Three Science Fiction News Items

1. David Tennant is almost unrecognisable here taking the Roddy McDowell role of ham-horror-actor-turned-real-life-vampire-hunter Peter Vincent in the upcoming Fright Night remake:

David Tennant in FRIGHT NIGHT

David Tennant in FRIGHT NIGHT

He looks a tad sleazier than the original ….

2. Rumours are flying about the possibility of another Torchwood/Doctor Who crossover for next year.

Frank Miller's BATMAN and DAREDEVIL

3. Back in the days before he found neoconservatism and lost his talent, Frank Miller famously reinvented both Batman and Daredevil in a way that has shaped the treatment of those characters ever since. Miller’s take was a strong influence on the Burton and Nolan Batman movies and on the 2003 Daredevil movie. Yet despite even photographically imitating Miller’s exact panels, the Daredevil movie never quite caught the spirit of the material it was drawing on.

The good news is that Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One are due to be released as animated films, while a rebooted live-action Daredevil will also be adapting Miller’s material.

4 Responses to Three Science Fiction News Items

  1. Mandel June 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    “Fright Night” isn’t the sort of thing that would usually pique my interest, but the prospect of seeing Tennant portraying a character much different from The Doctor is pretty tantalizing.

    By the way, did you have any reactions to the mid-season finale of “Doctor Who” you’d like to share? Even though I was pretty convinced that River was going to be Melody Pond, I still enjoyed the reveal. However, the idea of The Doctor’s enemies conspiring to take him down has already been done in recent series, and I can’t say I find the version of this scenario introduced in “A Good Man Goes to War” all that exciting or interestingly different from the latest encounter with Davros. I would have been nice to fill out the baddies’ motivations more than the rather generic ‘we want to take down ‘The Doctor.’ Lastly, the title of the episode was a bit misleading, since it was made very clear that the intended version of ‘war’ was a bloodless war.

    • Roderick June 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      Well, we don’t really know the full story of the baddies’ motivations. For example, the baddies in this episode evidently have some connection to the Silence, but what it is we have little idea.

      • Mandel June 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

        Yeah, I guess I just wish we’d been given more of taste of what those motivations are to draw us in. Damn these endless mid-season breaks! I’ll just have to tide myself over with two more episodes of “Game of Thrones”…until “Torchwood” hits!

        • Roderick June 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

          Well, a little bit of possible motivation here.

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