I suspect that a lot of this is driven by the need to come up with costumes that will look good on screen—and that actors won't balk at wearing. (I remember Jennifer Garner explaining patiently that, yes, Elektra's costume looks cool and sexy in the comics, but she wasn't going to run around in a loin cloth and thong… » 12/19/14 4:28pm Friday 4:28pm

I think you mean "courtier" not "courtesan." Not quite the same thing! :)

(Sorry. Couldn't resist going for the cheap laugh.)

Meanwhile, anyone else remember the old TV mini-series with Burt Lancaster as Moses. He was probably closest to the soft-spoken, down-to-Earth guy you're talking about? » 12/12/14 12:04pm 12/12/14 12:04pm

I haven't seen it in years, but I remember enjoying NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN quite a lot. It was definitely better than OCTOPUSSY and, to my mind, a lot more fun than the original THUNDERBALL. If nothing else, the villains in the remake are a lot more colorful and charismatic than the original versions. Give me Klaus… » 12/11/14 12:35pm 12/11/14 12:35pm

Gotta disagree with "nothing comes of this" business. Did we see the same scene? Iris is obviously going through an emotional wringer in that scene. She's disturbed and confused and doesn't know how to process what Barry is telling her. She doesn't say anything, but it's written all over her face. » 12/10/14 10:47am 12/10/14 10:47am

As much as I love the original Lee/Ditko stuff, Steve Engelhart's run on DOCTOR STRANGE (with art by Frank Brunner or Gene Colan) remains the gold standard for DOCTOR STRANGE as far as I'm concerned. Here's hoping they take some inspiration from that run, even if not a specific storyline.

But, yeah, I also want some… » 12/10/14 9:24am 12/10/14 9:24am

Just off the top of my head, ON STRANGER TIDES by Tim Powers did a great job of combining dark fantasy and swashbuckling pirate adventure. (Never seen the movie version.)

As for mash-ups that didn't quite work, I wish I could recommend THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES (Hammer's first and only kung-fu Dracula… » 12/09/14 1:22pm 12/09/14 1:22pm

Oh, Lord, I remember having this debate with a fellow editor over two decades ago. And, yes, the whole idea is based on dubious proposition that, if not for STAR WARS, we'd be now be drowning in big-budget, sophisticated SF films based on the works of Gene Wolfe, Ursula K. Le Guin, Bruce Sterling, or whomever. Uh-huh,… » 12/09/14 12:17pm 12/09/14 12:17pm