Your Full Big-Screen SUICIDE SQUAD Revealed!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

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David Ayer

What do you think? Looks like this is one DC movie that might be on track, especially if the Joker's tattoos turn out to have been Photoshop, as rumored.

Hi-res version of the pic here.

Following No-Show at Star Wars Celebration, Josh Trank Quits Spin-off Movie [UPDATED]

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

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UPDATE: Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis' recent Tweets seem related.

One of Star Wars Celebration's more notable disappointments was that at the panel to announce more news about the Star Wars Anthology spin-offs, only Gareth Edwards showed up as announced. Fantastic 4/Chronicle director Josh Trank, whom we presumed would have told us something about his project, wasn't there. Not only that, but we weren't told anything about his movie, either.

The official reason? He was sick. But if the plan was to tell us something about his movie, why didn't Kathleen Kennedy just go ahead and do that herself? Rumors of trouble brewed, and now they seem to be vindicated: Trank is off the project.

Via The Wrap, his very diplomatically phrased statement on the parting is below.

Weekend Links and Open Thread - May Day Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, TV
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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Some things you might like to see...

-The makers of Banjo-Kazooie have fully crowdfunded a ripoff "spiritual successor" called Yooka-Laylee.

-3A's sexy lady Vader is confusing to me.

-Millennium Falcon cockpit bed is so cool, these boys probably won't even mind not getting laid in it when they're older.

-Every Star Wars Rebels episode so far is online, free.

What else shall we talk about? NOTE: for the benefit of those not seeing it opening weekend, please keep Age of Ultron spoiler talk in the thread designated for that purpose.

That Old Evel Knievel Wind-up Motorcycle Toy Is Coming Back

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Toys
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 1:58 pm

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Every kid I knew had this growing up, and I cannot recall one ever actually working properly - he'd go sideways and fall off almost immediately. Not unlike his real-life canyon jump, it carried the expectation of coolness without much execution.

With Forever Fun remaking it from the original parts, with necessary tweaks for today's safety standards, can they tweak it to actually do what it oughta while they're at it? Once again, what looks cool may not deliver - but at $50, it's cheaper than some nostalgia toys.

Space Robo-Chimp! An Actual Thing, Not a Syfy Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech, Toys
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

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Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon. It's good to be a robot ape, walking on the moon.

A German research center has determined that for unmanned lunar missions, the optimum robot shape would be that of a chimp, which can walk on both two legs and all fours. So they went and made one, with a fully articulated spine. It can carry some weight, and choose based on terrain whether, as George Orwell put it, four legs good, two legs better in any given situation.

So I'm not entirely clear why their next models are going to be a mantis and a scorpion, except maybe that someone in Germany is basing space travel science on their personal collection of Zoids.

Comic-Based Hulkbuster Iron Man Figure to Be a Disney Store and Marvelshop.com Exclusive

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10:17 am

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Nice timing, Diamond Select, though I'm sure a lot of kids would prefer the movie version. Nonetheless, at least there will be one high-quality Hulkbuster toy out there this summer (Hasbro's offerings look rather cheaply made so far). Much like a Ghostbuster, Hulkbuster is ready made for all your problems with obnoxious green creatures that have no impulse control.

Diamond's press release offers a vague "later this summer" as a release date, but right now, Marvel.com preorders say July 1st. Now, in the unlikely event your kids can hold out for another couple of months, they'll actually have a pumped-up Iron Man worth owning.

T-T-T, MNT! Here's Casey Jones From the Turtles Movie Sequel

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, Movies
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

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Michael Bay

His hair's shorter than usually depicted, but this is at least one Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie character who actually looks like he's supposed to.

And if you're asking how Megan Fox can fall for a guy with an expressionless mask on his face at all times, well, the Shia LaBeouf jokes just write themselves, don't they?

Avengers: Age of Ultron SPOILER Thread

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

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It's time.

You've seen the TR Review, and possibly gotten righteously indignant about it.

Now's your chance to sound off, in detail.

Do not click below and then complain about spoilers. This is the thread for everyone to discuss everything. GO!

If This Is Zack Snyder's Batwing, It's Kinda Lame

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Latino Review's Umberto Gonzales is starting a new website, and as his first big scoop, he's been showing off images of what the new movie Batwing looks like. Since he's gotten everything right about the Spider-Man movie situation thus far, I do give him the benefit of the doubt.

I also think it looks awful. Tim Burton's redesign of the "Batplane" made sense as he turned it into the Bat-symbol, but this looks like nonsense for no reason. Now, if "nonsense for no reason" is the visual aesthetic of the entire movie, fine. Otherwise, however, I see no point. You?

27 Hours of Marvel: Surviving 11 Comic Book Films in One Sitting

By Jason Helton in Daily Lists, Movies, Nerdery
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

[NOTE: This is NOT a spoiler thread for Age of Ultron. That will come later today.]

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People are always trying to push the boundaries of nerddom. Whether you're going for a gaming marathon, binge watching Daredevil on Netflix, or trying to collect every single Pokemon, there's a group of fans can who, no matter what their love is, they want to be the very best. Hollywood certainly hasn't been opposed to relishing in the attention of nerds and geeks the world around. It's not unusual to see film screening turn extreme.

Other nerd culture websites have put on screenings a day in length, but as impressive as these butt-numbing events are, they still pale in comparison to the epic marathon that Disney, Marvel, AMC, and Regal cinemas have put forth for comic book fans, a marathon that I, as of this writing, am about to embark on. That's right true believers, I, Jason Helton, am attending the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon. The challenge: 11 films, 27 hours, one sitting. Every single film in the non-Sony Marvel universe, from Iron Man, all the way to Avengers: Age of Ultron.