When reality gives way to fantasy...a new town is born!



Titular star Karl Urban gives a heads up on the new Judge Dredd film currently filming in South Africa.
 "Its going to be gritty, hardcore, realistic(he reiterates) and its essentially a day in the life of Dredd as he puts his rookie through her paces.
 "It's going to be much more gritty, much more real - the environment, Mega City One, is going to feel like a real city. It's not going to feel like a Hollywood back-lot. There will be no gold cod-pieces, and we're definitely going to stay faithful to the way that the character was originally conceived and written. He'll keep helmet on." 
Born Karl-Heinz Urban in Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Jafa Dredd?


Aronofsky for Wolverine 2

It seems at this point that things are indeed on as far as top notch art-house director Darren Aronofsky helming the Wolverine: Origins sequel. Here are a few quotes from titular star Hugh Jackman on the subject-

"This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope. Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different."
"This is Wolverine. This is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark ,But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue. [Aronofsky’s] going to make it fantastic. There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure.”



Here's an extremely cool fan-made/ edited mini-movie-Superman vs. Doomsday! Worth checking out...

Somehow, more pleasing than 'Superman Returns'....and I bet it didn't cost $300,000,000 to make!


Modern Art- "Super Heartbreak"




VIDEO:The Green Arrow Animated Short

This Green Arrow animated short film will be included on the upcoming DVD release from DC comics 'Superman/Batman:Apocalypse'. I haven't had a chance to watch the whole thing yet, but it looks really good :)

Too cool...

DVD REVIEW:Batman: Under the Red Hood 2010 ( M Contains violence)

! ! ! ! ! 4/5 exclamation points.

As the Joker soul-lessly beats Robin to his untimely demise in the gruelling opening scene of Batman: Under the Red Hood, I couldn't help but realise this film was going to be a bit of a hard sell to the demographic types. But it seems that DC, at least, are catering in part to the demands of hard core comics fans. From the light hearted, kid-cartoon friendly Batman & Co. on TV's Brave & the Bold, to the note perfect Golden Age Batman in Justice League: The Final Frontier (given voice by Jeremy Sisto) DC animator's are responding to fan's need for character.

And bloody realistic violence it seems, ah la The Dark Knight. The influence of this one film can be seen and heard in almost every modern crime/thriller/drama I've seen lately. What to speak of the decimation of Smallvillle's wholesome Red & Blue Blur goodness. Now, Clark is dark. The Dark....Blur.

So what to speak of a Batman film, set in gangland Gotham....?
Under the Red Hood hangs it's tale on the lives of of three main protagonists- Batman, Black Mask, and of course, the Red Hood. What what you say!!? How can I leave out the Joker, the mad domino that begins this spiralling series of events!!? Well, I just like the Black Mask better. And I feel that the Joker did not instigate the bulk of the tale anyway. But not to give too much away...
WadeWilliams is wonderfully over the top in his vocal performance as the Black mask, whose super villain appearance contrasts his regular hood mentality. Actor Bruce Greenwood does his best to channel Kevin Conroy but does little in the way of cutting his own slice of the Batman pie. Joker voiced by John DiMaggio struck me at first as unusually grounded, but menacing nonetheless. DiMaggio is somewhat of a stalwart in the animation acting world-just check out his resume on IMDB

Bruce Timm, Bruce Timm, Bruce Timm, his name can't be said enough when it comes to fanboy home-cinema, his name on a DC work being almost a stamp of Super-authenticity. He seems involved in almost all fine DC productions of late, and here he has produced another entry into the Batcave's log. Animation has come a long way, both in technilogical advances and subject matter. Batman: Under the Red Hood is a quality glimpse into the animated DC universe, and a great place to start if you have come here via the Dark Knight entrance. Batman fans old and new will, I feel, find this to be a satisfying film expeience. Yay. 


I just found this quote from legendary comics creator Frank Miller...

[on Batman Begins] "I totally thought they did a damned good job. It was the first 'Batman' movie I've genuinely liked. I sat there, I watched it, and I came out of there going, 'Well done, man.' Sure, they used my stuff - they used everybody's stuff, but they used my stuff a lot - but they did it well, and that's all I care about. It was Batman. What I mean by that is, I thought the character was true. You understand, when I work on a character, I have a very, very hard time seeing anybody else's interpretation. I get very possessive. But when I went out to see this thing, I said, 'This is a pretty cool Batman.' I wasn't sitting there going, 'This is a merchandising tool.' I felt like it really had heart and substance, and Christian Bale with no doubt performed the best Batman I have ever seen."
(courtesy imdb.com)



I had the good fortune to spend a couple of days in London last month. While I was there, I took the opportunity to go comic-hunting at a few of London's comic emporiums. During my expedition, I developed a certain bias toward a friendly and inviting comic book distribution facility in Camden Town, moments away from the staunchly attended Camden Markets. I entered the door of Mega City Comics and immediately felt comfortable. The relaxed staff welcomed me in and I could hear racks of discounted comics calling my name in a strange melody.
I clocked up 5 hours there in the 2 days I visited that shop. I went on to purchase my entire 20kg luggage allowance for the flight home from Mega City's fan-friendly shelves! That's right, Mega City sells comics by the kilo! Great shop. Stood out like a fanboy oasis compared to the generally over-priced inner-city London comic vendors.
One notable exception is Orbital Comics, in the city-centre. The 'more-than-a-shop' features an art gallery which I didn't fully assess as I was too busy with my head in the comic bins. Friendly staff and a good deal on back issues.                                   If it's toys you want, then head to Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Street. Although it boasts a a well-stocked basement full of Graphic Novels and some dvds, it's clearly the street-level floor jam-packed with toys, models and paraphernalia which keeps the doors open on this fairly large store.                                                  And there was Gosh! comics which was busy and eclectic, and Comicana, which would be a collector's haven if not for prices that reach for rewards far beyond market value.
It seems the suburbs won out in my mini-comic book store survey, and I wonder what other comic strip sellers London's surburban landscape is hiding? However, if you're in the London area and you want comics, Mega City is a good place to start.



A new film by fan-filmmaker Aaron Schoenke, made on a US$27,000 budget-

The official blurb-
"When the Joker escapes from Arkham and murders the parents of a young boy, Batman recalls the pain of losing his own parents as a child. He is pushed past his limits to the point where his focus becomes revenge on all who stand in his way, including many of Gotham’s underworld. Finally, Batman is forced to look at the psychological profile of his own mind and accept the consequences of his life to find resolve."
Courtesy of http://www.dailymotion.com :)


FCBD 2010 Remembered.....

It's been almost 2 weeks since Free Comic Book Day 2010. A joyous day, sadly over too soon. It just seems somehow....too short. How about FCBM-Free Comic Book Month? Free comics everyday for a month. And at the beginning of every new century, FCBY- that's right, free comics everyday for a year, just to make sure everybody's got enough. Something to think about...
I spent this year's FCBD at Gotham Comics in Onehunga. I really like the variety in their selection of comics for sale, ranging from silver age originals to the latest books and a well stocked back-issue section for everything in between.
Free Comic Book Day saw Gotham hosting Dr. Sketchy, an art troupe who encourage and celebrate active comic artistry through out the country. Live models of your favourite heroes and villains invite you to pick up pad & bat-pencil and get sketchy. The Joker was just that and actively encouraged us to participate. 

Combined with a 50% OFF sale on back-issues and new comics, plus free comics for walking in the door, Dr.Sketchy and the amiable crew at Gotham Comics made for a great atmosphere. Extra free comics were available for a gold coin donation to a local school, bringing a community feel to the event.
Having just digested the multi-zillion dollar super-
powered hype-monster that is IM2 two nights before, this funky local fanboy/girl community gathering reminded me of the simple joy of art that is comics.

Pin-up! Captain America & Red Skull 1941


Chris Evans On Playing Captain America: 'I'm A Little Scared, To Be Honest'

.....to be honest, so are we. Demonstrating his mastery of shallow, pallid acting in masterpieces like Fantastic Four and Robot Chicken, it beggars belief that he has been handed the mantle of playing arguably Marvel comics greatest character. When will Hollywood studio executives learn to listen to the fanboys? It's not that our voice is unheard.

Online fans made their feelings known in support of potential Caps such as Mark Valley (best known from Boston Legal) or popular fan choice John Barrowman, star of British sci-fi tv show Torchwood.


To this comic-head, the choice of Chris Evans to play Cap reeks of Hollywood big-money playing it safe, with a multi-demographic pleasing Chris Evans. Just read what Evans himself has to say about his motivation for accepting the coveted role- "It was tricky saying yes. A couple of sleepless nights were involved...But I said, "Well, if you do this, hopefully it will enable me to make whatever I'd like to make in the future." That's an opportunity you want. It's chess, really. Sometimes this one move isn't going to bring you everything you want, but five moves down the line it just may. So, again, it was pros and cons, and the pros won out."
Ugh. Hollywood politics wins over art yet again. Chris Evans as Captain America is as promising an idea as Ben Affleck as Daredevil.
When will the fat-cat Hollywood bean-counters learn that the will of the fanboys/girls make or break super hero movies at the box-office? Ask Chris Nolan, he knows. Or Jon Favreau.
And on a personal note, man , I'm just gutted. Captain America has been one of my mega-faves since I was a kid. He's the cornerstone of the whole Marvel universe. He demands justice!


"Ass....kick! Heh heh..."

Now we're talking. I went to see Kick-Ass with a 'non-fanboy' friend of mine who left the cinema glowing and said it was one of the best movies he's ever seen. Oh yeah.
While my devotion to the Bat-epics of Chris Nolan is all consuming, and my enthusiasm for new super hero movies is stifled by my constant yearning for any news of Bat 3, I must say that this movie rocked-big time.
No cartoon-taboos were ignored. Without revealing spoilers, the amount of child violence alone would have earned 'Kick-Ass' its R18 certificate. While not on the level of gut-churning-adrenaline-pumped-suspense as say Scarface, it certainly has moments that would make even the most thick-skinned action junky wince.
Personal highlight- Nic Cage's turn as crime-fighter Big Daddy has just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek and fanboy reverence- who in their right mind would not want to dress up as Batman and shoot bad guys? 
PS...HOT OFF THE PRESS....it looks like Cage will not be re-prising his role as Ghost Rider in the upcoming sequel due to scheduling conflicts...shame. We like Nic.



Son of Sir Howie strikes back.....

With principle photography scheduled to begin this month on director Martin Campbell's highly anticipated "Green Lantern" movie, two additional actors have joined the cast: "Star Wars" actor Temuera Morrison and Taika Waititi.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morrison will portray Abin Sur — the Green Lantern who gives Hal Jordan his power ring before dying — and Waititi will play Hal Jordan's best friend. They join a cast that includes Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Tim Robbins, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and Martin Strong.
Earlier this month, it was announced that test footage for "Green Lantern" was being filmed in New Orleans that revolved around a stunt car. In the "Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn" miniseries, Hal Jordan is behind the wheel of a car accident that seriously injures his best friend. If that incident is being used in the film, then Waititi's character may be the one who is hurt in the crash.
Waititi is a well-known filmmaker and actor in his native New Zealand. He received an Oscar nomination for his short film "Two Cars, One Night" and has also directed an episode of "Flight of the Conchords." Morrison is perhaps best known for his role as Jango Fett in "Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of The Clones."
Warner Bros. recently revealed that "Green Lantern" will be released in 3D when it hits theaters in the USA June 2011