As promised by new EW staffer Geoff Boucher, the magazine’s website is alunching Capetown, a new site dedicated to Hollywood and “Comic-Con culture” — a place for all things superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and horror on film, TV, gaming, comic and novel platforms. They are basically burnishing former LA Times Hero Complex blogger Boucher’s bonafides with the fanboy community. The site launches Monday and in the first week will showcase interviews with Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man 3”), Brad Pitt (“World War Z”) and DC Comics writer Scott Snyder (on the Joker). Boucher, who joined EW after twenty years at the LA Times, will head CapeTown.
Media sites are figuring out that writers with online followings are worth building into media personalities. Oscar expert Dave Karger recently left EW to grow his celebrity cred at Fandango; a while back Mike Ausiello ditched his EW TV blog for TVLine. And Andrew Sullivan, most notably, has left perching at other people’s sites like Time, The Atlantic and The Daily Beast to invest in his own subscriber-based, ad-free site, The Dish. Someday, when he’s big enough, Boucher will be able to do the same thing.
“It’s an amazing time for the entertainment of the fantastic — zombies have brought new life to television, young wizards have reshaped the literary marketplace and, at the movies, superheroes don’t just leap tall buildings they give us a modern mythology. All of it is connected by the passionate fan tribes of today, the ones who cheer for Katniss, Batman, Gandalf and Yoda and are always ready for the next quest and adventure. Now, with CapeTown, all of their heroes share one home address on the internet.”
Also in the works for CapeTown is a film and TV festival in collaboration with the American Cinematheque and the Egyptian Theater. Check out CapeTown here.