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Superheroes, Thundercats, And Giant Robots: A Geek News Roundup

By TK Burton | Industry | February 28, 2011 |

By TK Burton | Industry | February 28, 2011 |

Here we are again, true believers, with a collection of random news bits from around the movie world. THUNDERCATS HOOOO!

  • First and probably most interestingly, Deadline is reporting that F/X has ordered a pilot for the television adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ comic book series, “Powers.” The story is a pretty interesting one, and the series won an Eisner award in its rookie run in 2001. It’s about a world filled with superpowered heroes and villains, where Christian Walker is a de-powered former hero who becomes a homicide detective who specializes crimes involving those heroes and villains. I’ve yet to read it, but it’s on my (ever-increasing) list of titles to pick up. The project will be directed by Michael Dinner (who directed the “Sons Of Anarchy” pilot as well as a couple of episodes of “Justified”) from a script by Charles H. Eglee. The series creator, Bendis, is a legend in the comics community and has created some outstanding, gritty stuff, including creating the new Marvel Ultimate universe (which was great until it started to go off the rails), and some of Marvel’s other great “event” storylines (House of M, Secret War).
  • Of minor interest, Fox has released two new character posters for its upcoming X-Men: First Class, which, if the comments on the recent trailer post are indication, is going to be mightily divisive. Personally, I’ve accepted that adaptations are going to play fast and loose with comic book adaptations, so fucking with chronology doesn’t annoy me as much as it once did, as long it’s faithful to the concept, and, you know, doesn’t suck. Here are Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) (click for higher resolution):



  • Moving on to giant robots, Empire Magazine (seriously, does anyone still read the print version? Or do we all just wait for things to break on the internet) has a few new pics from the upcoming ‘asplodey-fest, Transformers 3: Bark At Dark Of The Moon. As usual, it’s hard to really make anything out, but, you know, giant robots. Slashfilm has the full spread, but here’s one of the better ones, featuring Sentinel Prime — sort of the wise councilor to Optimus.

(minor quibble: why do they bother giving the robots things like beards and mouths? For some reason, this annoys me. Though not as much as robots with mullets, though. No, seriously)

  • In non comic book/giant robot news, Tobe Hooper, one of horror’s most iconic director who hasn’t done a damn thing worthwhile in decades, is set to direct Djinn, a horror movie about, well, djinn, set in the United Arab Emirates. He’s taken on director Nayla Al Khaja as a cultural consultant, which is kind of cool. Here’s a quick synopsis:

    “A young Emirati couple who return home from the U.S. and discover that their new apartment in a luxury high-rise built on the site of an abandoned fishing village is also home to malevolent beings known as Djinn.”

    Hooper is perhaps most well known for directing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Potergeist, but has been struggling for relevance ever since. Honestly, I wish him nothing but the best, but have sadly come to expect the worst. Here’s hoping for the former. (via The Playlist)

  • Finally, because there hasn’t been nearly enough marketing for Zack Snyder’s schoolgirl/giant robot samurai/dragon/cyborg/Nazi symbolism/zombies/jetpack/kitchen motherfucking sink movie, Sucker Punch…Warner Brothers has released six character posters for the female leads that are designed with a little retro flair to them. They’re OK, not great, and the taglines are cringeworthy and the sexualization is a bit much for me. For example:

(“Prepare to be licked”? Come on, man. Try harder.)

I do kinda dig this one though:


You can see the rest of ‘em over at Geeks Are Sexy.

Finally, here’s the trailer for the new anime-style “Thundercats” TV series. I wasn’t aware that was a big clamoring for a revamped “Thundercats, but what the hell do I know. It looks predictably silly… and kind of fun. The music’s a bit much though.

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TK Burton is an Editorial Consultant. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.