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Im Arresting You Thats What Im Doing – Robots Root 20 September 2017

I’m somewhat alarmed to tell you that I feel strongly compelled to buy this bottle even though I fear soul crushing debt.

Welp, in other news, here’s some Robot Rootery:

  • How Wonder Woman should have ended? Right here. And a hankering for an Honest Trailer, perhaps? HERE.
  • This Sideshow speculative Nomadic Obi Wan is all sorts of amazing and I want this movie now. This right here. All of it.
  • You may have heard that Richard Donner’s original goal for Superman was to have the majority of Superman I and II as a single film. This isn’t that, quite, but here is a Blu-Ray release of the longform version of Superman I that was originally broadcast over two nights. I can’t wait. How interesting! It’s like an alternate reality version of the film.
  • A brief history of the famously awkward Star Trek ‘double punch’ maneuver.
  • I’m kind of enjoying this examination of Tragic Photoshop on Alicia Vikander’s spine. I mean, I enjoy examining her spine in general. But also, bad photoshop. Speaking of, here’s the whole trailer.
  • So I’m thinking about Avengers 3 and 4. Loose theory: Avengers 3 (Infinity War) will involve Thanos cleaning up, brutally killing everyone. Cap gets ahold of the time gem, travels back… then we have Captain Marvel movie, set in 90s. Perhaps time travel events in Avengers 3 lead to environment where Cap Marvel now exists. Reset MCU. Then forward to Avengers 4 where we have traveled through different timelines, and are now defeating Thanos with a new hybrid team of multidimensional Avengers? This would explain why Crossbones may be back (alternate universe or time travel) and would trade heavily on the Avengers Forever stuff from years ago, swapping out Thanos for Kang.
  • Trailer round-up; This collection of trailers includes the following: gratuitous overuse of the choppy percussion coinciding with cut scenes, mini-teaser trailers preceding the actual trailers, oversharing, and surprisingly, two uses of big gun 80’s metal that I hope make it into the respective projects and not just the trailers.
    • New Jumanji stuff, which I told myself I wouldn’t watch, but did, and still loved.
    • New full Punisher trailer. At this point his chestplate looks less bustier-like, which is good, but I still struggle with his douche haircut. Release date remains randomly obscured, because Netflix.
    • Donnie Yen’s HK 70s epic, Chasing the Dragon
    • Full Tomb Raider trailer (I really enjoy a female, modern take on Indiana Jones, but it’s a bit heavy on the daddy stuff)
  • MA.K is being adapted by the producer of IT. Giant robots, so I’m in.
  • This is awesome: Tweedie Waititi has commissioned and produced a Maori-language version of Moana and held free screenings, to encourage the dwindling native-tongue speaking Maori population to re-engage with their culture in NZ.
  • And speaking of the Waititis, Taika is apparently looking at taking on Akira. I mean, CAN YOU IMAGINE. So rad.
  • I don’t know why this took me by surprise, given Schwarzenegger and Cameron have been talking up another Terminator project, but now apparently Linda Hamilton is in on it. Surprising to me, I guess, given her relationship collapse with Cameron…
  • Watchmen has begun production for HBO… given how much room that story wants to breathe, and HBO’s track record for genre projects the last several years, I’m optimistic.

One more thing:

I don’t know of this is legit…. but it is definitely L E G I T if you feel me.

 

Also: Dig on Bosslogic’s speculative Joker via Jackie Earl Haley..

 

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Finally, an update on the TRDL Art Jam:

 

Our man Tulio will be taking on the duties of posting the TRDL Art Jam subjects each month, to our FB and dA groups… starting in October. I needed to focus on the TRDL Sourcebook production, so this is a huge help.

Ive Been Drinking With Skeletons – Robots Root 18 Sept 2017

 

As far as I’m concerned, the best news of last week was the reveal of two pics of David Harbour as Hellboy. Other than some initial concerns about their approach to the Right Hand of Doom, he looks 100% minimum awesome and I have much stoke. Also, here’s the first photo they released, in color and with more wet metal look for the Hand. The above shot was the second, submitted by Harbour himself.

Before we dive in, a note about con photos and cosplay radness: we are posting con photos from San Francisco Comic Con and Rose City Comic Con on our Instagram account for Robot-Kraken: @robotkraken_redtentacle so take a peek to see some of the awesome stuff we saw at the shows…

OK, on to Robot’s Root:

  • Batman Type Stuff!
    • Aronofsky compares the rumors of the Joker film to his abandoned Batman Year One. I’m not down with some of the stuff he was cooking up, though I LOVES ME SOME YEAR ONE… but hey, a Lincoln Continental with two bus engines strapped to it sounds amazing. AMAZING.
    • I really enjoyed Fincher’s The Game back in the day, not merely because of it’s epic level of fantasy-stitching-of-SF-neighborhoods-together… apparently that story was the inspiration for Affleck’s now aborted Batman script. I can imagine a very interesting film coming out of that.
    • Lastly, Aronofsky intended to cast Joaquin Phoenix as Batman. Could have worked.
  • Blade Runner 2049 Type Stuff!
    • Witness these quotes, about Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, with punching and scotch and blunt honesty, that cracked me up immensely. I mean, you can’t witness the quoted material, but you can witness the quote on paper. I’m sticking with it.
    • Here’s the second (and less interesting) short prequel film for Blade Runner 2049, set in 2048, and directed by Jake Scott. Dave Bautista Bautistaing about
  • Star Trek Type Stuff!
    • Interesting article here on how the Discovery series, at least from production and marketing components, seems unable to decide what its audience is supposed to be.
    • Now director Jonathan Frakes has slipped that Discovery will be exploring the famous ‘Mirror Universe’ thing. I wonder if that’s how they will bridge the apparent disconnect between timelines, aesthetics, and characters.
    • Quentin Tarantino posits that good ST film approaches would involve paring down to focus on a few characters instead of the ensemble each time, expand on good TV episodes and do film adaptations of them, and embrace time travel. I mean, yeah I guess, but that was surprising ranting coming from a filmmaker who understands how things work. The ensemble nature of those films, while it is certainly true is less enjoyable as a narrative than more intimate character stories, is easier to pull off in episodic TV than in film, and when they DO focus on a few members of a beloved larger cast, the backlash can be swift.
  • Robotech Type Stuff!
    • If you liked IT and you like Robotech, well you’re in luck: Andy and Barbara Muschietti are tapped to do the adaptation, after they wrap IT 2.
    • Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs is tapped as the writer for the project, as well. I wonder if they’ll change the eponymous ‘U.N. SPACY’ which always was a dumb fiddling with english in the Macross material. That said, I adore it.
  • Zach Snyder released a teaser short for a small film he apparently put together while being home after exiting JL. I quite like the look of it. Of course, the look of things was never the problem with Snyder’s projects. I’ll give it a shot, though! Snow Steam Iron… he’s maybe going back to some of the imagery that made Suckerpunch initially so inviting, but with more of an emphasis on burning man friendly steampunk stuffs.
  • Semi-related, Snyder isn’t going to be doing any press for JL, which is interesting, adding to the feeling that maybe he pulled back from the project for more than just his family strife. I wonder. The reason I bring it up, though, is actually to enjoy the photo in the article, here, which I’ve seen a million times, and every single time I see it as Batman shooting some sort of heavy artillery weapon, two handed. HA. That would be controversial.
  • Witness test footage for the aborted War of the Worlds project from Ray Harryhausen. Pretty impressive for the time, as you would expect.
  • PS regarding Hellboy, I know what I’m doing January 11, 2019
  • Adam Strange has been added to the upcoming Krypton TV series. I’m still uninterested but I think it’s a good move. The central conceit to these sorts of prequel expansions is that we need to be invested in the characters, despite knowing how it ends. With Rogue One, they were successful in making us care about characters we knew were going to bite it, which is hard. Here, I saw very little enthusiasm on the interwebs about studying the world of Krypton with Supes’ granddad as the central POV. The whole planet’s going to blow up, etc anyway. And the Snyderverse version was so glum. Anyway, adding a time traveling human space adventurer might give it a bit of pop. Also, unless the Green Lantern thing manifests out of JL, he would be the first human space type in the DCEU.
  • Red Sparrow is being described as the Black Widow movie Marvel forgot to make. I think it will be much more about sex, manipulation, and murder, and less about fighting proficiency. At least thats how it sounded in pre-production. Still, I love how it looks. The ballet-as-assassin-training thing is certainly peak Widow.
  • An interest concept: AD&D where players, or rather their characters, have to cook and eat their kills. Very, very specific interest there.
  • I love the NAME of Club 33, though I have no interest in going to one. I’m not that kind of wealthy adult Disney person.
  • I’m continually fascinated by the deep economic culture of MMPRPGs or whatever they’re called. Check out this story about a huge double cross with significant real world economic impact, in the EVE community.
  • Similarly, Blizzard is saying that policing the toxic behavior of players in Overwatch is slowing game development. So that’s a thing.
  • I REALLY like the logotype for Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft film. That arrow motif  cutting the lettering in half feels very evocative of both adventure and weird tropical death trappery.

I hope you enjoyed that data dump!

We Are All Flipping Down Jones, One Way or Another – Robots Root 12 September 2017

The news of the morning is that JJ Abrams is looking to be the selection to write and direct Star Wars IX. Good news to some, less so for others worried about the cyclical and nostalgic nature of Force Awakens, or who wanted a female director etc. I for one feel that this is at least a known, accomplished choice, not only in their resume but in the SW film world, and loved Force Awakens despite issues. So I’m in.

Rose City Comic Con was super fun, and the report on that will be forthcoming here on the site, though available on the Robot-Kraken podcast on itunes in the next few days…

Meanwhile, this is happening. It’s robot’s Root!

  • Ant-Man and Wasp are flipping SUVs in our old hood (flipping down Jones St). One Lung was passing by, and yelled for them to watch out for ‘dirty dishes and cheeseburger meat!’ No word on if it makes it into the film.
  • Here’s the incredibly labyrinthine and overwrought way in which Phasma escaped Starkiller Base, apparently. Guh.
  • Daniel Dae Kim replacing Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot is the BEST kind of fan-casting made real. I love it.
  • One never knows with these “news” items, as there must be as much propaganda and misinformation leaking as any actual accidental leak, but now ‘creative difference’ in the firing of Colin Trevorrow to ‘difficult’ with anecdotal reports of raging ego and editiorializing on set. I find these stories interesting only because of the let’s say translucency of the modern era: Oscar bait films love to show stories about famous filmmakers struggling to complete their projects amidst personal faults, often  ciphers for true stories or biographies accepted as behind the scenes fact where the press of the day did not have access to this information, or studios more carefully managed the image of the productions. Josh Trank’s reported meltdowns on FF follow the same archetypes. My sense is that Hollywood has always been rife with imploding egos and set drama, both in front of and behind the camera, but we hear about it now because of that spoiler/gossip penetration. Similarly, the lack of studio management of the image of these productions these days baffles me. Sure, we read about scripts in non-photo and unique ID code paper, extensive onset security, decoy sets to trick drones, etc, but aside from those efforts, sometimes I can’t fathom what they are thinking. For example, after Jared Leto’s antics being described in press junkets backfired, going from ‘edgy’ to ‘pathetic’ in the public consciousness, why on earth was Villaneuve quoted as ‘tearing up’ over how Leto wandered around Blade Runner in opaque contacts FFS. This DOES NOT HELP THE UPHILL BATTLE OF SELLING A MOVIE LIKE THIS.
  • At least good news came in the form of Patty Jenkins signing on to write and direct WW2. Smart move in the DC house, for the second time, overall.
  • Lastly, Len Wein passed away this weekend, which was somewhat melancholy news while tabling a comic convention.

More to come! I’m still decompressing and Kris is still driving…

Rose City Comic Con This Weekend, pLus Robots Root 6 September 2017

San Francisco Comic Con is done, and tomorrow we head to Portland for Rose City Comic Con. Hope to see some of you there! Photos from both shows will start rolling out starting next week…keep your eyes peeled for sneaky shots of Friend of TRDL Lung at the table…

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root for 6 September 2017!

  • Lung turned me onto this last week but I never posted it. The Honest Trailer for Face/Off is one of their best yet.
  • You might think, from these comments, that Inhumans is a technical and visionary opus. I’ve heard the contrary. I’m not sure at this point if I’m even going to watch it at all. Your mileage may vary.
  • 2.5 Hours of Blade Runner 2049 goodness? I CANT WAIT I TOLE YOU.
  • Preview roundup, genre edition: Damnation on Netflix; Tin Star on Amazon; Hostiles, a feature film (yay Wes Studi); Brawl in Cell Block Whichever, a feature film; Mindhunter, on Netflix.
  • The ships, and their names, for these new SW films are really nuts. Same things but bigger and also bigger, sometimes bigger. I will give the Supremacy this, though: it says they have a shipworks on board, which could help rationalize the scale and span in the massing, if it can build Destroyers, for example. Huh. Meanehile, Poe’s new X-Wing gets a turbo boost to get past big lasers. BIG LASERS!
  • And speaking of the Star Wars, Colin Trevorrow being out for SW VIII has been spurring on some interesting speculation, in front of and behind the curtain. Calls for a female director, calls for Rian Johnson again, given his apparently smooth sailing on Last Jedi, calls for LUCAS FFS, and on and on.
  • Finally in SW news, Mark Hamill’s comments about wanting to play his own evil twin (actually a cool idea) reference a plotline in the Extended Universe books about which I was not familiar. Thrawn stuff. I’m always down with things referencing that hand.
  • Whedon apparently rewrote enough of JL to get a writing credit. Meanwhile, looking at all these photos used in the Alex Ross style poster composite, I keep laughing at how high Aquaman looks, and how appropriate that is, in a meta sort of way.
  • “That guy’s wife” saved the Star Trek franchise. Nice, Shatner.
  • There is apparently some controversy among rigid hetero fanboys or whomever about this commercial. I loved it. Start to finish.
  • Here’s your ubiquitous bosslogic manips of Leo DiCaprio as a Joker. For science. I prefer L E T O!
  • John Cena in the running for Shazam?, this was all over the con floor at SFCC this weekend. I’m not convinced this is real. However, on Sunday it occurred to me who he COULD play well, given his enthusiasm, size, and charisma: Guy Gardner!

  • This Hellboy summary, recently leaked, is sufficiently general and I like what I hear. LUNDUN ENGULUND!
  • Finally, I leave you with Key & Peele’s Sexy Vampires. Cracked me up, a little. Not out loud. But inside.

Back to the packing and the fire dodging! See you maybe in Portland!

TRDL Art Jam September 2017 – Thor, Blade Runner, Batman, SHIELD

   

Yeeeah, sorry about August. It wasn’t you, it was me. I was head down working on the new TRDL Sourcebooks, and preparing for my con appearances in September, and I forgot to post the jam.

On the other hand, wow, we had some great entries for June’s Spider-Man jam. A huge amount. Very nicely done, everyone!

OK, so September we’ll try to catch up. The jam selections are:

1. Thor, and the Asgard pantheon, in honor of Thor: Ragnarok
2. Blade Runner, in honor of Blade Runner 2049
3. Batman, in honor of the will he/wont he about Ben Affleck
4. And finally SHIELD, either the comics, film, or TV version

Have fun!

If you are in SF or Portland, hope to see you at one of my upcoming shows!

*Thor, by anklesnsocks http://fav.me/d3jkt5v (love the glowy Mjolnir here)
Blade Runner by TimothyAndersonArt http://fav.me/d53afn5 (that vintage cover)
Batman by Rockthearts1212 http://fav.me/dbjy90p (evokes Batman 100 in the best ways)
SHIELD by Andyparkart https://andyparkart.deviantart.com/art/The-Avengers-Maria-Hill-and-SHIELD-406483697

So Many Hubcaps – Robots Root 30 August 2017

 

Mondo is once again killing it. KILLING IT like fantasy San Francisco kills hubcaps, and the consistent quantity thereof…

 

Thus, it’s Robot’s Root!

  • Someone helpfully ran George RR Martin’s work through a neural network, and wrote Winds of Winter for him. It’s A M A Z I N G.
  • Blade of the Immortal excites me. Greatly.
  • Terry Pratchett requested that his unpublished work be destroyed upon his demise. Boy was it.
  • This title cracked me up, and click through and see that they are in fact 100% correct.
  • We haven’t recorded any commentary about Defenders for the podcast just yet, but it shouldn’t be a spoiler for you to see this photo of Misty Knight going forward. I’m pleased with the design resolution.
  • Simon Kinberg “doesn’t want Dark Phoenix to be too intergalactic” according to Total Film… which may or may not be true, but sounds right. Superfans are outraged, but where has Fox shown they could handle a spontaneously revealed sprawling space story? Just because James Gunn pulled it off doesn’t mean we would suddenly have anything that would make ANY sense in the context of the X-Men films…
  • New dark-look Luke looks rad. Buckles and straps have buckles and straps!
  • Supposedly SS2 is delayed until; a production date at least 2 years out, due to ‘schedule conflicts with Will Smith’ which is probably code for ‘we don’t know what we’re doing’ since WB/DC have been looking at multiple concepts for films in this corner of their semi-universe, some believe as a means to have these ideas leaked and see what fan response would be to them and letting the people sort it out.
  • Normally I sort of breeze through these listicles, but there were a few items in this one about Terminator films that interested me. Notably that Arnie gained weight and muscle to return to the exact dims, in T3, as he had 12 years earlier in T2; and that Loken, again in T3, had to lose weight for her role as the weird black metal Terminator NXTVCBDG or whatever it was.
  • Reading up on the post-GoT interwebs in all their sobbery, I was reminded of Dragonlance from my youth… and possibly yours.
  • I’m kind of interested in Johnny Depp’s produced adaptation of The Secret World. It doesn’t hurt that the key art looks like TRDL costuming a little bit.

Thats’ all for today. practice your trick muscle-car management until next time…

Polishing or Cracking the Firmament – Robots Root 29 August 2017

Blade Runner Sequel Prequels? Well, my blackout on the film collapsed last week, so now I’m watching these things with wonton abandon. This mini-film explores Niander Wallace. I am 333% on board and I don’t think Leto has ever been better. EVER.

 

Thus, Robot’s Root!

  • I never really watched much from the days of the original Strongbad… he mostly amused me in mini clips on Adult Swim and of course we referenced him for awhile on the old TRDL R3 Forum… here, randomly, are art lessons… by Strongbad… I think my favorite details are his invented expressions for linework. In the toilet paper drawing exercise, it’s all ‘curl-em-ups’ and ‘side takes’…
  • Even though I like everyone involved, I just assumed this would be a low-budget straight-to-cable kind of thing. Looks great actually.
  • I’m fascinated by skeuomorphism… but seeing these images of software-interfaces for sound MIDI equipment is killing me. It’s like a double negative of unpleasantness and complication. Pretty great.
  • Interesting concept art from Close Encounters, for a new coffee table book coming out. Interesting how the ship was examined upside-down…
  • I just like the single panel with the train car.
  • Inhumans increasingly looks like the project everyone involved will wish would quietly go away. I can’t fathom the missteps here. That said, let’s give them something: yes the hair in action looks a bit better than expected. Don’t get used to it though. They’ll be shaving her head soon enough in the season.
  • First shot of the completed Wasp costume, with Evangeline Lilly therein. Not bad!
  • This was kind of inspiring yesterday: Ed Skrein walked away from the Hellboy reboot because he had been cast as a character that was Asian in the comic. I’m not sure this was necessary but I liked that it happened.
  • I cannot wait. Hurry up, younglings. Lego Robotics await.
  • Etta Candy focused epilogue will be coming with the WW Blu-Ray… I’m all for that.  Here’s a clip.
  • Here’s a second teaser for Punisher, featuring supporting characters and a hopefully cool theme for the show. I like the urgency of the music a lot. At least he’s not doing sledgehammer art this time. Very therapeutic I know.

Thats all for now. We will be recording our thought on the Game of Toles finale later this week, then my man One Lung and I will be at San Francisco Comic Con this weekend in Artists Alley. Hope to see you there!

FACE OFF – Robots Root 25 August 2017

With all the hubbub about the proposed non-continuity Joker project, Bosslogic and others have been rapidly generating manips of different Joker visions from the comics and other sources. This was my favorite. I said, years ago, that what i wanted to see in the films was the version of this guy with his own face sewn back on. Here we go!

Meanwhile…

Robot’s Root:

  • But…but what I MEANT was, Batman’s not in continuity, but also, he’s totally in continuity!
  • In the wake of yesterday’s apparent greenlighting of a Joker and Harley film, Ayers’ Gotham City Sirens appears to have been chopped.
  • James Cameron. I mean, yeah, some strong women in some of his films… and what he pulled off with Sarah Connor was visionary… but then again, you read stuff like this, and think about how tone deaf he comes across as, ending with a preposition, and you might be reminded of True Lies, which was not exactly the feminist opus he thought it was.
  • So, Anna Diop has been cast as Starfire in the live action Teen Titans. This will be interesting, culturally: will they go orange and play it safe, or acknowledge more of the actress’ true skin color and tweak the character design, to the outrage of a rabid (I suspect less diverse) fan base…
  • I’m having trouble with these designs. More derivative reworks of the old stuff, and less successful. At least this time they didn’t name the Super Mega Super Star Destroyer as badly. But… gorilla hands?
  • Big Trouble in Little Comics! Again!
  • You have to admit: those are dope spacesuits. Probably have 11 pt. surround sound.
  • No tracks never found evermore.
  • I’ll be in my bunker.

  • See this is my central issue with Inhumans: how is that the cast looks more interesting dressed for a photo shoot as themselves, rather than in costume?

  • That one time…

Lastly, here are some other pics from legoland you might enjoy. The Star Wars exhibit was not rides and such but actually just a bunch of diorama work, much like their Miniland stuff… I admit something in me gets really aggravated at the odd scaling up they do by building miniatures from Legls rather than working in the actual Lego scale… but anyway:

    

A Lego Assembly Sneak Peek For Science

 

I was at Legoland last week with the younglings. There was a building with a little tour of the Lego manufacturing and assembly automations… took some photos for the interested parties I know.

    

 

Also, true love:

 

Plus, bonus David sighting. Or is that Walter… I mean, it’s not Fassbender… but he was CLOSE.

Robot-Kraken Podcast E036 – Game of Thrones S07 E05 and E06 Recaps

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Episode 36 – The three-headed dragon of Thom, Kris & Blake dive deep into the icy waters of episodes 5&6!

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