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DC Needs A Movie/TV Multiverse, And Here’s How To Make It Happen

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MultiFeatWith the word that Syfy and David S. Goyer are officially developing a TV series focused on Krypton — and on Superman’s grandfather — I’ve been thinking about how DC’s ambitious TV and movie plans could affect each other. Right now, DC is trying both to compete with Marvel’s huge head start at world-building and to set itself apart from Marvel’s “everything is connected” approach. So they’ve gone the opposite direction, with an interlocking movie continuity in the works while DC’s various TV properties unfold in their own separate realities (with the exception, so far, of The CW’s Arrow and The Flash). But what if we could instead have the best of both worlds? Or, more to the point, the best of infinite worlds?

One of the things that made the DC universe so fun over the years was the notion of the “multiverse” — countless parallel worlds, some dramatically different from the core DC universe of “Earth-1,” while others varied only in the smallest of way. I loved seeing Earth-2’s Justice Society — composed of the older “Golden Age” versions of DC’s heroes — teaming up with Earth-1’s Justice League to take down Earth-3’s Crime Syndicate, and that was one of the least nutty things that the multiverse made possible. So why not apply this multiverse idea to the various DC TV and film projects? DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns even hinted such a thing was possible a while back, and the concept is back in play at DC comics right now thanks to Grant Morrison’s Multiversity event. Honestly, the more I think about this, the more I love the idea. So, let’s break down why the notion of a DC movie/TV multiverse has the potential to be amazing.

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DC TV Series May Take Us Back To One Of Comicdom’s Most Infamous Planets

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KryptonWhile DC has announced ambitious plans to try and catch up with Marvel on the big screen, I continue to find their TV lineup far more entertaining. The CW has expanded the Arrow-verse with The Flash, NBC’s just-debuted Constantine is already generating rumors of potential spinoffs, and both TNT and CBS have DC-based projects in the works (Titans and Supergirl, respectively). And then there’s Fox’s Gotham, a bizarre experiment that has so far yielded decidedly mixed results. But what else should we have expected from a Batman show without Batman? Now it seems we might be getting another prequel-ish series from DC, one that will take us back to one of the most famous fictional planets of all time: Krypton.

Bleeding Cool reports that Man of Steel writer/producer David Goyer, who is one or the architects of DC’s burgeoning movie universe along with director Zack Snyder, is developing a TV series called, simply, Krypton. That’s pretty much the only info they’ve got at this point — there is no mention of where the show might eventually air, or even what the show will be about. Of course, with a name like Krypton, it’s not that hard to hazard a guess. Since Kal-El didn’t exactly spend a whole lot of time on his homeworld, and given that it went kaboom as it made its exit, Krypton would presumably be about Jor-El and Lara before Kal came along, or perhaps Zod and his camp, or maybe even Braniac. Honestly, it could be about anything Krypton-related, but I have to imagine it would hang its narrative hat on characters we’ve actually heard about, and that list of Kryptonians is pretty damn short, especially if you’re not a hardcore comics fan.

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2013 Saturn Award Nominees Include Ender’s Game, Riddick, And More

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GravityBullockAnytime the Academy Awards rolls around, there’s usually an outcry from fans that not enough genre films are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Luckily, this year the movie that has the most nominations is Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, but even if the Academy doesn’t give science fiction the respect it deserves, there are several long-standing and prestigious awards focused specifically on honoring genre material. Last night we posted the Nebula Award nominations, and now the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has announced its nominees for the 40th annual Saturn Awards.

Unsurprisingly, Gravity is a front-runner for the Saturns as well, earning eight nominations including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Supporting Actor for George Clooney, and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. Gravity is tied with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for the most nominations. Some of the other nominees for Best Science Fiction Film are Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Riddick, and Star Trek Into Darkness.

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What Would Happen If Superman Punched You In The Face?

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With the giant success of Man of Steel this past weekend, it’s safe to say that Superman is back in the pop culture limelight in a big way. The climax of the film features an epic showdown between our hero and the film’s villain, General Zod, and the while two Kryptonians do considerable damage to each other, they also destroy a huge portion of Metropolis. It kind of makes you wonder: what would happen if Superman punched you in the face? Watch the above video for the answer.

First of all, Superman would never punch you in the face. He would never use his superpowers to willfully harm an innocent. But let’s say for argument’s sake that he did. Well, YouTube user VSauce3 hypothesized the effects of a super-fist to the face.

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Bill Nye And The MythBusters Ponder How Superman Shaves

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In only a few more weeks, Warner Bros. and DC Comics will release another Superman reboot film with Man of Steel. The movie studio and comic book publisher are going for a darker and grittier look at the Last Son of Krypton. They brought on Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan to produce the new film, while Watchmen director Zack Snyder helmed the iconic superhero movie. A few weeks ago, the Internet almost shutdown because of the excitement over the film’s first trailer, which led to some interesting questions about the Son of Jor-El. For instance, how does Superman shave?

Razor blade manufacturer Gillette has joined forces with Warner Bros. to launch an interesting viral marketing campaign called “How Does He Shave?” Gillette has rounded up some scientific celebrities and geek icons including Bill Nye, Kevin Smith, Mayim Bialik, and MythBusters‘ Adam Savage & Jamie Hyneman to offer up their theories on how Superman shaves his face.

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Back To The Future/Man Of Steel Mash-Up Trailer Is Heavy

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If I were being held at gunpoint right now — and let’s make it a laser gun, just to make it more exciting — and someone asked me to justify there being a mash-up trailer between Man of Steel and Back to the Future, I would appear speechless at first, but right at the last second I would blurt out, “There is a secret society of people whose sole purpose is to inject Back to the Future into every single film trailer, so that people in the future will assume it is some kind of cinematic bible that the citizens of our time followed and worshiped ” And they will ask me the name of this secret group, and I will tell them it is the Church of Robert Zemeckis of Latter-Day Flux Capacitors. And YouTube user TheSynchroCosm is a member.

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