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Richard Newby

Richard Newby was a freelance contributor at The Hollywood Reporter, covering genre films and comic books for Heat Vision. He is the recipient of a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for his 2020 feature, “Protest Backlash and the Failings of a Superhero Culture.” His work also appears in Fangoria, Vulture, and The A.V. Club. He is the author of the short story collection, We Make Monsters Here. Newby graduated from The Ohio State University with B.A. in Film Studies and English, and earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Adelphi University.

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20 Godzilla?Monsters, Ranked From Best to Worst

When it comes to the question of which character has the best rogue’s gallery, most people immediately go with Batman or Spider-Man. Some of the more initiated might even go with The Flash. But be encouraged to think bigger, much bigger. Over 59 years, and four eras — Showa, Heisei, Millennium, and Reiwa — Godzilla […]

Why the Age of Marvel Is Not Quite Over

There was a time, not so very long ago, when a new release from Marvel Studios would be a guaranteed hit, regardless of whether the film starred one of the world’s most popular superheroes or introduced audiences to characters few knew. Pundits wondered how long such an interconnected franchise could sustain itself, as the Marvel […]

Insomniac Has Cracked the Code to Spider-Man, But Will Marvel Listen?

Balance. It’s the core theme of Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 for the PlayStation 5, the follow-up game to Spider-Man (2018) and Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020). The game alternates between Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and Mary Jane, each character taking on different missions, both focused on strengthening their communities and protecting NYC from the emergence of threats […]

Where Have All the DC Fans Gone?

It’s been more than a decade since Man of Steel ushered in the DCEU, and 10 years this very week since Ben Affleck was announced to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s cinematic saga. We all know the turmoil that endeavor ultimately resulted in, and the seemingly ceaseless restructuring of DC that followed partially as a […]

Every ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie Ranked, Including ‘Mutant Mayhem’

Who could have guessed that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s small, black-and-white indie comic about anthropomorphic crime-fighting turtles that began as a parody of superhero storytelling would not only be around forty years later but also have the love and investment of several generations of fans? Whether you discovered the Turtles […]

‘Batman’: 41 Most Memorable Quotes From the Superhero

From 1966's film featuring Adam West to 2022's Robert Pattinson starrer, and all the Batmans in between (Michael Keaton! Val Kilmer! George Clooney! Christian Bale!) Ben Affleck!) a look at the most memorable lines of dialogue from each film

It’s the End of DC As We Know It

The dawn of a new DC Universe is upon us, with James Gunn and Peter Safran planning a new slate of film, TV and gaming projects. But before we get there, we have nine months of what feels like the last gasps of the DCEU, which is coming to an end, almost poetically, a decade […]

Marvel Seeks to Focus an Ever-Sprawling Universe with Phase 5

Marvel Studios is entering a rebuilding phase with the Feb. 17 launch of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. After Phase 4 laid the foundation for the multiverse post-Avengers: Endgame and expanded prolifically across film and television, Phase 5 is shaping up to be more narratively focused, and a little more patient with its rollout, as […]

6 Burning Questions About DC Studios’ New Slate

Hope. That’s the feeling most fans were left with following the announcement of Warner Bros. Discovery’s slate for the DCU (DC Universe). Following a decade of inner turmoil over what to do with their largest property, creative conflicts, a revolving door of leadership, the studio finally has a clear path forward with James Gunn and […]

‘M3GAN’ Is a Horror Film for the TikTok Generation

She’s an internet sensation and trend-setter. She’s a four-foot-tall killer with attitude. She’s M3GAN, and for producers James Wan and Jason Blum, she may very well be one of the most important additions to Universal’s library of monsters in recent years. Frankenstein’s monster for the iPad generation has been created, and if her social media […]

The Best Horror Movies of 2022

This year has been frightfully good for horror. As the box office recovers, 2022 continued to make it clear that the thing audiences are guaranteed to show up for, outside of Marvel movies, is horror movies. Some of the year’s biggest success stories, hottest new directors, and studio overhauls emerged from the horror business. From […]

Marvel Has Found an Answer to So-Called “Fatigue”

Marvel Studios is here to ring in another holiday with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. It marks the second of Marvel Studios’ newly minted “Marvel Special Presentation” line, following the release of Michael Giacchino’s Werewolf by Night in October. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, written and directed by James Gunn, once […]