NEWS FROM THE SHADOWLANDS
Let's recap the latest movie news:
We're less than two weeks from the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
We've all seen the latest Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer. (Right? If you haven't, google it.)
We've recently (like, an hour ago- seriously) heard or seen something about the trailer for Rogue One - a prequel to Episode 4 where the rebels steal the plans for the Death Star.
The trailer for the reboot of the Fantastic Four came out.
Ultron: They have a lot to build up to with the Avengers. It will be awesome. Oh yes. It will be awesome. I probably won't see it until after classes let out - or possibly on video - unless by some miracle I find two hours between classes. I still haven't seen the live-action Cinderella movie and literally have no time. But it is what it is.
Episode 7: Good feeling for this one. Since the film is almost literally being made thirty years since the original was filmed (I know its actually forty years) that still says a lot about how the series has endured even after mixed fan reaction regarding the prequels and such. Personally, I always thought the prequels did a good job of trying to unify the saga and establish a greater view of the universe - though I could've done without Jar Jar Binks. But talking Ep 7, I see good things in the film. How the dark side will find its way back into the light should be interesting.
Rogue One: This will undoubtably be a nittier-gritter Star Wars film, because there will probably a notable absence of Jedi references and lightsabers. The creators have said that it will be a war movie, and I'm certain they will stay true to that, showing how early X-wing fighters and the origins of Rogue Squadron stole the plans for the Death Star, inspired a young farmboy on a desert planet, and ultimately brought down the Empire. Yeah, it's a few years out, but I'm seeing good things here too. It's nice to see more from the Star Wars series - and hopefully much more from the expanded universe.
I'd love to see someone make Shadows of the Empire. Just saying.
Fantastic Four reboot: Still not entirely sold on this one. Same as with the reboot of Spiderman - which I still haven't seen because of my lack of faith in the trailers and related images - it seems way too soon to consider rebooting the series. From the trailer, I can see that the effects are well done and that it'll be a darker take - which is good, considering Spidey's relaunch was almost cartoony and comical compared to the original that felt right, had strong character motivations, and gave a depth to the characters that the comics had had from the start- the same could be said of the first Fantastic Four film. First off, Jessica Alba in a blue jumpsuit is fantastic enough. But Ioan Gruffud had the look for Mr. Fantastic down pat, and Michael Chikles pulled off a flawless Ben Grimm, if it could be said so. Granted, Chris Evans went on to play a more awesome hero - Captain America - but I'm still not entirely sold on splitting up Johnny Storm and the Invisble Woman as siblings - you could argue Johnny is adopted, I guess, but it's not true to the comic any longer. The actor pegged for Reed Richards in the reboot looks almost too nerdy, while the CG version of the Thing comes off as all rock and no roll. I guess we'll have to give it a chance.
Of course, I'm still waiting for the final edition of Hunger Games to his the thearters, not to mention a live action The Little Mermaid (please) or at least a live action Belle (played by our favorite Hermoine Granger, Emma Watson) in the meantime.
Then again, if those screenwriters are looking for ideas, they can keep doing movies of 80s cartoons. They've pretty much beaten Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers with a stick to the brink of death, but M.A.S.K. and a little show called Turbo Teen are still ripe for the hollywood treatment.
Did ya'll check your messages? I'm really pleased at how the Shelly/Greg/Michelle/Dr. Chase image turned out. Also, I apologize for keeping you waiting on part two of Union Shores, but I'm going to start uploading them on a fairly regular basis once again.
Nobody seems interested in the idea of making more Atari images. Not a problem, I guess. I was only really interested in the one.
Also, if you ever check the commission schedule, you may have notied a little thing called Special Project. I should tell you now that it's not related to the books. I'm not going to spoil it - someone here might already know what's up, and I hope he won't spoil it either - but I've been waiting a long time to do this, and I hope it'll be awesome.
Since it's my motto of the day...