04 August 2007

UPDATE:Coming Soon - Batmanimé

UPDATE: News from AICN.com:

Set in the period between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT, this brand new adventure follows BATMAN as he unravels a mystery over six original stories done in the style of Japanese Anime. Each of the six original stories has been written by a highly respected screenwriter or comic book creator. The talent includes Academy Award nominee Josh Olsen (The History of Violence), screenwriter of the BLADE films and BATMAN BEGINS David Goyer, and famed comic book writer Brian Azzarello, among others. The Batman Anime DVD is viewed as a perfect companion piece to BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT. The original stories introduce a number of classic characters from the DC Comics BATMAN universe as well as following up on characters and storylines that were introduced in BATMAN BEGINS.

This sounds like it could be really cool for a small group of geeks like me that like Batman and animé, but I am not sure if it will be a big hit with the mainstream. I like the idea of this Animatrix style approach that offers several takes on the same characters, hopefully this DVD is a big enough success to warrant further creative approaches like this in the future. And by the way, I think my coined name Batmanimé is what they should really call it.

This Batman DVD in animé form promises to fill in the gaps between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. This sounds like it could be pretty cool, and by the look of things the scarecrow will be in it.

The Friends and Foes of Batman - David Cain

David Cain first appeared in 1999, and is yet to appear in any media outside of the comic books.

David Cain is one of the world's premier assassins, taking out some of the most famous and powerful people on the planet. He was one of the people who trained the young Bruce Wayne with the skills that he would use as Batman, although Bruce has, naturally, never used the murder techniques Cain demonstrated. When asked why he went to Cain in the first place, Batman replied 'Knowing how to kill doesn't mean you must kill.'

Exceptionally meticulous, Cain's success can be partially attributed to his painstaking preparation, always planning far ahead for any contingency: hence his decision to train someone to be his partner and eventual successor. He had made several attempts in the past, training young children, but found every one of them to be a failure. If he was to accomplish his goal, he would need to have a child of his own, whom he could train from the moment he or she was out of the womb. But in order to do this, he also needed a to find a woman warrior worthy to mother said child. David Cain found the perfect mate in Sandra Wu-San.

While visiting he witnessed Sandra and her sister Carolyn, sparring in a martial arts tournament. While both women were highly accomplished fighters, Cain saw a flame in Sandra which he felt he shared. Cain decided to spark it by removing the restraint that held her back. One fateful day, Sandra found the bloody corpse of her sister, murdered in cold blood.

Discovering that David Cain had been the one to kill her sister, Sandra Wu-San hunted for the murderer, only to be lured into an ambush by Ra's al Ghul's League of Assassins, of which Cain was a member. Although she lost the battle, in the heat of the moment, Sandra realized how much she had held back when fighting Carolyn and got a taste for just what heights she could attain with more experience--her life now had purpose. However, Cain exacted a price for sparing Sandra's life after the battle with the League. In order to be reborn as something new and terrible, Sandra agreed to bear Cain's child and leave that child for him alone to raise. The child who would later be named Cassandra Cain, was to be Ra's al Ghul's "One Who Is All," a perfected bodyguard whose only native tongue was an instinct for hand-to-hand combat and the ability to read people's intentions simply by observing their slightest muscle movements. With Carolyn gone, Cassandra and Sandra were the only two humans known to share this gift. The day of Cassandra's birth, Sandra also set out for her own rebirth, as the Lady Shiva: creator and destroyer.

Cain trained Cassandra in every imaginable form of violence, from hand-to-hand combat to weapons and explosives. To further her skills, Cain never taught her how to speak; instead, physical movement became her language--she learned to read a person's body language as well and easily as other people can understand speech. This skill led Cassandra to be able to predict exactly what her opponents were going to do, sometimes before they knew it themselves.

When she was 8 years old, Cain took her to kill a businessman. After she did it, she "read" him as he died, she saw death as the man saw it. "Terror and then... nothing". In addition to scarring her emotionally, she realized murder, like Cain's profession, is wrong, and she ran away from her father. Cain was surprisingly devastated by her disappearance and has never been the same since. He has never quite given up hope that someday she might return to his life. While Cain is not that good of a father, he has shown that he does care deeply for Cassandra; he even began to cry slightly when he heard her speak for the first time, even if it were merely the word "Stop".

David's daughter Cassandra Cain recently became curious as to the identity of her birth mother, believing it to be Lady Shiva. She went to visit Cain in prison to find out who, but Cain wouldn't tell; saying that he had promised not to, and that some things were better left not known. However, despite David's silence, Cassandra Cain did eventually confirm her suspicions during a fateful meeting with her mother. As a result, Cassandra also quit being the superheroine Batgirl and attempted to kill her father. But David's body disappeared leaving a hint that he survived.

Friend and Foe Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul
Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)
Black Mask
David Cain

The Dark Knight returns in 349 days!

03 August 2007

Jason Bourne Has Come Home

Picking up right where Supremacy left off, Bourne Ultimatum is here. Post your reviews and box office predicts here.

I haven't seen the show yet, but I expect a $60 million plus opening and a just shy of $200 million finish. More importantly, I expect this film to be awesome. Identity and Supremacy were both great, and Ultimatum looks to be just as good.

02 August 2007

Radar Blips - Jurassic Park III

The Year: 2001

The Players: The main paleontologist from the original returns (Sam Neil), and William Macy and Tea Leoni join up as well

The Take: $181 Million

Was there a Jurassic Park 3 book?: Nope after Jurassic Park 2, they stopped pretending these movies were based on Michael Crichton novels.

Why you should see it: This is not a great movie, but it is much improved after JP 2. It is basically just 90 minutes of running from new dinos with a high body count. This time the Spinosaurus is introduced and presented as tougher than T-Rex. Also, the pterodactyls finally get a chance to terrorize. The always scary raptors have now developed the ability to talk to each other, so they are supposedly tougher than ever, but only if you steal their eggs. Its not too long a movie, and is worth checking out for fans of the original. Sorry, no chaos theory in this one. But also, not lame chase through San Diego either.

01 August 2007

Deleted Simpsons Moments

Check out these scans from TV Guide. I guess they cut some pretty funny sounding scenes from the Simpsons Movie that will be on the DVD (hopefully colored and animated). How could you cut a scene about suasage, especially with an accompanying song. Thats comedy gold! Click twice to enlarge.

Another Supergirl in Smallville and a Mystery Villain

According to Newsday.com, Helen Slater who played Supergirl in the 1980's film is being rumored to play Lara, Superman's mommy.

Also, Dean Cain (Superman in Lois and Clark) has been cast for Smallville season 7 as a Dr. Curtis Knox. But the rumor is that this C.K. is actually the Justice League baddie Vandal Savage.

With Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, and Bizarro returning as well, it sounds like season 7 is gonna be worth watching.

31 July 2007

Hellboy Poster

Interesting poster for Hellboy 2. This doesnt give too much of a hint at the story, but hopefully it gets people talking.

Ink Blots LXXIII - Origin: Spirits of the Past

I don't know if my next set of reviews will line up on the month mark, but my next series of ink blots will involve films set in post-apocalyptic worlds.

Origin: Spirits of the Past was released in the US in 2006, and was heavily influenced by the Miyazaki film Nausicaa (review coming soon) of the Valley of the Wind. The movie begins with Agito a young boy living 300 years in the future. A bunch of genetically engineered plants developed on the moon not only shattered old Luna, but also took over most of earth annihilating most of civilization. Agito lives in Neutral City, a city on the edge of the living forests where the people live peacefully with their natural surroundings. Agito finds a cryogenically frozen girl named Toola who he awakens. She holds the key to destroying the forests once and for all, but Agito wants desperately to stop her and turns himself over to the mercy of the trees.

If you watch much anime, there arent a lot of surprises here, but still there are some stand out scenes. The computer generated forests look amazing, and the opening sequence of them growing out of control is well done. Also, there are some great scenes involving a forestified Agito fighting some heavy machinery that are quite cool. Still, the film imitates but fails to duplicate the deep character development and story richness produced in Miyazaki's films. So, for a gorgeous film with some nice music that isn't quite up there with the greats, check out Origins. B

30 July 2007

Updated: Hulk Revealed

UPDATE: Clear Still of that ugly mug curtesy of johnnykool:

Watch this comic con footage revealing the lean mean green Hulk. Looks pretty intimidating.

29 July 2007

Golden Preview

If you have your doubts about the upcoming Golden Compass, see if this preview can't sway you.

Yellow Brings in the Green

The Simpsons opened much bigger than most, including me, expected with a whopping $72 million. The movie should eventually find its way tp the Top 9 list. Very impressive for a show with 200 hours of free episodes on TV in heavy rotation.

No changes to the Top 9 list this week, but next week, there may be some mix ups. As for milestones, Transformers continues to approach the monumental $300 million mark, and that figure isn't yet out of reach for Potter either. Ratatouille still believes it can muster $200 million, but it may be close.

Next week, Jason Bourne returns for the 4th 3quel of the summer. With good reviews so far, Bourne has a shot also at $200.

Current Rankings:

#9 Live Free or Die Hard - $125,128,000
#8 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $129,600,000
#7 Knocked Up - $145,131,000
#6 Ratatouille - $179,683,000
#5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $241,771,000
#4 Transformers - $284,558,000
#3 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $306,700,000
#2 Shrek the Third - $319,200,00
#1 Spider-Man 3 - $335,600,000

My Predictions:

#9 Evan Almighty - $170,000,000 (56.5%)*
#8 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - $175,000,000 (74.1%)*
#7 The Bourne Ultimatum - $185,000,000 (0.0%)*
#6 Transformers - $205,000,000 (138.8%)*
#5 Ratatouille - $260,000,000 (69.1%)*
#4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $275,000,000 (87.9%)*
#3 Shrek the Third - $325,000,000 (98.2%)*
#2 Spider-Man 3 - $380,000,000 (88.3%)*
#1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $395,000,000 (77.6%)*

*Percentages earned relative to my predictions

Iron Mania

Wow, Iron Man looks really awesome. Check out this Comic Con footage: