I got a chance to interview Arrow’s Madison McLaughlin over at GeekDad. And here’s the story behind the story. For the last 15 years or so, I’ve been teaching archery at the world’s oldest field archery range; a few years back, a family showed up; parents and four girls, two of whom were in wheelchairs. The oldest daughter was about 17.
This is quite possibly the geekiest thing anyone has ever seen, and I get to be the one to share it with you. As I’ve mentioned a time or two before, I’m a big fat geek of the worst kind. One of my longtime favorites is “Legion of Super-Heroes,” a rather oddball series dating back some 50 years or so. The whole thing is basically a science-fiction super-hero soap opera, with the various characters going through personal and interpersonal crises and drama as they go about saving the world a thousand years from now. Another really geeky thing that I like is the Simpsons. One thing these two series have in common is a huge extended cast of characters. It seems that one guy noticed that there are some similarities between the casts, and took it upon himself to do something about it…
After having written about old stuff from the 1960s-90s recently, it’s nice to get back to being excited about new stuff, though this is one I’ve been excited about for a good long while; ever since I read American Gods and its sequel, Anansi Boys, I’ve kept an eye out for news about its inevitable film production. Following the success of Game of Thrones, Neil Gaiman’s book was picked up as a TV series, first briefly by HBO, and later by Starz.
Fake news. I know a little something about fake websites; way back in 2002, I had a bad habit of creating them. I’ve previously mentioned my site. At Monkey Spit, I made one every week for six months back in 2002. Let’s look back at my bad behavior.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange was made available for Digital HD/3D download and at Disney Movies Anywhere on February 14, and the film will be on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand next Tuesday, February 28. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come packaged with over 80 minutes of extra features and behind-the-scenes material. As a little preview, here’s a look at some of the bonus material you’ll get.
Since the Live-action portion of this retrospective got so long (so much bad TV, so many boneheaded choices, so many heroes, so little budget!), I split off the animated section into a separate post, so here we are.
We talked about the history of superheroes on TV a couple of weeks ago, and got through the 1960s. Naturally we can’t leave off there, so here’s part 2, covering the ’70s and ’80s. After Batman ended, the networks moved on to other genres. There were a lot of westerns, WWII shows, sitcoms, cop shows, doctor shows, detective shows, and a handful of sci-fi shows, some of which were close enough to superheroes for me.