Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Big Picture: "Junk Drawer Rises"

It's been a long week, okay?

24 comments:

Pat said...

Frankly, I'm mostly just happy you were still able to meet your deadline.

Also, yes, I'm kind of hoping that Batman gets a chance to take a rest, but that relies entirely upon whether or not WB can make a decent movie about one of the other DC characters.

Anonymous said...

I am really looking forward to Django Unchained I hope it makes people uncomfortable. Also I agree with you on Batman (still looking forward towards seeing The Dark Knight Rises at Midnight, bought my tickets and everything) BUT I do understand how people are getting sick of him.

Anonymous said...

So long as people buy Batman everything in ludicrous quantities, Warner Bros. is obligated by its publicly-corporate nature to keep producing it. Still, it is way oversaturated and is probably responsible for the lack of development of their other properties (i.e. most of their talent and production facilities are tied up with Batman).

Popcorn Dave said...

Yep, I'm confident Dark Knight Rises will be decent, but once that trilogy is done with, it would be nice for DC to let that franchise rest for a bit... OR make a World's Finest film, of course.

LeVar said...

The reason why the Zangief thing is actually really cool is because he is trying to convince him he is not a bad guy, at lest not the worst of them. He says Ralph falls in between much like Zangief himself. And I think thats what Zangief was saying also about himself.

Sam Robards, Comic Fan said...

I wholeheartedly agree about Batman. There's just too much of him.

Yeah, WB's gonna keep pumping out stuff until people stop buying/watching it, but jeez, it's just too much.

I think there's been a Batman-related animated series on non-stop since 1992. There was Batman: the animated series, several stints on Superman: the Animated Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, The Batman, Batman: Brave and the Bold and now Beware the Batman (or whatever it's called).

At any rate, I don't know that Django Unchained will be as hugely controversial as it could be if only because it's coming from Quentin Tarantino. So I think there's a good chance that a lot of people get that he's just going wacky with the concept and not try to hammer home any larger point about anything, though I could be wrong about that.

If it was from someone like Oliver Stone directing, there'd be a significant backlash, but I don't see that much happening with Tarantino.

Anonymous said...

1. Don't apologize for junk drawer episodes, they're quite fun to watch/rewatch.

2. As a fan of Disney Animation, I would have been excited about Wreck-it Ralph on principle, but finding out who was helming the project (Rich Moore), and seeing some of the cameos (like Bowser), has made me very excited, and then, very sad, as this will more than likely be the closest that Disney Animation comes to making a Super Mario Brothers movie.

3. Now, I love Mario as much as the next Nintendo fan, but two new Mario games in a year worries me. You need time to make a great Mario game, that's how you know that the developers put their all into it (there were only five new Mario games released between 1991 and 2006), so two Mario games in one year makes me think that they didn't try as hard (but, hey, if it works out then more power to 'em).

4. If Jaimie Foxx (a black man) was the one doing all of the white folk killing, then yes it would be controversial, but you can see that some of the white folk killing will be done by Christoph Waltz (a white man), alleviating a lot of the apparent race controversy.

5. Brave looks amazing, and Pixar could easily claim the title of best production company. 'Nuff said.

6. DC, why don't you just make a Deathstroke movie? I'd watch it.

7. Agreed. DC really should give Mr. Wayne a much needed break, but, since people keep buying the bat, we get more of the bat.

Anyway, great vid Bob, keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

As someone who disagrees with just about everything bob has said about The Dark Knight Rises (I think it looks great, always a chance it could suck but it'll probably be great), I have to agree that Batman could use a break.

That's coming from someone who, aside from the recent trilogy of films and Arkham Asylum/City, hasn't actually had much Batman on his radar.

For me the hope of giving Batman a break comes from a desire to see DC make it work with some of the other characters. I don't like Snyder as a director, but I like the cast so I'm giving it SOME benefit of the doubt, but let's say it works...it's still another Superman medium out there. It's already been proven that Superman and Batman can work. So maybe DC can take a break and really get cracking on bringing the other heroes on screens!

Graham said...

Here's some movie news that I think might catch your interest...

Rocky vs. Raging Bull

http://www.thewrap.com/deal-central/column-post/sylvester-stallone-robert-de-niro-talks-warner-bros-grudge-match-42121

Teej Turtle said...

I'm a huge Batman fan and I couldn't agree more with that final point. It's only because he seems to be the only character Warner/DC has that gets them a lot of money no matter what medium he's in.

I was sold on Wreck-it Ralph the moment I saw that trailer. Can't wait!

Also, to hell with "Arrow".

Lord Slithor said...

The more I see of Wreck-It Ralph, the more I feel Disney should have made that their big Summer release instead of Brave. It just looks to be the more fun movie and therefore perfect for the Summer. Brave looks more suited for a Fall release as it looks, honestly, more like Oscar-bait. Especially considering the Academy passed them over last year.

I've only read one review of Brave - on IGN - and they said it was pretty underwhelming; your standard Disney princess fare. Ho-hum. Just what I suspected it would be. Doesn't help that they toys that have come out in advance have spoiled the only possibly interesting plot point in the movie.

Then again, Pixar has a habit of surprising people. I passed on WALL-E the first time around because the ads kept showing how cute and funny WALL-E was without telling us much of anything of what the story was about; thereby not giving me much of an incentive to go see it. Maybe Brave will do the same and really hook me. But compared to Wreck-It Ralph, I just can't get as excited for it.

I'm starting to feel OD'd on Batman too. Actually, I've been feeling it for some years now. I agree, in that it's time to give some other DC heroes a shot. They're making tentative steps with Green Lantern. Yes, the movie was terrible, but the TV show is actually pretty decent. Personally, I'd like to see them move forward with some projects involving the Flash and Aquaman.

As far as Arrow is concerned, nothing in it for me enough to dislike, but at the same time nothing in it enough for me to get especially interested about. Although I think it does have promise, personally. And that picture of Deathstroke's mask has certainly piqued my curiosity.

Sanunes said...

Yes, I do believe there is overexposure of Batman, but that is mainly because people seem to be constantly buying what DC and WB are offering. What concerns is is with how Green Lantern did at the box office I think there is less chance of seeing more heroes from the DC roster unless there is a surprise hit involving one of them and then I think we will see more and more of them, DC just needs to be a little more aware of what is being done with their characters and franchises.

yamato-0 said...

the point about Mario being compared to the likes of Madden seemed like a repeat of one of your Game Overthinker episodes. Regardless, it's a very good point, and one which I don't think can be stated enough (and I loved the new comment about how Madden's only "innovation" was converting the series to 3D).

T4_was_here said...

Thinking about it, Im okay with Zangief being a bad guy because he kind of was one in my favrit street fighter comic Sakura Chronicles. Well less "bad guy" more "Crazy guy that takes wressling WAY too seriously". Now something too be pissed about is that they took out Dr. Wily for M.Bison does bring up the whole "Capcom hates Megaman"-thing... Speaking off, read Archie´'s Megaman comic, this kicks ass.
I was hyped for the 3DS Mario game when they started talking about Co-op but THEN they said that you need to stay on the same screen just like in the Wii/U game ON 3DS.
WHAT THE FFFFFFFFFFFFFUCKING BULLSHIT!? So much for racing or look for secret in diffrent spots together. Hope they fix that or I wont be buying it! At full price.
TT>JLA when it come too movies, nuff said.
To bad Brave and Wreck'it Raph wont show up in sweden before they are dubbed. So now I know what movie I will see next year...
And oh boy I cant wait to see the yanks freak out about that.
It will be so funny.
Anyway Bob good work gg see ya friday.

James said...

OT political point: Obama has killed as many people as Bush has.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAvUvaluy4E&feature=youtu.be

James said...

Hey Bob, you ARE aware that there are modern game franchises OTHER than CoD/EA sports, right? Franchises that do innovate and offer new, exiting play experiences?

Anon1 said...

Hey James, you ARE aware that no cares about anything you have to say right?

Anonymous said...

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Anon2 said...

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Anonymous said...

Hey Anon, don't post links to 4chan dude. Not cool.

James said...

Bob, been reading over your tweets with Templar Gamer: why are you okay with a Miyamoto-designed Nintendo FPS, but in the past you bashed Metroid Prime on the BASIS that it had FPS elements? Hypocrite much?

Anon1 said...

Apparently James goes by the school of thought that if someone doesn't say anything against a certain subject or piece of news, that they clearly support it.
Using the same flawless logic, James clearly supports the KKK and the Holocaust because he has never said that any of those things were bad.

A Man Against Mindless Screaming said...

James goes by the school that if you scream loud and long enough, eventually, people stop talking (a.k.a. Modern American Political Punditry).

Look, Bob, I know you probably don't have the time, energy, or skill to do a server-side ban of James by yourself. I'd be more than happy to do the heavy lifting for you. That's why I'm willing to help make this as simple as possible. I already posted the code for automatically hiding his posts and I can make a short video explaining how to add that in about two easy minutes, but we can take it further with only about fifteen cumulative minutes on your part. Just send me an email (as linked in my name) and I'll give you detailed instructions on how we can get rid of James (none of which involve giving me any login details).

James said...

Bob: been reading your tweets again. I remind you that a LIBERTARIAN presidential candidate will appoint court nominees who will protect the rights of the people. Obama and Romney DON'T care about the rights of the people.