Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Spiderman: We Found Him!

Source: Popular Science

Yes, he is a little younger than some of the other names being tossed around for the forthcoming Spiderman reboot, although going younger is supposedly the goal, but this 13 year old still has my vote.

His name is Hibiki Kono, and he has the ability to climb up walls. So that right there will pay for itself in CGI budgeting! Was Hibiki born with this ability or developed it after being bitten by a radioactive arachnid? Hell no! What, do you think since his name is Hibiki and he can climb up walls he must be a freak of nature? He built a machine.

Using a couple of retail vacuum cleaners and comically oversized suction pads he has attained webcrawling abilities. Even if it is just shy of Peter Parkers skills I bet he is climbing walls faster than you right now!

Check it:

Now stop laughing!

Sorry about the low quality video, but we all know how hard it is to get a superhero on camera that doesn't want to be seen.

International 3D Society

Source: Home Media Magazine

You may not have known that there was an International 3D Society (I didn't, but its new so cut me some slack!) and it has some nefarious 3D related goals. Using "nefarious" isn't really fair as their site is actually very informative and if you had any questions about 3D media the answer can probably be found somewhere among the charts, graphs and press releases. If you are still wondering what it is the International 3D Society stands for just read their mission statement:

"The International 3D Society has been founded to advance the art and technologies of stereoscopic 3D content and its professional innovators. The organization will host educational opportunities for showcasing work, recognizing achievement and advancing member growth. The International 3D Society is open to individuals and organizations active in moving 3D media to an exciting new era of creative achievement and consumer support."

The big news today out of the 3D Society is that it just recently elected its first board members. You may not recognize some of the names but these are the people that control the recent 3D tsunami that has no signs of dissipating so you will probably get to know them soon enough. The two big names are chairman Buzz Hayes, Sony's 3D go to guy, and chair-elect Jim Mainard who heads up production development for DreamWorks Animation.

Essentially this means if you were hoping for this 3D boom to be a fad there are some seriously talented, devoted people who beg to differ. This organization of studios, production companies, individuals and other pro-3D entities is only growing and with the big push this summer over stereoscopic 3D you can bet your sweet left butt cheek that International 3D Society will be there, if only in the back ground pulling the strings.

Don't get me wrong, I am glad there is some responsible management for all of this 3D hoopla and I hope that "I3DS" can get the wheels in motion for a film experience that doesn't revolve around overpriced gimmicks. We just love movies and I am sure that is something we can all get behind.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse in September

Source: MovieWeb

One of the greatest team-ups in super hero history is reunited once again in this newest DC Comics animated adventure. DC has been pumping out some pretty decent PG-13 animated flicks the past few years (See Green Lantern: First Flight and Justice League: The New Frontier) and this newest movie, due out on September 28th, should continue that trend.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse sees the Man of Steel (voiced by Tim Daly) and The Dark Knight (Voiced, of course, by Kevin Conroy) join forces when a mysterious ship crash lands in Gotham harbor. It's lone passenger, Kara (voiced by Summer Glau), may just be another survivor of the lost planet of Krypton. But before Superman and Batman can get to her the omnipotent Darkseid manages to use Kara's Kryptonian strength for his own malignant purposes. Two of the greatest heroes in comic book history may not be enough to take down a villainous god with an invincible slave.

Again, on September 28th Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will be released as a simple no extras DVD, and a special features filled 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray. The Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray also include a 10-minute Green Arrow animated adventure.

Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Extras Include:

  • DC Showcase: Green Arrow (10 min)
  • Sneak Peak at the Next DC Universe Animated Original Movie (10 min)
  • Featurette: Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton
  • 2 bonus episodes from animated television series handpicked by Bruce W. Timm
  • 2 additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Timm
  • Digital Copy

Additional Exclusive Blu-ray Extras Include:

  • Featurette: The New Gods - This documentary covers Darkseid's story, particularly in reference to the adaptation of Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.
  • All-New Featurette Pods
  • Orion - Orion follows an almost Shakespearean arc culminating in the slaying of his father, Darkseid. This mini-featurette shines a light on this classically tragic character.
  • Mister Miracle - This featurette focuses on the greatest escape artist the universe has ever known