‘Disgrace and shame’: Alan Moore points to Boris Johnson in Grenfell fire comic

Moore has briefly come out of retirement to contribute to a new anthology raising money for PTSD support for survivors Comics legend Alan Moore, who announced he was Grenfell Tower fire. Moore, the author of the seminal graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta, is one of 24 contributors to a forthcoming comic anthology, Grenfell […]

Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman in new TV series

The CW network casts gender-fluid Australian actor to be first openly gay lead of a live-action superhero show Australian actor Ruby Rose will play the first openly gay superhero in a TV series with her latest role as Batwoman. Roses Batwoman will be introduced to US television audiences on The CW network in a December […]

Ant-Mans Agent Woo: do superhero films have a sidekick race problem?

Funny? Puny? Person of colour? Hollywoods problematic stereotype is seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, Deadpool 2 and more As the comic-book movie machine churns on, spinning myriad variations on a limited set of themes, similarities are bound to emerge. Watching the new Ant-Man and the Wasp brought home a fresh one to me: the […]

Gaspar No: ‘Six people walked out of Climax? No! I usually have 25%’

The directors violent, sexually charged films repel as many viewers as they entrance but at Cannes, almost everyone loved his latest, LSD-soaked dance drama Climax. So where did he go wrong? The Cannes equivalent of a Sunday service is the 8.30am screening of Gaspar Nos Climax, in a basement cinema beside the casino. Once inside, […]

A queer, diverse Nancy Drew: is this how to keep children’s classics alive?

The girl detective and Little Women are both being updated to include LGBTQ and multiethnic characters to cater for a new generation of readers but this doesnt always work When the news broke that Nancy Drew, that plucky, Titian-haired girl detective with her handsome boyfriend and supportive girl gang, pulled from sale because everyone wanted […]

In Sheer Scope, Avengers: Infinity War Is an Unreplicable Success

There will never be another movie like Avengers: Infinity War. Not because it’s a feat of filmmaking (though it is impressive), but because no other studio may ever have the patience to spend 10 years and billions of dollars building up to one release. Given Hollywood's instant-gratification calculus, it's likely that no other studio—and perhaps […]

Democrats should be more like Superman

America, 2018: Waiting for old-school Superman.Image: Warner Bros/DC Comics/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Growing up as a comics fan in the UK, I loved Superman more than any other superhero. But even as an impressionable kid I’d wince at his corny catchphrase — that he was fighting for “truth, justice and the American way.” The first two seemed too […]

Pixel wizards: meet the unsung heroes bringing your favourite films to life

Forget directors, the real stars behind the likes of The Jungle Book and Star Wars are the VFX artists who build their digital worlds. We report from the cutting edge festival offering a glimpse into the secret life of cinema So I need to know: Are you ready to be transformed? shouts Scott Ross to […]

Games reviews roundup: Arms; Tormentor x Punisher; Wipeout Omega Collection

Nintendo demonstrates a firm grasp of motion-controlled fighting, the retro boom gets tough and Sonys racer gets a revamp Tormentor X Punisher Mac, PC, Raw Fury, cert: NA Tormentor X Punisher is further confirmation that the ongoing nostalgic indie studio boom offers gamers a real challenge. For the team behind this top-down twin-stick shooter, a […]