Saturday, January 16, 2021
The latest buzz on the in-production, live-action Spider-verse, i.e. Tom Holland/John Watt's Spider-man 3, is that Charlie Cox joined the cast as Daredevil (from the eponymous, cancelled Netflix series) and in pretty much the same breath, he's finished filming.
One must presume then that his participation has been relegated to a cameo, and perhaps that's the case with most other heavyweights involved: Toby Mcguire, Andrew Garfield, Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx. (Say, has anyone thought of pulling Nicholas Hammond into the brew? Come, now! He's much too historic to overlook.)
In any event, I was hoping for maybe something more substantial than cameos with Spider-verse's guest stars, but hey, I suppose whatever's concocted for the next, Tom Holland effort, it'll still add some real, web-swinging razzmatazz to the prosperous franchise.
Also, this progressing multiverse trend won't just cover Spider-man, but Doctor Strange and for DC, a whole other mixing-and-matching of legends in the upcoming Flashpoint adaptation, to include Batman in the guise of Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton. The overlapping of realities is surely the next big thing. (While we're stirring the pot, why not have Affleck's Batman meet Affleck's Daredevil? Okay, just kiddin'...I think.)
That headlining names are being dropped only guarantees interest, inspiring fans to flock to the colliding productions, if not in theaters (since so many are now restricted or closed due to dictatorial, pandemic constraints), but on subscription channels, as with Wonder Woman 1984 and the upcoming Godzilla vs Kong.
I also like the idea that, at least on Marvel's front, Netflick's incarnations aren't being tossed to the wayside, as Cox's Man Without Fear suggests. As such, word has it that Luke Cage/Power Man will soon enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe line-up, though will it be in the Netflix mode, or something spankin' new? Cage's persona will be more comic-based, or publicity now claims, so who knows what the result will be and who'll play him? (I daresay, it would seem foolish at this point to purge Mike Colter from the role, unless it's his choice to evade the character.)
Again, enticers are the ticket here (no matter the casting or length of the iconic appearances), with the Cox/Daredevil announcement being only the latest. This makes the anticipation of Spider-verse/Spidey 3, or any of the upcoming, universe-blurring adaptations, a massive, driving force: without question, genius-fueled on all fired cylinders.
Friday, January 15, 2021
You were always one of the most familiar faces on film, Mr. Richman, and for good reason. Your appearances were numerous and of distinct quality.
On television, you were featured on Cain's Hundred (as the eponymous lead); The Outer Limits (the original series); The Twilight Zone (original and latest); Alfred Hitchcock Presents (original); The Invaders (original); Swamp Thing (original); Wonder Woman; The Bionic Woman (original); Electra Woman and Dyna Girl; Knight Rider (original); Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; Galactica 1980; Star Trek: the Next Generation; PSI Factor; The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; The Fugitive (original); Combat!; The Wild Wild West; Bonanza; Rawhide; Daniel Boone; The Silent Force; Get Christie Love!; The Fall Guy; Longstreet; Matlock; McCloud; Mannix; Hawaii Five O; Dynasty; Three's Company; and in the voice-over realm, Batman: the Animated Series '94; Superman: the Animated Series '99; Spider-man: the Animated Series '97; and for Defenders of the Earth, bestowing the Phantom with the perfect, virile pitch.
On the big screen, you were no stranger, either, covering such engaging titles as Agent for H.A.R.M.; Dark Intruder; Judgment Day; The Naked Gun 2 1/2: the Smell of Fear; The Murder Men; The Crimebusters; Mysteria; Friendly Persuasion; After the Wizard; and Friday the 13th, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
AC's Femforce's Superbabes #5 explodes with righteous action, presented within our current, COVID climate.
To acknowledge present events, this stunning, all-color issue is headlined by Mark and Stephanie Heike's cover tribute to essential workers, with the mighty Ms. Victory taking appreciative center stage.
Issue #5 also contains sensational, interior artwork by Dave Matsuoka, Andrew Hawnt, Bobby Ragland, Jeff Austin, Daniel De La Cruz and Josh Rodriguez.
The Heike's excellent storytelling propels the luscious imagery all the further, as alien invaders leave our mind-seized Fems trapped within Proxima's evil grasp. Meanwhile, She-Cat and Nightveil travel their own torrid paths, with the former engaging in a mad melee and the latter facing a fierce, tentacled terror. The thrilling threefold can't help but leave readers panting for more.
Pick up Superbabes #5 at your neighborhood comic shop or favorite, online station. (I got mine at trusty Steve's Comic Relief on Quakerbridge Road, Lawrenceville, NJ. Pay a visit. You'll be glad you did.)