Writer Brian C. Baer recently got reacquainted with the original Flash TV series from the early 90’s. Enjoy his look at the second of that show’s direct-to-video offerings!

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With news of more headaches surrounding the long-anticipated DCEU Flash solo movie, and as the Scarlet Speedster’s CW “Arrowverse” show has been renewed for a fifth season, we here at ComicBookMedia believe it’s time to look at one of the character’s previous translations into film. By which we mean television. By which we mean both. Kind of. Read the rest of this entry »

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Back in 2001, the thought of comic book characters on TV screens was a largely foreign concept. There was little to suggest that comic heroes could find any success on network television. When Smallville premiered in the fall of that year, it played safe and stuck to conventions of teen dramas at the time. While focusing on a young Clark Kent, pre-Superman, its first few seasons did little to escape a “threat of the week” formula that allowed for little in the way of plot-growth. However, the series eventually did mature over its 10 year run. While many view the show from the position of the doldrums of its first few seasons, that is to intentionally ignore the strides that the series took in quality and characterization in its later years. That’s no better encapsulated than in the 2-part special during the 9th season, “Absolute Justice”.

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Super Max (2007 Script)

Posted: March 20, 2018 in Script
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A decade ago, only relatively die-hard comic book fans would be able to tell you anything about Green Arrow. Most people would probably get him confused with another, similarly colored hero. “Wasn’t he the one on that show with Bruce Lee? Or was he the one with the ring?” Regardless, Oliver Queen has been an interesting and layered character in the medium of comics for years. When Mike Grell re-invented him in the 80’s, it began a new era of engaging stories, larger-than-life villains and human pathos all centered around the emerald archer with the signature Van Dyke. Sadly, expanded media had somewhat left him alone, which meant larger audiences had as well.

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Whiteout (2009 Film)

Posted: February 26, 2018 in Baer
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I doubt that many people remember the film Whiteout. Of those, significantly less probably realize that it was based on a comic book. Luckily, Brian C. Baer is here to remind us of these things. Enjoy!

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Dominic Sena’s adaptation of the Oni Press series Whiteout premiered and then was pulled from theaters with barely a whimper. This wasn’t much of a surprise, though. It was clear the studio suits didn’t have much faith in the project, between the reshoots by Stuart Baird (Star Trek: Nemesis) and Len Wiseman (Underworld), the two-year delay between wrap and release, and the changes made to Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber’s source material.
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Back in the 1970’s the comic book landscape was almost entirely dominated by white heroes and their supporting casts. DC Comics, seeing a niche to be filled, decided to create their first black hero. And so Black Bomber was born!
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Author Brian C. Baer clearly had some complicated feelings to work through with regard to the recent release and general quality of Justice League. As such, he has been working on this analysis of the film as a reflection of the times that it was created in. While initially a bit unwieldy, Brian has pared down his thoughts into a length that’s much more manageable*. Enjoy his look at the unintentional timeliness of this film…

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Another year comes to a close and another Best/Worst list from Comic Book Media is completed. This year, Colby and Brian are joined by a real life celebrity! Burr Martin (alias Selfie Dad) enjoys the occasional comic book movie and TV show when not mimicking his family’s Instagram photos or hosting podcasts. So welcome Burr onto the team and check out our picks for the best and worst of all things Comic Book Media in 2017! And, of course, find out who’ll be winning this year’s coveted Golden Evans award…
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My good friend Ethan, of Extremist Movie Debate, asked me to fill in for his regular movie-sparring partner Joe last week. We went head-to-head over the recent release of Justice League. If you’re unfamiliar with the format of their series, they flip a coin to decide which stance that they have to take on their chosen movie (love or hate) and then must argue their point through a series of questions and discussions. I’ll let the video show where I came down. Regardless, this was an incredibly difficult film to to get passionate about. There are plenty of movies and shows that I’ve loved or hated and enjoyed fiercely debating but Justice League is so incredibly, inoffensively average that it took every ounce of my amazing acting talent to muster even the slight enthusiasm I have here. Read the rest of this entry »

X-Men: The Film Timelines

Posted: October 11, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Since hitting theatres in the early 2000’s, the X-Men film franchise has become the longest running comic-based series to keep the same continuity. Unlike Spider-Man or Fantastic Four, this series has continued to maintain the same singular universe for over 15 years. Much like the Homo Superior of the comic series that said movies are based upon, the films have undergone their fair share of evolution in those years. With shifting creative teams covering ten films (and a couple of television series that recently premiered) it’s no surprise that there have been vast changes in the tone and story of the films as they’ve progressed. However, those changes also brought an equally vast number of issues regarding the continuity and consistency of the story.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these! I think the main reason behind that is that it’s been a long time since I’ve played a comic book related game that has made me want to discuss it at length. Sure, I’m a sucker for the Lego Batman or Lego Marvel series, but there’s not exactly much to say about them other than, “There’s a lot of characters. You collect stuff.” Luckily, we have a developer like Telltale Games that crafts interesting, character-based narratives that invite discussion from players.

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