A DC Comics ad image promoting its title Dark Knight Returns:The Golden Child has been taken down from at least one official social media account after China supporters claimed it subtly backed Hong Kong protesters.
The ad in question featured the cover art from the forthcoming book, featuring Batman throwing a Molotov cocktail, which has been a key tool of the Hong Kong activists in their battles with police. It also said, “The future is young,” which aggrieved China supporters saw as a salute to the protester demographics, largely college-age.
The poster was subsequently taken down from Twitter and Instagram by DC Comics. That sparked a counter-protest by those who support the Hong Kong protesters. The controversial cover art will reportedly remain on the book when it is released on Dec. 11.
The poster and title in question are part of a one-shot comic written by Frank Miller and illustrated by artist Rafael Grampá. The storyline focuses on Jonathan Kent, the son of Superman and Wonder Woman.
More sad news on the Coronavirus front as several actors and artists have passed away from the deadly disease sweeping the globe. Actor Jay Benedict died Monday from the disease at age 68. He is best known in the states for roles in 1986's classic sci-fi thriller Aliens and 2012's blockbuster hit The Dark Knight Rises. Overseas he is perhaps best known for his starring role in the U.K. TV series Emmerdale.
The news of Jay Benedict's death was first reported by TCG Artist Management's Kristin Tarry. She has represented the actor for over twenty years. She had this to say about his death on Monday.
'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family.'
Jay Benedict's role in Aliens was greatly expanded in James Cameron's director's cut of the 1986 box office hit. He played Newt's father, with a major scene featuring the actor returned in a later version of the movie. In The Dark Knight Rises he played Rich Twit for director Christopher Nolan. On Emmerdale, he played Doug Hamilton in the series, which has aired in the UK. since 1972. He made his first appearance on the show in the late '90s.
The actor is survived by wife Phoebe Scholfield and their two sons Freddie andLeopold. Friend Pierce Brosnan posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram to the late actor. He had this to say about Jay Benedict.
'My dearest friend Jay Benedict, brother in this life, has passed on... we were friends for so many years, forty years and change. This is a photo taken last May outside the stage door of the Lyric theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue London. Jay and I played brothers in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Filumena... Life was so much fun with Jay, on stage and off, we laughed a lot at the world around us, at our selves, saw the funny side of life always.'
'He was a courageous man of handsome life force, that shone its light in every room he walked into, down every road he traveled, he shared his joyful radiance of kinship with all who knew him, a fine mind of intellect and compassion, he gave of himself in every way to the craft of acting, but above all else, he gave us all his great love of life, himself.'
Vicki Michelle, who co-starred with Benedict on Emmerdale, also had fond words for her friend, which she posted on twitter.
Jay Benedict was also remembered by actor David Menkin, who went onto say, 'Jay Benedict - one of the greats - passed away today. If you work in ADR, dubbing, voiceovers, theatre or film in London, you know why we're heartbroken; a big voice and even bigger personality has left us.' Benedict is the most recent in a list of celebrities, actors and artist who have lost their lives to the deadly virus sweeping across the globe at this time. Patricia Bosworth succumbed to the disease on Thursday at 86. She acted opposite Audrey Hepburn but was perhaps better known for...
No one could say that DC properties have maintained a hold on superhero movie dominance for the last 40 years, but some of the most important films in the genre have been inspired by the likes of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. 1978's Superman: The Movie helped popularize the idea of treating seemingly silly and juvenile comic books seriously. More than a decade later, Tim Burton's 1989 Batman helped create the summer movie season. 16 years would pass between that film and the next feather in DC's cap with Batman Begins resurrecting Batman as a bankable and laudable on-screen character. In 2017, Wonder Woman burst onto screens, standing out as the biggest female-led superhero story of all-time. And in 2019, Joker helped to further the idea established by past best picture nominee Black Panther that comic-inspired stories could, in the right hands, fit in among the very best films. In between all of these standouts are a few hits and a lot of misses. With Birds Of Prey freshly released and news dropping regularly about the next run of Batman films, we thought we'd follow our ranking of MCU movies and update our ranking of the 30 best DC-inspired movies going all the way back to 1966's Adam West starring Batman film.
30. Steel Amazon
The film's mere existence might look like hubris in hindsight, considering the abysmal box office and shared loathing that the film generated among critics and audiences upon its release in 1997 to be fair, it still has scattered defenders, but it's easy to see why Warner Bros. tried to launch a new franchise on the strength of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal's mega-watt energy and charisma. Obviously, it didn't work, but worse crimes against cinema and comic book source material have been committed. Just none on this list.
29. Batman and Robin Amazon
Sometimes you have to hit bottom to go up. Joel Schumacher's second and final Batman film so desecrated the Caped Crusader that the only direction the franchise could have gone was gritty which it did, years later. One note: Four years after writing these anti-quotables, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman won an Oscar for writing A Beautiful Mind.
28. The Return of Swamp Thing Amazon
Believe it or not, there was a time when major Hollywood studios didn't much bother with comic book movies. That's why there were so many cheapies, like the Dolph Lundgren in The Punisher, the Captain America starring J.D. Salinger's son, and the Fantastic Four movie that Roger Corman made with no intention of ever releasing. So it went with Len Wein's plant-dude. Wes Craven made his own low-ish-budget version in 1982 see a couple notches below, but by 1989, the rights had fallen into Z-grade hell, yielding a bargain basement campfest that once haunted cable movie channels.27. Superman IV: The Quest for...