30 June 2007

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Bat-Mite

Bat-Mite is an imp similar to the Superman villain Mr. Mxyzptlk. Appearing as a small childlike man in an ill-fitting costume, Bat-Mite possesses near-infinite magical powers and comes from another dimension, much like Mr. Mxyzptlk. Bat-Mite idolizes Batman, and thus he has visited Batman on various occasions, often setting up strange events so that he could see his hero in action. Bat-Mite is more of a nuisance than a supervillain, and often leaves his hero alone when he realizes he has angered his idol. Bat-Mite thankfully has never appeared in live action.

Bat-Mite regularly appeared in Batman, Detective Comics, and World's Finest Comics for five years. Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk teamed up four times in the pages of World's Finest Comics to plague Superman and Batman together, as well. However in 1964, when the Batman titles were revamped Bat-Mite vanished along with the other extraneous members of the Batman family such as Ace the Bat-Hound. After this, only three more Bat-Mite stories were published in the pre-Crisis DC Universe.

Bat-Mite made an appearance in the series Legends of the Dark Knight, although he may have been the hallucination of a drug-addled criminal named Bob Overdog. This version of Bat-Mite later appeared in Mitefall, a one-shot book which was a parody of the "Knightfall" Batman storyline.

In the post-Crisis issue Superman/Batman #25, it was revealed that the Joker had gained Bat-Mite's powers by absorbing his essence; at the end, Bizarro was able to free him. As such Bat-Mite has been fully re-established into the current continuity, though his exact connection or whether he idolizes Batman like he previously did, has not been established.

Friend and Foe Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul
Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)

The Dark Knight returns in 384 days!

29 June 2007

Strike the Hot New Iron Man Poster

Look deep into his eyes.

Rise of the Silver Screen Sequels

There is lots of green light in the air as TMNT, Transformers, and the Fantastic Four are getting follow ups. Interestingly, The Fan 4 will likely be doing another team up. Maybe the Rise of the Black Panther is going to happen after all.

From Moviehole.net:

Firstly, there’s already buzz – and I’m not surprised – that Dreamworks and Twentieth Century Fox, respectively, has greenlit sequels to their tent-poler’s “Transformers” and “Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer”. An insider told Moviehole a few days back that the next “Four” movie will again be dependent on who they can “team the Fantastic Four up with” – speaking, of course, in relation to the Silver Surfer’s presence in the latest movie. “That worked, so don’t expect to see a solo effort”.

And according to ‘Jeremy’, Michael Bay’s website is abuzz with talk of a “Transformers 2”. That’s pretty much a no-brainer though, right? (Here in Australia, “Transformers” was the second biggest opening day of 2007, behind “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and the fifth biggest ever non-sequel opening ever). I’m aware the producers are keen to get moving on film number two… it’s just up to Dreamworks to fire the starter pistol.

Meantime, Marvel’s Steve Murphy tells readers on his blog that another “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie is likely.
“As of two weeks ago Imagi Entertainment (the TMNT movie animation studio) informed Mirage Studios that there was a 50-50 chance of a CGI film sequel. Last week they upped the odds to 70-30 in favor of a sequel, as talks between Imagi and their distribution partners Warner Brothers and the Weinstein Group seem to be heading in a positive direction...”

28 June 2007

Rats! Pixars Newest Has Arrived.

Ratatouille has arrived. How does Pixar's Rats compare against the near flawless slew of Pixar movies? This is the place to post your thoughts and reviews as well as your box office predicts.

Radar Blips - The Fountain

The Year: 2006

The Players: Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), that chick from The Mummy (Rachel Weisz), directed by Darren Aronofsky

The Take: $10 Million

Is that tree in space?: It is and it isn't. Its a tree that sprouted out of someones corpse, and thus carries on life from them as it navigates through space toward a nebula around a dying star.

Why you should see it: Surprisingly, this is more of a drama than a real sci-fi movie. Its about a dude named Tommy that is trying to save his cancer stricken wife Izzi through animal research. Izzi is writing a book set in the past based on her and "Thomas". All the while Tommy is imagining a future for "Tom" and the wife-tree. This is a beautifully filmed albeit odd film about coming to grips with death and trying to prevent it in various ways by searching for the "fountain" of youth.

Kreacher Holds the Key

The word on the street is that movie makers wanted to cut Kreacher the house elf out of the Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix movie. Ever since Dobby showed up in Chamber of Secrets, the elves have been neglected in the movie adaptations. The trend was going to continue until Miss JK Rowling let the filmmakers in on a little secret. Kreacher is going to play a key role in the as yet unreleased Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I wonder what that little bugger is up to? Ideas?

More Anorexic Robots

Behold the skinny bots.

24 June 2007

The Famly Menace

I'm not really a big Family Guy fan, but Christopher Scott pointed me to these clips from the upcoming retelling of A New Hope with the Family Guy cast. It's worth checking out. If only Futurama had done it first.

The Mightiest Is Not So Mighty

Being the most expensive comedy ever made isn't really something to be proud of when your movie opens to only modest earnings. Evan Almighty costing from $175 million to $200 and some million took the #1 spot this weekend, but didn't dominate like it needed to in order to recoup its investment. Sorry Stevie, you ain't no Jim Carrey. Looks like Evan isn't going to make the summer's top 9 after all. Perhaps Die Hard 4 will take its spot. 1408 also did well, but it isn't going to make the watch list before being passed up by next weekend's films.

In milestone news, Knocked Up passed the $100 million mark, impressive for a low budget comedy. The movie still has quite a bit of "go" left in it. Shrek 3 did indeed make it to $300 mil, and Pirates 3 looks like it just may make that triple platinum mark as well in a couple more weeks. Spidey looks just about done with maybe 3 or 4 million to go. Less noteworthy, the Fan 4 will be crossing $100 this week, the 9th film this year to do so.

Next week should be a big one as July kicks off to a big start with Pixar's Ratatouille taking on Live Free or Die Hard just a couple days before the epic opening of Transformers, and I haven't even mentioned Harry Potter yet. July is gonna be crazy. Since Die Hard opens this Wednesday, look for the rat to easily take the weekend with $60 million or so.

Current Rankings:

#9 28 Weeks Later - $28,134,975
#8 Evan Almighty - $32,112,000
#7 Surf's Up - $47,313,000
#6 Ocean's 13 - $91,013,000
#5 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $97,604,000
#4 Knocked Up - $108,982,000
#3 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $287,015,000
#2 Shrek the Third - $307,908,000
#1 Spider-Man 3 - $332,548,000

My Predictions:

#9 Evan Almighty - $170,000,000 (18.9%)*
#8 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $175,000,000 (55.8%)*
#7 The Bourne Ultimatum - $185,000,000 (0.0%)*
#6 Transformers - $205,000,000 (0.0%)*
#5 Ratatouille - $260,000,000 (0.0%)*
#4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $275,000,000 (0.0%)*
#3 Shrek the Third - $325,000,000 (94.7%)*
#2 Spider-Man 3 - $380,000,000 (87.5%)*
#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $395,000,000 (72.7%)*

*Percentages earned relative to my predictions