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The Cosplay Kids Are All Right – Robots Root 24 January 2018

Having wrapped up another comic convention the other weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about cosplay. Among all the other aspects that I appreciate about this phenomenon (coming from the perspective of one who used to build powered armor out of cardboard and foam) such as the empowerment, expressive freedom, and creativity… it’s the technical precision and claver translation of comic and anime designs into a practical, physical look that blows me away. So. As we wait for the almost-assuredly controversial costume design for Captain Marvel, I keep going back to this particular photomanip. If they just put Brie Larson in this costume, as is, straight from the books, no helmet, no fauhawk even necessary, it would be PERFECT. Just saying: we’ve reached a tipping point the last few years where Hollywood struggles to catch up to homegrown cosplay designs rather than vice versa.

Meanwhile, somewhere in space, this may all be happening RIGHT NOW:

  • Here’s a new movie in which Jason Momoa throws a flaming axe. So, at this point, they just film him wandering around Momoaing about, and call it a day. Guiness!
  • Edge of Tomorrow 2, aka All You Need is More Kill Toleyou!, may be sooner to production than originally estimated. Which suits me fine.
  • Showcase Cinemas on the East Coast of the US are featuring a return of The Dark Knight to the big screen, two dates in February, entirely too far for me. But man!
  • I’m looking forward to Ant-Man and Wasp, mostly because we haven’t seen a ton of interesting married-hero dynamics in film, and I’d love to see that handled intelligently.
  • John Francis Daley and Jon Goldstein have been tapped to direct Flashpoint, which is interesting, as they co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming… but the news that overshadowed this is that apparently WB tried to get Affleck to direct it, and he declined. Which is only interesting because it pokes a hole in WB’s recent rhetoric through ‘gossip sites’ that they have been trying to push him out. Anyway, good on them.
  • I’m bored of Millar’s Kick-Ass, but I’ll NEVER bore of Tessa Thompson, so I second the motion.
  • To hell with Altered Carbon, cyberpunk remains firmly NOW.
  • All this talk about Jake Gyllenhaal as the most likely pick for a post-Affleck Batman is interesting to me. I’ve been reacting to it negatively, but more based on my impression of him and how he’s looked in the films I’ve seen, in which he’s leaner, and has a big head and very unusual facial features. But I’ve looked at his Southpaw stuff, and frankly, like Jon Bernthal, it’s very possible he could reclaim this character and mold it into his own iteration successfully. I mean, to be fair, I didn’t think ANY of the film Batman looked like either Batman OR Bruce Wayne… until Affleck, frankly, who suffered from poor scripting and direction, rather than not making the character SOUND and feel right.
  • Not only is The Boys still going forward, produced by Rogen and Goldberg (Preacher), they’ve been casting. How is this going to even.
  • Pegg and Frost are developing a paranormal investigator project, so take my money.
  • Denis Villeneuve made some enemies in an interview released yesterday, noting his plan to make his Dune the ‘Star Wars for adults’… admittedly I’m a fan of his projects, but I did not take that the wrong way. In fact, how interesting would it be if he took a page from Jodorosky?
  • John Wick 3 is greenlit, adding to the TV series also in development. More on this once I’ve watched John Wick 2, on my next trip overseas. Update: saw it.
  • Ron Cephas has been cast as the ancient hand-wavey wizard Shazam in the new film, which I find interesting. Love it, actually.
  • The new Cloverfield film has an interesting premise.
  • Going back to the header image… I dig seeing Brie Larson doing prep work and research for Captain marvel in period-appropriate flight gear. Also, everything else about Brie Larson.
  • Scots language Harry Potter is the best anything ever.
  • Doesn’t it feel like the producers of the He-Man film were just trolling us with this? Literally ALL they need to do is just take cosplayer interpretations of He-Man costumes and have at it.
  • A Robocop film may be in development, as a sequel to the original and sidestepping both the original sequels and the remake… which kind of saddens me, because I DID like the casting and design work for the remake itself… it just needed more thematic power.
  • Babish’s latest opus is the every meat burrito… I haven’t watched that show, but I love the effort…

 

Finally, a cephalopodic metaphor for what happens if you cross me.

Kingsman is the Perfect Amount of Lunacy – Robots Root 8 August 2017

How are we supposed to wait two months. God. Damn. IOT.

We recorded a double-episode commentary for our Game of Toles series on Robot-Kraken last night, so expect to see that on itunes shortly!

Meanwhile, Robot’s Root!~

  • DEATH BY TRAY.
  • I sat through the whole thing despite my better judgement. This is one of those deals where I love that it exists, that this polar opposite of grim and gritty is so fully invested… but good lord.
  • In shocking news surprising precisely no one, Flash: Flashpoint of the Flashes or whatever will feature Wonder Woman and everyone else all at once. Because Marvel.
  • These comments about the ‘committee’ involved in story crunching prior to Fiege taking over with the MCU are interesting, not because of the fact that creators like Gunn had trouble with them, but rather because the committee in question was almost entirely the comics writing crew. I would have thought, years ago, that the questionable editorial in supers films would be exclusively from the suits, but that bringing in comics writers and creators would add the authenticity and some sort of continuity to the project. I mean, I know I thought so at the time. Now Gunn’s MCU stuff certainly is a standout, and he had some pretty clear freedom in the sequel, but interesting to imagine guys like Bendis being a PROBLEM in a script like this.
  • Kind of a big deal: Netflix just bought the rights to Millarworld… with Mark Millar involved in the development of content. I’ve been down for a Nemesis adaptation forever…
  • I actually thought these images of Cable from Deadpool 2 were more bosslogic manips… kind of surprised at the choices. Do love that arm. Speaking of, interesting that his stunt double seems to be manifesting the ‘Search for Hope storyline from the comics, which fits with that beater teddy bear on his belt. Hope in Deadpool 2? Sure why not.
  • I STILL cannot believe they brought Young Justice back. We have so many fan campaigns for such things, and I know the creators were pushing hard for the campaign… but wow. Very gratifying for fans.
  • Now look, I haven’t seen the Mummy yet, and I heard it was a hot mess but was hoping to find something entertaining up in there. But I can’t believe they would go to this much effort at trying to build a film franchise, trot out all the players they’ve assembled for the different films, to the press, and then now Mummy falls apart and the whole thing implodes
  • A film I’m watching with interest, Ad Astra, featuring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in space, just added Ruth Negga in a mystery role. I’m stoked!
  • Don’t know if this is substantiated yet, but supposedly Daniel Craig elected to ease off of the wrist-slashing and agree to two more Bond films. Not one. Two. At like $100M salary per or whatever.
  • What’s this: Milla Jovovich in the Hellboy relaunch as the Blood Queen? Yes please.
  • Finally, good news for most X-Files fans: mythology episodes are out. I mean, I liked them. But I was in the minority. The SPACE minority.

That’s all for now. All of you reading this on Robot-Kraken, kindly BEND THE KNEE, thank you.

Build Your Own Lovecraftian Horror Playsets – 160624

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This was leaked from overseas… I could use those giant tentacles, that’s for sure…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/legos-first-doct … 1782444418

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Mark Millar is rebooting or continuing Kick-Ass, with a different gender and ethnicity… I’m all for choices…
http://www.newsarama.com/29831-millar-r … woman.html

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This handy Hellboy reading guide is handy. I’m Not sure it’s correct though, because it’s based on the trades and larger editions, and if memory serves, the trades through some stuff out of order. Still, handy. Once Comixology actually unlocks more of the Dark Horse content, I’ll look forward to diving in. While Mignola’s works is some of the few books I still keep in printed form, I’m so far off the back I’m just interested in digital going forward.
http://www.multiversitycomics.com/annot … rder-2016/

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So THATS who he is! Says the guy who hasn’t watched Rebels…
http://geektyrant.com/news/forest-whita … r-revealed

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Lots more detail on some of these Rogue One characters. I’m still trying to work out the logic behind the design of this former Imperial droid… not that I don’t like it, but curious…
http://geektyrant.com/news/15-new-image … wars-story

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Spider-Man: Homecoming now has 33 villains. That might be a concern…
http://geektyrant.com/news/fargo-star-b … homecoming

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While most people in the fan community have reacted with outrage at Paramounts Fan Film rules guide on how not to get sued, the way I look at it, at least they are acknowledging the fans and their desire to make their own stuff with these toys in the first place…
http://geektyrant.com/news/these-10-off … ridiculous

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A good article on why the new Voltron is interesting to both young and older viewers.
http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2 … hing-right

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NOPE. Not fooling me. Giving it glass to use as weapons? Scalding water jets? NOPE.
http://gizmodo.com/boston-dynamics-made … 1782491650

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Lastly, I leave you with this tender morsel.
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/whos-hungry-f … 1782499207

Have a great waiting-for-GoT-finale-weekend… I think Kris and I will be recording a podcast after the finale so I’m looking forward to that.


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Sweet Xmas in September – 11 Mar 2016

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We have lots on the calendar to look forward to in 2016, and now we have one more firm date to add…
http://comicbook.com/2016/03/11/marvels … mber-30th/

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1. COCKTAILS OFF THE SPEAKER: That’s a Puddy reference. Anyway, when I learned the Amazon Tick series would be going forward, not just without Patrick Warburton, but the rest of the cast as well, I was nonplussed. Then I read Pfister may direct. Since he was the right hand of Nolan on the Dark Knight trilogy, that’s a big step back into interest piquing for this bot.
http://deadline.com/2016/03/the-tick-am … 201716558/

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2. I Feel Silverfished: Please no no no no no. Kingsman 2 and 3. NO!
http://deadline.com/2016/03/halle-berry … 201718266/

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3. That CGI Looks Terrible, They All Said: While somehow, at least according to GT, people are complaining about Spider-Man ALREADY and claiming he looks like bad CGI… (this is not my experience, and everyone I know or e-know was enthusiastic) even though he’s not CGI at all… but anyway Gunn has come out and said that not only is Civil War his favorite Marvel film (even prior to FX added in) but Holland will define his role as Parker.
http://geektyrant.com/news/james-gunn-s … r-man-ever

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Meanwhile, Millar has his head up his ass. I mean, sure, that’s a fan favorite moment. But really? REALLY? The BvS trailers have been universally panned as structures in and of themselves. He’s excited about a scene.

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4. Suffering for Science: I love stockphoto and marketing imagery takedowns. Here, one obvious question is the holding of the soldering tool from the 333 degree component.
http://boingboing.net/2016/03/09/everyt … beaut.html

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5. The Hollywood Rule of Twos: Once again, dueling projects… this time, related to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues. One looks more promising than the other. Both appear suspect.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/two-x-men-direct … 1761348256

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6. They’re Bubbly But They’re Nice: Pretty rad, Disney/Pixar getting iconic designer J Mays to do the design work for the vehicles in Zootopia (as well as other projects. He was involved in the look for Baymax’s armor in Big Hero 6)…
http://jalopnik.com/how-disney-s-zootop … 1762567392

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7. Eyes Up Here: Most of this detail is now less newsworthy because of the Hot Toys statues and some of the HD screencaps out there, but here’s a gallery of close-up shots of details from the test fits. I have to try and remember and post this with the jam next week, as WW will be the subject. I was just amused at the unfortunate placement of that watermark. The detail itself is my favorite in the entire costume…
http://www.heroicgirls.com/details-of-w … ion-video/

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8. No Lego Lighter Included: Awesome moving Lego build of BB-8. Wow!
http://lego.gizmodo.com/someone-figured … 1761492071

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9. Treat a Queen Like a Whore, and a Whore Like a Whore. Wait: We’ve talked before here about how Miller has one viewpoint for female characters, and it’s unpleasant. Anyway, in this article on the hot mess of his Elektra: Assassin mini-series, which Bill Z drew and I thoroughly disliked at the time, the first comment in the article featured this cartoon, which OWNED.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/frank-millers-el … 1762554111

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10. Haters Gon Hate: I am floored by the negative reaction to the Ghostbusters trailer(s)… and to those, especially in advance of seeing it, I say this: WINK SMILE FUCKOFF don’t tank this movie from poor word of mouth.

That’s all, back to the Saarlac with you!
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