Batman v Superman steamrolled into theaters this past weekend to record breaking Easter sales. But does it translate to into sales for comic book stores and other distribution platforms? And more importantly, does it equal more fans of comic books – the source material for these films?
Plus, we announce the winner of the Comic Book Movie Film Franchise bracket in our March Madness Franchise Final Four!
Batman v Superman steamrolled into theaters this past weekend to record breaking Easter sales. And while fan and critic reaction was divided to say the least (see my article on Inquisitr for more on that), one thing is for certain: the comic book movie train continues to roll on!
But does it translate to into sales for comic book stores and other distribution platforms? And more importantly, does it equal more fans of comic books – the source material for these films?
My take (and the take of the local retailer) by me is no. I am a vendor at about 5-7 conventions a year across the country (catch me in NJ, NY, CA and more this year alone). And while these pop culture gatherings have grown tremendously, I can’t say the retail side of things has seen any bump. In fact, I sell more sketches and custom prints than books these days. And that really defeats the purpose doesn’t it?
Tune in this Friday as we ask the curator of Larry’s Wonderful World of Comics himself, Larry Doherty, that very question and more. Plus, we give you OUR take on BvS and we wrap up our March Madness Franchise Final Four with the X-Men franchise this Friday 11am ET on TalkingAlternative.com
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Man that Batman V Superman was great wasn’t it? Between Wonder Woman’s surprise appearance and Doomsday catapulting out of a giant meteor thanks to Lex Luthor manipulating our heroes into that massive slugfest, this movie had it all!
What’s that? Shouldn’t I have labeled this post SPOILERS? Well, sure I would have…had the trailer for the film not already spoiled the movie for everyone already.
So, no, I haven’t actually SEEN Dawn of Justice yet, so I’m not 100% sure how everything goes down. But I’ve also seen enough thanks to the trailer and my knowledge of comic books to put the pieces together. Sure, there are probably more spoilers and cameos we haven’t heard of yet, but I gotta say, this disturbing trend of giving away all the twists and turns in the trailer has got to end.
It wasn’t long ago that Amazing Spider-Man 2 revealed Harry’s role as Green Goblin a good month before the film hit. And the big reveal that John Connor was the villain in Terminator: Genysis even took the director, Alan Taylor, himself by surprise. Or Chris Pratt driving alongside velociraptors en route to a massive Jurassic Park opening.
Maybe I’m wrong. According to an article featured on Entertainment Weekly last year, market research actually seems to argue the MORE we know, the more likely we are to see the film. But I have a feeling those stats are related to more obscure flicks and not FREAKING BATMAN VS SUPERMAN!!! That alone should be all you need to want to see this movie. (Same applies to Terminator too which would explain the sorry box office results I’d wager)
In this age of giving away the whole movie, all I can say is…Thank God for J.J. Abrams.
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Plus, we announce the winner of the Superman Film Franchise bracket in our March Madness Franchise Final Four. Haven’t voted yet? No problem! Do it below! Decide which Superman movie advances to the next round in our #comicbookmovie Franchise Final Four Bracket!
Spider-Man has arrived! …in the Marvel Universe that is. So what better way to break down the deal than with Transmedia guru Jeff Gomez of Starlight Runner Entertainment? He chats Spider-Man in the Civil War trailer, his work on the Amazing Spider-Man and Men In Black films and the concept of shared universes in TV and film in use today.
Plus, we announce the winner of the Spider-Man Film Franchise bracket in our March Madness Franchise Final Four.
Next up? Superman. Vote below and decide which Superman flick is the best of the bunch — just in time for the release of Superman V Batman!
And despite several nit-picky comments concerning his costume (too shiny! too traditional! what’s up with those armbands?) the one emotion Spider-Man’s appearance does evoke is hope. Hope that the Marvel Universe will one day merge completely. That we’ll see Wolverine pop his claws against the Hulk whose busy getting clobbered by the Thing. That Johnny Storm and Peter Parker and Kitty Pryde will all be attending the same high school eventually.
But most of all, it elicits hope that a true Spider-Man adaption will come to fruition. Sure, we’ve had Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 from Sam Raimi, which right now are the best big screen experiences the Wall-Crawler has seen to date (with me counting Spider-Man 2 as my personal fav). But were they perfect? Far from it. Marc Webb’s reboot attempt? Not even close, but again, even those had elements Spidey fans should be proud of.
No, the one true Spider-Man adaption may be coming in the form of newcomer Tom Holland. And it’s all thanks to a monumental deal that merged the Sonyverse with the Marvelverse.
So what better way to break down that deal than with Transmedia guru Jeff Gomez of Starlight Runner Entertainment? He’ll chat Spider-Man in the Civil War trailer and talk about the concept of shared universes in TV and film in use today.
With Spider-Man appearing in the new Captain America film, Superman v Batman coming up, Johnny Depp signing on as the Invisible Man, Netflix prepping Luke Cage, Flash crossing over to Supergirl, but Agent Carter failing, the world has gone Transmedia. But BIG MISTAKES are being made! What are the criteria for a successful shared universe? Why are some studios excelling but others falling flat?
Plus, we announce the winner of the Spider-Man Film Franchise bracket in our March Madness Franchise Final Four. Haven’t voted yet? No problem! Do it below! Decide which Spider-Man movie advances to the next round in our #comicbookmovie Franchise Final Four Bracket!
We welcome Zenescope’s Ralph Tedesco as he gives us the inside scoop on what it takes to bring a comic book creation to the big (and small) screen. Plus we debate which Batman director performed best under pressure: Christopher Nolan or Tim Burton as we reveal the winner of the Batman bracket in our March Madness Comic Book Movie Franchise Final Four!
Vote Now in our Spider-Man bracket and tune in this Friday at 11am as we welcome Transmedia specialist Jeff Gomez as he explains Shared Universes and which studios are pulling it off right!
Christopher Nolan or Tim Burton? Omitting Joel Schumacher altogether for his entries in the Batman movie canon and Zack Snyder who will partially make his debut in Batman movie lore with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, the consensus among fans is that these two directors best represent Bruce Wayne’s transition from comics to screen.
But how do you evaluate two, totally different, but equally impressive interpretations of the character, not to mention the time periods in which they were filmed? Burton’s Gotham could have existed in the 1930s as easily as it existed in the 1980s, while Nolan’s run was a hard and fast look at the Bush era times we faced in the mid 2000s.
No, the only way to truly define which version was better is to look at the amount of pressure each director faced when bringing the character to screen. And in this case, it’s without question that Nolan had to deliver. Mainly because of the debacle that was Batman and Robin (thank you Joel Schumacher) but also because he was attempting to bring to life the interpretation of Batman fans were clamoring for since Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. And by delivering a gritty, down-to Earth representation of the character, Nolan not only he succeeded, he set the bar higher for gritty real-world superhero movies we’re experiencing today (looking at you Amazing Spider-Man franchises).
What do you think? Who had more pressure to perform and based on that criteria – who did it better? We’ll discuss that and our March Madness Franchise Final Four. Plus, we’ll welcome Zenescope’s Ralph Tedesco as he gives us the inside scoop on what it takes to bring a comic book creation to the big (and small) screen. Catch Secrets of the Sire exclusively on TalkingAlternative.com 11am ET.
Also, be sure to vote for your Favorite Batman Film And decide which movie advances to the next round in our #comicbookmovie Franchise Final Four Bracket! Poll below:
It's March Madness! Join our #ComicBookMovie Film Franchise Final Four: Which #batman is the best of the bunch?
We introduce the Comic Book Movie March Madness bracket. Each week we’ll pit the 4 most popular/best versions of each Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, and X-Men franchises against each other in a weekly poll on our Twitter feed (@Michael_Dolce) starting with the Batman bracket – and leave it in your hands to see which film emerges as the best in that franchise.
We also hear from Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffrey on the new Creative Economy: What jobs exist today in the creative field that never existed at any time before – and how do you score those gigs? Video Game analyst, Blogger, Professional live streamer, YouTube Sensation – we give you the insight and history of how the Internet (for the umpteenth time) has changed EVERYTHING. Plus, we break down Chris Rock’s Oscar speech and more! Secrets of the Sire: Friday 11am ET on TalkingAlternative.com