The Kree to Success – Robots Root 20 Mar 2018

Lots of photos of Brie Larson filming Captain Marvel in her first Kree-based suit, this time with far less bunching and ill-fitment, still pre-CGI enhancement. But man, as it is, pretty neat. Have a go.


Meanwhile, in space:

  • More Cloak and Dagger business from the I’m Not Interested in That department.
  • WHOA. Ridley Scott is in talks to take on my favorite espionage comic, Queen and Country.
  • Scuttlebutt abounds that Tom Cruise is being courted for an elder Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Corps, which is interesting on three levels: a) he’s Tom Cruise and generally very entertaining, 2) Hal Jordon was basically Top Gun, and d) he’s being cast in the older, wiser guy roles despite his efforts to pretend he’s 20.
  • Justice League made less gross than any other DCEU movie. I wouldn’t say that makes it the worst DCEU movie, however. Though I’m not sure how I feel about any of them related to each other.
  • Where the hell is Rick and Morty, you ask?
  • DeWanda Wise is being replaced on Captain Marvel, due to scheduling problems, with Lashana Lynch. Talk about a Win Win!
  • Bosslogic has created an all-Hawkeye Avengers poster. Hilarious.
  • Tag offers a pretty incredible cast. I’m down!

THAT IS ALL. If my plane is consumed by a late-90’s disaster movie style typhoon tonight, let me go out simply with this: peace and bike grease, and I remain Team: Iron Man.

Isle of Take My Money Now – Robots Root 15 Mar 2018

Isle of Dogs, 8 days and counting. CANNOT. BREATHE.

  • Jon Hamm joined Pale Blue Dot with Natalie Portman. I love it!
  • Or… maybe Deadpool 2 reshoots are because people want MORE of all the THINGS!
  • this is Super Monster Wolf and its real. Because Japan.

  • “Beep Bloop Bloam… Goodbye to your home” Another great bad lip reading song for The Star War.
  • Fan reaction to Ghostbusters wasn’t awesome, but Paul Feig has doubled down with Powderkeg.
  • I loved the last round of posters, cribbed though they may have been, but on these, they maintain the great weirdly prescient retro colorscheme, and also the drawn aspect of it… very nice.
  • Perfect looks sufficiently beautiful and unnerving. I’m in.
  • This Mondo series celebrating Batman:the Animated Series is wonderful. My favorite was the Cat and the Claw…
  • Danny Boyle has been officially revealed as the director of the final Daniel Craig-based Bond film… by Danny Boyle.
  • I still crave more info about this Russo + Keannu Reeves superhero project.
  • Here’s some interesting (and awesome) casting on Luke Cage S02 with some direct referencing to the storylines of Punisher, at least in the comics.
  • I will always require more Angela Bassett… though really, I don’t think, in all seriousness, you can top Michael B Jordan.

The Cavalcade of Helmetless Heroes – Robots Root 9 Mar 2018


Herewith, witness the Calvacade of Helmetless Heroes FFS!


Meanwhile, in space, this may be happening:

  • Honest Trailers does He-Man
  • My favorite How to Dad video yet.
  • I kinda like this promo pic for Daredevil S03… done by Joe Q, even. I’ ve always been a fan of lettering pushed into the environment of the piece.
  • I have to agree: if we couldn’t have an actually FORMIDABLE foes in Phasma, at least give her this scene to show her ruthlessness…
  • Now here’s the full trailer for Prospect, which still adorns my desktop as a background screen…
  • Killmonger concept art shows that the final version was the best choice. I still wish he kept the mask on the whole time… it was awesome.
  • More neural net fun, this time with sentence gradients.
  • Again, not a horror fan, but Endless looks pretty interesting. Lovecraftian doomsday cult business. Sure!
  • Dafne Keen is on board the new big budget take on His Dark Materials… I think they are abandoning the Golden Compass released prior…
  • Krysten Ritter says no Defenders S02 was planned, nor does one look likely. Depending on how you felt about S01, your mileage varies on this news…

  • Official confirmation direct from Patty Jenkins of Kristin Wiig joining WW2 as Cheetah. I’m intrigued!
  • Karl Urban confirmed that, as suspected, Alex Garland not only wrote Dredd, but stepped in and directed it once the director was canned.

  • Welp, pre-FX aside, Shazam’s costume does indeed appear to be the classic one, with the ubiquitous fine texture weave I hate so much. The fake muscles are weird, but I like the way they handled the lightning bolt, and the cool nod to the golden age books with those Talky Tawny symbols at the cape. The cape design itself, with the stiff hood, is creating a weird massing to his upper half, something I’ve worried about when designing a similar vibe on some TRDL characters with hoods…
  • Rumors are afoot that Jessica Drew may be brought into Spider-Man 2 as a female lead. I’d be down with it. Super down!
  • Neat: Jon Favreau has been announced as helming a Star Wars live action show, presumably for the new streaming service.
  • Mackenzie Davis from Halt and Catch Fire (and more recently, Blade Runner 2049) may have been tapped for Terminator 6… which bodes well for Terminator 6…
  • Elseworlds may be dead… but Black Label is new, and is basically the same thing. I like that Wonder Woman, if nothing else.
  • I love that Westworld not only embraces their obsessive fan community of conspiracy theorists and plot hypothesizers (like this guy) they are actively involving them/us in S02.
  • Reshoots on Deadpool 2… after bad test screenings… thats not good. As nice as the current pedigree technically is (re: our recent podcast about Atomic Blonde and John Wick 2) I wonder what we lost when Tim Miller left.
  • NEED
  • I remain uninterested in Superman comics, but I think BMB is right: optimism is what sets him apart from other characters, and needs to be the focus. All Star Superman was successful in this way.
  • I am SO DOWN with the Morrison/Quitely New X-Men costumes happening here. FINALLY.
  • Lastly, Lego Pacific Rim sweding! Excellent. I’d rather watch that.


Danger Netflix Streaming Bandwidth Caps – Robots Root 6 Mar 2018

The Lost in Space trailer is looking pretty fresh to this guy. I like how weird this version of the Doctor is, and that the robot appears to be xenobiological… maybe…

Doug Jones is a National Treasure – Robots Root 5 March 2018

Not that this was necessarily the BEST choice (I’ve long given up on what’s right or wrong in these award shows) but what an interesting and cool surprise that Shape of Water took Best Picture and Best Director! A bit of nerd broke through…

Meanwhile, this:

  • What a random poster. Photoshop is sometimes your friend! Sometimes… not. So much dodgy dirt flying around them. HA!
  • Cheetah miiiiiiiiiiight be played by… Kristin Wiig? She can do anything. But SHOULD she?
  • April 22 can’t come soon enough!
  • Prospect looks really cool and retro styled for a sci fi horror project or whatever it is.
  • Cloak and Dagger has a new trailer… looks better than I expected, though still not my bag, maybe.
  • Here’s a Spotify playlist James Gunn put together as shooting music for the first film. Very interesting choices.
  • Here’s some peak Cage, looks like…
  • Looks like Flash has directors signed on officially. That’s a good step forward. Or hyperstep. Something.
  • All this talk about Captain Marvel being an action comedy… my first blush was that they are trying to apply the GoG/Ant-Man/Ragnorok concept to projects that don’t want it… but then again, the emphasis on her being ‘a sassy smartass’ suggest to me more that they wrote her to give zero fucks, which is something I could get behind.
  • “Set during the Italian Shirt Shortage…” Honest Trailers honest trailers about. In an honest trailery way.
  • Good Cthulu, Maya Thurman-Hawke looks like Uma Thurman. Soon she’ll be looking like Uma Thurman in the scary 80s.
  • That one time Schwartzenegger insisted they are preparing to film T6. Oh, I mean, every time.

OK, thanks for reading, my 33% Nation of Fish Banging!

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 40 – One Squib at the Museum [February 2018]

Robot-Kraken Episode 040 – February 2018 “One Squib at the Museum” Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons review and discuss John Wick 2 and Atomic Blonde, as well as the Captain Marvel film and the state of the MCU past, present, and speculative future. Available on itunes and directly streamable or downloadable via this link.

Show Notes:

Sucking the Monkey Segment:
  • Thom: Bulleit Rye
  • Blake: Bulleit Rye (and more than Thom by a country mile)
Planned Plundering:
  • Mute
  • Altered Carbon
  • Jessica Jones, S02
  • Android Dreams
  • Reamde by Neil Stephenson
  • Bright
  • Annihilation
  • Black mirror


ROBOT KRAKEN is a MONTHLY 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

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It Doesnt Look Like Anything To Me – Robots Root 28 February 2018

So, Joss Whedon is out on the Batgirl project… and like Justice League, the reasons stated vs. the reasons behind the reasons, are cause for some speculation. What I find MORE intriguing, however, is the flood of capable, interesting female writers and directors doing open offers to make this project what it actually wants to be… and how DC/WB is  tone-deaf about it. The image above is mine, by the way. Thank you, thank you. Whedon’s original non-script was apparently to be based on a story from the late 60s, the quintessential pre-spine-shattering Batgirl… I would be interested in something a little more like the current comics, frankly.

[Image available as a sweet print by yours truly here.]

Meanwhile, in space:

  • I’m super into Anon, a new film from the director of Gattaca. I love the post-Soviet style and overlays of data. Amanda Seyfried is also killer (so to speak) as a brunette. This could be terrible. But I choose to believe.


  • Polar, an adaptation from a comic from Dark Horse, has been greenlit for Netflix. Spoiler alert: it appears to be the same plot as John Wick 3 will likely be, just with Mads Mikkelsen.
  • Francis Lawrence continues to talk up development on a BSG feature film nodding to both TV series (or both major ones) but going in a more ‘current’ direction… which I take to mean instead of apeing New Hope, it’ll ape whatever’s popular next year. HAR!
  • I appreciated how low-rez R2-D2’s Leia hologram was in Last Jedi, and it did appear to be the original one from New Hope, but I had no idea it was actually rendered more degraded for a 30 years later vibe. I thought it was just the old tech-in-star wars effect from the original film plus the meta old-tech-in modern-film disconnect… kind of meta meta.
  • I see a lot of great cosplays at the shows I do, but man, throw a pro photographer or two at them, and it’s even more impressive
  • Latest in video game interest from the guy who buys them but has no time to play them… Burnout Remastered is coming. LOOOOVE them Burnout games.
  • Which is better: bouquets of donuts, or Pennywise style donut delivery? Why choose!
  • Some interesting interview material about Duncan Jones’ Mute, and how it morphed into a sci-fi film from its original noir underpinnings. I wish it was getting better reviews, but I’m still hot to see it.
  • I admit, I’m surprised: test screenings for Aquaman have rated very well, apparently featuring accomplished action sequences. Of course, almost all of these bug supers films have tested well early on because of the demographic for the pre-screening crowd. Justice League and BVS both tested extremely well, as did Age of Ultron.
  • Expanse S03 trailer is finally up, showing little, but readers have a good sense of the story. It’s a doozy.
  • Never enough Yondu
  • this was disturbing. Not surprising, but great to hear he was able to get help in that critical window, which is not common.
  • Did I talk about Outsider already? If so, disregard or nod in affirmation. If not, it’s a Netflix project involving Jared Leto playing a pilot in the 50s trapped in Japan and entering a Yakuza phase. For fun and profit! Looks amazing, to me.
  • Gemma Chan has been cast in the Captain Marvel film as the Kree spy Minn-Erva (hopefully with a name change somewhere down the line because COME ON)
  • First look at Shazam/Captain Marvel’s costume here. Looks very golden age.
  • Not too often that reshoots involve inserting an entirely new character
  • A heavily unsubstantiated rumor is that Winder Woman 2’s villain will be the Cheetah, played by… Emma Stone. Take that as you will. Where are the photomanips?!
  • The trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2 trailer finally launched. Looks great of course… I admit I wish they weren’t using real app companies… Emoji ruined that forever.
  • Terry Goodkind is a dick.


Bonus: this video game to brief comic adaptation of Peggy Carter as Captain America reminds me of something…


Not the same, but close! And a good seller for me at shows, too…available here, since apparently today I’m just hawkin’ wares…


Luke Stargruber – Robots Root 21 Feb 2018


Watch out for broken space glass! It’s Robots Root!

  • Welp. I think they may be getting my ill-gotten gains.
  • I love this sort of thing: half-remembered Star Wars
  • FINALLY sane minds prevail on those white eyes… Just imagine if the last two Batmen had them…
  • Jock’s Mondo poster for Empire is finally available, and it is as glorious as I hoped. His rejected piece is just as good.
  • As a kid that played Lazer Tag, among other games like it, I really like the concept applied to Harry Potter wands.
  • New Legion season starts in March. This is both hot and terrifying. As usual. Aubrey Plaza.
  • Danny Boyle directing Bond? Well. Possibly a good thing. Not as good as a Nolan version though, surely.
  • The teaser for the new Netflix series reboot for Lost in Space looks like a reimagining and a completely different direction, and I quite like it. Great cast too. Design work looks solid so far. CANT WAIT TO SEE THE BOT.

  • According to the production crew, this is a close reference on the film version of Shazam/Captain Marvel’s costume.
  • I still have no faith in the Krypton series, but how sad is it that their version of Braniac looks better formed and designed than any villain in the DCEU?

That’s all for now. Back to the ventilation system…

An Elaborate Cat Food Dinner with my Friend – Robots Root 16 Feb 2018

This, from those Skynets that brought you the Predictive Text Harry Potter chapter… ST:TNG via Predictive Text AI. Read the whole thing. It’s amazing.

Meanwhile, in space:

That’s it for this guy. Off to get Mexican…

Expanse S03 Updates – Robots Root


SPOILERS for Expanse:

Having just finished the latest Expanse Novel, Persepolis Rising, I’m hot under the collar for Expanse S03 to be released later this year on the SyFy channel. The first two seasons did an excellent job of resolving elements of the early novels, and I can’t wait to see how they respond to the significantly more dynamic events in the later ones. Some casting updates so far:

Anna Hopkins – I’m guessing as Monica, the earther journalist…

Nadine Nicole – strong guess this is Clarissa Mao… though my feeling is they could have just reused  as the two sisters are supposed to look so much alike the newsfeeds confused them. German and Filipino descent.

Faivre is of Thai descent, raised in France. So-so similarity in appearance.

Elizabeth Mitchell is on board and I’m guessing it’s Anna, the minister aboard the Behemoth/Nauvoo

Finally, the most interesting, David Strathairn… hm. Ashford, perhaps?


Moving on to some root for the people:

  • Hannah Simone has been cast in a remake I’m finally interested in: Real American Hero, where the main character is both female and of color. Excellent. Also, she’s rad.
  • Tim Miller and Brian Michael Bendis are apparently collaborating on a Kitty Pryde solo film which may, as per the project code name, reference the infamous Kitty solo issue of Uncanny X-Men, set in a Christmas + Alien setting. I’m intrigued that BMB can do this while under contract with DC now…
  • This may seem like a reactionary article, but it was noted in an interview that a Han Solo project was underway under Lucas prior to the Lucasfilm sale… most pushback on these side projects is predicated on the idea that Disney is strip-mining Lucas’ legacy. Doesn’t make it good or bad, just a thing that was happening before the thing that is happening.
  • Again, they LEARN NOTHING while allowing these bots to LEARN EVERYTHING.
  • BRB
  • Sad to read Johann Johannsson passed away recently. His soundtrack work, particularly for Arrival, was excellent and a nearly-daily listen for me.
  • All the reasons David Banner flipped out in the Hulk series. They’re good. “Wandering around inside a carnival funhouse, only to have someone turn on the machinery so that David is somehow caught in a rolling tumbler and flipped over a few times and then thrown down a convenient slide” is just one of them…
  • I want Batman NINJA now, pls.
  • Interesting film adaptation of The Kitchen from Vertigo is in the works.
  • This is pushing all my buttons: A Cobra Rattler converted to a viable R/C!
  • This was a thing. Unbelievable. I want to see this in a Hellboy film or something.
  • How The Last Jedi should have ended. Waited for this!
  • What’s this? Obi Wan films filming in Belfast? Hmmmm?
  • Paul Inglis is joining Star Wars IX… this was the awesome art director for Blade Runner.

Don’t know why this exists, but it does, apparently. Makes a great Valentines Gift…