Friday Trailers and superhero stuff

Via Judd Karlman, this one was new to me – Cowboys and Aliens Trailer (2011, Directed by Jon Favreau, with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford):

He also links to the Green Lantern Trailer, which I’ve already seen on Facebook, but would be ashamed to omit:

Judd also posted the trailer for Your Highness, the medieval-fantasy, stoner-comedy thingie with Natalie Portman that you can see on Didi’s blog, and to a trailer/excerpt from a new DC animated film, Young Justice.

I also ran across some Marvel animation stuff (so as not to simply parrot one dude’s blog) – There’s a Marvel Robot-Chicken style official parody thing called What The–?! – here it does a Marvel team-up with the Old Spice guy:

And via YouTube related videos, I found an Avengers animated series called Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – looks like something between the Ultimates and the movie versions of these characters.

Finally, an artist who tried to cheer up his depressed 91-year old Grandma by photographing her dressed up as a superhero:

The last is [via Jess Nevins and Chris Sims on Twitter]

Comics Oddities

Reals, take 2: Man dressed as the Joker shot dead by police

Now this is a macabre follow-up to my last post, about people dressing up as “real” superheroes:

A man dressed as Batman villain the Joker has been shot dead by police in America after pointing a loaded shotgun at them.

The dead man, who was said to be obsessed with the character, was wearing full costume and makeup when he was challenged by officers in a national park in Virginia, according to legal documents.

The FBI named him as army specialist Christopher Lanum, who was wanted as a suspect over the stabbing of a fellow soldier at Fort Eustis, a major army base in the state, several hours before. Lanum’s girlfriend, Patsy Ann Marie Montowski, who was with him when he was shot, told investigators that the soldier idolised the Joker…

[ via Warren Ellis]


Iron Man

Saw Iron Man at the 2:15AM screening at Cinema City last night, and apparently we weren’t the only ones who picked that show for the chance to see it in the much-hyped digital screening at theatre 7. The digital thing certainly has lovely vibrant color, although theatre 7 has the unfortunate set-up where anyone standing in the back rows casts a shadow on the screen.

Anyway, Iron Man rocks. Although it’s handicapped by the straitjacket of the full structural formula mandated for all Superhero movies, particularly the firsts in a franchise – requiring an origin story, the establishment of a love-interest, and a final battle with a villain who is a dark reflection of the hero – it does all this with a lot of flair and a minimum of melodrama. The slow parts are compensated by the constant presence of Robery Downey Jr, who is such an obvious casting choice for Tony Stark that he seems to inhabit the role instead of actually acting it. Probably best of all, he brings across a strong sense of fun – Tony Stark was described by one blog I read as “Catholic Batman”, and there is the whole life-lesson bit, but it doesn’t weigh down the sheer joy of building and flying in the Iron Man suit. If the Spider-Man movies kept whacking the viewer on the nose with the rolled-up newspaper of Peter Parker’s tragedies and paralyzing angst whenever it seemed we were having too much fun with the thwip-thwiping around the skyline of New-York, Iron Man gives us a protagonist who is unashamedly enjoying himself as much as we are.