While the debates raged, DC Continued it’s much bemoaned Countdown. The Hulk continued to wage his War in New York City. At the end of the Summer though, everyone stopped fussing and debating, and turned with great anticipation toward San Diego. It was ComiCon time.
Everyone expected the Dark Knight to cast his shadow over the Con, but the Joker merely painted everyone’s face. However, where Bruce Wayne decided to stay away, another successful playboy type made his mark. Jon Favreau wowed the crowd with his reel of clips from Iron Man. Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg made an appearance….sort of. Along with a look at the Hulk and some cartoon stuff, geeks everywhere started to forget the debates of 2007 and look to the future.
As Fall and Winter rolled in, The Summer debates faded like the leaves on a tree and we, the geek nation sat back with full geek bellies anticipating the upcoming events.
We were pleased with the Bourne Ultimatum. We gave a collective “It was OK” to the Pirates at World’s End. I was, hoever, much more happy with it than I was the second installment of the Pirates trilogy. The Consensus on John McClane’s vie to Live Free or Die Hard? Should have gone for the “R” rating. Again, I find myself at odds with the consensus. I thought the action was as big as it could have been, the only thing we didn’t get was all of the “dirty words” of the previous three installments.
As the hype of the Summer wore down and Rob Zombie remade HALLOWEEN, the geek eye began to strain to see into 2008. However, right in the way of 2008 stood Will Smith, a German Shepherd, an empty New York City, and a whole bunch of vampire-like creatures that were the result of the cure for cancer.
Apparently, I AM LEGEND was one of those projects that had been in the works for a long time. In fact, The Governator was attatched to the project in it’s earliest stages. Thank God he decided to go into politics and this thing didn’t get made until Will Smith could be involved. Will Smith did an outstanding job of having nothing on screen but a few maniquins and a dog to play off of. It was fascinating to watch the daily life of a man who had been totally isolated for three years. It was fascinating to watch Will Smith bring the character of Robert Neville to life.
The biggest problem I’ve heard that people have with I AM LEGEND is the digitalness of the Dark Seekers. Frankly, those people must have an eye trained to be able to tell a good digital character from a poor one. While the Dark Seekers were no Yoda from Episode 3, they weren’t so unrealistic as to be distracting. The story though, and I can’t say it enough, is Will Smith. His performance is the reason that 2007 has been able to end – for geeks – on a high note.
Now, we look to 2008. A monster will ravage New York, Rambo will kill again, Indy will strap on the whip, Stark will don the armor, The Hulk will smash, The Dark Knight will return, and we cannot wait. Yes, 2008 promises to be a banner year for geeks and geekdom. Truthfully, though, even before we see Iron Man take to the big screen, we will be talking about a sequel. Before Batman beats the Joker, we will be anticipating his battle with Two Face. Before Indiana finds the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull we will be speculating as to whether or not he’ll ever be back. For it is the nature of the geek to ever look forward. It is the nature of the geek to devour trailers, pictures, spy reports, and spoilers. It is the nature of the geek to pre-order comics, write their own ending, and endlessly e-mail their favorite creators. We look ahead with the anticipation of a kid at Christmas because a geek is merely someone who hasn’t completely let go of the kid inside of them, and as we look forward, we hold on to that little boy or girl saving the world from the confines of the back yard. We look forward as we look for a place that is safe to sit back and discuss all that we enjoy about geekdom. And that brings me to the biggest geek event for me in 2007:
THE LAUNCHING OF GEEK OUT ONLINE.
Thank you to everyone who has, in the past few months not only checked the site out, but subscribed to the feed and podcast as well. I’m looking forward to 2008 and all the fun we’ll have not only at the comic shops, DVD racks, and Movie theatres, but also the fun we’ll have here discussing our experiencing and immersing ourselves in total geekdom. Happy New Year, may 2008 fulfill all of our geek wishes.