suit or was it worth the effort?

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7/01/2016

Namor the Sub-Mariner
Can Marvel bring Namor the Sub-Mariner into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Yes, but it's complicated.

He's the biggest superhero that no one has ever heard of, but a big screen movie could change all that. Remember Ant-Man? Black Panther? Both were virtually unknown outside of the comic book world, but now they're household names thanks to movies like Captain America: Civil War. Namor could be just as popular. So who owns the movie rights?

Let's follow the history of the movie rights and see how Marvel lost and got the rights back.

Who Owned The Movie Rights To Namor in the 1990s?

Through the 1970s to the early 1990s, Marvel sold the movie rights to popular comic book characters for quick cash (they still went bankrupt, but it helped). From the late 1980s to 1996, most of the major characters like the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Daredevil, Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Iron Man had been optioned to the studios. They even sold movie rights to "minor" characters like Man-Thing.

In 1997, Phillip Kaufman, known for movies like the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake, began discussions with Marvel Studios to develop a movie based on Namor. Batman writer Sam Hamm was rumored to be writing the script.

At the time Kaufman said it would mirror his own interests in environmental issues. Prince Namor was described as a man who has "certain bad feelings toward the people up above, on Earth, because of his ecological concerns." He added that this as a time that "there is no Russia or other large international bad guy to focus on, comics provide a way of dealing with good and evil in another context, and one brought up to date."

Who Owned The Movie Rights To Namor in the 2000s?


In 2002, Saban Entertainment began working with Marvel on a Sub-Mariner movie, with a script written by Randall Frakes who also wrote The Terminator novelization.

The next year Universal Pictures hired David Self to write a new script for the film around the same time they started working on the Ang Lee Hulk movie. Marvel Studios president Avi Arad suggested the story would have Namor "battling polluters responsible for such threats to ocean life as oil spills, underwater bomb testing, and global warming."

Arad said Sub-Mariner "will be an epic underwater tale of majestic fantasy." They were hoping for a 2004 release of the film but the prediction stalled after Hulk dropped a gamma bomb at the box office.

Then, in 2004, director Chris Columbus entered talks to direct the film for a 2007 release but he left the project the next year. In 2006, Jonathan Mostow took over the film with the planned title of The Sub-Mariner which dropped the name Namor.


Six years later, in 2012, Marvel's CCO (Chief Creative Officer) Joe Quesada said the film rights had reverted back to Marvel. At the UK "Kapow! Comic Convention" Quesada said that "to the best of his knowledge" Marvel had the movie rights to Namor the Sub-Mariner.

But the next year president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige told Empire magazine the Namor movie rights are definitively "at Universal."

Who Owns The Movie Rights To Namor Now?


Fast forward two years to 2014 and Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter tweeted "Universal does NOT have the rights to the Sub-Mariner. Marvel has them." The guy has a ton of insider knowledge so he would know, but it turns out it's even more complicated than that.

Later that year Kevin Feige confirmed in an interview with IGN that Universal and Legendary Pictures couldn’t make a Namor the Sub-Mariner movie even if they wanted to. While he did confirm that Marvel Studios is the only one that could make a Namor movie he said, "there are entanglements that make it less easy.

"There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in."

Finally, in June of 2016, Joe Quesada again said that the Namor movie rights are back with Marvel. On the "Fatman on Batman" podcast when he was asked about the Namor film rights he said "I can't speak for studios...As far as I know, yeah we do. It’s not at Fox, it’s not at Sony...Yeah."

So maybe it took two years for them to work out the “entanglements” or maybe they’re still working them out. That’s a pretty vague statement but it’s less vague after statements about the complicated film rights for characters like Hulk and Spider-Man.

In the case of Spider-Man Sony agreed to license the character to Marvel Studios with a number of restrictions. For example, Marvel can use him in the movies, but can’t use him in spin-off shows based on the M.C.U. like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. For the Hulk, Marvel can use him in Avengers movies, but Universal has "first right of refusal" to distribute a stand-alone film.

Who is Namor?

Namor in Marvel Comics #1 (1939)
For those who don't know, Namor the Sub-Mariner is one of Marvel’s first superheroes. He first appeared in Marvel Comics #1 (1939) back when Marvel Comics was known as "Timely Publications". He was a hit and one of Timely's top three characters along with Captain America and the original Human Torch.

Namor's the son a human captain and an Atlantean woman, so he has characteristics of both. As the son of the princess of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis he has super-strength and the ability to breathe underwater. He also has wings on his heels which allow him to fly.

He's known to be a hot-headed character and one of the first anti-heroes in comics. While he's worked with superhero teams like the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Invaders, the Defenders and the X-Men he's also been an enemy of them as well.

Back in 1940, Namor threatened to sink Manhattan underneath a tidal wave. In fact, in his first appearance he kills two men in revenge for attacking their underwater city. The guy has some serious anger management issues.

Who Came Out First: Namor Or Aquaman?

Aquaman and Namor the Sub-Mariner
Both DC and Marvel have an underwater superhero that's the king of Atlantis. The obvious question is which came first? Namor the Sub-Mariner came first as he was first seen in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly (1939). Aquaman didn't show up until 1941 in More Fun Comics #73.

While Namor came out first, Aquaman is more well-known thanks to the 1960s Super Friends cartoon. DC has beaten Marvel to the underwater superhero punch too thanks to his cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice played by Jason Mamoa. Aquaman is co-starring in Justice League which opens November 17, 2017 and he gets a solo movie which is scheduled to open July 27, 2018.

But Stephen McFeely, one of the writers for Avengers: Infinity War says they'd like to bring Namor into the movie. "He is kind of a jerk and has a chip on his shoulder and he is a king and lives underwater," McFeely said, "The degree of difficulty is so high, though. Cause it could be a great movie or it could be truly terrible."

Infinity War is scheduled to open May 4, 2018 so he may make an appearance before the Aquaman solo film. We'll see.

So that's the story. Marvel could make a Namor movie deal happen if they can work it out with the right people. The movie could be a hit with all the environmental issues and global warming. He could really be a major player and would be a nice contrast to King T'Challa AKA the Black Panther.

Would you watch a Namor the Sub-Mariner movie

About the Author: Maurice Mitchell
I'm an avid science fiction fan, former professional graphic designer and certified blerd. After the death of my Star Wars action figures, I use my powers for good and not for evil.
Visit my concept art blog: http://filmsketchr.blogspot.com

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6/27/2016

One of the great moments in Avengers: Age of Ultron came when the Avengers took turns trying to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. As anyone who's been following Thor knows, his hammer can only be lifted by those who are "worthy." Considering for a brief period of time, even Thor himself was considered unworthy, it's safe to say only a select few can do it.

Now we get to see the test in real life, thanks to a little engineering instead of mystical power. On the YouTube channel Sufficiently Advanced, a guy created his own version of Mjolnir. Instead of an enchantment, the hammer hides a powerful electromagnet that keeps it stuck to metal surfaces it's attached to. The trick is that it also has a fingerprint scanner in it, so the magnet turns off when the creator takes hold of the handle. Knowing that, watch the epic prank as people struggle to lift the hammer around Venice Beach.



Could you lift Mjolnir?

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6/03/2016


Here are five things you need to know about Rick Famuyiwa the new director of The Flash solo movie for DC.

Yesterday Deadline revealed that DC has finally found a director Rick Famuyiwa for their upcoming DC Extended Universe film The Flash (2018) starring Ezra Miller. He'll take over from director Seth Grahame-Smith who left because of "creative differences". The up-and-coming director received critical acclaim for his film Dope last year. He will direct the film that Warner Bros has scheduled for release on March 16, 2018.

Here are five things you need to know about the Nigerian-American Hollywood film director, producer, and screenwriter.

Famuyiwa Is a Nigerian From California


Rick Famuyiwa was born June 18, 1973, and is the son of Nigerian immigrants and a first-generation American. He grew up near Los Angeles in the city of Inglewood and he says it's nothing like we imagine. His experiences there in High School inspired his first feature film The Wood. "The thing you gotta understand about L.A. is that everything is suburbia,"  Famuyiwa told Spliced Wire back in 1999, "Los Angeles isn't set up like San Francisco or New York. People come to L.A. and they expect to see a ghetto like the projects, but that's not the way it's set up. Inglewood, in particular, is the furthest thing from a ghetto. It's a middle-class community, but it's gotten a bad rap over the years...because of Grand Canyon and Pulp Fiction and other films."

Although he admits the city does have "a negative element" he says it's no different from any other big city. "You come across gangs and you come across negative things -- but it's like everywhere else, if that's what you gravitate toward and that's what you want to do, you're gonna find trouble no matter what you do," Famuyiwa added, "But we were never into that. My group of friends were never into that.”

His commitment to breaking stereotypes has carried over into all his films.

Famuyiwa Has a Bachelors in Film


Famuyiwa graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Cinematic Arts Film & Television Production and Cinematic Arts Critical Studies, from the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. Rick Famuyiwa is also a member of the Director’s Guild of America. Besides the acclaim of his last film Dope, people are saying he should get an Emmy for directing the HBO drama Confirmation about the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearing starring Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce.

His break-out hit Dope is a film about a "geeky" boy growing up in California in the mid-90s. The majority of his films have themes of friendship, acceptance, character development and progression. These themes are also explored in movies like The Wood (1999), Brown Sugar (2002), and Talk to Me (2007).

Famuyiwa's an Award-Winning Director

In 2000, The Black Reel Awards nominated Famuyiwa for Best Director (Theatrical) for his work on The Wood. That same year, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards nominated The Wood for Outstanding Motion Picture.

Three years later, in 2003, Famuyiwa was once again nominated by the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Motion Picture after making Brown Sugar.

In 2008, he got another NAACP Image Award for his work on Kasi Lemmons’ Talk To Me for Outstanding Motion Picture and Famuyiwa won for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television).

He joins Ryan Coogler, who's directing Black Panther (2018) and Tim Story who directed Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) as the only Black comic book movie directors in a mainstream film.

The Flash is Famuyiwa's First Blockbuster Film

Before this film, he's done low-budget movies and that's how he likes it. At a Directors Guild of America panel, he said making low-cost films is the best way for an African-American director in the Hollywood film industry. He feels there are so many stereotypes and barriers for directors of color in the industry that it's hard to make a film without keeping costs low. "Make it under $10 million, put this much into marketing, make 25 to 35 million dollars and we'll walk away with a profitable film," he told the panel, "And as long as you can deliver scripts that are under $10 million with no effects, that you can shoot in 30 days and get back 'X' amount, I think you can always have a steady stream of a certain kind of film."

This is the first big budget film he's made, but he's a big step up from Seth Grahame-Smith who is mainly known for his screenwriting work on films like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The Flash was supposed to be Grahame-Smith's first theatrical directing job. Grahame-Smith directed two episodes of MTV’s "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," which he co-created.

It's not the first time an indie director was handed the job of a big-budget film. Colin Trevorrow was known for small independent films like Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) before directing the big budget movie Jurassic World (2015). So Famuyiwa's background doesn't mean he can't bring it on. In fact, Famuyiwa has a lot of experience in the film industry and will bring a fresh new take on the DCEU. Phil Lord, who wrote a film treatment for the film told The Hippojuice Podcast, "we're more trying to stick with the cinematic universe... it really is its own thing and is kind of a standalone movie". He also teased that "it's kind of a different take on superhero stuff."

What Famuyiwa Brings to The Flash

The Flash Concept Art by CW
Ezra Miller has a cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and is in the upcoming Justice League: Part One (2017). After Batman v Superman, Warner Bros is looking for a director that can bring relatable characters to the film in a way that resonates with young viewers. The studio feels his film Dope perfectly captures that and he can bring the movie what it's looking for. 

He'll be working from the screenplay by Grahame-Smith which he wrote working from a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller who directed The LEGO Movie. There's no word if he'll be making any changes now that he's come on board.

Ezra Miller will be playing Barry Allen AKA The Flash who's "the fastest man alive". The movie is set to take place after Justice League Part One and it won't be an origin story.

What do you think of the casting of Rick Famuyiwa as the director of The Flash

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5/31/2016

Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Paramount has released all nine stunning character posters for Star Trek Beyond. Starting last week Paramount studios has been releasing one-shot character posters for the upcoming Star Trek movie titled Star Trek Beyond (no colon again). Each poster has a different color based on their division and the Star Trek insignia made of the enemy ships known as "The Swarm". Of course, Idris Elba's villain and Jaylah have their own color scheme since they're not part of Starfleet.

Click on the images to see them in stunning HD

Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock in Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Karl Urban as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek Beyond (2016)

John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Anton Yelchin as Lieutenant Pavel Chekov in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Idris Elba as Krall in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Sofia Boutella as Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Star Trek Beyond is scheduled for a July 22, 2016 release.

About Star Trek Beyond

"Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew.  In “Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

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5/24/2016

Beauty and the Beast Source: Disney Pictures
There have been dozens of interpretations of Beauty & the Beast over the years, but science-fiction has yet to get it right.

This week Beauty and the Beast took the internet by storm. The trailer for the live-action adaptation of the popular Disney animated movie starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens has audiences enthralled. The French fairy tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve about a girl who falls in love with a monster was published in 1740 and has been beloved for generations.

It would seem that the material is made for science-fiction with its themes of acceptance and a loveable monster, but it just hasn't worked. Like the classic tale, the idea has married good and bad elements. Here are the best and worst genre adaptations of the classic fairy tale ranked from worst to best.

6. Beauty and the Beast (1962)


The 1960s saw a resurgence in the popularity of classic movie monsters and this film tried to capitalize on the trend. It tells the story about a beautiful woman (Joyce Taylor) who unknowingly marries an Italian duke, (Mark Damon) who turns into a werewolf at night. The special effects are cheap and the story never goes above "B Movie" levels, but it's good for a laugh. A sad, depressing laugh.

5. X-Men: The Animated Series (1993)


"Beauty & the Beast" is an episode of the animated TV series based the comic book. In it, the animalistic genius mutant is known as "Beast" and falls in love with a blind girl. Her father is a rampant mutant hater which leads to him being hunted as a monster. The episode serves as a way to give the character a focus for the episode and not much else.

4. Beauty and the Beast (2009)


After a series of horrific murders are blamed on Beast (Victor Parascos) he and Belle (Estella Warren) must work together to find the real killer. Cheaply produced in Australia it was released on the SyFy channel to poor reviews. Although it's been called "plain old silly B-movie fun". Or just silly and stupid.

3. Beauty & the Beast (2012)

In 2012, The CW network had a hit series of shows combining science-fiction and teen drama, so they decided to reboot the popular 1987 CBS series as a crime drama. The show focuses on a New York City police detective Catherine Keller, played by Smallville star Kristin Kreuk, and a mysterious man named Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan).

Unlike the 1987 show Vincent is a military vet who was part of a genetic experiment that turned him into a monster. The show is panned by critics, but won several People's Choice Awards and is being canceled after three seasons.

2. The Quantum Rose (2000)


The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro is a science fiction retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" as a space opera. Kamoj Argali the ruler of a poor province is forced to marry the brutal ruler of a neighboring province named Jax Ironbridge. But before they could be married she's kidnapped by the monstrous Prince Havyrl (Vyrl) Lionstar.

While the book is enjoyable it's also notable for using the characters and plot points to play the roles of mathematical and physical processes of coupled-channel quantum scattering theory. The book won the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 2001 Affaire de Coeur Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. This book isn't a faithful adaptation of the story so it shows that sci-fi can't get the concept right.

1. Beauty and the Beast (1987)


Classic series starting Terminator star Linda Hamilton as a tough New York attorney and veteran sci-fi character actor Ron Perlman as a deformed lion-like man living underground.

While his origin is shrouded in mystery it's strongly implied that his appearance and nature came from scientific experiments. The show took the classic tale and reinterpreted it as a crime drama but it was the love between Vincent and Catherine that made the show. It touched on themes of loss, prejudice and acceptance.

While the show got rave reviews Hamilton left the show after the second season and it was canceled after the third season. Although it has a short run it has a strong cult following even today. That said, the fact that the show flopped after the love story ended shows the concept never had much appeal without it.

Which is your favorite interpretation of Beauty and the Beast? Which is your least favorite?

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5/19/2016


How much does Superman really talk in the movies? There have been a lot of complaints mixed reviews about the treatment of Superman in the film Batman v Superman, but one of the biggest complaints is that Superman doesn’t act have much Superman.

First, the title to what was supposed to be a Man of Steel sequel was named Batman v Superman. Then, Zack Snyder said the movie isn’t a “direct” sequel to MoS. Finally, a rumor by Heroic Hollywood said that Warner Bros rewrote the film to put in more Batman and less Superman. Whether that rumor turned out to be true or not there is an awful lot of Batman in the flick.

One Reddit user wrote down all of Superman’s lines in the movie and came up with a surprisingly small number of lines. 43 lines of dialogue in all of Batman v Superman? Seems like a pretty small number for a two and a half-hour movie. Like a lot of people, I wondered how it compares with other Superman movies. If the average movie has 40 lines then WB actually improved on it. Did Zack Snyder give him more or fewer lines in Man of Steel? What about Christopher Reeve?

So I set out to find out. I went through every theatrical release of a Superman movie and counted the lines.

How I Counted the Lines

So it’s one thing to say “he has 100 lines of dialogue”, but what does that mean? Do you count all the sentences, words or what? I decided to use the typical screenplay format. Every time the character speaks uninterrupted that’s a line. So if Superman (or Clark Kent) says, “Hi!” or “Hello from the last Son of Krypton, champion of the oppressed and doer of good across the galaxy!” I count them the same. If he’s in the middle of a speech and someone interrupts him that counts as two lines.

What I didn’t count, and coolerthanabagofice did, is noises he makes. So if Superman only says “Hmmm” or screams I don’t count that. For consistency, I’ve dropped the number of lines from the Reddit list by one since it's just a scream.

How Often Does Superman Talk?

Something I thought about putting in, but left out, is the ratio of lines to minutes in the film. Sure Superman talks a lot in Superman II, but is it really more often than in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)? So here are the ratio of lines per minute of film.

Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Lines: 90
58 minutes
0.6 minutes per line

Superman (1978)
Lines: 114
143 minutes
1.3 minutes per line

Superman II (1980)
Lines: 138
127 minutes
0.9 minutes per line

Superman III (1983)
Lines: 152
125 minutes
0.8 minutes per line

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Lines: 132
92 minutes
0.7 minutes per line

Superman Returns (2006)
Lines: 84
154 minutes
1.8 minutes per line

Man of Steel (2013)
Lines: 96
146 minutes
1.5 minutes per line

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Lines: 42
151 minutes
3.6 minutes per line

The main reason I didn't put it in the graphic is because all of the films except Batman v Superman give Superman about a line a minute.

What do you think of the infographic? Does it say anything about the Superman movies?

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