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The Sun is Getting Low in the Sky Big Guy HEY WAIT – Robots Root 10 Jan 2018

 

Robot’s Root for 10 January 2018 – a roundup of stuff and things that may or may not be happening…

  • Adding Matt the Radar Tech into SW: Battlefront II is the best anything ever for today. I’m sold.
  • Apparently, if you want to avoid some legal difficulty, owning firearms with the Punisher logo on them is a bad idea. Especially pink ones… I guess. What about swords? What are the rules on Punisher logos?
  • Black Lightning isn’t a character I’m overly familiar with, but the fact that the live action show has been launched is a good thing, I think. Now, Thunder, his daughter, has a design element I really appreciate: a TRDL design style high collar! Ha! Stoked.
  • More trailer action for the new Black Widow film, Red Sparrow… WAIT. The poster, up top, I quite like, with the focus on the eye.
  • DeWanda Wise has joined the stellar cast of Captain Marvel. No word on the character, though wouldn’t it be interesting if there’s a Binary component to this script? Anyway, she’s rad as hell, so that’s a thing.
  • How is it that the Workaholics guys can just make whatever film they want at this point? It’s like a tighter band version of the Rogen gang.
  • Listen, I had high hopes for Robin Hood… but it’s starting to give me a Ladyhawke vibe. I mean, I had low hopes. But now I have lower hopes.
  • EVERYTHING about this film.
  • Gifted, which I have not started, has been granted a second season… and has lost the Singer factor, obviously. As has Legion.
  • Ever wanted to play a Bugbear? Now you can.
  • Love Game of Thrones and frostbite? GOOD NEWS.
  • Runaways has been renewed for S02 on Hulu, despite not having finished S01. I feel like it fell apart towards the back half, but it’s still serviceable. Not that this can be said for that abysmal looking Inhumans series. Guh.
  • Here’s a great interview with Mike Mignola on an array of subjects.
  • Collider claims Tim Miller is developing a Kitty Pryde film. I’m OK with it. Supposedly Drew Goddard’s X-Force film is scheduled to begin production soon as well.
  • Han Solo mayyyyyyy have just gone back in for 3 more weeks of reshoots… pretty late in the game. Ron Howard knows what he’s doing, so no panic. Other than the general anxiety about this film existing in the first place, I guess…
  • This one took me by surprise: Derrickson of Doctor Strange may be cooking a live-action adaptation of one of my favorite cyberpunk books of the 80s, Effinger’s ‘When Gravity Fails’, which is set in a futureshock Middle East. INTERESTING.
  • who doesn’t love fake amusement parks?
  • Mantic is preparing a Hellboy tabletop game! Stay tuned for Deeplydapper’s slavish review of said game in a year…
  • Finally, The Tick is returning, meaning I need to catch up in a hurry…

 

That’s it for today! Kris and I are both smashing atoms to get ready for Heroes and Villains Fanfest/ Walker Stalker Con this weekend in Portland. Come see us at tables 201-202 if you attend!

 

multiPost 002 – 9 Jan 2017

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Well, this concept art proves that Ryan Gosling as Doctor Strange would have been the wrong choice. Sometimes I felt like Benedict Cumberbatch felt a little too egotistically knowing as Stephen Strange, and not passive enough (meaning that my read of the character from the comics has always been that he has one foot in the other dimensions, one here, and was very formal and polite in his responses to people; the movie version is RDJR lite) but as much as I love watching Gosling, and I DO, the brows don’t have it. I WOULD love him as another character though.
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– Eagle-eyed fans believe that this shot from Jyn Erso’s flashbacks suggest she was in Padme’s apartment on Coruscant. I think it was just a re-use of a matte painting FFS. In the post Lostian world, not every thing is a thing. link!

– Spider-Man suit upgrades formally detailed here! I hope they don’t go overboard.

– I don’t know what to make of this photo. Cyborg looks like a Michael Bay Transformer cluttered mess, Flash looks bendy, Bats looks massive and WW frail. It’s just a screenshot. link!

– Look! Actress had orange hair once, references old animated property, internets go WILD! link!

– Oddly, there was more rejiggering than usual on DC’s Powerless. It’s now Better Off Ted apparently. link!

– I’m so down with MUTE I can’t even. link!

– Jeremy Renner wants a Black Widow/ Hawkeye film, because of course he does. But we all do. The team ups are what make the Marvel films so great, and these two are a good fit for a spin-off film, thematically. I’d be on board. Also, paychecks! link!

– Behold the plushy Beholder! link!

– I waited a few days on this one, to see if it would be debunked, but nothing yet: Woody Harrelson as Han Solo’s mentor? link!

That’s all for today! As a reminder, the current TRDL Art Jam is The Wolverine [X-23] and the latest podcast for Robot-Kraken, the first for 2017, is now available!


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Home Again Home Again Jiggity Jig – 20 Dec 2016

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Welp, while I would argue that visuals would be the LEAST of the risk factors in bringing a Blade Runner sequel to life, I’m 100% on board and plan to love it. link!

Meanwhile, in space:

– The lead (1st officer) in ST: Discovery has been cast. A favorite of fans of Walking Dead: Sonequa Martin Green…
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– Pretty good example of nerd press going apeshit as they’ve been manipulated into doing: Megan Fox buys some Poison Ivy/Harley books and expresses interest in the role, and all of a sudden it’s a thing. I could generate a pretty solid list of projects Megan Fox might have an interest it. Not that I have any particular issue with her or her in that role. Though I prefer when she’s not playing the ‘hottest girl in the room’ character type. She HAS played other variations. Such as ‘hottest girl in the room who is actually somewhat nerdy’. hahaha. link!

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– I still have no idea if Aquaman will be good or not. But he DOES look good. That’s at least something, right? link!

– Build your own mecha gloves. And do me a favor, build me some too. link!

– Ouch. Smearing Tilda Swindon can backfire. link!

– The word on the street is that Han Solo starts filming in Spring. Rogue One pulled off retconning in the best possible way, not hashing into the story that pre-existed, but supplementing it. Much more difficult challenge ahead for this film. link!

– I have very little confidence in this film. But the reason i bring it up is that it makes me think that the costume designers must rejoice when modern John Cusack is cast, because they can take the time allocated to him and spend it on Angry Birds or whatever. Because same. Every time. And he dresses this way in realLife by the way. I saw him at Rose City Comic Con, same deal. link!

– Jessica Camacho has been cast as Gypsy on Arrow. Now look, I haven’t seen her work, and I haven’t come across Gypsy as a character since flipping through the DC Who’s Who books in the 80s… this character needs an update badly (even Marvel has bypassed a lot of that cultural trope, at least on film, with Scarlet Witch) but it’s again good to see actors of different ethnicities in these roles. link!

– The teaser was already great, and of course I was presold, but this full trailer for John Wick 2 is GREAT. link!

– Plus, misc. items thus:

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Corey Smith’s DD Redesign looks AWESOME, but I’ve always felt it is key that DD’s look not broadcast he is blind. There are plenty of characters where this is a thing, and I love it, but his secret identity and a good chunk of his character concept is based on this being hidden.

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Best VENN Diagram ever

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I noted this in our Robot-Kraken Instagram (Red Tentacle) but this was one of my favorite parts from the recent Darth Vader comics. He THREW the lightsaber and broke a Y-Wing, like it’s no thing.

Anyway, the force is with you and you are one with the force, if you’re lucky…


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Its Hot and Wet – Also, Spider-Man 08 Dec 2016

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Coming to you from a storm in Honolulu… here’s the new Spidey trailer which you have surely watched 33 times. I’m quite satisfied.
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Meanwhile, THIS:

– The incredibly nuanced soundtrack for Westworld is now available for free streamed from Spotify. link!

– More misc. stuff on Ghost in the Shell. I forgot to mention, I thought it was pretty savvy that they used those little scrambled clips from the film we’ve seen before, but interrupting movie theatre bumpers, during Doctor Strange… like, ‘get your popcorn and coke over th—‘ and then it blurs into geishabots… link!

And speaking of Doctor Strange (review and podcast forthcoming) it is killing it in a way I didn’t expect at all, with all the no-punching and much-talking and even-more-drug… even against a Disney film. i mean a Disney Princess film. link!

– The next X-Men movie is apparently starting production on the Dark Phoenix saga… which won’t be a saga, but a highly compressed film… which I’m actually all for because I quite liked Jean and Scott in the most recent semi-hot mess. link! and PS… I was not a fan of James Marsters as Cyclops back then, being all rigid and blank, but on Westworld he’s really great. I can’t help but imagine him playing Scott Summers in a more nuanced role, perhaps something like what happened in the comics over the last few years… the red suit and the global takeovers and the Phoenix business and the basic villainy.

– Great article on one of my favorite Marvel characters in recent years: the Latina, gay, teen Captain America Chavez. link!

Bonus, my last illustration of her:

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– If you’re willing to pay for the extra content in the insidious/Darth Sidious system Sony has set up for DLC, you can play Jyn Erso in Rogue One… link!

– Nerd alert: check out the original edition of D&D… I’m always fascinated by those early days unwittingly kicking off an entire industry that was highly formative in my youth. link!

– If you liked Dexter, and you plan to pre-like Iron Fist (as I do) then you’ll find Inhumans in capable hands. link!

– If you know your George Miller Justice League that wasn’t history, you know Armie Hammer was almost in the red undies. Signs might suggest he’s heading for green ones next… link!

– Finally, I had SUCH low expectations, but Legion on FOX looks REALLY GOOD. link!

Now, the eternal sleep. Until morning. Or more TRDL work, not sure yet!


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Upsidus Downicum! – 15 November 2016

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DOCTOR STRANGER THINGS.
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ITEM: Westworld has been renewed for S02, thankfully. The show is mesmerizing.
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ITEM: No offense to Gavin O’Conner, but this interview sounds like some sort of parody.
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ITEM: News flash: Ryan Reynolds has nice things to say about Tim Miller. Because, you know, he’s not stupid.
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ITEM: Below, an article briefly (butchering, in this post-millennial half-assed documentary style, where the narrator inserts themselves into the thing every 3 seconds) discussing the inventor of Lazer Tag. Above, MY LAZER TAG set, just found this week while going through my mother’s attic. Synchronicity!
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That is all. Back to your radioactive sheds. Those reactors aren’t going to build themselves.


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Shes a Good Secretary – 3 November 2016

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ITEM: This new trailer is really good. It lays out the structure of the film and the nature of the Amazonians and their relationship, at least somewhat, to the outside world, and established WW’s conflict with both the world and her own people. Also more amazing up and over leg kicks and knee scrapers and sword swipeys and that great bullet deflection in the alley and Pam doing her kung fu and…Image
well, of course, for me the highlight was this shot of the villain. SYMBOLISM!
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ITEM: I think it’s positively criminal that it’s taken this long for Talia Al Ghul to appear in some sort of live action continuity. I’m not discounting Marion Cotillard’s Miranda… that was a great element to the story, but I mean the Talia from the comics, a trained fighter, eventual mother of Damian Wayne…
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ITEM: I sure like the idea that we can go for smaller films after Infinity Tole. I don’t know that that’s exactly what he means, but I do believe the group films can stand to not be global extinction events every time.
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ITEM: Christian reviewer warns Doctor Strange is, like Dungeons & Dragons, a gateway to satanism. I love it. IM THERE! Monday night in fact.
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ITEM: I don’t know the book series, but I liked some of what I saw. Supposedly it’s just a delay based on the post-production schedule, but hopefully that’s ALL it is.
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ITEM: I’m pre-sold, but still!
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ITEM: Lung turned me onto this one. Simply brilliant. Haw did it take this long?? Reminds me of my old Nixon watch. But rad.
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ITEM: Titanfall 2 is another game I bought on concept alone, even though I don’t have time to play generally. I haven’t unwrapped it. But they added single player story mode to mech combat both in and out of the mech, AND it’s now on PS4 so I had to. This concept art spread is delightful.
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ITEM: I may or may not have shuttered the bike news for TLTC these days, but check this out:
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ITEM: This.
Predator…”plunks the deadly alien hunter, who audiences have seen fight in jungles, concrete jungles, frozen wastelands and alien planets, in the harsh environment of … suburbia.”
Also, as if the film needed the extra juice, Olivia Munn was cast as a ‘scientist’. That’s why I show her in glasses, you see.
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Also, speaking of the MUNN EFFECT, I was also pre-sold on Office Party, as we talked about when the first trailer came out, but since I laugh EVERY TIME Vance plummets to his probable death, I take it that’s a good sign that ALL THE REST OF THE AWESOME is good. Yet, the best part is once again Kate McKinnon.
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ITEM: David Leitch is a rumored replacement for Tim Miller on Deadpool. I love John Wick. It’s interesting though, that it’s equally hard to envision his style applied to Deadpool farce as it was Tim Miller going ‘stylized’ and abandoning the fun parts. Dunno. This article Lung sent me, about Junkie XL leaving the project in solidarity, which I can respect if nothing else.
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ITEM: Lastly, I love the concept of an FPS maker FINALLY having the cojones to put a no-respawn mode into one of these games. THAT’s a challenge.
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Very Much Like You – 10 October 2017

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By Cthulhu! How is this even possible… how can this be THIS good looking? Even if you take the +100% minimum increase in rad through use of Johnny Cash out of it.
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ITEM: I don’t watch Walking Dead. The pilot freaked me out and then I heard about nothing but doom, gloom, despair, and cannibalism from it thereafter. However, this John Cleese narrated primer leading up to the new season was awesome.
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ITEM: The one film for which I’ve managed to maintain my blackout after the first trailer is Doctor Strange. Or, as I call him, Doctor ESTRANGE!. Anyway, it has looked from day 1 like they have been taking risks, which made me optimistic. Early reviews are coming in, and are very favorable. Hope!
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ITEM: The supposed shortlist for the character Domino in Deadpool 2 has been leaked by Collider, and they are almost all attractive and interesting actresses. However, my personal vision of Domino involves a certain confidence, sharp-edged personality, and little sentimentality. Looking at this list, the two that I find most promising are:

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Sienna Miller

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and Sofia Boutella

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Item: Speaking of Deadpool: as if the ad compaign wasn’t brilliant enough, and if the 4th wall nature of Deadpool played by Ryan Reynolds wasn’t entertaining enough… we now have a several minute long video of Reynolds, as Deadpool, marveling at the campaign itself… done as a response to their CLIO nomination. I mean. It’s like through the wall and then BACK again.
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Item: I haven’t rah-rah’d my art pal Paul Moore lately, so here’s a recent Batman he did that, in my view, is the PERFECT Batman. ENVY.
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That’s all for today. Never fear: our write-ups on Rose City and APE (and for Kris, Sinister Creature Con as well) are forthcoming, now that Kris is home from his journey. FORTHCOMING! In the meantime, to hold you over, here’s an Imperial Scout Droid. Because Star Wars.


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ALL THE DATAS – 28 Sept 2016

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From a Prime Universe anthology comic, the best Star Trek concept I’ve seen in years (and that includes using Zoe Saldana for anything ever): A ship full o Datas!
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ITEM: As long as they can get these modules out of the gravity well in one piece, that is.
via and via. But hey, if you have a death wish… sign up today!

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ITEM: SO RAD: I’m the target market. An ONO-SENDAI deck mostly fabricated, cyberpunk style, from existing, dated tech, and repurposed… fully functional. Ready for some ICE choppin’…
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ITEM: I may be the only one around here hot for this film, but I love abstract concepts and I hope they really push the envelope in dimensional/reality-bending WTF-ery.
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ITEM: OH, the HOTNESS. Just in time for the holidays, too. Assuming Krampus doesn’t get you. Which he will. So.
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ITEM: I’m still annoyed at this cancellation. More than ever, the world needs Agent Carter as a thing.
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ITEM: Meanwhile, my lawn needs THIS as a thing. Also, I would need a lawn.
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ITEM: Honest Trailer for Warcraft, so you don’t have to.
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VR Monster Madness!
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Finally, a blast from my own past: #fuckyeahC64
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Imagine Black Widow Playsets with No Widow Figures 16 Aug 02

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Joss Whedon (sort of) wants to do a Black Widow film. The question is: good or bad idea? Based on the two Avengers films, maybe not good. But given that those both existed in an era of executive interference that by all intents and purposes seems dramatically changed, based on the Russo material, maybe given some room to maneuver, he could produce something interesting. All I want is Widow plus say Hawkeye or one other, in a tight espionage film. Frankly, just more of Winter Soldier, really. Anyway, just hypothetical, but it certainly IS damn time.
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ITEM: Based on Feige’s comments, it appears the Eye of Agamotto may be the Time gem.
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ITEM: Willem Dafoe will voice Shinigami in the Death Note film adaptation. Great news!
But wait, what?
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Oh, this:
Death Note, via wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Note

Here’s the scene from the 2007 Japanese series that I used to see screencapped here and there and it would freak me the living FUCK out.
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ITEM: Look, after his run on Preacher, I would watch ANYTHING with Jackie Earl Haley, who has become one of my favorite character actors. I mean, when he was using his Texan accent on Preacher I didn’t want him to stop talking. The accent, the mannerisms, everything.
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ITEM: So yeah, pretty obviously the new ST ship design is pulled from the old McQuarrie design work. However, I always felt this wasn’t good stuff. Not just because of what we are used to from ST design language that followed, but because of the harsh geometry of the designs. I do like asteroid bases though.
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ITEM: Apparently Elden Henson will be in Defenders. Because how could he not be. Anyway, slow news day.
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ITEM: How the story of Maurice DeJean’s seduction during the Cold War hasn’t been made into a movie, I cannot even.
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ITEM: law enforcement has contracted with a company to 3d print the fingerprints of a user in order to attempt to unlock their phone. Granted, the way Touch ID works makes this unlikely to succeed (you dont’ do it within 72 hours and it will require password again)… but if that isn’t [scary] cyberpunk, what is?

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Oh, well, THIS, I suppose. She allured in Ex Machina… here she is one step further…
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The Carol Danvers we Need – 26 July 2016

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Brie Larson finally confirmed as Captain Marvel at SDCC, world gets .00003% better. I’m on board!
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While I hope to see a film-based design that takes the foundation of this uniform and tweaks it for the screen, rather than a direct adaptation, this is going to be rad. The early photomanips of her in costume from a few months back were unflattering and awkward. I like this one better.

Meanwhile… mostly from SDCC…

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ITEM: Wrong knock-off toys are some of my favorite anythings ever. These are wonderful.
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ITEM: In other not-news-to-anyone-paying-attention news, they confirmed Kurt Russell for Starlord’s father in GotG2… however, what WAS news, and frankly, a bad ass idea, was the reveal that he isn’t any of the iterations from the comics that were boring. He’s decidedly not boring. He’s EGO THE LIVING FUCKING PLANET. Refresher on WTF:
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Though, I will say, drab outfit for a god-celestial-body. First Mordo and now this.
Fear not color, this be Marvel!

Less appealing: Sly Stallone was also confirmed.
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ITEM: People seem upset about Killing Joke. I mean, more upset than when the book came out and Batgirl was critically assaulted. We forget that, in this girlfriends-in-fridges era. Anyway, people are upset because: the animation doesn’t look consistent with the comic, the story has been changed… and now, apparently because, in an attempt to recover some interest in the production, DC had a panel at SDCC and revealed that… Batgirl is a violence fetishist and is (trying to) do the sweet hook-ups. OUTRAGE! Ha

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ITEM: My man Aiden Gillen is tapped to play a veteran spy in a new BBC series based on John Le Carré’s ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’. I’m stoked! Can’t wait to see it…
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ITEM: The Saint of Killers is coming to Preacher (current day, anyway) FINALLY… although maybe this happened Sunday, not sure, I stream, I’ve been gone, what can I tole you. Still.
RAD!
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ITEM: More info on Black Panther…
“Michael B. Jordan will be playing T’Challa’s archenemesis Erik Killmonger, the genius insurgent who’s destabilized Wakanda multiple times in the comics. Nyong’o will be playing the role of Nakia, a member of of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female honor guard. Danai Gurira—who plays Michonne on The Walking Dead tv show—will be embodying the character of Okoye, described as the leader of the Dora Milaje.”

How dope is it to see all the diverse casting on stage all at once in some of those Hall H photos? Different ethnicities and genders all over the place. Since I’m not a Nazi, I love it!
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ITEM: I’m the first to admit I was heavily disinterested in the Legion series… I don’t like the character, don’t like what this network does to interesting programming, don’t like hearing that it appears to be completely divorced from any other MCU or MTVU continuity… but let me tell you, seeing the trailer? I’m on board.
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ITEM: STILL down with Doctor Strange. Even MORE down. Love what I’m seeing in the trailer. Love what I’m seeing of the cast. Love the running on waves of buildings. Love everything.
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Random detail I LOVE: how his cape flicks up and sort clamps on, magically. Subtle reference to the power he uses being second nature at that point. Like when he’s floating around or sitting in mid-air in the comics.

That’s all from the weekend. And now, whisky for breakfast.


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