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Iron Man 3: Not The Movie You Think It Is (Spoilers Ahoy!)

So I saw Iron Man 3 today and without giving much away it’s really good. I have some issues with it but by and large they avoid the third movie curse by making a story that’s a lot more personal, a lot more character-focused, and quite frankly dark in a way that Chris Nolan only tried to be. It’s a nice comedown from The Avengers, in a lot of ways, and even though it doesn’t directly set up any additional movies it’s a nice way to kick off Phase 2 of Marvel’s can’t-believe-that-actually-worked experiment.

But there’s a lot more to this movie, and as I was watching I was struck by how subversive it was, and how its racial politics are strangely refreshing. By no means is this a really organized or particularly well-researched commentary, just some things I thought about.

It should be noted that everything past the jump comes with a huge, metaphorically-blinking SPOILER tag.

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Geekspeak Supplemental #16: We’ll Damn Sure Avenge It

This week, long-time friend of Geekspeak Brian Swafford stops by to chat with Bryan about Marvel’s superhero magnum opus The Avengers, which Bryan already reviewed for some Web site if you want to read that while you listen. Find out if this movie was worth the time, money, and…you know what? No pretense. We basically spend 90 minutes  talking about how awesome it was and why it was so awesome. So if you like talking about awesome things, you’ll like this. But make sure you only listen AFTER you’ve seen the movie because SPOILERS ARE PLENTIFUL AND WE BASICALLY RUIN MOST OF THE MOVIE. With that caveat out of the way, hear two guys take an overly academic approach to a movie about dudes in tights by clicking here.


Eating Brains Isn’t Just For Zombies: Chew almost sorta runs for President of TV

Chew 4 President!

Chew runs for President.

Developing a TV show is a lot like running for president.  It’s a very regimented process.

  1. You hint that you have an idea on whether or not it will work.
  2. Write a book.
  3. Suggest you’re looking into the feasibility of an exploratory committee.
  4. Form your exploratory committee.
  5. Weeks, or sometimes months, later form your official campaign.
  6. Actually run.

The folks behind the comic Chew are currently on step 4.  Deadline is reporting that Showtime–the network behind Dexter, and, um…yeah, the other Dexter seasons–have bought the Chew TV script.  It is currently structured as a “quirky, half-hour TV [comedy].” Quirky, of course, being code for highly original, and completely unclassifiable new shows like David E. Kelly’s Harry’s Law.  We talked about step 3 on the podcast during our insanely long episode about Scott Pilgrim Volume 6.  We cheerfully described Chew as a demented Pushing Daisies, with strong hopes that the appeal of the comic wouldn’t be limited by the restraints of TV.  Well, if there is any place you can curse, kill, and eat brains in relative TV peace it is on premium cable.  This, of course, all assumes Showtime decides to support Chew in getting past step 4.


Memes Are Great If You Can Start Them

Some of these you may have seen before, but I remain committed to the idea of starting this as a meme.

So let’s revisit them:

From the Batman: Arkham Asylum “Road to Arkham” promotional comic by Alan Burnett and Carlos D’Anda.

Edit: This one’s from “Batman: Hush” by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee. (Thanks to Chris Chance.)

Of course, we all know how this would really go down:

From 2007’s “DC Infinite Holiday Special”, by Kelley Puckett and Pete Woods.

There’s always a part of me that gets really giddy when Supes decides to clock Batman one. Sometimes the guy deserves it.

Any of your own additions to this meme? Send them in here, or post them in the comments!


We Have Met The Enemy, And He Is David E. Kelley

We harshed a lot on the new Wonder Woman TV show in our last podcast, and especially on writer David E. Kelley, who has apparently not only never read an issue of Wonder Woman in his life but has never met an actual woman in his life either. The mere suggestion of the inanities in the script was enough to get Kelley a spot on the Geekspeak Enemies List. But there was always that dim hope that maybe the show would get canned, and we’d never have to see this…”vision” on our TV sets.

Well, looks like it will actually happen, because Entertainment Weekly has our first look at actress Adrianne Palicki in costume, and…well. Here’s the photo:


*sigh*Image Credit: Justin Lubin/NBC

Couple problems here.

1) The costume looks cheap as all get out. I know it’s a TV budget. But still. Put some effort into it. Commenters over at Slashfilm are comparing it to a Halloween costume, and they are not wrong. Does vinyl just show up better on camera?

2) The pants make sense, there’s no way the legless leotard would work. But the boots are the wrong color. It’s nitpicky, I know. But it’s further evidence that NBC and DEK just want this to be a “sexy fun time female superhero show” and don’t really care about the actual character.

3) She gets pants, but no sleeves? Huh?

4) Why, for all that is holy, is Wonder Woman wearing bright red lipstick? This boggles the mind. Wonder Woman is not the type of person who “glams up” before fighting crime, and if she did wear lipstick, it certainly wouldn’t be the shade you would wear to go out clubbing in.

Remember: Joss Whedon couldn’t get HIS version of Wonder Woman made, but David E. Kelley’s “vision” of Wonder Woman as a girly-girl cosplayer is getting a prime time slot on network television.

It’s clear from this photo that if you like Wonder Woman, you owe it to yourself to ignore this show forever and hope it gets canceled faster than The Cape.

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