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10 Kickass Female Superheroes Who Need Their Own Movies

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Fans are already kvetching that almost every Avenger but Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow gets their own solo outing, and Marvel isn’t dropping a female-led flick until 2018’s Captain Marvel. DC will hit with Wonder Woman a year earlier, but there are so many female ass-kickers who should already have Hollywood deals. Here are our picks for superheroines who should already have their own movies.

10. She Hulk

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Marvel

We’ve had two Hulk films to date (four if you count the Avengers movies), yet Bruce Banner’s cousin lawyer/superhero Jennifer Walters has yet to turn up on film. (Though a movie was developed for Brigitte Nielsen during the ’90s. Check out the promo photo and be glad it never happened.)


9. Emma Frost

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20th Century Fox

Starting her career as a villainous member of the Hellfire Club, the powerful psychic Emma Frost has been batting (mostly) for the X-Men in recent years. Her powers of manipulation and plunging bustlines would make her a fun anchor for a solo flick outside of the crowded X-Men movies, which don’t give her any time to shine.


8. Cameron Chase

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It’s a stretch to call Cameron Chase a “superhero” – when she debuted in her own DC Comic in 1998, she seemed to be batting for the other team more often than not. As an agent of the Department of Extranormal Operations, her job was to monitor and neutralize supers – both hero and villain – who went over the line. It’s a great premise for a flick – an ordinary woman in a world full of freaks, tasked with taking them down. Hey, if Suicide Squad can be a summer tentpole movie, so can Chase.


7. Street Angel

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Created by the team of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, Street Angel is a surly, homeless 12-year-old girl named Jesse Sanchez who is equally adept at skateboarding and kicking ninja asses. A short film of the series was actually produced in 2008, but it just left us thirsty for more.


6. Amethyst

DC Comics

DC Comics

One of DC’s most unusual concepts, Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld was a 1983 series about a young girl who gets pulled into another dimension to battle for control of a magical realm. Despite its kiddie look, Amethyst was remarkably dark for the time, featuring murder, betrayal and political machinations that would make a sweet-ass movie.


5. Promethea

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Wildstorm/DC

Movies based on Alan Moore comics are usually total stinkers, but who knows? Maybe they’d get it right with Promethea, his wildly ambitious 1999 series about the power of stories that also served as a guided tour through his own mystical cosmology.


4. Squirrel Girl

Marvel

Marvel

The list of Marvel heroes who have defeated Dr. Doom, Thanos and Galactus can fit on a regular-sized Post-It note. That is, unless Squirrel Girl writes her name in big letters. The rodent-controlling part-time nanny has become one of Marvel’s most endearing characters, and a light comedy romp in the Ant-Man style would be a lot of fun.


3. Harley Quinn

Yes, we know that Harley’s going to have a major role in that Hot Topic-looking Suicide Squad thing coming out next summer, but really she deserves her own solo joint first. Quinn’s character has gone through some major evolution since debuting in Batman: The Animated Series, and her current comic book incarnation is a wise-cracking omnisexual opportunist with a heart of gold and an itchy trigger finger.


2. Catwoman

DC Comics

DC Comics

Yes, there was that Halle Berry debacle about killer cosmetics or whatever. And while we enjoyed the character’s portrayal in The Dark Knight Rises, there has yet to be a big screen solo outing for Selina Kyle that captures the character at her crime noir-tinged best. Hopefully DC/Warner Bros’ next wave of films will include a Catwoman film adapting Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke’s run of comics.


1. Ms. Marvel

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Marvel Comics

Yes, Carol Danvers – the original Ms. Marvel, now Captain Marvel – is getting her own movie. But one of the most unlikely hits in the comics world right now is the story of Kamala Khan, a Muslim girl from New Jersey who gets super-powers and “borrows” her favorite heroine’s old name. Kamala is one of the greatest character creations of the 21st century, and she’s building a whole new generation of fans. She certainly deserves her own movie.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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