the dark knight

Futuristic Robin Hood or Distopian Green Arrow

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Warner Bros is also developing a film based on the classic tale, but with a sci-fi twist. Danish commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig pitched the project, and has signed on to direct. Newcomer Jason Dean Hall, who wrote the Ashton Kutcher Sundance comedy Spread and is working on a big screen adaptation of the video game Blacklight for Fox, has been hired to write the screenplay. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Gianni Nunnari (300, The Departed) are producing the adaptation.

According to RiskyBiz, the story will “be set in a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population.” The producers describe it as “a futuristic action adventure” that will be “both inspired by and pay homage to the legend of Robin Hood (/Film)."

While this might be an interesting movie, the first thing that came to mind was a distopian Green Arrow movie...

As a writer, I understand that there is nothing new under the sun.  All a writer can really do is add a new twist on old stories while trying to be be as original as possible.

My biggest problem with this idea is that it is just a "me too" from Warner Brothers that is trying to feel off the hype behind the Ridley Scott Robin Hood.  Remember that part about trying to be original?

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Hugo Nominations: The Picks Are Difficult

Get your copy of Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog here and help support the project The Hugo Awards nominations are out!  I was so thrilled when I saw that Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog was nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.  This is great because they are recognizing web series along with television series. Now comes the hard part… picking only one winner.  Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and two other top picks from the category is “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead” (Doctor Who) and “Turn Left” (Doctor Who).  This is a very hard pick because I really want Doctor Horrible to win as recognition and validation of web series yet “Turn Left” deserves to win since it is the best dramatic presentation out of the three.

Some other categories with difficult picks.

Which one will you vote for?

See the full list of nominations here.

Speculative Fiction Movies Dominate top 25

Get your copy of The Dark Knight on DVD and help support the project IMDB presented their top 25 searched for films of 2008.  They wanted to go for a ranking that was not based on box-office performance or critical assessments.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how many speculative fiction movies were on the list.

  1. The Dark Knight (2008)
  2. Twilight (2008)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  4. TR2N (2011) Tron 2, I still don’t really care for the name
  5. The Expendables (2010)
  6. Iron Man (2008)
  7. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
  8. No Country for Old Men (2007)
  9. Juno (2007)
  10. Transformers (2007)
  11. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  12. There Will Be Blood (2007)
  13. Sex and the City (2008)
  14. Into the Wild (2007)
  15. Superbad (2008)
  16. Cloverfield (2008)
  17. Terminator Salvation (2009)
  18. Wanted (2008)
  19. Dragonball (2009)
  20. Quantum of Solace (2008)
  21. The Departed (2006)
  22. Star Trek (2009) This is J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek
  23. The Godfather (1972)
  24. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
  25. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

SF moves took up 60% of the chart with only 1/3 of those movies being ones that have not been released yet.

I find these search reports to be fascinating like a snap shot of what is on peoples minds and what they are curious about.

(via IMDB)

DVD Releases: December 9th, 2008

  • get your copy of The Dark Knight here and help support the projectThe Dark Knight:  One of the best movies released to the theaters this year.  My full review can be read here Exploring: The Dark Knight.  A must own!
  • Horton Hears a Who!:  A much anticipated and poorly executed telling of this classic Dr. Seuss tale.  I was deeply saddened that an animated movie with such outstanding voice talent and comedic talent behind it could be such derivative crap.  Save your money and time.
  • Peter and the Wolf:  An animated retelling of this classic fantasy fable.  The film won the 2008 Oscar for Best Animated Short, and has received good reviews.  I have not seen it yet but have been interested in seeing it.  Definitely a renter maybe even an owner.
  • Roadrunner United: The Concert:  I love the album, I listen to all of the time and now I’m stoked that the concert is out.  A must own for all metal fans!  It was a celebration project for the 25th Anniversary of Roadrunner Records.  It is the ultimate in mashup art when they took 39 musicians, representing 25 different Roadrunner bands mixed and matched the musicians and had each group write and produce a song for the album and concert.

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Randal Graves and the Empire Top 100

randaltop100 Randal Graves from Kevin Smith’s brilliant film Clerks has is number 92 on Empire’s Top 100 Greatest Movie Characters.

Why He's On The List: Randal is the voice of countless generations - anyone who's had a shitty customer service job in their early twenties will understand his attitude, wishing they could have articulated their frustration with his artful profanity and supreme disregard for, well, anything. But the key to Randal is that he doesn't necessarily hate his job, it's just that he remembers not to care (Empire).

Also on the List:

It is great to see how many Speculative Fiction characters make the list, especially in the top 10.  It makes me wonder if we should make our own list.

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A must have for Movie Writers working in the DC universe

get your copy of the DC Comic Encyclopedia here and help support the Project With the conversation and buzz building up over who will be in the next Batman Movie I thought we should take a moment to point out what should be the obvious.  The DC Comics Encyclopedia is a must have for any writer of DC comics movie. This book is a wonderful reference full of heroes and villains from the DC Universe.  For each character they give at basic bio sheet, what comics they appear in and a couple of paragraphs with some basic information.  They also cover the different organizations like The Justice League and The Justice Society.  As a fan I love this book and use it often as a quick reference sometimes to refresh my memory and with the more obscure characters like Bat-Mite a good starting source of information.

Batmite2 If only they would have used this when writing Batman Begins they would have at least got some of the basic setting and character facts correct.   Is that too much to ask?

The DC Comics Encyclopedia

Exploring: The Dark Knight

Review of:  The Dark Knight, Why Two for One is not always a good thing. Overall Rating: 8.0

The Dark Knight is a good movie, it would have been great but they tried to add the sequel onto the last twenty minutes of the movie.  I really enjoy a two for one sale but when it comes to The Dark Knight that is not the case.  The movie brought me to a perfect climax, just the right amount of tension and drama with all points satisfactorily concluded, then continued into a twenty minute poorly executed and rushed ending leaving me on a sour note.  It caused some scenes in the joker storyline to be rushed and couldn't even do justice to the Two-Face storyline

***** Spoiler Alert *****  If they would have ended the film just after Batman defeats the Joker and the Joker finishes with his monologue aka his finishing "joke" then show Two-Face flip a coin and as the screen goes black a gun shot, the Joker's laugh and roll credits.  That would have been the perfect ending.  Then they could have devoted the necessary amount of time to the Two-Face story instead of having to rush this one and not give us a sequel we would have liked to see.  ***** End of Spoiler Alert *****

The story is very compelling.  They play around with the ideas of insanity verses morality and the differences between a hero and a guardian.  In the Dark Knight they almost go to the preachy side but for me they fell just short.  Thankfully they address the problems with so many people knowing Batman's true identity.  It was something I really hated about the last movie and was happy they at least addressed it.

The Plot / Story: The second movie in the New Batman series.  A sociopath criminal known as the Joker has grown tired of Batman and the changing scene in Gotham city.  In the Joker’s ideal city the criminals ran everything and the police would not interrupt their fun.  Now that Batman has arrived the confidence of the police and especially new district attorney Harvey Dent is growing and in turn the city is getting cleaned up.  The Joker in turn leads a campaign of destruction to bring back his beautiful city and makes it personal against Batman.

Likes

  1. Heath Ledger's Joker was brilliant and terrifying!
  2. Aaron Eckhart's Harvey Dent / Two-Face was Awesome
  3. The Jokers creation monologue was brilliantly done and it keeps changing each time he tells it.
  4. The balcony scene with Batman and Mobster captured Batman so well.

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Christian Bale's Batman voice was distracting
  2. The Bat Suit looked a little weird
  3. The helicopter shot was a fascinating idea that the visual effects were bad looking.
  4. Batman was more true to the spirit of Batman but they still had him cause unnecessary property damage merely to have explosions in the film.  It sucked and there were other scenes that they could have had explosions in that would have made more sense and been more dramatic.

Batman in other projects.

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Theater or Renter: The Dark Knight

The Plot / Story: The second movie in the New Batman series.  A sociopath criminal known as the Joker has grown tired of Batman and the changing scene in Gotham city.  In the Joker’s ideal city the criminals ran everything and the police would not interrupt their fun.  Now that Batman has arrived the confidence of the police and especially new district attorney Harvey Dent is growing and in turn the city is getting cleaned up.  The Joker in turn leads a campaign of destruction to bring back his beautiful city and makes it personal against Batman.

I gave the trailer a 4 out of 5.  It was intriguing.  The Joker looks pleasantly terrifying.  The trailer left me with concerns about Harvey Dent.  Unfortunately I don't think that they will get back to the spirit of Batman.  Batman Begins was a good superhero movie but a terrible Batman movie because it failed to keep to the spirit of Batman.

The spirit of Batman is that what makes him a superhero is his industrious, creative, DIY nature.  Batman makes his own gadgets and outwits the villains.  Batman is a loaner and untrusting of others.

I will definitely watch this in the theater.  Even though I have been burnt in the past time and again I love Batman and must see if maybe... just maybe got this one right.

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