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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Be Brave – Robots Root 24 September 2018

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

 

Meanwhile, THIS:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tears of a Robot-Kraken – Robots Root 21 September

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

Anyway, onward with the stuff:

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

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

Mount the Curb To Scale – Robots Root 14 September 2018

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

Meanwhile, for science:

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

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

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

 

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

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

Meanwhile, in space. Or elsewhere in space:

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

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

 

 

Does it Come in Black – Robot’s Root 30 Aug 2018

Here’s a great in-depth look at my favorite movie vehicle ever. Ever ever? Ever EVER! Having just rewatched Dark Knight on IMAX, I was geeking out over it anew.

 

  • Mahershala Ali is one of my favorite go-to actors right now. I’m super stoked to finally catch a glimpse at the first trailer for True Detective S03. I’m completely in.
  • As my french teacher used to sadly mumble: ‘Pauvre Thom, pauvre pauvre Thom.’
  • Approximately 0.00003% of the known world wonders what project Taika Waititi might be meeting Marvel about.
  • Oscar Isaacs in Batman? I hope he plays a conflicted detective. hahahahahahhahaha. He looks good in suits looking troubled. Alec Baldwin, however, is NOT playing Thomas Wayne in Joker, a mere two days after being reported as cast. I love when one of my queued tabs cancels the previous one out.
  • It’s a Monday, so Psylocke is back to being a pink haired anglo saxon
  • Hans Zimmer’s retirement from super hero movies is apparently over. Good.
  • I mean, with that much blood, how could it NOT.
  • Lung sent me this amazing pumpkin carving, straight out of R’Lyeh. Check it out. However, you may need to take advantage of this to get ready to try your hand at it.
  • Don’t tell me Matt Smith won’t be Thrawn. Look at that forehead. LOOK AT IT.
  • Roadrunner was the one cartoon growing up that made me laugh until I cried as a wee one. I’m pretty stoked on the idea of a new COYOTE VS ACME film. I’m sort of bemused they didn’t use COYOTE V ACME just to be cheeky.
  • Though this one-hour gameplay demo was met with at best lukewarm reviews from the gaming community, I thought it looked GREAT. I love old school cyberpunk RPG action. Really takes me back! It’s like Battle Angel Alita… hopefully. But while I’d never have time to play this game, I love that it exists.
  • I Think We’re Alone Now is one of the films I’m most looking forward to right now. Between the pedigree behind the camera (early Handsmaid’s Tale eps) and the wattage of Peter Dinklage’s understated acting, it’s going to be fierce.
  • Soon to be seen under an Xmas tree of a Lung near you.
  • I love watching Dwayne Johnson when he’s in his element but also playing it broad a bit (like Jumanji)… but this is straight out of the DONT DO THIS DEPT.

 

We are frantically preparing for Rose City Comic Con (and for Kris, multiple cons) so hopefully we’ll see some of you in a week!

Where Are You Now? – Robots Root 8 Aug 2018

Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman was of the most interest to me in the recent news cycle. I alternate between liking her and being cool on her… but I think she has chops and edge, and I like the LGBTQ element, even if it’s pandering to some. I guess it goes both ways though: casting a straight actor in a hugely prominent non-straight role is equally controversial, as we have seen before many, many times. I’m all for it. My one concern, and this is somewhat like how I felt when Gal Gadot was first cast as Wonder Woman: Rose is very, very wiry. They’ll make it work, but it’s going to be interesting. I just hope it’s not about burying her in armor. Bury her in a good wig!

 

Beyond the deepest of deeps, something emerges:

  • Endlessly pairing Star Wars characters together to rationalize a lineage for Rey is pretty boring stuff, and while I get the symmetry in having Rey’s folks be Q’ira and Han, MEH I says. What about Bossk? Lobot? Give me something more interesting, if they have to be anyone at all. Fuck it. IG-88!
  • When I first read possible news of Jon Favreau’s Star Wars series being set on Mandalore, I was B O R E D… but then I read that it would be post-Empire Mandalore, which becomes much more interesting. Maybe? $100M interesting, anyway.
  • In the ongoing fiction that Infinity War’s stakes mean something, Maria Hill and Nick Fury will appear in the next Spder-Man film. Sure, it could be flashbacks. Or whatever. Just show me a good film!
  • Well, Bruce Willis, man of a million low budget projects, WAS to star in a Moviepass feature film. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH. uh.
  • I was never convinced by this project. However, I held out slim hope that they’d somehow make it batshit crazy and therefore entertaining. Hiatus doesn’t mean dead, but they JUST cast the female lead and had a director on board. I smell a script problem.
  • This isn’t quite the LEGO BATMAN R/C car I was envisioning, but I’m still in favor. Go to hell, doggo!
  • My daughter will be interested in this.

Speaking of Sticky Strands – Robots Root 7 Aug 2018

I like the Japanese poster Venom more than the trailer Venom. All those sticky strands holding the jaw together…

Speaking of sticky strands, THE NEWS:

  • Vantablack rules everything around me…
  • Good buzz coming out regarding Daredevil S03 coming this fall. I’m into it.
  • In the last year I’ve read three or four articles talking about the business of maintaining old CRT arcade machines. Pretty interesting. Outrun was definitely my jam.
  • Disney doesn’t appear to be responding to calls for Gunn’s return. I’m liking that Dave Bautista has taken a career-risking step further and thrown serious shade at Disney about it.
  • The John Wick and 300 folks are working on an Alcatraz movie. I THINK I’m into it. I don’t enjoy prison films, but I do like pressure cookers with some trickery.
  • What I find most interesting about Alex Garland’s new project is the casting. Sonoya made quite an impression on him… and me, of course. Plus, RON!
  • Shogun is coming back, and I’m all for that.
  • Lots of Birds of Prey casting rumors… which all sound fine. I did like Bosslogic’s Black Canary. I mean, I think I do?
  • UGH UGH UGH with prequels that make no sense. Die Hard prequel??? The events of the first film created the character (and it should have been a done in one)… we don’t need a prequel. And 24?? I mean, come on. Of course, I make an exception for Batman. But only if we never see any MAH PARENTS ARE DEADDDDD moments.
  • CBS is gunning for all Trek, all the time. The fact that Patrick Stewart confirmed at the con that he’s coming back for the new show, featuring an older Picard, struck me as both interesting and exhausting shows to me that they really need to strike a new tone and perspective for this show to make it carry weight. Same producers and writers as the current crop of stuff, though. I don’t mind the idea of an older senior command Picard torn with difficult, ore realistic political problems… I’d like to see him weather gray area military issues (or non-military, depending on what version of Starfleet we’re even talking about) in a way TNG never did. Just no more ‘once more unto the breach! bullshit like the films. Let everyone be dead or older and retired. No away teaming. PLEASE.
  • Well, here’s Todd McFarlane critiquing the new Venom for you. Happy Tuesday.
  • Edward james Olmos cut from Predator? HOW DARE YOU SIR.
  • I’m down with Jessica Chastain’s new spy project. MOAR PLS!
  • Lung sent me this: the best papercraft Darth Vader bust ever. Not that I have time or inclination to make it, but I COULD.

Permission to Come Aboard – Robots Root 23 July 2018

Points to James Wan for having the stones to make Black Manta(s) a thing in this film.

 

In the vortex of post-SDCC space madness, these were the highlights for me this weekend:

  • I’m comfortable being the lone voice of optimism about Battle Angel Alita. I’m pretty sure they reduced the eyes since the last trailer 8 months ago or whatever it was. It just looks like a solid session of cyberpunk RPG. Optimism! Then again, they could have just cast . Christina Ricci and called it a day.
  • Deadly Class looks like alt-universe X-Men where everybody is being trained to be villains. I love it. Can’t wait!
  • Stan Against Evil looks really, really fun and weird. As the creator said about the initial premise: “My Dad as Buffy.”
  • I didn’t read Dark Knights: Metal, but I do love me some Jock. I have very little interest in this project overall, but I enjoy the pretty pictures. “Punisher is a broke guy in a van.”
  • Robert DeNiro joining the Joker film? What is even. I get the character he’s playing etc but still this whole project feels very much like we’re watching something from another reality.
  • I need to start watching Misfits & Monsters. With all of my free time.
  • Disenchantment looks pretty much exactly like what you’d expect if someone were to pitch to you: Groening + AD&D + no censors.
  • The Aquaman trailer had some really fun moments, no question.
  • Speaking of fun, or trying to be fun, Shazam is still intriguing, but I fear the neutered-Big situation isn’t going to work as well as they hoped.
  • Godzilla: King of the Toleyous looked dank, dark, and ominous… but I do love those other monsters. Especially Mothra. Those wings!
  • Finally, Glass‘ full trailer, along with Lung yelling at me, convinced me I need to go back and watch Split after all.

 

In other news, this review of MI: II cracked me up. It did not age well, no.

Cardi B crossed with Star Wars actually works very well. My favorite was the sound of her grunting as the Hoth turret.

The Ennis House is finally on sale, and its a good deal!

Jeff Goldblum can’t cook.

 

That is truly the limit.

MAH MAN – Robots Root 19 July 2018

Look, I’m as surprised as you are. I LIKE the classic colors here. What a (rare) successful update of a golden age look! The other statues show details from the costumes that I quite like as well. More, including the costumes on display at SDCC here.

 

Also, dig the BRINE KING yall.

 

Meanwhile,

  • Comcast, bless their cold, vindictive hearts, caved and dropped out of their bidding for Fox’s assets. They were mostly after the sports division, I think. But still. The idea of Fox and Comcast being connected displeased me. It was like a landfill filled with corpses. Metaphorically.
  • Shile ST4 having a female crewperson added, a female villain, and a female director, are all welcome things… I’m still not sure about dredging up Kirk’s pappy. Unless he were UNDEAD.
  • So stoked on the Umbrella Academy adaptation.
  • Remember when I was joking (so to speak) about how the Robin promo pic looked all grim and gritty, reminding me of the Snyderverse-version Robin uniform shown in B V S… well, it looks like they dove deep.
  • Meanwhile, the details about the Joker film sound pretty predictable to this guy. Fortunately Zazie Beatz will (presumably) be in it so thats a reason to see it anyway.
  • In this skit about Batman trying to join the cool kids Avengers table, I liked how the laughter from the audience dipped a bit once Andy as Robin started shredding the Marvel characters.
  • James Gunn being fired from GOG3 over his well-established early jack-ass tweets, which were previously cleared by Disney… this is beyond strange and frankly smacks of pandering. Especially given this was all known and resolved prior, and had been dredged up by conservatives in response to his political attacks on the Trump Administration. So, more to the point and less about politics, scandal was created to silence a voice. One more casualty of the current hypocrisy.

Finally, I leave you with a successful piece of targeted marketing for this guy: