Suicide Squad movie

Article by Gregg Katzman

Most comic book movies follow a hero – or anti-hero’s – struggle against a big bad. That isn’t the case in David Ayer’s upcoming DC movie, Suicide Squad. Instead of revolving around a good person’s struggle – or at least someone trying to be good – the movie will feature a group of dangerous villains who are now working for the U.S. government. It’s a story that’s full of twisted characters and the first trailer had quite a dark atmosphere – there’s no sunshine and flowers here, just bad people and even worse people. Given the violent characters and the bleak nature of the story, many fans were wondering if Suicide Squad would be the first movie in the evergrowing DC Extended Universe to earn an R rating. Well, it looks like that probably won’t be the case.

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Iron Man poster movie

To celebrate director/writer/actor Jon Favreau’s birthday, we’re going to take a look at his first Marvel Studios movie, Iron Man, and explain why it’s awesome. The film has received plenty of love over the years and obviously, we think Tony Stark’s cinematic origin story deserves all of that praise and then some! So, get cozy and let’s talk about why the first Iron Man movie is great!

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Superman Kirk Alyn

Today is the birthday of Kirk Alyn, the very first actor to portray Superman in a live action film. Born in 1910, Alyn’s fun performance as both Clark Kent and Superman enthralled countless young fans who watched the Saturday afternoon movie serials. From the 1940’s to 1950, Alyn’s Man of Steel paved the way for future big screen and TV incarnations of the iconic hero. We think it would be more than fitting to remember him by looking back on his time as Superman and sharing some fun facts about the era.

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X-Men Iceman

To celebrate Shawn Ashmore’s birthday, a.k.a. Robert “Bobby” Drake/Iceman, we here at Midtown Comics are reflecting on the X-Men movies and highlighting some of the coolest (sorry about the Iceman pun) moments! From 2000’s X-Men to last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the cinematic mutant universe has more than a few unforgettable and awesome moments. We could go on about terrific scenes from the various movies, but we’ve narrowed our list down to 10. If your top moment isn’t below, share it in the comments!

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Even with the arrival of Star Wars Episode VII nearly 9 months away, Marvel has not wasted any time reestablishing their toehold in the comic adaptation/expansion of the franchise that they helped pioneer 38 years ago. It is a marriage of mediums that almost didn’t happen, as the pitch for a comic was nearly rejected because movie adaptations were not seen as being profitable, but ultimately a deal was reached, and the rest is history. Film based comics were not new in he industry, but they were usually done as single issues of anthologies (Four Color, Movie Classics) that seemed to lean heavily on the Disney film catalogue. The success of Star Wars and the rise of spectacle driven genre films in the 1970s inspired attempts to replicate the movie/comic synergy, but very few properties seemed to have the legs to carry beyond short lived series, or mini-series and one-shots that would surface whenever a sequel was released. Here is a list of some of the unlikely attempts to bring the big screen to the printed page:

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