HeroJournalism is officially ‘on the air’, as they say – but on the ‘Tube is more accurate – YouTube, that is. Blade Runner 2049 is one of our most anticipated movies here at HeroJournalism, and while we loved the trailer, there was one critical error we couldn’t stand – check out our breakdown and let us know if you agree or want to argue!
The fans are speaking loudly at the box office this weekend, as Spider-Man: Homecoming opened with a $50 million Friday, and is predicted to bank $120 million, almost double the box office opening for Amazing Spider-Man ($62m), and demonstrably more than Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($91m). If the numbers hold true, Homecoming is on track to a $360, which would be up to $100m higher total gross than either ASM movie – a stark example of audience disfavor over Sony’s previous approach to the character.
Please note these numbers are not adjusted for inflation.
But how does the new film compare to the Raimi era? Well, it looks to edge out the first Raimi film by $5m, but significantly lower than Spider-Man 3 – up to $30 million, and the Raimi films would do even better in that comparison if adjusted for inflation. Remember, even though Spider-Man 3 was a critical disaster, it was still a solid hit, and that opening weekend was definitely built on the backs of the accolades the first two Raimi films received. So really the Raimi Era holds up well so far in comparison to the Marvel Era of Spidey. And both mop the floor with the “Sony Era”!
What can I say? Fantastic film, possibly the best Spidey film yet (though those first two Maquire films were pretty effin’ rad), though there are a couple oddities (such as Pete’s love interest being Liz Allen – but is she? Her dad uses a diff last name?!) for the hardcores (like me), and do not go into this expecting much from the Shocker (those spy photos of him in costume may have been hoaxes), but just a beautiful film. Go see it and tell us if you like it below!
It’s with a sad heart we note the passing of Joan Lee, wife of Stan Lee from Marvel Comics. And most don’t know that she also voiced Madame Web from the classic Spider-Man: The Animated Series from 1994-98!
New Iron Man armor spotted on Infinity War set!!! Whoa – look at that Arc Reactor shape. Wonder what Joss Whedon would say (you might recall he stated during Avengers filming that he insisted on changing the triangular Arc Reactor back to it’s original circular, “because the triangle looks like ass” ha ha!)
HeroJournalism considers video game adaptations an important part of comic superhero history, going back to the very first Superman game on the Atari 2600. And we are thrilled about this new footage from the upcoming PS4 Spider-Man game – it looks like Spidey may finally have a game matching Batman’s Arkham series! Click below for the 8 minute demo:
Well, we can’t say we’re surprised, but definitely sad to see that Neill Blomkamp’s production of Alien 5 (as they’ve called it, but really it’s a sequel to Alien 2), has been officially killed. Really, I think the reason is clear – Fox just doesn’t have the bold kind of vision to have two potentially competing Alien franchises going simultaneously. So once Ridley Scott’s Prometheus/Alien: Covenant prequels got rolling, Blomkamp’s project was dead man, walkin’. It’s definitely a bummer, considering all the Alien movies after 2, it’s too bad we never got that sequel to 2 that we all wanted. Read about it at SuperHeroHype.com at the below link:
Hello, everyone. After a long time coming, our YouTube channel is officially launching this month, and over the next week or two, this site will slowly come to life, like Frankenstein’s monster after the lightning strike! We’re excited to get some videos out, and to engage with you and hear your feedback. Excelsior!
– The HeroJournalism Team
If you are a classic sci-fi fan, you probably recognized the reference in the above title, if not – look it up, you might like it. 4cade here, and we do love referencing classic genre material, but we are even more titillated about our upcoming plans for the website. We’ve been covering pop culture media going back to just after the millennium, working for websites like Comics2Film.com (now under management by Mania), ComicBookResources.com, and others, covering reporting, columns, and in-depth features. And based in San Diego, HeroJournalism has been covering Comic-Con International since 20001 – a personal highlight was by happenstance meeting Sam Raimi (on his way out of a panel), who was promoting first Spider-Man movie that was due for release the following year. Ah, memories.
But we’ve accumulated a lot of material over the years from our Comic-Con coverage – just a brief rundown of people we’ve interviewed include Marvel big shot Brian Michael Bendis, legendary Spider-Man artist John Romita Sr., V for Vendetta artist David Lloyd, classic Daredevil artist Gene Colan, Marvel and DC writer/editor Marv Wolfman, writers and producers of Fantastic Four 90s cartoon, veteran Marvel writer Tony Isabella, Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy, legendary Batman writer (and creator of the Joker) Jerry Robinson – we’re sittin’ on a ton of cool stuff that we’ve wanted to publish, and finally have the venue: HeroJournalism. The site had a brief life over a decade ago, and now it’s back, baby.
So we’re anxiously anticipating our upcoming release schedule. Expect a mix of the new and the old – while we dig through our archives for classic and exclusive never-before-scene interviews, including a bombshell here or there. Can you imagine asking the creator of the Joker how he compared the performances of his character, and how he compared Ceasar Romero with Jack Nicholson, and why not Mark Hammil, and best of all – Heath Ledger? HeroJournalism asked that question. And you’ll hear the answer if you stay tuned, true believer!
Welcome to HeroJournalism, where we strive for the most in-depth and incisive analysis of pop culture, including cinema, comic books, television, video games, new media, and even some old media. With a special focus on comic superhero adaptations.
Our goal is to give you high quality journalism and commentary, but also to deliver something you won’t get elsewhere; a different angle to look at the story, or perhaps connecting it to larger perspectives, including societal and historical relevance, or maybe an industry or business viewpoint.
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