Movie News Roundup: Yoda Died Today

EDITED TO ADD: Frank Oz did not die today. I’m sorry to those of you I scared. I totally wasn’t thinking that my headline might be misinterpreted that way.

The American trailer

The Anton Corbijn spy movie starring George Clooney looks really good. I especially love the setting of the little village on the Mediterranean.

After the break: Green Hornet, giant spiders, Conan, Wonder Woman, Oz, and Star Wars.

The Green Hornet trailer

I know nothing about the Green Hornet (except for that one crossover with Adam West’s Batman), so I don’t care much about faithfulness. I’d love to see a hardcore, faithful Hero Pulp movie, but I’m not sure that Green Hornet is the character for that. I keep hearing about a possible Shadow movie by Sam Raimi, so that’s where my hopes are. This one just looks like a lot of fun and I’m okay with that. [/Film]

Giant Iraqi camel spiders finally get their own movie

And that movie is Extraction. Undead Backbrain has the details. I hate and fear big, nasty spiders the way my son and Calvin do cephalopods, so I’m counting on bad effects making these beasties look fake enough that I’ll be able to watch the movie without freaking out.

Here’s Conan!

I’m still really nervous about the story for the new Conan movie, but Jason Momoa sure does look the part. [/Film]

Wonder Woman villain input

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on who would make the best villain in a Wonder Woman movie, both here and at Amazon Princess. Since this wasn’t a strict poll, a few people offered multiple suggestions, but it came down more or less equally to Ares and Cheetah.

I didn’t like the Ares idea at first until someone suggested that he could be the behind-the-scenes villain in the first film, manipulating other villains until Wonder Woman has to battle him directly later in the series. I’d still like to see Wonder Woman’s first villain be someone who threatens her power as a role-model and I can see how Cheetah could be used for that, but it makes sense that Ares is actually the one pulling Cheetah’s strings.

Yet another Oz movie

Add a fourth Wizard of Oz movie to the pile. This one’s an animated sequel with an all-star cast of voice actors that includes Glee‘s Lea Michele as Dorothy, Dan Akroyd as the Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as the Tin Man, and Jim Belushi as the (formerly Cowardly) Lion. Martin Short and Oliver Platt (and of course Patrick Stewart) have also been announced for roles.

Star Wars with David

I’ve been introducing my eight-year-old son to Star Wars and talking about it on Facebook. If you’re a Facebooky kind of person, I hope you’ll come check it out. It’s been a lot of fun.

Art Show: Wish I Could Loot Part of Your World

The Little Merpirate

Artist Unknown. [Swing with Shad]

People of the Golden Atom

By Frank R Paul. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Black Canary

By Shane Glines. [Pink of the Ink]

After the break: The Terrible Trio, Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl, Medusa, and Things from Space

The Terrible Trio

By Dennis Culver. [Robot 6]

Wonder Woman

By Adam Hughes.

By Chantal El-Bikai.

Wonder Girl

By Mike Allred. [Comic Art Community]

Barefoot Medusa

By Ronnie Del Carmen. [Kirby-Vision]

Blue Space Ship

Artist Unknown. [Brandon Graham]

Proxima Centauri

By Howard V Brown. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

The Awesome List: Stomp directly to Tokyo; do not pass Go; do not collect $200

50 Jungle Girls

The Mighty Buttocks of Dumbledore has a list of fifty jungle girls, the idea being for his friends to create fan art based on them. I hope it catches on.

Liane, the Jungle Goddess

Men’s Adventure Magazines has an article on Marion Michael, “Germany’s answer to Brigitte Bardot,” who starred in a couple of Liane, Jungle Goddess movies.

Monkey Gotta Be Free

I’ve no idea what the context of this is, but Brother Cal makes up a pretty good story about it.

After the break: more monkeys, a Firefly statue, and Giant Monster Monopoly.

Monkey Attack!

After last week’s Awesome List item about confronting fears via giant chickens and Maury Povich, a reader shared this story of another fear-conquering experience gone horribly awry.

Giant Monster Monopoly

Lamont Cranston shows you how to customize your Monopoly game to make it 800% cooler.

River Tam statue

Buy yours here.

Art Show: Thief Reaver Slayer King!

Wapsi Viking

By Paul Taylor.


Artist Unknown. [Admiral Calvin]

Jean Grey in Atlantis

By Cliff Chiang.

After the break: Conan, Athena Voltaire, Bond, Black Canary and Green Arrow, some witches, Hulk, and Buzz Lightyear finds out what’s beyond infinity.


By Brandon Graham.

Athena Voltaire

By Andy Kuhn.

James Bond

By Gabriel Hardman.

Black Canary and Green Arrow

By Mike Henderson.

Return of the Witches

By Howard Pyle. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]


By Victor Santos.

Buzz Lightyear vs. Venom

By Das Chupa.

Who should be the villain in a Wonder Woman movie?

I was going to just post this at Amazon Princess, but I don’t get notified about comments over there and I’m curious to hear other people’s thoughts about it. So I’m cross-posting it here too.

I’ve mostly been ignoring Jennifer Love Hewitt’s campaign to star in a Wonder Woman movie. Just like I’ve blown off the rumors and campaigns of people like Jessica Biel, Megan Fox, and Beyonce. It’s just not worth having an opinion about until it looks like it might actually happen.

But Nicolas Winding Refn’s interest in directing a Wonder Woman is different because he’s talking about the kind of story he’d like to tell. I always find it interesting to hear people’s takes on what makes Wonder Woman tick and what a good story about her should include.

Refn says that his take would be non-violent (in contrast to the recent, animated Wonder Woman film) and would start from “the whole idea of a woman who is basically more powerful than any man – and who will always be that, and comes from a society of women who are more powerful than men.” He adds that that’s “an interesting theme that I think can be very contemporary.” Absolutely it can, and I’m interested in seeing him explore it.

I also agree with him that one of the biggest challenges in making a Wonder Woman movie is finding the right villain. He thinks a lot about Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and what made them successful:

You need a great, extravagant, marketable action film — and everything that comes with it. But I think that when Christopher Nolan did the Batman movies, I think he very cleverly went back to the source material and took themes that had maybe not been exercised. And he was able to make very good and successful films with them. So I think the audience is very much out there. It’s just how you do it. And I think that some of the films that have worked over the years have worked for different reasons than people sometimes think they do.

And where Wonder Woman on one hand is a great female character who can be included in many great fight scenes, she doesn’t have great villains against her. OK, so you create some. She doesn’t have a Joker or those classic Batman kinds of guys.

…you have to create a great countervillain to her … The trick with Wonder Woman is to find that antagonist who worked so well in the Batman concept — his villains are equally if not more exciting than Batman himself. Here, it’s basically coming up with who would be a great counterpart to Wonder Woman. Is it her mother who’s the real enemy? Something that’s biblical in a sense.

I’m nervous about the idea of creating a villain specifically for the movie. It could be awesome or completely lame. Maybe it’s the way to go, but I’d feel more comfortable knowing that the bad guy was tethered to the comics in some way. The question is: what kind of bad guy does a Wonder Woman movie need and is there anyone in the comics who fits that role?

If I was writing the movie, I’d want to focus on Wonder Woman’s status as a role-model for women. Since the defeat of the Nazis, her most potent mission in Man’s World has been demonstrating the potential that women have to be powerful and confident. Not shoving her power down male throats, because frankly that’s not going to teach anyone anything. Wonder Woman’s greatest power is to inspire women to find the power in themselves.

So Wonder Woman’s villain needs to be someone who threatens her ability to do that. I’m not sure who that is – and that’s where I’d love to hear some thoughts from you guys – but it needs to happen in a way that’s personal to Wonder Woman and grounded in the real world.

Or am I completely off base? Should Wonder Woman instead be trying to prevent Ares’ starting WWIII? Should she defend Paradise Island against a contemporary Hercules? Should she try to prevent an Amazon invasion of Man’s World? Should she just battle giant robot scorpions? Or is Circe or Cheetah or Dr. Poison the way to go? (Ooh, Cheetah… I just gave myself a chill thinking about how cool a movie version of Cheetah could be.) What do you think?