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An Elaborate Cat Food Dinner with my Friend – Robots Root 16 Feb 2018

This, from those Skynets that brought you the Predictive Text Harry Potter chapter… ST:TNG via Predictive Text AI. Read the whole thing. It’s amazing.

Meanwhile, in space:

That’s it for this guy. Off to get Mexican…

Have You Ever Danced With Shermin-Williams in the Pale Moonlight? – Robot’s Root 11 Feb 2018

I don’t know what to make of this Todd Phillips 80s Pre-Joker movie with Jaoquin Phoenix. I mean, I like when they experiment. But DCEU has such a low track record as far as experimenting with VISION. On the other hand, a film about that whole Vision Family in Suburbia book would be legendary. The image above, though, from a set of fan arts, really appeals to me… or peels… I love the flaking paint situation happening.

 

Meanwhile, these things:

  • When your director backs out of He-Man because they’re too busy with… Krypton… then you KNOW its serious.
  • Even deleted scenes are hilarious. Ragnarok still owns me.
  • This deleted scene from JL is actually pretty good, from a world-building standpoint. It shows a newly revived Kal-El wandering the halls of his old ship, and as he approaches, it automatically offers various resources for him, including the all-black supersuit and the Kryptonian battle armor… internally consistent-ish with Man of Steel. I appreciate that.
  • The winner of that huge 10-year Class Photo MCU situation is clearly Benedict Wong, because player brought a pocket watch on a vest chain.
  • More stuff showing consistency with the McQuarrie front end on the Falcon. Even if it is all part of the longer front end ‘docking module’ which works fine for me, I just don’t know what to make of images like this, below, where it’s longer but there’s a slot. Maybe the central spine is also a modular element than can be removed, separately from the longer vice clamp bits. Maybe, though, these other images are just earlier in the production design… or possibly fake. These days, who knows. This example below, which has been around for months, is the most mystifying. It looks too consistent to be a total fake, so I wonder if it was just earlier in the production. Because it deviates too much from what we’ve seen now. Wrong dish antenna, different front end, no blue and white paint… it does have the turret.

That’s enough for today. Back to rolling housepaint over my face to appear edgy.

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.

Rose City Comic Con This Weekend, pLus Robots Root 6 September 2017

San Francisco Comic Con is done, and tomorrow we head to Portland for Rose City Comic Con. Hope to see some of you there! Photos from both shows will start rolling out starting next week…keep your eyes peeled for sneaky shots of Friend of TRDL Lung at the table…

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root for 6 September 2017!

  • Lung turned me onto this last week but I never posted it. The Honest Trailer for Face/Off is one of their best yet.
  • You might think, from these comments, that Inhumans is a technical and visionary opus. I’ve heard the contrary. I’m not sure at this point if I’m even going to watch it at all. Your mileage may vary.
  • 2.5 Hours of Blade Runner 2049 goodness? I CANT WAIT I TOLE YOU.
  • Preview roundup, genre edition: Damnation on Netflix; Tin Star on Amazon; Hostiles, a feature film (yay Wes Studi); Brawl in Cell Block Whichever, a feature film; Mindhunter, on Netflix.
  • The ships, and their names, for these new SW films are really nuts. Same things but bigger and also bigger, sometimes bigger. I will give the Supremacy this, though: it says they have a shipworks on board, which could help rationalize the scale and span in the massing, if it can build Destroyers, for example. Huh. Meanehile, Poe’s new X-Wing gets a turbo boost to get past big lasers. BIG LASERS!
  • And speaking of the Star Wars, Colin Trevorrow being out for SW VIII has been spurring on some interesting speculation, in front of and behind the curtain. Calls for a female director, calls for Rian Johnson again, given his apparently smooth sailing on Last Jedi, calls for LUCAS FFS, and on and on.
  • Finally in SW news, Mark Hamill’s comments about wanting to play his own evil twin (actually a cool idea) reference a plotline in the Extended Universe books about which I was not familiar. Thrawn stuff. I’m always down with things referencing that hand.
  • Whedon apparently rewrote enough of JL to get a writing credit. Meanwhile, looking at all these photos used in the Alex Ross style poster composite, I keep laughing at how high Aquaman looks, and how appropriate that is, in a meta sort of way.
  • “That guy’s wife” saved the Star Trek franchise. Nice, Shatner.
  • There is apparently some controversy among rigid hetero fanboys or whomever about this commercial. I loved it. Start to finish.
  • Here’s your ubiquitous bosslogic manips of Leo DiCaprio as a Joker. For science. I prefer L E T O!
  • John Cena in the running for Shazam?, this was all over the con floor at SFCC this weekend. I’m not convinced this is real. However, on Sunday it occurred to me who he COULD play well, given his enthusiasm, size, and charisma: Guy Gardner!

  • This Hellboy summary, recently leaked, is sufficiently general and I like what I hear. LUNDUN ENGULUND!
  • Finally, I leave you with Key & Peele’s Sexy Vampires. Cracked me up, a little. Not out loud. But inside.

Back to the packing and the fire dodging! See you maybe in Portland!

FACE OFF – Robots Root 25 August 2017

With all the hubbub about the proposed non-continuity Joker project, Bosslogic and others have been rapidly generating manips of different Joker visions from the comics and other sources. This was my favorite. I said, years ago, that what i wanted to see in the films was the version of this guy with his own face sewn back on. Here we go!

Meanwhile…

Robot’s Root:

  • But…but what I MEANT was, Batman’s not in continuity, but also, he’s totally in continuity!
  • In the wake of yesterday’s apparent greenlighting of a Joker and Harley film, Ayers’ Gotham City Sirens appears to have been chopped.
  • James Cameron. I mean, yeah, some strong women in some of his films… and what he pulled off with Sarah Connor was visionary… but then again, you read stuff like this, and think about how tone deaf he comes across as, ending with a preposition, and you might be reminded of True Lies, which was not exactly the feminist opus he thought it was.
  • So, Anna Diop has been cast as Starfire in the live action Teen Titans. This will be interesting, culturally: will they go orange and play it safe, or acknowledge more of the actress’ true skin color and tweak the character design, to the outrage of a rabid (I suspect less diverse) fan base…
  • I’m having trouble with these designs. More derivative reworks of the old stuff, and less successful. At least this time they didn’t name the Super Mega Super Star Destroyer as badly. But… gorilla hands?
  • Big Trouble in Little Comics! Again!
  • You have to admit: those are dope spacesuits. Probably have 11 pt. surround sound.
  • No tracks never found evermore.
  • I’ll be in my bunker.

  • See this is my central issue with Inhumans: how is that the cast looks more interesting dressed for a photo shoot as themselves, rather than in costume?

  • That one time…

Lastly, here are some other pics from legoland you might enjoy. The Star Wars exhibit was not rides and such but actually just a bunch of diorama work, much like their Miniland stuff… I admit something in me gets really aggravated at the odd scaling up they do by building miniatures from Legls rather than working in the actual Lego scale… but anyway:

    

I AM baby GROOT – Robots Root 22 August 2017

What I love most about this series of Mondo prints for the BR release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn’t actually Rocket here, which I L O V E… it’s that the Baby Groot piece is smaller in scale. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, it’s Robot’s Root all of a sudden…

  • Here’s a summary of the new film Glass, completing the [surprise] Unbreakable trilogy. I wasn’t interested in seeing the second film, though I enjoyed reading about it… but I’m stoked on this one.
  • Punisher: good lord. What have they done. Chrome bustiers?!? Ah I can’t unsee it.
  • Ed Skrein (Deadpool) has joined the Hellboy reboot as a military dude from BPRD that can shift into a panther or jaguar or what have you. I’ll bite. So to speak. Also, David Harbour’s description of what tone he’s taking with the Hellboy character sounds more in tune with the comics and intrigues me greatly.
  • Pedro Pascal has joined Equalizer 2, along with returning Denzel Washington. I love this guy. I can’t wait.
  • Lung convinced me (with enthusiasms) to break my tenuous blackout on Blade Runner 2049 and watch this new promo. By Crom it’s wonderful. That said, I’m super tired of trailers preceding the trailer, as they do now.
  • I don’t think I’ve begun processing the news that a Joker solo origin story out of DC WB continuity is in development. I get the pedigree of the production. I get the balls in pursuing other versions of these characters. But it seems like such a poor, poor decision. Like, Confederacy poor. Not in continuity stories only work when mainstream viewers are sufficiently familiar with the prime continuity, and trust the studio enough to embrace non-continuity projects on their own terms (see Legion)… and really. Joker ORIGIN? Very few things we need less. Then again, as of today, Matt Reeves is claiming The Batman is out of continuity as well. Huh.
  • Meanwhile, and I know I’m in the minority in seeing some redeeming value in the DCCU Lex Luthor… but apparently his role was cut in Justice league. That’s alarming to me, as his relationship to Steppenwolf and the Mother Boxes was a big thing.

 

That’s all for now. Back to treating my own post-GoT PTSD… speaking of, our latest podcast is out, covering the most recent two episodes of Game of Toles. And please wish our man Deeply Dapper a happy 21st birthday!

 

Legend Has it – Robots Root 15 June 2017

Black Panther rules everything around me.

In third place (because BP needed two), we have Robot’s Root for 9 June 2017:

  • Interesting that Blomkamp feels that Chappie is his most personal, best film, but that Elysium wasn’t that great. I felt the opposite.
  • I need more Stranger Things in my life. Immediately. Thessalhydra or not.
  • Ugh, American remake of Misfits. UGH.
  • An absolutely fascinating look at the true history behind Dr. Poison’s life mask in Wonder Woman.
  • Now YOU can own Bill Paxton’s armor from Aliens. I mean, how could you live without this.
  • All this recent talk from Chris Evans about signing on beyond his contract and how Infinity War would change the MCU etc etc: yes, we get it. Cap is getting assassinated.
  • I love how Ian McShane talks up Deadwood every 6 months and how it’s in HBO’s hands. I mean, YEAH, but still, I’d rather see actual progress on the project.
  • Useful.
  • Interesting that Olivia Munn isn’t yet signed up for the new X-Men film (she was woefully underutilized in the last one) but VERY interesting that supposedly Jessica Chastain is being courted for Lilandra of the Shi-ar. I LOVE THE CONCEPT.
  • Shioli Kutsuna has been cast in Deadpool 2. So many options here. Lady Deathstrike sounds like one, but given her Wolverine and X-Men pedigree, seems an odd choice.
  • Try to imagine John Lithgow as the Joker. I can. Wow.
  • Check out this rad Big Trouble in Little China project.

OK, go run your jewels, whils Kris and I prepare for Wizard World Sacramento!

 

Robot-Kraken Podcast Ep. 28 (February 2017) Available Now!

The Robot-Kraken Podcast – Episode 28: The Future is Now! (February 2017)

February is here and Kris and Thom sit down to chat about the ten projects coming up in 2017 that we are most excited about! (Or 2017-ish, since George RR Martin is on the list….) We talk about the EXPANSE, reveal our dream casting for a MOON KNIGHT movie and in the Shipyard talk about kickstarter, brush pens and upcoming art jams!

As always, you can stream the episode by clicking the button above or HERE and subscribe, listen and rate us on iTunes too!

TIMESTAMPS:

  • 0:00 – Introduction & Sucking The Monkey:
    • Thom – The Loose Parsec
    • Kris – Eddyline Brewery Jolly Roger Stout
      • Segment Name Origin: Back in piratey days, often rum and alcohol was forbidden on the ship, so buccaneers and sailors would smuggle alcohol aboard hidden in coconuts. Drinking from this undoubtedly delicious contraband was called Sucking The Monkey!
  • 0:07 – The Shipyard
    • We talk about brush pen inking, Kris’ current projects for the official THE THING art book and kickstarter and Thom reveals his works in progress and the Weekly Jam Subjects for the month!
      • Weekly Jam Subjects:
      • DCs Starfire
      • DC’s Katana
      • DC’s The Enchantress
      • Disney’s Moana
    • Want to participate in the TRDL Art Jam? The TRDL Jam runs weekly but remains open indefinitely. The complete list of jam topics by date can be found here: http://bit.ly/1QM5XfE
      You will find associate links for the platforms of your choice: the R3 Forum, DeviantArt, and FB.
  • 0:19 – Thom discusses a fan theory about Robin and the Joker
  • 0:24 – A Tim Miller/James Cameron reboot of the Terminator?
  • 0:31 – Top Ten 2017 Projects!
    • 0:31 – Winds Of Winter
    • 0:41 – Star Wars VIII
    • 0:44 – Wonder Woman
    • 0:47 – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    • 0:53 – Upcoming Neil Gaiman Projects
      • American Gods, Good Omens and Norse Tales
    • 1:00 – Logan
    • 1:10 – Spiderman: Homecoming
    • 1:18 – Ghost In The Shell
    • 1:25 – Murder On The Orient Express
    • 1:33 – Blade Runner
    • 1:38 – Our Runner-Ups
  • 1:45 – Dream Casting!
    • Thom reveals his long held plans for a RUNAWAYS Movie
    • 1:55 – We both cast a MOON KNIGHT television series or movie – our choices might surprise you!
  • 2:28 – THE EXPANSE Discussion and initial thoughts
  • 2:51 – Baywatch and Contact Info – That’s right – Baywatch!

That was our show! And now – videos and trailers. for science!

Speaking of videos and science, you can also catch the Robot-Kraken Podcast on Youtube. This month’s episode:

https://youtu.be/0Ous5u64MuM
Plus trailers:

Come With Me If You Want to Save the Franchise – 170126

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So, what do you think? Tim Miller on Terminator? Any chance of bailing this ship out? We talk about this one on the podcast in February… link!

Meanwhile, this:

– Look, I gave up on Gotham a long time ago. It was never great, but at least had some atmospheric style. It went from soapy cheese to a garbage fire in record time. That said, I will give them this and only this: I’ve been pining for someone to do the Joker thing from the New 52 where his face has been cut off and then haphazardly sewn back on. It’s so unnervingly icky (and infected, presumably)… so, at least they tried it. link!

– From now on, as far as cosplay goes, I will accept NO LESS than a full scale ED-209. link!

– Thomas Jane in Predator? Before seeing Expanse I’d have been against it. Now… link!

– Neill Blomkamp is not encouraging. link!

– I’ve been using these as desktop screens of late: focus on the retro-future GUI in Rogue One: link!

– GIJoe + Transformers… would you have been in? I would not have been in. I would have been more out than I already am. link!

– So, uh, according to this, DC/WB will give the obscure antihero villain of their obscure supers film his OWN film… yet still can’t figure out how to make the DC pantheon work? link!

– I liked the admittedly uneven Amazon Tick pilot… interesting to imagine Warburton back in the costume, though. link!


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Oh Ahm Not Gonna Kill Ya – This Just Happened 170124

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Ayers now admits he wishes he made the Joker the main villain in SS. I only bring this up because well YEAH. link!

Meanwhile, THIS JUST HAPPENED:

– You’ve seen the pics of Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, and Pierce Brosnan hamming it up, which led to rampant speculation that Brosnan is the Cable casting. Here’s a Bosslogic manip to test it out. I’m actually not opposed to this idea. I think if you set aside all the 90’s muscle and bravado, Cable needs to be gritty, humorless, and a boss. Works. link!

– Call of Cthulhu for PS4 en rte! link!

– Here’s a black-costume Superman for you, based on a supposed set sneak. It’s the second time we’ve seen something alluding to our looking blatantly like the Superman suit in black, and it obviously happened in the comics. I’m fine with it. It’s Kryptonian. Maybe the color bleeds out when the wearer is sucking up solar power from it on a cellular level? Huh? Send me my check! link!

– Inhumans IMAX, from the director that brought you… Scorpion King 3… uh. link!

– You may have been successfully trolled by the first sneak trailer info for Santa Clarita, as I was. Trust me, go back and watch the proper trailer now. It looks GOOD. Well played, marketing company! link!

– Woody Harrison claims with an affirmative declaration that his character in Han Solo is Garris Shrike. However, aside from that being EU canon, it doesn’t sound like something requiring thinking about, and DOES sound like Harrelson, rather, thinking about what to do without running afoul of his NDA… so, lying seems pretty viable. link!

– Logan is supposedly not directly in continuity. Which is, what, even, these days, I don’t even. link!

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Also; that comic she snatched? Commissioned for the film drawn by Dan Pagosian. Nice that they actually went with a known creator rather than the usual Hollywood angle of paying the art department to create what the comics guys would do better, faster, and with more dignity. Even if it is The Adventures of Rogue Falling. link!

Oh! I never shared the trailer that launched the other day! SO GOOD
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– New Arthur trailer, now with giant boss level monsters. link!

And now, bonus bits:

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This

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Still one of my favorite posters in recent memory

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A much better Bosslogic manip than his first one. Inspiring…

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Finally, a great cover by Dave Johnson


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