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The Real-World Horror Behind ‘The Batman’

[This story contains spoilers for The Batman.] Gotham. From whose eyes are we watching it? No, this isn’t a riddle. But it is the first question The Batman invites audiences to ask as we watch a family from behind binocular lenses. The sound of ragged breathing creates its own tempo, working in tandem with the […]

‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Director Shares Hopes for a Sequel

Texas Chainsaw Massacre filmmaker David Blue Garcia is well aware of the weight of expectations placed upon him and his new film, which debuted on Netflix Friday. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a direct sequel to the original 1974 film, with Garcia cutting his own path in the world of horror and leaving gallons upon gallons […]

How James Gunn and John Cena Made People Care About Peacemaker

[This story contains spoilers for the Peacemaker finale.] Nobody gave a shit about Peacemaker. That may seem harsh, but what was true for Christopher Smith within the narrative of the HBO Max series, Peacemaker, was also true for his comic book counterpart. It’s not so much that people disliked the character, rather that he was […]

A ‘The Batman’ Controversy Unsettles a Portion of Fandom

“Remember we never kill with weapons of any kind!” Those words, uttered by the Caped Crusader to his partner, Robin, in Batman No. 4 (1940) marked the debut of Batman’s “no-kill rule,” an aspect of the hero that has become almost as fundamental a character trait as his cape and cowl … in the comics […]

‘Scream’ and the New Rules of Fandom

[This story contains spoilers for Scream.] Twenty-five years later and audiences still have something to scream about. Scream, the iconic slasher series created by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson has seen its share of changes over the years: script leaks, new faces, navigating around a successful parody franchise, a TV series, the waning popularity of […]

The Secrets of ‘Moon Knight’: Ethan Hawke’s Villain and Oscar Isaac’s Accent

Chaos reigns in the mind of Steven Grant. Or is that Marc Spector? Dueling personalities come to a head in Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight, based on the cult comic hero of the same name, and created by head writer Jeremy Slater. Unlike Marvel Studios’ previously released Disney+ series, all existing in and impacting the larger […]

After a Seismic Year, Genre Film and TV Aims for Even Busier 2022

It’s the end of another year, and despite the world still struggling with a pandemic, 2021 hopefully offered you a few more comforts than 2020. As we all try to move forward in this new world, it has been nice to see some sense of familiarity return to Hollywood with film and television providing us […]

‘The Matrix Resurrections’ Encourages Audience Division

[This story contains spoilers for The Matrix Resurrections] “After all these years, to be going back to where it all started, back to The Matrix.” But the reality is, if there is such a straightforward term within this world, you can’t go back, only forward. Lana Wachowski’s sequel, The Matrix Resurrections, which follows the events […]

How ‘No Way Home’ Redefines Spider-Man

[This story contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.] “With great power there must also come great responsibility.” That line, even in all of its many variations over the years, has always been at the core of Spider-Man. Consistently they’ve been the words, delivered by Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, that have begun the journey of […]

How ‘Hawkeye’ Could Set Up Season 2 and a New Avengers Team

[This story contains spoilers through Hawkeye episode five.] Secrets are revealed, betrayals are made, arrows are shot, and the Big Man looms over it all. The penultimate episode of Hawkeye, “Ronin,” directed by Bert & Bertie, and written by Jenna Noel Frazier, wastes no time getting to revelations that fans have been speculating about the […]

‘Hawkeye’ Prepares for a Long-Awaited Showdown

[This story contains spoilers for Hawkeye episode four.] “I was a weapon. I was aimed by the right people at the right targets.” The fourth episode of Hawkeye slows things down for some Christmas cheer, at least for a little while. Just as it seems Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Kate (Hailee Steinfeld) are finally on the same […]

‘Hawkeye’ Sets Up Return of Fan-Favorite Netflix Villain

[This story contains spoilers for Hawkeye episode three.] Hawkeye is a ghost story. It is about the choices individuals make when moving through the world, what they see and hear, what they choose to ignore, and what spirits they unleash by doing so. Hawkeye is a ghost story, one that hinges on the past, present and […]