4/25/2009

I recently showed the trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine to my wife, and was explaining the different characters that seemed to be shown in it. Most obvious to me (besides Gambit and Sabretooth) was the big fat guy, that I assume is the Blob. I described him as being the opposite of Juggernaut; once he sets himself down, he can't be moved. He's also super-strong and his fat makes him really soft so it absorbs bullets and punches, so you can't hurt him. My wife pointed out that he has a bunch of powers, which is odd when you think about it. It finally occurred to me that the Blob really only has one power; he's super-fat. All his powers are super humanly enhanced stereotypes of fat people; being really heavy so you can't move him, being really soft and rubbery, even having his own gravitational pull. Kind of offensive when you think about it.

4/24/2009

Wesley Snipes has announced that he, artist Mshindo I and Gregory Walker (Brother G) are launching an animated science-fiction project called Zulu Mech 1.

The basic premise of the series is that our world is a near-utopia with Africa being a prosperous united superpower when it is invaded by a race of strange highly intelligent creatures from deep within the Earth. They wreak havoc in their quest to return the Earth to it's state before the dawn of humanity until a South African family, named Mthunzi, develop a hero called Zulu Mech 1.

“Its Africa based scifi,” said co-creator and scriptor, Brother G. “The Elder race is based on traditions of many African peoples that there was a creation before this creation, a world before this world that was destroyed. And the Zulu Mech is based on African practices involving spiritual “totems” or power items, ancestor communication and tapping into the power of the Earth. There are also heavy doses of nano-technolgy, advanced metallurgy and other high tech elements. I love the Transformers and Terminator etcetera, but its time we had epics from another perspective. This is truly sci-fi for the age of Obama!”

Gregory Walker, co-creator is also the writer of the acclaimed "Shades of Memnon" epic.

Mshindo, who previously worked on children's books (Food Adventues With Charles the Chef) and graphic novels (The Fringe). “The Elders unleash giant artificial creatures called “Constructs” to terrorize the Earth,” said Mshindo. “As an artist I get to bring forth imagery and monsters from the traditions of many cultures and that is a lot of fun to illustrate. I am also a fan of giant robots; so it was great creating Zulu Mech 1. As a mechanical creature ZM1 seems similar to other famous mechs, but believe me, he is something different. Zulu Mech 1 is unique, he is a Spiritual Cybernetic Organism.”

Welsey Snipes will serve as one of the voice actors and producer. "I think the world will be just as pleased as I was when Brother G and Mshindo brought this ground-breaking adventure series to my attention," said Snipes, who starred in the Blade trilogy. "Everybody knows I love sci-fi and there is really nothing like it on the market. Zulu Mech 1 can easily stand next to other epics like Star Wars on the strength of the story telling alone. But when you consider that it brings a fresh, untapped perspective to sci-fi, that really makes it hot."

In addition to the online videos, they plan to launch a line of video game, toys, limited edition art and other merchandise that will all be designed by Mshindo.

The series is set to launch at the Book Expo America African American Pavilion in New York on May 30th.

HEROTALK v2 :: View topic - Zulu Mech 1 news: Wesley Snipes speaks and the ZM1 poster!



4/08/2009



The Ghost Who Walks...In Leather
SyFy (The network formerly known as Sci-Fi) has released concept images from the new two-hour two-night mini-series. It looks like they're trying to give it a more modern science-fiction feel rather than staying true to it's comic book roots. The movies have Chris Walker taking on the purple mask to fight an experimental mind-control program.

I haven't read the strip much so I can't say much about that, but I think The Phantom (1996) is one of the most underrated supermovies ever made. Billy Zane was perfect and the costume, while different from the comic was iconic and didn't need rubber muscles to get the physique. It suffered from a weak plot and poor direction, but it was still good. So, we'll have to see how this "re-imagining" turns out.

Bonus Link: Read about the upcoming and unrelated theatrical film.

UPDATE:  Read more at Syfys Phantom is the Ghost Who Walks Nowhere

4/03/2009

Up till now I haven't been too excited about the new Transformers movie "Revenge of the Fallen", mainly because the first one is literally one of my favorite movies of all time. However, they released their list of characters and while some are bewildering ("The Doctor"?) one caught my eye: Devastator (aka Scavenger, Scrapper, Hightower, Longhaul, Rampage, Overload and Mixmaster). Yes, the Constructicons are going to be in the movie, which is insanely cool if done right.

Here's the full list:

Autobots
  • Optimus Prime
  • Ironhide
  • Ratchet
  • Bumblebee
  • Sideswipe
  • Arcee
  • Jetfire
  • Jolt
  • Skids & Mudflaps (The Twins)
Decepticons
  • Starscream
  • Sideways
  • The Fallen
  • Scorponox
  • Soundwave
  • Ravage
  • The Doctor
  • Demolishor
  • Devastator (aka Scavenger, Scrapper, Hightower, Longhaul, Rampage, Overload and Mixmaster)
Next up: The Dinobots

4/02/2009

Since it's predicted that Watchmen costumes will be the rage this year, Easterntoys is making a line of costumes based on the Watchmen movie characters and they're pretty lame. But, I guess if you have the money and can't figure out how to put on a bald head wig and blue face paint you could spend $46.99 on a stuffy, hot latex rubber mask to be Dr. Manhattan. You're on your own with the thong.
If you don't have time to work out to get into the Comedian costume, you could always buy they're GT costume with fake, bizarrely square muscles. The Rorschach mask isn't too bad, but you could do the same with a stocking mask and a black marker.
As an indication of the level of quality the company offers, they misspelled Silk Spectra(sic) in several places in the description, but got it right in others.
Save your money. Here's how to DIY:
Silk Spectre
Rorschach
Nite Owl

Frankly, I think the best bet is to be original and not be the five hundredth guy at the convention dressed as Rorschach. Cineblend did a good job last year of explaining why you wouldn't want to be yet another guy dressed as the Joker:
"Everyone will be doing it, and none of you will come close to being as creepy as Heath Ledger was. Think of how lame you'll feel when you run into someone else who has done a better job of perfecting the greenish, stringy hair and tattered clothes."
Bonus Link: The 15 Worst Joker Costumes

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