Well, Reynold’s nails Hald Jordan

July 11, 2009

Eh, close enough.

Eh, close enough.

Well, it seems the dust finally settled and my third favourite comic hero (behind Batman and Booster Gold) is…Ryan Reynolds! What? Variety reports it’s a done deal and that I should fucking get over it.

In not so many personally targeted words.

I thought for sure the studio had settled on Cooper, especially after weeks of news tidbits all but having him name his first born Hal. I guess this is less shocking, and more of a “wuh?” moment. But what’s done is done, and Van Wilder is our next (well, first) big screen Green Lantern.

It’s not all bad. It could’ve been Justin Trimberlake, the other front runner, after all. At least in Reynolds you have someone who likes being in comic book movies (he was Hannibal King in Blade…III- sorry, just threw up there – and Deadpool in Wolverine Or…oh god. At least Deapool will be good, right? Man, this bracketed aside just got too long). He’s definitely got the body for playing the all American superstud (despite being all Canadian), and hey, I think he’s funny despite what seems to be copious amounts of naysayers out there.

The movie starts shooting in January near Oa, for a 2011 release.

All in all, I still want Nathan Fillion or David Boreanez. But I’ll settle.


Down to three Lanterns

July 10, 2009
Do you honestly think he isn't Hal Jordan by now?

Do you honestly think he isn't Hal Jordan by now?

I had thought Bradley Cooper had things wrapped up, but apparently he’s only one of three finalists. THR reports that director Martin Campbell (the guy who saved Bond with Casino Royale before the series fucked up again with Quantum), producer Donald De Line and the studio executives each had differing favourites.

But really, I don’t have a doubt in my mind that Bradley Cooper has it at this point. He just came off of the huge Hangover and he’s going to be in Joe Carnahan’s A-Team. He’s one of the “it” guys in Hollywood right now, without the massive salary.

I mean, the other options are Ryan Reynolds and Justin fucking Timberlake. Reynolds has his own superhero (Deadpool. Or is it antihero?) to look after, though if he somehow get’s the role he at least already looks like a superhero physically.

Timberlake, though, is so wrong for the role it’s sickening. I like the guy whenever he’s on SNL but he doesn’t have the physical components, gravitas and, well, age to play Hal Jordan.

Another point of contention is that the movie could easily cross the $200 million budget, seeing that it’s a superhero movie on a cosmic level. But damnit, if there’s any good in the world this movie deserves the same budget as the brain dead Revenge of the Fallen.

PS, I still want the studios to hire Nathan Fillion for this, but fuck them they’re too stupid to do it. Or David Boreanez, but fuck them again for similar reasons.

Today’s interesting tidbits

May 8, 2009
  • Star Trek gets $7 million on Thursday. I would’ve contributed to this, but, well, I was feeling a little lazy.
  • Keanu Reeves gets to be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I can’t wait to see how he intonates the different ‘whoa’s.
  • Images of Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury have emerged from the Iron Man 2 set. Not being much of an Ultimate’s fan, I’m not too keen on Jackson playing the part. I mean, Fury is supposed to be the calm and collected Cold War era badass. Jackson can only play Jackson. Not that I don’t enjoy a lot of angry yelling, but that’s never been what I’ve envisioned of Fury.
  • Seems Sam Worthington’s read the Green Lantern script. It seems of everyone announced in connection to the role, Sam’s the only one with the leverage to get the role on his whim. I gotta say, I wouldn’t mind him being Hal Jordan. I have to admit, though, that I don’t understand how he’s become such a hot actor (in Terminator and Cameron’s Avatar) when he was practically a nobody beforehand.

Flash Rebirth #2 and World of New Krypton #3

May 6, 2009
Johns sure does like his heroes chaning colours

Johns sure does like his heroes chaning colours

Flash Rebirth #2

It took some 20 odd pages that added nothing to the storyline, but Geoff Johns does manage to expalin exactly what happened at the end of the last issue. I won’t spoil it outright, but the image over there should do that sufficiently if you’re observant.

This was a very middling issue, and I was rather disappointed. I didn’t need non-stop exposition, but all this issue was, was a disjointed flashback to Barry’s life pre-lightning bolt and a few panels showing how the other’s affected are currently holding up (FYI, they’re all fine). The only thing that salvages the issue is the last panel where the big ‘reveal’ happens. It’s an interesting concept, but I doubt this will be permanent by any stretch of the imagination.

The art is about on par with what was seen last time around, though Van Sciver gets to draw more exotic locales, with tribal apes with their crazy wall paintings and Savitar’s secret speed force worshipping temple. Not breathtaking, but there aren’t very many things that need to be right now in the story.

Now THIS is a teaser

Now THIS is a teaser

World of New Krypton #3

The real Superman continuation, er, continues and its still moving slower than frozen molasses. Whooo, the labour guild is getting new privileges? Wowzers. That sure is kind of Alura.

Much like Rebirth, the story doesn’t actually gain any steam until the very end when Kal shows Gor his place with some Batman taught fighting techniques and the arrival of the Green Lanterns to see what the fuss about this New Krypton was all about. If what they learn is similar to what we’ve been reading so far, they’ll be leaving bored.

The best part about the issue had nothing to do with the the issue, but rather Gary Frank’s impressive work on the cover and the cover for next month’s teaser. God it looks incredible, but I doubt what will transpire in the actual issue will have little semblance to that awesome cover. I’ve already mentioned I hate Pete Woods run on Superman, and the interiors here do very little to change my mind. His Kal-El design is just has no soul.

And Green Lantern could be…

May 6, 2009
This is just creepy

This is just creepy

…a younger, prettier, version of Sean Penn?

Oh wait, that’s Bradley Cooper, and no you shouldn’t know you he is. HitFix is reporting a reportedly “exclusive” reveal that Mr. Pen-er-Cooper here is the top candidate for Martin Campbell’s upcoming Green Lantern flick, scheduled to begin filming later this summer.

That’s…great for Bradley Cooper, I guess. This also spells doom for my personal preference of David Boreanaz being Hal Jordan. I mean, Boreanaz has the chin, is the right age and is built for the role. Plus he has the charisma. He also did Hal Jordan’s voice in Justice League: The New Frontier! I know, it was only a fanboy’s dream, but this fanboy also dreamed of Christian Bale as Batman months before it was announced he was signed.

So just who is this sod named Bradley Cooper? Well, he was in Alias for awhile, so I guess he isn’t exactly a nobody. Yeah, I’m probably being a bit hard on Cooper mainly because he wasn’t even on my radar for the role, and technically he hasn’t even signed yet.

So there’s hope yet for Boreanaz, right? Okay, there isn’t…

World of Green Cowl

April 9, 2009
This is the last time I look this good in this issue.

This is the last time I look this good in this issue.

World of New Krypton #2

Things got interesting last time with Superman essentially becoming a soldier in the Aryan-err, Kryptonian army. So, what manner of wacky hijinks can our adorable Kal-El get himself into this time? None, essentially. The issue revolved around him being all authoritative, and then herding space rhinos or something. But not just any kind of space rhino, but mind altering SUPER space rhino. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that it was still an issue about him herding animals. It ends on an intriguing note, with the workers guild rising up and taking a bunch of rich people hostage, but for some odd reason I doubt this will amount to much next issue.

A pretty bland story overall, with Robinson not really doing much in terms of plot or character development. Kal-el is still altruistic, Zod is still maniacal, Kara is still Kara, etc. And please, stop using the Gary Frank covers! They are so awesome, only to turn the page over and *blam* Pete Woods mediocrity kicks you square in the shin. Woods is a bad, bad artist. He might be awesome elsewhere, but with my sole experience with him on Superman, he’s been nothing but awful.

Rating: 3.9812 out of 12.51

Battle for the Cowl #2

Well, it’s the second issue and it’s already the penultimate chapter in artist turn writer/artist Tony Daniel’s three issue mega event. And it’s still rather disjointed and relatively soulless, and yes, it’s still mindlessly fun. It was pretty much a chapter long Jason Todd (*gasp* SPOILER!) ass kicking marathon. First kicking Grayson’s ass, shooting Damian and then stabbing Tim in the chest.


But we all know this badassery isn’t going to last, what with Dick Grayson all but guaranteed to be the next Batman and Damian as his Robin. The art is definitely lacking something compared to Daniels’ previous work on RIP. Maybe splitting his time between both writing and art is taking its toll.

Rating: 4 bloodied batarangs out of 7 killer man-bats.

Green Lantern #39

And here comes the Orange Lantern Corps! And I know I’m going to have a hard time differentiating them from the Sinestro Corps. I mean, just read the Sinestro Corps War and you’ll see the colour palette for the Yellow Lanterns there are virtually indistinguishable from the Orange Lanterns. And now there’s mention of an Indigo Corps? I mean, c’mon, we already have the Sapphires who are practically the same colour.

Anyways, colour bitching aside, the issue was below GL norm.I don’t mind exposition chapters, but when the exposition doesn’t reveal anything compelling, it’s just plain boring. It was nice seeing the Controllers getting torn apart, but that was the only great thing about the issue. I know, it’s just a set up for the next chapter which is almost guaranteed to be badass (Vega system going down, brotha’), but hey, I can complain if I want to.

Rating: 4 turquoise out of 6 navy blues.