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We are thrilled to present the second indie film in our new column The 5Ws and How: I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick. We spoke to J Hanna, the writer/director of the lighthearted superhero drama.

I was a Teenaged Superhero Sidekick

Who?
Directed by J Hanna, I was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick is the story of an ex-sidekick finding his way in the world, post superhero life. Produced by Kathy McCurdy, who made this movie a reality… more on that later. Our cast of characters is as diverse as the actors are. Barrett Mitchell plays Kid Dynamic, aka Larry, the ex-sidekick of the title who has to find his way in the world and find out what makes Larry LARRY. Andre Antwan plays The Frog King, the top-of-his-game superhero whose villain girlfriend, Croc Queen, played by Nicol Razon, breaks his heart and sends him down a spiral of pain and sadness. Milena Mortati plays the shrink trying to help Larry navigate his life. Emily Sandifer is Susie, Larry’s current love interest and the leader of an anti-superheros organization. Bill Ferris and Eryn Joslyn round out the cast as Dynamic Man and Electric Maiden, the people from Larry’s past who drove him out of the business.

We have an incredible group of people behind the camera as well. Hasbro toy designer Vanessa Fung did our poster and flashback comic book-style motion graphic sequences. And the talented composer of My Little Pony, Kelly Davidson, created our fabulous score.

What?
Kid Dynamic, sidekick to Dynamic Man, quits the whole superhero racket and struggles with the transition… and with finding himself. His hippy-dippy headshrinker, who insists on outdoor yoga classes during psychoanalysis, helps him find the courage to go for the simpler life he yearns for. What he comes to understand is that life isn’t so simple, with or without the cape.

Basically the story is about finding out what makes you you and how you can come to see that. Seeing the truth in one’s self is a huge theme of the movie.

Where?
This movie takes place in a side reality to our reality. It is a world extremely similar to ours except, Superheroes/Villains/Powered People exist. Everything in this reality factors that in. From product branding, insurance, government employees… everything is affected by the powered entities. Also, LA…. it’s LA. Diverse, fun, sunny, and chock full of an eclectic mix of people, powered or not.

Behind the Scenes I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick

When?
It was made in 2013-2014 by a very dedicated, incredibly talented group of people. It is currently in the festival circuit, having screened at 13 festivals so far, winning awards for Best Comedy at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Best Fantasy Feature at the Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival. We’ve screened at a wide range of festivals/geek cons reaching a diverse group of people. The feedback has been incredible.

Why?
I was on the hunt for my next creative outlet. I was going to do a short film but my producing partner kicked me in the butt and said, “make a feature… now!” So I wrote TSHSK and she and I developed it into the fighting-fit script it became. She and I (mostly she) then recruited the talented folks who helped make the piece that it is.

In the movie itself, the characters are motivated by a need to know themselves. It might sound corny, but everyone is on the hunt, whether they know it or not, to understand their place in the world. The characters stumble and grow and learn something. In the unlikeliest of places sometimes.

How?
Find us on Facebook! Currently we are still festival-ing. We are also on the hunt for the right kind of distribution. So, go to the Facebook page and find out where you can see us next. Know of a festival in your area? DEMAND they screen I was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick and send them our way.

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Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly we have our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and I have to say, he looks fantastic in the role. When they initially announced Eisenberg I was surprised and my first reaction was that it wouldn’t work. But as time has passed, I’ve grown more and more in support of the choice and I think he has the chops (and now the look) to knock it out of the park.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder states that Eisenberg’s Luthor is not “…any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure.” As much as I love Hackman and pushed for Spacey, neither was nearly as brutal, blood thirsty, cunning, or evil as Luthor should be. Both were a mix of real estate mogul and comedic relief. I have high hopes that Snyder will take us far from the theatrical Luthor’s of the past and pull more from the comics.

We already know that the superhero team up/fight will bring together Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), with a strong rumor pointing to us also seeing the Flash (Ezra Miller). That is a lot of heroes for Luthor to deal with, will he have any other DC villains on his side? We are exactly a year before the movie’s release on March 25, 2016, so I have a feeling that we’ll be learning a lot more soon.

How do you feel about the look of Eisenberg’s Luthor? Think he can stack up to past Luthors Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, and Michael Rosenbaum?

I am beyond thrilled to announce our LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray Giveaway! You can take home a Blu-ray copy of this thrilling and hysterical LEGO DC Comics movie. Giveaway details are below, but FIRST lets find out your “LEGO Bizarro Name” with this name generator…

I am… THE PIT-CRUSH-ZARRO-MECCA! What is your LEGO Bizarro Name?

Use the generator to find out and post a comment to this giveaway for your chance to win LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League on Blu-ray! Here are some details on what you’ll be able to take home (the movie’s trailer can be accessed on the above name generator app).

Official Movie Description: Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

As we mentioned above, entering the giveaway is very easy! Just post a comment on this giveaway with your LEGO Bizarro Name. Simple as pie. As always, we have a few extra ways to enter… The second way to enter the giveaway is to head over to Twitter and post MHD’s URL (www.myhollywooddream.com) along with our twitter handle @MyHWoodDream & #JusticeLeague and #BizarroLeague (you can also post this page to Twitter automatically at the bottom of this article and on the name generator app above!). This giveaway will go until March 9th, 2015!

You can get a Third Entry into the giveaway simply by retweeting this tweet…

 

As a bonus (so everyone wins something) we have a free download of this nifty Digital Trading Card Pack…

If you don’t win, you can still see the movie, because it is available NOW on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack + Batzarro LEGO minifigure.

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Action Comics Future End 1

You can’t tell from the above image, but this issue (along with so many others) has a 3D motion cover. The image changes from the left graphic to the right one, etc. It brings me right back to the gimmick covers of the 90s. Anyhow, just in time for September’s third anniversary of DC Comic’s “The New 52” relaunch comes a universe wide tie in to DC’s event series “Futures End”. The series has spotlighted what “The New 52” universe looks like 5 years into the future after a multiverse war has changed the status quo big time.

Action Comics: Futures End #1
Official Description: With the Man of Steel missing, ordinary people around the world start to mysteriously exhibit his strengths and abilities…

The issue comes from DC Comics on September 3rd, 2014 with the cover by Lee Weeks, art by Pascal Alixe, and writing by Sholly Fisch.

Have you been following the weekly “Futures End” series? Excited to see spotlight stories set in the bleak future across titles?


Check out these Superman related trades…

Posted on August 31st, 2014 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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We are very happy to present two exclusive images from the superhero dramedy I Was A Teenage Superhero Sidekick from writer/director J Hanna. The movie focuses on Larry (Barrett Mitchell), the once heroic Kid Dynamic- sidekick for the mighty Dynamic Man, as he adjusts to live outside of the superhero business. From the official description we can tell that things are not going very well.

Kid Dynamic, sidekick to Dynamic Man, quits the whole superhero racket and struggles with the transition…with finding himself. His hippy-dippy headshrinker, who insists on outdoor yoga classes during psychoanalysis, helps him find the courage to go for the simpler life he yearns for. What he comes to understand is that life isn’t so simple, with or without the cape.

The first still image features Barrett Mitchell as the former Kid Dynamic as he deals with some of his “issues”.

TSHSK

This second still image gives us a look at other heroes that populate the world of I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick, with art by Vanessa SinYing Fung.

TSHSK

You can find more information on the movie over on it’s official Facebook page and can get even more details on the movie, it’s cast and crew over on IMDB. The movie stars Barrett Mitchell, Emily Sandifer, Milena Mortati, Andre Antwan, Rashawn E. Vaughn, Eryn Joslyn, and Bill Ferris as Dynamic Man, and was produced by J Hanna and Kathy McCurdy.

 

Superman Issue 24 and 25

Recently we previewed the first two issues of Superman/Wonder Woman and “Villains Month” issues featuring Doomsday and H’el. But don’t I hate DC Comic’s “New 52”? No. I don’t hate it. I just hate how they went about the reboot. I felt like I never got closure for the old DC Comics universe. That years and years of great stories just built to no natural conclusion. That is something I still hate and hope that they one day resolve. After two years I do have to get over it if I want to enjoy Superman in comic form ever again, right?

Superman #24 is the conclusion of “Psi War” and it looks like it is leading directly into a new story about Krypton. How will this compare to the old universe’s “Return to Krypton”? From the cover of issue #25, it looks like we very well may be seeing Jor-El alive in some form or another? Time travel? Alternate universe? I wonder if this would be a good jumping on point for a new “old” reader?

Superman #24Official Description: “Psi War” comes to a shocking conclusion as one of the people closest to Superman becomes a casualty—and then, cometh the Oracle to tell Superman that Krypton lives once more!

Superman #25
Official Description: “KRYPTON RETURNS” concludes! Months before its explosion, Superman finds himself locked in combat against H’El! Can he find a way to save the planet? A most unexpected foe stands in his path: Jor-El! A hero will fall during this epic adventure!

DC Comics publishes issue 24 tomorrow Wednesday October 23rd, and issue 25 hits stands on November 27th.


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Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Superman Wonder Woman Issue 1 and 2

One of the more intriguing aspects of DC Comic’s “New 52” relaunch has been the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman. One of the biggest “missed opportunities” of the DC Universe that started in the 80s was that these two icons never got together. Now we get to see it play out without the bond of “Lois and Clark” in the way. Throwing them together into a new series is an interesting way to explore the relationship, I just hope it is organic and that this title has an effect of the each of their other books. Throwing Doomsday into the mix as a big bad is a fun move. Did you check out Doomsday’s origin as part of “Villain’s Month”?

Superman/Wonder Woman #1
Official Description: Beginning a bold new series that details the relationship between The Man of Steel and the Warrior Princess as rising star writer Charles Soule is joined by fan favorite artist Tony S. Daniel to tell the tale of a romance that will shake the stars themselves. These two super-beings love each other, but not everyone shares their joy. Some fear it, some test it—and some will try to kill for it. Some say love is a battlefield, but where Superman and Wonder Woman are concerned it spells Doomsday!

This issue features an amazing wraparound gatefold cover that opens up to a triptych with Superman and Wonder Woman in the center!

Superman/Wonder Woman #2
Official Description: Whom the gods destroy, first they piss off! Seeking help against Doomsday, Diana turns to her brother Hephaestus for weapons—but a more immediate threat is Apollo and the other gods. They do not approve of Superman as a consort to Diana, and he will have to prove himself in combat!

Issue #1 comes out on October 9th with issue #2 out on November 13, 2013, from DC Comics.

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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