Saturday, 26 February 2011

Thundercats trailer, Ho!

Giddy geek warning.
This looks freaking perfect! I love that Tygra can still turn invisible. Sight beyond sight! Getting very excited about the return of Thundercats!

Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C’s use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, 'ThunderCats' characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations. 

The new 'ThunderCats' will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.

Source: BleedingCool

Friday, 25 February 2011

War of the Green Lanterns

DC The Source has posted this beautiful cover.

Why Tim Drake endures.

Newsarama have posted a great article on Tim Drake's continued popularity and touch on many areas that I have covered in my previous posts. Tim will always be my favourite Robin, probably because he is so cautious and was introduced to be a thoughtful detective that hangs out in the shadows to listen rather than burst through the door and start throwing punches.
"Tim Drake, the former Robin now wearing the mantle of "Red Robin," is a rarity.
Created in 1989, he's one of the few characters introduced during the Modern Age who are still popular with comic fans. In fact, he's among the most beloved heroes in the Batman universe, appearing in multiple titles each month, including the current crossover between Red Robin and Teen Titans.
"I think, given everything that's been done to him, he's exceeded all expectations," said Chris Yost, who launched the Red Robin title in 2009. "Tim Drake carried several Robin mini-series, his own title for well over 100 issues, [and] is currently in a Top 50 book 20 issues in."
But his introduction came at a time when the idea of a new Robin was far from being popular. In the '80s, original Robin Dick Grayson had "graduated" to an adult role, wearing the mantle Nightwing. Batman readers were given another Robin named Jason Todd, whose existence was markedly unpopular — so much so that readers voted to have him killed.
Marv Wolfman, the writer who created Tim Drake as Robin in the pages of Batman, said he thinks it was important that DC successfully restore the Robin legacy after Jason Todd's death. "Nothing was wrong with Jason except that the fans didn't take to him," Wolfman said. "He was a fine character, but during that time period in comics, the idea of a snotty, possibly criminal Robin could not be accepted. But look at Damian today. I had nothing to do with Jason so I could come in and create a Robin the readers of the time would like as a person."
Denny O'Neil, the Batman editor at the time, initially wanted to wait awhile before introducing a new Robin. "After we bumped off Jason, I thought eventually, we'd need a new Robin, but I thought we'd give it a year," he said. "But word came down from on high — I mean, higher than Jeanette [Kahn, then DC president] — no, we need a new Robin right away."
Yet O'Neil made sure the character was introduced slowly, something Fabian Nicieza, who currently writes Tim's character in Red Robin, noticed as a reader. "By developing the character slowly, making it obvious he would eventually become Robin, but not putting him into costume too quickly, fans got a chance to see the character's foundation," Nicieza said. "As a reader and rookie writer at the time, I remember thinking that Denny O'Neil's writing group was doing an excellent job of defining Tim's strong moral underpinning, and most importantly I think, the fact that he never became Robin for selfish reasons, he did it because he knew Batman needed it, and he knew how important Batman was."
O'Neil also had to face a new challenge, particularly after the death of teenager Jason Todd. Because stories were becoming more realistic, the editor felt like he had to come up with a reason why Batman would put another child in danger, something "they didn't think about in the early days, when they made the first Robin character," O'Neil said. "But we had to think about that, because of the realism we were using at the time in the industry. It was a different time. I even hired somebody to design a costume that would afford maximum protection, thinking it might be acceptable to put a child in harm's way if he was well protected. We used almost none of that design, but we did think about those things at the time."
To explain a child's presence in brutal battles, Tim Drake's character had to be developed in a way that made him an asset to Batman in the field, which the writers accomplished by making him a great detective and supportive presence for Batman. "We waited several months before we actually had Tim in danger," O'Neil said. "At first, he was the guy who did reconnaissance from across the street. This is not real life. This is fantasy melodrama, so eventually, the stories put him in danger. But we didn't want to be callous about it. And we wanted to establish that this child was more than just a kid that Batman decided to put in danger. Tim Drake was an asset."
O'Neil also wanted to eliminate the idea of Robin that was established in the old Batman television show, as a sidekick that said "golly!" a lot. And he credits Marv Wolfman with accomplishing a whole new level of intelligence and heroism in Tim Drake.
"Simply, with the end of Jason Todd, I was asked what I'd do to create a new Robin. My thoughts were that this Robin should want to be Robin and not Batman," Wolfman said. "That he have parents, to differentiate him from all other kid partners, and that he not only be a good athlete, but incredibly bright and intuitive. To accomplish some of that, I had him at the circus, as a very young child, when [original Robin] Dick [Grayson]'s parents were killed; I thought that would be something he'd never forget and would cement the memory of Dick's performance in his mind. The rest followed out of that."
Nicieza said the character seemed to be introduced as a likable character from the beginning. "Tim seemed specifically developed to counter the difficult creative position DC had been put in after what had happened with the 'marketing death' of Jason Todd," Nicieza said. "I imagine half the audience was happy with Jason's death and half weren't, so whatever you did with the next character to assume the mantle of Robin had to be smartly designed enough to keep your divided audience satisfied.
Wolfman decided to make the character very moral, and Chuck Dixon further developed that feature in subsequent comics featuring the character. "I think that he's good, bright, and though he figured out who Robin really was, he never said anything, [and that] meant he was honest," Wolfman said. "That he had a family and a background that fleshed him out before he became Robin helped. And that his ties were directly with Dick Grayson — being there for the death of his parents — gave him a heritage."
"I think that's a pretty hard foundation for fans not to embrace," Nicieza said. "They might not like his personality or the role of Robin in general, but you can't deny that it was hard not to respect Tim Drake."
Soon after his introduction, Tim Drake starred in several mini-series by Chuck Dixon that sold well and created industry buzz. "I think new readers were taken by Chuck Dixon's take on the character, which very smartly combined aspects of 'the making of a hero' arc with 'teen angst' that wasn't too dour, but gave Tim conflict in a fun way," Nicieza.
The character is also different from a lot of other heroes because he has faced a lot of adversity, but did so without becoming bitter or "dark," something that's a particular aspect of many other Batman characters.
Brad Meltzer, the best-selling novelist and comic book writer, was given the task of putting Tim Drake through a horrific experience in the mini-series Identity Crisis. "Full credit to [then Executive Editor] Dan DiDio, who knew that Tim's dad was about to be killed elsewhere, and said to me that if I could make it work with the plot, I could do it," Meltzer said. "And since Identity Crisis was about death in all forms — from death of family, to death of self — it worked perfectly for what we wanted. Plus, it was the kind of death that mattered — one that would impact the character forever."
Soon after losing his father, Tim also lost two of his best friends, Superboy Conner Kent and Kid Flash Bart Allen. Yet the impact of all the deaths was not a particularly negative one for the character, making him even more heroic and familiarly human for having experienced those things.
"He's embraced Batman's world, been put through hell, and come out the other side emotionally OK, in ways that Batman still isn't. He's still human in a way that Batman really kind of isn't," Yost said.
By the time Bruce Wayne was assumed dead, Tim Drake had evolved into one of the more respected heroes of the DCU. And with Bruce gone, his ascension from the title "Robin" was something most fans saw as fitting. "I have to believe that since Tim was in serious contention as someone who could take over for Bruce, seeing him evolve from Robin was inevitable. Tim still has lessons to learn, but they're different lessons now. Damien Wayne needed the role and lessons of Robin more," Yost said.
That's when Tim Drake began wearing the costume of Red Robin, a mantle that was first introduced in the DC mini-series Kingdom Come, which told of a future Robin-turned-Red Robin. So the costume and look were somewhat familiar to readers.
But what wasn't familiar was Tim Drake as an adult superhero, something writer Chris Yost had to establish. "Tim was in a horrible place when I got to him, having lost pretty much everyone he loved. Mom, Dad, Conner, Bart, Bruce... it was a rough patch. And Robin was always supposed to be the light in Batman's world," Yost said. "So honestly, I really wanted to bring the light back, to see Tim through the tunnel to the light at the end, and making sure it wasn't a train. I like that he can operate like Batman, be the detective, crack skulls, and still have a life. Still smile. He can be serious like Bruce, and enjoy it like Dick."
The other aspect of Tim Drake that has helped him endure is the role he filled in the Batman family as someone who thinks before he acts, mirroring his mentor Batman, but in a more caring and healthy way.
"I think he considers himself the spinal column of the Bat-family," Nicieza said. "His arrival brought Bruce back into the light, brought Dick back into the fold and in many ways, that status as a thematic lynchpin continues to this day, even now that he's on his own a lot more."
Now that Bruce Wayne has returned, it's unusual that the other players in the Batman family have not returned to their old roles, with Tim Drake continuing as Red Robin. Whether that lasts into the future is anybody's guess, although some fans have voiced a wish that he would someday become Batman.
"I hope he'll never be Batman," Yost said.
"Seriously, as a result of everything that's happened in the Bat-family the last few years," Nicieza said, "I'm kind of burned out to the whole on-going — never-ending it seems — conversation about 'who will this character become?' Will Dick go back to Nightwing? Will Tim become Batman? Or Nightwing? Will Bat-Mite become Sugar & Spike?
"How about if Tim is Red Robin?" Nicieza said.
For Meltzer, the most important thing for Tim's future is that he's handled with the same type of care he's experienced since his introduction 22 years ago. "I think the strength of Tim Drake has been the strength of the many writers and artists who treated him as Tim instead of just as Robin. That's why he endures," Meltzer said. "We all knew what Robin did. We now know what Tim would do as well. No small task.""
Source: Newsarama


I just got back after finally watching Paul at the cinema. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised. I was a little worried from the trailer that it wouldn't hold up to Spaced, Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, but Pegg & Frost carried forward their love of all things geek with the charm that we have come to expect from them. As such the film had lots of cute moments to make the fanboys squeal with delight (one actually did at the Aliens line!) whilst not alienating (pun intended) any non-nerds in the audience. I never had to explain anything for my wife to be able to follow what was happening. From Paul miming being gay to the star destoyer shot there are plenty of jokes to satisfy nerds and normals alike.

My only question at the end was:
What is the next genre to get the Pegg/Frost treatment?
Personally, I'm hoping for a spagetti western.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights trailer

The trailer for the new Green Lantern based animated featured has hit. Emerald Knights takes a similar format to 2008's Gotham Knight, which served as an anthology released before The Dark Knight.
I loved First Flight and am thrilled to see a return to that universe. This does mean, however, that Emerald Knights will differ from Gotham Knight in that it won't serve as a bridge between or tie-into the live action movies.

"Warner Home Video and DC Entertainment present the first official trailer for “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights,” the next direct to DVD feature in the DC Universe line of movies. “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights” stars Nathan Fillion, Elisabeth Moss, Henry Rollins, Jason Isaacs and Roddy Piper and is set for release on June 7, 2011."
Source: CBR

I've also put the 'First Look' below, just incase you missed it:

David O'Russell talks Uncharted film

Gamespot have an interview with David O'Russell, the man that will direct the movie based on the successful adventure game series, Uncharted. The movie will lift it's plot from the first game, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, in which we are introduced to relic-hunter and self-proclaimed ancestor of Sir Francis Drake, Nate. Nathan Drake is the 21st century's Indiana Jones and to pretend that he isn't would be foolish.
The fact that O'Russell is looking to direct this after doing so well with The Fighter, leads me to think that this may turn out to be more Raiders than Crystal Skull.
My outlook for Drake's Forune? Sunny.

""My son plays most of the games in our house, and I will play them with him, but I'm not hardcore. I’m not going to present myself as hardcore. But I played the game a bunch of times and I also read as much as I could about the game," O'Russell said. "I started to brew together what I thought could be a really cool idea that I’d never seen in a film before…really intense action and really intense family dynamics on a global stage."
"To grow a game into a movie is an interesting proposition because a game is a very different experience than a movie. You guys are playing the game, and it's about playing the game. It's not about a narrative embracing you emotionally," he said. "So, I want to create a world that is worthy of a really great film that people want to watch and rewatch, so that's what I'm working on right now."
As far as the narrative of the film is concerned, O'Russell did not offer specifics but did note that his story will ring true with the video games. That said, he also mentioned how the film is his and his alone, and fans should let him do his work.
"I'm very respectful as far as the core content and spirit of the game, but beyond that, it's my job as a filmmaker to make what I think is going to be an amazing movie," he said. "People have to trust that and let that go, I think. There's not a bunch of movies you can point to that are made from games that are amazing movies...that stand up to time as a franchise or as [individual films]."
In early May, O'Russell was among a list of potential directors for the film, and in August, it was reported that negotiations between O'Russell and Columbia Pictures fell through. However, now all bets seem to be back on.
Unfortunately, further specifics on the upcoming film, like a potential release date or cast members, have not been officially announced. However, O'Russell has indicated his interest in having Wahlberg play Nathan Drake, either Scarlett Johansson or Amy Adams play love interest Elena, with Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci part of the cast as Drake's father and uncle, respectively.

The next entry in the Uncharted series--Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception--is due out on November 1, 2011"
I've just posted this on twitter and clicked on #Uncharted, just to see what other people were saying and was overwhelmed by the amount of fanboys (and girls) already saying bad things about the movie. The script isn't even completed yet! People just don't realise that some things that work well in the game, just won't translate well into a movie. Yes, Uncharted has got some real cinematic scope, but things will need to be changed. We can't have Drake and Sully running around the jungle for three hours looking for the Strange Relic.
Before you ever grumble about a game-to-movie translation, think this through: it's fun to play, but would it be fun to watch?

Source: Gamespot

Inception sequel

What's that you say internet-chatter?
Tom Hardy has signed on for a sequel to 2010s best film?


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Tom Hardy on Alan Carr

Tom Hardy appeared on this week's Alan Carr: Chatty Man. He speaks a little bit about playing Bane in TDKR.
Main points:
-derides Schumacher's Batman & Robin
-he has to bulk up (extra couple of stone in muscle)
-Nolan will redesign Bane (possibly no mask)

Source: CBM

Detroit's Robocop Statue

For those of you who don't know, Detroit will soon have a RoboCop statue! They have just reached their goal of $50,000 in fully crowd-sourced funding.

The above picture is what the statue will look like. Below is the our first look at the statue:

Source: GeekTyrant

Kevin Costner is Jonathan Kent??

After a slow news weekend, I wake up to find three little tid-bits. The biggest of which is below:

EXCLUSIVE! Kevin Costner's Superman Role Revealed!
A holiday is never over, I learned while walking across Manhattan in the frigid cold.

My phone rings and @latinoreview himself, Kellvin was on the phone to fill my ear with sweet nothings of Superman casting awesomeness.

Rumors were abound this President's Day that Zack Snyder was looking towards Costner for a "key role" opposite Henry Cavill as Superman. Costner, who is working on his World War II directorial project "A Little War Of Their Own" had me searching for "if you build it, they will Superman" jokes all day.

Now Kellvin has spoken to his well-placed sources and we can report that Kevin Costner is none other than the Daddy of Superman himself: Jonathan "Pa" Kent.

So, major props to our Melissa Molina for accurately forecasting the role. And FINALLY a Kevin Costner movie I'm interested in seeing. That's right, I thought "Company Men" was too white-to-blue-collar whiny.

Because we know what's under the white collar: Blue spandex.

Source: LatinoReview