Rare Adam West PSA Will Make You Miss the Bright Knight Batman Even More

If you’re a fan of the 1966 Batman show, the first thing that will hit you as you watch Adam West in this retro PSA is a strong wave of nostalgia. There he is, smooth as a silk Bat-cape, purring through his lines about pedestrian traffic safety. But, by the time the clip ends, things feel unexpectedly weird. Read More >>

Here’s the New Trailer for The Incredibles 2

A fresh promo for Pixar’s superhero sequel reveals a big shift in the Parr family dynamics and the desire to make people trust metahumans again. Read More >>

Things I Never Knew About Writing Comics Until I Wrote Comics

I’ve spent most of my professional career writing about comics (and video games), putting forth what I understand about the art form’s mechanics and creators in essays, reviews, and interviews. I thought I got comics, at the very least the superhero genre aspect of the medium. They’ve always been part of my life. But then I started writing a superhero comic book myself, and suddenly I realised how much I didn’t know. Read More >>

American Gods is Turning Media Into a Millennial

It truly sucks that Gillian Anderson won’t be reprising her role as shape-shifting deity Media on American Gods. But it sounds like the producers of season two are taking the opportunity to add a similar character that will present the same kind of ideas, but in a totally different and fresh way. Read More >>

One of The Most Memorable Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey Characters Developed From a Mistake

The classic Bill & Ted teen time-travel comedies are beloved artefacts of late-1980s/early-1990s goofiness. The titular characters romp through time and existential states, and hijinks ensue. But one of the weirdest characters in the series had their origin in a late-night work accident. Read More >>

Ready Player One Is an Orgy of Nostalgia in All the Wrong Ways

The early reactions to Ready Player One after its screening at SXSW were mostly positive, but don’t count io9's among them. It isn’t so much a movie about loving old video games and other cultural artefacts. It’s about loving to love those things, which makes Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the bestselling novel feel hollow despite—or maybe because of—the relentless pop culture references it throws at you. Read More >>

The Academy Didn’t Have the Guts to Give Get Out Best Picture

Both Get Out and The Shape of Water are great films about outsiders, made by people from non-white backgrounds. But, Get Out is a lot less comforting, which is probably why it didn’t win Best Picture last night. Read More >>

Some of The Tick’s Classic Villains Might Show Up On the New Series

Sure, Amazon’s new Tick show is great and all, but will we ever get to see old friends like Chairface Chippendale, the Breadmaster or—please, please—the Evil Bomber What Bombs at Midnight? We went straight to The Tick creator Ben Edlund and demanded to know, and his firm, emphatic answer was... maybe. Read More >>

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Everything Donald Glover Says Just Makes Us Want a Lando Calrissian Movie Even More

Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie. It was the casting that made everybody stand up and applaud when it was announced last year. Now that we’ve seen a trailer for Solo and are hearing Glover talk about playing Cloud City’s chief dude, our hunger for a Lando-centric project has only intensified. Read More >>

Scifi Thriller Diverge Looks Like It’s All About Time Travel and Terrible Choices

This first glimpse at indie post-apocalypse flick Diverge is heavy on mood and visuals. But you can make out just enough to figure out that one haunted man’s decision leaves the world’s fate hanging in the balance. Read More >>

What a Good Soundtrack Does

Last weekend, while driving my kid to swim class, I was nodding my head along to the bassline of a song playing in the car. “Do you like this song, Daddy?” my daughter asked. My answer was yes. Yes, I like that one song from the My Little Pony: The Movie soundtrack. Read More >>

Stranger Things, Shape of Water and Twin Peaks All Get Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globes are one of Hollywood’s splashiest honours, often seen as good predictors as to what actors and movies might win Oscars and Emmys. This year, some of the best genre work from TV and movies are in the running to win a Golden Globe. Read More >>

Report: Warner Bros. Shaking Up DCEU Leadership After Lacklustre Justice League Performance

Mixed reactions to Justice League aside, Warner Bros. is going to keep on making movies based on DC Comics’ vast stable of superhero characters. Of course, that’s not going to change. According to a new Variety article, what will change are the people in charge of those films and the people performing in them. Read More >>

The Hollywood Drama Around Annihilation Shows Why We Can’t Have Smart Things

Annihilation looks like it has a lot going for it: Killer art direction and special effects; acclaimed writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina); and an all-star cast that includes Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Gina Rodriguez. But the power players behind the hotly anticipated scifi movie are still battling over what kind of release it should get. Read More >>

The Newest Batman Video Game is One of the Best Explorations of the Joker in Years

Episode three of Batman: The Enemy Within delivers a compellingly sympathetic portrait of a character that we’ve been trained to immediately hate on sight. Read More >>