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3 of the 12 victims in the Aurora shooting died protecting their ladies

In the movies the Dark Knight does not always save his lady, but in the Aurora theater the story unfolded differently. The male instinct to rescue and protect kicked in the way it does in less complicated superhero tales. At least three of the 12 victims of the shooting died because they were physically protecting the women they came to the movie with. Alex Teves, 24, used his body as a shield to cover his girlfriend. He was shot, and she survived. Matthew Robert McQuinn threw his body in front of his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler. He too was killed, and she was pulled to safety by her brother, Nick Yowler. Jonathan Blunk, 26, pushed his girlfriend, Jansen Young, under a seat. Again, he was killed, and she got out after the shooting was over. Young crawled out and realized she and her boyfriend were alone in the theater, only he was really wet, and she couln’t believe what had happened, so she tried to convince herself that someone must have thrown a water balloon. (Here is Young in one of the saddest Today show videos ever, her trying to match the steady upbeat tones of the format while talking about gruesome stuff: “I think John just took a bullet for me,” she says. “He provided me the opportunity to survive.”)

 

Source: Slate - In the Aurora Theater the Men Protected the Women. What Does that Mean?

 

 

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The new Mark VIII armor for Iron Man 3 is revealed

What kind of armor will Tony Stark wear in Iron Man 3? That question has been answered at Comic-Con International, where the new costume is on display at the Marvel booth.

Here’s Wired senior editor Peter Rubin with an exclusive look at the new armor, as well as a chronological spin through the various power suits donned by Robert Downey Jr. in the hit superhero movies.

The Mark VIII armor:

 

Source: Wired – Exclusive Video: First Look at New Armor From Iron Man 3

Man of Steel – new 2013 Superman movie is an origins story, Christopher Nolan style

If Superman and Batman duked it out, who would win? The question put Man of Steel director Zack Snyder in a tough spot, since The Dark Knight Rises auteur Christopher Nolan is the guy who hired him to make the new Superman movie.

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Snyder and new Superman actor Henry Cavill showed off new Man of Steel footage Saturday that operates on the premise that “this is the first Superman movie,” Snyder said. “We respect the canon and we knew the comic book exists; the movies are their own thing. When we started, we had to act as if no film had been made. We approached it in our head as if we’re making a Superman movie for the first time.”

The clip teased an earnest origins story rooted in the heartland, where young Clark Kent grows up on an American-as-apple-pie farm and displays heroic powers as a child that makes him feel like an outcast. Later, the classic red cape waves heroically in the breeze and Superman soars into the heavens per standard iconography, but there’s also contemporary inflections when Superman mixes it up with military troops that look like they could have been airlifted straight out of Iraq or Afghanistan.

“A lot of times in the past, Superman has been this big blue Boy Scout up on a throne that nobody can really touch.”

 

 

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Five awesome ways they bent physics for ‘The Avengers’

Captain America’s shield
Captain America harnesses the power of “Vibranium,” a metal extracted from a meteorite that crashed in Africa. The shield is capable of absorbing, storing and redirecting kinetic energy, and the material becomes more powerful as more weapons are turned against it. In the movie, Captain America redirects a shot from Iron Man’s repulsor ray into a bunch of Chitauri warriors sneaking up on Iron Man.

“The property that lends Vibranium its remarkable characteristics is its ability to store or channel energy in its atomic structure,” said Suveen Mathaudhu, a program manager in the materials science division of the U.S. Army Research Office.

Scientists have yet to find a material that gets tougher the more it gets knocked around, but battlefield materials are getting increasingly better at dissipating impact energy.

Thor controls lightning
The Norse god Thor is able to summon lightning by wielding Mjolnir, his trusty enchanted hammer. Thor can channel the storm’s fury into devastating energy blasts that can destroy even secondary Adamantium. In real life, companies are tinkering with artificial lightning. Applied Energetics, a company that develops lasers and particle beam systems, has built a lightning gun that can stall cars or defuse roadside bombs.

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New 'Avengers' trailer – a scene-by-scene breakdown of the new footage

Just a few days ago, a new Avengers trailer was released, containing awesome footage:

  • Hulk catching Iron Man in mid-air
  • Three-way fight between Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man.

Pretty exciting if you’re a casual fan (watch the trailer below), but if you can’t get enough…

Then check out these scene-by-scene breakdowns of the new footage – 21 screen captures and descriptions.

Once you’re done with go on to the next dissection of the trailer from October – 22 screen captures and follow-along descriptions.

 

Avengers – trailer 2 – released Feb 29, 2012

 

All of the trailers are easily viewed at the Avengers Facebook page and also check out the prologue (6-minute video) for the Dark Night Rises

New ‘Avengers’ trailer – a scene-by-scene breakdown of the new footage

Just a few days ago, a new Avengers trailer was released, containing awesome footage:

  • Hulk catching Iron Man in mid-air
  • Three-way fight between Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man.

Pretty exciting if you’re a casual fan (watch the trailer below), but if you can’t get enough…

Then check out these scene-by-scene breakdowns of the new footage – 21 screen captures and descriptions.

Once you’re done with go on to the next dissection of the trailer from October – 22 screen captures and follow-along descriptions.

 

Avengers – trailer 2 – released Feb 29, 2012

 

All of the trailers are easily viewed at the Avengers Facebook page and also check out the prologue (6-minute video) for the Dark Night Rises

The best comic book movies of all time – according to the critics

Ranked according to Rotten Tomatoes ratings (see bottom for a full explanation)

 

35. The Adventures of Tintin – 2011 – 74%

34. V for Vendetta – 2006 – 73%

33. The Mask – 1994 – 75%

32. Ghost in the Shell – 1995 – 94%

31. Superman Returns – 2006 – 76%

 

30 – Thor – 2011 – 77%

29 – Batman Returns – 1992 – 78%

28 – Sin City – 2005 – 78%

27 - Captain America: The First Avenger – 2011 – 79%

26 – Hellboy – 2004 – 80%

25 – Flash Gordon – 1980 – 81%

24 – Oldboy – 2005 – 80%

23 – Iron Man 2 – 2010 – 74%

22 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – 2010 – 81%

21 – Batman: The Movie – 1966 – 82%

 

20 – X-Men - 2000 - 81%

19 – Kick-Ass – 2010 – 76%

18 – Road to Perdition – 2002 – 82%

17 – The Crow – 1994 – 83%

16 – Batman Begins – 2005 – 85%

15 – A History of Violence – 2005 – 85%

14 – X-Men: First Class – 2011 – 87%

13 – Akira - 1988 - 88%

12 – Superman 2 - 1980 - 88%

11 – Hellboy 2: The Golden Army - 2008 - 87%

 

10 – X2: X-men United - 2003 - 88%

9 – Spider-Man - 2002 - 89%

8 – Men in Black - 1997 - 91%

7 – Ghost World - 2001 - 92%

6 – Spider-Man 2 - 2004 - 93%

5 – American Splendor - 2003 - 94%

4 – Superman: The Movie - 1978 - 94%

3 – The Dark Knight - 2008 - 93%

2 – Iron Man - 2008 - 94%

1 – Persepolis - 2007 - 97%

 

To celebrate the 2010 Comic-Con, we present to you Comics & Graphic Novels vs. the Critics, an exhaustive countdown that includes movies based on everything from superheroes to graphic novels, from manga to strips from the funny pages, in order of critical approval.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Every movie here originates from a comic book source of some kind, not another medium (we know about the Alien vs. Predator graphic novels, but the movies aren’t based on the comics).
  • Only movies with 20 or more reviews are included (sorry, Fritz the Cat)
  • Weighted formula that takes release year and number of reviews into account
  • Omitted all TV or straight-to-DVD flicks.

via Rotten Tomatoes – 120 best comic movies

 

*Note: I added in 5 new critically acclaimed comic movies that came out after 2010*