10 years ago today: ‘Superman Returns’ soared into theaters

Plus: Shakespeare on the top of the singles chart, a ‘Breakfast Club’ reunion, more
10 years ago today: ‘Superman Returns’ soared into theaters
Credit: Warner Bros.

10 years ago, Superman looked a lot different onscreen. Kevin Spacey, not Jesse Eisenberg, was playing Lex Luthor. Kate Bosworth, not Amy Adams, was in the role of Lois Lane. And unknown actor Brandon Routh was starring as the Man of Steel. In retrospect, Superman was headlining a rather bright, campy movie when you look at his 2006 flick next to this year’s grimdark Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Lego Darth Vader, Batman, more minifigs make for amusing art

Lego Darth Vader, Batman, more minifigs make for amusing art
Credit: Samsofy Pardugato

Darth Vader and Yoda playing Elliott and E.T. Magneto dunking Wolverine in a coffee mug. Batman putting up ‘missing’ posters for Robin. These are the situations that Lego minifigs find themselves in when they’re in front of Samsofy Pardugato’s camera.

“I try to take pictures that mixes the extremely big and the microscopic to help the naked eye discover what one can’t see usually,” the French photographer says on his website. He began his career snapping pics of extreme sports but now, “under the influence of geek culture, my artistic approach is now focused around the very appreciated small yellow characters.”

After happening upon Pardugato’s work, I just had to share this discovery. The one with Magneto and Wolverine may be my favorite. 

Check out some of Pardugato’s “Legography” below:

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Exclusive: 'Transformers' just got a huge FEMALE BOT upgrade

Transform The Patriarchy!
Transformers Female Bots
Credit: Hasbro

Ever since the 1980s, Transformers have been a big deal. For a cartoon literally created to sell toys to children, the Autobots and the Decepticons have had a lasting grip on pop culture. But as with many child-oriented properties of the ’80s and ’90s, Transformers was coded as “for boys.” Despite being robots — who surely do not reproduce in the same manner as Earth creatures — the Transformers were male. Lady Transformers were thought to be extinct until Elita One, Chromia, Firestar, Moonracer, Greenlight, and Lancer appeared in a single episode (out of 98) of the cartoon. It wouldn’t be until Arcee was introduced in Transformers: The Movie that most people would become aware female Transformers were even possible.

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Exclusive: ARCHIE #9 writer on making Veronica less of a stuck-up snot

She's like a person now.
ARCHIE #9 preview
Credit: Archie Comics

After a slow burn opening that re-established their iconic characters in their new universe, Archie Comics has finally turned to the meat-and-potatoes of their flagship series. Archie’s relationship with both Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. But while their dynamic might seem familiar on the surface — Archie oscillating between first love Betty and new girlfriend Ronnie — writer Mark Waid is very aware of the pitfalls of a love triangle.

HitFix Harpy spoke with Waid via email about how he’s balancing teen relationship drama with 21st-century sensibilities, as well as got an exclusive peek inside ARCHIE #9, on comic book stands June 22, 2016.

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Never fear, The Flash is here! (To save 'Justice League' from its grimdark self)

Hooray!
The Flash
Credit: Warner Bros.

Let’s not beat around the bush. I’ve been very vocal about my dislike of how Warner Bros. is handling their DC movie universe. With over seven decades of content to pull from, it was exhausting to have everything hinge on the most cynical and jaded part of DC Comics’ history. I like my superheroes to be a little more heroic, like what DC REBIRTH or Max Landis’ SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN are currently doing in the comics.

So when I started reading all the set visits from Justice League, it wasn’t with anything resembling hope. After all, the mere fact that the studio was allowing set visit pieces to go up before the film finished production seemed like a huge red flag. Like a car accident, I wanted to slow down and rubberneck at the damage. Imagine my surprise when I realized at least one character now has me willing to give Warner Bros. my hard-earned dollars: Ezra Miller’s The Flash.

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Wanna see the Batmobile do donuts? You're in luck

Wanna see the Batmobile do donuts? You're in luck

Batman v. Superman wasn’t the monster hit that Warner Bros had hoped for. But one thing it did deliver was an awesome Batmobile. And now fans of the Dark Knight have a chance to see what his car was all about.

Machinima and action sports hero Sal Masekela took the 700 horsepower, combat-ready machine for a spin on a closed course. And the video is awesome.

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Daniel Radcliffe: I'd do another 'Harry Potter' movie

Daniel Radcliffe: I'd do another 'Harry Potter' movie

Never say never again.

While the original Harry Potter movie series is over, the person who played the title character, Daniel Radcliffe, hasn’t hung up his wizarding wand for good.

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ABC announces premiere dates for 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and fall line up

ABC announces premiere dates for 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and fall line up

ABC announced their fall release dates today. For fans of the network, the week starting September 19 is going to be a busy one.

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'Rogue One' director: Fans need to relax about reshoots

'Rogue One' director: Fans need to relax about reshoots

It seems that any time the word “reshoots” is uttered, especially when it comes to anything related to Star Wars, Marvel or DC (see: Suicide Squad), speculation from fans goes into overdrive. They often assume the worst, like the first cut is terrible, the story didn’t work, the acting is bad or certain comic moments didn’t land. But Rogue One director Gareth Edwards just wants everyone to calm down about the additional filming going on with his movie.

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Can ‘Finding Dory’ beat ‘Captain America: Civil War’ at the summer box office?

Plus: Some early predictions about whether Pixar can make more than ‘Rogue One’ this year
Can ‘Finding Dory’ beat ‘Captain America: Civil War’ at the summer box office?
Credit: Disney

Day after day since opening a week ago, Finding Dory has been absolutely dominating the box office and setting record after record.

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