Stories about comics

Can its ‘silly’ story help Aquaman swim its way to the top?

With the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) still looking to hit its stride the same way Marvel has, their latest film Aquaman provides them with a welcome opportunity to do so by going the traditional origin-story route, with a character that isn’t that well-known to most mainstream comicbook fans. Now, the story of Aquaman is fairly silly when compared to other DC heroes, which poses a bigger challenge to properly bring it to the screen, especially with DC’s history of making movies that are overly self-serious. But judging by the trailer, DC seems to have adopted a far lighter tone with this film, while keeping the seriousness ...

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Can Shazam! do for DC what Iron Man did for Marvel?

DC Extended Universe (DCEU), the rushed cinematic universe which longs to replicate what Marvel Cinematic Universe has already achieved, came crashing down when Justice League underperformed at the box office and didn’t impress the critics either. But fortunately, Warner Bros has come up with a new strategy that focuses on standalone movies instead of movies which are interconnected, and this might exactly be what the DCEU needs at the moment. DCEU has many standalone movies slated to release in the coming years, but the one I am most excited about is Shazam!, and its teaser trailer, which was revealed at ...

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Despite Tom Hardy’s good looks, the ‘Venom’ trailer will not pull anyone to the cinema

I will put my hands all the way up for everyone to see and candidly admit that I have no idea who this Venom person is. I don’t know about him and frankly, I don’t care either. But now, since I have been asked to review the first official trailer of the aforesaid, I am desperately scrambling to catch-up on this particular comic book character. Well, for starters, Venom is a Marvel comics’ character and a symbiote. For the uninitiated, that is a sentient alien being with an amorphous, liquid-like form who requires a host, usually human, to bond with ...

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With wisecracks that stop at nothing, the trailer for ‘Deadpool 2’ will leave you in splits

It was only after the movie had spent 12 years in development hell that we finally got to watch Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool on the big screen. Yes, like everyone else, including Reynolds himself, I am disregarding his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As it turns out, Deadpool was a huge hit and became an even bigger sensation than the X-Men series. Some people also believe that 20th Century Fox went ahead with Logan, an R-rated affair, because Deadpool was such a big hit. The film released in 2016, and as it happens with superhero movies, Reynolds is going to be donning the red ...

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When filmmakers take risks, Deadpool is created!

After the disastrous depiction of Deadpool in X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Fox Studios wanted nothing to do with the Deadpool character. As quoted by Entertainment Weekly, according to Director Tim Miller, Tom Rothman, the then chairman of Fox read the script for the film and answered, ““No. We don’t get it.” Tom told me, “Love your passion but I just don’t care for the script. Don’t get it.”” And due its specific demands with the budget and an R-rating, the film got pushed even further back and it seemed like the Deadpool film was never going to become a reality. That ...

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It’s not funny to maliciously demean someone, Pakistan! Don’t be Aamir Liaquat!

I cracked up after watching ‘Eye to Eye’ the first million times. I did not stop laughing till Taher Shah appeared on Aamir Liaquat’s show. Watching him being maliciously demeaned and bullied on live television left me feeling disgusted. It is extremely difficult to tell when a joke goes too far. As a comedian, I struggle with it every day. Most of the comedy I see on television or social media is racist, sexist, or hateful. Any effort to point the potential harmful effects of these jokes is met with the usual dismissive response, “It’s just a joke!” I have been performing at clubs all over ...

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We all have a Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in us

It happens like clockwork whenever Bilawal Bhutto Zardari makes the news on social media. Invariably, the top Facebook/Twitter comment on any story regarding BBZ is a joke about his supposedly effeminate demeanour. Those who wouldn’t mock someone for other variations in physical characteristics such as skin colour, height, and weight, also join in. It’s an issue with many cultures, but it rears its ugly head often in one as throbbingly pseudo masculine as ours. The jests aren’t only limited to top Facebook comments; Pakistani creators of internet comics often find BBZ’s mannerisms an easy source of entertainment for their easily amused readers. These comics are ...

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Zehreeli Chummi: The controversial ‘chummas’ Pakistanis need to take

There is one thing that all Pakistanis know about themselves – they can’t stand cartoons or comics. No, I’m not talking about the meek, biscuit or washing detergent company sponsored comics; I’m talking about those that question our beliefs, provoke our preconceived notions about religion, and reveal the corrupt system and politicians. We get so emotional about a drawing that we are willing to destroy our own city, kill our own people and any outsider who comes in our way. It doesn’t matter if he or she had nothing to do with those comics. Photo: Zehreeli Chummi Facebook page We ...

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Comic history: There’s a hero in all of us

Since the advent of literary print there is one word that comes to mind whenever you hear of comics: superheroes. Superhero comics burst onto the scene with the introduction of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the late 1930s. Superman represented the hero we all wanted to be: someone who had the power to move planets, and yet, chose to do good for the world and its people. Batman portrayed the humanistic flaws; how our tragedies and mistakes could be used as motivation to become a hero. And Wonder Woman, who was a symbol for feminism and political hierarchy. These formed the trifecta of DC comics, along with Marvel, and they ...

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With Transformers 4 has Micheal Bay reached his Age of Extinction?

Having lowered the bar of expectation to such an extent that it disappeared from my own eyesight, I felt vaguely prepared for another venture into the Hasbro franchise’s latest offering – Transformers: Age of Extinction. I’ll get to the irony of the title a little later on in this piece. First off, I am a huge transformers fan. From the cartoon movie, to the comic books, TV series and the action figures, I’ve been through all the different stages of growing up with this franchise… and then in walked Michael Bay. Director Michael Bay attends the european premiere of ...

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