Right now, when it comes to comic book adaptations, anything goes. If you had told my teenage geek self that Deadpool and Ant Man and Avengers and Batman VS. Superman would have been eventual movies, I would’ve called you a liar and ran off crying because of your cruel lies. Thing is, here we are. We are in a modern comic book renaissance unlike anything the nerd world hath ever seen before. Yes, I used hath on purpose, as it sounded very epic. But if you look, they are pretty much tapping out all the main characters from the big name comics. Soon, they will be running out of characters they can make movies from. Nope. No they wont. Here are six weird comic book characters who deserve their own movies (and will probably all eventually get one at this rate).
What if The X-Men existed in the Middle Ages? The possibilities are endless (and who says some of them weren’t around then anyway?), and if you ask artist Nate Hallinan, what you will get is The Order of X.
He created The Order of X, a collection of concept art depicting The X-Men as lords and ladies, complete with back stories.
Naturally, we start with the head honcho, Lord Charles Xavier – lord and founder of The Order of X.
Next comes the most popular of the mutants, Wolve’rune – Loghand.
More than the amazing concept art, the back stories are pretty interesting. It gives one insight to the creative mind of Nate Hallinan. Here’s a snippet of Loghand’s story:
Loghand is not just another grouchy dwarf, unlike other dwarves he has the ability to heal quickly. He earned his surname Wolve’rüne with his fierce temperament and his odd ability to return from battles unscathed. The name roughly translates from dwarvish as the ‘The Stone Wolf.’ Stone and earth being long lasting and enduring, while wolves being ferocious ill tempered beasts; thus the name Wolve’rüne.
Isn’t that worthy of another storyline?
And here are a couple more.
If you’re just as impressed as I am, I suggest you visit The Order of X page to read about all the characters.
Want more X-Men?
Many of you have probably seen the latest X-Men flick by now, and you might be left wanting – for more X-Men goodness. What we’ve got for you today is more than X-Men goodness, though. It’s all about crossing universes, franchises, and whatnot, tapping into the creative minds of our generation.
So we present to you 10 X-Men mashups that will make your day much better.
Star Wars: Days of Future Past (X-Men Mashup) Trailer
Let’s start with a video, which combines the X-Men and The Force. Imagine Logan channeling The Force. He’d really be the ultimate superhero, wouldn’t he?
Another Star Wars X-Men Mashup
Blue Chewie, I like. You?
Back to the Future Past
That’s just full of awesome, isn’t it? TeeFury had this up some time ago, and although they have different designs up for sale now, do check it out – you might be able to make some arrangements.
Mad X-Men: Don Draper’s Future Past
Here’s another video mashup, which I think Mad Men fans will enjoy. (Try overlooking the fact that the video is actually an ad for Quiznos.)
Game of Thrones X-Men:Days of Future Past Mashup
This particular piece of art is the brainchild of Comfort Love and Adam Withers, who basically put the Game of Thrones characters in the comic cover of Uncanny X-Men #141. Check out their site for more details.
American History X-Men
What happens when you put one of the best movies ever together with mutants? This. Edward Norton’s neo-nazi Derek Vinyard versus X-Men’s Wolverine.
Wolverine in Gears of War
Created by Lei-sam of deviantART, this X-Men mashup has been dubbed as the second weirdest crossover ever – by the artist himself.
Here’s another X-Men mashup from deviantART.
What better company to have during a smoke break? I’d pay to be a fly on the wall…
This one’s old, but who can resist the Muppets and the X-Men together?
Days of Future Puff?
X-Men Puff? X-Puff Men? I don’t know. It’s so weird, I had to include it in the list.
Yes, we love X-Men mashups:
Based on Sheldon’s t-shirts, it seems that he is partial to DC and not Marvel, but this Big Bang Theory Xmen mashup by Axel Medellin is a humorous take on the characters.
You’ll have to click and enlarge the image to read the lines, which make up half the fun. The other half is the artwork, which I think is cool in many respects, although the likenesses are sometimes not that clear (especially that of Penny).
Btw, Axel says a lot of his fellow comic folk feel offended by The Big Bang Theory, and if you’re one of them, get ready to be offended; as for the rest of us who love TBBT, enjoy!
If you’re into Marvel:
Just as most of us enjoy the companionship of a dog or cat, there are several pets that have helped some of our favorite superheroes in comics. Beyond being a mere soundingboard for the heroes to have dialogues, these pets have also often been heroes in their own right. (Note: no Rocket Raccoon or G’Nort here since those two are anything but pets or companions to any heroes.)
The concept behind the creation of Krypto by Otto Binder and Curt Swan is pretty simple: create a dog equivalent for Superman. Originally Jor-el’s pet for before Krypton exploded, Krypto eventually landed on Earth just like Jor-el’s son, Kal-el. Since his introduction in 1955’s Adventure Comics # 210, “Krypto the Superdog” has in some shape or another acted as friend and bodyguard to Superman and his family. Possessing most of Superman’s powers, the appeal of a dog flying side-by-side with the Man of Steel even resulted in Krypto having his own animated series in 2005!
Discovered as a prisoner by the alien race known as the Brood, Kitty “Shadowcat” Pryde of the X-Men rescued the purple dragon Lockheed and they’ve been nearly inseparable since. Whether on the main X-Men team or with the British group Excalibur, Lockheed has stayed by Kitty’s side. Through apparent “death” and subsequent return, through breakups with Pete Wisdom and Colossus, Lockheed has been there. Although revealed at one point to be a spy of S.W.O.R.D. (breaking Kitty’s heart) and possessing an intellect to rival the Beast, Lockheed has since reconciled with Kitty and has even served as an instructor at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
In the world of Y: The Last Man, Yorick Brown and his pet Capuchin monkey Ampersand are the only survivors of a global plague that wipes out every mammal with a Y chromosome. Over the course of the book’s 60-issue run, Yorick and Ampersand travel across the United States trying to find the reason for the plague and avoiding the oncoming extinction of the human race. Beyond just the feces-throwing and general snarling at Yorick, Ampersand proves to be a great foil for Yorick and the friends he makes while on their quest.
A giant bulldog that can teleport you anywhere you want to go. That’s what Lockjaw essentially is. As one of the superpowered race known as the Inhumans, Lockjaw is part of the Royal Family and their official teleporter. Since his first appearance in 1965, Lockjaw has consistently shown up with the Inhumans whether facing the Fantastic Four, battling alongside the X-Men, or as a central part of the “Inhumanity” mini-series. Lockjaw even led his own team in “Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers” and two follow-up minis!
A real falcon that fights beside the hero called “The Falcon” is basically what Redwing is. With the Falcon prominently featured in 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” interest in the hero is high once more. Perhaps one of the few things missing from Anthony Mackie’s appearance as the Falcon, however, is the presence of his trusty falcon Redwing. In Marvel Comics, Wilson develops such a strong mental bond with Redwing that he can even “see” through the bird’s eyes. The sight of the Falcon and Redwing soaring and attacking in full flight is enough to send any crook scouring for cover.
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Ask anyone about the best decade in geeky movies and 9 out of 10 times, they’ll point to the 80’s. (Don’t listen to that one person who disagreed.) We had Blade Runner, Tron, Terminator, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Star Trek.. The list goes on. It’s too early to say if this decade can even match the 80’s, but it’s shaping up to be pretty significant in its own right.
Though superhero and comic book movies make up the majority of the geeky movies being released, good ol’ sci fi and monster movies aren’t too far behind. Some movies that we were sure would bomb and be terrible are actually looking quite good now. After seeing the trailer for Godzilla on IMAX, let’s just say that I’m glad to be proven wrong. (Who could blame me, after that whole disaster of a 90’s movie?) Hopefully, it’s not all hype.
We previously featured 5 Blockbuster Movies to Geek Out over in 2014, but we all know that 5 isn’t enough anymore. So here are 6 more geeky movies we can’t wait to see this year!
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Release Date: April 4
Disclaimer: I’m not a Captain America fan. For the same reason why I dislike Superman, I try not to pay too much attention to him. He’s a bit too white-bread and the lack of a personality just turns me off. Though I’m still not convinced that Chris Evans is a ‘star’ (go ahead and roll your eyes right now), I’m looking forward to see how Steve Rogers handles being in a world where mass surveillance and drone warfare is king. Also, those trailers featuring the Winter Soldier were nothing short of bad-ass!
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
Director: Marc Webb
Release Date: May 2
Comic book fans already have an inkling as to what’s going to happen in this sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, but for Spidey newbies, expect a fun ride with villains, villains, and more villains! We’ll be seeing Oscorp in this movie and based on the trailers, Dane DeHaan is looking to be a perfect fit as Harry Osborne.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe
Director: Gareth Edwards
Release Date: May 16
Is this the Godzilla movie we’ve been waiting for? With Bryan Cranston in the lead, I sure hope so. Fantastic monster movies are few and far between so here’s hoping it’ll kick off a new trend. This is what IMAX screens were made for! Giant monsters/robots/aliens/creatures battling it out for our entertainment.
Starring: Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman
Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: May 23
Out of all the movies featured today, I’m most wary of X-Men: Days of Future Past. I liked X-Men: First Class well enough, but that was before they introduced time-travel into the mix. I know not to judge a movie by its premise, but it’s not too promising. I sincerely hope I’m proven wrong! Here’s the description: “The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.” What do you think?
Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
Director: James Gunn
Release Date: August 1
Not a lot of people–hardcore comic book fans included–expected a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Think of it this way: We’re going to see a talking raccoon and a tree that only says its name make it to the big screen before we get a proper solo Wonder Woman movie. But hey, I’m not hating. Like many others, I wasn’t aware of Guardians of the Galaxy before this, but seeing the trailer has got me psyched to see it!
Director: Christopher Nolan
Release Date: November 7
It’s about the discovery of a wormhole. That’s all we know about it, officially. We’re not surprised that we’re told so little since Christopher Nolan is notorious for being very secretive. With a stellar (get it?) cast, we have no doubt about the grade-A acting we’re going to see here. If Nolan’s past films showed us anything though, the premise is only the bare minimum of what we’re going to see on the big screen.
For any superhero to get anywhere, they need to be able to travel. Since not all our protagonists can just take flight or teleport, they’ve had to use some unique forms of transportation to get to their desired destination. Here are some of our favorites.
Like there was ever any doubt? Throughout its many iterations over the decades, the Batmobile has always served as an extension of Batman’s persona during those specific periods. Always tricked out with the latest gadgets and build for chases of all kinds, the Batmobile is part and parcel of what makes Batman so cool. After all, who wouldn’t want a car with so many built-in toys?
For an international super spy organization like the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division, there’s a need for quick transport of lots of troops, vehicles, and tech. The solution? Build an aircraft carrier that can actually take to the skies with all the ammo of a large army. Being co-designed by billionaire philanthropist Tony Stark only adds to the coolness factor of this big boy.
The X-Men’s Blackbird
In the days that Professor Charles Xavier’s school had not yet revealed itself as a haven for mutants-in-training, the Blackbird served as the clandestine vehicle of choice entering and leaving Westchester County, New York. The first Blackbird was based on the Lockheed SR-71 and was destroyed. Subsequent models have incorporated upgrades by mutant inventor Forge, as well as technology from the Shi’ar Empire including weapons, holographic camouflage, and the ability to achieve hypersonic speeds.
Ghost Rider’s motorcycle
Talk about hell on wheels. Whether it be original Spirit of Vengeance Johnny Blaze or the 90s version with Danny Ketch, Ghost Rider’s flaming skull would be incomplete without his equally burning bike. The moment Blaze is consumed by hellfire and dons leather, his hog trades in wheels for flames, leaving a sizzling trail to let everyone know the Ghost Rider was just here.
Silver Surfer’s surfboard
Yes, a surfboard is a vehicle because it takes you from one place to another. In the case of the Sky-Rider of the Spaceways, he travels across the cosmos on his longboard. The former herald of the world-devouring Galactus once surfed to search for worlds for his master to devour. Since liberating himself however, the former Norrin Radd has roamed the universe while contemplating the vastness of existence and his role in the grander scheme of things.
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Artist Phillip Sevy is talented, no doubt about that. My feelings about his latest pieces are much more up to interpretation though. If you’ve ever wondered what the Batman universe or the X-Men universe would look like if everyone in it were hipsters, then Sevy has an answer for you. I admit my bias against hipsters might be affecting my judgement but I can’t deny his pieces about hipster superheroes has got me wanting for more.
With the holiday season in full swing, you might be wondering what to give to friends for Christmas. Even as we take pride in being a website for geeks, allow us to suggest a few graphic novels for you that your friends will surely appreciate (whether they be geeky or not).
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons turned the comics world upside down in 1986 with this critique on the entire superhero genre. It was violent, graphic, and confrontational, words that at that time, no one had associated with comics. Introducing a dysfunctional team of characters including the god-like Dr. Manhattan, the psychotic Comedian, the insecure Nite-Owl, the seductive Silk Spectre, the self-righteous Ozymandias, and the paranoid Rorshach, not even the 2009 film has taken the sheen off this classic. You can purchase Watchmen here.
Though we now live in a world where most blockbuster films have origins in comics, this wasn’t the case in the late 1980s. Back then, the word “comics” was associated with superheroes, kid stuff, or daily strips in newspapers. When Neil Gaiman created his landmark Sandman series that ran from 1989-1996, he helped open the floodgates for comics to be appreciated by more adults and, subsequently, mainstream society. Revolving around Dream of the Endless, the title character who rules over the world of dreams, Gaiman covered a wide range of literary genres and subjects as Dream (or Morpheus) dealt with characters both real and fictional.There are several versions of the Sandman books for you to choose from.”
3. The Dark Knight Returns
Imagine an older Bruce Wayne, retired, and not dressing up as a giant bat anymore. Imagine him being lured back into action in a Gotham City that is run by mutants and criminals. Now imagine Batman facing off against a Superman who’s become a stooge of the US Government. Writer/artist Frank Miller crafted this story of an aging Dark Knight, he dealt with Bruce Wayne’s mortality in the face of even more blatant criminality in the streets as well as a government that turns a blind eye to it. Nearly three decades since it was first published, The Dark Knight Returns continues to be a favorite story for Batman-fans of all ages. Batman deserves a worthy place in your geeky friends’ libraries.
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Right on time for the 2014 release of the film based on this story, this collaboration by Chris Claremont and John Byrne helped set the tone for all time travel stories that followed. In a bleak future where mutants and heroes are hunted down by giant robots known as Sentinels, the X-Man Kate Pryde transfers her mind to her younger self, the present-day Kitty Pryde. In doing so, Kitty needs to convince the X-Men to help her prevent a pivotal event that would trigger the dystopian future that the older Kate had barely survived. Originally published as Uncanny X-Men # 141 and 142 in 1980, this, together with “The Dark Phoenix Saga” also from Claremont and Byrne, made Marvel’s merry mutants into comic superstars as they embodied the persecuted and downtrodden minority that strove to overcome overwhelming adversity.Give the gift of the X-Men’s doomed future here.
5. Fables: Legends in Exile
What would our individual childhoods be like without fairy tales? These fantastic tales about beautiful princesses, magical beasts, evil witches, and forgotten realms are prevalent in every culture and have often allowed parents to teach a moral story or two to their children. Picture then a town, hidden from prying eyes but right in New York, where these characters and creatures all lived together as neighbors after they relocated from their original homeland. Writer Bill Willingham and the excellent artists he’s tapped (including James Jean, Mark Buckingham, Shawn McManus, and Steve Leialoha) brought all these elements together in an award-winning series that predates any current TV series or movies with similar concepts. “Legends in Exile” is the first of these editions and serves as a great starting point for any would-be reader. Bring your childhood fairy tales to modern life by buying this collection.
There are, of course, many other graphic novels in the market with their own great stories just waiting for you to read and share. We’ve even got ideas on what other stuff you can give right here: Gift Ideas for the Geek In your Life.
[UPDATED: June 2014]
Is it just me? I mean, seriously. It bugs me.
I don’t mean how his hair goes up to those two points on the sides. Of course it’s going to do that. He’s Wolverine. I’m wondering why Hollywood can’t seem to decide how to create Logan’s iconic hairstyle. Let me show you.
Sometimes it’s big. Sometimes it’s crazy big. Now I’ll grant that it’s probably not the easiest hairstyle in the world to create and manage. It does things that no normal human hair is able to do. And some of the ways it’s been drawn in the comics over the years has been downright bizarre. With every comic book artist having their own interpretation of Logan’s look, it makes sense that every movie in which Hugh Jackman plays him would interpret his up-swept locks in its own way.
It’s still weird, though.
In the first movie, director Bryan Singer approved a very classic look for Wolvie’s hair. It’s clearly been styled to look that way, but the stylist didn’t feel the need to draw attention to the hair. The proportions are just right for Jackman’s face, but it’s a little too perfect. I mean, every strand of hair has been precisely positioned.
X2: X-Men United
In X2, Singer and Jackman smartly stuck to the same basic style. The lighting in this picture makes it look like Logan has a perm, but in reality, his hair was starting to fray a bit, making it rougher around the edges. And that’s how Wolverine should look.
X-Men 3: The Last Stand
Now we’ve gone to a weird place. Like everything else about Brett Ratner’s universally-despised The Last Stand, subtlety is not this hair’s strength. Logan’s look was styled to be as loud and over-the-top as possible. It’s so stupidly big, it’s as if Jackman is doing an SNL parody of himself.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Director Gavin Hood took us back in time to show us how the big-screen version of Wolverine became the mutant hero we know. Origins abandoned Logan’s signature look altogether, going instead for the windswept look of a man who doesn’t care about style. I like this one better than the Last Stand look (because anything would be better than that), but its break with continuity is irritating.
X-Men: First Class
Jackman’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in this Xavier/Magneto-centric prequel showed us a Wolverine at a time not long after the events of Origins. One gets the impression that this was unplanned and not part of the script. Logan’s hair backs up this assertion, because it looks rather like a normal human haircut with a few strands teased out at the sides. Basically, the stylist improvised with whatever Jackman had to work with.
Wolverine’s second solo film, which is set in modern day after he’s lost both Professor Xavier and Jean Grey, takes the shorter, more “normal” style from Logan’s First Class cameo and perfects it. Director James Mangold reportedly wanted to bring Logan back down to earth for a more grounded, more realistic look to match the tone of the movie. I like it. It may be understated, but it’s impossible not to recognize the character Jackman’s playing.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The lastest X-Men installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past focuses on Wolverine as he is sent back in time in an attempt to change history. The movie was well received, what with the concept being interesting from the get go, but this post is all about Wolverine’s hair; so, I think it does look good, much like the classic look in X-men. The touches of grey on the sides adds something, too, but is kinda out of place. Or is it just me?
Which one is your favorite hairstyle? And does it bother you that they keep changing his look for every movie? Eh, it’s probably just me.