31 March 2010

By the Way, Heeeeeeeeeere's Scott Pilgrim

Sorry for the delay. Here is the trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Coming August 13th. I haven't read the comic, but this looks like a cool adaptation.

30 March 2010

Spotlight on Shazam!

First appearing in 1940's Whiz Comics (issue #2), for years the boy Billy Batson has shout "Shazam!" to transform into the hero Captain Marvel. Although he appeared in an earlier episode teaser, this week on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Captain Marvel will be the featured guest star on the episode The Power of Shazam!

Captain Marvel's on screen debut occurred in 1941 in a 12-part film serial titled The Adventures of Captain Marvel.

This series marked the first superhero to appear on film!

Through a series of dull legal happenings, Marvel comics obtained the rights the the use of the name Captain Marvel for marketing and promotion, so even though the character can be called Captain Marvel, his shows have for the most part been titled Shazam!, a phrase he uses to transform (also the name of the wizard who gave Captain Marvel his powers).

From 1974 to 1977, Captain Marvel was the star of the live-action Shazam! show, part of the The Shazam! / Isis Hour.

In 1978, Captain Marvel had the dishonor of being a part of the line-up for the Legends of the Superheroes variety hour specials.

From 1981 until 82, Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family (including Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr.) appeared in animated segments of the television series The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!

The cartoon intro pretty much tells it all.

Captain Marvel would not appear again for some time, though his alias Billy Batson did make a cameo appearance in the Superman: The Animated Series episode Obsession wearing his trademark red and gold.

In 2005, Superman and Captain Marvel would finally meet, though the two would wind up engaged in a knock down drag out conflict in Justice League Unlimited's episode Clash.

Superman and Marvel would clash again in 2009's direct to video Superman Batman Public Enemies.

Captain Marvel actually appeared in the 2008 movie Justice League: The New Frontier, though his appearance was limited to a couple of seconds in the background.

Although Captain Marvel didn't appear in the 2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths movie, evil counterparts of the Marvel Family, the "Supers," appeared. Superwoman led Uncle Super, Captain Super and Captain Super Jr. against the League. They lost.

Captain Marvel promises to appear in a number of episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold along with his nemesis Black Adam and eventually his sister Mary Marvel. Hopefully the future is bright for The Big Red Cheese. A live action movie has long been in the works and perhaps will someday come to fruition.

29 March 2010

Green Lantern's Brightest Days #18

#18 Static Shock: Fallen Hero

In some ways this is a throw away story- a simple Lantern vs Sinestro romp - though I am not really sure if Sinestro's plan to ruin GL's rep really made sense. I mean, his time has to be worth more than just robbing banks in Dakota, right? At least, even though Static helped out, it was John Stewart who actually defeated Sinestro in the end. The reason this entry makes the list is that Green Lantern's appearance on Static solidified GL's heroic status in the DC animated universe. Of the League members spotlighted on Static Shock, GL was the only one whose name didn't start with "super" or "bat" and making him a personal hero of Static's was a nice touch.

#25 - Justice League Unlimited: Initiation - John Stewart's new look
#24 - Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Death Race to Oblivion! - Guy Gardner's Lanternmobile
#23 - Justice League of America: Pilot - Doesn't air
#22 - Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time Warped - Hal Jordan joins the league
#21 - Legends of the Superheroes - Lantern goes live-action
#20 - Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - Darker shade of green
#19 - Batman Beyond: The Call - Lantern of the future
#18 - Static Shock: Fallen Hero
- Hero Worshiped