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Today, we have a new batch of movie posters for comic related flicks. The first one up is (another) poster for Marvel Studio’s next release, Thor.

I dig the style they are going for with this particular poster and it falls very much in line with the Ironman 1 and 2 main posters, but there is something off about it. Both of Thor’s arms look off. I’m not sure what it is, it just doesn’t look right. The cast at the top is fine, but nothing really special.

Next up we have the one time Superman Brandon Routh returning to the funny books for an adaption of the Italian horror comics series Dylan Dog.

Routh portrays the title character, a paranormal investigator, who has a zombie sidekick. I enjoyed the trailer and I really like this poster. I think it captures the spirit of the material pretty well.

Finally we have the comic inspired Super from writer/director James Gunn. The movie is about a normal man, Rainn Wilson, who makes himself into a superhero after his wife cheats on him with a drug dealer. The newest poster for the film spotlights Ellen Page’s character’s superhero side kick identity, Boltie.

The super posters have had a cool style, but the word bubble looks really weird here. Has the poster creator ever read an actual comic?  Cool side note, the movie shot scenes at my favorite comic book store, Comic SMASH, in Los Angeles.

Love the posters? Hate them? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Posted on March 18th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on New Posters: Thor, Dylan Dog, Super
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Not that long ago Hollywood realized that the young film-goers they desperately wanted to draw to their movies had grown up playing video games. The aesthetic and pace of video games began to influence film, much to the annoyance of older moviegoers who simply were not used to the pace. Now, some years later, we’ve reached the point where the movie makers themselves have grown up playing video games. And, with that, we now see movies that are designed to actually look like video games themselves.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World launched with midnight screenings last night. I attended a showing in downtown Toronto. The film itself is unabashedly set in Toronto so the affect was something like going to the Superbowl with the home team playing. Based on a seven part series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley this film is a masterpiece of style but isn’t lacking in content as a result.

Michael Cera plays the title character. He’s a 22-year old slacker with no job who shares an apartment, and bed, with a gay roommate. He’s between jobs and trying to make it work as a bass player in a struggling band. Still reeling from a bad break-up his current girlfriend is a seventeen-year-old high school student, a point that draws him no end of ridicule from friends, his sister and his own bandmates. But all that changes when he meets Ramona Flowers, who may literally be the girl of his dreams. Pilgrim begins dating Ramona, without first breaking up with his girlfriend, only to learn that Ramona’s love life is governed by the League of Evil Exes, Ramona’s seven former romantic partners who engage any potential suitor in a series of duels to the death to prevent anyone from having her.

scottpilgrimMichael Cera is not exactly what you would expect from an action hero but there’s no realism to be expected in this movie. The fights, and there are plenty, are over-the-top style pieces where literally anything can happen. The League includes mystics, a movie star, a vegan musician (who happens to also be dating the ex that tore Pilgrim’s heart out), a kickboxing lesbian and a smarmy record executive. Cera fights with not just his body but also his brain. But, as each ex is dispatched and turns into a pile of coins, Ramona and Scott’s growing relationship is placed under ever growing stress. Can Scott overcome his own insecurities as well as the evil exes and have a hope of a happy ending? If you’ve read the comics you already know. If not, you’re in for a nice surprise.

And that describes the whole film, a nice surprise. With sound effects appearing as words like in the 60s Batman TV-series, and other video game touches like the “pee bar” this could have easily dissolved into the stinkiest cheese in the world. But director Edgar Wright maintains a laser precise vision for the entire 1h 53m of the film’s runtime. Completely internally consistent, but backed by an actually touching romance and a generous dose of laughs this is a film that is going to satisfy its target audience. For those who haven’t played a video game since Pong it will probably all seem silly and far too bust to appreciate.

Casting was perfect. Scott Pilgrim is firmly in Michael Cera’s comfort zone and he steps into the role like a skin-tight pair of jeans. Mary Elizabeth Winestead as Ramona manages to make her seem like a real character while maintaining an air of unobtainable mystery. Jason Swartztman, Chris Evans and Brandon Routh all take turns as exes and deliver solid performances in what could have been one-note characters.

So is this movie for you? The opening seconds of the film are the Universal logo rendered as an 8-bit video game image complete with low quality music. If you find this idea hilarious then you need to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. If that image confuses you, or you consider it silly, then the multiplex is playing The Expendables and Eat, Pray, Love this week too. You might want to check them out instead. For myself, this was just as epic as advertised.

****

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Smallville

The final season of Smallville is almost upon us! Here is some of the latest news about the end of the long running “young Superman” drama:

  • John Schneider will return as Jonathan Kent in the premiere and will guest star in a number of episodes throughout the season.
  • James Marsters will return as Braniac in the 200th episode. Rumors are saying that he might not be the evil Braniac that we know and love, but a different version of the character.
  • Laura Vandervoort will return as Kara/Supergirl for at least one episode, maybe more? I hope so.
  • The Superman suit appeared in the Comic Con trailer. It was the actual suit worn by Brandon Routh in Superman Returns.  I hope if this is the suit Clark wears, they they replace the maroon with red. The Returns suit was a bit of a disappointment.
  • Cat Grant will become a recurring character with Keri Lynn Pratt replacing Emilie Ullerup. She will become Clark’s new partner at the Daily Planet. Where does that leave Lois?
  • Michael Shanks will return as Hawkman. He appeared in the Smallville: Absolute Justice TV Movie that featured the JSA.
  • Sahar Biniaz has been cast as Hawkgirl, and I think we can all assume that she’ll be in the same episode of Hawkman.
  • Bradley Stryker has been cast as Deadshot, a member of the Suicide Squad.
  • Blue Beetle and Booster Gold will appear in an episode. Both are long running DC Comic characters.
  • Justin Hartley, aka Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, will direct an episode.

Are you excited for Smallville‘s final season? What news do you want to hear?

NBC Chuck Comic BookI feel like the current season of TV is flying by! Can you believe that we are 4 hours into the last 17 hours of Lost ever? And how great has the new season of Chuck been?  Who would have thought that both Brandon Routh and Kristen Kreuk would fit seamlessly into the cast? I want them both to join up full time (esp the ex-Superman).

So, have you been too busy? Miss some TV? Well, be thankful for the Internet, cause most of the good stuff is offered online for free viewing!

In the latest episode of Lost, we get a look at the life of John Locke in the “other world”, while Sawyer learns more about the island from the Smoke Monster.  I have to admit, the “other world” Locke has been the most interesting stuff about the character since season 1.  I haven’t been much of a fan of his, but I like where they are going with this and for the first time I’m interested to see where he will end up.

Over on Chuck, our favorite nerd herder is getting pretty damn good at the spy game.  “Chuck versus the Mask” sees Chuck and new (sorta almost) galpal Hannah (Kristin Kreuk) on a mission together, the only problem is that she isn’t a spy.

In the new episode of The Office, THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Manager that is. Who will keep the job? Michael or Jim? Is there really any question here?  I also have to add, I’ve really been enjoying Kathy Bates on the show. She’s a nice addition to the cast.

This next link is from Phasekitty, Life Unexpected on the CW. The show is in the vein of old school WB shows (Dawson’s Creek anyone?).

What did you watch this week?

Chuck Guest Starring Superman Brandon Routh

Tonight brings us an all new installment of Chuck on NBC at 8pm. Joining the cast (for at least a few episodes) is Superman, aka Brandon Routh (pictured above with Chuck!).  The new episode, “Chuck Versus Operation Awesome”, continues off last week’s cliffhanger that left the fate of Captain Awesome in the balance. The episode also guest stars Angie Harmon.

Also on tonight…

8PM

  • ABC: The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (Reality)
  • CBS: How I Met Your Mother/Accidentally on Purpose (Comedies)
  • CW: One Tree Hill (Melodrama)
  • FOX: 24 (Action Drama)
  • ABCFAM: Secret Life of the American Teenager (Teen Drama)
  • USA: Tom Brokaw Presents: American Character Along Highway 50 (News Showcase)

9PM

  • CBS: Two and a Half Men/ The Big Bang Theory (Comedies)
  • NBC: Heroes (Sci-Fi Drama)
  • CW: Life Unexpected (Drama)
  • ABCFAM: Make It or Break It (Sports Drama)
  • USA: WWE Monday Night Raw (Wrestling)

10PM

  • ABC: Castle (Crime Drama Comedy)
  • CBS: CSI: Miami (Crime Drama)