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Mount The Curb – Robots Root 9 May 2018

This is what the internet is for. STOP LYING, BATMAN.

 

Meanwhile.

  • I cant make heads or tails of what’s going on with TJ Miller’s implosion, but he won’t be in Deadpool 3, apparently. I do miss his energy in Silicon Valley, though. Not talking about behind the scenes value, just the finished products…
  • I’d be down with an all female Knights of Ren. This is like the rumored post-Avengers all-female supers team-up. You don’t even have to market it that overtly. Just DO it. Such as with Annihilation.
  • Let me just day, for the 333th time: I want a Bucky Barnes Cap. I mean, i NEEDS it. It was great in the comics.
  • So here’s the magical photo full of unicorn sparkles that apparently convinced Snyder to cast Cavill as Superman. And it’s… yeah… well, maybe I’m biased by how bulked he was later, but this isn’t thrilling.
  • I didn’t watch this AD S05 trailer, as I’m just going to dive right in and watch the show directly… but here you go.
  • The amount of misdirection in the Avengers: Infinity War trailers was peak. It does beg the question of how are they going to market the 4th Avengers movie… I’m of the mind they have all the actors do promo and press anyway, because come on… just don’t tell us HOW they come back. It’s like that hot mess of Superman/no Superman in the JL ads.
  • Super into what I’m seeing of Luke Cage S02. TOO much charisma. “They have to know we tried.”
  • As if the Infinity War situation couldn’t get more brutal.
  • Black Widow has gone through some hyperbolic number of director interviews, according to the supernet, so it must be true. More important subtext is the concept that they are looking for the right voice, not JUST an indie, or female, or controversial, voice. Hopefully, though, all those things in the end.
  • Sherlock Holmes 3 is coming, and I’m delighted.
  • It will be interesting to see how the original Wasp suit looks in motion. That helmet and the coat design were always something that barely made sense even in the comics.
  • Good to hear that Artemis actually has some old-school bite to it. The trailers were cut so as to look like every other post-John Wick project. Neat to hear it’s more 80s action movie…
  • Beautiful Last Starfighter art…
  • GUISE: MUTATIONS! ALIENS! DEATH FROM DUST! I mean, not like we ever went to the moon, but still.

OK, go to itunes now and check out or latest podcast which was released yesterday: Black Panther, Jumanji, insouciance…

 

And Thats Why You Always Leave a Note – Robots Root 03 May 2018

This was pretty inspired Han Solo marketing.

 

Meanwhile, this happened:

  • This was ALSO pretty good, for different reasons. A CAPE ROOM.
  • I cannot EVEN with this film.
  • WELP (Avengers: Infinity War spoilerish)
  • “John Wick uses the service industry to stay alive.”  … I’m picturing him eating for free before his shifts and being super down with the daily special objective opinions…
  • SJ Clarkson is directing the next ST film: notable for being a breach of the white male club, and also because, directly related, she’s not QT.
  • It’s getting to the point that the virals are as interesting as the films. I love that Jackman was on board. Now, Celine Dion was a bit much…
  • How dope nerd is Winston Duke that he misidentifies Whiplash as the more obscure X-Men villain Omega Red?
  • If you want to see Samuel L Jackson look slightly younger and with two eyes and a tight curl, well, you’re in luck. No need to get the DVDs out.
  • This could be one of the more tweaky easter eggs in Avengers. I mean, for the AD fan… even knowing about something being in the film, in advance, I still didnt spot it.
  • Unnecessary Avengers bleeps and blips. Pretty savvy.
  • Anyone interested in a Ghostbusters sequel?
  • New Ant-Man trailer… still looking forward to this one… though I’m struggling with the ant at the drum set.
  • This was pretty classy. Watching Disney hand the opening weekend record back and forth to its own self.
  • Interesting deviation from the events of Avengers: Infinity War… either misdirection directly pushed into the merchandising, or a deleted scene that completely changes the film thematically.
  • Josh Halloway as Gambit? The movie was a dog, but thats a great casting choice in my view.
  • Misgivings about choices made in the Snyder/Whedonverse over at DC/WB, I would still have liked to see this whole arc pan out as originally intended.
  • Supposedly the Shazam movie may show us the whole family of related heroes. Only important because I may have drawn Mary Marvel 4 or 5 times for no particular reason. Also, suspected casting for the character in question appears to be Michelle Borth, from Hawaii 5-0 and the Forgotten…
  • Well, this headline was sufficient to not need to read the article, but also to get blocked by cybernanny. “allison-mack-was-trying-super-hard-to-get-emma-watson-in-her-sex-cult”
  • Joe Mang, not letting go (on a yacht)…
  • We talked about this on the podcast, but James Cameron, I mean, srsly.
  • Mean Tweets, Avengers Edition. Lovely as usual. I enjoy when they don’t deny it.

 

That’s all for now. I’ve been on radio silence for several days in a surprisingly successful attempt to avoid Avengers spoilers. I saw it unspoiled!

Robot-Kraken Podcast : Ep. 041 “Shooting High, Aiming Low” Available Now

 

Robot-Kraken Episode 041 – March 2018 “Shooting High and Aiming Low”

Your regular host Thom ‘Third Rail Design Lab’ Chiaramonte and guest host Blake ‘Begin Again’ Simmons review and discuss Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok.. and a bunch of other projects along the way. Later Thom and Kris file two nightly con reports from January’s Heroes and Villains Fanfest/ Walker Stalker Con in Portland, OR

Sucking The Monkey Segment:

  • Thom: Houndstooth (vodka, Italian grapefruit soda, grapefruit juice)
  • Blake: lemon lime gatorade with rose

Planned Plundering/ Rum-Fueled Recommendations:

  • Thom: Altered Carbon, Expanse s03, Punisher, all the books
  • Blake: Gifted, Ian Banks novels, Shape of Water

 

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 robot-kraken.com

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Do we have a deal? NO THANKS – Robots Root 23 April 2018

Oh oh oh, maybe Venom isn’t complete garbage! This 0.3s is really rad!

 

Never mind.

 

The new Venom trailer has Venom in it, and the saddest part is that the terrible Troma-scale Venom situation isn’t even the worst thing. Nothing makes sense here. NOTHING. Riz Ahmed as the evil corporate whatever with a marble mouth and 17 yr old affect? Michelle Williams with nothing to do but hug her legs on a couch? Jenny Slate squeaking her way through forced exposition? Tons of sinewy, cheesy symbiote effects adding slight tweaks to mundane stuntwork? Venom-snatching a motorcycle in failed X-Games maneuvers? Some random deep, soulful Venom voice actor? Is Woody Harrelson playing all the roles? Does San Francisco actually have to be there? I mean.

Meanwhile:

  • Less interesting is the rumor that Fox assumes Dark Phoenix is their last X-Men, or Marvel period, film. Because merger: 2019. More interesting is the idea that Marvel’s Phase 4 will largely focus on these newly reacquired properties like X-Men, FF, Deadpool, etc. Quite a fresh palate.

  • For the record, I’m 100% on board with Bosslogic’s fantasy casting for an FF film.
  • I don’t have much interest in Joe Mangianello, and he never struck me as particularly articulate. But just read this treatise on his once-self-important Deathstroke moment:
    When I met with Ben Affleck about Batman, the meeting we were having was for Deathstroke. This is a real opportunity to figure out who this guy is on the inside. Like what he’s battling with…
    …From the inside, this is a person who is struggling with all types of things. I think it’s really interesting to tell that kind of a story and tell the truth emotionally of a story like that when you’re talking about a man who lost an eye, was betrayed, lost a son. These different types of aspects.
    Then you couple that with real world military training. Then I started training at like a Ninjutsu dojo and started learning sword fighting. Started learning and understanding where those techniques come from. All of a sudden this thing starts writing itself. What I love doing is in an instance like that I’m able to, at the ground level, I’m able to go back and pitch all of my work. So I’m pitching them: “This is where I think he comes from. This is where I think he’s going. This is the military background. These are some articles that I pulled for you. I also interviewed these people over here.”
    The Ninjustu school, there are scrolls that are written that have these ancient techniques that are not shared with students that are locked away because somebody is going to go into a bar and rip someone’s head off using one of these techniques. What are those techniques? Where are they? Could there theoretically be somebody that would go around and learn these insanely offensive techniques and become this incredible killer? But I’m rooting it in the world. I’m rooting it in something honest so it feels real…
    Somewhere along that way I know that it was announced where the studio – there was talks with Gareth Evans and talks about an origin movie. I’m not giving news. I spent six months prior to all of those phone calls writing a backstory that was turned into sixteen pages, which got turned into a treatment, which then led to my Skype call with Gareth.

    “NINJUSTU” they all said.

  • I don’t know what villain role Matt Damon (supposedly) turned down in Spidey 2, but he made the right call. He needs to be a hero. I would have said Ant-Man, before Paul Rudd owned it.
  • The Dark Knight: script to scene. MASTERFUL.
  • Getting hunted down by Ewoks for fun and profit.
  • Deadpool 2 is all about Peter. I’m just saying. I sent the twitter account to One Lung last weekend because I couldn’t believe it was really a thing. Just too good. Next level viral twitter.

Stay tuned for much much in the next Robot-Kraken podcast to be released soon! So many things to discuss… movies! tv! Expanse! Legion! Westworld! All the things!

Seppuku by Saarlac – Robots Root 17 April 2018

I’m ALL about this samurai/Mandalorian situation back there. Just give me THAT movie, thanks.

Meanwhile, for science:

  • I’ll be in my bunker.
  • With Gabriel Luna’s casting as the new Terminator, and the most recent casting of other actors of Hispanic culture, I’m suddenly much more intrigued about what they’re up to… this could be interesting, or a garbage fire, or an interesting garbage fire.
  • I love Michael Mann, and how he can turn any subject matter into Heat, which suits me fine. This time, he’s going after Paul le Croix. I smell some Black Hat vibes.
  • I don’t get the sense this is a very serious effort, but a heist film set in the world of comic conventions, released the same day as Avengers? That’s pretty brilliant strategy.
  • Hotel Artemis, because Jeff Goldblum, that’s why.
  • Neuromancer and chemistry, as explained by one who knows, about one who used.
  • Ten years from now, we’ll have chemical attack weapons that obliterate the plastics in enemy armor, weapons and gear. Marked.
  • Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct Birds of Prey… which apparently is not the same movie as Gotham City Sirens. More females behind the pen and the camera, thats a good thing!
  • Things aren’t looking good for the (near) future of the Mad Max franchise… the lawsuit continues.
  • Domhnall Gleeson may take the lead roll in the adaptation of Kitchen, which stokes me. Also, I saw the 4th Harry Potter film for the first time, and kept yelling at my family that Mad Eye Moody was General Hux’s daddy. No one seemed interested.

Shes Bloody Hot Mate – Robots Root 12 April 2018

Milla Jovovich posted this photo… of her own character… the other day, and the Mignola side of the interwebs screamed. I know I did. Can’t wait.

Meanwhile, in space:

  • Literally: Expanse S03 e01 aired last night, but us streaming types have to wait until FRIDAY FFS, throwing off our planned Robot-Kraken Podcast recording agenda for tonight. But if you need a refresher, here’s a primer. Better yet, quickly go read ALL THE BOOKS. Then watch all the eps.
  • I present: Icky Mouse, by Dann Matthews. Amazing.
  • Thinking about the classic X-Men/Teen Titans crossover from my youth, while I agree that it is still surprising that the two rival companies collaborated while both properties were at their peak, thinking about it now, I would offer that this was back when the company rivalry was good natured, and hadn’t turned vitriolic as it did in the 90s and beyond… back then, if readers knew there would be Justice League and Avengers movies out within a year of each other, they’d be collectively ecstatic. I know I would have. Today fans of one property actively try and sink the movie of the other. It’s unreal. The other aspect of this that I have a different perspective on today is that creators move from company to company. At the time, the idea that Claremont was able to write, and Simonson draw, the DC characters effectively seemed exotic. In today’s market, however, creators sometimes work at both shops, or move from one to another. It’s just story. Anyway, blast from the past…
  • A Bourne prequel called Treadstone is in development. I mean… why even call it Bourne. It could be any black ops agency.
  • You like movie sequels? Atomic Blonde has one cooking. You like sequels for your sequels? Then Jumanji has one… and the Rock is generally cooking something. You like sequels for your TV shows? Jessica Jones has one too!
  • Predator has undergone extensive reshoots for the third act. I keep saying this, but today significant reshoots are common on most major productions, and do not necessarily signify problems. We want the best film possible, after all.
  • Jeff Wadlow had a script treatment for He-Man that I have to say, I agree with generally. I think this film wants to be nostalgic and referential and fun, not a grim redesign.
  • Mulan is getting serious. Donnie Yen! Jet Li and Gong Li! I want to go to there.
  • David Leitch is apparently on board for the Fast and Furious spin-off. All I can say on that point is that he might be too good for it, but it might elevate the property.
  • What is EVEN with the Stan Lee situation?! It gets more and more surreal by the day.
  • Like tabletop games? Like Starfleet Battles and BSG? Here’s everything in one package for you. I mean, probably not one package. From what I’ve seen of the recent Star Wars tabletop stuff, you have to buy a million different expensive expansion packs and individual ships. Obviously I haven’t done table top gaming in years, but it was always that way. Which is all to say, my enthusiasm for this project will be directly related to how many pieces are included in the basic kit.
  • Jeff Goldblum noises.
  • They taught an AI to make its own Flintstones animatics. This can’t be good. I mean, I don’t know how its not good, but it still feels useful to SKYNET. Somehow.
  • Here’s a new Incredibles 2 trailer… filled with all the things.

Finally, look what ole Deeply Dapper found in Fallout 4:

You Have 3 Seconds to Comply: Robots Root 11 April 2018

 

Dig this new Mondo poster: ROBOCOP by Josan Gonzalez

Meanwhile, in space, all of this is happening right now!

  • Taika Waititi confirmed that he’s not adapting the Akira film, but rather going after the voluminous book series. I find that interesting. There’s so much more THERE there, and also gives him more to do than just a remake.
  • Speaking of ambitious, Apple is adapting the I, Robot series of works from Isaac Asimov.
  • Woody Harrelson may or may not be playing Carnage in the Venom film. I say DO IT.
  • Transformers cartoon opening credits, shot with the toys in stop-motion WINNNNNNS.
  • The Deadwood film production just got a tax credit. This gives them a timetable, which is a good thing.
  • Christina Hodson has been named as the new Batgirl writer. This is also a good thing.
  • Boss Level sounds really neat or really terrible.
  • If you want to know secret stuff that isn’t surprising stuff, regarding Iron Spidey in Avengers: Infinity War, read on. In other Marvel news, I think this poster shot shows that Evangeline Lily should have been a Marvel heroine years and years ago. She looks really motivated.
  • Eric Bana is set to star in the first season of Dirty John, some sort of anthology-based true crime show on Bravo that isn’t True Detective on HBO, and inexplicably features a character name as the title, which begs questions about it’s anthology nature.
  • This is pissing all the right people off: Westworld creators said they’d let Reddit superfans in on the active development of S02, which starts later this month… they announced a few days ago that their plan was to circumvent the huge hunt for answers and easter eggs and spoilers by actually giving the subreddit access to a video that explains the S02 plot, so they can opt-in if desired, as long as they keep it to themselves and don’t leak it to mainstream press. Then last night they released a video, which ended up being an elaborate Rick-Roll… LITERALLY… I love it. Speaking of, you know I’m down with S02’s Shogunworld.
  • The Shazam costume may or may not be objectively bad… but I liked Zachari Levi’s comments about the intrinsic insecurity of pre-haters.
  • I was totally into it, until I realized the pilot’s legs are fake and its just a stilt construct. I mean, not JUST, but you know.
  • Moviepass users (aka Deeply Dapper) rejoice: AMC theaters were just unlocked. That’s pretty huge.
  • The BBC is launching a big budget early 20s adaptation of War of the Worlds. I’m 300% on board…
  • I initially dismissed Bosslogic’s manip of Krasinski and Blunt as Reed and Sue of the FF as being too current, given the obsession with their current film… but looking at it more closely, I’d be down with all of these casting ideas. I still think Richards needs to be older, greying and aloof… but even more than that, they need to be a believable couple… and this pair have proven they can be, on screen…
  • More featurette film stuff from Isle of Dogs, this time about the real on-set canine crew….
  • Finally, trailer roundup:
    • The Meg, which I always assumed would be terrible, actually amused me. So much reminding me of Jaws 3 in 3D… but also Deep Blue Sea, which I actually never saw. I do love 4th wall characters like Rainn Wilson’s one here, just saying it like it is.
    • Similarly, I dismissed Upgrade when the teaser came out awhile back as being a B-movie… but it does have some interesting elements in it. Logan Marshall-Green affects an unusual stance when the AI is doing the fighting for him, almost a hangjawed expression and slouched neck against a rigid posture, but he was Shocker #1 in Homecoming and soldier X in Prometheus, so let’s give it a shot.
    • Terminal appears to be based on a pitch like: “Imagine Atomic Blonde but with Margot Robbie and made to look like Lock Stock plus we’ll include one of those actors even, for authenticity“… but I’m still on board.

Karl the Butcher – Robots Root 8 April 2018

Mot interesting news of the week for me has been the casting announcement of Karl Urban as Billy the Butcher, in The Boys. Many other casting nods within, as well.

Back for an extremely rare Nipponese Robot-Kraken session!

  • Rian Johnson is saying all the right things, in a way, regarding how to make another trilogy compelling and not saturated. Avoiding: ‘Oh, I loved that thing. Oh, I remember that thing!’ On the other hand, I DO love that thing, and remember it. But either way. The idea of making new stories set in the same environment but not with the ‘Skywalker royalty’ involved is a very good thing in my book. Thats a part of why Rogue One may be my favorite film from the series.
  • There’s a lot of memetic 4th wall business happening over Spielberg possibly saying a future Indiana Jones could be female. Beyond the awkward wrongness of ‘Indiana Joan’ (I think an affect of a badly processed verbal pun) it also reminds me of how badly fetishistic and pervy he and Lucas were about the original casting concepts for Marion. But anyway, I’m down!
  • See you in December.
  • Gary Whitta just ‘spontaneously’ released his active treatment for a Last Starfighter remake. I’m OK with it. Especially if it’s not Louis Gossett Jr. involved, which I could never handle.
  • Interesting treatise on why superheroes always fight their evil mirrors. Surprisingly good.
  • Someday, someone’s going to get Tony Gilroy to open up about what happened on Rogue One, and it’s going to be a hell of an interview. He gives no shits, and pulled off a salvage to make an excellent and refreshing Star Wars film in my book, and it’s reallllly tantalizing, imagining the state the Gareth Edwards version was in when he took over. Said as someone who likes Gareth Edwards, even.
  • Y: The Last Man may ACTUALLY become a show. It’s been a LONG process, to say the least.
  • The source material is a bit preachy for my taste, but the Fahrenheit 451 trailer is looking pretty good. It’s all about the casting.
  • What the shit! Netflix and their very deep pockets appear to be circling Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp production company.
  • Pedro ‘Can Do No Wrong’ Pascal just landed a mystery role in Wonder Woman 2… color me intrigued… and in Dornish gold.
  • The Fantastic Four are returning to Marvel as a team book… suspiciously timed to renewed harmony with Fox… could a reasonable FF film be far behind?
  • Fair Warning: I didn’t watch the trailer, as I’m on blackout. But the new Westworld stuff apparently looks like something to a lot of people…
  • I have to say, I’m honestly just nauseated by the allegations about John Kricfalcusi. I feel terrible for these women, and it absolutely colors my appreciation of his work.

You Mess with the Gadot You Get The W Gang Signs – Robots Root 24 Mar 2018

 

Despite resolving as the lowest moneymaker in the DCEU lineup thus far, fan interest remains strong enough to put Justice League at the top of weekly DVD/Blu-Ray sales, which isn’t surprising: the film may not have had staying power in theaters, but it’s a no-brainer for comic and action movie fans to have at home. Also, this image above.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • Lord and Miller are getting an Executive Producer credit on Han Solo, which is actually a positive thing: easy to imagine them having no credit at all, given how much of the film was reshot. Meanwhile, Ryan Reynolds is getting a writing credit on Deadpool 2, which shows how much his personal sense of humor has helped shape the character’s success, I think.
  • These unfinished shots of the aborted Justice League film costumes are pretty interesting in that Fringe Universe sort of way. I don’t hate them as much as others on the supernet, that’s for sure. I certainly struggle with redesigns of major franchise characters, but the Superman look here reminds me of something hovering between Rance’s redesign and mine. Don’t pay any attention to this Batman design, though. It’s atrocious.
  • The new Deadpool 2 trailer is super fun. Cool to see the X-Force team in action. Plus, a bonus Skarsgard I had no idea was involved.
  • Doug Liman’s Youtube RED series Impulse is basically a redo of his Jumper film… and actually looks compelling, to be honest. And I didn’t hate Jumper.
  • Noah Hawley has hit it out of the park with Legion, so I’m inclined to be optimistic about his incredibly challenging Doctor Doom film challenge, which appears to be challenging.
  • Astro City has been optioned for a live-action TV series, or series of series, as the case may be. Astro City was an inspiration to me in my youth as far as worldbuilding goes, so I’m down with it.
  • Less than one month to go before Westworld S02, and the viral is viral.
  • Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth reuniting in the Men in Black remake? Is this fan casting?! Excellent.
  • Pretty stellar ode to the stache here
  • In keeping with tradition, WB have announced a production schedule for a DCEU film without having the script or casting resolved. Batman, 2019.
  • It’s awesome that Elizabeth Olsen called out Empire on the savage photomanip of her face in these covers.

 

Thats all for today… off to drag Thor’s head around as I hunt for Infinity Stones in my disassembled bathroom subfloor.

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.