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For all those wondering just how Marvel Studios went from a hopeful newcomer with 2008’s Iron Man to making two of the most successful movies of the year with this summer’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, don’t worry: the University of Baltimore has created a course that might explain that very thing.

Titled “Media Genres: Media Marvels,” the course promises to “examine how Marvel’s series of interconnected films and television shows, plus related media and comic book sources and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth of the ‘hero’s journey,’ offer important insights into modern culture,” according to a press release from the school.

“One thing we’ll do is dive into the impact of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, which proved two things: Mainstream movie audiences are not remotely tired of superhero movies; and Marvel Studios can now release a sci-fi adventure that actually features talking trees and raccoons,” read a statement by Arnold T. Blumberg, who’s teaching the course. “It’s not that they’re getting away with it — they’ve created a universe in which fans completely accept these developments, and they’re ready for even more.”

Blumberg posits that Marvel’s movies provide a fantasy framework for exploring contemporary issues, including “the nature of heroism, the great responsibilities that come with wielding great power [and] our willingness to trade freedom for security,” among others. “We have a generation coming of age with these characters and this completely mapped-out universe. It could be argued that it’s never been done better,” he said.

“Media Genres: Media Marvels” will be offered in the spring 2015 semester, according to the school. Reports of rival studio executives suddenly rushing to enroll are as yet unconfirmed.

via University of Baltimore Announces Course Based Around Marvel Movies – Hollywood Reporter.



As you might have noticed we’re currently doing some upgrades around the Forbidden Panel site. Please bear with us as we work out the bugs over the next few days. We’ve got plenty of big changes and exciting updates planned for the near future. Keep checking back over the next few weeks as we reveal some of these new features and events



Warner Bros. and DC Comics are looking to team with television network TNT for a live-action Teen Titans show, Titans. The “Teen” label is being dropped so that the show can take a more adult approach.

Titans will star Batman’s sidekick Dick Grayson. In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”

Akiva Goldsman (Fringe, I Am Legend) will serve as the writer/executive producer, with Warner Horizon Television producing.

The series hasn’t been officially picked up by TNT yet, so stay tuned to Batman News for all the latest. Does Titan sound like a show that you’d be interested in? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly

via Nightwing to star in new live-action TV show ‘Titans’ – Batman News.


Due to circumstances beyond our control, Forbidden Panel will be postponing the Inland Empire Zombie Beauty Pageant until 2015.  We apologize to all of our fans for this unfortunate turn of events.  But don’t worry, we promise to be back bigger and better in 2015.

Look for us out and about this fall.  We will be participating in several events throughout Southern California.

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Start your San Diego Comic Con adventure off at dinner with your favorite creators, artists and writers from Forbidden Panel.  Friends and Fans are invited to join us  for conversation, dinner, and drinks.  You never know who might show up for this event.

Dinner will be at the Strip Club  ( A Steak House), in the  San Diego Gas Lamp District  at 7:30 pm.  This restaurant is  21 and over, make sure you have your ID with you.


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Having failed to get back the rights to “Fantastic Four” from 20th Century Fox, Marvel has decided it won’t help out Fox in any way in regards to its upcoming “Fantastic Four” cinematic reboot.

Bleeding Cool reports that Marvel is putting all its “Fantastic Four” comic books on hold.

The characters will still be able to make appearances in other comics, but they won’t be the focus. “Fantastic Four” art has also apparently been removed from Marvel offices.

Marvel tried a less aggressive but similar strategy in regards to “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a move that has not exactly been successful considering the reviews and business that film has been doing.

via Marvel Scraps “Fantastic Four” Comics | News | Dark Horizons.



Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all. The cast also includes Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford.

Writer Daniel Cerone (“The Mentalist,” “Dexter”) serves as executive producer with David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). “Constantine” is produced from Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.


Xbox Entertainment announced six committed projects, and programs based on the Deadlands RPG, Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino’s Winterworld, and Warren Ellis’ Gun Machine in development as original programming that will be exclusively available on Microsoft devices, including Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Committed Xbox Entertainment projects include a Halo live action TV series with Steven Spielberg executive producing; a Halo digital feature exec produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker; Humans, an adaptation of Swedish science fiction series Real Humans and several reality-based series.  Halo has the best initial merch prospects, with Dark Horse comics and USAopoly tabletop games among others.

Several of the projects in development are also interesting.  A script based on the Pinnacle Entertainment tabletop roleplaying game Deadlands has been ordered.  There has been some other merch based on the RPG over the past few years, including a board game (Twilight Creations) and comics (Image).

A limited event live-action series based on the Winterworld graphic novel by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino is being co-developed by IDW Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment.  A new comic series from IDW with Dixon writing and Butch Guice art will launch in June.

A pilot script is being written for Gun Machine, based on the hardboiled detective novel by Warren Ellis, with Ellis exec producing with Brett Conrad (Sons of Anarchy), who will also write the script.

Extraordinary Believers, a stop-motion animation series by the creators of Robot Chicken is also in development.

The new Xbox Originals strategy is similar to the exclusive content initiatives of Netflix and Amazon, but is exclusive to particular devices, while Netflix and Amazon are largely device-agnostic.  Xbox Originals will all include interactive features.

via ICv2 – Xbox Announces Originals.

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