As I was catching up on my blogroll, I came across Dan Taylor’s blog about doing Thundarr the Barbarian as a comic. Click here to read more on his blog but check out the cool mockup of the Thundarr cover. Really cool. Also, sign up on his petition to get this project started.
Finally getting around to the world I love after a busy couple of weeks and this trailer is killer. Heath as the Joker is going to be far beyond the Jack Nicholson version by leaps and bounds. In many ways, Batman Begins, is best film out of the whole franchise despite my love for Michael Keaton as Batman. There is a certain of realism that is captured and makes Tim’s version, sorry to say this, outdated.
What are your thoughts on the new Batman film?
I had checked out from the library the Essential X-Men Vol. 5 some time ago. I chose this volume because of Chris Claremont. The whole Dark Phoenix saga to me was one of the best childhood comic book reading. I wanted to catch up on many issues I have not read nor collected. The only gripe about the Essential line is the b&w pictures but otherwise a great way for comic book fans who stop collecting but still want to read “old school” stories.
The weird part of this particular issue came out back in 1985. Rachel was from the 21st century who traveled into the past. In this issue, she has a vision about the World Trade Center in ruins. While the details are undisclosed as to what events transpired, one can only fill in the blanks with images of September 11.
I want to say that 300 is a truly visualizing work art on the screen even if my screen was my tv. With a slight hesitation, I would say that 300’s eye candy was tapped way too often with the slo-mo action effects. If I had played the movie at 2x or 4x the normal speed the action would not have not dragged on or filled up most of the movie as much as it did. I am all for heads or limbs being hacked off only to see it float in the air for what seems like an eternity but after awhile the impact wears away. By no means do not I regret buying the dvd, I am though concern that Zack Snyder, director of 300, is now heading up Watchmen.
I finally read the book about 3 years ago and I was in love with the premise about a world that did not need superheroes. The Incredibles certaintly touched upon that theme which worked and mirrors the Watchmen storyline to a degree. I don’t want to go into details if you haven’t read it but this is a must read. ‘Nuff said.
The latest news about the casting for Watchmen is Carla Gugino who will play Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre. Besides being another hottie on my next list “to do”, I loved her from the Spy Kids movies and Sin City(drool, drool, drool). However, the role of Sally is not a pretty one as depicted in Moore’s graphic novel. Going back to my earlier concern, Zack can pull off the action without any problems including some pretty graphic violence. However, Watchmen is a long story that needs time to develop many characters to tell the story. This is where Zack needs to develop his directing skills. In doing some research, I found this tidbit from IMDB.COM, “Terry Gilliam considered directing this film as early as 1989, but after several unsatisfactory drafts of the screenplay, decided the material unfilmable as a feature production. Gilliam had said he would consider directing it as a five hour miniseries at least.” As you can see, the story needs to be fleshed out in a longer format.
Malin Akerman (upcoming The Heartbreak Kid) as Laurie Juspeczyk aka Silk Spectre
Billy Crudup (The Good Shepherd) as Jon Osterman, aka Dr. Manhattan
Matthew Goode (Match Point) as Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias
Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) as Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) as Edward Blake, aka the Comedian
Patrick Wilson (Little Children) as Dan Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl
This information was taken from the official site for Watchmen. I hate to say this, I don’t know anyone in the cast except for Jackie Earle Haley but the Bad New Bears was so long ago. Since this movie is not coming out until 2009, we have plenty of time to speculate how this film will come together.
If you live in the Miami area or plan to be in the future, Andy Runton will be making a special appearance at the Miami Lakes Branch Library on Saturday, November 3, 2007 @ 3:00pm. If you can not attend, don’t fret, I am planning to do a podcast interview of him for the Monster Scifi Show. Since this is still in the early stages, I want to extend an opportunity to Andy’s fans to send me your questions or comments. Post your comments below. More details to follow.
If you want to know more about him, go to his website.