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You Have 3 Seconds to Comply: Robots Root 11 April 2018

 

Dig this new Mondo poster: ROBOCOP by Josan Gonzalez

Meanwhile, in space, all of this is happening right now!

  • Taika Waititi confirmed that he’s not adapting the Akira film, but rather going after the voluminous book series. I find that interesting. There’s so much more THERE there, and also gives him more to do than just a remake.
  • Speaking of ambitious, Apple is adapting the I, Robot series of works from Isaac Asimov.
  • Woody Harrelson may or may not be playing Carnage in the Venom film. I say DO IT.
  • Transformers cartoon opening credits, shot with the toys in stop-motion WINNNNNNS.
  • The Deadwood film production just got a tax credit. This gives them a timetable, which is a good thing.
  • Christina Hodson has been named as the new Batgirl writer. This is also a good thing.
  • Boss Level sounds really neat or really terrible.
  • If you want to know secret stuff that isn’t surprising stuff, regarding Iron Spidey in Avengers: Infinity War, read on. In other Marvel news, I think this poster shot shows that Evangeline Lily should have been a Marvel heroine years and years ago. She looks really motivated.
  • Eric Bana is set to star in the first season of Dirty John, some sort of anthology-based true crime show on Bravo that isn’t True Detective on HBO, and inexplicably features a character name as the title, which begs questions about it’s anthology nature.
  • This is pissing all the right people off: Westworld creators said they’d let Reddit superfans in on the active development of S02, which starts later this month… they announced a few days ago that their plan was to circumvent the huge hunt for answers and easter eggs and spoilers by actually giving the subreddit access to a video that explains the S02 plot, so they can opt-in if desired, as long as they keep it to themselves and don’t leak it to mainstream press. Then last night they released a video, which ended up being an elaborate Rick-Roll… LITERALLY… I love it. Speaking of, you know I’m down with S02’s Shogunworld.
  • The Shazam costume may or may not be objectively bad… but I liked Zachari Levi’s comments about the intrinsic insecurity of pre-haters.
  • I was totally into it, until I realized the pilot’s legs are fake and its just a stilt construct. I mean, not JUST, but you know.
  • Moviepass users (aka Deeply Dapper) rejoice: AMC theaters were just unlocked. That’s pretty huge.
  • The BBC is launching a big budget early 20s adaptation of War of the Worlds. I’m 300% on board…
  • I initially dismissed Bosslogic’s manip of Krasinski and Blunt as Reed and Sue of the FF as being too current, given the obsession with their current film… but looking at it more closely, I’d be down with all of these casting ideas. I still think Richards needs to be older, greying and aloof… but even more than that, they need to be a believable couple… and this pair have proven they can be, on screen…
  • More featurette film stuff from Isle of Dogs, this time about the real on-set canine crew….
  • Finally, trailer roundup:
    • The Meg, which I always assumed would be terrible, actually amused me. So much reminding me of Jaws 3 in 3D… but also Deep Blue Sea, which I actually never saw. I do love 4th wall characters like Rainn Wilson’s one here, just saying it like it is.
    • Similarly, I dismissed Upgrade when the teaser came out awhile back as being a B-movie… but it does have some interesting elements in it. Logan Marshall-Green affects an unusual stance when the AI is doing the fighting for him, almost a hangjawed expression and slouched neck against a rigid posture, but he was Shocker #1 in Homecoming and soldier X in Prometheus, so let’s give it a shot.
    • Terminal appears to be based on a pitch like: “Imagine Atomic Blonde but with Margot Robbie and made to look like Lock Stock plus we’ll include one of those actors even, for authenticity“… but I’m still on board.

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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More Than Meets the Industrial Designer – Robots Root 9 October 2017

Emerson Tung is an illustrator I’ve been following for years, and I’ve posted his work here before. I was struck by how he casually solves the modern Transformers movie problem: let the tech in the transforming bits be complicated if you need to to make it parse, but leave the body panels and such along, and anachronistic enough that you look at it and think ‘car robot’…

Meanwhile, that Robot’s Root:

  • I’m super down with the new Mondo art book… I love their poster work and this looks to be a nice collection.
  • The New Justice league trailer as a bit of plot in it, which is nice. I’m not sure I’d want to be the one to cover Bowie, but they tried. My buddy Ryan pointed out last night how confusing it is that Aquaman has a good ole boy slash surfer situation going on. I like it. But when he makes me THINK about it, it’s an interesting choice. I think they just let Momoa be Momoa just Momaing about. Here’s an international version with more ‘yee-a-UH!’ in it. Actually, no, less of it. But I like the theme music in the second trailer, and I wonder (optimistically) if it’s real.
  • I’m not convinced on the Mosaic project on HBO. A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure film by Soderbergh… eh. Feels like a video game.
  • You may recall that awesome short, Adam, done on the Unity engine backbone, by Neil Blomkamp? Here’s a sequel.
  • New X-Files S11 trailer has me shrugging. I realize, the last season was so random and disjointed (released in wrong broadcast order etc) and I had sort of forgotten about the hot mess they left it in. Anyway, all the ballyhoo from S10 was basically that their return to creature of the week format was the high point, and the serialized conspiracy eps the lowest. Now, I happen to love the conspiracy stuff… but I can’t imagine they targeted me specifically for S11… so huh.
  • The early reviews of Thor look very promising. Of course, that’s just about whether it will be good, not whether it will do well at the box office. I mean, Thor will. Blade Runner scores extremely high on Rotten Tomatoes and will be tanking (understandably) but I think Thor will have legs. They are very different animals. Speaking of, this is gorgeous.
  • I’m not sure that these photos are indicative of anything (other than that the poster doesn’t know the difference between an arm sleeve and a tattoo sleeve) but I do like the idea that for one reason or another Hawkeye will become Ronin. If that happens.
  • Ridley Scott says the next Alien film will be more about AI action than xenomorphs. I welcome it entirely. “I think the evolution of the Alien himself is nearly over, but what I was trying to do was transcend and move to another story, which would be taken over by A.I.’s. The world that the AI might create as a leader if he finds himself on a new planet. We have actually quite a big layout for the next one.”
  • Gore Verbinski MAY be on board for directing Gambit. That could be good or bad, depending on what you think of the director, and what he thinks of the material, because he’s pretty uneven in my opinion. I was so MEH on this project until I saw the synopsis. Now I want it to succeed.
  • Super bad luck on the Punisher release timing. I mean, the BAD LUCK is the horrible tragedy in Vegas, but I mean, tough time to release this project. Last time I posted about it they were delaying the screeners, but now the whole project may be pushed back. And probably should.
  • I’m a nerd, so I loved this: Hot Toys released a version of Boba Fett from the X-Mas Special. Believe it or not (believe it) I have this on my to-draw queue. HAHAHA. Now the ref material got 1,000x better.
  • If you liked Crank, you may be the target market for Happy on the Sy-Fy channel… I’m not sure where I stand on it. I like that it exists…
  • I wasn’t initially particularly interested in the Phillip K Dick anthology being cooked up. I don’t much like anthologies (though I make them out of necessity)… but having seen the promo, I’m intrigued…
  • Lastly, the Runaways full trailer still smacks of teen soap and doesn’t have the vibe I’m hoping for. EXCEPT. All the word of mouth is positive. So, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised…

That’s all for today. Just sitting here pounding refresh on my alamo drafthouse page waiting for those Star Wars tickets…

Manilla Folder Time – Robots Root 17 June 28

Preacher S02 started this past weekend, but I won’t see it until a few nights from now, after settling down from the last two week’s of cons. But man, I’m stoked. STOKED.

I’m back from Portland and the Heroes and Villains Fanfest/Walker Stalker Con, but it will take a few days to decompress all that and talk about it. In the meantime, I present:

Robot’s Root!

•  In my mind, the biggest news of the weekend was about the Han Solo firing. First, it was that Kennedy didn’t like Lord and Miller’s choices. Then it was about improvisation. Then we learned, after a brief speculative period, that Ron Howard had stepped forward to complete the film. This late in the production, it raises questions. I thought this article offered some insight. I choose to be optimistic. I know the talk of ‘acting coaches’ is alarming, but this is often employed, not simply to bolster a performance, but to tweak it to a specific vision; when you are essentially doing an impression of a well known actor in a famous role, this could be expected, I’d wager.

• This may not be thrilling news for some, or most, but both Brad Pitt and David Fincher are confirmed for WWZ 2. Now, the original strayed far from the book, and I’d be interested to see what direction they take for the sequel, which I really liked, particularly seeing it at midnight in a coffin hotel in Singapore, which makes everything weirder. Meanwhile, Pitt has signed on opposite Rickie Lee Jones in an interesting project about a near-spectrum engineer heading into space to find his astronaut father, which I am 10% into.

• Here’s the best [Hot Toys] look at the Iron Man armor featured in Spidey. I’m of two minds. Make it three minds, for brand awareness. For one, I’m struggling as much with the silver +red/yellow motif nose as I was in Ultimate Iron Man, from a design logic standpoint. I can understand if the gravity of things have led Stark to focus on the tech and less on the ‘hot rod’-ain’t job. But why any red/yellow at all? Two, I want a rational explanation in the script for why he’s wearing this after supposedly dumping the gear after IM 3. Third, science! No, but here’s my thing: I was thinking about an armor post-Civil War. I imagined something black and tactical. I imagined Stark going purpose-built, not the way all of his gallery of disposable armors was in IM3, but a no-nonsense, complete weapon armor. Anyway, there’s that. Meanwhile, here’s Stark on the set of Infinity War wearing curious, deliberate cammo gear with orange striping and what looks like another chest reactor.

• I’m choosing, I mean REALLY choosing, to be optimistic about ST: Discovery. So. Here’s a photo of the proto-transporter and a diagram explaining the uniform delineation, the latter of which being a critical resource for arts. I can’t yet get over the choice to make this the Shatnerverse and not the Pineverse, and how this supposedly takes place AFTER Pike and a few years before Enterprise, but hey. You know I have that strange ability to ignore visual continuity. But I WANT it to be different, anyway.

• Great story of JCVD getting fired from Predator for all the awesomest reasons. Amazing.

• The word of Dazzler’s inclusion in the next X-Men brouhaha appears to have been confirmed, along with quite a bit of vitriol aimed at suggestions that Taylor Swift be cast. I was really on the fence about the 80s X-Men stuff and the setting in the 90’s for the next film. However, I saw some pretty amazing period cosplay this weekend at Fanfest that warmed me to the idea. Well, Izzy was Jubilee, but same point of reference.

• I remain skeptical of the non-dubious application of such a product: Dubious Product.

• I like the casting… well, 99% of that like is on a certain mad brother, but why, WHY, did they release that first image with Medusa’s plastic weird hair to sour everyone on this? Posters, thus.

• I haven’t been able to watch a Bayformers film past the first one, but the 3% hope I have for this Bumblebeee spinoff is the hint that he might have the Bug chassis. Maybe? I mean, guys, U GUISE, all you have to do is exactly what the cartoons did in adapting the toy design language, but dump the mysterious planor sections of gray ‘robot’in the transformed limbs, and just… do… THAT. Anyway, who knows.

Robotech is the first physical comic I’ve committed to in about 10 years. I love what Marco Turini dove into here, after following him on IG for a few years. Really looking forward to the series, and hope it works.

Come With Me If You Want to Save the Franchise – 170126

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So, what do you think? Tim Miller on Terminator? Any chance of bailing this ship out? We talk about this one on the podcast in February… link!

Meanwhile, this:

– Look, I gave up on Gotham a long time ago. It was never great, but at least had some atmospheric style. It went from soapy cheese to a garbage fire in record time. That said, I will give them this and only this: I’ve been pining for someone to do the Joker thing from the New 52 where his face has been cut off and then haphazardly sewn back on. It’s so unnervingly icky (and infected, presumably)… so, at least they tried it. link!

– From now on, as far as cosplay goes, I will accept NO LESS than a full scale ED-209. link!

– Thomas Jane in Predator? Before seeing Expanse I’d have been against it. Now… link!

– Neill Blomkamp is not encouraging. link!

– I’ve been using these as desktop screens of late: focus on the retro-future GUI in Rogue One: link!

– GIJoe + Transformers… would you have been in? I would not have been in. I would have been more out than I already am. link!

– So, uh, according to this, DC/WB will give the obscure antihero villain of their obscure supers film his OWN film… yet still can’t figure out how to make the DC pantheon work? link!

– I liked the admittedly uneven Amazon Tick pilot… interesting to imagine Warburton back in the costume, though. link!


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Trick or Treat Smell my SITH LORD EWOK GAAAAAH – 161031

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GAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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ITEM: The LIFE trailer looks good, though very derivative. Fortunately, I like all the things it’s derivative OF, ending with a preposition.
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ITEM: Fonzo is an odd duck of a project. About Capone being senile… and filmed by maligned director Josh Trank? Still, Tom Hardy, so it HAS to be good.
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ITEM: Miller says all the right things to me. It’s what I want from a Batman film too. Frankly, I want BatmanL Year One (comic version) and I’d be stoked with that. Not so much those Aronofsky plans…
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ITEM: Defenders, shocking and awing everyone, will include Karen Page and Misty Knight. And by everyone, I mean no one.
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Saw this at Toys R Us. Very expensive. However, it DOES include a ship and 4 other figures absolutely free, so…

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Saw this also. At $20 or whatever, I wasn’t compelled. But nice piece.

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ITEM: Speaking of a nice piece, here’s my latest Birthday Bugga, done for my friend Lorraine.

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A for Effort, C for no skull cap.
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Not a bad concept… poorly sourced so far… but it could take off…
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Scared Tauntaun or not, WANNNNNNNT! It’s all I ever wanted from R/C anything ever.
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Finally, this wins for best costume [not hiding a wheelchair] EVER:
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And with that, have a happy Halloween…
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RIP C Martin Croker – 21 September 2016

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C. Martin Croker passed away recently in his 50s. He was, among other things, the voice of both Moltar and Zorak from SG:C2C. In honor of his passing, please enjoy my favorite episode “Flipmode” featuring a pre-steroids Busta Rhymes as the guest, and lots and lots of blueberries.
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ITEM: Honest Trailer for TMNT2… I didn’t see the film, I may never see the film, but this was worth a watch.
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ITEM: I have a lot of trouble with the Infinity War thing. The problem is that these big budget supers films have all had world shattering, universe destroying stakes… even Suicide Squad had a planetkiller engine in it. So it’s hard to see Thanos as being a take-your-breath-away scale of bad guy. To have him sucking up souls and throwing the Infinity Gauntlet around in order to woo Death? If true, it feels, at least in summary, as too pedestrian. I don’t know WHAT you do for a galactic super-SUPER-dustup movie. I trust those guys, and I trust Marvel, so I remain optimistic, but I dunno. I have ideas, sort of spawned by the multiversal-collapse thing that Marvel comics had going on a few years ago…
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ITEM: Josh Gad is developing Toy Wars for Amazon. I’m so down. I’m the target market, absolutely. Surprising no one.
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ITEM: Welp, the project Neil Blomkamp has been e-teasing turns out to be a 15th anniversary special new short for the BMW Driver film series, which is pretty cool, actually. It’s the second best anything Clive Owen ever did.
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ITEM: I was wary of Jumanji 2… but I like the cast a LOT. Like, the entire cast. So that’s a thing.
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ITEM: I had no idea every frame of Black Panther in Civil War was a CGI overlay. We saw so much live footage of filming in costume, so that’s interesting. I haven’t watched the commentary yet, but I wonder what happened with Vision. We’ve seen a lot of him in full makeup being filmed, suggesting he’d be at least partly practical FX…
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ITEM: While I’m still disappointed Star Wars: Battlefront doesn’t include a story mode, I AM chuffed about the Death Star pack. I’ll give it a try, circa 2032.
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ITEM: A sketchy company in Turkey has your 1:1 scale Transformer needs sorted. Click through for the video…
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That’s all for today. Kris and I are pushing hard to get ready for the Alternative Press Expo in San Jose in a few weeks. A new episode of the Robot-Kraken podcast went live yesterday, featuring our con report of Rose City CC 2016. And we have been making stuffs.


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Still the Worst Name in the Modern Era Ever – 6 Sept 2016

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Spy photos of the Shocker from Spider-Man: Homecoming are out. I’m sure they are everywhere by now and you’ve seen them. I prefer to focus on the SHOCKERMOBILE instead.
http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-shocker-make … 1786246447

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ITEM: 50 Cent did some serious amateur-night cosplay as Cyborg for his son’s Teen Titans themed birthday party. I love love LOVE this. Celebrities, musicians, whatever, these are all just humans in one way or another… it’s kind of rare to see them allow themselves to be documented bing human. I appreciate it. Now, his baby momma as Starfire is some Rule 34 business…
http://io9.gizmodo.com/50-cent-cosplaye … 1786247514

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ITEM: After the next Bond casting hunt has been rumor-fodder, even before Daniel Craig was shitting on the franchise in interviews for Spectre, it was kind of surprising when this story broke over the weekend. I mean, not surprising that the studio would continue to try and retain him with higher and higher paychecks (he already rejected a king’s sum) but just the SCALE of the thing. As reported, which is probably less than the real deal, $150M for two films. Let that number sink in. Michael Keaton and others have famously made huge sums off of big ticket franchise deals, after all the points and back-end profit deals are counted… but consider this report isn’t even including whatever THOSE arrangements are for him, if he takes it.
http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/s … ond-films/

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ITEM: I loves me some bloopity-bloops!
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ITEM: It’s close. It’s CLOSE. Can you feel it? Like a fly on your eyeball?
http://www.slashfilm.com/westworld-poster/

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ITEM: This is EVERYTHING.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y98ZK_l-e0

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ITEM: Stranger Things / X-Men mashup because of course.
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ITEM: Didn’t see it, won’t see it, not shocked by the blunders, but amused by the Honest Trailer:
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ITEM: I haven’t seen the Transformers OAV since my youth, but man, this brought back some memories. Yeah! WHAT THE HELL HASBRO.
http://longboxingwhileblack.com/2016/05 … ers-movie/

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ITEM: Best Lego Typewriter ever for today. I love it.
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ITEM: Nerdwriter’s piece on Shane Black’s use of ‘awkward violence’ is really, really good. Also, shame to all of you than never saw Nice Guys. We have an upcoming Robot-Kraken podcast review for you… or will…
http://geektyrant.com/news/video-movie- … acks-style

Also… ‘FREUDIAN SLIT’

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And with that, I leave you with this:

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More Witch Required and other things – 28 June 2016

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This Scarlet Witch concept art really hammers home how much I wish she had worn a headdress piece. In fact, I was holding out, throughout Civil Tole, for the proper comic one to appear, and it never did. WORST MOVIE EVER. Might as well have been BVS at that point.
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This piece of concept art for Justice League is making the rounds… but not all is what it seems. I think, since we just had that big journalists set visit hullaballoo, people are getting swept up in all the descriptions of things and think this sort of graphic is new. It isn’t. This was released as part of the BVS Ultimate Toleyou Edition, and it’s a snapshot in time of ideas for the film design work. See above, Scarlet Witch… sometimes they make it more or less through to production. Most times, not. I consider this good spin on it, because these costumes bore me. Thanks for loaning Flash your weird electric-weight-loss hip belt thing and thanks Batman for tearing off a Kevlar armor codpiece component and shoving it onto Flash’s sternum. Thanks, Cyborg, for choosing your design in the middle of a Matrix marathon… guh…
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In similar but different news, this set photo of WW in her cape thrills me. Do you KNOW how many TRDL characters have wing, feather or flower petal motifs in their capes? DO YOU?

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I have been strip mining nighthawk’s twitter feed of all the ulitmate edition goodies. I’m looking forward to seeing the film again, especially in this version, for science. it is my duty, on behalf of @robotkraken.

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I don’t even, on this Transformers: Combiner Wars series coming out.
1. It’s done in some sort of hybrid between South Park and animated comics animation.
2. It’s adult and dark as hell, precisely when they already have a good amount of dark stuff going on in their for-kids lineup.
3. “Myself vs. Megatron!” – one of my biggest pet peeves in grammar. From the Prime himself goddamnIOT.
4. Murder.
http://geektyrant.com/news/optimus-prim … biner-wars

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Benedict Wong confirms that his Wong will not be a servant, thankfully. More of a taskmaster. GOOD.
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Well, Ansel Elgort has been cast in the in-development Dungeons & Dragons movie. You think people got exercised about about the BVS film in development?! There’s 99 ways of fucking this up, and precisely 1 way of doing it right, and that way is the work of Joel Rosenberg (I’ve said this before, I know) and his Guardians of the Flame series, about some role players sucked into the game, immediately slaughtered, raped, sold into slavery, and then fighting to ultimately end slavery in that world through modern techniques. It was nuts. Loved it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardians_of_the_Flame

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Everything I’ve ever argued about how important Dragonslayer was to modern fantasy film and FX. Everything.
https://monsterlegacy.net/2013/04/14/ve … gonslayer/

That’s all for today. Go try not to get semi-randomly selected to be sacrificed to the dragon….


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