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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?)

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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.

San Diego Comic Con 2010 Sunday Lineup

16 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

Whew….after what Saturday holds Sunday is a nice slowdown with a whole lot of TV panel discussions. For the poor folks like me that can not go to San Diego it is a chance to catch back up with life…or lack thereof. Let’s see what will be closing out the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.

Tribute To Jack Kirby (10:00-11:00)

– The legend who helped create the Fantastic Four, Captain America and The Hulk to name a few is always a great topic of interest at Comic Con. Biographer Mark Evanier moderates this open discussion about a true comic genius.

Smallville (10:00-11:00)

– Who woulda thunk it. Smallville is entering it’s tenth season! And while I lost interest in Smallville around season 3 amazingly the show has gotten very good again in it’s eighth and ninth seasons. With this being the final season what does the future hold? Stars Tom Welling, Erica Durance and producers talk about what to expect.

Castle (10:30-11:30)

– I am a huge Nathan Fillion fan but haven’t watched one episode of Castle yet. I am glad he has finally gotten a good hit show going though.

Supernatural (11:15-12:15)

– Now that creator Eric Kripke’s five year story arc has concluded he has stepped aside and is taking on an advisory role. Stars Jenson Ackles and Jared Padelecki along with creator Eric Kripke and new show runner Sera Gamble will show footage from the upcoming sixth season and discuss what the shows’ future will hold.

Merlin (11:45-12:45)

– Before you say anything no this is not a special about former football great and flower pusher Merlin Olsen. Anthony Stewart Head (of Buffy and more or less Repo fame) stars as the titular character, the wizard Merlin. Already a hit internationally this will be the first Comic Con panel for the show.

American Dad (12:30-1:15)

– Call me crazy but the last two seasons of American Dad have actually had more laughs than Family Guy. Seth and Rachael MacFarlane will show a new episode of American Dad as well as talk about the new season which will have the 100th episode.

Glee (1:30-2:30)

– The new “it” show returns for it’s second Comic Con. Stars and creator Ryan Murphy will share what season two will hold. I am guessing singing, dancing and more stories of homosexual intolerance.

Sons of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2:45-3:45)

– Two of my favorite shows back to back. Hard to believe that Sunny is going into it’s sixth season. And yet it still remains as funny as the first.

Buffy the Musical (4:00-5:00)

– A screening of the musical Buffy episode “Once More With Feeling” with a decidedly Rocky Horror twist. Audience members are encouraged to sing a long, dance around the ballroom and basically act like they are in the episode…..I wish I was there.

Like i said this is the closing day so it is a way lighter schedule. You can see the complete Sunday lineup here

First Look Of Ryan Reynolds As Green Lantern!

15 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

Well we can wonder no more. And we didn’t even have to wait till Comic Con to find out. Entertainment Weekly’s new cover has the first ever look of Ryan Reynolds donning the Green Lantern costume. The costume is completely computer generated as we’ve seen from Reynolds wearing a gray suit on set. I am loving the white eyes also which actually is faithful to most comics.

My first thoughts are good. I like what I see. I hope the CGI won’t make it look cheesy in the movie but 150 million dollars to spend I am pretty sure we’ll be safe.

Green Lantern opens June 17, 2011.

San Diego Comic Con 2010 Saturday Lineup

15 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

While the schedule for the first two days may have appeared to be loaded the Saturday lineup is where all the big boys stake their claim. With Green Lantern, Captain America, Thor, Harry Potter and Cowboys and Aliens there should be plenty of nerd love going around.

Chuck (10:00-10:45)

– Creator Josh Schwartz and starts Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin share about the upcoming fourth season. Hopefully they will talk about the awesome news that Dolph Lundgren will appear in the season premiere.

Family Guy (11:00-11:45)

– Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Alex Bornstein and more will be there to talk about anything and everything Family Guy including a few clips from the upcoming third Star Wars special.

Warner Bros. Green Lantern/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows/Sucker Punch (11:45-1:15)

– Warner starts the day off large by blowing the lid off of next summer’s Green Lantern film and the final two installments of the Harry Potter franchise. Zack Snyder will be there to discuss his Watchmen follow up Sucker Punch which tells the story of a group of girls that escape their dark reality with their imaginations which will take them through different fantastical realms.

Futurama (12:45-1:30)

– Good news everyone! Futurama is back and judging from the first few episodes it is as awesome as ever. Cast and crew talk about the resurrection of the fan favorite and what to expect from the rest of the new episodes.

Let Me In (1:30-2:30)

– Director Matt Reeves and cast discuss the upcoming remake of the critically loved Swedish movie Let The Right One In.

Community (3:00-4:00)

– One of the best new comedies of last year (right behind Modern Family) gets on the Comic Con panel. Joel McHale, Chevy Chase and the rest of the cast will be on hand to tell people what to expect from the comedy’s sophomore season.

Fringe (3:15-4:15)

– Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble will be joined by producers to discuss this fall’s third season of the best sci-fi show on television.

Resident Evil: Afterlife (4:00-4:45)

– Star Milla Jovovich and director Paul WS Anderson will talk about the fourth (wow) movie in the Resident Evil franchise. Since the film was shot in 3D using the same process as Avatar I am sure a lot will be spoken on that.

Cowboys and Aliens and Paul (4:45-5:45)

– Superbad director Greg Mottola and stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen and Sigourney Weaver will be on panel to talk about the film Paul which sees Pegg and Frost as geeks on a pilgrimage to Comic Con only to meet up with an alien in the desert. God I can’t wait….this is Pegg and Frost first movie since Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

– John Favreau discusses his follow up to Iron Man 2 about an alien threat that takes place in the old west.

Attack of the Show (5:00-6:00)

– Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Blair Butler (yay) and more will lead an interactive Comic Con panel. I am going out on a limb and say that Munn will not be on AOTS this time next year. She is doing part time work on The Daily Show and movies and hell she is barely there now anyway.

Lost But Not Forgotten (6:00-7:00)

– Authors of the upcoming Lost Encyclopedia will talk about the history of the show and the finale. And by the way the finale was awesome. Just because some folks had trouble understanding it isn’t the shows’ creators problem.

Marvel Studios: Captain America and Thor (6:00-7:00)

– Well here it is. The big daddy. While I am excited to see some Green Lantern footage this is what is going to make Comic Con on Saturday. Kevin Feige will talk about two of the biggest movies of 2011 and hopefully new pictures and footage.

Kevin Smith (7:15-8:45)

– I am pretty sure that this will be a kid friendly discussion involving absolutely no swear words or talk of titties. I could listen to Smith talk for hours on end.

Kevin Smith Presents Cop Out In “Maximum Movie Mode”

– It’s a Kevin Smith twofer as the director presents his Bruce Willis/Tracy Morgan comedy in “Maximum Movie Mode. MMM is a cool concept done on Warner Bros. Blu-Rays where the director gives commentary in split screen while the movie is playing while showing storyboards and behind the scenes footage simultaneously.

And guess what? That’s just the highlights of Saturday’s schedule. I sh** you not. If you want to check out the full-on big daddy schedule you can take a look here

San Diego Comic Con 2010 Friday Lineup

15 Jul

by: Captain Oblivious

The further you get into the Comic Con weekend the bigger it gets. Let’s take a look at what to expect on Friday.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (10:30-11:30)

– See a screening of an episode from the upcoming season and chat with the voice cast and producers. If you haven’t seen Batman: TBATB you really should check it out. It is good, campy fun.

The Walking Dead (11:30-12:30)

– One of the greatest comics ever is getting translated to AMC starting this October. The producers, cast and creator Robert Kirkman will be on hand to talk about bringing this amazing series to the small screen.

IDW and their ‘Bro (12:00-1:00)

– IDW and Hasbro share what the future holds for the Transformers and G.I. Joe lines and the big relaunch of Dungeons and Dragons.

Marvel Animation (12:45-1:45)

– Marvel takes a new spin on the old panel discussion. Holding a game show hosted by Marvel Animation employees where the audience can participate and win prizes while also being given exclusive looks at the upcoming Marvel Animation slate.

Spotlight On Stan Lee (2:00-3:00)

– An hour doesn’t nearly seem like enough to spend in the presence of a god. Lee discusses his new projects and what hurdles today’s writers and artists face.

The Cape (2:15-3:15)

– NBC’s new fall show that basically replaces Heroes. The first preview was almost a perfect mix of half crap and half good so who knows what to expect. It’s still gotta be better than the last three seasons of Heroes.

The Joss Whedon Experience (3:00-3:45)

– Geek royalty will address the masses about his previous work and what he has planned in the near future. I am guessing a whole lot of Avengers talk.

EW’s Girls Who Kick Ass:A New Generation of Heroines (4:00-5:00)

– Entertainment Weekly holds a panel with Anna Torv (Fringe), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) and more discussing the new uprising of female badasses overtaking Hollywood.

Sony Pictures: The Other Guys and The Green Hornet (4:00-6:00)

– Will Ferrell and Mark “say hello to your mother for me” Wahlberg talk about their upcoming comedy and Seth Rogen discusses his new comedy…..I mean superhero flick.

Vertigo: On The Edge (5:30-6:30)

– Artists from almost every Vertigo comic will be in attendance to discuss what is coming up for DC’s imprint label.

The Goon (6:00-7:00)

– Nooo not the crappy 80’s wrestler. Blur Studio will shre info about the animated feature film based on the comic series.

30 Days of Nights: Dark Days (7:30-8:30)

– The sequel to the original will be a straight to DVD affair. Cast and crew will be on panel to discuss.

Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods (7:30-8:30)

– See footage of the new documentary about comic legend Grant Morrison. Maybe it will ask him the most important question. Why did Batman: RIP suck so badly.

Batman: Under The Red Hood Premiere (8:00-10:00)

– I am excited about this DC animated release. Be the first to see the world premiere of the new animated movie as well as a post movie panel with the excellent voice casts which includes Bruce Greenwood, Jenson Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris and John DiMaggio. Dc will also show footage of their next animated release Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and talk about what 2011 holds for DC’s animation department.

Iron Man Anime (8:15-9:15)

– Marvel Anime (groan) gets a big startup with the premiere of the first episode Of Iron Man Anime.