March 11th, 2009



OK, Fox, look. Let me level with you. I understand you want to hold on to the Fantastic Four license. Marvel could easily cash in on that, if you don't. And I know that Dark Knight movie last year was pretty popular and all. But seriously. If you're going to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise, it does not need to be darker. Seriously. More adult and complex? Sure. You aren't giving audiences enough credit as is. But the Four is all about family, and adventure. Not grim and gritty, well, anything. Keep it simple. And bright. And fun.

The good news is, you've got the origin story boring-ness out of the way, so now you can just roll with things. Go crazy. You've got Mole Man and the Inhumans and the Frightful Four and the Red Ghost (!) just waiting to be used.

Dardevil, hey, knock yourselves out. But keep around Michael Clarke Duncan, he was the best part of the first one.


Migraines, elves, and... Cleveland

* How the crash could reshape America. (Courtesy asimplelife.)
* The face of the crash Cleveland, abandoned.
* It's a start: Obama on signing statements.
* Signs of the times: Americans turning away from organized religion.
* Unexpected side effects: the recession means the end of some major polluters.
* Good read: William Saletan on approaching ethics after the stem cell decision reversal.
* Phil Plait on antiscience pandering.
* Isolating the causes of migraines.
* "Finding the black in noir." (Courtesy... someone.)
* The Explainer on, uh, how to find elves in Iceland. Seriously.