Showing posts from October, 2016

Frank Miller Says His Batman Movie Would Be ‘Much Smaller’

Originally written for Screen Rant on 10/30/16 by Matt MacNabb

The cinematic history of Batman has been a relatively short one compared to his extensive and varied seventy-seven year comic book history. The movies have only truly been in regular production for the past twenty-seven years (off and on), with the exception of the 1966 Batman movie, which was primarily created to promote the then-new television series.

The darker version of Batman that fans have been treated to since the days of Tim Burton were largely thanks to the legendary comic book writing of Frank Miller. His grim and serious version of Batman helped encourage filmmakers to take Batman away from the “Biff, Bang, Pow” camp version of the character and drive him back into the shadows. Miller recently made comments about how he’d handle the Batman film franchise and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Frank Miller changed the landscape of mainstream comics with his epic Batman: Year One and Bat…

Amazon Greenlights The Tick Ongoing Series

Originally written for Farm Dog on 10/3/16 by Matt MacNabb

The news broke this week that Amazon is going to turn their pilot for The Tick televsion show into an ongoing series. The off-beat dark comedy series is set to premiere on Amazon Prime in 2017. The series synopsis describes the premise of the show:

“In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero.”

Ben Edlund created The Tick back in 1986. The character, who was originally created as a mascot for a comic book shop newsletter, eventually got his own series in 1988. The Tick was intended as a spoof of superhero comics and blended humor and a little touch of violence in just the right amount. The Tick would become a very popular independant comic series in a time when ind…