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Hows My Breath – Robots Root 9 Nov 2018

Laika’s Missing Link trailer makes everything almost OK. I so cannot even wait.

 

Meanwhile, in the Quantum Realm:

 

  • I love stuff like this. As an artist, I hoard ‘chronological costume reference’ material whenever I find it. Which isn’t often. I committed to drawing every Iron man armor, and I’m woefully behind. Granted I have more prints than most anyone else you’ll come across, but I have many to go.

  • Similarly, this Isle of Dogs poster makes me sweat. I want it framed, badly.
  • This 1:1 scale Venom bust is pretty incredible, and I say that as someone who doesn’t like the Venom design and thought the movie imagery looked ridiculous.
  • What the hell? A final Scooby Doo episode?!?
  • Jeremy Irons as Ozymandias? That’s brilliant casting, actually.
  • I was surprised at the news of a Cassian Andor series on Disney+, but I’m quite pleased with it. Rogue One is my favorite SW project, and a prequel series dipping deeper into the pre-Empire post-Sith era works for me.
  • I am not so enthused about the finally confirmed Loki series. They’d have to be pretty creative to make that show work for me. I don’t like him front and center. I like him as a foil and a conflict agent.
  • Honest Trailer for Incredibles 2, followed by How It Should Have Tole You.
  • I know I’m being overly-critical here, but the addition of Slimer undermines the poster for me.
  • Kingsman 3 without the main lead? Either they’re doing a misdirect (wasted energy, as no one cares) and will pull a Kingsman 2 and bring whomever the want back on a whim (I’m looking at you, Mark Strongbad) or they’re going to focus on the Statesmen, which I wouldn’t mind, though they are better as a side element, not the main show. Who knows, with this random franchise. We bludgeoned it to death in the recent Robot-Kraken podcast discussion…
  • Antoine Fuqua is doing a big budget sci-fi/adventure film called the Infinites, which feels very late aughts indie comic… I’m on board conceptually, based on the vague premise and the skills of the director. But an odd choice!
  • A nice look at the creature design in Guillermo del Toro’s work. Which is a short video, because he uses the same three affectations over and over, ha! I kid.
  • OK, now THAT is a costume skin I didn’t expect out of the new Spider-Man game on the PS4. Right down to the zipatone.

  • Jessica Henwick has joined Godzilla vs. Kong vs. Whomever. Which is just being posted as an excuse to show Jessica Henwick in pigtails with an Iron Sword again. You’re welcome.

With that I leave you. Excelsior!

I Corpse and I Know Things – Robots Root 5 Nov 2018

Reportedly, the new final season of Game of Thrones will have the ‘biggest battle ever filmed’ which surprises precisely zero followers of GoT. I’ve been thinking a bit lately about how the final act was to be a few full length telefilms, and then they broke it into a string of long episodes over a short season. I fear the original plan would have worked better, because less ‘filler’ to stretch out events, while at the same time, the latter approach allows us more time for character work. I truly love that show, and I’ll take all that i can get. But as much as I have demanded, on the podcast, to know how it is that we can get all the way up to the final few episodes without the whole Winter Having Came… i’m less interested in all the big set pieces and more these final interactions with all of these beloved characters, especially as so many will be corpses well enough. Or worse, like ole’ Wun Wun (maybe)…

Meanwhile, for science:

  • First test screening reports indicate Hellboy was a hot mess. But do they really, is it really, and should this matter? I saw a test screening for Terminator 2 after all. Lots of comments on that card. That’s the POINT. I retain my grip on optimism with a red right hand!
  • Speaking of Hellboy, or older Hellboys, or actually prior Hellboys who are also older, here’s a preview for Asher, a fairly by the book looking ‘hitman retiring’ story, but with an intriguing cast: Ron Perlman and Famke Janssen, among others. I like it. I’ll give it a go.
  • Alien Nation is being remade, and by Jeff Nichols, who I don’t know much about since I never saw any of his films… though I DO get a red flag when I see that he refers to himself in the third person. Not even Barton Fink self-applied ‘that Barton Fink feeling.’…
  • Brianna Hildebrand has joined Persephone, and all you need to know is that it’s spacey and it includes Brianna Hildebrand. Sold.
  • John Cena is sniffing around Captain America, throwing out cryptic hopeful images on Twitter and what have you. Thing is, though: he’d make a great USAgent…
  • Can’t believe the Deadwood film is actually happening. I have to say, reading the premise: that’s a smart move.
  • This video about Pixar Halloween traditions was great. It’s animated, but you get the idea. Love the tech support idea!

Finally, a great article on how to deal with loving video games once you have no time to play them. It didn’t really help ME, because time isn’t technically my problem, it’s competition for scarce resources: I feel like that time needs to be spent on my art projects. But still, good reminder that playing in short bursts, the RIGHT kind of massive game, with lots of smaller side quests, can be satisfying. Looking at you, Red Dead!

These ARE The Villains You’re Looking For – Robots Root 2 Nov 2018

Ewan McGregor as the Black Mask? How is this even? I’m quite on board. I assume we’ll see plenty of the villain without the mask on. I’ve never ready contemporary books with the character, so I wasn’t sure about him having a civilian identiyy, but I’s uper down. I’ve only ever drawn him with the mask.

Meanwhile, for science:

  • I love this project 3,333 times. AI artifact-persons inserted into landscapes. It speaks to me.
  • While there’s been precisely zero info out there about the quality of his script for WW 1984, David Callaham has been tapped to write an undefined Marvel film. The interesting part is that Patty Jenkins selected him, so that adds to the hope that it’s for one of the upcoming female-led projects at the House of M
  • Best Star Destroyer based Halloween costume involving a bike ever. Lung was on board immediately.
  • This dove-tailed nicely with my practice at shows of applying non-trademark diluted names to cosplayers and sometimes my own work… cheeky!
  • HELL YES: 1938 LA for a new Penny Dreadful series!
  • Leo DiCaprio in a Time Machine film from the production team of It? I’m IN! I LOVE old-timey Leo.
  • This Lego Bond AM is amazing. Look at those functional details!
  • Here’s a pic from Jessica Chastain’s sort-of-Bourne film, Eve. I’m in.
  • I love these particular Vans x NASA but I must be frugal.
  • Here’s a look at the What We Do in the Shadows expanded TV series. I’m intrigued, and I originally thought it was a fool’s errand.

 

And lastly, I leave you with Brie Larson handing out candy as Samus Aran… holy moley.

 

They’ll Use Your Bones for Tools – 31 October 2018

In honor of Halloween, here’s a link to the original War of the Worlds broadcast, not to be confused with the two later rebroadcasts within the next 15 years, or any War of the Worlds film or TV projects since. Though, because I am a defender of the movie, I’m using a Tom Cruise War of the Worlds header image because damn, they looked rad. And sounded radder. The rising of the inexplicably buried walker out of a New Jersey intersection is still one of my favorite filmed sequences in the modern era.

 

Meanwhile, within your treat pail, find these thus:

  • In a somewhat surprise reveal, the Game of Thrones prequel will include and likely feature Naomi Watts. Nice catch!
  • In an optimistic bit of rumor, apparently maybe supposedly Marvel is cooking up a Falcon/Bucky miniseries for the streaming service. That’s a hot one. Their dynamic in Winter Soldier was excellent. Now, allow me to opine: I may be just pushing my own wish fulfillment here, but I suspect Bucky will take the Cap mantle, and this show might be used to bridge or flesh out that transition. Meanwhile, Vision might have a major role in the Scarlett Witch series. I mean, he SHOULD. And meanwhile meanwhile, the rumored Hawkeye project might be a series and include Clint training Kate Bishop. If it followed the story beats and tonal style of the early comic issues, that would lead to one very welcome thing: live action PLESS PLESS!
  • In Mediocre Cosplay News, here’s more pics of the awkward Doom Patrol people with the awkward Titans people. How bad does this project need to be when the promo material is this amateur? I’m weirded out. And, related: here’s Henry Cavill’s costume/makeup tests for Witcher, in which he looks like he wore the black Superman suit we never got to see, but added a Halloween Store wig, and then tried to use the SMOLDER ability from Jumanji.
  • I can’t recall any project like this before: the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 is to include not ONLY that surreal Princess Bride intro, but a sizable amount of different footage and story beats. It’s like multiversal and stuff.
  • I enjoyed reading this fan theory about Nick Fury knowing the future and setting things up based on Dr. Strange going back in time and warning him, though reading this rambling treatise (sort of an Emporer’s Shanghai Noodles of MCU theories) it’s easy to see how if they weren’t VERY careful we’d have another well-fucked time paradox problem.
  • I keep forgetting to post this youtube video on building Daredevil’s billyclubs… I think Lung found it initially… the thing is, it reminds me that on the show I feel like it’s always been standalone clubs, not connected by wire? Am I misremembering? Because I LOVE when they are connected. Though not when Jimmy Palmiotti draws it and the wire is 333′ of silly string. Editorial over.

 

Finally, I leave you with this: Bram Stoker’s original defacement of his library source material when writing Dracula. How awesome.

Load-Bearing Reference Material – Robots Root 22 Oct 2018

Geoff Darrow is abandoning THIS space in Chicago… and moving to France. HOT DAMN I want to go to there.

Meanwhile, science. Space science:

  • Ana de Armas, 99% of the non-Ryan Gosling sexiness in Blade Runner 2049, has hopped onto Knives Out. I’m telling you, this movie will be a thing.
  • Capture the Lab.
  • With the exception of the ongoing weirdness of the cape straps, the new all-black Superman costume from Supergirl is probably the best looking suit in the modern era yet. So little unnecessary texture…
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Hot Christmas… well, despite using the script, I fear that this movie may be redubbed hot ass if they don’t figure something out. And not in a good way.
  • The millisecond after T’Challa ashed up in Avengers: Infinity War, my first thought was SHURI in the suit.
  • Miss Bala looks good to me. I like the setting and the way Gina Rodriguez is sucked in. Optimism is key. Plus, I liked her before, but really got into her after Annihilation.
  • Saddest thing about the momentary loss of Iron Fist is the lack of Jessica Henwick on screen as Colleen Wing. And now that Luke Cage has also been canceled, signs do continue to point to the Disney service: the contract renewal for the Marvel Netflix shows just so happened to be at the same time as the streaming service launch. Now, let’s just skip to the end and get a Daughters of the Dragon (and a Heroes for Hire, why not) series at Marvel properly.
  • The best thing about Grant Hurlburt’s project to draw one frame from each movie he sees is how he elevates some of the dogs.
  • A well-timed look back at when a Venom on screen was even worse.
  • SPOILER: Only follow if you’ve seen more than the first half of Daredevil S03. PS this season is AMAZING so far. Just next level. Two scenes so far have been legendary. This talks about one of them.

That’s all for today. Brought to you by the 33% Nation of Tumbler wheels.

I Get It, They All Said – 15 October 2018

So, I’ve been trying to catch up on Iron Fist S02, in advance of Daredevil S03 starting in a few days. I’ve said it before here, and on the pod, but it’s a lot better than S01. Anyway, this news came out right before the weekend: Iron Fist not renewed for S03, if kind, or Iron Fist cancelled, if unkind. It was a strange piece of news: Netflix virtually never cancels projects. They may not continue with new seasons, or hibernate, but they virtually never announce a project’s end. It made me wonder. Iron Fist S01 did not do well, but they felt enough confidence in the character, the actor, and the interconnected series’ as a whole to continue with S02 under new leadership, and to include Rand in Defenders. It seemed odd to cancel it as many people, like me, are still watching it (I hate this binge culture now. I don’t have that time!) in the immediate lead0up to another season of the group. So, I wondered… Netflix has had the development rights to these shows, and the Disney Streaming Service specifically was announced as not to include the Marvel Netflix stuff… but if I’m in Netflix’s position, why spend money on Marvel properties when they have already been spending a ton on all these other original programming projects. Any Marvel property now will be diminishing returns. Familiar eyeballs will tune in, but compare it to whatever comes down the pipe at Disney’s service, and from the looks of things on the Star Wars project, it will look pretty high-budget. That puts the ‘shoot it like a play’ methodology of the Netflix stuff and their limited, constantly recurring set-pieces, into more obvious critical focus. And less familiar eyeballs will look for Marvel stuff right in the Disney app, rather than remember what service happens to have them. So I wonder if they are negotiating handing these projects back to Disney, behind the scenes. If they wanted to kill the projects but keep them out of Disney’s hands, they wouldn’t make announcements, they’d just leave things open-ended. So I wonder: will all of the Marvel Netflix stuff eventually live on on the Disney service after all?

 

  • Here’s a great look at the final version of the Captain Marvel uniform (She of the maybe not 5 films) . There may be differences on film, actually, as this was posted by Andy Park, so it’s the final key art version, but things happen in production. I will say when I fan art this, i’ll be doing away with some of the bits and pieces to streamline it. Still, good reference piece!
  • Sometimes you screw up at work. Then there’s THIS.
  • Elon Musk says he’s interested in making a giant combat robot to solve all of our problems. I mean, he didn’t. He said the word ‘mecha’ and the internet imploded, as happens. The Gundam memes are flying.

  • Favreau posted this, a few days ago. I thought, huh, looks familiar. But couldn’t place where I’d seen that design. As it turns out, it was from the horrible infamous Xmas Special. I barely remember that show, or in fact I may have never even seen it, just seen enough clips and pics… anyway, it jogged my memory because I have the Boba Fett from that special in draw queue. Because colors. Anyway, so they took a nod from that. Pretty cool.
  • The young Alfred no one asked for.
  • Coogler is officially on board, directing a film about a pile of ash. RIIIIGHT
  • Speaking of Daredevil… I’m into the new season, and look forward to it’s release. I’d ALSO like this great deal on a Hell’s Kitchen apartment. Love viral marketing.
  • Best maternity photos ever. And I’ve seen some good ones.
  • Here’s some great retconning by Johnny Depp. No, he’s staggering because he’s drunk, he’s slurring because he’s drunk, and he’s drunk because you mimicked a version of Keith Richards. Let’s not make this a whole thing. Being box office poison on the Harry Potter stuff meant Jack Sparrow stuff would suddenly be in interviews, that was obvious. But let the thing be the thing.
  • There’s a lot to like about the new red and black Spidey suit. The belt is not one of them.
  • Well, we were fucked before, and we’re extra fucked now.
  • I don’t think these were used. But if they were, not thrilled, over here.
  • Here’s a fun video of Haunted Mansion with some young, familiar faces, and a lot of blurry business.
  • I’m out of the reasonable realm of having these around, with two impressionable younglings, but I love it. LOVVVVVVE it.
  • So into tabletop gaming using post-apocalyptic scratch-built Hot Wheels. Love it. Love it. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it.
  • Yes. Inside a Tauntaun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I can’t believe Venom has legs. I guess the inverted world we live in right now affects everything? Maybe?

 

*The title of this post refers to the strange predilection of the Iron Fist S02 scripts to have character say ‘I get it…’ ALL THE TIME, and frequently, you know, not get it.

Red Markers Turning Green – Robots Root 11 October 2018

$15M for Black Widow? Good work, Scarlet Johansson. Along with the news that Brie Larson signed on for seven films, I’m optimistic we’ll be seeing a lot of powerful Marvel women on screen in the next several years.

Meanwhile, in space:

  • James Bond “will never be a woman…” because… REASONS. Le sigh.
  • If nothing else, Ruby Rose’s Batwoman is about as close to comics continuity as we’ve seen in one of these projects.
  • The screenwriter of Kraven insists Spider-Man will be in his film (because, again, how can he not; see Venom) and Morbius continues to lumber along in pre-production… Sony is trying to Phase IV it before having Phase I-III, ha.
  • “ballistic descent” is pretty much how I describe Lung’s riding style…
  • The Secret Six, an evolution of Suicide Squad (briefly Villains United) is headed to TV in some form or another… that does not fill me with optimism… if it were heading to cable, then maybe, but this is CBS…
  • More Glass. I need to get on Split, post-haste. I didn’t watch this trailer…
  • Matthew Mcconoughey has joined Guy Ritchie’s latest gang caper, and thats good news as far as I’m concerned.
  • Disney you done erred.
  • I assumed Janet Van Dyne was coming back TOUCHED… and was surprised they didn’t broadcast more uncertainty about it. Maybe she will be.
  • God Country has been optioned for live action. Stoked! I’ve talked with one of the creative team and it sounds very promising.
  • When I read that there was to be a Fantasy Island remake, the FIRST thing I thought was: those won’t be fantasies… they’ll be nightmares. And sure enough, I think that’s what they are doing. Dave Bautista and Michael Pena are attached. With that cast, I don’t know if it’s going to be a dark comedy or just… dark.
  • Dwayne Johnson is doing League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for Netflix. No, wait… John Henry and the Statesmen. Same difference.
  • The man that killed Neil Blomkamp’s Alien film in his over-reaching declaration that he would somehow make 33 more Aliens films despite being 80+ … is now working in TV too, soooo…..
  • Months from now, we’ll be talking about Knives Out like EVERY DAY. I can feel it.

That’s all for today! If you haven’t yet, download and listen to the latest episode of Robot-Kraken, and if you are willing, please subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes so we can get some exposure thanks to their dubious algorithm…!

His Red Right Hand – 8 October 2018

Well, it sure looks like Hellboy to me. Word on the street, ie. NYCC, is that it’s gooooood stuff.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • The teaser for The Boys looks SPOT ON. And I’m really warming to Jack Quaid in lieu of Simon Pegg, though it’s great the latter will step in to play the father of the former.
  • Not sure what to make of Venom’s strong opening weekend. We’ll see what second weekend and international releases look like, because that’s where the morbid curiosity viewers fall away and lack of repeat business and demographic penetration kills these films. Still, stronger than I would have expected.
  • Not even Minka Kelly can save that terrible Dove costume design. It’s comics-canon, sure, but those goggles never made any sense. Still, I mean, for DC fans… who would have thought they’d have Hawk and Dove live action?
  • I don’t know, other than a post Avengers 4 multiverse/time retcon situation, how they’d make Dark Avengers work, but you know I’d be first in line. I loved that series.
  • From the trailers-I-didn’t-watch department, another Daredevil one, this time teasing Bullseye.
  • Good Omens looks fantastic. Very nice casting and good chemistry. I never read the Neil Gaiman series, but I’m into it.
  • Nightflyers continues to interest me.
  • A reminder that Deadly Class is still coming in January. Yes please.
  • Here’s a fanart of a possible look for Black Canary in the Birds of Prey series. I have to tell you, my Black Canary pieces do well at conventions. I think it’s the fishnets.
  • An Expanse S04 teaser for you. YESYESYESYESYESYES

And finally, for a very specific kind of porno: Tom Hardy feeding shelter dogs sausages.

 

Fett’s Vette – 7 October 2018

Quick snap! No sooner than I posted the news from yesterday regarding the Mandalorian, they released the first photo and the director list. Both are pretty awesome. I do wonder at YET ONE MORE BROWN BLECHHH but the armor looks cool and the smooth helmet is a nice touch. I’m into it. It seems like they are going for an anthology vibe in tone, given that we have a wide range of styles present in these directors… Taika Waititi?!? So, optimistically this could be nuanced and pessimistically, worst-case, it will be like X-Files, like Kris said last night, where only the eccentric episodes are worth revisiting.

Thus, in space, this may be happening:

  • Lobo has finally been presented in live action… that Deadpool of the 80s… and he has… a top-knot… this looks very Monster Magnet, doesn’t it?
  • We talked about this on last night’s pod, but Chris Evans is sure heavily sayonara-ing it with his tweet. But I contend thats the sort of thing Marvel would have him do, regardless of what is happening in Avengers 4. Believe nothing. And everything!
  • Here’s 5 minutes of Aquaman for you. I’m trying to not watch any more trailers or content, but it’s probably hopeless…
  • Wait… this guy was working on this Lego model for almost as long as the actual construction. He must have started the minute the images for the planning department presentation were leaked.
  • I don’t make it out to the comic shops these days, but this new anthology of Ghost in the Shell material by guest creators is pretty amazing. I like what I see!
  • I REALLY need to see Ant-Man and Wasp again.

And with that, I leave you with a carefully curated collection of nightmare toilets.

No Good To Us Dead – Robots Root 4 Oct 2018

My favorite news of the moment is the confirmation that Jon Favreau’s SW TV series will be called The Mandalorian, and have a lone gunslinger vibe. I’ve only scratched the surface of Mandalore in the Clone Wars series thus far, but I’ll be interested to see if it’s another species wearing Mandalorian armor, as with the Fetts, or if it’s a true Mandalorian, who eppear to have a pretty interesting story of their own. Either way, exploring the Outer Reach, shooting to kill, best helmet design in the series, I’m on board…bonus: Pedro Pascal in the live action SW series? YES PLS

 

Meanwhile, this may be happening RIGHT now:

  • I haven’t watched this, being in back to back meetings all day, but I’m optimistic. Ferrell’s haircut alone! DAPPER. Update: Welp, yep, I AM THE TARGET MARKET.
  • Despite my doubts, they just sold me on the Kingsman prequel. I mean, I didn’t have doubts about it being a prequel… or even about the speculative film’s value… I just figured that Millar was spouting without anything to back it up, given that Kingsman 2 didn’t do very well. But I like the concept of the series and I’m on board. But whoa: Ralph Fiennes?!? Yes please.
  • Want some candy? Yes, of course they do.
  • Bad Birds of Prey news, following on the heels, so to speak, of very good news earlier this week… Rosie Perez appears to have been cast as the Question. Why for the love of R’yleh… I held out this morning for awhile hoping it was a hoax.
  • I don’t know why they keep referring to the uniforms in Dark Phoenix as ‘classic’… I mean, I guess compared to others in the franchise they are, but these are Frank Quitely’s excellent designs from New X-Men thanks. Love it!
  • I don’t need a lot of Luke in my Star Wars IX, but I do dig the concept of a flashback showing him pulling Star Destroyers into orbit. What a great image. Well, THROUGH orbit.
  • Here’s a trailer for Runaways S02. I’m stoked!
  • Hey look: at least Venom is compared (fairly) favorably to Catwoman. But look, here’s a reasonably, contextually, positive review about what’s in the tin.
  • Entourage played the Aquaman movie concept as a riff on big budget supers films with no artistic merit, ie. the ultimate low-brow sellout move with devastating financial and professional risk. But as this look back shows, it mirrored the future reality pretty accurately.
  • Though it’s pretty likely Amazon will pull it once they figure it out, they are allowing Verhooven’s original X-rated cut of Robocop to stream on Prime right now. I need to get on that myself!
  • Disney just greenlit a Lilo and Stitch live action adaptation. I’m on board: great 3d alien and a more powerful non-traditional body image situation for young girls than the more famous Moana. Excellent!
  • This is a cool Millennium Falcom triptych, but I’d like it more if there was NO there there between them. Imply it, don’t show it!
  • Surprisingly, at least one review claims there’s MORE there there to the Titans series, in a way that JUST might be interesting enough to try out. Despite that Starfire.

Thats all for today. We are recording another episode of Robot-Kraken tonight, so if you feel a tingling, happy sensation, it’s probably your collective awareness of our enthusiasms. All hail the TRDL hive mind!