Ladies and gentlemen, we may have finally taken this shared universe thing too far. Since 2008's Iron Man, we've seen an explosion of movies and television shows in which various characters and teams that populate the same canon jump in and out of each other's stories. Marvel Studios started the trend with Paramount before moving on to perfect it with Disney. The House of Mouse then continued to roll with that game plan by scheduling a barrage of Star Wars sequels and spin-offs. Warner Brothers, likely tired of being a laughing stock for their inability to capitalize cinematically on their own DC Comics properties, finally followed suit by announcing a massive slate of Justice League oriented features.
I bring all of this up because on Friday, Paramount announced that they have enlisted Akiva Goldsman (of Batman & Robin fame) to help put together a "writer's room" with the goal of generating Transformers sequels and spin-offs. Yes, as in the Michael Bay films.
UPDATE: Now they've added time-traveler Rip Hunter to the mix. And he'll be played by a guy with no shortage of experience in that area: Arthur Darvill!
We were told there'd be three major DC characters never before seen on TV, and I'll assume that means live-action, though there are technicalities - she was mentioned as being dead on Smallville, and the animated version was Shayera Hol.
I really, really hope her costume looks a lot better than Smallville Hawkman's, and that they're all-in for some decent-looking wings. Though given how different the Atom is, they may well just give her a jetpack or something.
What in the HOLY FUCK were they thinking with this?
Regardless of the merits of the actual card, WrestleMania can usually be counted on for spectacle, if nothing else. And the massive entrance stage at Levi's Stadium did just that, even if some subpar TV direction led to a lack of wide shots that really took in the whole thing at times (major case in point: Bray Wyatt's entrance, shot all in closeup, sapped the thrill of seeing motionless scarecrows all the way down to ringside BEFORE they creepily came to life the moment he walked by).
As for the booking, it veered wildly between "inevitable" and "WTF."
[Site advisory: I'm sick today so posts may be more irregularly spaced than usual as I collapse in a heap between doing them.]
As far as I know, Ben Foster is not returning to the role, but the piece of production art below just unveiled by Bryan Singer made me think of him. And that other movie Hugh Jackman was in playing a duelling magician against Batman. Point is - I think - if we were expecting Singer to ever jump on board the current trend of comic-boom movie costumes that actually kinda look like the comic costumes, this hints once again that he's still attached to the dark and darker look that he and Christopher Nolan got the current cycle going with.
"Make one more joke about how I can't hit you, motherfucker. I DARE you."
When it comes to their toy redesigns, Square Enix is like an impersonation of '90s Image comics by a Japanese animator on hallucinogens. DC has given them relatively free reign to redesign their characters over the years, but I never thought Star Wars would allow them quite so much leeway.
A jazzed-up Darth Vader had been previously shown, but Vader was already a badass - the perennial cannon-fodder troops and the awkward jet-packer who got killed by a blind guy could use the extra-frightening armor and arsenal, however.
Check out Boba below...
This broke on social media over the weekend, but is worthy of a mention here on the site too - at the Mad Monster Party convention in Charlotte, NC this past Saturday, the classic dynamic duo actors announced that they were on board for at least one, and maybe two, animated Batman and Robin features. This seems to me the best possible news to come out of DC regaining the rights to merchandise the property, though of course most of the key villain actors are dead.
I may have mentioned this before, but rather than simply setting the proposed movie in 1968 or so, I'd love to see versions of The Dark Knight Returns and Batman Beyond set in that universe. "I'm the Gosh-Darn Batman!" is a T-shirt ready slogan if I ever heard one.
See footage of the actual announcement below.
Finally, FINALLY the character whose name I forgot but is played by Lennie James shows up again. And yeah, I could look his name up, but I'm not gonna. It's a cruel world out there and I play by my own rules.
My reactions to this finale episode, in order of me having them...
Last Thursday night, Adult Swim brought the mighty drive-in theater back with a free Los Angeles-area event. From the looks of it, the late night network might be bringing this 20th century experience to a town near you sometime in the future. Everyone received a feedback form with questions like whether or not we wanted to see the event tour.
I was expecting the event to have the carnival-like atmosphere of Adult Swim's last San Diego Comic-Con extravaganza, where throngs of people filtered through a funhouse, a crazy, animated dome show and some wild panels. However, this event was much more subdued. The network took over a small portion of the parking lot at Santa Monica Civic Center, set up an inflatable screen and took over a radio station. Attendees could choose to either reserve a parking space for their party or take seats on the fake lawn that was rolled out in front of the screen. Food trucks offered free grub. People had the chance to win prizes in a trivia contest. Plus, we all got to see some programming that hasn't aired yet. Here's a run-down of what happened.
(This post contains spoilers for various Adult Swim series.)
The toy that comes with all kinds of accessories, except for a replica Kim Jong Un ass he can practice kissing.
After the jump, our Catwoman/Robin contest winner. Because of how it ended up breaking down, I WILL be placing a limit on number of entries next time, if only to focus your own efforts on quality over quantity.