March 27, 2013 | 9:39 a.m.
Superman is turning 75. When Superman first leaped (not flew, mind you) onto the pages of “Action Comics” No. 1 in 1938, the Man of Steel heralded the beginning of the superhero comics genre, paving the way for Batman, Spider-Man and many more spandex-wearing crime fighters. But there is only one Superman. His super-speed, super-strength and a noble devotion to truth, justice and the American way have helped make Superman the most enduring figure in comics, inspiring several landmark portrayals in television, on stage and in film, including the upcoming “Man of Steel,” in theaters June 14. “It’s precisely because we have so many dark heroes (Batman), and fraught ones (Spider-Man), that we’re aching for a big blue Boy Scout who knows right from wrong instinctively, and never wavers from the light or is sidetracked by anxieties,” said Larry Tye, who wrote […]
March 13, 2013 | 1:12 p.m.
Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are back. The teenager-turned-masked-crusader and his foul-mouthed young friend return to the big screen in “Kick-Ass 2” this August. And if the new red-band trailer for the film is any indication, the sequel is going to have just as much over-the-top violence as the first film. “Kick-Ass” raised eyebrows when it was released in 2010 for what some critics said was gratuitous violence, and for the steady stream of profanities uttered by Chloë Grace Moretz, who played the 12-year-old murderous vigilante Hit-Girl. “’Kick-Ass’ is the movie our parents warned us about, the movie you don’t want your children to see,” wrote Times film critic Kenneth Turan. “A highly seductive enterprise that’s equal parts disturbing and enticing, it will leave you speechless because its characters — especially a 12-year-old virtuoso of violence named Hit-Girl — are anything but. The sequel to […]