If '80s Cartoon Characters Were Working-Class Has-Beens Living in England

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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An obese Jessica Rabbit, now with a thick working-class UK accent, narrates this thoroughly depressing tale in which Inspector Gadget is homeless, Mumm-Ra torments Lion-O as his manager at the grocery store, Optimus Prime works in fast food and Skeletor makes cold sales calls.

All it's missing is a "Knowing is half the battle!" end tag in which unemployed Cobra Commander tells us that the lesson is capitalism doesn't work.

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Aw Hell...Batman and Robin Writer Akiva Goldsman Is Maybe Doing a Teen Titans Show

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Hey, guess what else?

It's just going to be called "Titans." Presumably so they can all be 20-something and get drunk and have sex without any of it being, y'know, illegal.

Or maybe Akiva Goldsman just wants to get Chris O'Donnell back. The project is "nearing a pilot order" at TNT, which means there's still hope it won't happen, but probably not a lot of hope it'll be good. Let's face it: we're talking about a guy who's had two cracks at Robin already, made him so annoying that he hasn't really been seen onscreen since (John Blake doesn't count), and this is the guy you're counting on to bring him back into live-action? Deadline says in this he'll be Dick Grayson as Nightwing, for what that's worth - I can't be entirely sure if that's actual description of the show, or Deadline going by a Wikipedia description.

Nipples on Batman = Nipples on Batman. Just sayin'.

New Official, Detailed Pic of Batman v Superman Batmobile

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

As Tweeted by Zack Snyder earlier tonight.

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It looks to me a whole lot like the Arkham Knight version, which I bet would have sold better at Comic-Con had people only known.

h/t troi

Dum Dum Dugan, Jim Morita to Appear With Peggy Carter on Agents of SHIELD

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Well, it only makes sense - when you have a new show that's tangentially related, you spin it off with a guest appearance on the existing show. TV Guide debuted the above image, which makes it clear Peggy Carter's appearance will be in the past, alongside two cohorts we haven't seen since the first Captain America movie.

But I have an ulterior motive for posting this, and it involves the day the episode will run and a previous role of Mr. McDonough's...

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Lego Batman 3 DLC Lets You Play as Movie Bane and Jor-El

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

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I hesitate to say "Tom Hardy Bane" because presumably Tom Hardy himself won't be doing the garbled voice. But minifigs based on him, Gary Oldman, Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe will be playable; Crowe in particular seems a good fit for a game that involves throwing things and having them smash. And in a Lego setting, who's gonna object if Zod's head pops off?

As for the Batman 75th pack, you can play as first-apperance Batman with purple hands, as well as the Joker, Harley Quinn, and multiple other iterations of Batman through the years.

My fingers are crossed for a Schwarzenegger Freeze, but I'm very likely the only one.

New Comic Book Day: The Promethean Adventures of A Beastly Batgirl

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Prometheus is not as bad as we pretend it is. Okay, it's a pretty crappy, made-by-committee clustercuss, but damn if the movie wasn't a triumph of production design and hastily scribbled notes on the origins of the species by way of aliens (or Aliens).

Which is a roundabout way of saying we've got the first comic follow-up to the film out this week, Paul Tobin's Prometheus: Fire and Stone from Dark Horse, while in other licensed comics news, Regular Show gets its first original graphic novel.

But wait, there's more: Regular Show gets its first original graphic novel while Gail Simone bids farewell to Batgirl in the only way she can: by putting the character in a muscle suit and making Batgirl a franchise in Gotham.

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TR Comic Review: Grant Morrison's Annihilator #1

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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For a bunch of guys who basically sit in our rooms in front of a computer all day, we writers sure do like to think we're fascinating people. Why, we create whole worlds in our heads and such!

The actual process of doing that - lest anybody's unclear - is both uninteresting and visually dull. Grant Morrison, however, is determined to make it look motherfucking cool. His writer protagonist, Ray Spass (pronounced "space," as he reminds people constantly and foreshadowingly) is basically a rock star with a cool haircut, good physique, bisexual proclivities and a fondness for drugs and alcohol that seems romantic as shit in fiction but would probably make him sick to his stomach constantly in real life.

Ray's writing a sci-fi blockbuster script about a giant black hole. Metaphor alert.

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Pre-Posed 10-Inch Walking Dead Rick Grimes Figure Allegedly Has "Multiple Points of Articulation"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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Says so in the product description: "This figure boasts multiple points of articulation." "Multiple" only has to mean more than one, of course. Aside from the elbows, I don't see where this figure can move. But his right arm does pop off, replaceable with an alternate depending on which weapon you want to have him holding.

It's a better forced-pose than the Daryl Dixon 10-incher that has him pointing the bow downward, anyway. But if McFarlane Toys is going back to less articulation and more detail, I wanna see more old-school dioramas of these guys killing walkers...or people.

Is This Our First Official Look at The Vision in Age of Ultron?

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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This image of what appears to be real promotional artwork was shared on the Facebook community page entitled "Marvel Cinematic Universe." If it's a fake, it's a very good one in the style of the real thing.

If it's legit, I'd say it's pretty much what you'd hope for as a fan.

(h/t Edmund Graham)

Weekend Odds & Ends & Open Thread - The Phanfic Menace, Spider-Dog & More

Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

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-Here's a Kickstarter for an Episode I fanfic novel supposedly based on George Lucas' original drafts.

-Kimota! New Miracleman stories are coming, including one whose mere proposed existence pissed off Alan Moore back in the day.

-The finalists for the next fan-submitted Lego ideas include massive builds of Ghostbusters HQ, General Grievous' flagship and Wayne Manor...so you know they'll end up picking the Hubble Telescope.

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