The Joker is probably my least favourite (popular) Batman villain. But I’m interested to see how they handle him in the next Batman film. As I may have said before on this blog I didn’t care for the superhero side of Batman Begins. But the Bruce Wayne stuff was generally quite good!
Right At Your Door looks like an interesting movie – I hope it doesn’t have a twist ending.
Gatchaman, scheduled for release in early 2009, originated in Japan in the early 1970s as the television series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Aired in the U.S. as Battle of the Planets and G- Force, it soon became a widely popular syndicated TV series. Featuring some of the most ambitious action sequences ever seen in animation, [the Gatchaman film] is set in a future world grappling with environmental and technological issues. The story focuses on five reluctant heroes whose remarkable genetic code makes them Earth’s only hope of defeating extra- terrestrial invaders. Kevin Munroe (TMNT) is the director, with Lynne Southerland producing.
Slated for release later in 2009, Astro Boy was created by the god of manga, Japan’s Osamu Tezuka, in the early 1950s. The animated television series first aired in 1963 in Japan and found great acclaim and success around the world. In the U.S., it quickly became a top syndicated children’s show. The iconic character’s fame grew in the 1980s and 2003 with two new Astro Boy TV series attracting new generations of fans. [Astro Boy the film] tells the story of a powerful robot boy created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Our hero journeys to find acceptance in the human world, and ultimately discovers true friendship as he uses his incredible powers to help others and save Metro City from destruction. Colin Brady (Toy Story 2, Everyone’s Hero) directs, and Maryann Garger is the producer.
In case you haven’t heard, the cast for the “sequel” for The Hulk (I use quotation marks because none of the cast from Ang Lee’s film is returning to their roles) is as follows: Edward Norton as Bruce Banner (good), Liv Tyler as Betty Ross (I’m not a fan of Liv), Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky (“The Abomination” to comic book fans. My position on Tim Roth is that he’s a ham and I cite Planet of the Apes and Reservoir Dogs.), William Hurt as Gen. Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, and Tim Blake Nelson as Samuel Sterns (I don’t know who this character is but I loved Nelson in O Brother Where Art Thou).
Not a genre film, but I’m still really looking forward to No Country for Old Men. I think it will be playing at Empire Granville 7 because I saw a poster there, but I’m hoping it shows at The Rio. I’m going to see it regardless! http://www.nocountryforoldmen.com/