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13 Reasons Meh – Robots Root 29 October 2018

Reading this, I wondered if it’s part of that atrocious event Marvel had in the books not too long ago, that rationalized the creation of Evil Hydra Cap… though, I’ll tell you what, I’d be down with any Avengers 4 storyline that led us to a Hydra Cap and ‘ha tricked you idiots!’ reveal of Chris Evans returning as a villain. Alternate theories include a Stark/Potts daughter that would be negated from existence in the undoing of Thanos’ snappery in A4 (a la Fringe, who will always have done it better), or even Kate Bishop/Hawkeye. Not super into this actress. Consult this fan manip. Ugh.

 

Meanwhile, from the deepest depths:

  • Last time I mentioned Big Kill, and how it looked like a video game. I mean… LOOK at it. It’s amazing.

  • Here are a few pics of that Black Costume Superman again from the WB Elseworlds thing. Other than the eternally weird cape brackets… it looks really good. Possibly the best a Superman costume has looked in forever. I really like it, even if Cavill has trained me to demand muscular bulk in my Supermen…
  • If there’s one thing I love, it’s OPTIONS, buddy.
  • The best part of this ‘private eye weighs in on hollywood private eyes’ video is the Arrested Development component.
  • I’m intrigued by this ScreenX business. Seems like it could really backfire.
  • DAMMIT TOLE That’s what i WANTED.
  • So, imagine if you didn’t know what your property used to be, opened up a wall, and hundreds of thousands of teeth poured out. Nightmare fuel.
  • The petition to put Sauron’s Eye on Salesforce Tower continues. Makes me laugh. It’s appropriate.
  • I saw this three times before I realized it was an Avengers: Infinity War reference. Amazing.
  • Avatar 23 to be released in 2134. Kidding. I mean not really tho.

That’s it, that’s all, that’s all there is

Load-Bearing Reference Material – Robots Root 22 Oct 2018

Geoff Darrow is abandoning THIS space in Chicago… and moving to France. HOT DAMN I want to go to there.

Meanwhile, science. Space science:

  • Ana de Armas, 99% of the non-Ryan Gosling sexiness in Blade Runner 2049, has hopped onto Knives Out. I’m telling you, this movie will be a thing.
  • Capture the Lab.
  • With the exception of the ongoing weirdness of the cape straps, the new all-black Superman costume from Supergirl is probably the best looking suit in the modern era yet. So little unnecessary texture…
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Hot Christmas… well, despite using the script, I fear that this movie may be redubbed hot ass if they don’t figure something out. And not in a good way.
  • The millisecond after T’Challa ashed up in Avengers: Infinity War, my first thought was SHURI in the suit.
  • Miss Bala looks good to me. I like the setting and the way Gina Rodriguez is sucked in. Optimism is key. Plus, I liked her before, but really got into her after Annihilation.
  • Saddest thing about the momentary loss of Iron Fist is the lack of Jessica Henwick on screen as Colleen Wing. And now that Luke Cage has also been canceled, signs do continue to point to the Disney service: the contract renewal for the Marvel Netflix shows just so happened to be at the same time as the streaming service launch. Now, let’s just skip to the end and get a Daughters of the Dragon (and a Heroes for Hire, why not) series at Marvel properly.
  • The best thing about Grant Hurlburt’s project to draw one frame from each movie he sees is how he elevates some of the dogs.
  • A well-timed look back at when a Venom on screen was even worse.
  • SPOILER: Only follow if you’ve seen more than the first half of Daredevil S03. PS this season is AMAZING so far. Just next level. Two scenes so far have been legendary. This talks about one of them.

That’s all for today. Brought to you by the 33% Nation of Tumbler wheels.

Deep Fakes and Roguish Rakes – Robots Root 19 Oct 2018

Listen, I’ve been advocating for Han Solo loud and long, but I have to say, it’s surreal and delightful to see this deep fake amalgamation of a youngish Harrison Ford’s face onto this footage.

That said, somewhere in space, this may all be happening right NOW:

  • I wasn’t interested in the Kid Who Would be King until I realized Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish is directing it. So there might be some interesting there there.
  • This piece on nostalgic memory vs reality in comics is a good one: like the writer, I too favored Dakota North at the time, despite not really understanding why. Or rather, for specific reasons beyond the character and story. Because unlike the writer, i DID read the books and still have them, and I hated the art and the story. But I liked the use of a non-supers character in an unusual environment (spy + fashion) for a genre, and also, I really liked the haircut in the banner image. I used her a number of times in the Marvel RPG.
  • Speaking of Marvel, here’s your first live-action view of that new Spidey Suit. Plus parkour. No pressure, dude.
  • What are the chances the Joker film is trolling snoops with this 60’s Batman era Batmobile?
  • I really dig this new Daredevil S03 poster. I LOT. It’s evocative on a number of levels.
  • I only read a few paragraphs of this Prospect review, as I plan to see it with as open mind as possible (already accidentally spoiled something for myself within, dammit tole) but here you go.
  • I’m not a follower of the DC CW stuff, but points for including the black costume for Superman that we should have had in Batman V Superman.
  • Anti-zombie tips you can follow along with at home. I mean, I hope you don’t have to. But still, can’t hurt.
  • I’m not sure what is more news news here: that Flash is delayed, or that WB confirmed they are dumping Cavill and Affleck. I mean, it’s not really news. But still, I’m disappointed. I liked both of those guys.
  • Honest Thief is already an interesting premise (sort of an anti-Heat) but that it comes from the producer’s of the excellent Ozark… even better!

  • Here’s a pretty aesthetically pleasing Battle Angel- Alita poster. I’m into it.
  • Legit fourth wall action here, Sean Bean being the target in the Hitman 2 game.
  • A brief history of Mandalorian representation in canon… it’s all over the place.

That’s all for tonight. Dream of jetpacks and young rogues…

Mount the Curb To Scale – Robots Root 14 September 2018

I HAVE SO MANY DESIRES FOR THIS R/C TUMBLER I CANT EVEN. Only second to my desires for a fully functional 1:1 scale version. HA.

Meanwhile, for science:

  • I remain on the fence regarding all this Henry Cavill business. I like him, and I’m not convinced that this isn’t all just some contract negotiation or something. His tweet last night was WEIRD. Anyway, the internet is rumbling forward, like those Mortal Engines… here’s some good thoughts about a fresh take on Superman… and here’s the current (apparently) Vegas odds… along with another set of ideas, with some overlap…  of course Bosslogic is already at it, as well, pissing off some people who can’t grasp a non-anglo Supes….
  • Han Solo in carbonite costume! SWEET! Lung was mortified…
  • This actually took me by surprise: Jason Todd and Dick Grayson face to face in Titans. Lots of fans will be into that.
  • I have seen virtually nothing with Aaron Paul, though I’m well aware of him and his pedigree. Sounds like a great add to Westworld!
  • This series of arts featuring warrior versions of Disney Princesses was controversial in my home. It was first seen by my lovely wife, who had a very negative reaction to the weapons “That’s the answer? Arm them?” and I realized that I saw it, positively, coming from the young adult/adult RPG/cosplay perspective, not the viewpoint of young girls. Interesting!
  • I saw this Lego KITT and cracked up, imagining a stop motion thing where you move a red brick left to right along the front to make the light bar. HA. I amuse me.
  • Venom as PG-13? All hope is lost.
  • Oh boy, what have they done. Robot Man was looking cool in profile… but check out his smashed together eyes and jangy mouth. GUH.
  • This fan theory about Iron Man I agree with. I felt similar. Like any good time travel/time revert story, the pivotal character must be faced with losing something. Think that incredible end of Fringe. That it would be Iron Man makes the most sense.
  • I’ve been begging for a Jon Hamm Bruce Wayne since forever. So YES.
  • Accurate.
  • A new Coen Brothers trailer is a reason to celebrate. Break out the frontier whiskey!
  • Finally, Rupert’s new Captive State seems never more relevant, doesn’t it?

Bye Felicia – Robots Root 12 September 2018

All signs point to Cavill abandoning the cape… or the cape abandoning Cavill… truth be told, it would make it a lot easier for the WB to reboot both Superman AND Batman together (while somehow keeping the rest of the JL I guess)… however, I’m somewhat in the minority as one who likes him in the role… I liked him RELOADING in Fallout better, though.

 

Meanwhile, in space:

  • Thanks to Robert Zemeckis, and the apparently insatiable teen appetite for those CW shows, you can expect a ton of sexy pirate costumes at upcoming comic conventions…
  • Rumor has it Guy Ritchie may be developing a Captain Britain film for Marvel. I suppose that works. I can see him doing Excalibur as well. It’s on the nose, but honestly keeping him working in the London street-level environment would be the most interesting for a Marvel property.
  • It’s potentially optimistic news that New Mutants reshoots *supposedly* are to push the horror we were promised.
  • This whole thing with Mendho just Mendho-ing about while supposedly talking about ‘Skrullin’ felt very Mendho. If you follow.
  • SOLO SPOILER: What struck me most about these Maul pics was that the robotic legs appear to have been practical, when I assumed it was all CGI. That’s cool.

  • Some sweet callbacks here! I can’t wait to rewatch Infinity War and suck up all the cool tangential crumbs…
  • Lovecraftian gaming is ramping up: The Sinking City over here, Cthulhu over there…
  • While this thing here is about Jude Law being Mar-Vell, which we assumed, I’m just super into seeing Ronan as a Kree Enforcer prior to the later film.
  • Deadly Class, Deadly Class, Deadly Class!
  • Rebecca Ferguson from Mission Impossitole just joined Villaneuve’s Dune project. I can see it!
  • I know its just a teaser, but I’d take the year one black suit on DD any day…
  • If you like stunt choreography, check this out. Great perspective from the female side of things.
  • I appreciate the production’s honesty that the Shazam suit is still in evolutionary development. Especially today, where so much of the detail is tweaked in post, it’s quite reasonable. But it might surprise some… I just hope they edit down the Jersey Shore hair…
  • Lana ‘Jubilee’ Condor is joining an interesting looking film project… I wish there was more of her in X-Men…
  • So many Han Solo deleted scenes!

Mount The Curb – Robots Root 9 May 2018

This is what the internet is for. STOP LYING, BATMAN.

 

Meanwhile.

  • I cant make heads or tails of what’s going on with TJ Miller’s implosion, but he won’t be in Deadpool 3, apparently. I do miss his energy in Silicon Valley, though. Not talking about behind the scenes value, just the finished products…
  • I’d be down with an all female Knights of Ren. This is like the rumored post-Avengers all-female supers team-up. You don’t even have to market it that overtly. Just DO it. Such as with Annihilation.
  • Let me just day, for the 333th time: I want a Bucky Barnes Cap. I mean, i NEEDS it. It was great in the comics.
  • So here’s the magical photo full of unicorn sparkles that apparently convinced Snyder to cast Cavill as Superman. And it’s… yeah… well, maybe I’m biased by how bulked he was later, but this isn’t thrilling.
  • I didn’t watch this AD S05 trailer, as I’m just going to dive right in and watch the show directly… but here you go.
  • The amount of misdirection in the Avengers: Infinity War trailers was peak. It does beg the question of how are they going to market the 4th Avengers movie… I’m of the mind they have all the actors do promo and press anyway, because come on… just don’t tell us HOW they come back. It’s like that hot mess of Superman/no Superman in the JL ads.
  • Super into what I’m seeing of Luke Cage S02. TOO much charisma. “They have to know we tried.”
  • As if the Infinity War situation couldn’t get more brutal.
  • Black Widow has gone through some hyperbolic number of director interviews, according to the supernet, so it must be true. More important subtext is the concept that they are looking for the right voice, not JUST an indie, or female, or controversial, voice. Hopefully, though, all those things in the end.
  • Sherlock Holmes 3 is coming, and I’m delighted.
  • It will be interesting to see how the original Wasp suit looks in motion. That helmet and the coat design were always something that barely made sense even in the comics.
  • Good to hear that Artemis actually has some old-school bite to it. The trailers were cut so as to look like every other post-John Wick project. Neat to hear it’s more 80s action movie…
  • Beautiful Last Starfighter art…
  • GUISE: MUTATIONS! ALIENS! DEATH FROM DUST! I mean, not like we ever went to the moon, but still.

OK, go to itunes now and check out or latest podcast which was released yesterday: Black Panther, Jumanji, insouciance…

 

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.

 

Have You Ever Danced With Shermin-Williams in the Pale Moonlight? – Robot’s Root 11 Feb 2018

I don’t know what to make of this Todd Phillips 80s Pre-Joker movie with Jaoquin Phoenix. I mean, I like when they experiment. But DCEU has such a low track record as far as experimenting with VISION. On the other hand, a film about that whole Vision Family in Suburbia book would be legendary. The image above, though, from a set of fan arts, really appeals to me… or peels… I love the flaking paint situation happening.

 

Meanwhile, these things:

  • When your director backs out of He-Man because they’re too busy with… Krypton… then you KNOW its serious.
  • Even deleted scenes are hilarious. Ragnarok still owns me.
  • This deleted scene from JL is actually pretty good, from a world-building standpoint. It shows a newly revived Kal-El wandering the halls of his old ship, and as he approaches, it automatically offers various resources for him, including the all-black supersuit and the Kryptonian battle armor… internally consistent-ish with Man of Steel. I appreciate that.
  • The winner of that huge 10-year Class Photo MCU situation is clearly Benedict Wong, because player brought a pocket watch on a vest chain.
  • More stuff showing consistency with the McQuarrie front end on the Falcon. Even if it is all part of the longer front end ‘docking module’ which works fine for me, I just don’t know what to make of images like this, below, where it’s longer but there’s a slot. Maybe the central spine is also a modular element than can be removed, separately from the longer vice clamp bits. Maybe, though, these other images are just earlier in the production design… or possibly fake. These days, who knows. This example below, which has been around for months, is the most mystifying. It looks too consistent to be a total fake, so I wonder if it was just earlier in the production. Because it deviates too much from what we’ve seen now. Wrong dish antenna, different front end, no blue and white paint… it does have the turret.

That’s enough for today. Back to rolling housepaint over my face to appear edgy.

A Cape Story – Robot’s Root 7 Feb 2018

The full trailer for Solo is looking really good. I was talking to Lung about this: I really hope they discouraged the actors from trying to do impressions of the older actors we know so well, and just focused on the character and, at most, mannerisms. The picture perfect Ewan McGregor Obi Wan didn’t do our expectations any justice. I really want this film to be more about mining a new story and less about mimicry. I’m super in.

  • Jumanji 2 is happening. And spoiler alert for an upcoming episode of Robot-Kraken: that’s a GOOD thing.
  • Here’s a first look at Rukia from the live-action Bleach film. Which reminds me, here’s a super sweet art print you might like:

OK it’s my last night in Indonesia, so I’s signing off to do more work. See you on the other side!

Solo Trailer Revealed – Robots Root 4 Feb 2018

It’s finally coming this Monday, they say. Or they lie, and it’s a Superbowl thing. Or they lie, and this project doesnt even exist.

 

Meanwhile, this is happening:

  • “Action that looks like two Radio Shacks doing kama sutra in a hurricane” – one of the best Honest Trailer lines ever.
  • We’ve Known BMB was moving to DC for awhile now, but it’s official: he’s wandering into the Superman quagmire. What concerns me more, though, is that there are implications that he may be bringing his creator-owned stuff with him. I very much do not want Powers absorbed by DC. Somebody talk me off the ledge, please.
  • I’m beside myself. Normally I’m disinterested in dark and grimy redesigns of classic characters as the solution to film adaptation. But in this one instance, these concepts for a He-Man project look pretty amazing. Cool ways to rationalize the toy elements that make no sense. I know I’ve argued multiple times that most of the designs should just be left alone and ran with, but still.
  • I don’t hate JJ Abrams so the fact that HBO bought Demimonde is fine with me. Budgets!
  • I dislike his modern movies, and I’m weirded out by his bulging face when he talks, but. “Aight potatoes, aight carrots, aight turpentine.” I think I need to know more about Scottish shopping habits.
  • I’m including this since we’ve made a general tradition of butchering her name on the Robot-Kraken Podcast, but this segment on ‘Galspalining’ cracked me up.
  • Look, dont let the fart sounds fool you: teaching Orcas to make human sounds is a B A D . I D E A.
  • The fundamental problem with Venom... which is why they are TOTALLY sneaking Spider-Man in there.
  • Fun, contextual easter egg from Doctor Strange over here.

 

Finally, my entire world feels like this right now.

 

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