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Friday
Jul192013

“Dark Knight” Named Best Superhero Movie

TM and © DC ComicsPhoto by Ron Phillips(NEW YORK) -- Director Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, is the best superhero movie of all time, according to a new survey by Ranker.com.

More than 7,000 respondents were asked to rank movies about superheroes, including masked vigilantes, costumed crime fighters, and peace protectors.

Nolan’s 2005 flick, Batman Begins, is ranked second. The director’s third Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises, is fifth.

This year’s superman movie, Man of Steel, comes in at number 25.

The survey ranks a total of 113 movies. Alec Baldwin’s 1994 film, The Shadow, was at the bottom of the list. He played the title character, a 1930s crime-fighting vigilante.

Here’s a rundown of the top 20 superhero films, according to Ranker.com:

1. The Dark Knight, 2008
2. Batman Begins, 2005
3. X-Men: first Class, 2011
4. Iron Man, 2008
5. The Dark Knight Rises, 2012
6. The Avengers, 2012
7. Batman, 1989
8. Spider-Man 2, 2004
9. X2, 2003
10. Spider-Man, 2002
11. Thor, 2011
12. X-Men, 2000
13. Captain America, the First Avenger, 2011
14. Iron Man 2, 2010
15. The Incredibles, 2004
16. V for Vendetta, 2006
17. Watchmen, 2009
18. Superman, 1978
19. The Amazing Spider-Man, 2012
20. Hellboy, 2004

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Tuesday
May222012

Gay Marvel Superhero Plans to Tie the Knot

Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg News(NEW YORK) -- Marvel Comics made a splash in 1992 when one of its beloved charters declared “I am gay.”

Twenty years later -- in Astonishing X-Men, issue 50 set to hit stores on Wednesday -- Northstar will propose to longtime boyfriend Kyle. The two are set to marry in June.

Marvel and rival DC Entertainment have focused on bringing a more realistic flavor to its characters. DC recently announced that it would relaunch one of its major characters as gay in June. Marvel introduced Miles Morales, the first half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man last year.

Marvel made the announcement Tuesday morning on The View on ABC, but it has been the subject of fan speculation for some time.

Axel Alonso, the editor-in-chief of Marvel Entertainment, said the story line was developed around the time New York state legalized gay marriage in June 2011.

“The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in reality,” Alonso said.

In the issue, Northstar makes his intentions known to Kyle in New York’s Bryant Park, a very public place for these very private people.

“Well, private enough for a mutant celebrity -- having such a public, life-changing discussion,” said Marjorie Liu, who wrote the issue.

The scene shows Northstar out of costume and down on one knee with a ring in hand discussing some of what they’ve gone through as a superhero couple.

The cover of next month’s Astonishing X-Men issue 51 includes an all-star cast for Northstar’s and Kyle’s ceremony.

“Yes, there will be some fun guests at the wedding, but not everyone will accept the invitation,” Liu said.

“DC and Marvel are recognizing that there is an LGBT audience that has been reading their comics for years,” said Matt Kane, associate director of entertainment and media for GLAAD.

DC’s most prominent gay characters include Batwoman, who has her own series; Apollo and Midnighter, who appear in Stormwatch; and Bunker, a member of Teen Titans.

Aside from its being socially relevant -- the addition of gay characters makes good business sense.

Archie Comics introduced a gay character in 2010, which turned out to be a hit for the company. There was even a gay wedding in Riverdale in 2011.

“They are recognizing how the world is evolving,” said Kane.

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Monday
May212012

Comics Cliffhanger as Unnamed DC Superhero to Come Out of Closet

PRNewsFoto/DC Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, a major comic book character won’t be ambiguously gay anymore.

DC Comics, whose portfolio includes such iconic characters as Batman and Robin, Superman and Wonder Woman, plans next month to reintroduce one of its major superheroes as openly gay.

“One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June,” Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment’s senior vice president of publicity, confirmed to ABC News.

So which one is it? The folks at DC Comics aren’t saying, but they do say it’s the latest effort to make sure their comics keep up with the times.

Last September, DC Comics relaunched its entire line of comic books to feature an updated look and a new lineup of LGBT superheroes: including Voodoo, an African American bisexual woman and Batwoman, an open lesbian.

Batwoman garnered DC comics an Outstanding Comic Book award from GLAAD, an advocacy and watchdog organization for LGBT issues.

“DC and (arch-rival) Marvel are recognizing that there is an LGBT audience that has been reading their comics for years,” said Matt Kane, associate director of entertainment and media for GLAAD. “When creating these fictional worlds it’s important to show the full diversity.”

Aside from making good business sense, Kane said younger readers are perfectly comfortable with gay characters and expect to see their peers represented.

Although DC Comics’ plans to reintroduce a major character as gay is new, gay characters in comic books are not.

Marvel Comic’s Northstar was revealed to be in a gay relationship back in 2009.  Archie Comics introduced a gay character in 2010, and there was a gay wedding in Riverdale in 2011.

Rumors are swirling that Northstar too is expected to tie the knot to his boyfriend Kyle.

“They are recognizing how the world is evolving,” said Kane.

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