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Luke Stargruber – Robots Root 21 Feb 2018

 

Watch out for broken space glass! It’s Robots Root!

  • Welp. I think they may be getting my ill-gotten gains.
  • I love this sort of thing: half-remembered Star Wars
  • FINALLY sane minds prevail on those white eyes… Just imagine if the last two Batmen had them…
  • Jock’s Mondo poster for Empire is finally available, and it is as glorious as I hoped. His rejected piece is just as good.
  • As a kid that played Lazer Tag, among other games like it, I really like the concept applied to Harry Potter wands.
  • New Legion season starts in March. This is both hot and terrifying. As usual. Aubrey Plaza.
  • Danny Boyle directing Bond? Well. Possibly a good thing. Not as good as a Nolan version though, surely.
  • The teaser for the new Netflix series reboot for Lost in Space looks like a reimagining and a completely different direction, and I quite like it. Great cast too. Design work looks solid so far. CANT WAIT TO SEE THE BOT.

  • According to the production crew, this is a close reference on the film version of Shazam/Captain Marvel’s costume.
  • I still have no faith in the Krypton series, but how sad is it that their version of Braniac looks better formed and designed than any villain in the DCEU?

That’s all for now. Back to the ventilation system…

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.

A Viable Use for That Trident – Robots Root 22 Nov 2017

 

Some round-up root for you!

  • Brian Coldrick’s ‘Behind You’ series of one-page ghost stories is now available. Check them out. I’ve pre-ordered.
  • According to a few different primary sources, this amazing poster up top has been making the rounds at some Chinese theaters. I hope its true.
  • Cap needs to stop rolling up his sleeves. Those are just going to flop down in an aggravating fashion as soon as he starts doing anything.
  • An adult-oriented Harley Quinn animated series is in the works that just might be watchable. I mean, despite the fan art and such, not THAT kind of adult-oriented.
  • Next month, the event we’ve been awaiting for will finally be here: the story of moral struggle, identity crisis, family vs power, the oppression of an evil empire, fascinating weapons, white dresses… yes, Peaky Blinders is back!
  • I tend to believe what Christopher Eccleston says. He’s burned too many bridges by being blunt to be editing himself. If he says he did Thor 2 for the money, I do believe him. But when he says he was outraged to learn of hours of makeup prep for the role and that he was not informed, well… you’re embarrassing yourself, man.
  • Superfans are writing petitions and freaking out about what is or isn’t in Justice League. C’mon… I mean, it’s amusing reading, but still.
  • Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad are attached to the latter’s project called Super-Normal, described as a subversive take on the superhero genre. I’m into it.
  • Ellen Page is attached to a Netflix adaptation of Umbrella Academy, which I like very much. Everything about this, actually.
  • This is my favorite of the Star Wars VIII posters so far. The red cape, the color tones, the composition, and the fact that for once only one character is looking at you, and it almost doesn’t even look like a photoshop horror. I mean, almost.
  • This recent surprise thing that was cooked up for Jimmy Kimmel delighted me. Watch the video… PS these look a LOT like my early work.

 

  • Last time I posted about how good the Sideshow figure of Hela looked, and how saucy she sauntered around in general in the film. I forgot to provide evidence. Thus:
  • And related, you can have your own sex god headdress... head optional…
  • James Franco as Madrox the Multiple Man? OK sure. I’ll bite. Seems like fan casting but at this point, everything does.
  • Look, Zachary Levi is charming, intelligent and passionate. And he seems fully prepared for the gym onslaught. I’m optimistic, even as I have no interest in the character.
  • I love everything about the Deadpool 2 teaser, from the surreal Bob Ross situation to Negasonic’s hawt hair. EVERYTHING.
  • WANT WANT WANT so many times WANT. I’m starting a fund.
  • Fascinating article on why Cuphead’s early animation style can’t be divorced from the cultural trappings of the era. Also, good lord do I want to play this game.
  • Here’s a neat look at all of Blade Runner 2049’s miniature diorama sets.
  • McSweeney’s takes on Indiana Jones

  • Finally, my desktop screen for the week: the glicee print ‘Wellington, 1870’ featuring the cast of What we Do in the Shadows. So damn good, every detail.

 

Have a fine eat turkey or dont eat turkey day, friends

Put Away That Bat-Shaver – Robots Root 9 Nov 2017

Look, I’d rather just watch a movie about THESE characters than what I see from JL.

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Care for a spot of Root?

  • WTF Bendis just jumped ship wholesale for DC. That’s either a terrible or wonderful thing for Marvel depending on your POV. Unexpected, at minimum.
  • Honest Trailer for Stranger Things… which is, as usual, amazing.
  • $440M opening weekend, globally, for Thor: Ragnarok. WELP!
  • For a hot minute, Twitter was losing collective shit about Disney contemplating buying Fox. So many Avengers Vs. X-men images! Anyway, the whole thing fizzled back into reality pretty quickly, but still. You can imagine Hugh Jackman somewhere on a yacht reading this and throwing his champagne flute over the bow.
  • This treatise on the physics of Star Wars is quite excellent, sent to me by one Lung. Dive in!
  • The Art of 20 Years of Ghost in the Shell is a B I B L E. And, yes, I bought it, and it will be arriving at my house before I land in SF again…
  • The rumors now swirl that Black Adam will first appear in Suicide Squad 2. I’m not as opposed as some, though it begs the question why that film and not Shazam, unless he appears in both. The Rock sneezes money, so I can see why.
  • I’m just stoked Glass is actually happening.
  • This Back to the Future themed VW Type II bus project missed the mark for me. Why make a bus into a Delorean when the terrorist van as it was was COOLER than the Delorean in the first place?
  • wunderkammmmmmmmmmer!
  • I’ve been drawing AD&D characters all wrong
  • I don’t like this at all, not because of cultural appropriation (I’ve drawn Dias de los Muertos art before) but because it’s so LAZY.

OK, that’s all for now. Sent from the future…

Even the Five-Pronged Trident Cant Ruin This Poster – Robots Root 3 Nov 17

I like this poster art so much, it not only transfers a slightly unearned optimism for the quality of the film, but makes me want to read a comic like this.

Behold! An international robot’s root!

I took a pass at a random victim generator on twitter or some such, and sure enough, I’m the first to go. So I’m THAT guy, if we ever play RPGs together…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPOILER ALERT: So, we’ve recorded a ton of stuff on Bladerunner for the podcast already, but here’s a great look at the way they pulled off the Rachel reveal. When we recorded, we didn’t know much about how they did it, and the IMDB notes that Sean Young was on set made it confusing, but she was a ‘mannerism advisor’… anyway, here’s the thing, even as the final product was pretty OK on the uncanny valley scale, I wouldn’t have minded the physical actress they used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a great piece of art for Fifth Element’s Leelu. I’m blanking on the artist right now, but I’ll find it. I was struck because of how much I dislike the majority of Leelu fanart, including my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s my current favorite fanart from bladerunner, courtesy of Albinoraven. Amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For whatever reason, bosslogic manipped Scott Eastwood as a Wolverine recast. Don’t hate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This makes me nostalgic: the original art for the corner-box Iron Man of my youth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last one, kind of random. Or more random. Found this Minecraft Matchbox car at the stoe. It’s empty. There’s no mindcraft guy in it. It’s a cart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And yet thats not the weirdest part. COLLECT THEM ALL. Different box art… same toy. What is even.

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!

PRAY TO ME! – Robots Root 21 July 2017

I’m running out of space on my neck for all the Mondo poster recreation tattoos I need to do.

Robot’s Root!

  • To hell with the Blu-Ray. I don’t do the medias! But give me that ARM. This is how it starts… at least at one point in one of the timelines…
  • The Shape of Water looks like a whimsical cross between Del Toto’s Hellboy work (I mean, Abe Sapien, COME ON) and some sort of Coen Brothers fever dream.
  • This Rick and Morty S03 trailer requires a psych evaluation before viewing.
  • I am, unfortunately, a product of the target market.
  • Unlocked is my kind of jam! However, this oversharing trailer is not.
  • NIGHTMARE FUEL for nightmares that nightmares themselves have.
  • Continuing my theme of being optimistic about ST: Discovery, I love this retro tech. LOVE IOT. The costuming and design work for the Klingons is excellent.
  • Walter Goggins in an undisclosed role in Ant-Man and Wasp? I’m so in… I’m like OVER IN.
  • I know it’s profound and everything… but just look at how gorgeous they are.
  • I lasted three hot minutes in my attempt to not watch the second Kingsman 2 trailer… man I cannot WAIT.
  • Star Wars, but with Owen Wilson’s ‘WOW’ as the light saber sound FX. Brilliant and mesmerizing.
  • The weirdest things from these SDCC views of the Justice League costumes: the fact that the mannequins are shaped, posed, and detailed about 3% as well as the Hot Toys stuff, and that Flash’s hodgepodge is held together with arbitrary flex cabling.
  • This move to shove Shazam out the door before Marvel’s Captain Marvel film is both a little bit ballsy and also pure DC/WB at this point. No script, just an awkward live statement in a Kevin Smith interview.
  • Best ad for GOG2 Blu-Ray ever. EVER.
  • This Defenders promo is composited strangely, hampered by misplaced nostalgia and awkward narration by Stan Lee that doesn’t fit the tone of the Netflix shows… but the core concept of damaged, human heroes IS a Stan Lee base concept, and we DO get a shot of the Punisher, admittedly with a bad haircut.
  • Inhumans is getting worse instead of better. I’m struggling to be optimistic.
  • A recurring theme with the non-Marvel supers films that always bothers me: scheduling them, attaching creators, generating hype… all before a script. Sure, a number of the Marvel films had poor or missing shooting scripts, but especially early on, and they weren’t presented as empty tins with zoomy labels like this. Here we have the Venom people talking about what they plan to do, not about a script in place. That’s just fundamentally wrong.

  • Best Batman Black and White statue ever, courtesy of Becky Clooney, who first got to see it in people’s snaps from the con.
  • And here’s something interesting: Doctor Doom solo film, developed by Crawley and involving Dan Stevens? WOW.

Lastly, Kris and I began our second annual weekly-ish Game of Toles commentary last night, and it’s available today. I’ll post a formal thing about it later tonight, but here’s the itunes link: http://bit.ly/RoboApple