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You Wouldnt Like Me When I’m Angry – 28 Sept 2018

My first three reactions, from my first three viewings, of Dark Phoenix’s trailer were not great. But there’s more optimism out there in the fan reaction world than i anticipated. Plenty of doubt, too. I suspect, and frankly hope, that the males talking about Jean instead of showing much of anything about her manifestation is because they’re trying to keep as much of her actual vibe secret as long as possible. I hold out faint hope for a proper Dark Phoenix costume, too. It’s one of the best in the comics. Anyway, the trailer was mild. I do appreciate them showing us very little of the external antagonist, who I suspect is a hybrid of the Sh’iar and Mastermind. They kept the focus as a guilty family secret type situation. The best part was the most subtle: the faint Phoenix Fire image in the logo animation at the end, thus:

 

Meanwhile, in space, this may be happening right now:

  • I’m well into Marvel. I’m a legit zombie. But I could never get behind Eternals. I mean, I could get behind Selene maybe. But that aside, I mainly used them as post-Celestial cannon fodder in the Marvel RPG. But hey, Kirby is Kirby, and if it makes for a good movie, I’ll be there.
  • I can’t speak for the actress playing Black Canary, as I do not have any familiarity with her, but I’m enjoying the idea of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress in Birds of Prey. Where’s the photomanips?!

  • Also, I would LOVE Sharlto Copley as a Black Mask, if that happened.
  • An interesting point here about Han Solo’s cinematic failings, one that we were aware of in general, but it’s easy to overlook in the wake of fanboy raging: Disney dumped it into theaters two weeks after INFINITY WAR, and gave it minuscule marketing breathing room by Star Wars standards. Imagine if Han Solo came out in the December slot… not buried under the biggest Marvel film ever and still too hot to touch after the Last Jedi debates. And there’s this. And also this. But anyway, I’m a fan, and I’m looking forward to these deleted scenes
  • Do what you have to do. Make the best Hellboy that can ever be?

  • Finally, the first pic from The Boys. I’m down! It’s neat how much most of the cast looks like their comics versions and then Urban is just grizzly.
  • Nic Pizzolatto? Ben Foster? Noir grime? SO DOWN.
  • I know I’m the target age for this movie audience, but this was great.
  • I dunno. The classic comics colors on Aquaman are OK, but the gold armor is even better… hey, I’m just there for the vomiting.

  • I present: the Hybridizer. I mean, I did it for the old timey. But you do you.
  • Well, this is dope. Do the tapes fly out and attack you in Whole Foods?
  • The thing about the Venom movie is… I mean… just do THIS. Quit with the dancing around it.
  • This is beautiful and terrible. Boom!

 

And with that, I’m off into the redwoods to camp for the weekend, doing THIS pretty much non stop.

Be Brave – Robots Root 24 September 2018

How to Draw with Tenacious D is killing me. “a little yeller.” “I don’t know what thats called, but it sure does tell a story.” Dying. NSFW. As usual, their viral marketing may be even better than the product (post-Apocalypto)… I will forever feel a compulsion to paint using a Sharpie as a brush.

 

Meanwhile, THIS:

 

  • I do kinda like this anime trailer treatment for the Star War. The ship designs feel jarring because they are very…western… but the character models and Ben Kenobi’s look and voice particularly, really work. Plus I’ve always said Chewie needed a prominent mustache.
  • RIP Sgt. Apone.

  • I can’t, for whatever reason, stop mulling over the concept for a Jon Hamm Batman. I want it. A LOT. I’ve often struggled by how much I didn’t vibe the Bruce Wayne as Batman look. I loved Nolan’s stuff, but it wasn’t the best Batman look, and Bale wasn’t the most Wayne Wayne. The project worked regardless. But thinking of my younger self’s mental image of what it should be… Batfleck (in costume) was close, even without the eye slits… but Hamm works for me as Wayne. Wayne in the bat suit, if that makes sense.

  • I can’t wait for this. I want it to be awesome. Funny that it’s going to be one of those seasons where John C O’Reilly is in bowler hats TWICE (this and the Laurel and Hardy biofilm)… one of THOSE seasons.

  • This piece came from an artist in one of my FB groups, and I love it 33,000 times. You may have to have grown up near, or beyond, the border to understand.

  • I dig these Sideshow ‘reimaginings’ projects. This makes for a damn cool and less bipedal Alien, (so many joints)… but Jonesy remains the highlight.
  • Thats not just Soundwave… it’s the ORIGINAL Soundwave, looks like.
  • Rope hands! That’s a power I need to add to the Posthuman game…

  • I think this was a pretty nuanced argument in favor of Last Jedi… touching on some points I hadn’t really formalized in my own mind. I liked it a lot, so i’m not one of the detractors… but Pat notes ways in which the film delivers on things that I think, big picture, really benefit the franchise.
  • THIS. “By 2022, science says we will have achieved Joker singularity: a Joker movie that reboots itself during the movie”
  • Brie Larson continues to troll those people that told her to smile more. It isn’t old yet.
  • This is only interesting because Sofia Boutella as any supers anyone gets my vote.
  • Chloe Zhao has been tapped to direct Eternals… we were just talking about Ruin on the podcast…

Finally, a new K-hole I didn’t know existed until now, and I’m obsessed: Hot Wheels restoration!

Tears of a Robot-Kraken – Robots Root 21 September

So, the makeup test for Phoenix’s Joker is drawing from Pagliacci, not entirely unexpectedly. However, I’m still pretty disappointed. You have two major iconic looks to navigate that came before: the classic Joker look, and the smeared, hot mess Heath Ledger look. My hope was that he would start with this incredibly well meaning, intricate, finely done makeup, playing up his delusions of grandeur, and then as things go south, he never reapplies it so it gets messier and messier as he is deconstructed and descends into madness. Like, mime-level neatness in the makeup. The classic contemporary pagliacci look is what he’s sort of doing here, with the one tear (the crying clown, etc etc) but I would have preferred the much more vintage look, thus:

Anyway, onward with the stuff:

  • The TNG cast sounds disgruntled, and why wouldn’t they be, really.
  • One of the things I like most about Michael B. Jordan being cast as John Clark in this latest round of Clancy films is that it’s just one more pin to deflate the knee-jerk racist and ‘continuity purist’ arguments against casting people of color in roles that were originally written as white characters.
  • I thought i’d be annoyed by all the Catholic iconography in the new Daredevil series, but the fact that they’re going dark and corrupted makes for great imagery. Bloody christ poses and graves and such. Black costume! Run from the light!
  • All-female Marvel supers stuff: great! For TV: not so great.
  • We talk about this on a recent podcast session for the October release, but the fact that Danny Boyle walked from Bond 25 but they hired Cary Fukunaga to replace him is kind of a head-scratcher, as the latter has as much of a reputation for ditching projects as the former. However, I’m on record as being much more interested, given how much I loved True Detective S01.
  • That Disney would start reining in the SW franchise isn’t surprising, after Solo. But it’s also disappointing. I argue the problem isn’t too much of the Star War, but rather not enough focus on what makes a good Star War. My favorite of the lot is Rogue One, and many hated it. There’s no pleasing everyone. I also liked Solo fine. But anyway.
  • The only thing better than a cephalopod is a grab-assy one.
  • No interest in Titans, but it’s good to see they aren’t planning on dancing around the existence of Batman.
  • Feige taking over the FF and X-Men franchises is not surprising, and I like it. Scarlet Witch and Loki solo TV series? With the film casting? I’m incredulous on that story.

That’s all for today… if you haven’t already, check out our most recent episode of Robot-Kraken, and try not to get yourself deported or entangled in the South China Sea. Cheers!

Robot-Kraken Ep. 046 – Here Today, Oregone Tomorrow

 

Woohoo! A new episode of Robot-Kraken is now available!

Robot-Kraken Episode 046 – September 2018 “Here Today, Oregon Tomorrow!“

Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and actual legit named cohost Kris “Deeply Dapper” McClanahan review and discuss the comic conventions of the last few months, including San Francisco Comic Con and Rose City Comic Con, along with current events and takeaways from the trailers and news coming out of this summer’s San Diego Comic Con coverage. It’s an all con episode! Plus, look for Episode 45, released in July, as you may not have received it in your feed thanks to issues with science. We talked about Deadpool 2, Han Solo, and Ant-Man and Wasp in that one, so take a look and a listen…

Update: Notes from the show… such as they are…

Sucking the Monkey, SFCC Segment:

  • Kris: Sex Panther Double Chocolate Porter
  • Thom: Briney Melon Gose

Sucking the Monkey, RCCC Segment:

  • Kris and Thom: Cucumber Sour and a bit of George Dickel Rye

Red Sky Roundup:

  • James Gunn
  • SDCC news
  • Godzilla: Kind of the Monsters trailer
  • Shazam trailer
  • Aquaman trailer
  • Glass trailer
  • Battle Angel Alita trailer 2
  • Deadly Class trailer
  • Disenchanted trailer
  • Stan Against Evil
  • The ongoing state of Marvel Netflix

Robot Reviews: San Francisco Comic Con, Rose City Comic Con

Planned Plundering:

  • Kris: Saga; Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • Thom: Annihilation (second viewing); Deadly Class; Maniac

Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Kris: Three Billboards
  • Thom: Clone Wars Series (gets better in S02)

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Your Next Blockbuster – Robots Root 18 September 2018

So WHOOOOOP! The Captain Marvel trailer is almost 100% what I wanted and expected, in all the right ways. The only thing that gave me pause was that she didn’t affect a deeper vocal pitch. But then I realized that’s a sexist concept anyway, mostly carried over from what i liked about how Gal Gadot sounds as Wonder Woman. THOUGHTS after the requisite three viewings, as Lung and I are wont to do:

  • I love the 10 in the Marvel Studios logo. Great subtlety and knowing nod to their legacy.
  • I love the focus on HER in Hero in the text work
  • I love the tallness of this poster, implying space, flight, potential, even the hanger imagery works with the logo on it. LOVE this poster so much it hurts
  • I love the invasion claxon in the music. I hope this is the final score. I follow the composer on IG and she’s great. This effect works SO well, and it’s one of the first Marvel scores that immediately stuck with me. That’s huge.
  • Punching out Skrull gramma
  • De-aged Fury and Poulson, though they’ve kept Hill from us for now
  • Focus on her, not the Skrulls, other than one glimpse
  • What a clever thing: ‘this isn’t an origin story’… I never expected that she would land on earth and unlock memories of her past. It’s a subversion of the trope
  • KREE HELMETS seen

Bonus: WHAT IS THIS CAT OR SOMETHING DOING IN THE CORNER

So yay, that was a treat for this week…Plus, you know who her fellow Air Force pilot is, right?

Meanwhile, also in space, this might be happening:

  • I like these Auto-Complete Interviews usually. I like watching them improvise. Sometimes they really surprise you. Frequently, less so. That said, something’s up with Olivia Munn’s mouth. She grew extra teeth, or a Tom Cruise tooth, or she’s wearing Invisalign, or she was always a poor annunciator and was well rehearsed on G4. Dunno. This part was good though: “Football players always lie about their height. (They lie about a lot of things.)”; By contrast, watching one like Mila Kunis and Justin Theroux reinforced my minor obsession with the former, and opened my eyes further to the humble charm of the latter, whim I’ve always liked but never really seen casually speaking.
  • I’m sure this is indirectly just one more reason Lung hates bees or bee-like things.
  • I am not a Hawkeye hater. I quite like him in the films. And his (and her) solo book over the last some odd years has been a high mark. This video suggests that Hawkeye’s success rate in the films is one of the most potent on the team. Love it.
  • Prospect continues to be high on my anticipation list. I didn’t watch this trailer, because I’m now on lockdown, but here.
  • What cracked me up about this, as it always does, was ‘Killmonger, WHO WAS RIGHT, …’ in the header. Because he was.
  • I’m sure this is indirectly just one more reason Lung hates spiders or spider-like things.
  • I like the idea of multiple Angels and multiple Bosleys.
  • The new movie may be imploding, but here’s a great video on the Winston folks trying to make the first suit work back in the day. I only recently saw the concept work and the early prototype, which i liked apparently much more than any other human whose seen it, and I’ve been vocal about what I see as the mediocrity in the Predator design (which causes Lung to generally want to smack a bitch up) but there’s no question it was interesting and technically challenging work. (I just wanted less rubbery hands and feet)…
  • Look, I don’t even drink tea, particularly, but now I’m hellbent on one for a coffee mug. This is amazing.
  • I’m only half way through this list, but as Lung recently saw and, like me, liked Solo, I thought I’d post it. You can hear me defend this film against two haters on the current episode of Robot-Kraken Pod in fact.
  • An interesting treatise on why Bryan Singer should not be doing Red Sonja, or anything else really… that goes beyond the post-#metoo entitlement.
  • Something ironic here: this peak Venom poster is zzzzzzzz inspiring like everything about this hot mess, except for the tongue, which is the only thing i like about the design. So many deep, pulsating purple taste buds going on. I loved, in the link, the reference to the ‘impossible accent’ as well.
  • I’m enjoying how Todd Phillips is trolling fans. I hope he trolls all the way to the film’s launch. ‘here’s a Joker film that is nothing like anything you asked for. You’re welcome.’ although Coppola backing out of producing isn’t a super great sign. For the record, I’m 100% behind this film, because I’m not a big continuity baby.
  • 22 things learned about one of the Punisher films I didn’t see.

Mount the Curb To Scale – Robots Root 14 September 2018

I HAVE SO MANY DESIRES FOR THIS R/C TUMBLER I CANT EVEN. Only second to my desires for a fully functional 1:1 scale version. HA.

Meanwhile, for science:

  • I remain on the fence regarding all this Henry Cavill business. I like him, and I’m not convinced that this isn’t all just some contract negotiation or something. His tweet last night was WEIRD. Anyway, the internet is rumbling forward, like those Mortal Engines… here’s some good thoughts about a fresh take on Superman… and here’s the current (apparently) Vegas odds… along with another set of ideas, with some overlap…  of course Bosslogic is already at it, as well, pissing off some people who can’t grasp a non-anglo Supes….
  • Han Solo in carbonite costume! SWEET! Lung was mortified…
  • This actually took me by surprise: Jason Todd and Dick Grayson face to face in Titans. Lots of fans will be into that.
  • I have seen virtually nothing with Aaron Paul, though I’m well aware of him and his pedigree. Sounds like a great add to Westworld!
  • This series of arts featuring warrior versions of Disney Princesses was controversial in my home. It was first seen by my lovely wife, who had a very negative reaction to the weapons “That’s the answer? Arm them?” and I realized that I saw it, positively, coming from the young adult/adult RPG/cosplay perspective, not the viewpoint of young girls. Interesting!
  • I saw this Lego KITT and cracked up, imagining a stop motion thing where you move a red brick left to right along the front to make the light bar. HA. I amuse me.
  • Venom as PG-13? All hope is lost.
  • Oh boy, what have they done. Robot Man was looking cool in profile… but check out his smashed together eyes and jangy mouth. GUH.
  • This fan theory about Iron Man I agree with. I felt similar. Like any good time travel/time revert story, the pivotal character must be faced with losing something. Think that incredible end of Fringe. That it would be Iron Man makes the most sense.
  • I’ve been begging for a Jon Hamm Bruce Wayne since forever. So YES.
  • Accurate.
  • A new Coen Brothers trailer is a reason to celebrate. Break out the frontier whiskey!
  • Finally, Rupert’s new Captive State seems never more relevant, doesn’t it?

Bye Felicia – Robots Root 12 September 2018

All signs point to Cavill abandoning the cape… or the cape abandoning Cavill… truth be told, it would make it a lot easier for the WB to reboot both Superman AND Batman together (while somehow keeping the rest of the JL I guess)… however, I’m somewhat in the minority as one who likes him in the role… I liked him RELOADING in Fallout better, though.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • Thanks to Robert Zemeckis, and the apparently insatiable teen appetite for those CW shows, you can expect a ton of sexy pirate costumes at upcoming comic conventions…
  • Rumor has it Guy Ritchie may be developing a Captain Britain film for Marvel. I suppose that works. I can see him doing Excalibur as well. It’s on the nose, but honestly keeping him working in the London street-level environment would be the most interesting for a Marvel property.
  • It’s potentially optimistic news that New Mutants reshoots *supposedly* are to push the horror we were promised.
  • This whole thing with Mendho just Mendho-ing about while supposedly talking about ‘Skrullin’ felt very Mendho. If you follow.
  • SOLO SPOILER: What struck me most about these Maul pics was that the robotic legs appear to have been practical, when I assumed it was all CGI. That’s cool.

  • Some sweet callbacks here! I can’t wait to rewatch Infinity War and suck up all the cool tangential crumbs…
  • Lovecraftian gaming is ramping up: The Sinking City over here, Cthulhu over there…
  • While this thing here is about Jude Law being Mar-Vell, which we assumed, I’m just super into seeing Ronan as a Kree Enforcer prior to the later film.
  • Deadly Class, Deadly Class, Deadly Class!
  • Rebecca Ferguson from Mission Impossitole just joined Villaneuve’s Dune project. I can see it!
  • I know its just a teaser, but I’d take the year one black suit on DD any day…
  • If you like stunt choreography, check this out. Great perspective from the female side of things.
  • I appreciate the production’s honesty that the Shazam suit is still in evolutionary development. Especially today, where so much of the detail is tweaked in post, it’s quite reasonable. But it might surprise some… I just hope they edit down the Jersey Shore hair…
  • Lana ‘Jubilee’ Condor is joining an interesting looking film project… I wish there was more of her in X-Men…
  • So many Han Solo deleted scenes!

The Future (and Past) is Female – Robots Root 5 Sept 2018

Well, we finally have a good look at Captain Marvel, and have learned about the clearly-doomed Kree Spaceforce.

 

Who? Oh. Was this what the White House was droning on about?

Meanwhile, personally? I’ve been waiting for Skrulls since I was a youngling, and they’re finally here and I LOVE THEY.

Meanwhile, in space. Or elsewhere in space:

  • I never read Doom Patrol, but the project is shaping up quickly. Robot Man looks comics-correct, and everyone else seems glammed up. We’ll see. Plus, Timothy Dalton was just added, for flavor.
  • Best Batman script? RLY? Well, I mean, to be fair, I would argue the Nolan films weren’t really “batman” films so much as Bruce Wayne / Hollow Man / Batman films, but I’m being a pedant. The dialogue Batman was spewing at Joker was pretty weak, I know. But the overall stories were so awesome. How DARE you, sir.
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home seems to be collecting bad guys. Not generally a good sign, but let’s be optimistic.
  • Jennifer Esposito has joined The Boys, which is awesome, because so is she. Thus.
  • Welcome to all of my new neck tattoos. The Alien Queen is currently headed to my wall, as well. As my neck.
  • This is the first time I’ve seen ANYTHING Grand Theft Auto related that interested me. Ha
  • Trip out: the facial markings (not scars! alien bits) change according to temperature on this figure.
  • Do you haz too many funds and need an awkward R/C velociraptor?
  • “I don’t know what’s real anymore.”
  • Director’s Cut vs. Extended Cut vs. Fan Fantasy Vs. Studio Cashgrabs: you decide.

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That’s all for the week. Tomorrow I drive up to Portland for Rose City Comic Con, Sept. 7 – 9, 2018. If you’re around, come visit table D5 for some good stuff. 60+ new prints debuting at the show, plus 500+ others, dozens of posters, three books (of course) and a ton of original art! Kris will also be at the show in the maker’s section, so come get the good stuffs!