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Bruce Wayne Drinks Martinis – Robots Root 2 January 2018

Jon Hamm as Bruce Wayne is all I’ve ever wanted, suddenly. Where all the photomanips are, can’t tell you.

Belated Root! This was written and scheduled to post right before Xmas… but since the Internet is now ruined, it did not.

  • Good news. The Dark Phoenix movie swears it passes the Bechdel Test. Pretttttty low bar, but then again, look what we’ve become.
  • Just failed to resist watching the new BP international trailer. I swear this one is going to be almost as fun color theory as Coco… the shots are breathtakingly arranged.
  • I just read this satirical article about how terrible A-Wings are… and it reminded me: I used to hate, but now love, B-Wings. Somewhere in my late 30’s I fell in love with asymmetry. Admittedly the Falcon still bothers me, but it’s more of a line of sight thing.
  • I don’t mind waiting until 2019 for a Stranger Things 3. It takes time to do it right. My one concern is that kids age up pretty rapidly. But hey. Can’t stop biology.
  • Supposedly a Ben Kenobi film will begin production in 2019 for release in 2020. I still have my doubts on this project, if it’s on Tattooine. I’d like to mine a different well and tell a story that doesn’t involve that planet. I can imagine a number of interesting explorations post Ep VIII that could be fun, and even pair a few legacy characters in an interesting way. What if he goes into hiding but Boba Fett is on the hunt? We could see him on the run across numerous cool worlds, and outsmarting the supposedly best bounty hunter in the galaxy, a cat and mouse game where the pair are almost equal, until Kenobi lands in Tattooine and manages to stay below Fett’s radar despite his employer in IV. There, Disney. Free.
  • I didn’t think I’d be interested, but hot damn is this animation style not working for this project! Looks awesome.
  • Jessica Jones S02 trailer is up. My favorite detail was her receiving a Maleev cover as a painting or some such.
  • My response to the Battle Angel Alita trailer was initially so severe I didn’t have interest in actually WATCHING it. The eyes killed me. But I finally did. And you know what? I still think this literal reaction to anime is an art school experiment gone awry… but the rest of it looks like good cyberpunk. I really like the translucency and detail in her arms.
  • Your chance of being accidentally murdered by a pizza bot in SF has reduced dramatically. And by accidentally,  I mean on purpose, because robots.
  • I WOULD TOLLY GO.
  • This is supposedly a model test for Venom. if true, I’m disappointed. I wanted something less literal, more like the commando version from recent years.
  • The concept for the ongoing series spinning out of What We Do in the Shadows is brilliant.
  • I want those plans.
  • Having apparently learned nothing from the Dark Universe implosion, Paramount have announced a number of release dates for Hasbro properties, without any concept to guide them. There’s some real gems in there… maybe even a Jem… ha. I mean no. But maybe.

Stay tuned for fresh Root, as well as more info on the next Robot-Kraken podcast episode and our upcoming convention appearances, later this week!

Ghost in the Tole – 23 Feb 2017

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Two awesome posters for GitS. TOLING YOU GUISE…

Meanwhile:

1. Sweet! Some good news finally, on this Inhumans IMAX project: Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus the Mad. link!

2. Fans of Rob Zombie will no doubt be delighted to learn he is doing voice work on GoG2. I mean, because, the alternative would have been presumably a world where Rob Zombie didn’t. link!

3. Here’s a cast photo from Alien: Covenant. You can also watch some long ‘Last Supper’ scene if you wish. I shant and I wont. link!

4. Three Sci-Fi fan cheers for TRAPPIST-1. In our lifetime, such a discovery… link!
Plus, travel posters! Awesome: link!

5. I don’t know why everyone is so hung up on the next X-Men film apparently being another stab at the Dark Phoenix story. Sure, it’s more effective once the character of Jean Grey has actually been around for awhile first, and sure, it was half-assedly attempted in X-Men 3, but come on, it’s the franchise’s signature story. More interesting to me is the nod to Simon Kimberg moving from production to a central role as likely director. Meaning please please please free us from Bryan Singer as I have hoped. I’m prefer Vaughn again, but still. Forward. link!

6. Interesting: Battle Angel Alita has finished principle photography, and it’s been revealed that Michelle Rodriguez plays supporting character Gelda, a cyborg. Why would this have been a secret? Full mo-cap? Or something else? I know very little about the source material (surprising some, I’m sure) so I’m optimistic, just from the potential alone. link!

7. I like these new packagings for these Star Wars figures, which appear to be the Black Series but with cards made to look like the original Kenner blisters, which I love. That poseable Stormptrooper is the LIVING SHIT, but also, I was drawn to C-3PO’s silver leg, as it tugged at my memory but I couldn’t place it. Apparently no one else can agree on it either. Fans argued all sorts of stuff, which got more discombobulated the farther along we got in the production of the films, which retconned the hell out of themselves with the prequels and the EU stuff. I do remember now that his shin looked different, particularly on Tattooine, but it manifested as a reflective, just shinier gold. Anthony Daniels was quoted as saying that it was always silver, designed to make it look like a retrofit, but on tattooine particularly, it was reflecting the sand and the gold next to it. Anyway, fun diversion during a deadline for this guy.
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8. Matt Reeves is confirmed for Batman, I guess. OK! link!

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Yvonne Strahovsky joined Predator?! Now two homina homina doomed soldiers or what have you!

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Jamie Chung jumped on board the X-Men series as Blink. Sure, OK, I like her a lot, let’s see her in purple…

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I’m two episodes in on Legion. We will be discussing on the Robot-Kraken Podcast soon. Amazing. Also, ALL THE THREES.


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But Who Will Play Old Lace I Ask You – 8 Feb 2017

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After needling Deeply Dapper with this fantasy casting challenge for six straight months, we finally threw in the towel in our recent recording of the Robot-Kraken Podcast, and I gave him my fantasy casting choices, which were all extremely on point and profound (no bias)… however, now that they have released the official casting for the Runaways series, one thing I’ll say I really like: complete unknowns. link!

Plus, all these things:

– Witness Will Arnett suffer the Lego Walk of Fire for marketings. Good work! link!

– The new Iron Fist trailer continues to work with me, more or less… too much Batman, but I’m still down. link! ; Especially, down with Colleen Wing, thus: link!; but not all are convinced, as Lung forwarded to me: link! . While I think the majority of interhaters don’t understand the source material was always a white dude deep diving in asian culture (hello, again, so many similar stories) and are right to snort at the appropriation, I won’t have any patience with whining about the reaction on the production’s side. Such as when they whined that people were pissed about Tilda Swindon as the Ancient One. I quite liked that change, and feel like if they had gone with the comics’ fu-manchu’ trope, there would have been outcries about THAT… but they knew what they were doing. Same again with Iron Fist. They knew people would react this way. And let’s remember, it’s hard to find a more inclusive supers franchise than the Marvel Netflix stuff. So many characters of different ethnicities and backgrounds, plus an entire SHOW steeped in unapologetic Harlem awesomeness… so, you know, complain away that Danny Rand is white, if you want. Me, I’ll just complain about his fro. HA!

– Richard Hatch RIP/ Not the Survivor/tax dodger, but the original Apollo. link!

– Jennifer Connelly will play a villain in Battle Angel Alita, and joins an excellent cast, filling me with the enthusiasms. link!

– Meanwhile, in the Phillipines, the best burger ever has been created. Trademarks be damned, this is flavor country! link!

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– Haley Bennett is hinting through her IG or whatever that she’s the next Catwoman. Who? You ask? Best I could do, she’s the girl who met a bitter end in the Equalizer. But more importantly, she took a photo with a mod sense of color blocking and pattern which I appreciated. Let’s giver her that. Or the director of that shoot. Something. Anyway. link!

– This kind of cracked me up: Feige described Thanos as ‘the main character of Infinity War’ which is kind of a dubious manip of saying otherwise ‘there are 333 supers in this film and one big bad’ but also a way of saying ‘we won’t hide Thanos until the third act, after two hours of heroes hand-wringing’ which I can get behind. link!

– ALicia Vikander has been spotted on the set of Tomb Raider. Tell you what I like: here’s an action heroine who isn’t an emaciated stick figure with breast implants on wire work. That’s not a jab at anyone. But I like that she looks like a human. That all said, still, HAWT. link!

– But also, erm, Eleven’s hair. link! DISCUSS.

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– I’ve been meaning to bring up the yellow and brown suit, not directly related to Logan, but rather lamenting that we never saw him in it specifically as designed in the stinger for Wolverine, in which it looks SWEET AS. So now, who knows, perhaps? link!


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Just My Ghost – 23 September 2016

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I know there’s a ton of resistance to the live action GITS production, but everything I’m seeing from these little sneak clips looks on-model to me. I remain 100% enthused and have 100% confidence it will be perfect in every way. Or it won’t!
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Bernthal’s attendance at NYCC was shortened due to Netflix production commitments. Since iron Fist is the only show currently in production, math was done.

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ITEM: ALL THE DROIDS!!!
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ITEM: This $100 cable minder and shit storer is a bit much… but I get the appeal. And that one bit IS pretty clever.via

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ITEM: This fan film was REALLY well crafted. Worth the watch. Poor Stormies. I love the ‘view from the enemy’ stories. via

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ITEM: Duncan Jones has begun production on MUTE, and he’s indicated it does tie into Moon. Prepare for your new favorite movie!
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ITEM: Iger is being cagey with investors regarding his projections for how well Rogue One, the ‘experiment’, will do. People seem to be taking this as a vote of no confidence. I think he’s just being conservative about a very different kind of SW movie.
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ITEM: Generic non-present villain player Ed Skein has joined Battle Angel Alita and will carry the Sword of Damascus. If it’s anything like the version in my TRDL Universe, that’s dangerous.
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ITEM: Despite loving Charlie Day and most of the cast, I wasn’t initially sold on this film. I don’t know if its coming off of Vice Principals, or just a well-crafted trailer, but I’m into it now.
http://geektyrant.com/news/fist-fight-trailer-ice-cube-wants-to-brawl-with-charlie-dayvia

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ITEM: Here’s another trailer for Gattaca! I mean Elysium! I mean Incorporated! Ha, I’m still down.
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Finally, I leave you with the best news of the week. A storm is coming…


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Goggles With Which to Bat-See You With My Dear – 15 09 16

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Batman’s tactical suit, which was teased in all that BTS Justice league business in London, has been revealed, seen here brightened and contrast-adjusted. I think it could go a few different ways. I love white eyes or goggles on him, and I have no problem with a lightly armored Batsuit, when it has a PURPOSE, as this apparently does, leaving him in his gray onesie otherwise. It is, however, very Owl Man esque, and the angles of the lenses are odd. Now, I happen to think Owl Man’s look was amazing, but anyway. Hey! Maybe they are just Bat-welding-goggles!via

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Side note, speaking of odd costuming: I’ve complained about the current DCU Batman’s yellow piping on the bat symbol and so on, but this is the first time I’ve seen the cape… scalloped… that can’t be right? I mean, I use cape detail like that a lot, but not on Bats. Bats don’t have scalloped wings. What is this even. via

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ITEM: ruh-roh, Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed. Maybe that’s a good thing? I dunno. So surreal how Paramount completely blew the 50th Anniversary window. They didn’t market ST Beyond (one of their best received films) and the Discovery series shouldn’t have been announced, it should have been DELIVERED, in time for this summer. Nothing makes sense anymore. via

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ITEM: Ben Barnes has been cast in the Punisher series. Maybe as Bobby Saint? I’m not up on my Punisher, so I don’t even. via

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ITEM: Truth lassoed! Also, thighs. via

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ITEM: Apparently Joker has been confirmed as not being used in Justice League. What will they do with those hours of Leto performances they stockpiled? Harley solo (ish) film? via

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ITEM: Kind of funny, but also shows how easy this sort of thing is to dummy up, which is worth considering when you get all those false spoilers. Deadpool + Spidey. I mean, CAPTAIN Deadpool. via

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ITEM: This deeply surreal escalator and elevator safety video is worth earphones, a deep dive, and some blueberries while you go. Just, the whole tin, right down the hatch.

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Remember kids, vertical transportation is SRS BSNS!via

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ITEM: After weeks of speculation and dot-connecting and fan-manips, Joe Manganiello has been confirmed as the villain Deathstroke, in the upcoming Batman film. At least we have a big bad that is Bats’ rival (and occasional victor, in the comics) physically and tactically. via

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ITEM: Great article on how important Luke Cage (NETFLIX) is, not only to the Netflix-MCU, but supers live action as a whole. via

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ITEM: Points to this guy for effort. It immediately put me into a one hour half-focused exercise in trouble-shooting his scheme and optimizing it for success. My version includes BigDogs(tm) however. via

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ITEM: Love this one. WB apparently routinely, inadvertently, send takedowns to Youtube over their OWN content. Talk about censure run amok. via

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ITEM: Sphero is finally coming out with their licensed Force Band, to allow you to push, pull, and direct, your BB-8. They also included fake Pokemon Go business, but whatever. It’s sold separately, which is awesome, for those of us who sunk $150US into our bots this past fall. I’d like to see more about what this can do, but I certainly like an alternative to just using the phone as a joystick. Admittedly, I’m sure it will require tandem links. via

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ITEM: That black and white version of Fury Road? It’s now called black and CHROME, which makes me laugh, and it’s coming in December, so save those rubles. via

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ITEM: Jackie Earl Haley has been tapped to play the big bad, or rather the somewhat diminutive bad, in Rodriguez’ Battle Angel Alita film. I still, despite my manga interests in my youth, have no real sense of this project. But I’m 100% minimum into ANY project with Haley as the villain. So far he completely owned both Preacher and Tick this summer. via

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ITEM: Margot Robbie has (wisely) been given a first-look deal at WB, assumed to include a Harley solo film (solo-ish) which shows that WB/DC understand that, better or worse, the character, and her performance, were the greatest takeaways of the SS film. via

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We are back from Rose City Comic Con. I’ll have a con report forthcoming, timed with the release of our post-con podcast, but I’ll need a few more days…


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Does James Bond Dance? – Robot’s Root 160529

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So much Bond speculation over the past week! First, it was that Gillian Anderson’s mockup Bond poster was being taken seriously. Then it was that Tom Hiddleston was in serious talks to take over (and boy, can he dance)… and then it was that outlier Jamie Bell was also in talks. Lastly, today, it’s that Night Manager director Susanne Bier might join Hiddleston on the next film, replacing Sam Mendes. All indications are that Night Manager is excellent and it’s certainly easy to imagine Hiddleston in the role (as a suave, intelligent, less physical Bond) though Bell has charisma and is certainly fit (the ears, tho) but maybe the most interesting point would be a female Bond director for the first time ever… on a franchise well known for either exploiting women or overcompensating half-heartedly about exploiting women.

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-05- … sam-mendes
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/05/27/ … or-bond-25
http://geektyrant.com/news/the-next-jam … jamie-bell

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– I’ve never really seen much of Rosa Salazar, but she looks the part for Battle Angel… in so much as she’s pretty, has a neck, and is ready to be fetishized by slo-mo.
http://geektyrant.com/news/rosa-salazar … -rodriguez

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– Another awesome piece from Chris Weston, this time De Hard. I love the aspect ratio and glass detailing. It’s inspired to say the least…

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– It sounds like Westworld is back on for Fall 2016 after all. SUCH GOOD NEWS, I choose to believe.
http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-premiere-fall-2016/

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– Bosslogic created a manip of Steve Rogers as a full-on HYDRA supersoldier, in response to Marvel’s latest over-hyped controversy. I’d ditch the H but otherwise this is so good I actually WANT it as a film now. The texture is awesome. I’ve added it to my to-draw queue, in fact.
https://twitter.com/Bosslogic/status/736071199441068032

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– Apparently Jeff Bridges has joined the cast of Kingsman 2… great quote!
http://comicbook.com/2016/05/28/jeff-br … en-circle/

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– Nice write-up on Axel Alonso, whose name we butchered on a recent Robot-Kraken podcast… I agree he’s done pretty great things as EIC, as far as reachinga younger demographic today goes… diversity, reinvigorated products, differentiation in the marketplace to some degree, general interest…
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– This is, I sincerely hope, unfounded rumor. I can’t have ‘troubled Rogue One production’ in my life. AT ALL. It is a blessed diamond.
http://geektyrant.com/news/uh-oh-disney … wars-story

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– Comixology just launched an all you can read sub model, mirroring Marvel Unlimited. I’m actually intrigued because there are some third party properties I’ve fallen dangerously behind on, ending in a preposition. I’m looking at you, Dark Horse BPRD and Hellboy…
https://www.comixology.com/unlimited?re … 2Fyb3VzZWw

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– This is nice to read, if nothing else. It adds slightly more practical reality to the idea of netflix absorbing Agent Carter in the future. When the star says she’s down with asymmetrical shooting schedules…
http://geektyrant.com/news/hayley-atwel … n-3-happen

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– Finally, dig these Pokemon Gundam builds. REALLY gorgeous execution on a clever premise.
http://geektyrant.com/news/incredibly-s … am-figures

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Stay tuned for our next episode of the Robot-Kraken podcast in the next few days! Tell your friends. On iTunes. In the form of gloriously glorious reviews. Thxxxxxx


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