If the early trailers for Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel traded more on classic Superman visuals — the midwestern farmhouse, the red cape flickering in the wind, our hero gracefully looping the planet — and less on actual plot points, then this newest trailer, likely the last before the film opens on June 14th, trends in the opposite direction, shattering the peace with an ominous ultimatum from the film’s heavy, General Zod (Michael Shannon). Leavened with teasing flashes of Kryptonian tech, superhuman brawling, and heat vision, it reveals a grittier, more physical take on the franchise, with villains and challenges to match (thank you, Christopher Nolan). Of note here are the scale (HUGE) and the speed (FAST), both of which look unprecedented for a Superman film.
Illustrator Jaime Calderón has redesigned popular superheroes using Facebook’s ubiquitous “Like” button. Embedded below are 6 such designs, split equally between characters from D.C. and Marvel. For 6 more examples from the same series, click here.
This would-be video game is little more than a tease — a cruel, pixelated, neon luminescent tease — but there is an epic consolation prize for fans of 2011′s Drive: College and Electric Youth‘s “A Real Hero”, covered with chiptune. (Download it here.)
Typically employed as a comedic sight gag or visual accent for character development, the vanity license plate has a long and rich history in film. Compiled below are 20 examples of the form, along with a simple but challenging quiz.
How many of these ego-fueling alphanumerical strings can you identify?
A. Ghost In The Machine
A. Home Alone
B. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
C. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
3. BAN ONE
B. The Cannonball Run
C. Smokey And The Bandit
4. PSY WGN
A. Kill Bill: Vol 1.
B. Death Proof
C. The Fast And The Furious
A. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
B. Back To The Future
C. Hot Tub Time Machine
Sad news to report: illustrator Sean Hartter has passed at the age of 39. I never met Sean but we connected online over a shared interest in seen-on-screen ephemera. He was the first contributor to a poster contest that I organized last year and his submission brought immediate credibility to the project. We later collaborated on a Batman and Full Metal Jacket mash-up and I was impressed with Sean’s enthusiasm and patience. His work was colorful and wildly creative and it took a multitude of forms: posters, book covers, image hacks, toys, and strange illustrated sketches that communicated a deep love of film, television, and video games. He leaves behind a wife, Allison, and two sons, Griffin and Gabriel; donations to his estate can be made by clicking here.
Embedded below are samples of his work, but you can see more here.
Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers, reimagined here with a classic Nintendo twist. The thought of Tony Stark’s Iron Man mind melding with Samus Aran is mind blowing. Come on, Internet, let’s make this happen…
Artist unknown but we thank them regardless. Via: Dorkly