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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!

Short Tunic and a Loooooooooong Cape – Robots Root 31 Oct 2017

Robots Root, 64 oz size!

  • Kind of obvious, but I was stoked to see D’Onofrio officially on board in DD S03, especially given the kind of underwhelming, if classic, Born Again plotline. It gives me at LEAST a Kingpin to enjoy.
  • If Gareth Evans does indeed sign on to Deathstroke, that means if nothing else a kick ass fight film. Which seems appropriate.
  • The full Runaways trailer shows some powers, familiar looks, and at least do far isn’t ruining any major surprises comic fans would know.
  • The new Justice League trailer shows Steppenwolf more fully. I wasn’t going to watch, then I realized I’d be overseas when it comes out so things will be spoiled anyway…
  • Um. I mean, I’d still buy one. I love that stuff. But hey, bonuses I guess.
  • Zachary Levi has been confirmed as playing Captain Marvel, I mean SHAZAM I guess at this point, which I’m enjoying. I like the actor, and I think he can bulk up to where it needs to be, as John Krasinski and Chris Prat did. It will be interesting to see if we get a young Billy Batson, or an older one in keeping with the apparent continuity of the DCEU. My favorite of the fan art that came out early this week is above.
  • I don’t watch Supergirl or any of the CW super shows… but wow… check out the costume for new villain ‘Reign’… that’s realllllly badly envisioned. A chattering skull in a super sigil logo on a black version of Supergirl’s costume, plus a Hot Topic mask? GUH.
  • Paramount has been auctioning off costumes and props from the recent Star Trek film. I haven’t talked mush about ST: Discovery yet, as I’m waiting for my cohorts to watch it so we can discuss on the podcast, but one positive, at least in part, has been the overhaul of the Klingon designs. Seeing these Klingon armors, especially the helms, makes me even happier with the show.
  • Best bike-based Star Wars styled Halloween costume anything EVER.
  • This R/C Batmobile is BAD ASS. I still prefer the Tumbler, but hot damn, rotating turrets (for murderdeathkill DCEU Batman!) 24″ of pure powah.
  • He was answering more broadly about his willingness to return to Marvel for another film, not specifically a Black Widow film, but Taika Waititi noted he’d like to see a funny Black Widow. I don’t doubt he’d pull it off, one of those ‘she’s the straight face with lots of eye rolling and groaning at the incompetence of everyone else’ type projects… but I still just want my urgent spy thriller.
  • Speaking of, Olivia Munn has been cast in Hummingbird, which is, you know, that.
  • And here’s the opposite of Olivia Munn, Mads Mikkelsen in Polar. Also awesome. WANT!
  • I forgot to mention this after retweeting it on Twitter… because thats what the cool kids do… but Preacher has been greenlit for S03, which is great news.
  • Our review and discussion (and befuddlement at trying to map out the plotline after seeing it in the middle of the night) of Blade Runner 2049 is forthcoming on the podcast, but this was interesting: they considered making it a two part 4 hour film. There is a definite divide in the narrative, indeed each half begins with the eye, etc. I’m glad they took it the direction they did, though.
  • This is the stuff of superhero or paranormal or alien film prologues…
  • Finally, here’s a Stranger Things candle that I love highly.

 

Happy Halloween y’all! Enjoy your syringes and bath salts and Charleston Chews!

Hey Look Theres Jeff Goldblum – Robots Root 6 June 17

As if the Thor: Ragnarok trailer couldn’t get any better

Lo, tis Robot’s Root for 6¬†June 2017!

  • Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things up for Cannonball in New Mutants? I’ll take it. Meanwhile, Blu Hunt, a relative unknown, has been cast as Dani Moonstar. On the, uh, surface, she looks good to me. Acting? Ethnicity? Can’t say. Finally, Henry Zaga has been cast as Sunspot. Shrug!
  • Here’s a trailer for Preacher S02 I didn’t watch because blackout. Please, let me make it until 20 June…
  • I’ve seen at least 13 different clickbaity articles about the ‘leaked Punisher poster’… let me save you some time. It’s a skull. Sorted! Now, to hold breath until November…
  • So Millie Bobby Brown auditioned for the role of X-23… that’s interesting. I wish we learned that before recording our latest podcast on the subject. An interesting what if? comparison there…
  • John Wick 3 is GO!
  • Janelle Monae is on board for the Phllip P Dick anthology. That’s intriguing to me, as I love her deal, and I love that she wanted to be involved. I still don’t love anthologies, though.*
  • I don’t know if its true or parody that this ‘Paramount’s Dark Universe’ group shot was a composite (damn potochop!) but now I can’t stop staring at Russell Crowe’s hand. But man I still love most of this pic, especially bad as nails Sofia Boutella. When I first saw this pic last week, I cropped her out as pose reference for an upcoming art. I mean damn.
  • Earthling Cinema kills it, so to speak, once again with a review of Ex Machina. “AKA the Pollack Method”
  • Chris Hemsworth isn’t hurt about being left out of the last few films, right?
  • I’m no fan of Todd McFarlane or Spawn, but I love love love seeing the youthful iterations of later commercial properties. Close to my heart, of course.
  • The new Runaways series has been officially announced. I like Anka, but we’ll see how this new creative team, and direction, works in the context of the high standards of the past.
  • Finally, it sounds like the ST: Bridge Crew immersive VR game has stepped up to the promise of both the VR platform and the Star Trek gaming experience. I’m not in the market for more Playstation gear to languish unused in my living room, but I like what I’m reading.

Back to your work friend friending!

So Many Thrusters – Robots Root 23 May 2017

Feast your eyes on the largest, and possibly the most awesome, Ideas set to date. I was sold on the lunar modules alone, but the whole thing is glorious (I don’t like the micro figures, but I understand them) and nothing is hotter, so to speak, than the thrusters. GET IT!

And with that, we unleash Robot’s Root for 22 May 2017!

  • Schwarzenegger announced he’s back in on the Terminator franchise with Cameron’s involvement. Now, he’s big on hyperbole and hype, and Cameron would be at best producing, and my patience for elder terminator wanes… but it’s new Terminator SOMETHING anyway. That said as someone who enjoyed Genesys despite its flaws.
  • Fun with AIs: watch a neural network learn GTA through violence. It’s like the pre-opening credits scene for a post-apocalyptic rise of the robots movie. WHAT COULD GO WRONG.
  • I agree with the consensus view: Amber Heard’s Mera costume for Aquaman is refreshingly comic-compliant, colorful, and not particularly overwrought. That said, rumors abound that Momoa will be in some version of the green and gold as well.
  • Tom Hardy as ________ is always a win in my book. I hope it’s Agent Venom, not 90s venom (regardless of the character’s name, Brock, not being Flash Thompson) and I hope it’s just a good film on its own, but I can’t help but bring in my skepticism since this is a) Fox, b) intended to not be part of the MCU, d) not part of Spider-Man at all, but 4) part of a new Spider-Universe that again, will not include Spider-Man. Lets be positive. and do shots. We may need them. I’d rather live in a world with this film done well than one without it.
  • I love the ‘how character x should have looked!’ listicles… sometimes they are hot garbage click bait, but I enjoy when they employ really shifty photomanips designed to make classic costumes look terrible.
  • Surprising news over the weekend was that Zack Snyder and his wife are stepping down from Justice league; the reported reasoning being recovery after his daughter’s suicide which had been kept from the press until now. Joss Whedon to pick up the reigns. This will be interesting.
  • These are nice photos. Everyone’s hot for Leia’s, understandably, but I found it interesting that Luke is the only one with that faraway gaze.
  • I really want Paramount’s Monsterverse, sorry, DARK UNIVERSE, to succeed. I like the cast they’ve gathered. Hot photo ops don’t hurt.
  • Speaking of Paramount, new very spoilery image from Mummy revealed:
  • Roger Moore has merged with the infinite. I had lost track of him. 89!
  • What a horrific scene. Part of me is pretty glad it is implied without being shown, because that would be hard to watch. Like most things, the horror is most effective when you have to imagine it. Logan was fine as is.
  • Here’s why ‘The Defenders’ is like the Wu-Tang Clan and Luke Cage is Ghostface
  • New villain for Hellboy reboot revealed

And with that, I leave you to imagining the rad Lego bots I could make with those thrusters. My word.

CGI Iron Man is More Iron Man THAT Iron Man – 11 July 2016

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Mars Studio once again renders an Iron Man that would make youngThom collap. Just collap.
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/kzJ1A

Meanwhile, in space:

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ITEM: This supposedly-novice Genji cosplay from Overwatch makes films look bad. I mean, most pro level cosplay makes films look bad… but if a guy starting out, armed with a 3d printer or whatever (I know, violates *cosplay ethics or something*) can accomplish this… what excuse does Hollywood have for… most of what they do?
http://geektyrant.com/news/this-overwat … ay-attempt

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ITEM: New trailer for Norwegian dark comedy/drama/Coen-homage In Order of Disappearance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbOR0aE2WlE

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ITEM: Ghostbusters is getting good reviews, and I’m thankful for it. I don’t know what the box office was for it yet, but there was so much HATE about this project, I really want to see it succeed. And see it.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/15/movie … .html?_r=0

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ITEM: Here’s the new mummy. Love her, love that they didn’t put her in mummified stilletos and suspicious bare midriff, as well… not that she isn’t unattractive as some sort of sexy mummified whatever whatever. I don’t know what Rule that is…
http://www.mymbuzz.com/2016/07/10/first … se-reboot/

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ITEM: I don’t know about Seeso, frankly, as I’ve avoided it until now, but this looks right up my alley.
http://geektyrant.com/news/fun-trailer- … armonquest

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ITEM: Apparently Vice Principals, debuting next week on HBO, was envisioned as a ‘long-format movie’ so it’s limited to two 9 episode seasons. I like defined end points.
http://variety.com/2016/scene/vpage/dan … 201810443/

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ITEM: From the collection by Clay Enos, on-set photographer for the film (and many others)… check out his gallery on IG:
https://www.instagram.com/clayenos/

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ITEM: WHAT! Jack Burton and Snake Plisskin meet, kick ass, endorsed by their film pedigree? Just wow.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/oh-hell-yes-big- … 1783462074

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ITEM: But how can Terminator T-800s ever exist, plausibly, they all said. It wouldn’t have muscles that work, so it’s not logical, they all said.
http://gizmodo.com/the-freaky-artificia … 1783445499

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ITEM: New favorite unofficial film poster ever for the day: by Karl Fitzgerald, aged half my age.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/this-moody-kill- … 1783452296

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ITEM: I give the Paramount monster production credit, in plotting their franchise out with interesting actors. Javier Bardem as the Frankenstein Monster??? That’s the long view right there… he’s not even going to appear in the first few films, I think.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/universal-may-ha … 1783470899

That’s all today, you are free to go hung Pokemons in traffic…


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SUPEESU. MADDONISSU.

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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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SUPEESU. MADDONISSU.

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