11 Times Science Fiction and Fantasy Gave Us Hope for the Future in 2015

This has been a tough year. Pop culture let us down in many ways, even as our political system and our social institutions revealed a deeper seam of ugliness. But speculative fiction still offers us hope: not just optimism about human ingenuity, but actual reasons to look forward and keep our heads up.

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Will Jared Leto's Joker Be Too Raw And Subversive For Modern Society To Handle?

Wow, we knew from previous reports (“Leto ... sent Margot Robbie [Harley Quinn] a dead rat”) that Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie would be unbelievably edgy and raw, but Twitter users @boring_as_heck and @swarthyvillain got ahead of the film’s promotional cycle yesterday and put…

Batman Is A Corny Dingus, And Superman Should Whomp His Ass

As the title suggests, the upcoming stupid-ass movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature Batman and Superman opposing each other, at least for a while, before they inevitably come together to form what will become the Justice League of America. I do not follow this garbage film franchise, because it is…

Black Widow: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

The arguments over Black Widow have gotten ugly. Last night, Joss Whedon quit Twitter, with an image that pointed the blame at Twitter haters. But there’s a real issue with Black Widow, and her role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it’s worth talking about. It’s worth talking about it like adults.

9 Reasons The Hulk Shouldn't Have His Own Movie (And 1 Why He Should)

Avengers: Age of Ultron contains approximately 1,000 characters that we're excited to see. But the biggest draw is probably still the Incredible Hulk. Ol' Jade Jaws has gotten a lease on life from the Avengers films. But we still have nine reasons why Hulk shouldn't get another solo film. (And one why he should.)

The Tick Has Returned To Save Us From Glum-Superhero Overload

As a superhero junkie, you can spend your days now picking your side in the Civil War. You can start imagining the furniture situation in the Hall of Justice. You may even be really into Shazam. Not I. In a world where not even that terrible Green Lantern movie can kill the next Green Lantern movie, there is only…

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Captain America 2 Is One Of The Best Action Movies I've Ever Seen

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a brilliant action movie, that serves up a huge dose of wish fulfillment along with its bravura fight scenes. The wish fulfillment isn't just being a face-kicking badass and blowing shit up, but the notion that we could all live in Steve Rogers' world, where political conundrums…

The Playboy Interview: Stan Lee on Superheroes, Marvel and Being Just Another Pretty Face

At 91 Stan Lee is what you might call a superhero emeritus. His epic adventures are mostly behind him and his powers are on the wane. (He can't hear or see so well, and a pacemaker regulates his heart.) But the comic-book writer who dreamed up Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four still…