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Haileys and Bumblebees – Robots Root 3 Jan 2018

 

The only three things I can find to be positive about Bumblebee: The Damn Movie are, in no particular order:

  1. No Michael Bay
  2. Bumblebee is a Bug FFS
  3. Hailey Steinfeld

Maybe that WAS the right order.

Robot’s Root!

  • This comparison between Force Awakens and the Knights of the Old Republic storyline was pretty good. Had I any knowledge of the latter, maybe I would have detected some of this. Or not.
  • Every time Neil Blomkamp posts concept art from his axe-murdered Alien 5 treatment, I get frustrated.
  • I know this isn’t the most popular opinion, but I for one would want to see those extra hours of Blade Runner 2049… speaking of which, Ridley Scott’s elder man ego is spinning out… these comments are nuts.
  • This quote from Guillermo del Toro was amusing mostly because he criticized the design. I feel him.
  • Rian Johnson is supposedly set to begin filming scenes for the new trilogy in 2018… without a script, or even a stated concept… so at most, I hope it’s establishing shot set pieces… I mean, a road is nice. I like roads.
  • The most obvious conclusion reached from the linkbait comments that ‘Thor will undergo a dramatic transformation in Infinity Tole’ is a loss of an arm, as per the comics some years back… I’d like to see Thanos rip a Thor arm off…
  • new octopus alert. ALERT!
  • Hailey Steinfeld wants to be Joss Whedon’s Batgirl, if these misleading interview comments are to be believed. I would not mind. She’s fit, athletic, has a great expressive face, and has been acting since she was a wee one (remember True Grit? Long before the pop singer phase)… I had a different fantasy casting for this role, but maybe we’ll get to that sometime in 2018 on the podcast if a couple of other rubes get their shit together…
  • On the heels of the failed Dark Universe, Paramount is hurtling forward with the Hasbroverse, announcing dates for GI Joe, Micronauts and others… despite not having scripts or a plan. Sounds about right. Dungeons and Dragons AGAIN. Guh.
  • Here’s an interview with Neal Scanlan about creature work on TLJ… if you are into that sort of thing, which I am…
  • I still can’t even with this fever dream. It might be great. Mortal Engines…
  • I have an intense need to clean up and sort this mess… while eating THIS, of course.
  • Lung and I traded finds in this vein… this was my favorite of the Star Wars ones. Still looking for the perfect Deckard one.
  • Mark L Smith has been tasked as writer for Tarantino’s Star Trek film… I mean… someone rubbed a lamp somewhere right?
  • I enjoy radical fan theories where the main character is dead. Works with almost any movie.
  • Would Darkseid have helped or hurt Justice League? I think, as Kevin Smith described it, it would have made an effective tether for the next film.
  • Great honest trailer about Return of the Toleyou… except for the grating mispronunciation of Maori…
  • The new Annihilation trailer is already showing too much. I’m on blackout. But I can’t wait.
  • They do look pretty New Mutanty… love the Lockheed puppet…
  • Cloverfield 3 comes out in April… but with no name yet and no promos. Which is fine. They played it fast and loose with the last “sequel”… I’m still on board, ESPECIALLY if it is indeed space based as rumored. The cast alone!
  • True Detective S03 is shaping up to be pretty exciting to this guy: three time periods, the Ozarks, now Dorff joins Ali? Damn

That’s all for today. Back to cooking them Porgs…

Get this Man a Shield – Robots Root 29 Nov 2017

Well, the trailer may not have been the creepy, story-telling ‘preface’ style one I was hoping for, rather than a clip show, but what we got was pretty amazing. Highlights for me include Peter’s Spider-Sense, what I’m sure is Banner wearing the Hulkbuster armor (after Ragnorok, being initially reluctant to hulk out makes sense), a great look at Cap in the beard and blacked out Winter Soldier -era uniform but with Wakandan gloves, and Thanos’ smirks. Also, probably most of all, this Iron Man crumpling smackdown above. Watch it here, for the 33rd time. My first three were on an iphone, so it was nice to size up to 30″ at work. THATSWHATSHESAID

Other root:

  • This whole project confounds and delights me. More holiday T than we deserve. I give it a Kah and a Kiyah!
  • Cross-stiched Ultima screencap? Sure! Reminds me of those mandalas you wipe away when completed.
  • So, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Meno as the traitorous Kree informant Yon-Rogg. Effing SKRULLS in the first place. Time shunting. And now, Jude Law as Captain Mar-Vell? So good. Plus, if he is truly named that way, more logic gymnastics for the screenwriters to sort out.
  • The Hindenburg Explodes! is one of those fairly high-concept, stony exercises Adult Swim tends to greenlight. It’s a fake pilot by Robb Cordry, featuring many familiar faces and at least three jokes. I sought it out after seeing a soundless GIF of the last three seconds, precisely. I watched the whole thing, though, for science.

  • I loved loved LOVED Blade Runner 2049. I plan to see it, flaws and all, at least 3,333 more times. But this scathing review is my personal favorite review of anything ever. He actually describes birthing replicants as ‘DECANTING.’
  • Guillermo del Toro regrets not helming the Paramount ‘Dark Universe’ films that are now all canceled. So do I, man. Regret that he didn’t, not that I didn’t. I wouldn’t do it.
  • It is suggested that the presumed multi-verse angle of Avengers 4 and the next lifetime of films will be made to happen via quantum realm hopping, a la Ant-Man (and Wasp) which works for me.
  • The CB Cebulski pseudonym controversy is pretty fascinating, coming out at this precise time (him taking over at Marvel, him openly admitting he used a Japanese pseudonym to write comics for Marvel in the 90s, and the culturial appropriation and racism implied though not universally understood) and it’s an interesting zeitgeist for the discussion. At least to me. If he were writing those ninja stories under his real name, would the controversy be as great?
  • This isn’t even from Vivid Video. They already did one.*
  • Finally, LEGO LIGHTCYCLE TAKE MY MONEY that I don’t have.

*I initially mistyped VELMO which seems like something from an adult furry convention.

That Will Buff Out – Robot’s Root 28 Nov 2017

I am definitely the target market for a 1:1 scale mutilated and torched Vader helmet. Thanks!

That root, that sweet, sweet root (very minor JL spoilers below)

  • The interesting thing about this casting for Daredevil S03 isn’t the actor, who I’m sure is fine, but the idea that the role sheet alludes to Sin-Eater, which i would vastly prefer to Nuke being involved in a Born Again storyline.
  • I honestly feel like the superhero film mainstream acceptance has allowed smarter people than me to start slipping in solid cyberpunk projects without the snarky types noticing. Altered Carbon at Netflix??? Awesome.

  • What is even.
  • This video of Daisy Ridley being interviewed supposedly building a Lego Millennium Falcon is peak linkbait. It’s everywhere. Unfortunately, it fils for me in several ways.
    • Her mouth freaks me out
    • She laughs at herself a lot, but not in an endearing way
    • I like her in her roles more than as a human being interviewed, which isn’t often the case
    • She has a curious, if admirable in this oversexualized culture, obsession with stodgy, heavily-patterned clothing
    • And most importantly: she neither builds the Lego herself nor appears to really respect it. RESPECT THE LEGOS.
  • Do you know how much I approve of the concept of a Mendo Doctor Doom? 100% MINIMUM.
  • Lots of hyperbole over what does and doesn’t work in Justice League, and I’m saving my comments for the podcast overall. But one thing I thought I’d note here: some fans have clamored for a Zack Snyder cut to be released (which does not exist) and since he apparently ‘liked’ the petition, it has been taken to mean that it does, and should. I think he just liked the sentiment. Who wouldn’t? His son made comments about how the film was ruined by WB meddling and comedy, and I think that’s a valid position. It’s also a valid position to say that the original likely direction in Snydervision would be a disaster without the lighter tone pulled in by Whedon. The biggest legitimate criticism to be leveled against the finished project is that it feels, as you watch it, uneven enough that you detect when the hands change, like you’re watching two different films smashed together. For the record, I think the Whedon adjustments were a good idea. It is a messy landing, but it still lands as a more ‘superheroic’ film and frankly a lot of people were unhappy with the dark tone of the DCEU and wanted more of what they call the ‘Marvel’ vibe, but mean a more traditional, inspirational comic adventure experience. This is of course ironic as hell given that DC comics was traditionally about vanilla comic adventuring and marvel was borne from real-world, serious civic issues and told stories about relatable humans. That all said, a lot of what doesn’t work in the film is because of schedule, not an overarching ideological divide. They just needed more time. More time for finished FX, more time to properly pace and blend the two tones. Marvel movies can be both dark and comedic at the same time, both heroic and troubling. I’m looking at you, Russo Brothers. So, anyway, when I see all this Snyder vs. Whedon blamery over the film, it amuses me, because both voices are valid. And BTW I still like the darker DCEU tone just fine.
  • PS I also believe Joss Whedon is still actively working on a Batgirl film, and that the rumors of his dismissal are about as legit as the rumors of WB canceling the DCEU after JL… propaganda that came out over the weekend that didn’t do anyone any favors.
  • I like the look of some of the new designs, but the photoshoppery is killing me. Interns aren’t the answer to every chore. I do think we’re going to see alternate universe or post-reality manipulated versions of characters in A3 and A4 but we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Looking at these pics of a test suit unused in the final film (featuring a Kingdom Come style red-S) reminds me that I wish we saw a black suit in JL. Cavill teased it months back, and Zod’s look when he still had the cape was just B A D A S S S S S S S S.
  • Supposedly Gambit starts production in early 2018 after years of delays. Listen, I still think Channing Tatum is far better as a comedian than as a dramatic/action actor, though if they pull off the same sort of tone as he had in Logan Lucky, it could work. He’s risen in my book over the last year or so, and I’d LIKE to see this film happen, especially as a heist story, despite hating the character.

  • Now, Lizzy Caplan being involved is of course 99% why it could succeed. But hey. Bias.
  • I have a perverse love for seeing the voice actors recording dialog from cheesy animation.
  • Here’s some great cosplay (with all that fancy post work) of Ventress from the Clone Wars cartoon, a character on my to-draw list and one I’d love to have seen make it to film.

OK, that’s enough for today. Until next time, crush your darlings, and by darlings, I mean granpappy’s helmet!

A Viable Use for That Trident – Robots Root 22 Nov 2017

 

Some round-up root for you!

  • Brian Coldrick’s ‘Behind You’ series of one-page ghost stories is now available. Check them out. I’ve pre-ordered.
  • According to a few different primary sources, this amazing poster up top has been making the rounds at some Chinese theaters. I hope its true.
  • Cap needs to stop rolling up his sleeves. Those are just going to flop down in an aggravating fashion as soon as he starts doing anything.
  • An adult-oriented Harley Quinn animated series is in the works that just might be watchable. I mean, despite the fan art and such, not THAT kind of adult-oriented.
  • Next month, the event we’ve been awaiting for will finally be here: the story of moral struggle, identity crisis, family vs power, the oppression of an evil empire, fascinating weapons, white dresses… yes, Peaky Blinders is back!
  • I tend to believe what Christopher Eccleston says. He’s burned too many bridges by being blunt to be editing himself. If he says he did Thor 2 for the money, I do believe him. But when he says he was outraged to learn of hours of makeup prep for the role and that he was not informed, well… you’re embarrassing yourself, man.
  • Superfans are writing petitions and freaking out about what is or isn’t in Justice League. C’mon… I mean, it’s amusing reading, but still.
  • Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad are attached to the latter’s project called Super-Normal, described as a subversive take on the superhero genre. I’m into it.
  • Ellen Page is attached to a Netflix adaptation of Umbrella Academy, which I like very much. Everything about this, actually.
  • This is my favorite of the Star Wars VIII posters so far. The red cape, the color tones, the composition, and the fact that for once only one character is looking at you, and it almost doesn’t even look like a photoshop horror. I mean, almost.
  • This recent surprise thing that was cooked up for Jimmy Kimmel delighted me. Watch the video… PS these look a LOT like my early work.

 

  • Last time I posted about how good the Sideshow figure of Hela looked, and how saucy she sauntered around in general in the film. I forgot to provide evidence. Thus:
  • And related, you can have your own sex god headdress... head optional…
  • James Franco as Madrox the Multiple Man? OK sure. I’ll bite. Seems like fan casting but at this point, everything does.
  • Look, Zachary Levi is charming, intelligent and passionate. And he seems fully prepared for the gym onslaught. I’m optimistic, even as I have no interest in the character.
  • I love everything about the Deadpool 2 teaser, from the surreal Bob Ross situation to Negasonic’s hawt hair. EVERYTHING.
  • WANT WANT WANT so many times WANT. I’m starting a fund.
  • Fascinating article on why Cuphead’s early animation style can’t be divorced from the cultural trappings of the era. Also, good lord do I want to play this game.
  • Here’s a neat look at all of Blade Runner 2049’s miniature diorama sets.
  • McSweeney’s takes on Indiana Jones

  • Finally, my desktop screen for the week: the glicee print ‘Wellington, 1870’ featuring the cast of What we Do in the Shadows. So damn good, every detail.

 

Have a fine eat turkey or dont eat turkey day, friends

Even the Five-Pronged Trident Cant Ruin This Poster – Robots Root 3 Nov 17

I like this poster art so much, it not only transfers a slightly unearned optimism for the quality of the film, but makes me want to read a comic like this.

Behold! An international robot’s root!

I took a pass at a random victim generator on twitter or some such, and sure enough, I’m the first to go. So I’m THAT guy, if we ever play RPGs together…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPOILER ALERT: So, we’ve recorded a ton of stuff on Bladerunner for the podcast already, but here’s a great look at the way they pulled off the Rachel reveal. When we recorded, we didn’t know much about how they did it, and the IMDB notes that Sean Young was on set made it confusing, but she was a ‘mannerism advisor’… anyway, here’s the thing, even as the final product was pretty OK on the uncanny valley scale, I wouldn’t have minded the physical actress they used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a great piece of art for Fifth Element’s Leelu. I’m blanking on the artist right now, but I’ll find it. I was struck because of how much I dislike the majority of Leelu fanart, including my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s my current favorite fanart from bladerunner, courtesy of Albinoraven. Amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For whatever reason, bosslogic manipped Scott Eastwood as a Wolverine recast. Don’t hate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This makes me nostalgic: the original art for the corner-box Iron Man of my youth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last one, kind of random. Or more random. Found this Minecraft Matchbox car at the stoe. It’s empty. There’s no mindcraft guy in it. It’s a cart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And yet thats not the weirdest part. COLLECT THEM ALL. Different box art… same toy. What is even.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Robots Root 11 October 2017

I lasted 12 hours before caving (under pressure from One Lung) and watching the new trailer. Yes, spoilery bits are involved… but only if you BELIEVE what you are seeing.

One hell of a poster, tho…

Meanwhile, that Robot’s Root!

  • Infinity War Iron Man armor upgrades include vanes off the back and transforming cannons etc etc the former of which I love in concept and the latter of which I don’t. But there you go. Don’t get me started on that Spidey suit.
  • Supposedly Hulk has a major arc through the next three films, which I like to hear. Especially if its, you know, not involving Maestro, Banner/Hulk separation, Skarr, or any of that other stuff. I wouldn’t mind him going gray though. For science.
  • I love jeff Goldblum but what is even.
  • Check out this crazy Batman: Year One concept figure. It’s like some amalgamation of purple glove Batman and DC 1,000,000.
  • This might be more entertaining than Kong: Skull Island was. Theoretically. Haven’t seen it yet.
  • My new favorite Lego anything ever: Star Destroyer Collision!
  • Word Processor error messages from 1977. These own me.
  • These speculative Star Wars scenes from a recent Artstation challenge are pretty excellent. My favorite is lurkin’ up on SLAVE 1, close second being the Rebel soldier captured with the lightsabered head in the foreground.

 

That’s all for today. I’m heading out, hoping not to see 33 posts about Porgs tonight. GAH TOO LATE.

 

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.

Its a Wrap – Robots Root 18 July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

A Cherry Blossom Urban Moment and Other Things – 29 June 2017

I’m really chuffed about my current iOS background. This too can be yours.

 

Meanwhile, I present: Robot’s Root!

  • Wow, so, I’m not sure the better takeaway on this one: inspect undercarriage for ticks on the regular, or have a full size water tank on hand for red ant attacks. Either way.
  • I think i see some cues from the Iron man Bleeding Edge armor in these Infinity War drone snaps. All the LEDS! Love it.
  • Lucas’ museum has been approved to go forward in LA, which is generally good news, because i’m in LA all the time, and I want to get up IN there.
  • Bloody, practical FX, Hellboy… these are all on my X-mas list…
  • I’m not going to Game of Toles night at the Giants stadium, but the GOT intro sequence is still one of my favorites, so this was a treat. Thanks, Lung!
  • I think it’s WAYYYY too early to get excited about the new The Batman… but I will say that all this noir Hitchcockian referencing works for me.
  • I really want to see Lord and Miller rejoin the Flash film. Think about it: DC desperately wants to ‘lighten up’ the DCU. Lord and Miller were fired for, among many issues, an overly-comical, improvisational tone to the footage shot and the script deviations taken (raging Kasdan into rage) … and finally, these solo films from DC struggle under the weight of their own imagery and nostalgia… Ezra Miller’s Flash thus far has been witty… how interesting would it be if Lord and Miller SUCCEEDED and made a good film for DC?
  • I can’t even with all this Sony business. Kraven and Mysterio solo films? Really? And Carnage is the big bad of a Venom film? SO MANY TENDRILS.
  • Watchmen as an ongoing on HBO was all anyone wanted in the first place, though I’m no hater of the film by any stretch.
  • You like Legos? And Fuchikomas? HERE
  • I want to like Inhumans. Despite everything. The trailer launched… and it’s devoid of tension. I don’t even. At least Lockjaw has a tuning fork, albeit a surface branded one… the way I like things in general, I guess. Glowy tattoos FTW. More breakdown here.
  • On the other hand, the Jumanji trailer launched and I LOVED IT. ‘you don’t go in the water with a backpack everyone knows that.’
  • I’m surprised by my own self, liking what I’m seeing from the Netflix adaptation of Death Note. It’s all about Willem Defoe + Death God as he’s always looked. Wow.
  • Valerian is getting better early buzz than I anticipated. If nothing else, not surprisingly, it needs to be seen on the big screen…
  • Hey cool, noirish trippy Alan Moore project that he actually wrote for live action so maybe 3% chance he won’t distance himself from it with vitriol. Looks great! On Shudder.
  • Spidey’s early buzz is REALLY good, which is also promising… meanwhile, Tom Holland is apparently an unintentional enthusiastic leaker who hasn’t been given the Infinity War script out of caution. He supposedly got the OK to tell folks it’s Peter parker (retconned) into IM 2… I like that nod. The connection of Stark to Parker was important in the comics, and I think it’s a big part of how the new phase of Marvel movies goes… speaking of, THIS is finally available…
  • So for those of you who’ve seen WW, you know that cool moment where she meets Chief, and speaks with him in Blackhawk? Apparently he introduces himself as Napi, a trickster god, and it was in the script. Also the first time she actually shakes someone’s hand. Interesting! Apparently in canon.
  • You may have read this (quickly debunked) interpretation of the story of Andy’s father in Toy Story… Im not convinced it’s NOT true, given the circumstances. I actually REALLY like it. It’s chilling.
  • Also, this happened: my new spirit animal

Thus and therefore, I leave you to your e-musings.

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Manilla Folder Time – Robots Root 17 June 28

Preacher S02 started this past weekend, but I won’t see it until a few nights from now, after settling down from the last two week’s of cons. But man, I’m stoked. STOKED.

I’m back from Portland and the Heroes and Villains Fanfest/Walker Stalker Con, but it will take a few days to decompress all that and talk about it. In the meantime, I present:

Robot’s Root!

•  In my mind, the biggest news of the weekend was about the Han Solo firing. First, it was that Kennedy didn’t like Lord and Miller’s choices. Then it was about improvisation. Then we learned, after a brief speculative period, that Ron Howard had stepped forward to complete the film. This late in the production, it raises questions. I thought this article offered some insight. I choose to be optimistic. I know the talk of ‘acting coaches’ is alarming, but this is often employed, not simply to bolster a performance, but to tweak it to a specific vision; when you are essentially doing an impression of a well known actor in a famous role, this could be expected, I’d wager.

• This may not be thrilling news for some, or most, but both Brad Pitt and David Fincher are confirmed for WWZ 2. Now, the original strayed far from the book, and I’d be interested to see what direction they take for the sequel, which I really liked, particularly seeing it at midnight in a coffin hotel in Singapore, which makes everything weirder. Meanwhile, Pitt has signed on opposite Rickie Lee Jones in an interesting project about a near-spectrum engineer heading into space to find his astronaut father, which I am 10% into.

• Here’s the best [Hot Toys] look at the Iron Man armor featured in Spidey. I’m of two minds. Make it three minds, for brand awareness. For one, I’m struggling as much with the silver +red/yellow motif nose as I was in Ultimate Iron Man, from a design logic standpoint. I can understand if the gravity of things have led Stark to focus on the tech and less on the ‘hot rod’-ain’t job. But why any red/yellow at all? Two, I want a rational explanation in the script for why he’s wearing this after supposedly dumping the gear after IM 3. Third, science! No, but here’s my thing: I was thinking about an armor post-Civil War. I imagined something black and tactical. I imagined Stark going purpose-built, not the way all of his gallery of disposable armors was in IM3, but a no-nonsense, complete weapon armor. Anyway, there’s that. Meanwhile, here’s Stark on the set of Infinity War wearing curious, deliberate cammo gear with orange striping and what looks like another chest reactor.

• I’m choosing, I mean REALLY choosing, to be optimistic about ST: Discovery. So. Here’s a photo of the proto-transporter and a diagram explaining the uniform delineation, the latter of which being a critical resource for arts. I can’t yet get over the choice to make this the Shatnerverse and not the Pineverse, and how this supposedly takes place AFTER Pike and a few years before Enterprise, but hey. You know I have that strange ability to ignore visual continuity. But I WANT it to be different, anyway.

• Great story of JCVD getting fired from Predator for all the awesomest reasons. Amazing.

• The word of Dazzler’s inclusion in the next X-Men brouhaha appears to have been confirmed, along with quite a bit of vitriol aimed at suggestions that Taylor Swift be cast. I was really on the fence about the 80s X-Men stuff and the setting in the 90’s for the next film. However, I saw some pretty amazing period cosplay this weekend at Fanfest that warmed me to the idea. Well, Izzy was Jubilee, but same point of reference.

• I remain skeptical of the non-dubious application of such a product: Dubious Product.

• I like the casting… well, 99% of that like is on a certain mad brother, but why, WHY, did they release that first image with Medusa’s plastic weird hair to sour everyone on this? Posters, thus.

• I haven’t been able to watch a Bayformers film past the first one, but the 3% hope I have for this Bumblebeee spinoff is the hint that he might have the Bug chassis. Maybe? I mean, guys, U GUISE, all you have to do is exactly what the cartoons did in adapting the toy design language, but dump the mysterious planor sections of gray ‘robot’in the transformed limbs, and just… do… THAT. Anyway, who knows.

Robotech is the first physical comic I’ve committed to in about 10 years. I love what Marco Turini dove into here, after following him on IG for a few years. Really looking forward to the series, and hope it works.