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PLUS: It’s our fantabulous 2019 Preview Special! We run down the heavy hitters, predict our sleepers, snoozers and more!


Segment 1: CAPTAIN MARVEL Trailer 3 (2019) Reactions

Did we finally get a trailer that gets us excited to see this movie? Hassan and Mike give their reactions.

Segment 2: The Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

We look ahead to 2019: Glass, Avengers: Endgame, Hellboy, Dark Phoenix, MIB and more!

Segment 3: The Sleepers and Snoozers of 2019

Predictions sure to go wrong: The Venom of 2019, The Aquaman of 2019 and more!

Segment #4: Spin The Racks

Does the new Rorschach in the HBO preview confirm a Doomsday Clock inspired plot?

by Rachel Roth

 A preview of HBO’s upcoming series gave a brief sneak peek of Watchmen and revealed a very Rorschach like character, hinting at a possible Doomsday Clock storyline.

During the Golden Globes, HBO released a montage video of all their upcoming shows premiering this year, including Damon Lindelof’s much anticipated TV series based on one of DC’s most famous comic books, Watchmen. Start the countdown to the official trailer because it’s on its way.

Based on the 12-issue graphic novel by Alan Moore, Watchmen is set in a fictionalized world where superheroes are treated like violent criminals, and retired heroes treated like celebrities. Masked heroes, as they’re referred to, are strictly outlawed and anyone engaging in vigilantism will be arrested and tried with breaking the law. It’s not like Captain America: Civil War where the government puts a leash on superheroes for making too many messes; Watchmen is grim without any cheery disposition. The masked heroes are treated no differently than sexual offenders’ police might chase down alleyways.

the most popular graphic novels of all time and inspired a movie directed by Zack Snyder. One character who drastically stood out, particularly in Snyder’s film, was Walter Kovacs/Rorschach. A mentally unstable, borderline sociopathic, vigilante that took saving the world to the level of an extremist.

Compelling, frightening and sympathetic in a strange demented way, Rorschach lives on to be the most favored “Watchmen” character. A favoritism that’s well deserved. Forget Dr. Manhattan and his glowing nakedness or Nite Owl and his puppy dog eyes. Let’s all love Rorschach for killing sadistic pedophiles and driving a compacted prison into a riot in mere minutes; he’s the king.

Honestly, Rorschach was like a homeless, psychotic version of Batman. A guy damaged by past trauma but gifted with an incredible mind and a unique brand of willpower, takes to the streets to inflict his anger on criminals as a type of therapy.

His popularity only increased when non-comic readers saw Jackie Earle Haley’s portrayal in Snyder’s film, bringing him to life-like no other actor could have. In my personal opinion, Haley makes number two on the list of best comic book portrayals, number one being Heath Ledger as The Joker.

Sony’s MIB 23 Crossover is Officially Dead


On paper, a crossover between Men in Black and 21 Jump Street sounded like a crazy idea. News of MIB 23 first broke after the Sony Pictures hack in 2014 leaked emails detailing the studio’s plans to combine two of their biggest franchises. Many scoffed at the notion, but the project garnered enough momentum to hire Muppets Most Wanted director James Bobin. There haven’t been any updates since then, but now we know why. According to producer Walter Parkes, the crossover is no longer happening.

Parkes delivered the verdict in a recent interview with Empire (via Yahoo), and he seemed to echo the view held by many skeptics since they first heard that the film was happening. “We gave it a shot,” said Parkes. “It turned out to be an impossible match-up.” Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed the original 21 Jump Street and its 2014 sequel, 22 Jump Street. The duo were writing the script for MIB 23, which was intended as the third installment in that series. It would have featured Jonah Hill’s Schmidt and Channing Tatum’s Jenko joining the titular alien-policing task force. Bobin signed on to direct the film in May 2016. However, Hill expressed his own doubts that the film would get made just three months later.

It may have been unlikely, but Lord and Miller’s track record indicates that MIB 23 could have been fun. Regardless, the Men in Black series is about to be revived later this year in Men in Black International, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. That film will hit theaters on June 14. As for Jump Street, it remains to be seen whether Sony will produce a third installment of that franchise.


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PODCAST | Twenty years ago this week BLADE hit theaters and changed EVERYTHING for comic book movies. We take a look back at the groundbreaking film and answer the questsion: Does it still hold up after all these years?

PLUS: Industry legend Paul Levitz joins us IN STUDIO to chat about Blade, his 30 year career and latest graphic novel “Brooklyn Blood”

Blade Retro Review

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The crew start out discussing Blade, What were the expectations for Blade?, Gene Colan and Neal Adams, Michael and Hassan discuss their experience working at Wizard Magazine, Hassan analyzes the introduction and art style of Blade

Segment 2:

The crew continue their retro review of Blade, Paul shares his teaching resume, How important is it for educators to learn about the graphic novel format?, The change in perception of the graphic novel industry, How Blade transcended the unfavorable comic book movie perception of the past, The success of 1997 Batman, How movies like X Men succeeded without going to TV first


Brooklyn Blood Graphic Novel

Segment 3:

How Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of Blade facilitated the comic book movie crossover, Michael discusses interviewing Ryan Reynolds, Paul Levitz discusses his new graphic novel Brooklyn Blood, Paul shares the plot of Brooklyn Blood and what you can expect, The transition from paper comic to digital comic, Paul shares the coolest moment from his tenure as president at DC Comics

Segment 4:

Spinning the Racks: Who Watches The Watchmen? Former DC Comics President Paul Levitz weighs in on the news that HBO has picked up the WATCHMEN for a full season.

HBO Picks UP Watchmen

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