Archive | September, 2007

Lukewarm News Items

1. In addition to the direct-to-DVD animated Justice League film I blogged about yesternight, there’s also a live action big-screen Justice League film in the works.

Wonder Woman turns heads What’s the plot? I don’t know; but I am extremely skeptical about this purported leak. Um, spoiler alert, I guess, if you believe any of it.

2. The latest issue (#10) of the Spirit comic book might be worth picking up if you want to read parodies of a bunch of tv news and entertainment personalities – Rosie O’Donnell, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Stephen Colbert, Geraldo Rivera, etc., etc.

Is it funny? Well, mildly. Okay, actually, no, not especially.

3. Tonight I saw a preview ad for a new vampire drama called Moonlight. My first thought was that it looked like an Americanised version of the 90s Canadian series Forever Knight. Someone else must have had the same thought, because the former’s Wikipedia page links, without comment, to the the latter’s.

4. “Is our children learning?” – George W. Bush, 11 January 2000

“Childrens do learn.” – George W. Bush, 26 September 2007.

Look, he’s consistent. If “children” were the single form of the noun, then surely “childrens” would be the plural.

Bionic Frontier

Katee Sackhoff goes bionic and evil I watched tonight’s Bionic Woman remake, mainly because it’s produced by Galactica’s David Eick and features Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), Mark Sheppard (Romo Lampkin), and Aaron Douglas (Galen Tyrol). It was pretty good; not fantastic, but pretty good. And the secret government program in charge of the bionics program was, appropriately, a lot creepier than the one in the original 1970s series.

A lot of the advance reviews said that Michelle Ryan was boring as the lead, but I didn’t find her particularly so. Still, Sackhoff (as an earlier bionic model turned rogue) unsurprisingly steals the scenes they share.

In other news, I’m pleased to see that an animated film of DC Comics’ New Frontier series is in the works. New Frontier is essentially a re-imagining, from the standpoint of a 21st-century comics sensibility (meaning darker, edgier, and more political – with, e.g., superheroes serving as covert enforcers for the U.S. government in Vietnam), of the origin of the 1950s-60s version of the Justice League, with emphasis on Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. (Yes, the title “New Frontier” is supposed to be an homage to JFK’s fascist political program of the same name; well, nothing’s perfect.)

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