Richard Matheson, one of the most prolific voices in 20th century science fiction, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87. With a career spanning over six decades, Matheson’s presence has been felt in virtually every medium from print to film. He is perhaps best known for the 1954 novel I Am Legend, which was adapted into live-action productions four times, including the 2007 Will Smith film and

Read More...

Man of Steel has changed things. The filmmakers set out to redefine Superman for a new generation and, apparently, they’ve done just that. I’m not here to judge the movie, as CultureMass has already covered it. I’m here to focus on one moment in the film, the most critical moment, that I’m afraid may not only mar this franchise moving forward, but is fairly portentous for the superhero genre at

Read More...

Marvel’s AVENGERS ASSEMBLE in Clip from New Series

Marvel has released a preview of their upcoming animated series Avengers Assemble, which premieres with a special preview on Disney XD later this month.  The series, announced hot on the heels of last year’s Avengers feature film, replaces the previous animated Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  Where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had its roots firmly planted in the history of the comic series that inspired it, Avengers Assemble is a much clearer

Read More...

Big Hero 6 Announced as First Disney/Marvel Animated Project

When the Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, reactions in the fan community were varied in tone, if not intensity.  Speculation both logical and absurd immediately became rampant across the Internet as everyone wondered what this would mean for Marvel’s properties.  Some were thrilled with the prospects of the deal; others felt that this was a death-knell for their beloved characters.  Despite this strange mix of fear and

Read More...