It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about The Wachowskis’ upcoming science fiction epic Jupiter Ascending — and since one of the last things we heard was about it being delayed into the cinematic dead zone of February, that was a bit worrying. Well, now The Wachowskis have emerged from radio silence with a stunning new international trailer that confirms once again that, regardless of how good or bad this movie proves to be, it will be an absolute visual feast. Check it out.
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Scum and villainy.
When you hear the name Mega Man, you probably imagine a pixelated little dude in armor bouncing around on your TV screen and frantically mash buttons The first thing that pops into your head probably isn’t a dark and gritty crime drama, but that may change after you see this short film, Battle. Brief, direct, and to the point, it imagines the titular videogame hero as a grim, Batman-style vigilante, skulking in the shadows, and it’s also a pretty good time. Check it out for yourself.
When you come across a movie full of names like Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson involved, but that you’ve never heard a squeak about, it always gives you pause. In most cases it’s because the film in question isn’t very good, but you always have to have hope, right? And such is the case with the upcoming Robot Overlords, a crazy looking sci-fi joint featuring both of those folks. For just a taste of what you’re in for, check out this new trailer.
As you very likely guessed from the title of this film, this is set in a world where Earth has been taken over by, you got it, an army of robot overlords from space. And as you can also see from this video, there’s all kinds of crazy action in play, as well as massive mechanoid rulers stomping around like gangly ED-209s. But that’s not all that’s going on. There are secrets, some humans are obviously in cahoots with our new oppressors, and, of course, there’s a chosen one with newfangled powers who spends a lot of time with one hand raised and pointed at the bad guys.
Of the various things you might expect to find on a Star Wars comic book cover, a giant green space rabbit probably isn’t very high on the list. But that’s precisely what we’ve got on the above variant cover for Star Wars #1, the first of several new Marvel comics set in George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away. And unless you were a fan of Marvel’s classic Star Wars comics back in the late ’70s and early ’80s, you could be forgiven for wondering if this signaled some sort of ill-conceived Star Wars/Bucky O’Hare crossover. That’s exactly the sort of hare-brained scheme fans were worried about when it was first announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm!
But no, he isn’t Bucky, but rather a blast from Marvel and Star Wars‘ past. The space bunny in question is actually named Jaxxon. He was created by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin way back in 1978 and first appeared in the eighth issue of Marvel’s ongoing Star Wars comic series. That put him in the second story arc in the series run, and also made him one of the earliest original characters to be introduced into the embryonic “Expanded Universe.” And like the rest of the original EU, he’s been swept aside to make room for Disney/Lucasfilm’s more interconnected and closely policed Star Wars canon. Don’t worry, he won’t actually appear in the new Star Wars series; Jaxxon just drops in for the “Party Variant” cover, which will only be available at Star Wars #1 launch parties. Bonus points if you show up to one dressed like him and refuse to answer to anything but “Bucky.”
Every year it seems like there’s at least one interesting sci-fi-themed option in Amazon’s audience participation based pilot season. X-Files creator Chris Carter showed up with The After one time, and the one we’ve been most interested in this year is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi novel The Man in the High Castle. We’ve heard some casting news over the last few months, but now the online retail monolith has released an official synopsis.
Ridley Scott and Syfy were working together to bring Dick’s book to the small screen, but that never materialized, and earlier this year, it was announced that it would join Amazon’s party. Amazon Studios produces a handful of pilots, which subscribers can watch and then vote on. The titles with the most votes are then given a series order. It’s a unique, egalitarian way to about the process, though it has yet to result in anything either super great or overwhelmingly popular.
Marvel’s mega hit Guardians of the Galaxy is still bouncing around theaters, delighting audiences all over the globe with its swashbuckling action style and sarcastic sense of humor. It’ll still very likely be there by the time the space adventure hits the home video market in a few weeks. Dropping digitally first on November 18, it hits physical media on December 9. Yesterday director James Gunn shared a fun 8-bit rendering of an early sequence of the film that will appear on the Blu-ray, and today we’ve got a glimpse at two more behind the scenes extras from the disc.
The first video is essentially Gunn giving you a guided tour through one of the early scenes, where Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, dances his way across the planet Morag to the sounds of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky.” The point of this featurette is to emphasize the role that music and the soundtrack play in Guardians.