There’s been all kinds of Marvel movie in the last week. With the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer coupled with the announcement of the cast for the Fantastic Four reboot, one must ask, what else could Marvel Films have up their sleeves? Why not start pre-production work on the long talked about Dr. Strange feature film?
In 1987, RoboCop blew moviegoers away (no pun intended) with its blend of over the top violence, revolutionary special effects, and biting social commentary (it was the 80′s after all), all wrapped into a perfect storm of an 80′s action movie.
To me, the original source material was so unique and timeless that it never needed a remake. Sure the 1987 version looks dated and maybe the technology is now irrelevant, but it’s the guts of the movie that made it so perfect. So the question I was asking myself as I settled in to see a 2014 version of RoboCop was, “What can they say that hasn’t been said already?” I would soon realize the 2014 version could have just as much to say about the state of our country as the 1987 version.
In this version, director Jose Pahila makes some adjustments from the original so that it fits into what could be a conceivable American future. The film is set in 2028 and one of the biggest issues in the United States is the use of robotic drones for Military applications – as well as on the streets of America. With many Americans fearing that robots have no emotions or moral code, robotics manufacturer OmniCorp and its CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) are forced to explore a new idea: putting a man inside a machine.
For this week’s Drawing Board, I wanted to give you fine people a look at my all time favorite superhero’s. I’m talking about The Man of Steel, The Last Son of Krypton, The Big Blue Boy Scout, Superman.
Over Superman’s 75 year history, there have been many interpretations of Kal-El. He’s been everything from an average looking man to a Arnold Schwartzenegger body builder style. The version I’ve always been drawn to is the more athletic style. Action Comics & Superman: Secret Identity artist, Gary Frank, once said: “Superman’s powers come from his physiology. Not his muscles.” That was something that rang true for me. Christopher Reeves didn’t have big muscles and he was MY Superman.
Enough of my opinions, let’s take gander at some of my favorite Superman artists.
Happy Holidays to everyone!
I hope all of you fine folks had a great Holiday this week and I thought I would give a belated Christmas gift. I (your friendly neighborhood comic nerd) am going to post a weekly article showcasing some of my favorite artists. We will call this The Drawing Board. My goal here is to have some fun, but also show the non comic fan that the comic book artists are truly amazingly talented. There will be some folks in the article that you have heard of and some you have not. If you like some of the art you see here, go look the artist up and support his or her work.
With all that out of the way, allow me to put on a show for your eyeballs!
Green Lantern by Ivan Reis
Reis is the current artist on Justice League
It’s been awhile since you were treated to the meanderings and rants of this comic fan, but fear not!! I have returned!
On this edition of “The Longbox”, I’m going to give you my thoughts and insights on the recent casting of Gal Gadot (Fast 6) as DC’s flagship female character, Wonder Woman. Was she the right choice? How will she fit into the future plans of the DC cinematic universe? Are the powers that be trying to throw too many characters in the Man of Steel sequel? All of those questions and more will be answered here (not very well, mind you).