July 28th, 2013 by Rick · No Comments ·
As a primer of sorts for “The Wolverine,” I wrote up a feature for Fandango that introduces some of the main characters who also appear in the 1982 comic-book arc that inspired the movie. While the film clearly takes some liberties with these characters and their relationship with Wolverine and the rest of the cast, the article offers a brief description of the role they played in the comic and what the early footage hinted at regarding their transition from page to screen.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Yet another character who has been both enemy and ally to Wolverine over the years, the comic-book iteration of Kenuichio Harada is a powerful mutant who can generate an energy field around anything he touches – though he generally prefers to focus the field on his sword, using it to cut through nearly any material (except adamantium, of course). He is also half-brother to Mariko Yashida, Wolverine’s love interest and the reason (in the comics, at least) for his trip to Japan. The Wolverine casts Will Yun Lee in the role of Silver Samurai, though we’ve only caught glimpses of him in footage so far, so it’s uncertain how much of his comic book history will find its way to the screen.
You can read the rest of the article at Fandango.com.
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July 27th, 2013 by Rick · No Comments ·
“The Wolverine” opens this weekend, and though I didn’t get to catch an early screening of the film, I did write up a list of great stories featuring the clawed Canadian mutant that anyone who leaves the theater wanting more (or wants to read up on him before seeing the movie) should check out.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Wolverine: Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith (1991)
Marvel let fans wonder about Wolverine’s mysterious origin for nearly 17 years before finally shedding some light on the character’s background in this 1991 story arc that ran through multiple issues of the Marvel Comics Presents anthology series. Featuring a story and art by one of the industry’s most respected creators, Barry Windsor-Smith, the story explores how Wolverine was turned into a weapon by a shadowy government agency. It’s a dark, beautifully illustrated, and incredibly visceral exploration of the trauma the character endured before his first appearance in the Marvel universe. While it’s relatively light on action (as compared to other Wolverine stories), it doesn’t shy away from showing how far past his breaking point Wolverine was pushed on the road to becoming the character we know now.
You can read the rest of the list at Movies.com.
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July 25th, 2013 by Rick · No Comments ·
Sure, I’ve been writing, producing, or otherwise working in the realm of geekery for a while now, and yes, I’ve been called a “Professional Geek” by several major media networks, but this week it became official, folks. I’m on the Geek Beat.
All kidding aside, I’m psyched to take over the “Geek Beat” weekly column at Movies.com. I’ll be waxing philosophic on all sorts of nerdtacular topics there every Tuesday, and my first column offered both an introduction (of myself as the new author) and a post-mortem of this year’s Comic-Con winners and losers.
Here’s an excerpt from the column:
When it comes to panels and announcements, Marvel Studios has proven time and time again that it knows better than anyone else how to “win” at the Comic-Con game. From the very first confirmation that The Avengers was in the works years ago to this year’s big reveal of the entire Guardians of the Galaxy cast and the title of The Avengers sequel, Marvel has reigned as king of the San Diego convention.
By and large, this year continued that trend, with Marvel’s day-ending Saturday panel seeming to snuff any lingering excitement over Warner Bros.’ earlier announcement that the Man of Steel sequel would finally bring Superman and Batman together on the same screen. Whether it was the early leak of the Superman/Batman news hours hours before the Warner Bros. panel that dulled the announcement or (as some of my colleagues suggested) fans’ frustration that such a team-up has taken this long to happen, there was relatively little online chatter about Superman and Batman to be found after the news was made official. The world – or at least the nerdy corner of it that I play in – had shrugged its shoulders and moved on, it seemed.
Or had it?
You can read the rest of the column at Movies.com, and be sure to come back every Tuesday for a new column. Oh, and please do leave a comment. Let’s make it a weekly conversation!
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July 24th, 2013 by Rick · No Comments ·
July 23rd, 2013 by Rick · No Comments ·
I may not be out in San Diego for Comic-Con this year, but that didn’t stop me from covering the show from afar. (Technology!)
After each of the three major news days for the show, I compiled up a list of announcements, events, or generally cool sights that seemed to fly under the radar amid to all of mega-news (for geeks, that is) that Comic-Con tends to produce. Now that the dust has settled, it seems like a good time to post these articles, as they offer some additional perspective on the year’s biggest celebration of nerdery.
Here’s an excerpt from Friday’s article, which you can read in full at Movies.com:
Army of Darkness gets a sequel in comic form
Comic publisher Dynamite Entertainment announced plans for a new Army of Darkness series that picks up where the 1992 film left off – just a frame or two later, in fact. 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles will write the series, which reportedly sends Ash back to the Middle Ages to get the alternate future he created at the end of Army of Darkness back in line with the world he originally left behind. Titled Ash and the Army of Darkness, the series is expected to hit shelves in November. [via CBR]
And here’s an excerpt from Saturday’s roundup of things you may have missed at Comic-Con:
The Dead Space movie is still alive
The movie based on celebrated game franchise Dead Space is moving forward with screenwriter Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) helping to develop the story and publisher Electronic Arts taking a more active role in developing the project. During its Comic-Con panel, EA confirmed that it’s not willing to see the project fall into development limbo like its Mass Effect and The Sims films, and it plans to bring the project to studios with a finished script and at least partial financing. Marks acknowledged the influence of films like Event Horizon and Alien on the game but promised a “new and intriguing” spin on the premise, which finds a lone engineer struggling to survive aboard a massive spaceship filled with alien creatures that were once his crewmates. [via Variety]
Finally, here’s the third and final installment of my look at under-the-radar news from Comic-Con:
Phineas & Ferb gets a Star Wars crossover
Disney’s popular animated series Phineas & Ferb will take advantage of the company’s recent acquisition of Lucasfilm by sending its stars to Tatooine for a crossover with the Star Wars universe. The one-hour episode will reportedly feature the pair living next to the moisture farm owned by Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle and getting caught up in the rebellion when they accidentally receive the Rebel Alliance’s plans for destroying the Death Star. There’s no premiere date scheduled for the episode yet.
And that’s it! Here’s to spending next Comic-Con in San Diego!
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July 20th, 2013 by Rick · No Comments ·
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July 19th, 2013 by Rick · No Comments ·
Even after seeing “R.I.P.D.,” I’m still sort of amazed that the film was actually made. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in a buddy-cop movie that has them chasing undead monsters, based on a comic book that only a dozen people had ever heard of, with a $130 million budget?
But the movie does actually exist, and it opens this weekend.
Here’s an excerpt from my review:
In far too many ways, R.I.P.D. feels like a retelling of Men In Black that swaps supernatural monsters for aliens. Instead of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, R.I.P.D. offers up Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges – the latter of which takes the “old-school” theme even further back into American history. With the exception of a subplot involving the wife Nick left behind, R.I.P.D. offers many of the same story beats and themes as Men In Black, while going a little heavier on the digital effects and the scale of many action sequences.
Still, R.I.P.D. does tread some distinctly new ground – especially when it comes to some of the recurring comedic elements and its two lead characters. The story plays around nicely with the notion that Nick and Roy appear as entirely different people to the outside world (Nick is an older Chinese man played to perfection by the great James Hong, while Roy is an outrageously attractive blonde played by Marisa Miller), and whenever Schwentke switches between what Reynolds and Bridges are doing, and what the world perceives them to be doing as Hong and Miller, it’s pretty much a guaranteed laugh every time.
You can read the rest of the review at DigitalTrends.com.
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