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July 2023

Guide to SDCC events

List at Comicsbeat

DC/Marvel Comics Collection projected to auction at £30,000MSN Nottinghamshire

...a batch of Marvel comics from the Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 (1968-2006) series and nine annuals, which are expected to sell for roughly £600. Another includes a group of ‘New Mutants’ Marvel Comics (1990-1991), illustrated by Rob Liefeld, which shows the first appearance of the Deadpool superhero. The impressive selection also has some zines featuring the earliest drawings of the character Cable and is expected to go for around £350. An incomplete 236-volume run of first edition hardback books of the Marvel: The Ultimate Graphic Novels Collection is expected to fetch around £400

Comic Collection page at Ewbank's Auctioneers

Archie Comics Horror's Month of Mayhem event again set for September and October

Story at Comicbook

Werewolf Captain America is backMSN SuperHeroHype

Werewolf Captain America and the Howling Commandos!

Batman Toaster

They missed their chance to write "Gotham's villains are toast!" on the side of the box.

Pattinson’s The Batman movie topped BBFC [British Board of Film Classifications] in generating complaints

Story at MSN Deadline

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman and The Lady Of Heaven, a controversial film about the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, were the subject of the most complaints lodged with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in 2022, according to the body’s annual report. Out of 84 total complaints regarding ratings, The Batman received 22 concerning its 15 rating. The BBFC said the majority of complaints were lodged before the film’s release or from children under 15. Complainants felt that the classification was too restrictive and would prevent younger children who would like to see the film from watching it at the cinema, the report states.

Superhero movies have gotten stale and that just makes Nolan's The Dark Knight that much more "the high bar of superhero movies"Screenrant MSN

The biggest reason as to why The Dark Knight highlights the stale nature of superhero filmmaking in recent years is simply because it is still the high bar that superhero movies attempt to surpass. Despite releasing 15 years ago, The Dark Knight remains the best Batman movie ever made, and one of if not the best superhero films of all time. This largely comes from the way Nolan crafted a suspenseful, thrilling, tense story with the skin of a Batman film.

The "best" superhero film is a tricky subject and betrays the picker's biases. The Dark Knight is a safe pick, but you could also go with Unbreakable or Captain America Winter Soldier (or Civil War) as long as you've got the rationale to back up the choice, as these four films are pretty different from one another. Or you could go with...

Kick Ass is "one of the best superhero films ever made"

Story at The Digital Fix

The "best" superhero film hasn't been made yet is likely the best answer. The Dark Knight, however, might be the best Batman film yet, despite that no Batman film yet made has been a pure transfer of the original Bob Kane/Bill Finger/Jerry Robinson creation (and doing so is probably undoable in the current 21st century. For that matter, if the original version of Captain America was attempted, it would also be quite a clash with the society of the 21st century, which is likely why the filmmakers integrated the original "Cap" into the recent Marvel/Disney films via parody, which, in a way, was pretty clever.)

Batman is a fascist! You can now buy Blue Beetle ticketsComicbook

If Hollywood is going to make changes to a classic character, why don't they rename his alter-ego John Paul George Ringo and tap into the huge Beatles fanclub?

Some Box Office July 19, 2023

The Flash has simply sunk like a stone and Indy V is struggling but has managed to creep past a disastrous $300 million mark. This state of affairs is an incredible indictment of both Warners' and Disney's filmmaking, because there's no way a huge swath of filmgoers didn't know these movies were coming with the saturation marketing that trumpeted these films but now it has turned out a majority of ticket-buyers just don't want to see them.

Films ranked byInternational earnings:

  • $839,050,733 Worldwide - Guardians of the Galaxy III
  • $664,364,774 Worldwide - Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • $547,112,313 Worldwide - Little Mermaid
  • $421,424,053 Worldwide - Transformers Rise of the Beasts
  • $313,340,646 Worldwide - Elemental
  • $303,945,448 Worldwide - Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • $267,340,215 Worldwide - The Flash
  • $238,776,891 Worldwide - Mission Impossible 7 Dead Reckoning Part One
  • $90,733,562 Domestic Only - Sound of Freedom
  • $43,635,800 Worldwide - Asteroid City
  • Recently finished in theatres:

  • $2,320,250,281 Worldwide - Avatar: The Way of Water
  • $1,307,168,400 Worldwide - The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • $721,294,128 Worldwide - Fast X
  • $463,616,575 Worldwide - Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  • $427,259,159 Worldwide - John Wick: Chapter 4
  • $207,954,502 Worldwide - Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
  • $133,438,006 Worldwide - Shazam! Fury of the Gods
  • $25,326,625 Worldwide - Renfield

$30 million into developing a He-Man project and Netflix cancels itVariety

"Deadpool Scavenger Hunt" at ComiCon Hollywood Reporter

Rob Liefeld is hiding four Deadpool/Wolverine-themed sketches, one sketch per day, and putting up clues on social media.

Disney scaling back their movie and TV projectsIGN News

Disney switches course on denying Snow White production photos are phony

The photo showing Snow White and the gang of not-dwarves looks like a very low-budget "gag' version of the faery tale story, and has been fodder for a thousand memes on social media already. That's not the kiss-of-death for a film project, but it absolutely sets a bad precendent.

Story at MSN Fox News

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