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The Podcast That Forgot What it’s Like to Fear Death – Robots Root 6 Dec 2017

I WANT ALTERED CARBON IN MY FACE ASAP

Meanwhile…

Somewhere in space… it’s Robot’s Root:

  • Once again, Disney and Fox are “thisclose” to the deal… so, what do you think? Will Disney fold in the X-Men and FF properties as part of the likely multiverse thing coming after Infinity War?

  • Free Deadpool tattoos. What could go wrong? I’ll take free Negasonic tattoos though. And by free Negasonic tattoos, I mean applying tattoos onto what is already a peak hawt package. ZING!
  • I’d like all these Star Wars jackets a lot more if they didn’t have rebel logos or whatever on them. Less literal. Also, half this price.
  • Watch this GIF… do you hear it? I do.
  • It’s true: Nolan benefitted from a less compressed time of supers film production. He had a film in between each Batman film, and he told a story he cared about, largely or entirely without studio interference. However, he also benefitted from being Christopher Nolan in the first place. There’s a vision.
  • Interesting Stranger Things theory: is the demogorgon part of Eleven’s manifestation? I doubt it, given the events of S02… but still, good effort.
  • Here’s some cool concept art for Valkyrie from Andy park!
  • For Aeon-Flux fans, you can now watch the entire Liquid Television series streamed to your eyeballs like an errant fly.
  • As I’ve said on the pod, an AI vs AI vs AI direction in the Alien franchise sounds good to me. It just doesn’t make much more sense as a PREQUEL.
  • Batman almost had a shitty speeder bike in Justice League. Just look. Plus, somewhere, out there, there’s footage of the black Superman costume. I can’t wait until it surfaces.
  • Some potential Iron Fist S02 villain hints here in the casting notes… I mean, I could go either way, now that the showrunner has changed. Alice Eve was just cast as well…
  • NINJA TREE CLAWS
  • Margot Robbie is doing some sort of Harley Quinn something or other. I mean, who’s to say.
  • This Batman ninja business is the BUSINESS.
  • ADAM part 3 is no online. Hot damn.
  • Hellboy has a release date, and it’s too far away. Maybe, given what happened when they rushed JL, that’s OK.
  • Disney cast Mulan, and didn’t cock it up, even.
  • Historical nightmare fuel.
  • In an era of perpetual reboots, this plea from Alex Proyas against the Crow remake was pretty profound. Of course I’m of the age to have an emotional connection to that first film, too.
  • I haven’t watched any Black Mirror so far, but I might start

  • New images from next year’s Dark Phoenix surprise the hell out of me. My expectations were so low. This early look of Jean Grey transforming, even if its just stylized for these images… they’re really great. I like the cracking apart of her flesh. Not strictly consumed by fire, but also separating into component atoms. Wow. I also like the apparent change in concept for the Phoenix Force, and that the X-Men are popular, with Xavier being reckless in his deployment of the team beyond their capability, the hubris and overconfidence implied.
  • Finally, I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve been watching, and enjoying, Runaways. We’ll be talking about that soon, but in the meantime, a good article about how the Hulu production makes good use of their established budget to put together FX for the¬†deinonychus, Old Lace, featured¬†in the show. It’s a good example of a production not overreaching beyond their budget, and spending the money wisely.

Robots Root – Because Vespas Amirite 8 April 2017

In this edition of Robot’s Root, many things happen. But none are as interesting or profound as Deadpool riding the Rainbow Bridge on a Vespa.

But we’ll give it a go…

  • Here’s a wonderful collection of pickup lines generated by AI. It’s glorious. My personal favorite: “I have a cenver? Because I just stowe must your worms.”
  • Another great interview discussing America Chavez and her new ongoing from Marvel. Gay, Latina, aggressive, modern. Very cool.
  • This, on Inhumans: it will be an entirely revolutionary supers series never seen before on TV (unlikely); also, the Royal Family have been deposed and are in hiding in Hawaii (OK) the one bright spot is that this means Maximus on the throne and lots of scenery chewing by Iwan Rheon.
  • Mignola has a new book coming out from Dark Horse; it’s a vampire story and should be sufficiently surreal. Art will be by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. Check out his blog: another wacked-out style for the Mignolaverse and I approve.
  • You have probably heard before that Henry Cavill wore the original Reeves Superman kit in his audition for Man of Steel. I always wondered how that would look. Not great, as it happens. Granted that was 100lbs of steroid meat early and it was a dated 70s nylon material or whatever.
  • I’m still attempting a media blackout on Ghost in the Shell (and by the way, I know one person who said they LOVED it… and they are even Asian… completely going off script) but here’s an interesting look (in the hero image) of early concepts with Margot Robbie in the title role. Interesting. Looks super hot. But then again, obviously.

 

That’s all for today. As a reminder, Kris of Deeplydapper is at Cherry Con in Salem, Oregon this weekend. If you are in the neighborhood, go buy stuff or bring him booze or both!

Hell Hathaway No Fury – 22 Dec 2016

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As people are rabidly circling the concept of Megan Fox as Poison Ivy (which doesn’t thrill me) this article makes a good case for bringing Anne Hathaway back and introducing her into the DCCU. Normally I’d say keep the Nolanverse separate and leave it all alone. But frankly: she was great, she WANTS to return to the character, and she could offset some of the vampiness off Harley and the presumed oversexualization of Ivy. It’s a thought.
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Meanwhile, on earth:

– This early material for the unfortunately titled Lost City of Z is a welcome respite from most of what has come out in 2016: straight up old school retro period adventure movie. I’m in!
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– This life-sized articulated and self-automated Iron Man armor fits the bill… or so you’d thing… HOWEVER they are careful to note it is apparently not wearable. And why the… I mean… you went THIS far…link!

– But all hope is not lost: here’s a mech proof of concept actually doing what we always wanted them to do… right before the earth dies.link!

– Denis Villaneuve may actually get his dream project: DUNE. link!

– From yesterday, I thought i’d offer up the Twitter link to the Man That Is You Know Definitely Not a Wolf: link!

– Random news of the day: R. L. Stine (Goosebumps) is apparently writing a Man-Thing series for Marvel. I mean… link!

– NASA Gifs ftw link!

And with that, I may or may not leave you with the last post before the Xmas holiday, during which I may or may not change my mind and post again.

Also, listeners of the Robot-Kraken podcast: fear not! We have something cooking to finish off the year and some exciting stuff planned starting in January. We’ve been burdened by realLife commitments over the last month but we plan on getting back on schedule after the new year.


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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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K-250 Rules Everything Around Me – 160517

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Well, this previow of a tie-in sourcebook for Rogiue One answers several questions. The white cloaked badbro is Kressic, not Thrawn (and wears black pants to ruin his ensemble)… Tudyk is playing K-250, a former Empire enforcer droid… and there are new/old starfighter and TIE Fighter designs.
http://geektyrant.com/news/cool-new-rog … er-details

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Apparently WB just greenlit a Harley Quinn solo film, months before SS even launches. I mean, I assume we’re all on board on principle.
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/harle … 201776011/

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This unsubstantiated rumor again claims we’ll see, among others, a Moon Knight series on Netflix. You know Fenster’s down…
http://moviecreedlive.com/entertainment … t-netflix/

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Here’s the trailer for Zorn!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPnlQTi8heM

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Singer pitched X-23 as the next-gen Wolverine, because obviously. Doubtful.
http://geektyrant.com/news/bryan-singer … -wolverine

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Here’s a largely symbolic petition to get Netflix to pick up Agent Carter. I mean, because we’ve been groomed to believe that internet whining gets results. Sorry to sound pessimistic. But the cast, including Atwell, endorsed this petition, and yet she is already go for launch on another, less interesting series. So I assume this would only work if filmed later and for typical Netflix binge release. And if Netflix even wanted it. Of course I’d love it if so…
https://www.change.org/p/netflix-save-a … =542306054

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Interesting story making the rounds this week: Shane Black says Maya was supposed to be the real Killian, but Marvel corporate nixed it due to fears over toy sales. In the Perlmutter era that was pretty typical. I like the actress and definitely wanted more form her in the film we got.
http://uproxx.com/movies/shane-black-th … ron-man-3/

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Finally, some iconic shots from the original trilogy, sadly not hi-rez…
https://www.buzzfeed.com/bullo/star-wow … .pwKEraGjA


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Alternate Universe Puddins and other things 7 Mar 2016

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This morning I woke up to an earthquake. Well, I thought it was. It turns out there was a global implosion of Harley fans reading these comments from Margot Robbie that they tried a million different Harley costumes before settling on the SS version, meaning those costumes exist, Margot Robbie slinked into them, and somewhere, somehow, there’s a multiversal world where she wore the Jester costume, or the Arkham one, or what have you.
[https://www.pinterest.com/pin/347199452496834467/ above]
http://geektyrant.com/news/harley-quinn … cide-squad
It’s like reading that that there were ‘dozens of alternate Slave Leia looks tried out, not only in New Hope but on Natalie Portman and Daisy Ridley too.

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1. Tiger Competition: Zendaya is interesting looking enough (don’t know how well she acts) and it’s nice that she’s not just another white actress… but best of all, it’s nice to see them casting for a NEW character, not just the same one over and over again.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/marvel-and-sonys … 1763316872

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2. Not Enough Girls In it for Ryker’s Fantasy: Star Trek: Enterprise was JUST A HOLODECK exercise. HAHAHA. I love it.
http://www.neatorama.com/2016/03/04/It- … k-Program/

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3. BB-CAT Doesn’t Roll When You Command it to: This will never get old for me. NEVER EVER.
http://tumblr.tastefullyoffensive.com/p … oLLDfkrKM9

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4. No Superlatives: These snaps from an old Star Wars (gaming) writing bible were interesting to me. Sure, it could be argued that SW E7 broke most of these rules. But I liked them in general as great guidelines towards worldbuilding in general. Especially this one.
http://geektyrant.com/news/george-lucas … tyle-guide

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5. Slotheriffic: Some great concepting and behind the scenes production stuff from Zootopia, which I hear is excellent…
http://www.theconceptartblog.com/2016/0 … ry-loftis/

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6. Ghostapus! NEW GHOST OCTOPUS found. HA. I guess I am the target market, because this was sent to me by like six different friends.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireSt … i-37417848

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7. DeathTole Remake? Oh Bruce. You might as well just make Hudson Hawk 2 at this point.
http://movieweb.com/death-wish-remake-bruce-willis/

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8. Deadly at VERY SLOW ATTACK SPEEDS: The Slotheraptor is my new everything.
http://thesometimers.deviantart.com/art … -593248540

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9. At Least His Story Checks Out: But this is my other everything.
http://gawker.com/high-elf-high-on-acid … 1579493237

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10. J Jonah Mountthecurb: JK Simmons is… Commissioner Gordon in Justice League… which seems to answer the unasked, pre-question that everyone has assumed from the 2.5 years of Batman V Superman development.
http://geektyrant.com/news/jk-simmons-c … ice-league


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