Happy Halloween, everybody! If you don’t already know, LaserLinks is a collection of news bits, casting announcements, trailers, and other geekery that I didn’t get a chance to write about during the week. And away we go….
Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, The Man of Steel, isn’t due out for two years, but it’s been filming for months. Over that time, the Internet has been besieged by countless set pics from the film showing British actor Henry Cavill in various states of dress, ranging from full Superman gear to a deshevilled, bearded hobo look. Well today, the bearded bum Superman is back, and he looks to be saving some workers from certain doom by herding them onto a helicopter. The whole thing takes place on a green screen, so I’m sure when Snyder gets to the editing room, he’s going to have a hell of time restraining himself from sticking in all sorts of gaudy CGI chaos like fire, explosions, dragons, Nazi robots with jet-packs, scantily-clad babes riding unicorns, and steampunk vampires being dropped from Pterodactyl claws like bombs.
Anyway, here’s the latest gallery of set pics from The Man of Steel:
The Batman video games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are enormously popular, and part of the reason the games are so well-loved by millions of geeks is the superb job the programmers did immersing the player in the role of Batman. The games allow you to be Batman; you can do anything Batman can do, like annihilate a dozen armed thugs at once, or use any gadget Batman uses, like batarangs or grappling lines. The design of the games is also incredible, with stunning graphics and new looks for familiar characters like Harley Quinn, The Scarecrow, The Joker and others.
Not all Bat-fans are crazy about some of these makeovers (The “slutty” Harley Quinn re-design, in particular, is very controversial in the Bat-community), but most are in agreement that the costume Batman himself sports in the game is excellent. It combines the “real-world” aesthetic of the Christopher Nolan Batman films with the classic comic-book appearance of the Dark Knight. It’s a practical suit that looks like it’s constructed out of flexible kevlar or other reality-based materials, while still giving off the menacing, supernatural aura that strikes fear into the hearts of criminals. The suit is so cool in fact, that an independent designer and special effects artist by the name Batpirisss decided to enlist some friends and actually create a wearable replica. The results, as you can see from these photos, is nothing short of astonishing.
It’s a really slow news day, so enjoy these photos of Scarlett Johansson looking like a member of the Jersey Shore for her role as an alien in Under The Skin.
Timothy Omundson from Psych stars as an aging Lance, captain of the Red Lion in this extremely grim take on what a live-action Voltron movie could look like. It’s so dark that it threatens to delve into hokiness several times, but overall it’s very well done. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to curl up in a fetal position and sob while watching Voltron cartoons on Netflix.