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2007 – The Year in Geekdom (part 4)

31

Dec

Posted by Steve

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.

Smallville at ComiCon

20

Aug

Posted by Steve

The Smallville panel from the San Diego ComiCon is available to watch on YouTube.  If you’ve never had the chance to go to a convention or sit in a panel like this, the experience of fan reaction is enough to go check these things out.  If you’re a Smallville fan, then it’s worth seeing.

The video is in three parts and the link here will take you to part one.  From there it is easy to look in the right hand column and move to parts two and three.

The first part of the video has some things about season seven that make me smile. 

I’ll be honest and say that out of all the years Smallville has been on the air, I am looking forward to this season the least.   Season six seemed to be a bit of a hiccup in the process of telling Clark’s story.  The creators and writers seemed to have a lot of ideas, but didn’t do such a great job of tying everything together as they had in the past.   As much as I loved the season finale last season, I still came away from the overall season slightly underwhelmed and a little disappointed. 

BUT…there are some tidbits in this panel that make me smile. 

Here are all three links:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 Expect a Summer of Smallville update later this evening, we should be into Season 2 by week’s end.

Always The Last on the Scene

San Diego ComiCon Highlights

1

Aug

Posted by Steve

I haven’t updated at all this week because I have been moving, and over the weekend I had a slight techie snafu that kept me from posting.  (Special thanks go out to NCN at
The No Credit Needed Blog
for all of his help in getting things fixed.)

Anywho, San Diego ComiCon was this past weekend, and as is the case every year, there was much going on, much to see, and much to speculate on after the weekend wrapped.

Now, I wasn’t there, but I tried to follow all of the bits and pieces of news that came out from the Con as best I could.  Here are the highlights for me:

The Dark Knight

While Warner Brothers said there would be no Dark Knight presence, the guerilla markters were in San Diego en force. Apparently they scattered some fake ones around with the picture of George Washington “Joker’d up” and the words “One Dollar” replaced with “WhySoSerious.” Thus was launched and discovered
WhySoSerious.com.
The page started as a bit of a game for the folks at ComiCon. During the game, people who got involved found themselves getting painted up Joker style and following a scavenger hunt-like trail of clues. At the end of the quest? The Dark Knight Teaser. Yes, it’s the one that was leaked just before ComiCon. It’s not a very good teaser for non-fans, but if you are a fan, and have some knowledge of Batman and the Joker, then there’s enough there to get a little excited. After all of that, one could go to the website and get a feel for what the participants experienced. The website has now changed to redirect to
Rent-A-Clown.com.

Indiana Jones and the….
Paramount made the biggest splash at the Con with their panel that included news about the new Star Trek movie (Sylar from Heroes plays a young Spock), Iron Man (which we will get to), and Indiana Jones. This move really surprised me, I don’t know why, it just did. I think it’s just that I didn’t expect anything this cool from Indiana Joneas at ComiCon. Instead of me trying to describe the video, just check it out
here
.

And then there’s this cool little video game trailer. I loved the Star Wars Lego games and this looks to be just as fun.

Iron Man
This was probably the biggest surprise of the con. From every report I’ve read, this is what most people were talking about. Yes, Hasbro showed off some great toys. Yes, there were a few really good comic book panels. Yes, there was a screening of Superman: Doomsday (which I will be picking up in September). Yes, there was a Heroes and Smallville panel, but this is what caught the people’s imagination. Apparently, Jon Favreau and the folks at Paramount pulled one over on the audience by kicking off the panel with footage from Iron Man. As the crowd got excited, on the big screens popped up clips of the cartoon from the 60′s. Favreau then came out with a camera telling everyone he was going to be the first to put it on YouTube. Funny stuff. Then the cast came out, answered some questions and the audience was treated to incredible footage from Iron Man. Yes, I’ve seen it. Highlights? The Mark 1 Iron Man armor in action complete with flame throwers. Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark. Iron Man outrunning two fighter jets. (Leave a comment and remind me what type of jets, I don’t know. The military ones. Really fast. You know.) It was more than anyone could have hoped for. It was leaked to YouTube and removed before too long, but if you
look
around, you can find it.

The Incredible Hulk
With Paramount overshadowing practically everything, what else could there be? Well,this…

As far as I’m concerned…’Nuff said. I love this look of the Hulk. It excites me to no end. I really think this movie is going to be everything that Ang Lee’s Hulk was supposed to be.

Other Stuff

* Would have loved to see that Superman: Doomsday screening, all the buzz is that it is a great movie and the story is handled very well.

* In one of the animated panels, there was some news about the Legion of Superheroes Saturday morning cartoon on Kids WB, a look at the new Transformers cartoon (to which I say, “eh.”), a look at the new Spider-Man cartoon, the news that Superman would be appearing on The Batman on Kids WB, and of note to me – they aren’t able to use a few villians on The Batman because of movie issues…among those villians is Rhas Ah Ghul. Why does this stick out to me? Because he “died” in Batman Begins. I just wonder if he will be coming back thanks to a Lazurus Pit to help round out the Batman movie trilogy.

* Smallville introduced their Supergirl. Expect a flood of Summer of Smallville updates soon.

* There was also some Prince Caspian news.

Most of the people who went seem to think that this ComiCon lacked the awe factor of past Cons. Iron Man did end up being the highlight of the con with good reason. Ultimately, I still have a lot to catch up on from the con. As always, Geek Out Online will be the last with any updates from San Diego.