Karl Heitmueller
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Raised in the wilds of Amish Country PA, currently based in Jersey City NJ, writer / illustrator / cartoonist Karl Heitmueller Jr. has been spouting about pop culture and how society relates to it for decades, in print, online and at the bar. He’s not sure whether he’s more passionate about his loves (Superman, Sinatra, Schulz, the Clash, Hitchcock, SCTV) or his hates (Disney, Judd Apatow, Emo rock, Diablo Cody). He’s been published by MTV, Warne

10 Things You May Not Know About Superman 'The Man Of Steel'

6/12/2013 3:03pm EDT
the Man of Steel
With Man of Steel right around the corner, speculation is running high as to just how different—aside from the lack of red shorts—Zack Snyder’s Superman is going to be from what’s come before. How many surprises can there be for a character that’s been in the pop culture spotlight for three quarters of a century?

But one of the reasons the character’s been around so long is that there’s always something new to pull out of that blue sleeve. And even his past contains some things you may not know. Here are ten such little known facts from Superman’s vast history that may well surprise you (u...

For The 'The Avengers' Assembly – Our Top Ten Superhero Movies Of All Time

5/3/2012 9:00am EDT
The Avengers
As the Avengers finally assemble, bringing the biggest superhero movie yet to the big screen, we have to ask: Of all these darn superhero movies, which ones are the best? Luckily, we can also answer that question we just asked ourselves. Let the debate commence!

10) THE SHADOW (1994)

A lot of movies could’ve taken this spot on the list, but for the sake of mixing things up, I’m going with this oft-dismissed adaptation of the classic radio / pulp / comics hero (many will argue he’s not a superhero, but he fits the criteria). Director Russell Mulcahy crafted a moody, stylish art-deco peri...

10 Cartoon Movies That Should Be Made!

7/30/2011 11:00am EDT
Christina Hendricks Jane Jetson?
Following in the footsteps of fellow Saturday morning stalwarts Scooby Doo, Speed Racer, Yogi Bear, Inspector Gadget and many more, the Smurfs at long last make their big screen debut (only a decade or two after most would really care), begging the question: What other classic cartoons could possibly be left for a live action / CGI movie adaptation? Well, lots, actually, but we’re only listing the top ten (along with some cast and director suggestions).

A live version of Hanna-Barbera’s modern space-age family has been bandied about for years, but as with so many cartoon and ...

Summer Superhero Recap: What Worked, What Didn't, What Comes Next

7/25/2011 2:00pm EDT
Summer Superhero Recap 2011
Now that Captain America has slung his mighty shield across the cineplexes, 2011’s summer superhero quadrumvirate—Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Cap—is ripe for a recap: What worked, what didn’t, and most importantly, what comes next? (Oh, and even though they bested all four DC and Marvel characters at the box office, we’re not counting the Transformers or Harry Potter, okay?)


Released: May 6. Worldwide box office to date: ~$444 million. Rotten Tomatoes rating: 6.7/10

Marvel Comics’ God of Thunder kicked off the superhero summer in a film directed by the Shakespeare...

'Smallville' Recap: "Finale"

5/15/2011 5:54pm EDT
lois and clark
SMALLVILLE Recap: 10.21: “Finale”: Previously on Smallville: Knowing the planet Krypton was about to explode, a scientist named Jor-El placed his infant son Kal-El into a rocket ship and sent him to Earth, where he was found by a kindly farm couple in Smallville, Kansas. Jonathan and Martha Kent raised the boy, named Clark, as their own son. As he grew, Clark discovered the Earth’s yellow sun granted him remarkable powers and… what’s that? You know that already? Oh, right. Let’s recap this finale ten years in the making.

In a framing sequence set seven years in the future, Chloe reads a S...

'Smallville' Recap: "Prophecy"

5/7/2011 3:29pm EDT
SMALLVILLE Recap: 10.20: “Prophecy”: The newly promoted Lois Lane is multi-tasking, planning her wedding to Clark Kent and digging into a mysterious series of business closings in Metropolis. Seems that every time “Marionette Ventures” buys a company, its recent owner goes missing.

But Clark has another priority. There’s one last family member who hasn’t been told about the wedding. Clark whooshes Lois to the Fortress of Solitude, where he declares his intention to the artificial intelligence created by his Kryptonian father. Jor-El declares, “If your lives are to be joined, you must both ...

'Smallville' Recap: "Dominion"

4/30/2011 5:07pm EDT
Kneeling before Zod
SMALLVILLE Recap: 10.19: “Dominion”: Lois and Clark are moving into their new Metropolis apartment, where issues of super speed and Lois’ Whitesnake t-shirt pillow are superceded by bad news from Tess. Slade Wilson has been released from the Phantom Zone (where he was unceremoniously sent by the Blur in episode 10.11, “Icarus”). The question is, How?, as only someone from the House of El can use the crystals that confine or release evildoers to Jor-El’s otherworldly prison.

The League convenes at Watchtower, where Oliver hitches a ride with Clark into the Phantom Zone to help him solve th...

'Smallville' Recap: 'Booster'

4/23/2011 2:25pm EDT
SMALLVILLE Recap: 10.18: “Booster”: On their way to work at the Daily Planet, Lois gives Clark lessons on how to improve his new, mild-mannered, glasses-sporting, slumped-shouldered, clumsy persona. If the Blur is going to go public and show his face, then people can’t be noticing that he looks and acts just like Clark Kent.

Just then, a teenager falls in front of an SUV bearing the logo “Kord Industries,” but before the Blur can speed to the rescue, the save is made by a preening toothpaste-ad of a superhero plastered with endorsement patches on his blue and gold costume. Posing for the c...

'Smallville' Recap: 'Kent'

4/16/2011 7:07pm EDT
It’s another late night at the Daily Planet for Lois Lane when Clark comes whooshing in with boxes of Chinese food (direct from Bangkok, where the Blur was helping with some flood cleanup). Going through the mail, Clark finds a pre-wedding present from his mother: the deed to the Kent farm. But is it the gift meant to be a home or a dowry?

Speaking of the farm, a flash of light brings the evil Clark Luthor following his father to our Earth from the alternate dimension (last seen in Episode 10) where the Blur… or rather, Ultraman is the world’s most wanted villain, not its greatest hero. W...

'Smallville' Recap: 'Scion'

3/7/2011 5:14am EST
SMALLVILLE Recap: 10.16: “Scion”: Tess drops by the Kent farm with a surprise for Clark: Alexander. Or, as he is now called, Conner (from Cognitional Neuroplastic Replicant). Tess says that the “rebooted” Conner, who has no memory of his diabolical origin, needs a mentor, and Clark is the perfect candidate. Clark thinks that’s a bad idea, being that Conner is a genetically engineered clone of Lex Luthor. But it turns out that Lex’s DNA is only half the strand: the other half comes from Clark.

Conner, feeling alone and confused by his nascent abilities, doesn’t think that Clark is suitable ...