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Batman R.I.P.

August 4th, 2008 by

I’m still on my Batman craze, apparently. Haha. Right now, I’m craving for this comic called Batman R.I.P. This is the latest arc in the comics, and it supposedly follows Bruce Wayne’s slow slide into insanity. As the title says, this arc ends with Bruce stepping down from the role of Batman:

I hear that the storyline isn’t so hot, but the art was what happened to be impressive. Whichever. What I’m really after is what comes, well, after:

That’s Catwoman, Hush, Nightwing, Damian Wayne, and Tim Drake’s Robin, from left to right. Those are technically the guys in line for the next Batman. As a matter of fact, in the most recently concluded San Diego Comic Convention, DC Comics gave out pins of these various characters with the lines “I am Batman” on them.

From what I’ve seen of Damian Wayne, I’d have to say that he had the best chance as far as Batman is concerned. I mean, where can you go wrong with a mix of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul’s genes? I wouldn’t mind Nightwing either, although he’s had way too many issues with Bats to actually want to become his former mentor.

Exciting times for everybody in the DC universe, it seems. One can only hope that this doesn’t affect the storytelling in any way, though; if DC’s starting to go Marvel, as one of my office friends said earlier, then that could be one of the worst things to happen in the geek fandom.

Oh Wow

August 1st, 2008 by

I’ve been a fan of the adventures of Tintin for as long as I can remember. It’s Indiana Jones meets 007 with more than just a hint of the Three Stooges (by way of Haddock and the Thompson twins). Both the comic books and the animated series of Tintin (both of them undeniably French) were just plain amazing.

I think I wouldn’t be alone in wondering what it would be like to have a Tintin live-action film. In fact, there have been attempts (Tintin and the Golden Fleece and Tintin and the Blue Oranges). And as far as characters go, they were able to capture the looks pretty well.

Tintin et Haddock

Fun fun. But then I caught wind of this, and I can’t just help but squee in glee. Tintin’s being brought [back] to the big screen. By big names, no less: Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and Stephen Moffat (if you watch Doctor Who, you should know him). Man, I can’t WAIT for 2009.


July 31st, 2008 by

Black and white has become a medium that’s become a property more or less of the art circle. Matter of fact, the only pop film that was in black and white within the last five years was Sin City, and while that was arguably based on an artistic endeavor, you can hardly call the film an art film.

But the French have this knack of coming up with art films that blur the lines between what art strives to be, and what pop is. And when Christian Volckman decided to blur the edges of various media when coming up with Renaissance, the result is a palatable, if somewhat niche, masterpiece.

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