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Blog: 'The Age of Ultron': The reviews are in

0 - Wed, Apr 29, 2015

The reviews are in for "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" - and they're not all that positive. Not that that will slow it down at the box office, I'm guessing. Here's a sampling:

Jake Coyle, The Associated Press:
As a sequel, “Age of Ultron”...

Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and more headed to big screen
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Warner Bros./DC Entertainment filled in the details on their ambitious slate of superhero movies on Wednesday.

Blog: 'Guardians' has explosive debut
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Aug 4, 2014

Looks like Marvel’s gamble paid off big time.

Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” was far from a sure thing. Even some comic book fans...

“Arrow” expands its DC Universe of characters
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

TV Line and others have reported that Brandon Routh will join the third season of The CW’s “Arrow” in a recurring role as Ray Palmer, “an unparalleled...

“Arrow” expands its DC Universe of characters
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

TV Line and others have reported that Brandon Routh will join the third season of The CW’s “Arrow” in a recurring role as Ray Palmer, “an unparalleled...

Death comes to Archie. And Wolverine. And …
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

The death of Archie Andrews in “Life With Archie” this week has created a lot of buzz – perhaps the most media attention given to a comic book death...

A new Thor, a new Cap and other Marvel-ous changes
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

It’s been a week of announcements from Marvel. An interesting tactic: Marvel surely got more media attention than it would have had it waited until next...

Celebrating Batman Day
0 Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Happy Batman Day! Yep, DC has proclaimed today Batman Day as part of its celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary. At participating comic book...

Strong reviews for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, May 22, 2014

The reviews are in for “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” And, so far, they are overwhelmingly positive. (The recent “Captain America:The...

Comics on the small screen
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, May 12, 2014

The networks have been busy the last week or so announcing their fall lineups, and they’ve had good news for comic book fans. Fox has given the...

Help celebrate Marvel's 75th anniversary
By: Bill Radford 0 Wed, May 7, 2014

Marvel is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. In November, it will publish the massive “Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus,” featuring...

Free Comic Book Day is almost here
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, May 1, 2014

Saturday is, of course, Free Comic Book Day. Select comics are, yes, free. It’s held on the first Saturday of May, conveniently timed with the...

A Justice League movie in 2018?
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Warner Bros., in the form of Greg Silverman, president of worldwide production, has confirmed to The Wall Street Journal plans for a Justice League...

The death of Archie Andrews
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Apr 8, 2014

The Archie Comics series titled “Life With Archie” will, ironically, feature the DEATH of Archie. “Life With Archie” follows...

'The Winter Soldier' - the reviews are in
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Apr 3, 2014

A lot of reviews are in for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and they’re definitely a mixed bag. A sampling: Mick LaSalle, San...

Superhero fatigue: Is the big screen becoming too cluttered?
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Mar 24, 2014

With Marvel’s heroes split up among movie studios, it almost seems like there’ll be a new Marvel movie every week. But when — if ever — does it become...

Revisiting the 'City on the Edge of Forever'
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Mar 6, 2014

If you’re a fan of the original “Star Trek,” you likely have fond memories, as I do, of “City on the Edge of Forever,” a...

In a Flash
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Feb 28, 2014

Warner Bros. has released the first image of Grant Gustin in the Flash costume (a head shot, anyway) for CW’s “The Flash” pilot. We...

Assembling a universe, Marvel style
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Feb 27, 2014

While this could largely be Marvel patting itself on its back, this still sounds interesting: There’s a TV special airing March 18 on ABC...

'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer debuts
By: Bill Radford 0 Wed, Feb 19, 2014

Truth time: I’ve never really followed the adventures of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and am only vaguely familiar with the group. So I...

Casting news on the big screen and small
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Feb 11, 2014

I’ve been catching up on casting news involving comic book projects. - Ben McKenzie (“The O.C.,” “Southland”) will play...

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Well, that’s unexpected. Warner Bros. announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor in the untitled Superman/Batman movie that’s...

The mean streets of "Gotham"
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Jan 14, 2014

Fox has revealed some details on “Gotham,” its in-the-works series on a pre-Batman Gotham City. Entertainment Weekly and others reported...

The return of Peter Parker
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Jan 13, 2014

We knew it was only a matter of time before Peter Parker – whose body had been taken over by the mind of Otto Octavius, better known as Doctor...

A wedding invitation
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Jan 3, 2014

It’s the wedding of the century! Or, at least, maybe, of the month. Deadpool, Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth, is looking to tie the knot in the...

Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Dec 20, 2013

Paul Rudd, long rumored to be a favorite as the title character in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” has been confirmed for the role. The movie,...

Want more Marvel TV? Look to Netflix
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Nov 7, 2013

Looks like I’m going to have to start subscribing to Netflix. Daredevil and some other largely ground-level heroes from Marvel are coming to...

Comic & Toy Con in the Springs
By: Bill Radford 0 Wed, Oct 16, 2013

The Colorado Springs Comic & Toy Con is this weekend at Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Drive. Admission is free, though donations are...

75 years of Superman in two minutes
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Oct 15, 2013

This is super cool: Zack Snyder, director of “Man of Steel,” and “DC animated universe maestro” Bruce Timm have made a...

'Habit Heroes'
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Sep 20, 2013

A special Iron Man comic book, the result of a partnership between Marvel Custom Solutions, Florida Blue and WellPoint’s health plans, looks to...

Long live the Legion!
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Sep 10, 2013

I’ ve always had a soft spot in my heart for DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes. TwoMorrow’s “Back Issue,” arriving in comic book...

Is He...?
By: Bill Radford 0 Wed, Sep 4, 2013

Marvel sent out this cryptic teaser today. More information to come Sept. 18.

A villain for the Avengers
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Aug 29, 2013

Marvel has announced that James Spader will play the title villain in”Avengers: Age of Ultron,” coming from writer-director Joss Whedon in...

The new Batman
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Aug 23, 2013

Warner Bros. broke the news late Thursday that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the Superman-Batman movie by director Zack Snyder. Affleck will star...

'Kick-Ass 2' disappoints at box office
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Aug 19, 2013

“Kick-Ass 2″ didn’t exactly kick you know what at the box office. The comic book adaptation grossed $13.6 million in its opening...

A guy magnet?
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Aug 9, 2013

You’ll find a story in Monday’s Gazette, at the back of the Family section, on ABC’s hopes for “Marvel’s Agents of...

"The Wolverine' No. 1 at box office, but results still disappoint
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Jul 29, 2013

According to preliminary figures, “The Wolverine” was No. 1 at the box office this weekend, debuting with $55  million. That, though, was...

Marvel's mutants and Sky Sox baseball
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Jul 26, 2013

Looks like Saturday night is X-Men Night at Security Service Field as the Sky Sox take on the Fresno Grizzlies.  

Critics weigh in on 'The Wolverine'
By: Bill Radford 0 Wed, Jul 24, 2013

  The reviews of “The Wolverine” are coming in. McClatchy’s Roger Moore says “The Wolverine” is a moody, haunted tale and...

Superman, Batman together again - for the first time
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Jul 22, 2013

For me, the biggest news out of Comic-Con concerned a couple of superhero movies. Joss Whedon, director of “Marvel’s The Avengers,”...

"R.I.P.D." D.O.A?
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Jul 19, 2013

The movie “R.I.P.D.” (a comic book adaptation, though I’ve never read the comic) is getting  shot down by critics. “It’s...

Covering Comic-Con
By: Bill Radford 0 Wed, Jul 17, 2013

Many years ago, as The Gazette’s Comics Fan columnist, I covered San Diego’s Comic-Con International – two years in a row! Back then,...

EW previews Comic-Con
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Jul 15, 2013

The latest Entertainment Weekly has several pages devoted to a San Diego Comic-Con International preview, including a visit to the set of “The...

Are you Inhuman?
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Jul 12, 2013

I’ve always been a fan of the Inhumans. Looks like there’ll be a lot more of them to like! From Marvel: New York. NY—July 11, 2013—For...

Look for Summer this fall
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Jul 11, 2013

According to The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/arrow-summer-glau-joins-season-582563), Summer Glau will have a...

New Marvel initiative: Share Your Universe
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Jul 9, 2013

Marvel has launched an initiative aimed at raising a new generation of comic book fans. It’s called Marvel: Share Your Universe, and here are the...

"Man of Steel" - my take
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Jun 25, 2013

On vacation this week, so I got to see “Man of the Steel” on Monday without having to brave the crowds. (Of course, the movie saw a giant...

Calling all zombies
By: Bill Radford 0 Wed, Jun 19, 2013

A zombie crawl is planned for Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at CK Comics & Collectibles, 719 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs. Bliss Productions will...

A super box-office showing
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, Jun 17, 2013

The official numbers are in: The AP reports that “Man of Steel” earned $116.6 million in its opening weekend. That’s the biggest...

Superman and EW, together again
By: Bill Radford 0 Fri, Jun 14, 2013

Look who’s on the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly!

Archie and the zombie apocalypse
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Jun 11, 2013

If watching Brad Pitt this summer in “World War Z” doesn’t give you your fill of zombies, Archie faces “the zombie...

Ditching the red undies
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Jun 6, 2013

Stephen Colbert had an amusing rant on last night’s “The Colbert Report” about changes to Superman’s costume for the upcoming...

Archie headed for the big screen
By: Bill Radford 0 Thu, Jun 6, 2013

 Archie and the gang are hitting the big screen. Warner Bros. is producing a live-action movie based on the Archie Comics characters. Here’s the...

Del Toro joins 'Guardians' cast
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, Jun 4, 2013

Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro has joined the cast of Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Deadline reports that he has signed...

Top marks for 'Iron Man 3'
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, May 21, 2013

Finally saw “Iron Man 3.” My thoughts? (Don’t read further if you haven’t seen it but plan to.) A little long, but great action...

Making room for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
By: Bill Radford 0 Tue, May 14, 2013

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will air on ABC on Tuesday nights this fall, facing off against CBS’ top-rated...

To "Infinity' and beyond!
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, May 13, 2013

“Infinity,” launching in August, promises to take readers to all corners of the Marvel Universe. Marvel unveiled this cover to issue No. 1...

Tony Stark vs. Gatsby
By: Bill Radford 0 Mon, May 13, 2013

It was the invincible Iron Man vs. the Great Gatsby. Iron Man won, but Gatsby was pretty great. According to preliminary box office estimates,...

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Bill Radford is a lifelong comic book reader who wrote The Gazette's Comics Fan column for a decade.

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