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Wonder Woman Fan Film Puts DC And Warner Bros to Shame

I don’t know if it’s just blatant sexism or if they just don’t know what to do with her, but I’m so terribly dismayed that Warner Bros can’t get Wonder Woman back on screen.  If that failed TV reboot is any indication, I’d say they just don’t know what to do with her.

Well, Rainfall Films is tired of waiting for someone over at Warner Bros to get their head out of their ass.  They dedicated most of 2013 to filming Wonder Woman: Rainfall.  And even though it’s a bit heavy on the slow mo for my tastes, it’s stands as a fine example of how awesome a live action Wonder Woman show or movie could be.  I love the interpretation of the costume.  It echoes the comic very well and looks absolutely badass.  I also like that she silently dispatches her assailants without any banter, though it would have been nice to see Rileah Vanderbilt get some lines.

I hope this is a wakeup call to Warner Bros to get their shit together.  We’ve got a bajillion different live action Batmen, there’s a bunch of live action Supermen, Linda Carter is getting lonely out there on Wonder Woman island.

Watch all of Mortal Kombat: Legacy II!

It’s been about two years since the original Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series dropped which I quite liked.  They spent a lot of time getting the origins out of the way so that this sequel could be more action packed.  Part of me is sad that this didn’t get a theatrical release.  I would have loved to have seen this on the big screen.  But I’m happy that it got made at all.  I feel like Legacy and Legacy II really show the potential that this franchise always had for awesome action drama.

The embeded playlist will play all ten episodes so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ass kicking!

Age of Ultron Teaser

I was pretty surprised when Marvel announced that Avengers 2 would be titled Age of Ultron. The first film teased pretty hard that the next Marvel big bad would be Thanos. But I guess we’ll be seeing Thanos face off against the Guardians of the Galaxy to make way for Henry Pym’s worst idea, although from this short teaser, I feel like they’re implying that Tony Stark had something to do with the movie version of Ultron. I looks like he’s emerging from an Iron Man helmet, but I could be seeing things.

I’ve never been a fan of Ultron so I can’t say that I’m terribly excited to see him on screen. But I’ve been liking what Marvel has been doing with their movie universe. I just hope it has nothing to do with the big ass summer comics crossover of the same name.

From: Screen Rant

Look at the Fucking Smile On Batfleck’s Face

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I wasn’t entirely certain I wanted to keep doing AZM on the regular. But then someone came up to me at SPX and said they’ve been reading this horrible thing since high school (WHAT THE WHAT) so I will endeavor to do my best to bring my take to all the nerdy shit that’s going on. It won’t be pretty, but that’s not what you come here for. So let’s get back into it starting with the news that Ben Affleck is going to play Batman in the sequel to Superman: Man of Steel.

To be honest, I didn’t nerd rage nearly as hard as some of my friends.  At this point, I don’t care who plays Batman.  Though I thought he was really compelling in Batman Begins, by the time The Dark Knight came around, I was getting sick of Christian Bale’s weird Batvoice. I found Heath Ledger to be much more interesting.  And in the third installment, I found the surrounding characters much more interesting than Batman.  Batman is more of an idea, a force of nature, than any one character.  The Bat himself somehow became the least interesting part of the franchise.  I was drawn in because of the way he affected the lives and loves around him.  The Bat doesn’t matter as much as the way he touches the lives around him.  So in that view, really anyone could put on the suit.

Superman/Batman must deal with a more fundamental problem that reared its ugly head in Man of Steel.  Max Landis does a brilliant job of articulating my biggest problem with the movie:

For me to give any shits about the sequel, Superman needs to answer for the destruction of Smallville and Metropolis.  I’ve heard the argument that these are his first two big fights so he hasn’t quite figured out the best way to punch villains without destroying towns.  I suppose that’s true.  But they spent the entire first act of the film showing us how much Clark cares about humanity, how far he’s willing to go to save people.  And yet when it comes to punchy time, he suddenly forgets that there are innocents near by?

No.  That is not the character they set up.  That is not Superman.

I think the second film needs to deal with this and I think it would be a great way to introduce Lex Luthor.  I could easily see Lex coming in and saying something like, “Do you see the destruction this so-called savior caused? He’s no hero! He’s a monster!”  And then Lexcorp swoops in to do reconstruction while Lex begins a campaign to demonize Superman.  And Clark spends a good portion of the film trying to reconcile the damage he’s done.  Do I stay to help protect humanity against other threats knowing that this could be the result?  Do I leave and hope that they can take care of themselves?  I think that could be a really interesting setup and a perfect way for Lex to make his entrance.

Or better yet, Waynecorp comes in to do reconstruction.  Bruce calls up Clark and basically says, “Listen, asshole. You can punch villains without blowing up a city, you know.”  Just snarks the shit out of him.  If we get asshole Bruce, I really think Affleck is the guy.  You remember this scene from Boiler Room?

How awesome would it be to have him bust Clark’s balls like this!  Yeah, yeah, super flying powers FUCK YOU! Don’t punch villains in Metropolis!  He could even do the whole “act as if” thing to Clark.

Hey fucker, act as if you’re a fucking super hero!

I don’t know which way they’re going to go with the sequel, but I hope to the comic gods that they address the destruction of Smallville and Metropolis and that Ben Affleck gets his asshole on and trolls the shit out of Clark as Bruce.  Then I’ll believe DC is ready for a Justice League film.

Actually, scratch that. Smallville, Metropolis, asshole Bruce, WONDER WOMAN and THEN I’ll believe DC is ready for a Justice League film.

Robocop 2014, I’d Buy That For A Dollar!

Never judge a man in a robot suit by a photo.

Remember when set photos of the new Robocop suit came out and everyone was complaining that he looked like shit?  Well, fuck that noise!  This trailer for the Robocop remake is fucking badass and the suit looks absolutely fantastic!

Those of us in the tokusatsu fandom know to never judge a suit by a photo alone.  There are plenty of busted ass looking Kamen Riders that are completely awesome.  And some awesome looking ones that are hella lame.

It doesn’t seem like this new version will have the same sort of biting social commentary as the first one, but it still looks like a lot of fun.

Tokusatsu Time #3 – Pacific Rim AKA ROBOTS PUNCHING!

I either was not Geek nor Sundry enough, but I will continue to spread the gospel of the awesomeness of ROBOTS PUNCHING! So here’s my long anticipated Pacific Rim review!

You can play a drinking game to this review if you want to get stupid drunk really quickly. Every time I say “Robots Punching,” take a swig.

Red Band Trailer For Spike Lee’s Oldboy

Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy is a seriously fucked up movie.  I don’t know if it’s something I could say I “enjoyed” watching, but it blew my brains.  It did a great job of subtly drawing me in and holding tight with a strange kind of death grip until the very last frame.  I felt exhausted after watching it. It left me questioning all of humanity.

I don’t know if I could sit through something like that again.  I think it’s an amazing film which affected me more than I expected.  So I regard Spike Lee’s remake with hesitation.  I don’t doubt that Josh Brolin will be amazing in the titular role.  And I think Spike Lee has an excellent eye for framing scenes.  But having experienced the original, and it is an experience, I don’t know that I have the stomach for it again.  Maybe this is something that you get a whole group of people together for for a midnight viewing with plenty of beer and nachos to go around.

We get a little preview of the hammer fight in this trailer and though I think that overall Spike Lee’s interpretation matches the tone of the original, the hammer scene just isn’t as raw, at least from the trailer bit.

I don’t know.  This is a tough movie to watch and if Spike Lee brings it, his version will be just as tough.

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