The Creator of Jessica Jones Helped To Make Harley Quinn Really, Really Creepy

Melissa Rosenberg just helped redefine what we expect from superheroes on screen with the new Jessica Jones Netflix series. But let’s not forget her previous foray into superheroics: the 2002-2003 Birds of Prey TV show, which featured a ridiculously creepy Harley Quinn. »Tuesday 10:41pm11/24/15 10:41pm


Agents of SHIELD Is at the Top of its Game, and That's Amazing to Watch

One thing that keeps occurring to me while watching Agents of SHIELD lately: This show is pretty much 100 percent serialized now, with huge elements of soap opera as well as ongoing plot strands. There’s zero “monster of the week” stuff. That’s been true for a long time, but lately the show is doing this incredibly… »11/18/15 8:15pm11/18/15 8:15pm

Supergirl Is Straight-Up a Show about Women Tearing Each Other Down

When Supergirl isn’t about competing with the absentee Superman (whose dreamlike cameos represent a vision of heroism that is so iconic, it can only be seen via abstraction, or synecdoche), it seems to be a show about women who show affection by criticizing and belittling each other. And weirdly, the show makes this… »11/17/15 7:35pm11/17/15 7:35pm

Supergirl Proves That Dorky Cuteness Can Still Pack One Hell of a Punch

It’s hard not to read Supergirl in the context of our ongoing culture war over what kind of heroes we’re allowed to value. And no, I’m not referring to gender issues (although Supergirl has plenty to say about them too) but the all-important grimdark-vs-fun schism in hero narratives. »10/27/15 11:30am10/27/15 11:30am

If You Didn't Love Avengers: Age of Ultron, The New DVD Won't Change Your Mind

I was kind of hoping to write a review of the Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD/Blu-Ray that went something like, “If you were one of the people who didn’t love the Avengers sequel, this new DVD will change your mind.” Alas, I can’t write that, because it’s probably not true. »10/01/15 6:49pm10/01/15 6:49pm

Honest trailer of Avengers: Age of Ultron shows how even good Marvel movies aren't as fun anymore

Marvel is still pumping out some really good and really fun movies but there’s definitely a little fatigue when it comes to juggling all these superheroes to set up all these storylines to connect all these worlds. A movie like Avengers: Age of Ultron was absolutely, totally good! But it tries to do too much without… »9/29/15 6:12pm9/29/15 6:12pm

How many people has Superman killed in his movies?

Superman used to be really, really careful and considerate about the people he killed. In fact, you could probably count all the kills of Christopher Reeves-era Superman on one hand. He’s not like that anymore. Once you get to Man of Steel, you pretty much need every hand of every citizen in Metropolis to count out… »9/14/15 8:00pm9/14/15 8:00pm

Who causes more destruction in superhero movies, heroes or villains?

Lost in all those superhero comic book flicks that hijack too many screens in movie theaters is how in preventing a villain from let’s say, world destruction or universe domination, the superhero becomes responsible for a lot of damage to a city. Like seriously, cities get messed up. Imagine being a citizen of a world… »8/27/15 8:45pm8/27/15 8:45pm

What it's like for a parent to raise a superhero kid

We know the origin story for most of all our superheroes: parents die, a kid gets bit by a spider, other people get sent to Earth, some are just rich ass sociopaths. And we’ve seen superheroes before they get their powers when they’re Just Like Us but what we rarely see is what life is like through the perspective of… »8/25/15 8:45pm8/25/15 8:45pm

All the people that Batman has killed in movies

Batman’s not supposed to be killing people but when you’re a dark and reckless vigilante who is careless about explosions and has the emotional capacity of a Richie Rich gone wrong and is basically an insane person running the streets at night in black, it’s inevitable that you’ll punch out someone’s ticket. »8/24/15 8:51pm8/24/15 8:51pm

Fantastic Four is The Most Self-Loathing Superhero Movie I’ve Ever Seen

Superhero movies have tried hard to leave behind some of their Silver Age comic-book trappings in the past decade. We’ve seen darker, grimmer versions of Superman and other heroes—but the new Fantastic Four reboot goes beyond darkness, into actual self-loathing. It’s kind of bizarre. »8/07/15 12:24pm8/07/15 12:24pm

The 50 Most Cringe-Worthy Moments In Comic-Book Movie History

There have been hundreds of movies based on comic-books, going back to the earliest days of both media. And that cinematic flood has come with a certain amount of “holy crap, what was that” moments. Here are the 50 most shudder-inducing comic-book-movie moments... according to you. Check out our new video, created in… »8/06/15 5:55pm8/06/15 5:55pm