Also, the Edgar Wright thing:
Many of you have probably heard the news over the last few days that Blip has been culling series from the network. A lot of shows, some long-running and fairly popular, have been getting the hammer for a variety of reasons, and I just a few hours ago learned that unfortunately ADVENTURES OF THE GAME OVERTHINKER will be one of them as of July.
P.S. If you’d like to help the series, the best help we can get is for you to spend some times re-watching and sharing the still-monetized Blip-hosted episodes of the show HERE.
If you want a sign of just how much the landscape of blockbusters has changed in the last few years, today is a pretty damn good one: JJ Abrams posts actual video from the set of his new STAR WARS movie – including a glimpse of an actual physical old-school puppeteered alien!!! – and The Internet kinda sorta shrugged it off because it’s currently much more interested in beating up Warner Bros for BATMAN VS SUPERMAN’s godawful full title and writer/producer David Goyer’s ignorant sexism re: She-Hulk (and just plain ignorance re: Martian Manhunter.)
Oh well, I really liked it – and there are few people more jaded about JJ Abrams than me. Check it out:
I love that the musical aesthetic for this ad campaign is “last song you’d ever think of.” Also: Wow.
The big floating head is called “Knowhere,” incidentally – it’s the decapitated skull of a giant Celestial thats been turned into a kind of intergalactic truck stop.
Marvel is doing one of those Facebook Q&A things for GoTG on Monday, which will also involve the debut of the film’s new longer trailer, aka the “Okay, we’ve accepted the raccoon and ‘Hooked On a Feeling’ charted again, so now what is this actually ABOUT?” version.
Until then, we’ve been gifted this kicky new poster. When was the last time a major movie advertised with a poster in this specific style? No flying debris, nobody looking at their feet, no arty closeup of just someone’s head or a weapon? Awesome.
A few hours ago, Zack Snyder tweeted the first image of Ben Affleck as Batman in the still-untitled MAN OF STEEL sequel. Here’s the hi-res version, click to embiggen…
Well. It’s not like “fidelity to source” is a surprise coming from Snyder. Best Bat-suit ever? It might be. It’s definitely the first attempt since Adam West to make the fabric look from the comics work on film. It’s not an official production still – it’s a black and white/low-contrast shot taken from Snyder’s own camera – so you can’t get much sense of what’s going on colorwise. There’s definitely a different texture/material on the cape/mask/gloves/boots than on the main suit, but it’s impossible to tell whether it’s another all-black color scheme or gray/black (or gray/blue) like many were speculating.
Also the “bulkiest” Batman by far – Ben Affleck is already a pretty big guy (it’s often well hidden onscreen, but he’s tall/stocky for a normal person and GIGANTIC for an actor) and he’s been hitting the gym for this, but all that muscle plus the de-emphasized ears and “chubby” chest-insignia serve to make him look more like a straight-up bruiser than any other version seen in live-action so far (it’s a stylistic trick borrowed from Frank Miller’s DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, which is the clear visual inspiration here.)
I like it. Now let’s see Wonder Woman and the (supposedly) redesigned Superman.