Filter Heroes by Chop Shop

If you are a Photoshop geek then this shirt is a must have! This super awesome mutant hero inspired shirt from Chop Shop will make any CS4 guru salivate. The shirt was designed by Threadless alumni and illustration veteran, Joshua Kemble.

After a bizarre lab experiment, this ordinary studio of designers were transformed into The Filter Heroes! No design project is too high brow to resist the powers of Lens Flare. What client could challenge the combined effects of Crystallize and Emboss!? Their only known weaknesses are large file sizes and molecular solvents.

Filter Heroes is printed on American Apparel Eggplant, Alstyle Charcoal or White in limited sizes and is available now from The Chop Shop for $20. And if you’re into saving (who isn’t) then use the coupon code “cotygun” at checkout for an additional 15% off your entire order!

Filter Heroes by Chop Shop

The Perfect Tee For Comic Con

This tee is called Super Cuts and it has to be the perfect tee for those of you headed to the San Diego Comic Con this year. Now your task is to see if you can figure out who these famous superheroes are from left to right. Ready? Go! See below for answers. You can pick up this tee from J!NX for $17.99 (couple more bucks extra for 2XL-3XL) plus shipping. BTW, these still haven’t changed their shipping policy to Hawaii that I’ve ranted about here.

Super Cuts

Super Cuts

Answer (from left to right): Harvey Dent, Mr. Fantastic, Wonder Woman, Rogue, Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Superman, Prof. Xavier,The Incredible Hulk, Dr. Strange, Storm, Namor.

Threads – A New Threadless iPhone App!

Here’s a great and fun little iPhone app that I just discovered while perusing the Threadless forum boards. Developed by Threadless user Ian Marsh (eeenmachine), Threads allows you to easily browse in-stock designs at Threadless straight from the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Not only can you browse Threadless tees, but you can buy tees directly from within the App (ok, this is a stretch, the app forwards you to the Threadless site via Safari). The app also makes use of the accelerometer – you are shown a different tee design every time you shake the phone while the app.

Even cooler, you can save these beautiful designs directly to your iPhone by tapping on the camera icon. Onc you click the camera icon all onscreen menus disappear and your left just with the design. From there you use the screen capture trick and then images are saved to your photo album and can then be used as Wallpaper for your iPhone! Pretty slick little app, I think! The app itself is snappy and works excellently on my first generation iPhone.

Superman Trilogy Coming?

Now I know that in the past I’ve mentioned that I think Bryan Singer should be allowed to continue the Superman series he started with 2006′s Superman Returns, but, the chances of that happening is looking pretty grim. Out goes Singer’s Man of Steel and in come Millar’s Superman trilogy, possibly. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for Singer continuing what he started, but if Millar were given a chance to reboot or re-invent the franchise I would be all for it. Mark Miller, just in case  you’re not familiar with him, is the man behind Wanted, you know that summer blockbuster with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. Millar actually wrote the original Wanted comics and has done a ton of work within the different comic universes, including the big guns, DC and Marvel. 

In 2003 he wrote the critically acclaimed Superman: Red Sun, the premises of which was built on the question of what would things be like if Superman were raised in the Soviet Union. I wouldn’t care to see Soviet Superman on the big screen, but I do think that Millar has the potential to bring something new to the Superman franchise and in effect re-energize it.

Having said that, MIllar has gone on record in a recent interview with G4 and has said that he already has “plans” to make a Superman trilogy, that would be shot back to back much like the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“I’ve had this plan for like 10 years for a big three-picture Superman thing, like a big Lord of the Rings epic, starting over from scratch again with a seven-hour Superman story. And hopefully release them one year after another,” continued Millar. “If it works out, we’ll have to start shooting next summer.”

Millar has even been reported as saying his vision of Superman is:

“Superman for the 21st Century, keeping everything we adore, but starting from scratch and making the kids love it as much as the 30-somethings.”

So it looks like the Superman saga continues. And let’s not forget, Mark Millar is a writer and not a movie director, so there is a possibility of Singer and Millar working together. The possibility of this happening, especially with Singer’s already existing vision, is slight to zero. But imagine for a moment what a creative combination that would make, much like the Nolan-Goyer combo they’ve got going for the Batman franchise. 

Warner Bros. Please Stick With Routh and Singer

Dear Warner Bros., please don’t do a Superman reboot. Please, stick with Bryan Singer and let him make his sequel. Brandon Routh, in my opinion, made for a great Clark Kent/Superman. You’ve invested millions of dollars in Routh, Singer and in rebooting the Superman franchise the first time around. Do you really want the hassle of doing that all over again? 

Peter Sciretta, writer over at Slashfilm mentioned an article by Variety’s Anne Thompson in which she gives the latest update to the Superman sequel saga. In the article she mentioned that one executive suggested “It might be better to start from scratch.” For goodness sake, why would you want to do this? Hollywood, please stop flip-flopping. Are you jumping on the Hulk reboot bandwagon? Superman Returns can’t even be considered in the same breath as the cinematic monstrosity that we all experienced in 2003. 

Stick with Routh, he has the look. Don’t forget, you scoured the country looking for the right Clark Kent and you found him, or you let Singer find him and you agreed with his decision. Stick with Bryan Singer, we all know that he knows how to make a good flick, especially a comic flick. Look what he did with X-Men and X-Men 2 and then compare that to X-Men 3. Plus, he gets extra kudos for that little movie, remember, The Usual Suspects. Please Warner Bros., please please please. 

And no Peter Sciretta, I don’t think that they should go with Jonathan Nolan. Nor should they hire Christopher Nolan to direct. Th one thing that these guys do pretty damn well is make a great detective flick. Jonathan helped to pen both Memento and The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan directed both Memento and The Dark Knight, as well as Insomnia. All great detective flicks. I know that Superman originated from DC Comics, or as it was previously known, Detective Comics. However, I don’t think that the Nolan style will fit with the Superman mythos. I for one thought that Bryan Singer got it right with Superman Returns, despite the decision of including the super kid, I thought the movie delivered the goods. Stick with Routh. Stick with Singer.

Top 5 Comic Book Movies of All Time

This has been the summer of some very huge blockbusters, many of which were films with comic book origins. Who would have imagined that in 2008 we would see an Iron Man, Hulk and Batman movie all in the same summer.

Here, I break down for you what I think are the top 5 greatest comic book movie adaptations. I’m sure that some of you might argue that the Superman (1978) should have been on the list or that X2 should have made the cut. This is just one man’s opinions.

1) The Dark Knight (2008)

If you didn’t like this movie then you have to either be blind, deaf or both blind and deaf. The Dark Knight is now the movie that all other comic book movies will be compared to. Christopher Nolan was a brilliant choice for director, and the best choice to progress from the previously campier incarnations in the Batman franchise. But let’s not kid ourselves here, Heath Ledger stole the show and churned out the best performance. He was the Joker that we have been waiting for. Forget Jack Nicholson, Jack’s Joker has got nothing on Heath’s Joker.

 

2) Iron Man (2008)

If not for The Dark Knight, Iron Man would have gone down as the best summer 2008 movie. It was everything a comic book movie should be, action packed and filled with smart humor. Robert Downey Jr. portrayed billionaire arms dealer and playboy, Tony Stark, to the tee. Having fought his own demons in real life, Downey was a sure bet for the role. He brought a level of authenticity to the character that I don’t think audiences have seen before in a comic book film.

3) Sin City (2005)

Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City not only broke tradition by having duel directors but by being the first comic book movie (or simply movie for that matter) in recent memory to be shown [mostly] in black and white. Casting was another strong point for Sin City, Bruce Willis as Hartigan made complete sense and having Mickey Rourke as Marv was equivalent to the comic character stepping right out of the pages of the comic book. Much like 300, Sin City stuck to its comic book origins and looked and felt like the graphic novel it was based on.

4) 300 (2006)

More so than any other comic book film, 300 has to be considered the one that stayed most true to its comic origins. I’d say using the actual graphic novel as the storyboards worked out just fine. By filming entirely in green screen, the filmmakers were able to create sceneries that were epic and grandeouos in scale. Extra kudos to the cast for killing themselves in order to achieve the 300 look and feel.

5) Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 is in my opinion the best out of the three films in the Spider-Man franchise. Sam Raimi mixed in the right amount of humor to compliment the web-slinging action. The scene where Peter sings-a-long to Singing In The Rain was such a scene stealer. Doc Ock made for a fantastic villain, and one that the audience could actually sort of feel for. I did not really care for Willem Dafoe but Alfred Molina made for the perfect Otto Octavious. 

How does your top 5 looks?