10 Facts about Superhero Films with African American Leads that you didn’t know

10 Facts about Superhero Films with African American Leads that you didn’t know

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in News, Opinion, Uncategorized

Black Panther is already gaining high praise and success mere days after its release but an odd statement has somehow attached itself to the Marvel movie’s publicity. Memes have lauded it as the first movie superhero movie with a black lead ever released which most are eager to correct for there have been a small but memorable legacy of such movies in the past. Whether they were awesome or awful, here’s some trivia about other African American superhero films you might not know.

Meteor Man (1993): The original ending of Meteor Man was intended to be a bit more optimistic and open-ended in a typical comic book fashion. Originally the depowered Jeff would find the confidence to stand up for himself and his community and use his status as a teacher to continue to better everyone’s life. Michael would approach him with the news that an even bigger piece of the meteor that gave him his powers was found in Arizona. They agree to buy plane tickets so Jeff could get his powers back and continue being Meteor Man. The film ends with Michael attempting to negotiate with Jeff into getting some powers for himself so he could be his sidekick throwing such names as Comet Boy, Chocolate Thunder and the Flying Wonder of which Jeff has no response. While I appreciated the honesty and good messages Meteor Man stood by, I don’t know if I could take a hero named Chocolate Thunder seriously in any sequel.

Blankman (1994): Although the film was very lighthearted and reminiscent of 1960s Batman, it was not received well by critics but it would receive a cult following over the years. At the time, star and co-writer Damon Wayans stated in interviews he was very proud of the film but later claimed that he should have done Handi-Man as a movie so he “would have made more than 5 million at the box office”. I still thought the clocks in the Hard Edition office set to Chicago, Hoboken NJ and Miller Time was funny.

Steel (1997): Writer/director Kenneth Johnson said in an interview that he originally wanted Wesley Snipes to play Steel, the film based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name, but Warner Brothers felt that casting Shaquille O’Neal would help sell more toys and merchandise. Considering that Steel made less in its entire theatrical run than Batman and Robin did in its opening weekend at that time shows Warner Bros still has something to learn about superhero films and their audiences. I mean they wasted Judd Nelson as the bad guy Nathaniel Burke on this one.

Spawn (1997): Michael Jai White thought the character of Al Simmons/Spawn was “the most tragic character I’ve encountered in any cinematic production” and welcomed the challenge to make the character sympathetic to audiences. He endured two to four hours of intense make up work to become Spawn which included a complete glued-on bodysuit, yellow contact lenses which consistently irritated his eyes, and a mask that restricted his breathing. He later said his martial arts experience helped him endure the painful prosthetics with “strong will and unbreakable concentration”. While the movie was decent, in my opinion they couldn’t have cast a better person to play Al Simmons/Spawn.

Blade (1998): Marvel creator and icon Stan Lee had a cameo that was unfortunately cut from the film. He had played one of the cops that had come inside the club after the blood rave aftermath and discover Quinn’s body still on fire. This of course was before Stan Lee cameo’s in Marvel movies became as common as Jon Ratzenberger’s cameos in Pixar movies. One would also remember that Wesley Snipes had become attached to the movie because he was in negotiations with Marvel to play Black Panther. As much as I would have been interested to see that, I still believe nobody could have played Blade better than Wesley Snipes.

Up, Up and Away! (2000): A lot of people grew up watching the Disney Channel and if you ask, some may even start rattling off the Disney Channel Original Movies that they remember (been there, done that). Before the Incredibles and Sky High ( which if you think about it, is the EXACT same movie just with a primarily Caucasian cast), there was the story of the Marshall’s, an African American family of famous superheroes and their son Scott who may be the only normal/depowered member of the family. Starring and directed by Meteor Man himself Robert Townsend, this coming of age and family superhero story took place in a world where all superheroes existed in the same universe and everybody’s weakness was aluminum foil. Yeah, let that sink in. Silly and predictable but it was a superhero film that anybody’s kids could enjoy.

Blade II (2002): Along with being Wesley Snipes favorite Blade movie, pop icon Michael Jackson was originally going to have a cameo in the House of Pain segment of the movie. He would have played a “Vampire Pimp” who would have been unpacking human entrails from a box in a room Nyssa walked in as she searched for Nomak and other Reapers in the upstairs hall. Unfortunately Michael had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts and the part was played by a Czech actor. The scene was cut out entirely for pacing reasons and is available as a deleted scene on the DVD.

(Dis) Honorable Mention- Catwoman (2004): They used a Bengal Cat in the film and Halle Berry loved it so much that she announced she was going to adopt it. Some media sources reported this but inaccurately described the 13 pound mixed breed as a tiger which caused the Fund for Animals to send the actress a nasty worded letter. Considering Halle Berry spent about ninety minutes daily for an entire week just to learn how to properly crack a whip, I’m sure they realized their mistake and let her keep the precious feline.

Blade Trinity (2004): An early idea by writer/director David S. Goyer had the final entry in the Blade Trilogy set many years after the events of Blade II where the vampires had achieved world domination and enslaved all of humanity. Blade would be the last hope of humanity having his vampire DNA helping to slow his aging and keeping him a legitimate threat to vampirekind. However the storyline was deemed too dark and dropped from consideration. Another moment to note that when Hannibal King tells Blade about the return of Dracula, he shows Blade an issue of Tomb of Dracula #55. The Tomb of Dracula was the 1970s series which introduced Blade and Hannibal King, both of those issues written by Marv Wolfman.

Hancock (2008): The original screenplay for Hancock was much darker than the final script. In addition to being a drunk and disorderly low-life, Hancock was supposed to be sexually frustrated because he couldn’t have sex with any woman without killing her during the process. A scene was approved detailing the… effects of his explosive orgasm but it was removed from the final cut because one of the test audiences did not find it funny. Imagine if they had kept that and if Dave Chappelle, who had been seriously considered for the role, had been Hancock instead.

Well that’s a wrap. Hopefully you enjoyed it, had a laugh or two, learned something and that there are more entries to add for this legacy in the near future. And on my closing note, this scene came to mind from Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy.




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10 Interesting Facts You Should Know about Black Panther (before or after seeing the movie)

10 Interesting Facts You Should Know about Black Panther (before or after seeing the movie)

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018 in News, Opinion, Uncategorized

Black Panther is finally in theaters and from what I’ve seen on my newsfeed and the internet, it is a gamechanger for Marvel and superhero movies in general. Admittedly I’ve never read much of the character but I love a good movie and Black Panther looks amazing just from the trailers alone. So I started doing research into Black Panther aka T’Challa, the King and protector of the fictional African nation Wakanda and here are ten things I came across that caught my attention, some of which really got me even more hyped for when I see the movie myself.

1. Before he was a Panther, he was a Tiger.
Before he debuted in Fantastic Four #52, co-creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were still figuring out the details for the character. This was Kirby’s original artwork for the character dubbed “ Coal Tiger”.


2. While undergoing a rite of passage, he met and fell in love with a future superhero
In Marvel Team-Up #100, T’Challa was undergoing a Wakandian rite of passage necessary to becoming the Black Panther when he came across men who sought to capture him and return him to South Africa. He was saved by a teenage orphan named Ororo Monroe who used her elemental powers to save him. They would reconnect years later when he was the Black Panther and she was Storm of the Uncanny X-Men. While they admitted feelings for each other but the opportunity had passed, their relationship would grow throughout the years.

3. Black Panther invited the Fantastic Four to Wakanda just to fight them as a test for himself.
In T’Challa’s first published appearance in Fantastic Four #52-53, the king invited the famous super family to Wakanda and then decided to engage them in combat. Although he was outnumbered, he successfully managed to neutralize them individually. The entire ordeal was a test for himself to see if he was ready to face his enemy Ulysses Klaw, a physicist and adventurer who had murdered T’Challa’s father in cold blood. He would later make up with the team and become a valued ally to the Fantastic Four.

4. A Black Panther story was Marvel’s first graphic novel.
In Jungle Action #6- 18, the story arc titled “Panther’s Rage” which detailed Wakanda during a revolution against T’Challa who left his self-imposed exile in the United States to return to his home country was the first comic at that time that had a beginning, middle and end. Writer Don McGregor and artists Rich Buckler, Gil Kane, and Billy Graham helped to pioneer something that would become common in the comic book industry: The self-contained, multi-issue story arc.

5. The controversial story where Black Panther fought the Klu Klux Klan was (technically) never finished.
In Jungle Action #19-24, writer Don McGregor and his artistic team had T’Challa travel to Southern America where he battles racism and prejudice in the form of the infamous Klu Klux Klan. It was a ballsy storyline and the subject was controversial for the 1970s America which was still wrestling with such issues. The series itself was cancelled with issue #24 and the storyline was abandoned mid-story. Fortunately, Black Panther was relaunched with Jack Kirby and “Panther vs. The Klan” was picked up as a subplot in Black Panther #14-15 and eventually concluded in Marvel Premiere #51-53. However, the conclusion was not written by McGregor but by writer Ed Hannigan. The original conclusion of “Panther vs. The Klan” was never completed although layouts had been completed for the issue.

6. Everett K. Ross was one of the main reasons Christopher Priest wrote Black Panther in 2008
Christopher Priest and Mark Texeira’s run on Black Panther is considered one of the best and in the series, State Department attorney Evert Ross, played by actor Martin Freeman on the big screen, is an important character throughout Priest’s run. He felt that Black Panther had been misused since his creation and “ I realized I could use Ross to bridge the gap between the African culture that the Black Panther mythos is steeped in and the predominantly white readership Marvel sells to”, clarifying that “ his stream of conscious narrative is a window into things I imagine many whites say or at least think when no blacks are around; myths about black culture and behavior.”

7. T’Challa is not the only person to have worn the Black Panther mantle.
At one point, T’Challa met a future version of himself who was stricken with a terminal brain aneurysm to the point where he was placed in cryogenic stasis. When T’Challa in the present discovers he now has a brain aneurysm, he succumbed to bouts of instability and insanity. When his condition almost instigated tribal warfare, he relinquished his power to his council and disappeared to later end up in New York. In New York, he would eventually mentor multiracial police officer Kasper Cole who used a spare Black Panther costume to continue his legacy. His role of a mentor gave T’Challa the strength to overcome his illness, reclaim the title of Black Panther and even return as an active member of the Avengers. Kasper would eventually take on another legacy as the White Tiger before working with T’Challa on his own individual hero identity. T’Challa’s sister Shuri would also be trained and earned the mantle of the Black Panther while T’Challa was left comatose and attempted to recover from his injuries and the eventual loss of his powers. When his powers returned, he would return as the Black Panther.

8. At one point, Marvel tried changing his name to Black Leopard
Marvel wanted to distance the character of Black Panther from the Black Panther Party which gained prominence in the 1970s and beginning with his guest appearance in Fantastic Four #119, they tried to change his name to Black Leopard. When asked about it in the comics, T’Challa said “I contemplate a return to your country, Ben Grimm, where the latter term has political connotations. I neither condemn nor condone those who have take up the name, but T’Challa is a law unto himself. Hence, the new name- a minor point, at best, since the panther is a leopard.” However, this change did not last long.

9. T’Challa and Storm eventually married but their marriage has been annulled.
After years of occasionally working together, T’Challa proposed to Ororo Monroe after helping her reunite with her surviving family in the United States and Africa. They were married in Black Panther #18 in an enormous Wakandan ceremony attended by many of Marvel’s superheroes. Together the couple would embark on a less-than-stellar diplomatic tour, fight alongside Captain America in Civil War, temporarily fill in for Reed Richards and Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four and supported each other in their individual struggles as Black Panther and in the X-Men. Unfortunately, during the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline, Storm chose to side with the X-Men instead of alongside the Avengers with her husband. The city of Wakanda would be destroyed by a Phoenix-powered Namor and when Storm returned to help, T’Challa sternly informed her that their marriage had been annulled. They have remained separated despite T’Challa stating that he still thinks of her as his Queen.

10. T’Challa’s role in Captain America: Civil War was supposed to be much smaller
Originally T’Challa wasn’t even supposed to appear in costume as the writers had intended for more of the focus to be on Spider-Man and save Black Panther’s origin for an solo movie. But when it looked like Marvel wouldn’t get the permission from Sony to use the character, Black Panther’s role was increased significantly. Eventually they found out they could use Spider-Man but by then T’Challa and Black Panther had become so integral to the movie’s plot that the writers decided to leave it and give Spider-Man the smaller role that would be expanded in future movies.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed the article and enjoyed seeing the film in theaters whenever you got/get the chance. I’ll make sure to send you the link to my upcoming mixtape later.

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SOURCE MATERIAL – The Justice League Movie

SOURCE MATERIAL – The Justice League Movie

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Home, News, Opinion, Source Material

By Drew Mollo

SPOILER ALERT  (Fair warning if you haven’t watched the movie)

I just saw Justice League recently and honestly I enjoyed most of it. Sure there were certain things about it I wasn’t fond of or things that are more results of the well-publicized re-shoots but that’s not what this article is about. This was a comic book movie and upon watching the film I could see elements that were inspired by DC Comics story arcs about the famous superteam. So if you enjoyed the film and you’d like to read stories to give you an idea of what happened or who the heck Steppenwolf was, I recommend you checking these out.

1. Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee: The comic series that basically ushered in the New 52 in 2011 tells a new origin story of how the team got together set five years in the past. Batman is chasing a Parademon and runs into Green Lantern. After the creature explodes, they decide to ask Superman before they all realize these creatures are merely scouts for a bigger invasion. Meanwhile, a Mother Box provided by the Flash decides to go haywire in S.T.A.R. Labs around the same time Silas Stone is having an argument with his son Victor. When the Mother Box opens a Boom Tube full of Parademons, the explosion mutilates Victor’s body while fusing it with all sorts of alien technology (thus eventually making him into Cyborg). The appearance of Parademons attracts the attention of Wonder Woman and later Aquaman as well. The heroes battle back the Parademons and eventually their master, the Lord of Apokolips known as Darkseid. The film had many references to this storyline especially with the use of Parademons, Mother Box’s, and even a direct reference to the evil God himself but its primary influence was that the upcoming invasion was catalyst for getting the Justice League together.

2. Jack Kirby’s the Fourth World: Created by legendary writer/artist Jack Kirby in the 1970s, Kirby imagined a group of entities he called the New Gods who lived on two separate planets. The Gods in New Genesis lived in an idyllic paradise ruled by the Highfather and the Gods in Apokolips suffered in a mechanical polluted dystopia ruled by the tyrant Darkseid. Once beings of a single world, these two worlds were constantly in conflict over Darkseid’s quest to find the Anti-Life Equation which would gain him complete control of all living beings thoughts which was opposed by Highfather and his forces. Although it was intended to be limited series, Kirby’s characters were so successful that DC Comic’s eventually had them interact with other well-known superheroes. Darkseid and his forces including his son Kalibak and his uncle Steppenwolf would become foes of Superman and the Justice League and other New Gods like Orion or Mister Miracle would become allies and eventually members of the Justice League. Characters like Steppenwolf, Parademons, Darkseid and others would not exist if not for the incredible imagination of Jack Kirby. Although Steppenwolf was the main villain and Darkseid was only mentioned in Justice League, the fact that Steppenwolf and his ravenous Parademons were teleported away instead of destroyed suggest this war is far from over.

3. The Return of Superman by Gerard Jones, Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson and Roger Stern : After Superman was killed by Doomsday, the world mourned their loss and eventually four new characters appeared all claiming to be Superman. As the multiple Superman comics explored and played with the idea that one of them could be a new Superman, it was revealed that Superman’s body was taken by the Kryptonian robot called The Eradicator and placed in a regeneration matrix. While the four Supermen’s identities were revealed, the original Superman emerged alive although greatly depowered. When he revealed his presence and helped the other Supermen fight Cyborg Superman and Mongul who destroyed Coast City, he revealed his true identity to Lois Lane by referencing something only the true Clark Kent would know. After they defeated the villains, Superman’s powers had returned and he used the black Kryptonian battlesuit that had earlier protected him to fashion a new take on Superman’s traditional costume. While some of his powers were the same or stronger than before, Return of Superman is also famously known for giving Superman the mullet that he was portrayed with for most of the 1990s until his wedding to Lois Lane in 1996. Its central influence to Justice League was the idea of using Kryptonian technology among General Zod’s ship along with the Mother Box to revive Superman body to help unite the League and give them an advantage against Steppenwolf and his forces. Thankfully Superman’s mullet did not translate over to the big screen and remained an unfortunate comic book footnote.

Considering DC Comic’s track record over the last few years, I can more than understand everyone’s skepticism and debate over this film. While it’s not fair to compare it to other comic book team films like Marvel’s The Avengers, I thought the film established these characters and had them work together against a common enemy. Hopefully plot threads and questions for some of these characters can be answered in any of the upcoming solo films so I hope you enjoyed the film and if you didn’t, hey at least it wasn’t as bad as Batman vs. Superman, right?

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Bendis Leaves Marvel for DC – A fan’s reaction

Bendis Leaves Marvel for DC – A fan’s reaction

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in News, Opinion

Bendis leaves Marvel for DC Comics – a Fan Reaction

By Drew Mollo


Out of all the things that could have popped up on my newsfeed yesterday, the news that comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis will be leaving Marvel to work for DC Comics was completely out of left field. At first I thought I thought this was a huge blow for Marvel, as Bendis has been one of their most successful writers for almost 20 years.. He wrote Ultimate Spider-Man with pencils by Mark Bagley for 111 consecutive issues – breaking Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s record of 108 FF issues.  USM’s success lead to the creation of the Ultimate Universe, which has been an inspiration for much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He and Michael Gaydos helped launch the Marvel Max imprint aimed at mature audiences with Alias – a series about a former superhero turned private investigator that became the inspiration for the award winning Jessica Jones Netflix series. He reintroduced the man formerly known as Power Man to the world by making Luke Cage a critical Avenger. He broke and then reassembled the Avengers more than once. He was the writer for such universe-changing events as Secret War, House of M, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, Siege, Age of Ultron and more.  He reintroduced the five original X-Men from the past into the present and brought Scott Summers to command a team of X-Men again. He created the Miles Morales Spider-Man with Sara Pichelli (who remains one of the few Ultimate Universe characters present in the primary Marvel universe). He has worked with some of the greatest artists known to the medium to tell countless stories in his own unique fashion. From Daredevil to Guardians of the Galaxy, Brian Michael Bendis has been a pillar of the Marvel writer’s room for years and he has never been afraid to tackle subjects that some may deem controversial.

Surely any Marvel fan is already curious, but let’s consider the situation and the environment for they may give us insight to such a big decision. Marvel just launched their Marvel: Legacy line as yet another soft kind-of-but-not-really reboot that returned many series to their original numbering with new creative teams. This company-wide change was made to counter a severe sales slump with Marvel titles over the last few years ( so far so good but time will tell if it’s a real success). DC Comics bounced back with DC: Rebirth in 2016 and their choice to learn from the mistakes of the New 52 and restore much of the DC Universe prior to 2011’s Flashpoint has been successful so far.  Bendis is known for his excellent character development which is something DC characters could always benefit from. Superman, Justice League or even Batman could use his signature style to find stories that help the audience relate with the characters that are often depicted with ideal lives or omnipotent powers and/or abilities.

This announcement comes at a time of change for DC Comics. Already in the middle of their Dark Knights: Metal storyline (quick recap: evil alternate Batmen invade the main DC universe), DC reveals some big changes. The upcoming Doomsday Clock event promises to continue to change the future of DC Comics and its direction going forward. This may be the perfect time and place to get Bendis in on DC’s ground level and start his trademark character building.

Bendis isn’t the first Marvel writer to make the switch amongst the Big Two. His eventual departure is already being compared to Jack Kirby leaving Marvel and working with DC for years. Due to the nature of comic book contracts, many known creators have worked for both companies throughout comic book history as we know it. The comic book marketplace is constantly in flux and both writers and artists are constantly searching for the best place to showcase their talents and grow as creators.

Overall, a lot of unanswered questions remain. When is Bendis officially leaving Marvel and starting at DC Comics? How does this change affect any current or planned series that bear his name under the Marvel banner? What titles would he be starting with?  Regardless of his reasons, Mr. Bendis should be proud for all the great work he’s done at Marvel. I  wish him luck on this new chapter in his career and life.

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13 Freaky Facts: Horror Movie Classics

13 Freaky Facts: Horror Movie Classics

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in News, Opinion


13 FREAKY FACTS: Horror Movie Classics Edition


Whether they’re playing in the background on Halloween night or you’re watching intently with loved ones, horror movies are a treasure to be enjoyed. To help you determine which flick you’re going to scream for this Halloween, here are 13 facts about classic horror movie monsters that’ll shed new light and make you giddy with fear.

  1. In Bela Lugosi’s landmark role as Count Dracula in Dracula (1931), the studio did not want to film the scripted scene where Dracula attacks the outcast character Renfield. They were concerned with the perception of a homosexual subtext. They even sent a memo to director Todd Browning stating “Dracula is only to attack women.” Oddly enough, a future arrangement between a vampire and his familiar did have such a context: Jerry Dandridge and Billy Cole in 1985’s Fright Night.

  1. “Even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Sound familiar? Fans of the Wolf Man franchise know it well, since this rhyme has been recited in every Universal appearance of the Wolf Man starting with Lon Chaney Jr. in 1941. Originally it was believed to be an authentic Gypsy or Eastern European folk saying which gave the tortured creature of two worlds an extra level of spooky credibility. Even though Wolf Man writer Curt Siodmak later admitted that he simply made it up, it has become synonymous with the creature and versions of it continue to be used in modern monster movies like Van Helsing (2004).

  1. Universal Studios wanted to make actor Boris Karloff’s face realistically wrinkled and scary in his role as The Mummy (1932).  Jack Pierce was responsible for the costume design and makeup and at one point, they applied
    so many layers of cotton to Karloff’s face that he was unable to speak simply because he couldn’t move the muscles necessary. He would say to Pierce regarding the costume “Well, you’ve done a wonderful job, but you forgot to give me a fly!”

  1. During the production of Frankenstein (1931), there was some concern on set regarding the scene where the little girl Petunia would befriend the monster and a simple misunderstanding would result in her being thrown in the lake where she would drown. The team was worried that seven-year-old Marilyn Harris would be too afraid of Boris Karloff in full monster makeup to complete the scene. On the day they were getting ready to travel to location, Harris ran up to Karloff in full costume and makeup and took his hand, asking him “May I drive with you?” Karloff was so delighted and happy at her request that he responded, “ Would you, darling?” They drove to the filming location together and filmed the scene with no issue.

  1. While filming Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), stuntman Ricou Browning once had to make an emergency bathroom break while filming an underwater scene of the creature. He had been underwater for several minutes and quickly breached the water in full costume next to an unwary mother and her young daughter who had been swimming nearby. Browning recalled they fled in complete terror once they saw him advancing out of the water and said, “ they took off, and that’s the last I saw of ‘em!”

  1. In The Fly (1958), during the scene where Andre Delambre’s head and arm is caught in the spider’s web, a small animatronic figure with a moving head and arm was used in the web as a reference for Vincent Price and Herbert Marshall. Price later recalled that the scene took multiple takes to finish because every time he and Marshall looked at the figure with the human head and fly body, they would immediately burst out laughing.

  1. During The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Gunnar Hansen was directed to look agitated and stomp his feet out of frustration because Sally got away at the end of the film. Hansen decided that swinging his chainsaw back and forth because would be a better expression of Leatherface’s defeat. He also wanted to scare director Tobe Hooper as a form of payback regarding how he treated the cast and crew during filming. His decision is now an iconic gesture synonymous with the character.

  1. For the film Halloween (1978), their shoestring budget required the prop department to buy the cheapest mask that they could find in the costume store: a William Shatner mask. They spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes. Shatner had no idea of the concept until someone asked how he felt about it in an interview.  Since then, he has said he is honored for his contribution to the classic slasher villain and it probably did wonders for his already famous ego. I guess you never know how far $2 can go.

  1. In the original script for Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Freddy Krueger’s sweater was supposed to be red and yellow, which was a reference to the DC superhero Plastic Man. Both Plas and Freddy could change their form at will and it was imagined that whatever Freddy would change for his victims would retain the color scheme. This idea changed when creator/director Wes Craven read an article in “Scientific American” in 1982 that two of the most contrasting colors to human sight were red and green. He changed the colors and Krueger’s wardrobe has remained unchanged throughout the years.

  1. In Friday the 13th (1980), the silence would be forever marked by composer Harry Manfredini’s sound clip building tension around the Camp Crystal Lake grounds and its supernatural slasher Jason Voorhees. Everyone knows the sound but always misspells it; the correct spelling is “Ki, ki, ki; ma, ma, ma” and it’s supposed to be Jason’s voice speaking to his mother. During the first Friday the 13th, Pamela Voorhees reveals she is not only Jason’s mother and the movie’s killer but that she suffers from schizophrenia. She chants “Get her, mommy! Kill her” in a childish tone which gave Manfredini the idea that Jason was saying “Kill, kill, kill; mom, mom, mom.” He created the effect by speaking the syllables into a microphone running through a delay effect. The franchise continues to use the sound clip to this day.

  1. The homicidal doll Chucky possessed by the soul of murderer Charles Lee Ray would be nothing without the voice of actor Brad Dourif. The first Child’s Play (1988) scared a good number of children while delighting horror movie fans and one time, Dourif’s performance even scared his own children. He was recording lines for the first movie in his recording room and didn’t even know his baby daughter Fiona crawled into the room. He didn’t realize until he was recording screams for the scene where Chucky was set on fire in the Barclay’s fireplace and his daughter was so scared that she started crying herself.

  1. During the filming of Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist (1982), actress JoBeth Williams was scared to shoot the swimming pool scene because of a fear of electrocution from the equipment positioned over and around the pool. To comfort her, Spielberg crawled into the pool with her to shoot the scene, saying “Now if a light falls in, we will both fry.” She agreed to get into the pool and shoot the scene but she didn’t know the skeletons that emerged in the pool were real skeletons until after the scene was completed.

  1. During a post-production party celebrating the end of filming Hellraiser (1987), Pinhead actor Doug Bradley was annoyed that he was being ignored by members of the cast and crew. He was under the impression that he had gotten along with everyone during the making of the film and later learned that nobody from either department had seen him without his intense Cenobite makeup. They simply did not recognize him from his horror movie counterpart.

-Drew Mollo is a freelance writer specializing in Comics media





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Top 10 DC Elseworlds that Deserve an Animated Makeover (last)

Top 10 DC Elseworlds that Deserve an Animated Makeover (last)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in News, Opinion


10 Animated Elseworlds we want to see

By Drew Mollo



1. Kingdom Come:  (W: Mark Waid/ A: Alex Ross)  Superman has retired following the tragic death of Lois Lane. This alternate future is full of conflict – the former traditional heroes are at odds with the new generation of undisciplined and irresponsible vigilantes, most of whom are children of many classic heroes themselves. When Superman decides to return to active duty, he encounters opposition from Lex Luthor and his group of supervillians.  A nearly-paralyzed Bruce Wayne, who is also attempting to bring down Luthor and prevent an apocalyptic superhero war, does not agree with Supes’ methods and pursues his own agenda. All of this is witnessed by our narrator, minister Norman McCray, who has to put aside his wavering faith and play a crucial role in the events that will unfold. Waid’s now-classic story alongside the gorgeous artwork we’ve come to expect from Alex Ross continues to be a bestseller and would make an inspiring addition to the DC animated library if adapted properly.

-Drew Mollo is a freelance writer specializing in Comics media

DC’s Next Animated Film IS an Elseworlds >





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