Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Man of Steel

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Well, I have been battling it out with home improvement projects for the past two weeks and I have finally achieved a small victory in what seems to be an almost never ending war. So I thought I would get back to posting, but, as fate would have it, I am leaving tomorrow for training in Germany for two weeks. Therefore it will probably be another two weeks until I can get back to business and post all the posts that I have been talking/thinking about. What kind of training you might ask; it is training for ninja skills, secret agent skills, computer hacking skills, (computer hacking skills is almost true but not really) my job as an electrical controls engineer. Basically, I will be learning about all the programs that I have been working with for the past few months in greater detail; it should be loads of fun.
As I was doing all the house work and yard work over the past few weeks I thought about some of the things that I was doing would be a lot easier if I had some super human power. I really wished I had super human strength when I had to pull out the 9 pampas grass stumps in the back yard. With my average human strength I would take a shovel and dig around the base of the stump until I could pry it loose from the ground without braking shovel number 2. At times I felt frustrated and mad enough to let lose in a 'green' rage and pull out the stumps by hand like the Hulk would. Or if I was the Human Touch I would just burn all the stumps to the ground with a flick of a finger. House work would be a lot more fun with super powers.

I think that with all these super hero movies coming out in the near and distant future, one of them should have a scene where some nosy, next door neighbor is peeking over a fence to see some 'super' yard work being done.

Monday, October 22, 2007

When I first read that they were going to make Spider-man the Musical I could not believe my eyes, it was one of those one of those rub your eyes and look again moments. I will admit that on occation I attend the musical theater; Peter Parker did it for Mary Jane and I do it for my girl. I saw a 'Spider-man Show' at Universal Studios, it was a 45 minute musical show; unfortunatly I thought it was really cheesey. At first when I heard the music was being written by Bono of U2 I thought that musical might have a chance but then I read one of the chacarter descriptions in the casting call and that thought went right out the window. Here is a direct quote:

[ARACHNE] Female, 20-35 years old, any ethnicity. A beautiful, boastful young woman turned into a spider for her hubris and lack of respect for the gods. She subsequently appears to Peter Parker and the audience as in turn a powerful spider-woman who comes from another time to inspire Peter; an otherworldly lover; a bride; a terrifying (and sexy) dark goddess of vengeance; a dance partner in a charged and violent spiders dance of death; and, finally, a lonely, fragile young woman. Possesses an ethereal, unique, gorgeous singing voice. Strong Celtic, Balkan style, e.g., Sinead O'Connor. Outside the box ideas are welcomed. Could be someone from the music industry.[s]

I don't claim to be a Spider-man expert, but I have no clue what universe they got that story from. If it was up to me and I was doing a brand new thing on Broadway, like bringing super heroes to the musical theater, I would defnitly go for a classic story line.

Would I like to see this show, yes. Do I think it will do well, unfortunatly no. I think it would be great if the show does well, but I think the show has to be pretty spectaular in order to do so.

Let me hear what you have to say about this whole Spider-man the Musical business in the comments.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The thing that really inspired to start posting again was the Super Hero episode of Mythbusters (see picture above). I have always liked watching Mythbuster but when I found out that they were going to do a super hero theme episode it instantly got scheduled into the DVR. One of the interesting things about the episode summary says "Hosts put Marvel comic heroes to the test;" but all the 'myths that they tested were base on DC characters, well mainly just Batman. Here is the run down of all the myths they tested:

Myth #1: Grappling Hook
Is it really possible to use a grappling hook to scale a building?
Myth #2: Ring Punch
Can you punch someone hard enough to leave a scar in the shape of that ring?
Myth #3: Batmobile Escape
Can you fire a grappling hook from the side of a car so that it wraps around a structure and pulls the car around a 90-degree turn at speed?

So I have decided to make a little series out of each myth they tested; I have decided to entitle my series

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I know that I am kind of late in covering this earth shaking news, but I had a crazy busy weekend. I first heard the news that Cap was back from Quit Your Day Job and ComicBookMovie.com. Here is an official statement from Marvel.com:
Steve Rogers, the Sentinel of Liberty, was cut down in a hail of gunfire in March's CAPTAIN AMERICA #25. And whether or not you agree with the decision, he's still dead. But a character as iconic and important as Cap can never truly die. Who better to reimagine Cap for a new age, a new character, a new costume, than Alex Ross? Working closely with Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Tom Brevoort, Captain America makes his return—or debut, if you prefer—in January's CAPTAIN AMERICA #34. [s]

When I heard back in March that Captain America, the man of 'truth liberty and the American way,' was dead I thought to myself 'what are they [the writers] doing ??' When you think of classic Marvel super heroes Captain America is at least in the top five and then they go and kill him off. But as I found out from the reading the rest of the Marvel news article it says that everything was "all very, very planned out, believe it or not." Another interesting point that the writers talked about was that Captain America was old school according to the world of today and with this new Captain America they would have a chance to modernize the character. But ironically the inspiration they used for the new costume was the 1940s movie serial costume design. And to top it all off they gave him a gun; it will be interesting to see if the gun is a way to give the new Cap an iconic look or if it will play a major role in defeating the the villains he will face.
The writers also brought up an insightful point :
"As is typical when you change a classic character around," explains Brevoort, "there are going to be some who'll love it and some who'll loathe it. But it does have the advantage that this isn't Steve Rogers, so what might seem right or wrong for his Captain America won't necessarily hold true in the same way for our new guy." [s]

So, even though there can be a potential for losing fans forever they still went through with it. I think if they wanted to bring the old Cap into the modern era they could have come up with a good transformation story, or another idea I thought of is they could of a made a passing the torch story where the old Cap chooses/trains the new Cap; and no one would have to end up dead. But now we all have to wait and see how it all comes to together in January when CAPTAIN AMERICA #34 comes out.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

In honor of the latest Marvel super hero movies coming out.