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Zack Snyder Takes On The Man Of Steel

5 Oct

by Captain Oblivious

Thank holy God in heaven! As a nerd you wish certain things would happen that will make your nerdiness seem worthwhile and today is one of those days. Zack Snyder has been tapped by Christopher “the godfather” Nolan to direct Superman: The Man of Steel.

When it was announced that Snyder was on the short list of directors I was readily excited but still kept my reserve thinking the job would go to someone else. Nolan must have seen what I have in Snyder’s work. A love for the material he directs and an attention to detail that is almost unmatched except, possibly, by Nolan himself. Snyder is no stranger to the superhero flick already having the excellent Watchmen under his belt. Now he can add the apex of superheros to the mix.

Now the only question is who will Nolan, Snyder and company pick as their new Man of Steel. I would hope Brandon Routh would at least be given a chance to come back but I realize this is a reboot and it will be a fresh face.

Superman: The Man of Steel is targeted for a holiday 2012 release.

Christopher Nolan Hard At Work On The Superman/Batman Front

24 Sep

by Captain Oblivious

A couple of notes to pass along on this otherwise boring Friday.

Christopher Nolan seems to be moving on from his summer blockbuster Inception and putting more focus on two huge projects. First up is the news that he has finally started on the screenplay for his third Batman outing which is due summer 2012.

The director had this to say about his next trip to Gotham:

“I don’t like to talk too much about things until I’m further along with them.  But I’m working on the script right now.  My brother Jonah has done a draft for the script and now I’m writing on it.  We have set a release date and as far as the film being officially greenlit, they haven’t told they don’t want to do it. So I’m hopeful.”

Next up is his “godfather” role in helping Warner get a new Superman movie out by the end of 2012 when the studio loses the rights to the character. David Goyer is already hard at work on the script which Nolan has already said he approves in the way it brings Superman into a “modern context”. He supposedly will be making his suggestion to Warner Bros. for a director in the next few weeks from a short list and my thoughts on them are this:

– Tony Scott (I like him but I don’t want Denzel as my new Superman)

– Johnathan Liebsman (probably a no-go since he’s already attached to Clash of the Titans 2: Clash Harder)

– Duncan Jones (I loved Moon and would wonder how he would handle an iconic character with a big budget)

– Zack Snyder (in a perfect world yes. A thousand times yes)

– Matt Reeves (I liked Cloverfield and Let Me In looks like it should be good. Could he handle the pressure?)

Superman News Is A Face Punch Full Of Awesome

14 Sep

by Captain Oblivious

First up is the new teaser spot for the season premiere of Smallville’s final season. The 10 second spot shows what some fans have waited ten years to see.

Smallville lost me for about six years but it looks like I will be going back for the final go round.

Next up is the big rumor of the day. That Warner Bros. is seriously talking about wanting Mad Men’s Jon Hamm as the new Superman. I think I would file this under “greatest casting ever”. Hamm looks the part and God knows from Mad Men he can act. I hope Jonah Nolan and Christopher “the godfather” Nolan will take him under serious consideration.

Batman: Under The Red Hood Review

3 Sep

by Captain Oblivious

The death of Jason Todd is Batman’s greatest failure. It has affected his life and altered many of his decisions in comics for twenty years. So when he was brought back a few years ago some saw it as another case of “nobody stays dead in comics” syndrome. I however saw it as a chance for the caped crusader to try and save Jason again and give his heart the solace it needed. Bruce Wayne could not save his parents but he was given another chance to save Jason.

I liked how Under the Red Hood played out in the various Batman titles and was glad when DC added it to their animated lineup. But animated comic movies are also a toss up and I was hoping that this would be more Green Lantern: First Flight and not Invincible Iron Man. I am happy to say that it is the former and is possibly DC’s best animated movie ever and the best Batman animated movie since Mask of the Phantasm.

The story has been reworked a bit especially the death of Jason Todd which the animators did a good job of bringing into this time frame. Five years after Jason’s death a mysterious new crime lord called the Red Hood is taking over territory from the resident Gotham City godfather Black Mask. But this new king of the gangs seems to have ulterior motives. Batman seems to be caught in the middle of the biggest gang war in Gotham and things become more difficult when the Red Hood is found out to be Batman lost partner Jason Todd. How does Batman stop Red Hood while trying to save Jason at the same time? Can he stop someone he has trained to be the best?

The movie, while not excessively bloody, is unflinching in it’s violence. The PG-13 rating is well earned here for an animated feature.  Bones crack,  people are killed and a head explodes. Yep…a head.  It also looks wonderful especially on Blu-Ray and really shows how far DC’s animated department have come in a few short years.

The voice casting is also well done. While this is not the Kevin Conroy/ Mark Hamill combo we are used to in Batman’s animated world it is quality work nonetheless. Bruce Greenwood takes a break from Christopher Pike-ing around the galaxy to give Batman a gruff edge that is a good substitute for Conroy. John DiMaggio takes a more subtle approach to the Joker and the character does sound creepy. I think the MVP of the voice cast has to be Neil Patrick Harris who should be hired to voice Dick Grayson in every animated Batman movie ever.

At 75 minutes it is the perfect length. Giving you plenty of emotion and violence without growing long in the tooth. The Red Hood story could have easily been messed up but the team they assembled did a very good job at using the source material and only changing a few things to fit the story’s context. If you are wary on animated comic movies I can not say enough how good this feature is.

Rating: 8.25/10

Batman and Robin…..and Batman

31 Aug

by Captain Oblivious

Grant Morrison keeps the Batman psycho-train rolling on and on. After the R.I.P. storyline which to quote someone “makes about as much sense as putting nips on the Bat-suit” and having Bruce Wayne disappear or die or reincarnate or whatever after Final Crisis, turning him into a time traveler and then…….you know what my brain hurts I am going to stop there.

Long story short Bruce Wayne is back from wherever the heck he was. Maybe he was using a TARDIS to jump from reality to reality I guess we’ll never know but anyway he’s back. And if you thought it was as simple as Dick Grayson (the current Batman) handing over the cape and cowl while he goes back to being Nightwing then your mistaken. Grayson will still be Batman….and so will Bruce Wayne. Yep. Batmen. Oh yeah and Bruce’s son Damien will still be Robin only he will be Robin to Grayson’s Batman not Bruce’s.

By the way if you are really out of the loop yes Bruce Wayne has a son and that is for an even longer post.

Apparently Dick and Damien will be patrolling the streets of Gotham City still while Bruce will take his Batman global. And just so there is no confusion they will wear different costumes. Dick will have the old school black bat and Bruce will have the black and yellow variety. Best yet it seems that traveling through the DeLorean has made Bruce want to take Batman into the franchising business. His global plan will be to have a small army of Batmen thus killing the point of Batman’s whole “what can one man do” thing. So while Dick and Damien swing around Gotham Bruce will be busy being the Sam Walton of superheros.

Thanks Grant. Really.