16 September 2006

The Many Foes of Spider-Man - Demogoblin

If there is one type that Spider-Man can't get along with, it's goblins. This week, I present one of the mightiest of them goblins, Demogoblin.

The Hobgoblin (Jason Philip Macendale Jr.) tired of losing battles with Spider-Man and the Green Goblin decided he could up his powers by making a deal with the devil. Unfortunately, the demon that possessed him to give him extra strength was incompatible. Eventually the demon split and become its own being, Demogoblin. Seeking redemption for himself, Demogoblin hunted sinners, with a fairly low tolerance for sin making even heroes like Spider-Man his targets.

Demogoblin has died twice so far, once at the hands of Blade, and once while trying to save a child from a collapsing church. Hopefully Demogoblin can finally find some peace.

Villain Profiles:

the Beetle
Black Cat
the Chameleon

Spider-Man 3 debuts in 230 days!

15 September 2006

Lost - 4 8 15 16 23 42 HIKE!

Ever wonder what was the deal with those numbers? Turns out, the numbers represent the Valenzetti Equation, a mathematical formula having to do with the timetable for humanity's extinction. In this video clip, DHARMA's secret agenda is revealed.

14 September 2006

Horton Who? What? and When?

There has been a deluge of news this week for the upcoming animated film Horton Hears a Who from 20th Century Fox Animation.

Horton Hears a Who based on Dr Seuss book and animated by the folks that brought you Ice Age and Robots is about an imaginative elephant who hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Suspecting there may be life on that speck and despite a surrounding community which thinks he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to help.

Jim Carrey will voice Horton, and Steve Carell will voice the Mayor of Who-ville. How is that for a dream duo? The film even has a release date already of March 14, 2008, similar to the release date that led to Ice Age: The Meltdown's near $650,000,000 performance earlier this year. I predict Horton will be huge (how's that for a safe bet).

Check out the pics from Comingsoon.net

Superheroes on Screen - Don't Call Me Aquaman

Namor the Sub-Mariner predates Aquaman by two years, and seems to be one of the few Marvel characters NOT created by Stan "the man" Lee. Still, Aquaman is probably better known, though Namor is considered less of a wuss. As a half-human half-Atlantean, he has plenty of super powers as outlined in the wikipedia. He also has pointy ears.

Namor has superhuman strength and is the strongest Atlantean ever known, and was often defined as equaling The Hulk's (when not enraged). The exact level of his strength is dependent upon his physical contact with water (his submersion in it is not necessary). His strength diminishes slowly the longer he is out of contact with water, though an extended period on land does not result in his death, as it would for a typical Atlantean. Namor also possesses superhuman stamina and resistance to injury due to his hybrid nature. Unlike other Atlanteans, who have gills, Namor breathes with his lungs, which contain special alveoli that extract oxygen from water, allowing him to breathe underwater. Namor also possesses wings on his ankles. They are primarily vestigial and do not explain his ability to fly. His ability to fly is a type of self-levitation, a limited psionic power, resulting from his mutation. However, his ability to fly is directly related to the presence of the wings, as evidenced by his loss of flying ability after activating an anti-mutant serum to defeat the living landfill, Sluj, which dissolved his wings. He has exhibited the ability to generate a massive electric charge, much like an electric eel. This seldom-used power, which appears to require a long recharge time between uses, has sometimes been portrayed as an ability to absorb and redirect electricity, rather than actually generating a charge himself. The Sub-Mariner has also shown the ability to utilize a form of sonar that enables him to recognize invisible beings (e.g., the Super-Skrull or the Invisible Woman). Namor has much greater longevity than a normal human being. He is well over seventy years old, but has the appearance of a male in his late twenties.

Seems like a tough dude. So why do I bring him up? Because director Jonathan Mostow (of Terminator 3) has been hired to rewrite and direct Marvel Studios' Sub-Mariner movie. No date has yet been announced.


In other news, yet another Wonder Woman casting rumor has surfaced. At least this one has some viability (as opposed to the rumor of American Idol contestant Kathryn McPhee). This time the rumored dame is Rachel Bilson from the OC, who actually dressed up as Wonder Woman on the OC for a costume party. I really doubt the veracity of this rumor, but hey, its a slow news week. In any case, I hope the Wonder Woman move comes soon. If anyone can make this film work, its Joss Whedon.

13 September 2006

Ink Blots XXIX - Rock & Rule

Ah the 80's. This rock opera features the works of Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, Debbie Harry of Blondie, and Iggy Pop. Have I got your attention yet? Well what if I throw in Earth, Wind & Fire?

The film opens with an explanation that long ago a war left only mutant cats, dogs, and rats as survivors - which explains the characters freakish appearances. We are introduced to Mok, a superrocker, who is trying to open an interdimensional portal. Next we meet Omar and Angel who also have a band and they are trying to make it big. Turns out, Angel's voice is the key to opening the interdimensional portal, so Mok kidnaps her and makes her perform a concert to summon a demon.

The animation is odd in this film. The tone is serious, but all of the characters have big snouts like they are in a Saturday morning cartoon. Also, there is some attempt to make Angel hot, but I don't think most humans fall for rat people, no matter how red their lipstick.

I am not surprised this was not a box office hit, but I am surprised that it only took in $30,379. Apparently the "evils" of rock and roll scared away many parents and their potential rocker kids. I wonder how a gangster rap themed cartoon would do today? Certainly this is an interesting novelty and certainly it is unique, but captivating it is not. Maybe if it featured the works of Weezer (or The Beatles) I would be more hooked. But Weezerless, I score Rock and Rule a C.

Check out the film's trailer: