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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!

RIP C Martin Croker – 21 September 2016

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C. Martin Croker passed away recently in his 50s. He was, among other things, the voice of both Moltar and Zorak from SG:C2C. In honor of his passing, please enjoy my favorite episode “Flipmode” featuring a pre-steroids Busta Rhymes as the guest, and lots and lots of blueberries.
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ITEM: Honest Trailer for TMNT2… I didn’t see the film, I may never see the film, but this was worth a watch.
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ITEM: I have a lot of trouble with the Infinity War thing. The problem is that these big budget supers films have all had world shattering, universe destroying stakes… even Suicide Squad had a planetkiller engine in it. So it’s hard to see Thanos as being a take-your-breath-away scale of bad guy. To have him sucking up souls and throwing the Infinity Gauntlet around in order to woo Death? If true, it feels, at least in summary, as too pedestrian. I don’t know WHAT you do for a galactic super-SUPER-dustup movie. I trust those guys, and I trust Marvel, so I remain optimistic, but I dunno. I have ideas, sort of spawned by the multiversal-collapse thing that Marvel comics had going on a few years ago…
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ITEM: Josh Gad is developing Toy Wars for Amazon. I’m so down. I’m the target market, absolutely. Surprising no one.
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ITEM: Welp, the project Neil Blomkamp has been e-teasing turns out to be a 15th anniversary special new short for the BMW Driver film series, which is pretty cool, actually. It’s the second best anything Clive Owen ever did.
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ITEM: I was wary of Jumanji 2… but I like the cast a LOT. Like, the entire cast. So that’s a thing.
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ITEM: I had no idea every frame of Black Panther in Civil War was a CGI overlay. We saw so much live footage of filming in costume, so that’s interesting. I haven’t watched the commentary yet, but I wonder what happened with Vision. We’ve seen a lot of him in full makeup being filmed, suggesting he’d be at least partly practical FX…
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ITEM: While I’m still disappointed Star Wars: Battlefront doesn’t include a story mode, I AM chuffed about the Death Star pack. I’ll give it a try, circa 2032.
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ITEM: A sketchy company in Turkey has your 1:1 scale Transformer needs sorted. Click through for the video…
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That’s all for today. Kris and I are pushing hard to get ready for the Alternative Press Expo in San Jose in a few weeks. A new episode of the Robot-Kraken podcast went live yesterday, featuring our con report of Rose City CC 2016. And we have been making stuffs.


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420 Fist and other things 22 April 2016

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Welp… Danny Rand returning to civilization after his time in Kun Lun is apparently channeling that hacky-sack bro that made you lose your appetite for putting his shoeless feet up at Woodstock’s Pizza in college.

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So, RDJR is apparently IN, and Michael Keaton may be out, or never quite in…
makes me wonder though… what if… JEFF GOLDBLUM is joining??
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knowhutahmsayn?
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/rober … 201758355/

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I feel a storm brewing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8PBIKNgTaw

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The Hasbro collective universe film concept has gathered quite a writer’s room.
Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, Y: The Last Man, too many awesome things to list here), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon (Spider-Man 2, Wonder Boys), and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) are probably the most recognizable. Geneva Robertson (one of the writers of the new Tomb Raider) is on board, as are Nicole Riegel (Dogfight) and Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle). The group also includes a ton of Marvel Studios and Marvel TV veterans: Nicole Perlman (Captain Marvel), Cheo Coker (Luke Cage showrunner), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther), and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the pair who wrote the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

That said, a similar group was collected to kick-start the Transformers franchise…
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v … ape-886316

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Apologies for another FB link but apparently these guys do a presentation at MotoGP every year… I thought all that stuff in MI:II was pure physics-defying fiction…
https://www.facebook.com/racingsecret/v … 583000540/

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Barbary Coast is a show in development about the nitty-gritty early years of the gold and possibly silver rush, which right out of the gate makes me want to watch it. Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson are attached, which is also pleasing… the hitch? Mel Gibson is writing and directing. I’m torn. I keep wanting to ban him. But then my realist side steps in and notes that MANY people in Hollywood are bigots, ageists, sexists, douches… I dunno.
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/mel-gib … 201755741/

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Surprising precisely no one, Inhumans has been pushed back. Between the additions of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and Wasp, the slate was crowded… add Indiana Jones 5… and the fact that Permutter’s TV division is hanging the entire S03 SHIELD hat on Inhumans… it seems like a wise move, to me.
http://nerdist.com/inhumans-no-longer-h … ease-date/

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Finally, points for effort on this one, and also, I will never stop talking about Daredevil… this set of billboards generated battle damage as people hashtagged a particular character. That’s a surreal attempt to get the millenials motivated. Interesting though!
http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/netflixs- … ght-170404


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