A Batman v Joker movie could make Marvel’s Avengers look like the Powerpuff Girls

Could Warner Bros finally match Marvels box office might with a mini-verse featuring Robert Pattinsons caped crusader and Joaquin Phoenixs Arthur Fleck? Where DisneyDC seems hellbent on going in the opposite direction. After 2017s Suicide Squad slumped languidly into the shadows, Wonder Woman, Shazam! all managed to engage audiences without cramming dozens of costumed crime fighters into the same movie. Freed from the need to maintain thematic integrity across multiple episodes, Warners superhero movies have finally found their feet. So much so that it is tempting to wonder if the long-mooted DC Extended Universe, always planned as a Marvel-aping excuse to cross-pollinate the publishers entire back catalogue, has already met an untimely demise. James Gunns upcoming Suicide Squad 2 may …

White hero, sidekick of color: why Marvel needs to break the cycle

In Captain Marvel, Brie Larsons hero is the latest in a long line of white MCU superheroes backed up by a supportive, underdeveloped character of color Captain Marvel soared into theaters last week, marking the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to feature a female protagonist in the 11 years since its inception. A superhero film featuring a woman who has no love interest, isnt objectified, and is arguably the strongest Avenger feels groundbreaking. Unfortunately, in other ways the film retreads old ground in regards to the dynamic between Carol and Maria. While their relationship is sweet, Captain Marvel is yet another in a long line of MCU films that features a white lead and a sidekick of …

Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules

From the story behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the rehabilitation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways If theres one thing we should have been primed for, prior to viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to suit new needs, rather than deliver overly faithful adaptations of the original work. The addition of the Skrull, a race of alien shape-shifters, to the Marvel universe, Captain Marvels trailers showed Skrull disguising themselves as human while fighting Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) naturally led observers to suspect they were up to their old tricks. To twist that narrative on …