Friday Round Up: A Bunch of Cool and Weird Stuff

I don’t know whether Jurassic World will be stupid, awesome or most-likely: stupid awesome. But I know I like Chris Pratt, I like dinosaurs, and I like the idea of bioengineered dinosaurs rampaging. Then to use some dinosaurs to fight the other dinosaurs? Well that sounds good too! Above is the new trailer for the movie that comes out June 12.

News round up below consists of Eisner Nominations, Spider-Man and TMNT casting news, a Kickstarter prank, He-Man viral videos, toys based on Star Wars’ new droid, BB-8, Iceman’s sexuality, and a hell of a lot more.



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Star Trek Problems: Amazing Futuristic Technology

Star Trek Problems 73: Amazing Futuristic Technology

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10 Shows Marvel Should Make Before Mockingbird

mockingbird and lance hunter

According to the latest industry sources, ABC wants to develop two TV shows with Marvel. One would be developed by Oscar winning writer John Ridley and is rumored to be based on the new Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel. The other would be a spinoff from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which is said to focus on new characters Mockingbird and Lance Hunter, a former couple. While they are interesting characters, I think it would potentially do Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a disservice to eliminate two of their three new cast members. With a rich wealth of characters, here are 10 Marvel comics characters that would be suited for the small screen and would serve ABC better, allowing Mockingbird and Hunter to remain S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.



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Breaking Down the Batman v Superman Trailer Shot by Shot

The new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer came out last week. We finally get to see what Batman will look like in this sequel to Man of Steel. I decided to take a close look at each shot to either learn something from it or make a bad joke about it. Join me in deciding whether this is too dark and dreary or exciting and cool.

I enjoyed Man of Steel on some levels. Superman and Lois Lane were good. The Daily Planet staff was likable, if underused. The action scenes were exciting. I don’t have huge issues with the destruction of Metropolis, as this is Superman’s first big fight and it shows he doesn’t have the superhero skill he will develop. That said, if he could have taken a couple hits to save a few bystanders, that would’ve been nice. No, my only big problem is they got his father, Jonathan Kent, totally wrong. Asking Clark to not be himself and to hide his powers felt completely wrong and is a pretty bad message. It made no real sense and was just weird. I hope they can use what happened in the first movie to justify what happens in this one, with Lex Luthor working to turn the public against Superman. Let’s break it down.



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Examining the Live Action Batman Cowls

Live Action Batman

There have been eight actors to play Batman in live action films and television. Each of them had a unique version of the Batman suit but the most iconic element of Batman is his cowl. Below, we’ll take a look at each version of the Batman cowl as portrayed in live action and compare it to what the suit looked like in the comics at the time.



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Breaking Down the Fantastic Four Trailer Shot by Shot

Hello, dear readers. This is Chris and I love doing trailer breakdowns to see what we can learn. I also love Fantastic Four. Oh, let me be clear. I love the comics. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby built an incredible sci-fi family superhero mashup that in many ways defines who and what Marvel Comics are and can be.

But Marvel doesn’t have the film rights to Fantastic Four. They were dealing with bankruptcy in the 90s and sold the film rights to 20th Century Fox. Fox made two mediocre versions of the FF in the early 00s that didn’t do super well. But superhero movies are popular and they don’t want to lose the rights so they rushed a remake into production to retain the rights. I figured it was unfair to break down this trailer if I’m predisposed to want it to bomb. So I brought in cheery angel and regular Robot’s Pajamas writer/reviewer Rev. Ron Swanson (that is his real name folks) to help me with it. Let’s break this thing down.



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Out of Context Comics: Volume 22

hitman is focused on the cat

I hope these panels are sufficiently out of context. I try not to get any that were intentionally funny. It’s a challenge. One I’m happy to do each week.



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Friday Round Up: Disney Makes All The Monies

Look, Disney clearly had a power weekend with their Star Wars trailer and all the Marvel movies and TV shows. But for my money, the most visually interesting trailer was the above “legacy” trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road. I really hope it’s good. Visually, it looks amazing. Anyway, read on for a few tidbits about Star Wars, Archie (yes, Archie), DC comics stuff, G.I. Joe, viral videos, and more.



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Shot by Shot Breakdown of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens 2nd Teaser Trailer

Well, the new teaser trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens was just released. Although at a minute and a half, it seems to me to count as a regular trailer. But they’re calling it a teaser, so that’s that. It will be in theaters this Christmas but until then, let’s look at each shot in the teaser to see what we can learn about this mysterious new Star Wars sequel.



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Star Trek Problems: Stardate 42189.1 – Stardate 42898.5

Star Trek Problems #72

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Seriously, Dr. Pulaski was the worst.