Friday, June 29, 2007

The Persians are coming home

The war raging right now in home theater living rooms is one of HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Both are firmly entrenching themselves with behemoth companies (Microsoft and Sony respectively), and both are making studios pick a side. Well, Warner Brothers said screw that, and decided to release movies on both formats, including the upcoming release of Zack Snyder's big screen adaptation of 300. Now that's all well and good, but Blu-Ray owners will be getting a somewhat neutered version of the Greek epic. The HD-DVD version will feature a "Vengeance and Valor" interactive game, an option to "Pick Your Favorite Scenes" to assemble the clips into a montage (minus Trey Parker and Matt Stone's music mind you) and other web-enabled downloadable content to be announced later. Other than those differences, the two formats will be identical in terms of remaining content. Of course, you don't extra without paying a little extra, as the HD-DVD version will go for $39.95, while the Blu-Ray version will go for $34.95. It should be noted that Warner Brothers went this route with the high definition release of Blood Diamond, offering bonus features on the HD-DVD version, so it may be that their subtly casting their lot with that camp. But who knows. I do know, that on July 31 (tentatively), I'll be heading out to pick up the DVD version of 300, since I'm not getting involved in the format war just yet. 300 betrays Blu-Ray

This is my boom stick!

It looks like that the Marvel Zombies were no match for Ash J. Williams, as he's moving on to fight other undead baddies. Debuting in August 2007, Army of Darkness: From the Ashes #1 pits everyone's favorite character named after cigarette residue against Evil Ash and, well, an army of darkness. Arthur Suydam reprises his excellent role as cover artist for everything zombie related, and the series will be written by James Kuhoric (definitely an authority when it comes to writing Army of Darkness), pencilled by Fernando Blanco and colored by Ivan Nunes. If you're a fan of the Army of Darkness series (and there's really no reason why you shouldn't be), definitely check this out when it drops in 2 months or so. At the very least, you can see how to deal with the undead with only a boom stick. Army of Darkness: From the Ashes #1

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Sam & Max – 1987 & 2007

Gee, has it really been 20 years? Debuting in 1987, the crazy critters affectionately known as Sam & Max debuted in comic form, in a series called Surfin’ The Highway. Well, in honor of their 20th birthday (and no doubt tying in to their episodic game release in August), Telltale is releasing a 20th Anniversary TPB of the Surfin’ The Highway series.

Admittedly, in 1987 I was 7 (I feel like all my posts are dating me today), therefore, I don’t think I would’ve gotten the most of these comics had I read them then. In any event though, I’ve gone back and read some of their work, now that I’m at a more mature age, and I have to say, I was quite impressed. Telltale is also the company that brought you Bone, which was a GREAT comic. So even if you haven’t heard of Sam & Max before this, the TPB is definitely worth checking out. Surfin’ The Highway catching the anniversary wave

The New Adventures of Batman - (DC Comics Classic Collection) (1977)

Animated adaptations of comic books are sometimes hit (The Tick) or miss (Superfriends). This was the case for the longest time, until one fateful Monday night in 1992 (September 7th to be exact) when an episode called "On Leather Wings" aired for the critically acclaimed (and rightfully so) Batman: The Animated Series. From the opening sequence, to the closing credits/theme song, Batman: The Animated Series set the bar stratospherically high for other animated comic book adaptations to follow. That series has already seen all four seasons released (including the fourth season, where you could see they were starting to go in another direction). So it should come as no surprise that DC dug into its vault, and decided to release The New Adventures of Batman - (DC Comics Classic Collection) (1977) on DVD. Now, 1977 was slightly before my time, and growing up in the 1980s, we had tons of other great cartoons to watch, so I can't necessarily vouch for this series. I doubt it's anywhere near as good as Batman: The Animated Series, but I'm sure its still good nonetheless. My guess is, it maintained some of the campiness of the live action Batman, but toned it down some for the kids. In any event, its Batman, and as anyone knows, Batman is the best superhero around. So check it out (maybe Netflix it or something), or pick it up if you're feeling that nostalgic. After all, if it weren't for the campiness of the 70s, this blog wouldn't have its name (biff and zow). The New Adventures of Batman - (DC Comics Classic Collection) (1977)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

FHM website transforms into a Fox

Well, it seems that one post can't keep a good lady down. Last week, I brought you news of a scintillating article (and by article, I mean a gallery of photos) regarding a fox, aptly named Megan. Well, it looks like she decided to do us all a favor and do a second round of pics, and this time, FHM was involved. So, you know how they say a picture's worth 1,000 words? Well, consider this posting to worth 4,000 words. Enjoy. And check out Transformers: The Movie next week, when it comes out. July 3, 2007. Best way to spell "Fox" is with "F-O-X"

Optimus Chocolate

You have to wonder where the marketing folks for Transformers: The Movie are going to be after this one. Andrew Green (FloatingCat) and his wife Jessica (Random Mews)decided to take it upon himself to relive childhood, and make an Optimus Prime cake. But not a sheet cake. Or a round cake. But an actual, semi, Optimus Prime cake. The ingredients: 12 8x8 white cakes 5 lbs white fondant (the fancy icing used on wedding cakes) 6 cans of color spray 3 batches of buttercream 2 vials of silver dust, mixed with vodka 2 long days The end result? An edible Optimus Prime. Now if only there were a chocolate or caramel center to represent the Matrix. Flickr Pics

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New Releases: June 27, 2007

Here they are, the new releases for June 27, 2007. I bet you think I'm going to recommend either World War Hulk: X-Men #1 or World War Hulk Front Line #1, but I'm not. I'm going to recommend Silver Surfer Requiem #2. The Silver Surfer is dying, and he doesn't know why, and the first issue was pretty damned amazing. Enjoy. New Releases: June 27, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

Wizard World Philadelphia: Marvel

The annual Wizard World Convention took place over the weekend of June 15-17, and apparently, it was quite the show. For those of you that weren't able to make the trek to Philadelphia (which really is a lovely city), here's a recap of the show, from the Marvel side of things. There was some Brian Michael Bendis news (who is one of the industry's best writers, if you've never read him yet...Torso remains one of the best graphic novels to date). Also, some big news on Captain America (which seems odd considering recent events and all) and Spider-man. Oh, and I think they mention something about an Incredible Hulk or something (he has some event going on it seems). Marvel at Wizard World Philadelphia

Friday, June 22, 2007

Megan Fox transforms into HOT

Here at Omincomic, I usually try and take an article, read it, summarize it and then link to the original article, just for credit's sake. In this case, I'm going to let Gizmodo do the introduction, and just let the Megan Fox pictures speak for themselves. As if you needed another reason to see Transformers when it hits the big screen on July 3, check out the pics of the gorgeous Ms. Fox. Megan Fox: More than meets the eye
These days, its getting harder and harder to tear those darned kids away from those confounded "playing machines" we affectionately call video game consoles, and towards studying, chores or even sunlight. Sure, the Wii is taking a step in the right direction by giving you occasional screenshots of an open window with encouragement to go outside and take a break, but we all just press A and get right back into the next game of tennis. Imagine if those screenshots were present during World of Warcraft. Not only would they be summarily skipped, Blizzard would probably face a "blizzard" of criticism for interrupting play like that. While stopping players mid-game is a bad idea for World of Warcraft, Blizzard has decided on a different tact to get those kids studying. Leveraging the World of Warcraft brand, Kaplan (of study guide game) and Tokyopop (of manga fame) have united to create quite possibly one of the most unholiest alliances: an SAT World of Warcraft manga. Warcraft: Dragon Hunt is the first in this new series of books, and it will feature 300 frequently occurring SAT words highlighted, and defined in the margins. Somehow, I doubt they'll have "pwned" highlighted and defined.

Save the spoilers, save the show

The hype train that is Heroes seems to be continuing ahead at full steam. With the first season under its belt, the cast was present at a press conference yesterday, discussing the next season. Of course, the actors obviously went into very little detail regarding story, but its good to know that they're working on filming it (shooting started two days ago). There's also a "worldwide tour, " where various cast members are visiting various cities to promote Heroes (as if there are people that haven't heard of it at this point). The dates are as follows:

Monday, August 27th

  • Munich
  • Tokyo

Tuesday, August 28th

  • Paris
  • Tokyo
  • New York City

Wednesday, August 29th

  • Paris
  • Hong Kong

Thursday, August 30th

  • London

Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st

  • London
  • Singapore
Check out IGN's coverage for a recap of the interview or IESB for video of the interview. And hold tight kids. Its only a few months until we learn what evil is greater than Sylar (who was portrayed brilliantly by Zachary Quinto by the way).

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ladies...

Horror movies. Video games. Comics. What do these three things have in common? They're usually aimed at the 18-34 male demographic. Nintendo has destroyed that trend with the DS and Wii (and the Frag Girls have certainly helped as well), while horror movies, well, are still aimed at the same demographic. It seems that comics may be following the example set by video games, and appealing to a wider audience. Both DC (subdivision of Time Warner) and Marvel view females as a tremendous growth opportunity within the industry, according to Wall Street Journal (!). And here I thought that objectifying women was wrong, yet now they're being objectified as a target market. Inspired by the meteoric rise of manga, both industry behemoths are seeing that comics can be more than just "biff" and "zow." This of course makes the deal that DC made with Flex comics (see yesterday's post) make that much more sense. I can't say that I didn't see this coming. Female comic book characters have always been some of the most badass characters created. Vampirella, Shi, Witchblade...Scarlet Witch freaking took out the Marvel Universe by herself. So it was only a matter of time that women became a prime audience. And more power to them. Equality is always a good thing, and its even better when you have the option of discussing comics with your dorky guy friends or your dorky girl friends. Anyways, have a read if you're interested (really, you should read even if you're not interested, because it reflects great strides we're making as a culture). Ladies...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

日本のDC

In case you're a little rusty on your Japanese, the title simply says "DC in Japan." Recently, DC set up shop in Japan under the name (ironically) DC Comics Japan, Ltd., in order to invest in Flex Comix, a manga production and publication company in Japan. This deal has some precedent to it, as its the first deal in history where an English-language publisher makes a heavy investment in an overseas manga company. This is really good news for fans of DC Comics properties, as it gives them a worldwide base to draw upon. Not to mention that many wonderful writers/artists could come from Japan, so its definitely win-win situation for all involved. Now all we have to wait and see is if Flash hits on any schoolgirls in one of the mangas. 日本のDC

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Releases: June 20, 2007

After last week's overload of Hulk, I figured I'd point readers in a different direction. Although, just about every Marvel hero is dealing with the Hulk, so I can't even promise that Captain America #27 won't mention Hulk at least in passing. Enjoy. New Releases: June, 20 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Dark Knight blowout

Lost in the fold of Marvel's seemingly relentless assault on just about everything comic is news regarding a little sequel due out next year. The sequel features a certain man in black (not Will Smith), flying around the city as a bat. Yes, news on The Dark Knight has been scant at best, which is good. The last thing I want is to have the movie ruined for me by reading a trivial spoiler. The following links may or may not be viewed as spoilers, so view them at your own risk. I don't really see them as spoilers, because they're just pictures, and you can only interpret a picture so many ways. If you're so inclined, then by all means, check out the following: Batman's new threads (via Ifitsmovies.com) Eckhart and Gyllenhaal (via Latino Review) Jokermobile (via Engadget via autoblog) I cannot tell you how excited I am for this sequel. I seriously tingle with excitement at the mere thought of this movie, and how much ass its seriously going to kick.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Review: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

A couple of years ago, in 2005, the Fantastic Four were brought to the big screen in the aptly named Fantastic Four. It was a superhero movie that probably wouldn’t have seen the light of day had other superhero movies, such as Spider-man, X-Men and the resurrection of Batman, been so successful at the box office. The first Fantastic Four movie was good…not great, but good. It felt a little clumsy at times, but its very difficult to tell a good origin story without it feeling somewhat plodding. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer took all of the good aspects of Fantastic Four and improved them, thus creating a sequel superior to the original in every aspect. There are spoilers ahead, so read with caution. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer picks up where the first left off. The Fantastic Four are media darlings, and are world renowned for their personalities. Reed and Sue are still in a quest to get married, but their “stardom” keeps getting in the way. Johnny is just as brash, but he grows up in this movie (more on that in a bit). The Thing has gotten more comfortable in his rocky skin, and it seems that everybody is happy in the somewhat dysfunctional family. Their seemingly routine world is disrupted by the arrival of a “silver guy on a surfboard,” as Johnny so eloquently put it. Reed is tasked with finding out what he’s doing on Earth, and deal with him. This movie was really about Johnny realizing his place within the team, and how the four are indeed a team above being individuals. It’s hard to say the movie doesn’t focus on Johnny, because it does, but that’s not a bad thing. He’s definitely the most personable of the four, and every scene he’s involved in is hilarious. In the first movie, he was constantly being chastised for being rash. In this one, he’s not so much being chastised, but learning that his actions affect the other three, and he can no longer live for himself and the moment, because then he’ll be putting his friends at risk. Doom makes an appearance (ugh), and is played with the same vanity that he was portrayed with in the first one. Still a major complaint about Dr. Doom is that they didn’t use an altered voice to create some sense of, well, doom. Bad casting really hurts the character, but it’s the same shortcomings in the character from the first one, so no big surprises really. The effects for the Silver Surfer were great. Lawrence Fishburn was perfectly cast to provide the ominous “I’m the harbinger of your planet’s destruction” voice, and really added to the intensity of the character. Silver Surfer is such an underrated character; it was good to see he was portrayed with some sense of being a badass in the movie. Galactus is featured as the reason for Silver Surfer, which is fine. They do go hand in hand. One complaint is that you don’t actually see Galactus…he’s portrayed by a massive cloud moving through space and devouring planets. There’s one shot where he’s crossing Saturn that you see his shadow in the traditional Galactus form, so that wasa nice little nod to the fans. And it probably would have been a little cheesy to have him grab a planet, put it in his mouth, and eat it. In all honesty, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a solid followup to the original. I really wasn’t expecting that much from the movie, but was there was enjoyable. The storyline really had no weak logic that often plagues movies such as this, and its running time is short enough that it’s briskly paced. It almost feels a little too short, but I don’t really see that they had that much more that they could have added to make it longer. I was happy, and I think if you go into the movie without expecting an Oscar winning performance, you’ll come away with a feeling that the movie is, indeed, fantastic. And, at the very least, you get the always hot Jessica Alba looking even hotter in glasses. Rating: 60 out of 100

Incredible Hulk won't suck

Alas, tis Friday, which means that the massive attention that our beloved green wrecking ball has been receiving will shift to the release of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Its a good thing he has this whole storyline devoted to him this summer, otherwise, I think he'd get lonely. IGN spoke with Kevin Feige, the Marvel Studios President of Production (which basically means he holds the big screen adaptation of all of our heroes in his hands) has vowed to fans that the upcoming Incredible Hulk will not suck, and will be a vast "improvement" over the Ang Lee flick of a few years ago. Personally, I liked Lee's version, as the Hulk looked impressive, and the pacing of the story was great. But I guess that there are some people that just have reservations about seeing a superhero movie directed by the same guy that directed Brokeback Mountain. "The Hulk movie will be different from this one because this one will be good [laughs]. It was a dream getting Edward Norton," Feige said. "We're joking about it, but there were certain elements in the first one that I'm very proud of, and there are other ones that I'm not. The cast of the first film was spectacular, a great cast -- you couldn't ask for a better cast coming together than you did in the first movie. Eric Bana was great, and frankly they were all great, but in looking to sort of reboot and start the franchise fresh and new, we wanted to start with a clean slate. And it wasn't Eric Bana that I was looking at and saying we need to improve upon. It was Bill Bixby, because Bill Bixby is really what I believe most of the fans and most of the audience members look to when they think of Bruce Banner, and they think of that Hulk storyline. I was thinking, 'Who is that today? Who can get that empathy across and who is a great actor in any medium?' We started talking about someone like Ed Norton, and it's your dream in movies like this when you go, 'Boy, it would be great to have someone like this,' and end up actually getting them." Quite the mouthful of words there Mr. Feige. In any event, the fact they're even making another Hulk movie is great, and is yet another comic book movie we all get to look forward to. I'm sure you'll hear more and more about it as summer 2008 nears. One thing is for sure though, that no matter how good/bad the Hulk movies are, The Incredible Hulk ride at Universal Studios Florida will still kick serious ass. Hulk won't suck

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Review: World War Hulk #1

The trouble with a comic book (especially a good one), is that sometimes, it reads so fast you feel shortchanged. You want to tear through it as quick as possible, as there's been the inevitable hype associated with it, but when you get to the end, you most likely first thought is "that's it?" I just conveyed my thought process when reading World War Hulk #1: it was a phenomenal read, just over way too quickly. I'll try and keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but I can't make any promises (just skip to the last paragraph for an overall review). It opens with a nice recap of the Planet Hulk storyline for those of you stragglers who have yet to read it, and shows the four that sent Hulk away (Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic and Black Bolt) a little uneasy with the knowledge that he's on his way back, and, too put it lightly, he's pissed. He comes back, thrashes Black Bolt, and threatens to destroy New York city, if those four don't come out and face him (how spaghetti Western). Iron Man (of course, being the tool that he is) takes full responsibility for the decision to send Hulk off, and moves to face him alone. And, Hulk kicks his ass quite handily. It was quite generous of the writers to tie in the Civil War (anything less would be a serious lapse in timelines), as Iron Man made an offer to any "refugee" superhero that helping evacuate the city would grant them a full pardon (provided they register afterwards), which brought out Spider-man (who I'm still not sure who's side he's on, and I've been following Civil War quite closely) and his requisite quips of comedy. She-Hulk also made an appearance, which was expected I guess. The writing was spot on, and the illustration was keen. Overall, World War Hulk #1 did not disappoint. Its 1 of 5 (I believe), so we're definitely in for a treat. Do yourself a favor, succumb to the hype, and check it out. I've never been a really big Hulk fan, but Marvel is doing great things with him to win me over.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hulk casting gets Hurt

In an effort to keep this week all Hulk, all the time (in tribute to his monumental breaking out this summer), news comes from IESB.net that another quality actor has been added to a rapidly improving cast for The Incredible Hulk, the upcoming inevitable summer blockbuster for 2008. William Hurt (Dark City, A History of Violence) has been added as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, the general hellbent on capturing the Hulk and making sure potential suitors stay away from his daughter, Betsy (Liv Tyler). Of course, the problem with that is the potential suitor is Bruce Banner (you might have heard of him as the Hulk) is determined to get near her, since she can help him get back to his normal form. Yes, The Incredible Hulk is all about Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) feverishly working to find a cure for his gamma-induced altered state of mind (and body). Throw in the requisite bad guy in the form of Abomination (Tim Roth), and you have quite the movie. Hurt the Hulk

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New Releases: June 13, 2007

Unless you've been living under a rock the past few weeks (or not reading Omnicomic), you'd know that World War Hulk is finally upon us. The no-brainer Pull of the Week is of course, World War Hulk #1. Enjoy it, if you can find it, as you know its going to be flying off the shelves. New Releases: June 13, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

Hulk is here

The series of tubes that we affectionately call the internet is abuzz with the arrival of one of the most important storylines to ever grace the pages of a Marvel comic. Yes sir...World War Hulk is here. To call this event anything short of epic would be doing it a great disservice to what will most definitely be fantastic. To get you ready for this massive summer event, the good folks at Marvel have set up a one-stop shop page that will point you to everything Hulk related to get you through the good times. Included on the page is a World War Hulk gallery, checklist, tie-ins and multimedia, in addition to a plethora of other Hulk goodies. So, take a minute to hit the link, and get yourself prepared for an historic event in comics. Hulk smash summer

Friday, June 8, 2007

Stan Lee+Mickey Mouse=???

Not content with just ruling one universe (Marvel), Stan Lee has set his sights on another: Disney. According to IESB, the uber-geek and just all-around awesome deity in comics has just signed a "first-look" deal with Disney, which will allow Lee and his production company to develop and produce all forms of entertainment. I have to say, that this deal is somewhat strange, but Lee knows what he's doing, so its all good. Bob Chapek (President of Disney) was instrumental in making this deal happen, and speaks very highly of the legend. "Stan is not only loved by fans of the genre, but is one of the most respected and admired figures in the entertainment industry. In fact, it's hard to think of another individual who has created as many memorable and appealing characters. We are thrilled that Stan has decided to make Disney his new home, and feel very fortunate to be collaborating with him on a wide range of new projects for all divisions of our company. His track record is impressive by any measure, and Home Entertainment is sure to benefit from his creations." Stan Lee Meets Mickey Mouse

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Wolverine directed?

Far be it from me to imply that Wolverine could ever be directed, controlled, commanded, etc., but it seems that when it comes to the big screen, he has to cede some control. Rumors (isn't just about everything a rumor?) have come to light that seem to place the responsibility for helming the first solo X-Men movie (about Wolverine, in case you can't pick up context clues) in the hands and vision of D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Two for the Money). Caruso is apparently on a very short list for directing the movie, but he is in competition with Len Wiseman (Underworld movies, Live Free or Die Hard) in the event that Caruso doesn't pan out, as often times directors can be wooed by other projects. Guess we're in wait and see mode, as always seems to be the case. Wolverine's leasholder

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

I'd be epically remiss if I went this whole time without a single mention of the ruckus that the Incredible Hulk is about to bring upon the Marvel Universe. The Planet Hulk storyline has just wrapped up, and after kicking ass and taking names (and liberating an entire planet), Hulk is ready to head back to Earth for some well-deserved revenge. His target: everybody. This summer is really shaping up to be the Summer of Hulk. Marvel has been through quite a lot as of late, and its only going to get worse, as Hulk sorts out who really wanted to send him off, and who protested (whether it be silently or vehemently). Just about every issue related to this saga is selling out rapidly, so get it while the gettings good. If the Planet Hulk storyline is any indication, then the new World War Hulk storyline coming down the pipeline will be mammoth. Now if only they would finish Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine... Hulk kicking serious ass

Site name change

I'd like to take this time to point out the name change for the site, from Comicality to Omnicomic. Why change it you ask? Well, when I first created this blog, the first thing that popped into my head was Comicality. It sounded great, so I went with it. Little did I know, that comicality is actually a word (referring to the humor of a situation), which I didn't really think was in line with comics. So the change to Omnicomic. Hopefully it sticks, but if it seems like my site is going through an identity crisis, bear with me.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

New Releases: June 5, 2007

Today's Tuesday, which means tomorrow is Wednesday. Which means comics ship today. So you can buy them tomorrow. Unless you're special, and know someone, in which case you probably get them earlier. Pick of the Week: Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #4 New Releases: June 5, 2007

Monday, June 4, 2007

Death of a leg-, death of a lege-?

Sorry, I just can't call him a legend without a slight chuckle. I know that I'm going to piss of a legion of Flash fans who think that his ability as the "fastest man alive" is better then sliced bread, but I'm just not buying it. Its never a good thing when a superhero dies, but if a recent teaser image sent out by DC is any indication, then things aren't looking so hot for the crimson speedster. The image (seen above) shows a battered Flash, with a cacophony of villains towering over him. At the bottom the "alive" part of his phrase is shot out (or crushed by the Flash's name itself). Could this really be the end? Or will another person don the suit from another time era who's the cousin of the son that was the father of a previous Flash? IGN goes into much more detailed analysis of the picture (no amount of analysis I attempt to provide will do Flash any respect since all I know is he's extremely fast, and can apparently travel through time on a treadmill), so click through if you want to get some riveting notions. Death catches Flash?

Friday, June 1, 2007

First look - Joker

Batman Begins wasn't only the best Batman movie made, it was also one of the best movies made period. Christopher Nolan really got the concept of Batman down perfectly, and Christian Bale easily surpassed the somewhat high standards set by Micheal Keaton when he donned the famed cape and cowl. Everyone that knows me knows that Batman is my favorite superhero (and is really one of the few that are just so awesome all around), so it goes without saying that I am beyond ecstatic when I hear any news regarding the next movie, The Dark Knight. The biggest news has been (of course) casting. News that Heath Ledger would portray the Joker was met with trepidation on the part of the fans, and we were all nervous about how he would look. Well, USA Today has some initial shots of the Joker and his cronies, and I 'm intrigued. Nolan is maintaining enough of the classic look to make Ledger the Joker, while also modernizing it somewhat. Overall, The Dark Knight will not lose, and these pictures only cement my resolve to see it multiple times (and at least once in IMAX). It should also be noted that Nolan is filming 4 of the movie's many action scenes with IMAX film, which preserves the picture quality (most IMAX movies are shot on normal film and stretched to fill the massive IMAX screen). So that bodes well. All in all, this movie is really starting to kick into gear, and things still seem to be on track for a 2008 release. I'm stoked beyond belief. Joker first look (via USA Today)