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Tactical Combat Hair – Robots Root 31 July 2017

Well, the unfortunately named Zazie Beetz sure looks great as Domino… and this promo image was a clever callback to the first film’s promos… there are a few head shots of her tonight floating around as well. The domino white oval situation is actually kind of interestingly designed, asymmetric…

Meanwhile, I tole you:

Robots Root!

  • I like the carbon fibery one a bit. I mean, I think I like that more than the ‘tactical armor’ they went with, though I do like the film version’s bonus goggles.
  • Internet: X-Men reboots planned! Alien reboots planned! Terminator reboots planned! Me: sob
  • Kind of one of those linkbaity interviews where they asked Hayley Atwell if she’d prefer to be doing movies with marvel as Peggy Carter vs. you know, NOT. And of course she would. As would I. Prefer her, not me. Ugh. It’s late.
  • No narrator for Blade Runner 2049. Praise be, they all said.
  • Mahershala Ali finally just confirmed his True Detective inclusion, thus confirming what I will be doing when it airs.
  • First that, and now this. Yep, we are doomed.
  • Runaways will be bite sized, accessible, and not ignore the MCU. I’m cool with all of that.
  • This whole situation is why massive online gaming exists. It is PEAK NERD and I love it so much.
  • What’s this? Hans [I buy everything he does] Zimmer is taking over the Blade Runner soundtrack? YES PLS.

 

OK, that’s all for tonight. Tomorrow, very very very likely, a TRDL news item to be announced.

Whose Soul Is This – Robots Root 28 July 2017

Let me just quickly say that the latest episode of Preacher was devastating. I don’t recall if this Cassidy detail was in the comic, but it was beautiful and tragic and so well done. Gilgun is owning this show. Moving on…

Robot’s Root!

  • Disenchantment, a new animated series from Matt Groening, is coming… at some point… and will be excellent. Postmodern, adult fantasy. I’ll take it!
  • Suburbicon is George Clooney doing his best Coen Brothers impression, but I’m fine with that.
  • This posits that Villenueve is on the shortlist for the next Bond film. While I loved the speculative rumor about Nolan taking on a future version of the franchise, I’d be very interested in a Villenueve version as well.
  • Here’s that infamous suit, which you can, and surely should, own today!
  • The latest in Deadwood non-news: now the script is in, and is excellent, and HBO… just needs to… get all cast together, get a budget worked out… you know, little things.
  • Everything you wanted to know about Batman’s ‘tactical suit’ in JL… including floating armor plates that don’t do anything, and straps to nowhere! It’s not that I don’t like it. It has strengths, too. But still, some odd choices.
  • Spencer Wilding has been discovered working on Han Solo. WHAT DOES IT MEAN.
  • Apparently, the next Arrested Development season will be a whodonit about the murder of Lucille. What a great concept.
  • Still struggle with all the humanoid, smooth armored new Jaegers, but the promo from SDCC looks pretty OK.
  • This is NOT the publicity that WB wanted for JL… sort of like all the other publicity they didn’t want. I love all the Cesar Romero Joker images on Twitter this week…
  • Having flown all week, I’ve been thinking a fair amount about this boondoggle after SDCC, in which United claimed travelers couldn’t check comics, and blamed the TSA, which turned it back around on United again. Can you imagine how upset those congoers must have been? I can.
  • “She’s a robocop with a weird robo-walk with a weakness for being snuck up on by dudes with tasers!” Honest Trailer for GitS. I love it.

Blame it on SKRULLS! – Robots Root 25 July 2017

It’s gonna be raining SKRULLS IN PLAID soon enough, cousins! Onward… into Robot’s Root:

  • Lots of #SDCC material we haven’t talked about or did so piecemeal, so here:
    • Gifted trailer (fox) – not optimistic, though I do generally prefer Jamie Chung over no Jamie Chung. As much as I love references between films or between TV and film series that show connections in the story, it’s fraught with challenge and often doesn’t work (or goes in one direction only, awkwardly)… so I give them a little bit of credit for making Gifted it’s own continuity, and not sharing with Legion or the films. That said, it’s fraught with mainstream viewer confusion and seems like a matter of time before James Marsten or whomever will show up on one of these shows anyway… that’s a bad example I guess, being a recast victim.
    • New Defenders trailer, with slightly more cohesion. I’m 100% on board. Doubly so, now that they’ve announced a new showrunner for Iron Fist S-2. Granted it’s the guy who brought you the Elektra film, but still. Also, Misty Knight added, so there’s that.
    • Stranger Things S02 trailer completely owned my attention.
    • Talk about coming from behind, so to speak: Star Trek Discovery is looking sharp!
    • Westworld S02 trailer here, which I didn’t watch, because please please please blackout.
    • I saw Spidey with my man Lung the other night, and during the same tired Justice League trailer he turned to me, fueled by some tequila, to be fair, and announced the JL film was going to “kick ass”… I have been far less optimistic just from the monotony of the early trailer images of the dark mucky muck fighting environment and the blah generic dark mucky muck Parademons, and my personal grievance, the horribly written ‘You… me… the others…’ followed by WW asking again about ‘the others’… UGH UGH UUUUUUGH. That said, new trailer brings the hope back, doesn’t it? Plus, news of Flash now being a Flashpoint storyline is encouraging too. I love multiverse stuff. Speaking of, Steppenwolf in the new trailer says a few choice things: he mentions Lanterns… and he says THIS world will fall, like all the others. More multiverse business!

    • And the Alex Ross references are DOOOPE. Meanwhile, the buzz on the supernet is about how Henry Caville’s MI6 mustache is causing much digital post-editing of reshoot material on Whedon’s JL-fixery. Setting aside the fact that this sort of thing isn’t as uncommon as people seem to think, I was amused by a tweet by McQuarry, hard at work on MI6, that basically said that if they had to add a fake mustache to Cavill on MI6 it would need to be held on by staples. Funny, not just because it sidesteps that they could be adding it digitally just as easily (but shouldn’t as it’s their time and contract now, for Cavill, not JL) but because it’s a clever way of reminding people that the MI films are all action and will be fun and kinetic. Good move!
    • So Captain Marvel will be set in the 90s and feature the Skrulls. I’m really, REALLY, enthused about this. Different time period, use of my favorite Marvel alien race, just ripe for drama and betrayal, etc… all the interesting things we get design-wise by going early 90s… I mean, I’m thrilled. Now, how to shunt Carol to the modern era afterward? We aren’t going to be burying Brie Larson’s radiance in makeup… already did that, and understandably so, with Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.  As for how Marvel is playing in the FF toolbox, remember, all sorts of things have been cooking behind the scenes between Disney Marvel and Sony Marvel and Fox Marvel… here’s concept art, which is quite reassuring, costume-wise.
    • Probably the most exciting material that has been officially released from the show (ie. not Infinity War mumble grumble) is the new Ragnarok trailer, which causes aneurysms of yeee. The idea that a lot of this film was improvised (and not in an IM1 way) despite Disney scrutiny makes me very happy. That’s what you hire Waititi for. I’m looking at YOU, Star Wars Disney.
  • I do like the cinematic Spidey suit a LOT. I’m much less enthused about what people are calling the Iron Spidey but is really just Limited Edition Gold Foil Variant Spidey from Infinity Wars. I wish we were getting the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ concept suit instead.
  • Here’s some generally underwhelming Ant-Man and Wasp poster art. I’m surprised. Meanwhile, Michelle Pfeiffer joins as Janet Van Dyne? Interesting pairing with Michael Douglas. Bring on the de-aging FX!
  • I’m really interested in Ed Piskor’s experimental X-Men project. First, his Hip-Hop Family Tree series was and is amazing. But beyond that, I guess I have a personal interest in the ‘grand summary’ concept of distilling a metric ton of continuity into a single story. I’ve loved mini-series or other projects that poke into different periods in ‘original continuity’ Marvel* and on a highly specific, and self-promoting note, it’s essentially what I’m doing with the TRDL Universe: there’s a huge amount of content in the timeline for this world, described in the sourcebooks… I could never illustrate it all… but I CAN illustrate snapshots in the timeline, weaving a common thread between them, which is what we have cooking. Anyway, I’m stoked on the project.

 

*I say ‘original continuity’ because all the callbacks seem to be written by writers like me who are my age and have been reading since I have, and are going back to the pre-retcon era of Marvel, ie. prior to the relaunches and rewrites and universe redefinitioning that Marvel succumbed to, the way DC had since the 80s… to me it’s everything from the 60s to the very early 90s, and then more or less into the early 2000s, after which Marvel continuity ate itself, orobouros style. Admittedly, we’ve played fast and loose with continuity from the golden age… but I mean, I don’t even know how time WORKS at Marvel anymore. Even beyond the multiversing and universe rewriting and dimensional folding and all this, and even beyond largely ignoring the lack of aging of many characters and the fix of truncating time so that events in the 60s happened ‘a few years ago’ in current continuity, etc I bristle when we see a retelling of early stories, set in continuity, where people are using cell phones and modern affectations… I get that it’s a paradox, that we can’t let the X-Men be birthed in the 60s while at the same time not have the original X-Men be in their late 60s/early 70s… but I guess for me, that’s what I WANT to see. Aged heroes, young next gen people picking up the costumes, etc. One of the most interesting things in Marvel continuity has been when Steve Rogers would lose the serum and be suddenly a senior (with abs)… and recently, with Old Man Logan shunted into main continuity, same deal. But comics are written, traditionally for tweens and teens in a three year looping window of attention span, and I get that. Anyway.

PRAY TO ME! – Robots Root 21 July 2017

I’m running out of space on my neck for all the Mondo poster recreation tattoos I need to do.

Robot’s Root!

  • To hell with the Blu-Ray. I don’t do the medias! But give me that ARM. This is how it starts… at least at one point in one of the timelines…
  • The Shape of Water looks like a whimsical cross between Del Toto’s Hellboy work (I mean, Abe Sapien, COME ON) and some sort of Coen Brothers fever dream.
  • This Rick and Morty S03 trailer requires a psych evaluation before viewing.
  • I am, unfortunately, a product of the target market.
  • Unlocked is my kind of jam! However, this oversharing trailer is not.
  • NIGHTMARE FUEL for nightmares that nightmares themselves have.
  • Continuing my theme of being optimistic about ST: Discovery, I love this retro tech. LOVE IOT. The costuming and design work for the Klingons is excellent.
  • Walter Goggins in an undisclosed role in Ant-Man and Wasp? I’m so in… I’m like OVER IN.
  • I know it’s profound and everything… but just look at how gorgeous they are.
  • I lasted three hot minutes in my attempt to not watch the second Kingsman 2 trailer… man I cannot WAIT.
  • Star Wars, but with Owen Wilson’s ‘WOW’ as the light saber sound FX. Brilliant and mesmerizing.
  • The weirdest things from these SDCC views of the Justice League costumes: the fact that the mannequins are shaped, posed, and detailed about 3% as well as the Hot Toys stuff, and that Flash’s hodgepodge is held together with arbitrary flex cabling.
  • This move to shove Shazam out the door before Marvel’s Captain Marvel film is both a little bit ballsy and also pure DC/WB at this point. No script, just an awkward live statement in a Kevin Smith interview.
  • Best ad for GOG2 Blu-Ray ever. EVER.
  • This Defenders promo is composited strangely, hampered by misplaced nostalgia and awkward narration by Stan Lee that doesn’t fit the tone of the Netflix shows… but the core concept of damaged, human heroes IS a Stan Lee base concept, and we DO get a shot of the Punisher, admittedly with a bad haircut.
  • Inhumans is getting worse instead of better. I’m struggling to be optimistic.
  • A recurring theme with the non-Marvel supers films that always bothers me: scheduling them, attaching creators, generating hype… all before a script. Sure, a number of the Marvel films had poor or missing shooting scripts, but especially early on, and they weren’t presented as empty tins with zoomy labels like this. Here we have the Venom people talking about what they plan to do, not about a script in place. That’s just fundamentally wrong.

  • Best Batman Black and White statue ever, courtesy of Becky Clooney, who first got to see it in people’s snaps from the con.
  • And here’s something interesting: Doctor Doom solo film, developed by Crawley and involving Dan Stevens? WOW.

Lastly, Kris and I began our second annual weekly-ish Game of Toles commentary last night, and it’s available today. I’ll post a formal thing about it later tonight, but here’s the itunes link: http://bit.ly/RoboApple

 

Its a Wrap – Robots Root 18 July 2017

The making-of teaser released for the Last Jedi the other day was really fun. Of course, my favorite moment was at the end…

Well that’s just, like, your opinion, man… it’s Robot’s Root!

  • This is EVERYTHING.
  • I continue to hold out hope for this project, for nostalgic, formative childhood reasons: James Wan may be out, but Robotech landed a new director, of Stephen King’s IT fame (fame is a strong word)…Andy Muschietti.

  • The ST: Discovery producers continue to fumble into their own Burmese Man Traps, metaphorically. How hard can this be?! Just say it’s the Pineverse. Or say it’s a new vision. Or come up with some sort of timeline mutation explanation. Or introduce more than one species of Klingon. I want to enjoy this pretty awesome design work without hearing them wind themselves up trying to rationalize to the ST superfans why the Klingons look this different (yes, they look different from production to production, but this is a different order of magnitude)… I mean, if I can gloss over the fact that this supposedly takes place closer to both the ST:TOS and Pike’s first appearance than the age of my CATS… I can overlook design changes that aren’t consistent with the continuity they are supposedly locked into. Ending with a preposition. But hey, let’s keep them honest, right.
  • Justice League continues to have viral buzz, but as usual, for all the wrong, surreal reasons. This time, Zack Snyder deleted all the JL material from his Twitter feed. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, they cried.
  • According to inferences made in the panel line-up for the con, Punisher may be in the Defenders. I mean, he SHOULD be in the Defenders. But anyway. That’s a thing.
  • Weapon H is the kind of hot mess that drove me away from comics in the 90s. I can’t even.
  • Thinking about the new Last Jedi posters… is it simply rad design work, or is their some meaning behind the eyes being cropped out of every shot?
  • Two excellent posters for the Revenant. Probably need to have SEEN the Revenant, but…  I did, and I love them. The tone is perfect.

Lastly, I want to note one thing that isn’t being talked about on Preacher: set design. I love most of the sets we’ve seen, and how evocative some of these environments have been, particularly with their use of color. Last night’s ep was impressing me for the huge long shelved wall of tchotchkes Jesse and Tulip had as the background at their dinner table. Amazing.

Needs More Tuning Fork – Robots Root 14 July 2017

Look, I try to be optimistic. I like Maximus the Mad and the actor playing him (the most interesting component of the Inhumans storyline in the comics) and I like the Ken Jeung KARNAK probably the most of all of the adapted designs… but the hair. THE HAIR. This header image, though, presents the Inhumans as seen in the show, but as drawn by the artist best associated with the modern Inhumans comic: Jae Lee. Just like Dillon did with Preacher and Jock did with Losers, when the comic artists redraw the characters for adapted continuity, I really enjoy it. So, now you can too!

Thus and therefore, Robot’s Root!

  • This is the best advertising for this sex club… in fact, for all of Australia, I’ve ever seen…
  • Gary Oldman is amazing. That is all.
  • Umbrella Academy is greenlit for a Netflix series. Stoked! I know of the creators, well, tangentially, from over a decade ago, through Terra Major Press.
  • Speaking of Inhumans: Who’s this mystery woman, and does she hold the secrets to somehow saving this show from itself… and that medusa wig?
  • Surprising precisely zero people, Matt Reeves is writing his own Batman script. I had optimism about the last one, but I have more now.
  • Rick and Morty awesome claymation is awesome.
  • Gang of Bad Photoshop Compositing!
  • What’s this? Typhoid Mary (maybe) in Jessica Jones S02? YES PLEASE. I like the crazy girls!*
  • Blade Runner photos. GIMME THIS NOWS
  • Well, Blake Lively has been cast in a female-driven spy vehicle. Time to learn acting…
  • More Black Panther costume radness.
  • A bunch of Gifted minivids featuring the characters. I’m always interested in how they nod to comics imagery while not doing so overtly. Such as the latest Defenders poster, with Danny Rand’s collar being flipped up, evoking his crazy 70s flare collar in the comics, or here, how Jamie Chung’s Blink turns pinking/purple only when using her power.
  • Lastly, something we’ve talked about on the Robot-Kraken Podcast before: the enticing possibility of turning Stark into a supervillain in the MCU. This post goes into a fair amount of detail positing that he will be the MCU’s Doctor Doom, which is a flawed premise, given licensing and other issues, but I still like the idea. I have trouble imagining they would flip their cash cow, but hey. From a narrative standpoint I’d be down.

*apparently, according to dating history, possibly accurate. I know people SAY that. But srs.

 

OK, back to working on the TRDL Sourcebooks…

When It’s Acceptable to get Hoffed – Robots Root 170712

Listen, I hate that David Hasselhoff song in the GOG2 soundtrack. It took a funny cultural nod in the film and sent it into pure kitsch territory. But I also acknowledge that Gunn comes from a Troma background, and this whole thing is post-modern to him. He can be incredibly emotionally invested in making the best possible film (and he is) and still feel enthusiastic about including 4th wall cheese in the closing credits (which he did)… so while I skip this track in the soundtrack (when my kids allow it) I WILL say I’m amused by how the cast is dolled up in this photo, and more generally, that they would engage in this sort of tomfoolery in the first place. Seems like a really fun set.

 

And now, from the void: Robot’s Root!

  • I don’t what to even think about all this Sonyverse business, but while many seem to be freaking out (in the negative) about the possible inclusion of Ann Weying in the Venom film (ex-wife of Eddy Brock) but it doesn’t mean she will be ‘She-Venom’ or that she’s even in any way the same relationship type as in the comics. The one positive point I can see here is that they suggest in the link that Venom isn’t a space symbiote, but a bioweapon. I like that much better.
  • Stranger Things 2: October 27 hell yes!
  • At this point I’m firmly convinced (unless I’m not) that Ridley Scott just free associates in these interviews. Now he’s roping in the (dreaded, at least to me) concept of introducing more Ripley family members. This is over-retconning to the nth degree, if so. I could sort of handle Ripley’s daughter in a video game I didn’t play, but otherwise, can’t a thing just be a thing? I guess when alien horror suddenly involves space jesuses, then maybe not.
  • Another round of slightly-better AI Paint Names. My favorite: SPICED ROPE.

  • I can’t get enough of Baby Driver. I haven’t even SEEN it yet. This was a little micro-video done for the Australian premiere, which I want as my neck tattoo. Not ‘tomorrow’ per se, but something sweet-as written into the speedo. Why not! Such as, perhaps, KURB RUSSELL, my new codename for action and adventure.
  • If you were on the fence regarding Luke Cage S02, fear no longer: Lucy Liu is involved. She directed the first episode. I mean, it’s not a high-heeled corporate efficiency expert or icy sword-swinging vengeance person, but still.
  • I’m digging on the photos from Black Panther. I’m REALLY digging this world building. Best detail, all the ritual scarring, especially on Michael P. Jordon’s character.
  • The trailer for the full season order of the Tick looks even better than the Pilot, which I quite liked. Toling you, it’s all about Jackie Earl Haley’s character… AGAIN.

That Sci Fi Rigamarole – Robots Root 170707

I’m starting over with Rick and Morty and going ep by ep. One night in, and my brainstem smells like death. I love it!

Somewhere, in space, this could all be happening RIGHT NOW. It’s Robot’s Root!

  • Nighthawk and Bushmaster are new characters from the comics to be included in Luke Cage S02. Expect updates from their comics-canon versions, no doubt.
  • Not that I saw Wolfcop… but here’s a trailer for Another Wolfcop… which includes 100% footage for Wolfcop. Plus liquor donuts.
  • Happytime Murders has been given a tentative release date, which is awesome. Can’t wait for this.
  • According to this, Ragnarok directly sets up Infinity War… here’s my theory, which they alluded to here and elsewhere, so it’s not a particularly unique approach: Thanos is courting Hela.
  • Leave it to Jeremy Renner to eff up both of his arms in stunt work for Infinity War. Makes me quite curious. Too many severe thumbs up?
  • New Warriors for Freeform, Marvel’s first proper comedy series, has already been cast, and I’m pleasantly surprised that Squirrel Girl will be played by a personal favorite of mine, Vanessa Vayntrub. Very cool.
  • Evidence that Han Solo continues to film, and that people are going to be divided over the young Han Solo they’ll be getting.
  • This hypothetical, in an interview with Chris Nolan, has been of course taken out of context and spun into hyperbole… but yes, thank you, I WOULD like a Nolan Bond film or three.
  • These dilapidated, post-apocalyptic images based on games and animation from the last several decades are phenomenal.
  • Do you need skull dice? I haz some skull dice for you, real nice!

That’s all for now. Don’t give your dog advanced cognitive skills. That’s what I’ve learned from Rick & Morty.

I Dreamt Music – Robots Root 5 July 2017

Sure, I posted this header because my man Deckard is demonstrating excellent taste in upholstery. But also, as of tomorrow, we only have to wait a nominal 3, I say 3, months until the new film’s release. That pleases me.

Thus and therefore, Robot’s Root!

  • If you watch Silicon Valley, and you should, one of the best parts is the opening sequence, which features a Sim City style narrative about the setting of the show. It’s changed from season to season (as the tech industry is literally SO volatile that companies come and go from prominence in between seasons) and this 7 minute video does an excellent breakdown, highlighting some cool easter eggs and references.
  • New Mutants: Rosario Dawson is out as Celia Reyes, and Alice Braga is in. I hope this is indicative of Dawson’s ongoing role in the Marvel Netflix universe of shows, as she’s 90% of their value.
  • Best X-Men: Dark Phoenix news thus far: Evan peters is confirmed to return as Quicksilver. It’s really all I need. More important than Jean Grey, in fact. Snap! Meanwhile, the buzz is that Magneto will be (shoehorned) into the Dark Phoenix storyline in a messianic style which means Acolytes and Genosha and everything that has bored me to tears about the X-Men comics of recent decades. So yay.
  • Patty Jenkins is apparently confirmed to direct WW2… which isn’t the foregone conclusion it SHOULD be… so that’s hopefully a true thing. Bonus GIF because Wonder Woman.
  • It’s early yet, but as an unapologetic True Detective fan, hearing that Mahershala Ali could join, and that a third season may still be moving forward are well-received bits of business.
  • What is this even: a six-part western anthology by the Coens… The Ballad of YES IM SOLD TAKE MAH MONEHS.
  • Here’s a relevant but not relevant diversion: new favorite brand-aware graffiti crime spree. I think it might be Torsten.
  • JAWS as viewed in an outdoor pool-based theater? NOPE.
  • I havent watched this yet, because I’m waiting for the new season of Preacher to end first, but when I do, I bet it’ll be spicy.
  • This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. For today! Shoen, a kimono wedding dress line…
  • Nicolas Cage as every character in GoT because of course.
  • Discussion regarding the Spidey suit, and where it moves from practical to CGI, and how rarely it does…

And finally, because it exists: FELT TARDIGRADE.