“The Human Fly” next Marvel superhero to get movie treatment


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“The Human Fly,” a former Marvel superhero, is going to get the big screen treatment, according to new reports.

Deadline has the news, saying that the proposed indie is not going to be produced by Marvel. Instead, “The Human Fly” will live outside of the Marvel cinematic universe in a world that will be produced by Alan Brewer, James Reach and Eisenberg-Fisher Productions. A script has already been commissioned and will be written by Tony Babinski, an in-house historian for Cirque Du Soleil. If you know a thing or two about the background of “The Human Fly,” then that’s great news.

Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of “The Human Fly” before. He was a fairly under-the-radar character who had a 19-issue run from 1977 to 1979. The comic followed a stuntman who was injured during a car crash and had to get several reconstructive surgeries that replaced much of his body with steel. He later went on to adopt the identity of the Human Fly, and split his time between stopping criminals and performing his stuntwork for charity.

It’s pretty exciting that Babinski is writing the project since he has plenty of knowledge of the world of aerial stunts. Clearly this is something that’s close to his heart, and maybe he’ll get some Cirque choreographers involved so the movie can have great high-flying action as well as a good story.

Will Marvel try to incorporate “The Human Fly” into their cinematic universe one day down the road? Maybe, but it’s not likely. The character frequently teams up with Daredevil and Spider-Man, both of which are properties whose movie rights are owned by other studios. In all likelihood, this indie will exist on its own and not have the weight of an entire franchise of bigger characters on its shoulders. And that’s just fine by us.

Are you excited for a “The Human Fly” movie? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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