Category: In Defense Of…

In Defense Of...Star Wars "Anthology" Films

In Defense Of…Star Wars “Anthology” Films

Some are already complaining that Disney’s plans to release a series of one-off STAR WARS films in the years to come may dilute the franchise, but if done right, they may actually enhance it.

Maybe Netflix’s Iron Fist SHOULD Be a White Dude

Maybe Netflix’s Iron Fist SHOULD Be a White Dude

Go with us on this one. What if maybe… Just MAYBE a white guy is the more interesting choice this time? Yes, yes. We’re surprised, too, but this time it just might be true.



Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s plea for more optimistic sci-fi is a far better film than the reviews and box office receipts would have you believe.

In Defense Of...Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS

In Defense Of…Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS

The recently announced revival of the beloved comedy franchise is most definitely a risk, but the all-female core cast is actually one of the most promising things about it.



Tim Burton’s weird and wonderful sequel has arguably aged even better than the original 1989 Batman film and could be one of the best films of his career.

In Defense of "GOTHAM"

In Defense of “GOTHAM”

Fox’s Batmanless Batman show has its share of detractors, but they’re wrong. GOTHAM is a delightful cocktail of comic books and procedurals.

In Defense Of...Edgar Wright's Departure from ANT-MAN

In Defense Of…Edgar Wright’s Departure from ANT-MAN

We were all looking forward to the talented director of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and THE WORLD’S END helming a Marvel movie, but perhaps Edgar Wright’s departure from the Ant-Man movie is the best thing for all the involved parties.

In Defense Of...Physical Media

In Defense Of…Physical Media

Streaming video may be the medium of choice for consuming movies and TV nowadays, but DVDs and Blu-Rays still hold a great deal of value for viewers and collectors.

In Defense of... Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In Defense of… Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Maybe I should start a support group. “Hello, my name is Robert, and I enjoy Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D…”

In Defense Of...2014

In Defense Of…2014

Sure, everyone’s looking forward to all the shiny pop culture coming in 2015, but let’s not take this year’s impressive lineup of movies, comics, and TV for granted.



While this 2005 Keanu Reeves vehicle isn’t the most faithful big screen comic book adaptation, there’s an awful lot to like about it.

In Defense Of... Superman Returns

In Defense Of… Superman Returns

Only one movie in the Superman oeuvre seems to have fandom united against it: ‘Superman Returns’. While regarded as the biggest blight on the Superman film catalog, the film may actually be both an emotional sendoff to a bygone era and a welcoming of the new guard. Learn why inside.

In Defense Of... Ben Affleck as Batman

In Defense Of… Ben Affleck as Batman

Ben Affleck is going to be the next actor to don the cape and cowl in 2015’s Superman/Batman team-up, and you can’t stop it. For those of you who don’t realize that Affleck is the bomb, yo, this should help soothe the butthurt between now & 2015

In Defense Of...Richard Donner's SUPERMAN

In Defense Of…Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN

The first major big-screen adaptation of the legendary Man of Steel doesn’t get a lot of love, but if it weren’t for this 1978 blockbuster, the comic book movie probably wouldn’t exist today.



Frank Cho’s ongoing series featuring Marvel’s diminutive mutant badass has been called silly, derivative, and otherwise insubstantial. I don’t disagree with any of these arguments, but that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t a helluva lot of fun.

In Defense Of... Scott Summers

In Defense Of… Scott Summers

Remember boring old vanilla Cyclops? Somewhere along the way, his balls dropped, and most fans are none-too-happy. We take a look at just what makes the new and improved Cyclops truly unique and – dare I say it – Astonishing!

In Defense of... Street Fighter

In Defense of… Street Fighter

One of the most influential fighting games ever was turned into a horrible film. That doesn’t mean it isn’t entertaining…

In Defense Of... the Daredevil Movie

In Defense Of… the Daredevil Movie

Not every comic book movie is a blockbuster. Even so, fandom at large is unduly cruel to director Mark Steven Johnson’s first foray into superhero films. Sure, Daredevil isn’t perfect, but c’mon, son.

In Defense Of...Immortals

In Defense Of…Immortals

This stylish and admittedly silly cinematic epic was not given much love last Fall, but a recent view on Netflix reveals it to be a lot better than many critics and viewers would lead you to believe.

In Defense Of...Super

In Defense Of…Super

The latest entry in the “realistic costumed vigilante” subgenre was savaged by critics and largely ignored by general audiences when it was first released, but a closer look at SUPER reveals it to be one of the best superhero movies of recent years.

In Defense of... AMC's The Walking Dead

In Defense of… AMC’s The Walking Dead

Not everyone sees eye-to-eye. You might love something that’s reviled by most others. When we at PoP! feel like that, we make an argument In Defense Of… *It’s been a few weeks since the finale, but still… Spoilers ahead, kids* AMC’s The Walking Dead is a certified hit. Even so, there are people online every single […]

In Defense of... Transformers Bot Shots

In Defense of… Transformers Bot Shots

When these tiny toys go into battle, one shall stand, one shall fall. It’s all in the luck of the flip as to who will prevail each time the Bot Shots clash!

In Defense of... The Cable Guy

In Defense of… The Cable Guy

Audiences weren’t prepared for Jim Carrey’s first dark turn on screen. It’s too bad, because they missed a great film.

In Defense Of... Hawkeye

In Defense Of… Hawkeye

It’s been nearly 50 years since Hawkeye’s first appearance in Tales of Suspense #57, but the casual comic fan still looks at him as the silly character in the purple suit. And yet, just beyond the ridiculous costume lies one of the more relatable characters in comics.

In Defense Of... Catwoman #1 and Sexy Female Comic Characters

In Defense Of… Catwoman #1 and Sexy Female Comic Characters

There is a lot of anger and hostility in the comic community, much of it directed at ‘Catwoman #1’ and the perception that certain events depicted in the book are demeaning to women. I am PoP!-Star Mary Staggs. I am a woman, and I disagree.

In Defense of... The Transformers Movies

In Defense of… The Transformers Movies

PoP! EiC Lee Rodriguez paints a bullseye on his admittedly enormous head by defending that which cannot be defended. At least the internet doesn’t thing so. But can half a billion dollars’ worth of moviegoers be wrong?



Does this new series from Starz make Jason Kerouac go BLAARGH!, or will he make an argument In Defense Of…? Honestly, going into this, he’s not sure. Hopefully by the time end of this article, we’ll have figured that one out…

In Defense of... the Star Wars Prequels

In Defense of… the Star Wars Prequels

Sometimes it seems everyone loves to hate the Star Wars prequels. However, there is some good stuff hidden amongst the bad.

In Defense of... Kevin Smith's "Red State" Road Show

In Defense of… Kevin Smith’s “Red State” Road Show

Is Kevin Smith really so wrong by taking his flick on the road and telling the studios they can’t play with it? It’s all in the eye of the beholder, but on PoP! forefather certainly doesn’t think so.

In Defense Of...Ten Best Picture Oscar Nominees

In Defense Of…Ten Best Picture Oscar Nominees

The Academy Awards’ controversial decision to nominate ten movies for Best Picture may not be such a bad idea after all, especially for this year. Here are a few reasons why…

In Defense Of... Speed Racer

In Defense Of… Speed Racer

Haters gonna hate, but me? I’ve got nothing but love for this high octane romp. Pack yourself a picnic basket, climb in the trunk, and let’s take her for a spin, shall we?

In Defense Of...Trade-Waiting

In Defense Of…Trade-Waiting

Delayed gratification is nothing to be afraid of. In many cases, it’s much better to wait for the things you love. Here are a handful of reasons why.

In Defense of...Comics in the 90s

In Defense of…Comics in the 90s

Sometimes things aren’t as bad as they seem. This week I defend comics in the 90s.

In Defense Of...Michael Cera

In Defense Of…Michael Cera

While not the most versatile actor of his generation, the ever-awkward Mr. Cera is good at what he does and deserves a lot more credit.

In Defense of... Kaine

In Defense of… Kaine

He’s one of the only good things to come out of Spider-Man’s Clone Saga.