News Around the Net!
Well, I had less-than-happy things to say last week about the teaser posters for Star Trek into Dark Knight (ahem, Into Darkness) and Man of Steel. But both films have shut me up for now by unveiling pretty awesome teaser trailers, first Trek and now Man of Steel:
That’s a pretty fantastic trailer. I’m not wild about having to sit through Superman’s origin yet again, but so far it looks like it’s being presented with class, and with some new imagery. I am a bit surprised that this Zack Snyder Superman trailer is so light on action. I had assumed that the reason to hire Zack Snyder to direct your Superman picture would be so it’d be chock-full of great super-hero/super-villain punch-em-ups. But so far both trailers for Man of Steel have struck the same reverential tone as Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. I loved Superman Returns (I know, I am the only one) so this doesn’t bother me, it’s just a bit surprising.
Here’s another awesome trailer, for Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited next film. It seems to be about giant monsters fighting giant robots. I am there.
I am not a huge kaiju fan, but I did grow up watching Tranzor Z on American TV (a Japanese cartoon about a huge robot piloted by a young boy who controlled the robot from a control-ship in the robot’s head) so I’m down with the whole people-controlling-huge-robots-to-fight-evil sub-genre. And with del Toro at the helm, I think we’re assured of some spectacular action and weirdness.
Here’s another interesting trailer, for Oblivion:
OK, Tom Cruise is playing Wall-E and Morgan Freeman is playing Morpheus, but that could be interesting. Original sci-fi = good. From the director of Tron: Legacy = worrisome. We’ll see…
With The Hobbit so close I can taste it, here’s a great article on the ways in which J.R.R. Tolkien pulled a George Lucas and ret-conned his original version of The Hobbit after writing The Lord of the Rings.
Sticking with Peter Jackson for a moment, this is very pleasant news that he is still planning on directing a second Tintin film! (The plan was always that Steven Spielberg would direct the first film with Peter Jackson producing, and then they would swap roles for the second film. But with Mr. Jackson working on The Hobbit for the past few years, I had thought that plan had been abandoned. I loved the first Tintin so I’d be delighted to see a sequel…!)
Someone made a bookshelf shaped like the Guardian of Forever?? Why is this not in my home right now???
That’s all for me today, my friends. Sorry the Skyfall cartoons have been a bit slow in coming, next week might be a bit light on the cartoons as well (I’ll have at least two), but then I hope to get back up to regular speed. Meanwhile, lots of blogs are coming. My full (and you can rest assured it will be in-depth) review of The Hobbit will be up before the end of the weekend, and I have lots more fun stuff coming to the site in the coming days and weeks. Thanks for sticking with me! You guys and gals are the bestest. Enjoy the weekend, here’s hoping The Hobbit is good. I’ll see you all back here soon!