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Robot-Kraken Podcast E25: Victor Von Gloom – the FF Review

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Robot-Kraken Podcast Episode 25! Kris and Thom chat about the much maligned 2015 “film” Josh Tank’s FANTASTIC FOUR. Come get some!
For Timestamps and applicable links from this episode will be updated soon, if not later, or possibly never!
ROBOT KRAKEN is a semi regular podcast by two indie artists, Kristopher McClanahan of Deeply Dapper and Thom Chiaramonte of the Third Rail Design Lab. We get together and talk about comics, movies, working the table at comic cons, life in this nerdy wonderland, and whatever mumblings from the deep we come across. You can find out more about us, contact us or follow along our journey atrobot-kraken.com

iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple
Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper


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Review: The Tick [2016]

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Review: The Tick [2016]

The Tick is one of those properties that comes with heavy baggage. It’s a fringe show that’s primarily aimed at the superfans, with hopes of breaching mainstream enough to gain eyeballs, yet those same superfans are rabid about what does and doesn’t constitute true Tick material: the comic? The animated series? The Patrick Warburton series?

When I sat down to watch this new pilot, I came in wary: not because I had expectations, really, but because we’ve seen a few projects over the last few years of this seemingly golden era of comic adaptations that fell apart: Powers, which i’m still slogging through despite it’s peculiar missteps, being the best example for me. Many superfans have cried foul over everything from Preacher on AMC to the Watchmen movie. It’s too different from the material! It’s too similar to the material! But I’m one of those guys that couldn’t care less, as long as its good. I mean, I watch a lot of mediocre genre television, due to circumstance. My lovely wife is addicted to Once Upon a Time, which is a hot mess. I follow Gotham, which is a garbage fire. Somehow these projects seem so mainstream and carefree about their source material that I don’t feel offended by it. But when you get a true comic adaptation that claims to be an inspired project, it can get frustrating, looking at the missed opportunities. I’ll talk about Powers later, probably in the Robot Kraken podcast first, but watching something like this, and even considering limited budgets, you can see where it isn’t the plot or the actors or even the budget that bothers you: it’s a lack of vision and style in the storytelling, and a sense that the train is hurtling along with the engineer dead at the controls.

Which is all to say that what gives me hope about the new Tick series is that it seems purposeful. It’s flawed and awkward thus far, at pilot stage, but using the pilot as a gauge for the tone of the show, I’m going to give it a go.

This version is darker than the madcappery of the Warburton era (he remains a producer)… which I think perfectly captured the tone of the source material. i have a warm spot for that show, despite not having seen all of the episodes. I loved the characters I DID see, and the performances. It felt very Tick. Spoons and hammery everywhere. This Tick, however, feels like a cross between Donnie Darko, Super, and some indie film featuring Paul Dano (think Little Miss Sunshine)… and that’s a very good thing. This Arthur, played by Griffin Newman, is not justa nebbish accountant or whatever, but a dude holed up in an apartment, with serious mental health issues. He was (SPOILERS FROM HERE) as it happens, the famous child whose father was killed when the evil Terror, played brilliantly as usual by Jackie Earl Haley, murdered the entire Fantastic Four analog, the Flag Five. He was the kid on the cover of the magazines with the tragic look on his face that captured a million hearts and never outlived the experience. Despite the world being told that the Terror was killed by the Superman analog, Superian, played by Brendan Hines, Arthur continues to believe the villain lives and has been building a power base in the underworld. We have maps and the classic obsessive detective or serial killer wall of interconnected clues, we have the protagonist venturing out in the middle of the night alone to prove his theory that no one will take seriously, and we have the sudden appearance of a new, magnanimous and manic superhero, The Tick (played earnestly by Peter Serafinowicz, who stole Guardians of the Galaxy, at least in the trailers)/… despite having no previous established record of existence, having impossible powers, and conveniently appearing and disappearing randomly… all as experienced by a character who may be schizophrenic. What better way to explain a character like the Tick, in all of his random lunacy, then establishing as a premise that he may not exist? We’ve seen this many times before, but it’s a great mechanism.

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I like the casting so far, and while the pilot is completely stolen by Haley, I like the darker tone and strange cadence of Serafinowicz’ take on the titular hero. One hurtle for me, I have to admit, is that my brain wants this to be Will Arnett. Maybe it’s his vocal work on Lego Batman, or his generally excellent straight delivery of lunatic characters, but every time Serafinowicz appears, I’m disrupted. I want Arnett. I confess he is doing an excellent job, and I’m intrigued by his delivery, which is actually more complex and weird than either Warburton or Arnett. I just need more adjustment time.

What I like about it is that it takes it’s supers stuff seriously. As much as the fate of the Flag Five in the pilot, or the interview of Superian on a talk show, feels like vintage Garth Ennis, it doesn’t have that cheesy 1990’s-era cosplay feel for the supers characters. They feel fairly ‘realistic’. Superian’s costume is once again strangely low on the dynamism for a Superman analog, but the Terror, the Tick, and Arthur in costume at the end of the pilot, are wearing uniforms that are movie quality. The presentation feels fairly legit. I’m not sure about the weird, scaly appearance of the Tick’s suit, particularly from the rear, but I can dig it just as much as the smooth cartoony vibe of Warburton’s version.

Anyway, it’s a free viewing if you have Amazon Prime, and I encourage you to check it out!


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My Parents Are Totally Evil – 24 August 2016

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For those of you playing at home, this was one of my favorite comics for a long time, and the original run still resonates with me. I’ve long argued it was tailor-made for adaptation. We’ll see if the Hulu series strikes the right chord. The nice thing about this series, setting aside the occasional integration of existing MCU characters, is that it doesn’t REQUIRE canon appaearances from known supers. It establishes a supervillain underworld and these kids fleeing from it. All new characters, freedom to create a unique tone… it would have worked for Netflix equally well. What it wants is that vision, that style that is consistent across episodes. Think House of Cards, Daredevil, even Preacher for the most part. I’m choosing to be optimistic because I can SEEEEE it. And interestingly enough, we JUST SO HAPPEN to have a long-gestating fantasy casting exercise on Robot-Kraken, about which Kris continues to struggle.
http://comicbook.com/2016/08/17/marvel- … tv-series/

Meanwhile, in space:

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ITEM: This is the only one of the recent Empire covers I felt compelled to post, because while I have NOMINALLY tried to avoid reading about Rogue One any further, I get sucked in whenever the droid is involved.
http://geektyrant.com/news/rogue-one-ge … on-krennic

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ITEM: Now THAT’s a good repaint.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/artist-turns-20- … 1785347986

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ITEM: I LOVE interconnections in the continuity of shows. According to Cox, Claire’s cut over the eye in a S02 sequence is a reference to events in the upcoming Luke Cage season, which apparently occurred simultaneously in the timeline. YEE! And look, even if that’s only partly true, like they put little bon mots in here and there as story hooks for other, future content, I’m good with it, because it shows intent. I do that in my TRDL Universe stuff all the time. I plant seeds, and grow them later.
http://geektyrant.com/news/charlie-cox- … ve-noticed

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ITEM: Jared Leto in Blade Runner 2? That actually seems right. He is kind of shiny and weirdly artificial.

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ITEM: I don’t like 90s comics, I don’t like black costume Superman, I don’t like long hair and mullets… and as I said yesterday, I don’t see the internal logic of any of that in the world DC/WB created for Justice League continuity. HOWEVER. This manip is successful, I’ll give it that. Why his facial hair lags behind his head hair, that’s a Kryptonian mystery.
http://geektyrant.com/news/fan-art-show … ice-league

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ITEM: Scurred Parent Warnings for Sausage Party might be even better than the film itself.

“Four items make an anal-vaginal-oral daisy chain, all thrusting wildly as a taco sucks violently on a hotdog.”
http://io9.gizmodo.com/parental-advisor … 1785316082

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ITEM: Fuck Yeah Star Trek is the best Twitter ever for today.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/swear-trek-provi … 1785407896

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ITEM: Oh, the FF film that could have been.

“In addition to Annihilus and the Negative Zone, we had Doctor Doom declaring war against the civilized world, the Mole Man unleashing a 60 foot genetically-engineered monster in downtown Manhattan, a commando raid on the Baxter Foundation, a Saving Private Ryan-style finale pitting our heroes against an army of Doombots in war-torn Latveria, and a post-credit teaser featuring Galactus and the Silver Surfer destroying an entire planet. We had monsters and aliens and Fantasticars and a cute spherical H.E.R.B.I.E. robot that was basically BB-8 two years before BB-8 ever existed. And if you think all of that sounds great…well, yeah, we did, too. The problem was, it would have also been massively, MASSIVELY expensive.”
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-original-pla … 1785344574

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ITEM: The Arrival full trailer gives you more than you want to know, but not enough to spoil the film. But hey, it’s early yet. I’m so stoked on this one. That ship design is EXCELLENT. People mock it, but I see what it really is.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFMo3UJ4B4g

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ITEM: I wasn’t even going to comment on this Zendaya drama, but it just pissed me off too much. If a character is defined by their appearance, then they are shallow and garbage. This goes beyond the tropes of ‘just make them a new character’ that purists, if not outright racists/sexists/etc rely on… we even hit that angle talking about Lex Luthor in BVS. It’s clear that racism drives this whining. Disgusting, and I will have none of it.
http://blog.therealrickeysmiley.com/blo … -spiderman


Finally: Happy birthday to our own DEEPLY DAPPER, Kris, preparing for his next con appearance and trying to resist the urge to build Legos instead…

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Ive Been Drinking With Skeletons – 22 August 2016

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I’m not often envious of Los Angeleans, but hot damn, I’d love to see this LACMA show in person. At one point we were planning on being in LA this month with the kids, but didn’t end up doing so. Check these out, as posted by someone in the Mignola Appreciation Group on FB…

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ITEM: Yes, apparently that De Jesus spin-off is really happening. No Coen involvement, but I like what I see so far, which isn’t hard, I guess. Speaking of hard, check out that synopsis…
http://geektyrant.com/news/first-look-a … ing-places

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ITEM: Peter Dinklage was originally planned to appear in X-Men: Apocatole, as witnessed by this concept art for an ankle bracelet. Things didn’t turn out too well for him, apparently.
http://www.comicbookresources.com/artic … apocalypse

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ITEM: I’m still 3 brand-aware years behind on my Marvel reading, but as we posted about prior, Stark has stepped away and for a little stunt-marketing, a teenage young woman is taking over… something I really like about this: her code name will be Ironheart. I love love LOVE that it isn’t ‘girl’ or ‘woman’ in the name.
http://geektyrant.com/news/marvels-new- … er-details

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ITEM: This was posted on Cavill’s IG page, seemingly encouraging the general expectation of an all black Supersuit, at least initially, on JL. I don’t buy it though. There’s no internal story logic for him to wear a special mourning kit. But whatevs. So much superdetail. SUPERDETAIL!

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ITEM: This is beyond obvious, on the face of it, but then again, you never know when actors will walk away from films or aren’t contracted for multi-film runs, or melt down over the financial arrangements and become replaceable, etc. Or frankly, studios just being dumb about what did and didn’t work in the previous film’s casting vibe. But anyway, Pena is returning for the Ant-Man sequel, so all is right in the world, specifically about Ant-Man stuff anyway.
http://geektyrant.com/news/michael-pena … d-the-wasp

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ITEM: I can’t make heads or tails of the actual origin of a good 50% of this material, but if you love Hans Zimmer and Dark Knight Rises and soundtracks in general, you can download this fan-compiled 6-disc set of music from the film. Some of this is from special editions in different formats, but the rest, who knows. Works for me though.
http://chiefdundee.blogspot.com/2015/09 … score.html

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ITEM: How to ruin a childhood:
http://geektyrant.com/news/horrify-your … 8-fire-pit

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ITEM: I’m holding my breath between now and 2 October, so things could get squirrely.
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/08/22/ … new-photos

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ITEM: These paintings are beautiful and urgent. My favorite detail is the translucency of the water.
http://www.boredpanda.com/mesmerizing-t … ivazovsky/

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ITEM: This Kickstarter was found by Deeply Dapper. I love it 3,333 times. It’s a chunk of change to get everything you see here (about 2 bills) but I have to say, that wagon/trailer is the best ever.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ca … oject_link

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ITEM: I tend to be fascinated by video games, films, comic projects, etc that went well into development before cancellation. Here’s a look at a few additional Lucasarts properties. I’m amused that Lucas vetoed Chewie being the star of his own game.
http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/201 … s-surface/

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ITEM: The ‘desired’ casting talked about for Deadpool 2 includes Kyle Chandler for Cable and Mackenzie Davis for Domino. The former stymies me, but the latter seems reasonable, if younger than I would imagine.
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No Disintegrations – 12 August 2016

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So I’ve watched the new Rogie One trailer about 33 times since last night. I also had a brief chance to watch Mr. Sunday Movies’ video on the trailer, and there was a lot of good stuff there. My favorite thing out of all of it, though, was this scene, at the 5:40 mark, which I assume is from some SW Celebration material (as you can see the mocap in a couple of cuts) where K-2SO is handed a backpack, then dumps it. That’s an Imperial Enforcer droid, goddamiot!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d5O_NUMfAc

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ITEM: buzz begats buzz, and in a very short time I’ve seen scores of sites repeating a rumor that Donald Glover is desired as young Lando. It smells like fantasy casting to me. But it wouldn’t be the worst choice.
http://geektyrant.com/news/donald-glove … calrissian

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ITEM: Seth Rogan would give me a coronary event if this was pulled on me at the stoe, let me admit that right now. I love melons, but hell no.
http://geektyrant.com/news/seth-rogen-h … arty-prank

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Here’s a micro-MMM review for those of you who weren’t there for Ironlung’s bday, which is all of you.

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We saw Suicide Squad, in a packed theater!

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We hydrated for our health.

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We hydrated more, for our health, more.

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On the way out, I found some sweet-as original Chiaramonte artwork on the fridge…

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You misc. art moment!

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NASA exploratory landmate by Brian Sum. DAMN!

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Three amazing sketches by Dan Mora. I really dig the humanoid TMNT…

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Finally, one blessing of a home garden… growing cabbage, pickling it, creating your own stockpile of sauerkraut… and then devouring it at will.

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Robot Kraken Ep 24 – The Sizzlechest – San Diego Comic Con

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Episode 24! Kris and Thom cover all of the news from San Diego Comic Con –  and lose 45 mins or so due to technical glitches.

ROBOT KRAKEN is a semi regular podcast by two indie artists, Kristopher McClanahan of Deeply Dapper and Thom Chiaramonte of the Third Rail Design Lab. We get together and talk about comics, movies, working the table at comic cons, life in this nerdy wonderland, and whatever mumblings from the deep we come across. You can find out more about us, contact us or follow along our journey at robot-kraken.com
iTunes – http://bit.ly/RoboApple
Stream & Download – http://bit.ly/RoboDapper

I Will Not Kill You – 11 Aug 2016

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Well, I’ve been waiting all day for this one. No disappointments, other than that they should have never revealed Vader, period. But hot damn.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frdj1zb9sMY

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Watch carefully for this scene!

Meanwhile, somewhere in space, this is happening:

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ITEM: Brad Kremer just released a digital animated homage to the opening sequence in Akira, and it burns, IT BURNS. With white hot rage that i cannot see a digital or live action version of this film that is this faithful to the imagery and tone that made the original OAV so good.

“This project started many years ago when both Dean and I lived on Tybee Island. I came to Dean with the idea to do a tribute “trailer” to Akira. As a long time fan of the original film he of course loved the idea! As we brainstormed the story that we wanted to explore from the film we settled on focusing primarily on the bike. The Akira bike is one of those iconic symbols that still remains relevant today similar to the Millennium Falcon or Marty McFly’s beat up DeLorean.
Since that first day when Dean and I began this journey we have both moved a number of times. But we always kept the project alive with a lot of late nights (mostly from Dean), re-edits and re-renders, and a lot of discussions about how to improve it. And so, after countless hours of modeling and rendering we are ready to share with you this short tribute to the masterpiece that Katsuhiro Otomo created and shared with us so many years ago. We hope you enjoy!”
https://vimeo.com/178071267

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ITEM: Die Antwoord have taken to IG to accuse David Ayers and his design team of apeing their steez. I think it’s mostly a stretch. But three watches, hey!
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ITEM: Meanwhile, Ayers describes SS as an ‘anarchic punk rock art film’ and states it was never envisioned as an R-rated film, which we know. I can’t help but think he is protesting long and hard that there wasn’t a hellstorm of studio interference after BVS in the editing room, but I also think he’s been savvy ie. anti Trank, and resisting the defensive urge to bite the studio hands that fed him. Which actually isn’t very punk rock… but look, I think when they sign on to these big tentpoles they go in knowing the final product will be a mutation beyond their original vision, and some directors, like Ayers, takes it as part of the game, and considers it behind the curtain business not to be vented about, and others are less prepared, and complain. And I say all this, prior to writing or recording my review of the film, as someone who saw many flaws, or particularly missed opportunities, and especially noticed signs of heavy editing… but still REALLY had fun, so haters gon’ hate, and I appreciate Ayers for standing up for the commercial product he created. Additionally, I like his connections between choice and addiction, though it wasn’t as apparent in the film. PS, he indicated Joker killed Robin, not Harley.
http://geektyrant.com/news/david-ayer-d … -art-movie

Also, also, laughably these dudes are trying to sue because of not enough Joker, etc. I love it. Good luck, kids. It is QUITE apparent they cut a lot of Joker out of it, and not just from Leto’s running commentary, either. The trailer material alone, the narrative… and in fact, as an aside I’ll talk more about later, I LIKE that what they DID leave in paints the Joker/Harley romance as a love affair rather than a perpetual mindfuck of domestic violence.
https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comment … ng_to_sue/

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ITEM: William Gibson was online in this post the other day, answering reader’s questions about T H E F U T U R E. As usual, he amazes me.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/ask-sci-fi-legen … 1784987666

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ITEM: According to scuttlebutt being copied and pasted everywhere, Aquaman’s main villain will be Black Manta. I mean, OF COURSE. Does he HAVE any other villains? I love that head. (thatswhatshe)
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ITEM: Speaking of Aquaman, Momoa is apparently finalizing negotiations on the Crow, over Guinness. Or something. I see self0indulgent hashtags and I stop reading.
http://mashable.com/2016/08/10/aquaman- … w87c0CekqY

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ITEM: This just in, if you have a 3D TV (as I do) and you want every last bonus item (which I don’t) then you have to go get the Blu-Rays AGAIN. Dodge! I haven’t used the true 3D feature in my TV forever…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/sorry-you-have-t … 1785105334

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ITEM: Good news re: Captain Marvel… they are tweaking the backstory to be less like Green Lantern. Bad news re: Captain marvel… there is an origin story PERIOD.
http://geektyrant.com/news/marvel-is-ch … en-lantern

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ITEM: As was reported last week, the Tinkerer is apparently in Spidey: Homecoming, and being played by Michael Cherrus. Now, what just started floating around is that the Shocker makes an appearance. Awkward contemporary name references aside, if true, I do hope it is, as we talked about on the Robot-Kraken Podcast, a matter of multiple villains employed to decoy or work together ehind someone else’s agenda, and not just a pile-on. (“PAWNS jump Queen!”)
http://geektyrant.com/news/michael-cher … homecoming

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New costume alert: spidey deeper in disguise, courtesy of my son.

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ITEM: Your Mignola moment for today: Grim Death, a prose novel coming later this year…

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ITEM: I LOVE what they did with Vader’s cape in this cover art.

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ITEM: Finally, I’m still obsessed with No Man’s Sky, even though I have no intention of playing it. I don’t have that kind of time! I don’t have ANY time. But I love the idea of an open world space exploration game where the planets and their denizens are fractally-generated. So next level.
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games … ExploreCTA

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Lots to know in advance if you plan to dive right in…
http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/ … 77ed482b7f

Because it can get ugly…
http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/11/12429 … ree-ps4-pc

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But hey, good luck looking for that Giant Snake seen in the promo material a few years ago, but yet to have been discovered and documented among all the early release and current users…
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I Heard it Was FOUR Guys – 9 August 2016

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SHIT JUST GOT REAL. I see headbands and arm cuffs!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytkjQvSk2VA

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ITEMS: Suicide Squad related stuff (the review will come soon. Spoiler alert: no it doesn’t suck)

I guess I missed this, but in the dossier of crimes and data about each character, Harley Quinn is credited with killing Robin. HUH!
http://www.thewrap.com/suicide-squad-sa … superhero/

Also, from a list of possible deleted scenes based on previous footage, script notes and the novelization… My favorite:
“Also deleted was a scene where he (Croc) becomes sick at the helicopter escort to Midway City, throws up half-digested pieces of goat, and then eats them again, disgusting the nearby Navy Seals.”
http://geektyrant.com/news/list-of-poss … uch-darker

And lastly, Jared Leto is REALLY proud of his Jokerformance. He keeps telling us.
“I think that I brought so much to the table in every scene, it was probably more about filtering all of the insanity, because I wanted to give a lot of options, and I think there’s probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie.”
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/jared … 201832662/

SO MUCH TO THE TABLE IN EVERY SCENE.

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ITEM: Fanboys take notice. She’s doing her homework and she’s wearing the PJs. Fangirls too, actually.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BIx1TqbBbSE … brielarson

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ITEM: More concept art from X-Men: Apocatole. Yet another better Apocalypse. Though I admit I don’t get the face shield…
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ITEM: Man of Steel 2 is supposedly going into active development. The rumors on this sequel previously included Bizarro, Braniac and Supergirl (that empty pod)… however, give the events of BVS< and given that this film would necessarily happen after Justice league, forcing Superman to share screentime with the introduction of another hero seems less likely.
http://geektyrant.com/news/warner-bros- … evelopment

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ITEM: Fox is apparently negotiating with Carter, Duchovny and Anderson for a new X-Files season, touting the micro-season 04 as a success, which is only partially true. But hey, if it got us more GOOD X-Files, then I’m on board.
http://deadline.com/2016/08/the-x-files … 201800258/

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ITEM: First footage from Arrival… I am SO on board. Even if it does steal the title fromt he best B movie ever made (about the same subject, pretty much)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwqSi_ToNPs

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ITEM: The web-scalloping of these new launchers is pretty trick…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/spider-man-homec … 1784981935

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Everything Youve Cyber-Heard is True – 5 August 2016

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Incorporated looks and feels like one of my 90s pre-cyberpunk fever dreams. I have such high hopes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jDFUwHB0VY

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ITEM: Something I’m hoping to get my lovely wife for her birthday, though I’m doing exploratory research into whether she’d actually wear it.
https://www.mysecretwood.com/collections/our-rings

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ITEM: Best Captain America cosplay ever for today.
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ITEM: Following yesterday’s bit on the different sizes Gojira has had over the years, this awesome post showed original Gojira in contemporary Japan. Love it. So tiny.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-original-god … 1784788817

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ITEM: Looks like Superman… Clark Kent… not bad at all, compared…
https://twitter.com/PRETTYAMAZlNG/statu … wsrc%5Etfw
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I don’t care WHAT plot logic you have, nothing here is acceptable. I blew kombucha out my nose when I saw that DVD tray.
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ITEM: I don’t always love Stan Lee’s schtick, but this response to the David Ayer’s non-controversy is pretty awesome. High road! (Well, in response to a non-controversy in the first place)
https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodfirst … 499283925/

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ITEM: I love some of this new (old) design work for Rogue One. That U-Wing looks completely on-model, in-canon for the period.
http://geektyrant.com/news/new-u-wing-v … -rogue-one

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ITEM: Thousands of people doing White Stripes en masse? SOLID (sounded like a sugarDVD post, I admit. Don’t be too disappointed)
http://boingboing.net/2016/07/29/watch- … es-se.html

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ITEM: Hulk scenes are complete for Ragnarok, which is not news, but hey, that’s a great practical effect there. Somewhere there’s someone whose job included applying nose hair to practical Hulk faces.
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ITEM: More on the behind the scenes hot mess of SS… though I’m still not reading any of this, so it could be a link to Faces of Death Vol. 33…
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … ce=twitter

Here’s an oral history of SS that might appeal to newer fans or Marvel types like me who read SS back in the day but the memory is hazy…
http://www.newsarama.com/30470-the-oral … squad.html

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But turn that frown around in a why so serious way… here’s the Lego version of the trailer, which is glorious:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJe4hiz5WNk

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ITEM: Best webcomic name ever: Webcomic Name. All strips end with ‘uh-oh.’ SPOILER ALERT.
http://webcomicname.tumblr.com/

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ITEM: POWERS has been cancelled after Season 02. I’m still 3 or 4 eps into S01, and I’ve already noted my struggle with it, so maybe they didn’t turn it around effectively in time. Anyway, always disappointing when a genre project fails.
http://geektyrant.com/news/playstations … wo-seasons

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ITEM: The RANSOMIZER ransom note generator. For you!
http://www.ransomizer.com/

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ITEM: More on why ABC passed on Marvel’s Most Wanted, which sounds like the show wasn’t fully baked… it makes me wonder, if they tried multiple times to get this pilot going, why did they keep trying? We lost the two best characters and actors on the show to this spin-off attempt. Pisses me off.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/abc-explains-why … 1784870369

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ITEM: Strangely, I noted David Huddleston passed away, a featured character actor for the Coen Brothers… and then to my surprise, realized he wasn’t the same guy as Charles During… so confused. Both deceased now, anyway. RIP Lebowski and Hudsucker…
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/60162


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I Will Finish What You Started But Not Really – 3 Aug 2016

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Saw this ad pop up in FB last night, and wished it were true. Not only because THESTARWARS but because that was a rad concept art for Vader, which we looked at last year. I’d LOVE to see Kylo Ren in that.

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ITEM: The cast of the Mummy looks solid. S O L I D.

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ITEM: SUPPOOOOOOOOSEDLY Black Widow drops in on Spidey in the new film…
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ITEM: So shortly after that disastrous promo material came out showcasing Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman, actual set photos surfaced that showed he looks a lot more Supermanish than that surreal garbage fire of marketing intern failure suggested. Of course, there’s a lot of strangely inverse-sexist obsession over his ass, but he was a baseball player, so those glutes are quite typical. He looks better than I gave him credit, thankfully. I mean, thankfully, not thankfully, I don’t know, i don’t watch Supergirl… but I want all of these shows to succeed. In any way.

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ITEM: Dig Yondu’s cybermohawk. I love love LOVE it.

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ITEM: I didn’t see Luc Besson’s movie, but the trailer did make me wonder.
According to the AFP, the court’s decision came with a statement that mentioned several undeniable connections. “The heroes of both ‘got into the prison by flying in a glider/space shuttle, had to confront inmates led by a chief with a strange right arm, found hugely important briefcases and met a former sidekick who then dies. And at the end (of both films the heroes) keep secret documents recovered during their mission.’”
http://io9.gizmodo.com/a-french-court-h … 1784526975

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ITEM: Colossal bummer: Adrianne Palicki has joined a Seth McFarlane space comedy. I was hoping that they would fold back into the cast after the SHIELD spin-off died. She was one of the best by a mile.
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ITEM: Yes, Suicide Squad is getting ravaged by critics (though I’ve read some positive headlines from fan-oriented reviewers) and yes, the studio appears to have meddled very heavily in the wake of BVS backlash, to the point of pushing Ayers practically into Josh Trank level defensiveness, but I still intend to love it in just 5 days with my man Lung. Anyway, additionally, apparently my favorite DC villain FUCKING KING SHARK was supposed to be in the role Croc has now. Damn.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/turns-out-killer … 1784574198

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But hey, if you want to read negative stuff, have at it. I’m on black-out. ISH.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/report-warner-br … 1784760580

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ITEM: Is Punisher in the Defenders. COME ON. How could they not use him, one way or another. But as an ally? Or…

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ITEM: Westworld is back on, even more on than the last on, with a release date the first weekend in October, hot damn!
http://io9.gizmodo.com/hbos-westworld-f … 1784579423
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ITEM: The millisecond the images from Matt Damon’s Great Wall film were released, you just KNEW the flood of Green Arrow manips would begin. Processors groaned, and here we are, by Bosslogic again. Meh, just because someone is carrying a bow and is pals with Batfleck…

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ITEM: I love it 33,000x. I wont’ use it, because I dislike divorce…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/from-azathoth-to … 1784619924

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ITEM: here’s a nice collection of concept art from BVS. I really like how the mass of Doomsday here is more kaiju-like.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/gorgeous-concept … 1784643790

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ITEM: This is an awesome scale chart on the different sizes, and style, of Gojira over the years. I never realized how different than earlier domestic design was.
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Speaking of, this review from Japan says the new film is all political talk and hand wringing and very little action. Given that Godzilla movies reflect the zeitgeist of cultural stress in Japan, I thought that was interesting. They went from nuke panic to counterculture/kid subversion to JDF criticism to isolationist tension to… bureaucratic sterility.
http://kotaku.com/godzilla-resurgence-t … 1784509330

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ITEM: So George Lucas apparently requested all pages from the first two issues of Mark Brook’s SW title. Just as an artist and as a consumer who has bought and hung original pages I thought this was incredible.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/it-turns-out-the … 1784714080

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Go check out Kris (Deeplydapper) at the Star Trek convention in Las vegas this week! GO NOW.


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