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The Dark Knight Rises: Catwoman Revealed!

The official The Dark Knight Rises website has given us our first glimpse at Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle, commonly known in the comics as Catwoman:

For comparison’s sake, here’s what she looks like in modern comic books:

To be honest, the costume doesn’t really seem very cat-like to me, but, then again, Anne Hathaway’s character has never been referred to as “Catwoman” in official press releases, just Selina Kyle. And a costume doesn’t make a character, so it’s fine, as long as they do the character right.
It’s interesting that she’s driving the Batpod from The Dark Knight, though; that means she’s in league with Batman. That gives credence to the theory that Selina is not a cat burglar like in the comics, but rather a new vigilante replacing the absent Batman.

Some people have been arguing why the inclusion of Catwoman in such an already-crowded movie might not be a good call. Well, the feeling I get is that both Selina Kyle and Miranda Tate – whom some people think is Talia al Ghul – represent the two facets of Bruce Wayne, and the choice that he must make. On one hand, we have Selina, a fellow vigilante who gives him the chance at a life as Batman that Rachel Dawes never did. On the other, there’s Miranda, a member of Wayne Enterprises who only Bruce Wayne could be with. I get the feeling that this movie is all about Bruce making the ultimate choice between being the legend or the man, and these two love interests metaphorically represent that.

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The Dark Knight Rises Teaser Trailer – Analysis

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 Howdy, fellas! I figured I’d keep on this roll of updates and do an article on something very cool (though brief) that came out recently – the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, the last movie in the Nolan trilogy of Batman movies. I’d like to discuss the teaser, pointing out my thoughts and what I’ve concluded from the short scenes we see.
You can find the trailer at the official site. If you haven’t watched it yet, I suggest you do so before reading this. Enjoy! Continue reading

Monkey Island: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Monkey What? That movie was called Pirates of the Carribean, you dumb fuck!

–Probably you, reading the title.

Well, yes.

But let me jump thirty years into the past.

In 1981, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg took elements from two Disney comics (both of which Carl Barks produced, I might add. That guy was great.) for the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I am not even going to explain it, because, hey, you know it. I know you do. Everyone knows it.

In 2003, Disney took revenge by shamelessly ripping off the 1991 LucasArts (back then Lucas Film Games) point and click masterpiece The Secret of Monkey Island. Let me just sum up one of the two for you.

It is a pirate story. A young man goes on a quest to find his loved one, a young woman abducted by an evil, undead pirate captain to an island that can only be found by those who know where it is. Over the course of the story, the man itself becomes a pirate, sails to the previously mentioned island and greatly contributes to defeating the evil, undead pirate captain.

Now tell me which one I just described. One hint: Both. Just that Monkey Island came twelve years earlier. Some details are different, of course: The main character from MI, Guybrush Threepwood, was split into William Turner, Jr. and Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates and the prison scene in the beginning isn’t actually from The Secret of Monkey Island at all. Does that mean…? Yes. They mostly took it from Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge. Captain can’t-spell-it, LeChuck in the games, is a zombie something in the movie, yet a “regular” ghost in Secret of MI. BUT! in LeChuck’s Revenge he is, guess what, a freaking zombie. The by far biggest part of the first movie is ripped off from that poor, old game (which has recently been re-released in a “Special Edition”, by the way. I do not approve of the voice acting or the change in style, but since the original graphics are still present, I do highly recommend it.) for no good reason other than, what? Oh, yes. The core material really had no story to provide. It’s an attraction at Disneyland. Which would make for a piss-poor movie and thus they grabbed themselves a story and thought nobody would notice. But I, being a huge nerd and counting the first two Monkey Island games to my personal favorites of all time, did. So screw you, Disney. Or rather, thank you for making an enjoyable movie adaption of Monkey Island!

P.S.: Yes, I am aware that I appear to be the only contributer at this time. But fear not. Mythos is around, he just doesn’t bother writing blog posts. He probably has better things to do. But I do not have aynthing to do at all, so there’s that.

Green Lantern Trailer Hits the Web!

Hello there! It’s been one month since our last update – my deepest apologies for that. It’s a short team, and we’ve all been busy with real life, unfortunately… but at least I’m back, and I bring you something cool.
The Green Lantern trailer hit the Internet minutes ago! You can see the trailer on iTunes right now, or on YouTube:

Now, for a lot of people, this might not be the most interesting or noteworthy news; I’m sure a lot would ask “What’s a ‘green lantern’?”, too. But anyone who knows their DC Comics from their Marvel knows what Green Lantern is, and they’ll probably be as excited as me for finally seeing this trailer.
To sum things up, Green Lantern starts off as the story of Hal Jordan, a cocky and self-assured US Air Force pilot who, by a twist of fate, ends up face-to-face with a dying alien who just crash-landed on Earth. The alien, Abin Sur, is a member of an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps, created centuries ago to patrol the 3600 sectors of the galaxy. Each member has a special green power ring that can conjure up a construct of anything one thinks of – say, if you want a chair, the ring can create a green-colored chair construct just the shape the Green Lantern thought of. Abin Sur’s ring chooses Hal as his successor, and he ends up becoming a superhero.

Now, I’m gonna admit something here: in the past two years, I’ve grown into a huge comic book nerd, and Green Lantern has become my favorite character (and the only thing besides Batman that I can read from DC, really). You see, an author by the name of Geoff Johns started work on the Green Lantern comics six years ago, and it’s become a fantastical title ever since. I’ve got a bunch of trade paperbacks and hardcovers from his run on the series, including the critically-acclaimed Blackest Night series he did last year, and I love it. It’s seriously some of the best stuff I’ve read in years.

The movie, starring Ryan Reynolds, is based on Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern: Secret Origin, a story arc that reintroduced Hal Jordan’s first steps as a Green Lantern – so, as most first superhero movies, it’s an origin story. I don’t particularly like Reynolds, but I love the character, so I was eagerly awaiting this.

Seriously, even if you have never heard of the character, give it a shot, or at least check out the trailer. I might not be the longest-running Green Lantern fan, but I’m really into it these days, and I gotta say it’s looking better than I first expected – but it’s also helmed by Casino Royale‘s director Martin Campbell, so he knows how to make a good origin story.

Here’s a few highlights from the trailer:

Here’s a good look at Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan in his Green Lantern costume (which, as you’ll learn by the trailer if you didn’t know already, is created by his ring). We’d already seen it on a maganize cover a while ago, but there’s nothing quite like examining it in motion.
I actually think it looks pretty cool, unlike most fans. The almost organic feel to it makes more sense than it being a latex costume like most superheroes. It’s supposed to be an otherwordly suit created by a power ring, right? That’s why this works!

I’ll admit that I totally geeked out when I saw this two-second scene. Sinestro!!
Sinestro was Hal Jordan’s mentor when he first joined the Green Lantern Corps, until the Guardians of Oa – little blue men (and later women, too) that lived since the dawn of life and created the Corps – learned that he had become the dictator of his home world, Korugar. After his protegé turns on him, Sinestro is banished from the Green Lantern Corps and into the antimatter universe, but his story doesn’t end here… hehe.

Usually, make-up and CGI don’t really affect me much, but this image gave me the creeps. That’s Hector Hammond, one of Hal Jordan’s first foes. Although his film origin is reportedly different, in the comics Hammond got psychic powers – and an inflated head – from a strange alien meteor, and eventually became one of Hal’s nemesis, envying his good looks and success.
He seems very happy for a guy whose head looks like an helium-filled balloon, if you ask me.

KILOWOG! This moment is one second long, but I just love it! The way Hal flinches, presumably due to Kilowog’s awful breath, is just hilarious. And the CGI characters, from the two glimpses we get, look really good, too.
Kilowog has a special space in Green Lantern fans’ hearts. He’s the drill instructor of the Corps – that is, he trains the newbies, whom he calls “poozers”, and turns them into bona fide space cops. I hope he really gets more than a cameo or a single scene, because he’s one of the best characters of the comics.

I could post some images of Oa (the Green Lantern Corps’ world), which looks stunning, but I figure you should watch the trailer yourself. I have high hopes for this, so I’ll keep you all posted!

In brightest day, in blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might
Beware my power, GREEN LANTERN’S LIGHT!