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I Get It, They All Said – 15 October 2018

So, I’ve been trying to catch up on Iron Fist S02, in advance of Daredevil S03 starting in a few days. I’ve said it before here, and on the pod, but it’s a lot better than S01. Anyway, this news came out right before the weekend: Iron Fist not renewed for S03, if kind, or Iron Fist cancelled, if unkind. It was a strange piece of news: Netflix virtually never cancels projects. They may not continue with new seasons, or hibernate, but they virtually never announce a project’s end. It made me wonder. Iron Fist S01 did not do well, but they felt enough confidence in the character, the actor, and the interconnected series’ as a whole to continue with S02 under new leadership, and to include Rand in Defenders. It seemed odd to cancel it as many people, like me, are still watching it (I hate this binge culture now. I don’t have that time!) in the immediate lead0up to another season of the group. So, I wondered… Netflix has had the development rights to these shows, and the Disney Streaming Service specifically was announced as not to include the Marvel Netflix stuff… but if I’m in Netflix’s position, why spend money on Marvel properties when they have already been spending a ton on all these other original programming projects. Any Marvel property now will be diminishing returns. Familiar eyeballs will tune in, but compare it to whatever comes down the pipe at Disney’s service, and from the looks of things on the Star Wars project, it will look pretty high-budget. That puts the ‘shoot it like a play’ methodology of the Netflix stuff and their limited, constantly recurring set-pieces, into more obvious critical focus. And less familiar eyeballs will look for Marvel stuff right in the Disney app, rather than remember what service happens to have them. So I wonder if they are negotiating handing these projects back to Disney, behind the scenes. If they wanted to kill the projects but keep them out of Disney’s hands, they wouldn’t make announcements, they’d just leave things open-ended. So I wonder: will all of the Marvel Netflix stuff eventually live on on the Disney service after all?

 

  • Here’s a great look at the final version of the Captain Marvel uniform (She of the maybe not 5 films) . There may be differences on film, actually, as this was posted by Andy Park, so it’s the final key art version, but things happen in production. I will say when I fan art this, i’ll be doing away with some of the bits and pieces to streamline it. Still, good reference piece!
  • Sometimes you screw up at work. Then there’s THIS.
  • Elon Musk says he’s interested in making a giant combat robot to solve all of our problems. I mean, he didn’t. He said the word ‘mecha’ and the internet imploded, as happens. The Gundam memes are flying.

  • Favreau posted this, a few days ago. I thought, huh, looks familiar. But couldn’t place where I’d seen that design. As it turns out, it was from the horrible infamous Xmas Special. I barely remember that show, or in fact I may have never even seen it, just seen enough clips and pics… anyway, it jogged my memory because I have the Boba Fett from that special in draw queue. Because colors. Anyway, so they took a nod from that. Pretty cool.
  • The young Alfred no one asked for.
  • Coogler is officially on board, directing a film about a pile of ash. RIIIIGHT
  • Speaking of Daredevil… I’m into the new season, and look forward to it’s release. I’d ALSO like this great deal on a Hell’s Kitchen apartment. Love viral marketing.
  • Best maternity photos ever. And I’ve seen some good ones.
  • Here’s some great retconning by Johnny Depp. No, he’s staggering because he’s drunk, he’s slurring because he’s drunk, and he’s drunk because you mimicked a version of Keith Richards. Let’s not make this a whole thing. Being box office poison on the Harry Potter stuff meant Jack Sparrow stuff would suddenly be in interviews, that was obvious. But let the thing be the thing.
  • There’s a lot to like about the new red and black Spidey suit. The belt is not one of them.
  • Well, we were fucked before, and we’re extra fucked now.
  • I don’t think these were used. But if they were, not thrilled, over here.
  • Here’s a fun video of Haunted Mansion with some young, familiar faces, and a lot of blurry business.
  • I’m out of the reasonable realm of having these around, with two impressionable younglings, but I love it. LOVVVVVVE it.
  • So into tabletop gaming using post-apocalyptic scratch-built Hot Wheels. Love it. Love it. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it.
  • Yes. Inside a Tauntaun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I can’t believe Venom has legs. I guess the inverted world we live in right now affects everything? Maybe?

 

*The title of this post refers to the strange predilection of the Iron Fist S02 scripts to have character say ‘I get it…’ ALL THE TIME, and frequently, you know, not get it.

No Good To Us Dead – Robots Root 4 Oct 2018

My favorite news of the moment is the confirmation that Jon Favreau’s SW TV series will be called The Mandalorian, and have a lone gunslinger vibe. I’ve only scratched the surface of Mandalore in the Clone Wars series thus far, but I’ll be interested to see if it’s another species wearing Mandalorian armor, as with the Fetts, or if it’s a true Mandalorian, who eppear to have a pretty interesting story of their own. Either way, exploring the Outer Reach, shooting to kill, best helmet design in the series, I’m on board…bonus: Pedro Pascal in the live action SW series? YES PLS

 

Meanwhile, this may be happening RIGHT now:

  • I haven’t watched this, being in back to back meetings all day, but I’m optimistic. Ferrell’s haircut alone! DAPPER. Update: Welp, yep, I AM THE TARGET MARKET.
  • Despite my doubts, they just sold me on the Kingsman prequel. I mean, I didn’t have doubts about it being a prequel… or even about the speculative film’s value… I just figured that Millar was spouting without anything to back it up, given that Kingsman 2 didn’t do very well. But I like the concept of the series and I’m on board. But whoa: Ralph Fiennes?!? Yes please.
  • Want some candy? Yes, of course they do.
  • Bad Birds of Prey news, following on the heels, so to speak, of very good news earlier this week… Rosie Perez appears to have been cast as the Question. Why for the love of R’yleh… I held out this morning for awhile hoping it was a hoax.
  • I don’t know why they keep referring to the uniforms in Dark Phoenix as ‘classic’… I mean, I guess compared to others in the franchise they are, but these are Frank Quitely’s excellent designs from New X-Men thanks. Love it!
  • I don’t need a lot of Luke in my Star Wars IX, but I do dig the concept of a flashback showing him pulling Star Destroyers into orbit. What a great image. Well, THROUGH orbit.
  • Here’s a trailer for Runaways S02. I’m stoked!
  • Hey look: at least Venom is compared (fairly) favorably to Catwoman. But look, here’s a reasonably, contextually, positive review about what’s in the tin.
  • Entourage played the Aquaman movie concept as a riff on big budget supers films with no artistic merit, ie. the ultimate low-brow sellout move with devastating financial and professional risk. But as this look back shows, it mirrored the future reality pretty accurately.
  • Though it’s pretty likely Amazon will pull it once they figure it out, they are allowing Verhooven’s original X-rated cut of Robocop to stream on Prime right now. I need to get on that myself!
  • Disney just greenlit a Lilo and Stitch live action adaptation. I’m on board: great 3d alien and a more powerful non-traditional body image situation for young girls than the more famous Moana. Excellent!
  • This is a cool Millennium Falcom triptych, but I’d like it more if there was NO there there between them. Imply it, don’t show it!
  • Surprisingly, at least one review claims there’s MORE there there to the Titans series, in a way that JUST might be interesting enough to try out. Despite that Starfire.

Thats all for today. We are recording another episode of Robot-Kraken tonight, so if you feel a tingling, happy sensation, it’s probably your collective awareness of our enthusiasms. All hail the TRDL hive mind!

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.

Get this Man a Facet Tool – Robots Root 11 May 2018

Disappointed at the lack of attribution, but this is my current desktop, and I used it in our latest Robot-Kraken Podcast. So good.

  • Looking forward to American Animals, as one does.
  • I’m 100% on board with whatever regarding Birds of Prey, honestly.
  • Thinking about the future of the franchise, what ‘big event’ could replace Avengers movies? I think this is a maguffin, because the narrative had bled into other films already, such as the last two most amazing Captain America films. I was thinking about this last night. Maybe ‘Secret Wars’? Not the stitched-together battle planet, but rather the idea that the heroes and villains would be shunted into an environment forcing them to organize and fight their way out. I can see this fusing concepts from the original Secret Wars, Champions, and frankly, a good dose of what we got from Thunderbolts and Exiles: versions of characters pulled from the multiverse. Makes sense to this guy!
  • This is HIGH TREASON.
  • Donald Glover got wonderfully weird on SNL. But this novelization of the backstory of Lando is even weirder.
  • Captain Marvel already has a very intriguing cast… but they just added Annette Bening, and I’m even more intrigued.
  • Look: I’m horrified by the project, but I LOOOOVE her honesty. Legit.
  • Ron Howard + Arrested Development + Star Wars. Gold! Marketing at its best.
  • Listen, I have too much stuff, and I’m trying to get less stuff. But I’m really having trouble resisting this.
  • TAKE MY MONEY (that I don’t have)
  • I haven’t finished Clone Wars and haven’t started Rebels (kids too young) but this is very interesting to me, stylistically.
  • Everything about this. EVERYTHING. Thanks to C Ferrren for finding it…
  • Jon Favreau’s new SW series will take place during the first years of peace in the New Republic. Interesting territory for the show, I think.
  • While I understand WHY Syfy is dropping the Expanse (bad deal they made) I will just say that this better get picked up by Netflix, fast.
  • Here’s that teaser for Predator that came out yesterday. Optimism abounds, more on Kris’ side than mine. But still, love the cast. Here’s a snap of the current Predator design, in all of it’s sizzlechest, tall headed glory.
  • All the behind the scenes business is done, and Rick and Morty will be back for… 70 EPISODES… FFS that’s good news.
  • 355 is an all-female spy thriller, which is 100% better news than whatever was happening the day before it was revealed to be happening. The cast.
  • LEGO car building factory awesomeness…

And with that, a reminder to listen to our latest episode of Robot-Kraken, and in general, you know, fear not and be just…

The Cavalcade of Helmetless Heroes – Robots Root 9 Mar 2018

 

Herewith, witness the Calvacade of Helmetless Heroes FFS!

 

Meanwhile, in space, this may be happening:

  • Honest Trailers does He-Man
  • My favorite How to Dad video yet.
  • I kinda like this promo pic for Daredevil S03… done by Joe Q, even. I’ ve always been a fan of lettering pushed into the environment of the piece.
  • I have to agree: if we couldn’t have an actually FORMIDABLE foes in Phasma, at least give her this scene to show her ruthlessness…
  • Now here’s the full trailer for Prospect, which still adorns my desktop as a background screen…
  • Killmonger concept art shows that the final version was the best choice. I still wish he kept the mask on the whole time… it was awesome.
  • More neural net fun, this time with sentence gradients.
  • Again, not a horror fan, but Endless looks pretty interesting. Lovecraftian doomsday cult business. Sure!
  • Dafne Keen is on board the new big budget take on His Dark Materials… I think they are abandoning the Golden Compass released prior…
  • Krysten Ritter says no Defenders S02 was planned, nor does one look likely. Depending on how you felt about S01, your mileage varies on this news…

  • Official confirmation direct from Patty Jenkins of Kristin Wiig joining WW2 as Cheetah. I’m intrigued!
  • Karl Urban confirmed that, as suspected, Alex Garland not only wrote Dredd, but stepped in and directed it once the director was canned.

  • Welp, pre-FX aside, Shazam’s costume does indeed appear to be the classic one, with the ubiquitous fine texture weave I hate so much. The fake muscles are weird, but I like the way they handled the lightning bolt, and the cool nod to the golden age books with those Talky Tawny symbols at the cape. The cape design itself, with the stiff hood, is creating a weird massing to his upper half, something I’ve worried about when designing a similar vibe on some TRDL characters with hoods…
  • Rumors are afoot that Jessica Drew may be brought into Spider-Man 2 as a female lead. I’d be down with it. Super down!
  • Neat: Jon Favreau has been announced as helming a Star Wars live action show, presumably for the new streaming service.
  • Mackenzie Davis from Halt and Catch Fire (and more recently, Blade Runner 2049) may have been tapped for Terminator 6… which bodes well for Terminator 6…
  • Elseworlds may be dead… but Black Label is new, and is basically the same thing. I like that Wonder Woman, if nothing else.
  • I love that Westworld not only embraces their obsessive fan community of conspiracy theorists and plot hypothesizers (like this guy) they are actively involving them/us in S02.
  • Reshoots on Deadpool 2… after bad test screenings… thats not good. As nice as the current pedigree technically is (re: our recent podcast about Atomic Blonde and John Wick 2) I wonder what we lost when Tim Miller left.
  • NEED
  • I remain uninterested in Superman comics, but I think BMB is right: optimism is what sets him apart from other characters, and needs to be the focus. All Star Superman was successful in this way.
  • I am SO DOWN with the Morrison/Quitely New X-Men costumes happening here. FINALLY.
  • Lastly, Lego Pacific Rim sweding! Excellent. I’d rather watch that.