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Comic movie Mount Rushmore: Who would make the cut?

(Editor's note: This article contains a spoiler for "Spider-Man: Far From Home." You've been warned.)One factor in having so many great comic book movies these days is great casting choices.It's not enough to toss popular stars into the roles (i.e. Dolph Lundgren as the Punisher, Arnold ...

Battinson: Same bat-whine, same bat-panic?

Previously, on "Freaking Out About Batman"...Amid the chaos, screams and rioting six years ago following Ben Affleck's casting as Batman, I emerged as a calm voice, advising people to take a deep breath and at least wait to see the movie. After all, Heath Ledger turned out OK as the Joker.I ...

Out of their league? The 10 unlikeliest JLA members

After presenting my list of the 10 most unlikely Avengers last month, in the interest of providing equal time, here's a list of the most unexpected Justice Leaguers.As with my Avengers list, I've tried to weed out folks who were written specifically to become team members (like Triumph) or made ...

They’ll let anybody in…A look at the 10 unlikeliest Avengers

Free Comic Book Day on May 4 marks the debut of the Savage Avengers, which teams Brother Voodoo and Wolverine with newcomers Elektra, Venom, the Punisher and Conan the Barbarian.That's easily the most unexpected lineup since Brian Michael Bendis revamped the team in 2004's "New Avengers." It ...

What comes after Endgame?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe brings an unprecedented run of success to a close this month with the release of 'Avengers: Endgame,' the story toward which all 21 of the franchise's previous movies have been building.So what's next?We already know 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' comes out in June ...

Paying homage to ye ol’ Irish (ish) comic characters

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday marking the fifth century death of its namesake, credited with bringing Christianity to his native Ireland.Over the years, it has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture, then a celebration of wearing the color green and drinking copious amounts of alcohol.It ...

Multiversal matchmaking

It's not easy for superheroes, or villains, to find love.Leading a double life and keeping secrets can put a strain on a relationship - especially if it turns out one of you is trying to kill the other when you put on your masks. Even if you clue them in on your secret identity, needing to save ...

Even superheroes need some self-reflection

Let's face it: Superheroes don't always succeed.Although they save the day more often than not, there are moments when many comic book characters fall short. Sometimes all that's needed to correct a mistake is a little time travel, possibly multiple trips if the first solution causes an even ...

A near miss and missing Stan Lee

Twenty years ago, I didn't meet Stan Lee.As a high school graduation gift, my mother took my best friend, Jeff, and me to the Chicago Comic Con. On the second day, we headed over to the massive Marvel Comics booth to see who would be signing autographs when. Suddenly, I heard a familiar ...

Comic Christmas stories

When I say "Christmas special," you probably think of television, either an annual program headlined by various and sundry celebrities or an episode of a series that airs when December rolls around.But another episodic medium - comic books - has its share of holiday installments as well.On many ...