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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Talia al Ghul.

MORE ON BATMAN BEGINS 3... Back in July, I wrote a Blog talking about which villains and actors would be cool to see in the next Bat flick, if Chris Nolan ever decided to do another one. I still stand by having Bane and Azrael in the second sequel, but I’ve been thinking that a third (even more important?) player should be included in the movie: Talia al Ghul.

Talia al Ghul.

Those of you who read the comics (or watched the classic Batman: The Animated Series on TV back in the early 90’s) will know that Talia is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul...the main antagonist played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins. As stated in the journal entry I mentioned at the beginning of this Blog, Bane would become the head of the League of Shadows after Ra’s death...and finish what Ra’s couldn’t do in the first Nolan Bat flick: Destroy Gotham City and Batman. I was pondering that it would be interesting to have Bane and Talia working in tandem as they sought the destruction of Gotham and the Dark Knight, when I found this page and noticed that there was an actual storyline between the two! Scroll down the page to read what’s under "Bane".

Talia al Ghul, with her father in the background.

Ra’s wanted Talia to marry Bane??? What a great story that could lead to for Batman Begins 3! After Ra’s dies in Batman Begins, Bane wanted to win Talia’s heart by avenging her father’s death. And Bane goes to Gotham City to do whatever he can to punish the Dark Knight for the loss of Talia’s father. And succeeds. (Of course, this is where Azrael comes along and takes over as the Caped Crusader.)

Talia al Ghul tries to break things up between her father and Batman.

As stated in my July blog, Bane would wear a gas mask instead of that, um, gimp mask that he wears in the comics. And a perfect reason for that would be that he uses tear gas filled with some kind of fear toxin to stun his victims before he (and his League of Shadows followers) attacks them. And who would be the person who supplied Bane with this fear toxin? THAT’S RIGHT: Dr. Jonathan Crane. A.k.a. the Scarecrow. I think it would actually be interesting if the bad guy played by Cillian Murphy showed up throughout all of Chris Nolan’s Bat films. Two-Face is dead. The Joker is alive...but we’ll never see him again...at least in a Nolan film (Rest In Peace, Heath). And the Scarecrow is still alive and well...but most likely back in Arkum Asylum. That is, until Talia helps Bane break him out so Crane could manufacture more fear/tear gas that Bane could use to preemptively strike his opponents. Crane can also be responsible for inventing the Venom that Bane uses to increase his body size before he does some spine-snapping. (Did I also mention Azrael would be the one to finally put the Scarecrow out of his misery? *Breaks neck*)

The Scarecrow.

And now...the most important question: Which actress should play Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight sequel? I was thinking Megan Fox...but she is currently much too popular for the role. Lacey Chabert? She is TOTALLY gorgeous...but would seem pretty short when standing next to Christian Bale or the tall muscular dude who would most likely play Bane. Kate Beckinsale? Naw, other people online have already suggested her (too lazy to provide links...but they have). I wanna be original. So who do I have in mind, you ask? I’ll give you a hint... This Random Babe Blog was all about her:

Minka Kelly!

Minka Kelly as Talia al Ghul!

Like Maggie Gyllenhaal before The Dark Knight came out, Minka is relatively unknown...unless you watch the NBC TV show, Friday Night Lights. From the artwork I posted above, Minka would look totally suitable (and of course, gorgeous) in those attire worn by Talia. And Minka looks like she would have great chemistry with Christian Bale in terms of Talia having some kind of romance with Bruce Wayne (since Rachel Dawes is now obviously out of the picture)...despite the fact she wants him, or at least his cape-wearing alter ego, dead. And this role would probably blow Minka’s stardom through the stratosphere! Presumably. All that matters is that Ms. Kelly gives a great performance as the woman who helps Bane break Batman’s back. That’s all.

Minka Kelly as Talia al Ghul!

Oh...and one more thing: Talia lives on to see Batman Begins 4. 'Nuff said.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Megatron's new robot form in TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN?

REVENGE OF THE FALLEN Update... Someone leaked these art concepts online yesterday, and show the possible new vehicle mode for Megatron in Transformers 2. The pic above was leaked onto the Web last Tuesday...and show how the Decepticon leader might possibly look in robot form as he returns to get revenge on the Autobots in the sequel. (However, Revenge of the Fallen can still refer to the revival of Megatron AND the flame-covered character himself.)

Megatron's new vehicle mode in TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN?

Those of you who watched the first Transformers film last year will remember that Megatron lost parts of his legs and his left arm in the final battle with Optimus Prime, the U.S. military and Sam Witwicky...which would explain the spindly appendage that now make up that arm, and the fact his legs contain tank treads that turn him into the odd-but-cool-looking ground vehicle you see in these images.

Megatron's new vehicle mode in TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN?

As you can see, these pics are watermarked...so I’ll let you know if Paramount/Dreamworks send what will hopefully be a polite e-mail telling me to take these pics down. Or else. Hmm... Saying "or else" wouldn’t be very polite at all. Oh well.

Bumblebee in New Mexico...

By the way, filming for Transformers 2 is still taking place in New Mexico, and principal photography for the sequel is scheduled to wrap sometime in the middle of next month. Bumblebee rocks. I saw that life-size mock-up in Hollywood last year.


UPDATE: Two more pics of Megatron's tank mode were posted online today. Apparently, these drawings are from the instruction manual for the toy...

Drawings showing Megatron's tank form.

UPDATE #2: Entertainment Tonight will have a special feature on its show tomorrow called "Transformers Tuesday", where host Mark Steines interviews director Michael Bay, actors Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Co. during his visit to the Transformers 2 set in New Mexico. I'll be at work tomorrow, so hopefully they'll make the show available online after it airs. Here's the promo:

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Concept artwork of the Constructicon known as Long Haul, who is rumored to make an appearance in TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN.

REVENGE OF THE FALLEN Update... Last week was another big week for news about Transformers 2 (TF2), which has about 5 more weeks to go in terms of filming...according to one of the movie’s writers, Roberto Orci. Here is the latest info about the sequel:

-Ain’t-It-Cool-News mentioned that the full theatrical trailer for Revenge of the Fallen (ROTF) will premiere in front of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek...which gets released in theaters next year on May 8.

-The teaser trailer will be released this November...though it hasn’t yet been revealed which movie it will debut in front of. The next James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace, is rumored to be the most likely film where you can see the TF2 teaser. Solace will be released in cinemas on November 14.

-The Decepticon ‘combiners’ known as the Constructicons will make an appearance in ROTF, with the main robot that they transform into, Devastator (the M1A1 Abrams tank of the same name in the first Transformers film should’ve actually been called Brawl), having "lots of upper body strength, like a gorilla".

Nice analogy...seeing as how I want to see this bad motha’-shut-yo-mouth go APE-S**T on the Autobots in ROTF!


Unlike the toy and cartoon versions, Devastator will be made up of 7 smaller robots in ROTF...instead of 6. The Constructicons will not just be green. Some of the vehicles will also be red and yellow, according to TFW2005.

-The concept artwork of one of the Constructicons, Long Haul (shown above), is said to be legit. It was created by Josh Nizzi...an artist who is currently on the concept team working on robot designs for Transformers 2. The CGI model of Long Haul, shown below, was made by a fan. I actually posted the artwork above in an earlier Blog.

-Transformers 2 is currently filming at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexcio. After that, production will move overseas to Egypt and possibly Jordan. And that will probably mark the end of principal photography for the sequel.

The Transformers Live Action Movie Blog has a lot more updates on TF2. Click here for additional info (and rumors).

Fan-made CG artwork of the Constructicon known as Long Haul.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Promotional ad for TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, showing Shirley Manson's T-1000.
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MORE ON TERMINATOR... Yesterday, I watched the Season 2 premiere of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and needless to say... The T-1000 is BACK!! Well— Not as Robert Patrick from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, of course, but a female version played by Shirley Manson, the lead vocalist of the band Garbage.

Shirley Manson as Catherine Weaver in TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.
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I’d like to see Manson’s liquid cyborg (whose human name is Catherine Weaver) go up against Summer Glau’s Cameron Phillips in upcoming episodes. And speaking of Cameron (or Summer. Whoever you prefer), is it just me or is she a lot hotter when her Terminator goes bad? Will we see John Connor get tempted to engage in some human/robot copulation with Cameron in a future episode, after she ‘professed’ her love for him in last night’s premiere? That’s something to think about... Oh, and if 'man-juice' can short-circuit the wiring inside Cameron after she performs— Nevermind. That's the corrupt part of my mind talking, haha.

Summer Glau as Cameron Phillips in TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.
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Back to the T-1000, I wonder if we’ll see some cool action sequences with Manson in ‘em. Like her walking through a chain-link fence as she chases after Sarah Connor and Company... Or impale BAG—err, Brian Austin Green—err, Derek Reese with a metallic finger blade... That would also be cool.

Christian Bale as John Connor in TERMINATOR SALVATION...which comes out in theaters on May 22, 2009.
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It’s interesting to see where this new season will lead...and how it will tie in with next May’s McG-directed film, Terminator Salvation (starring Christian Bale). Will Ms. Glau make a cameo in this flick? That’s all I care about. That— And hot liquid cyborg females and other evil robots that go shootin' and stabbin' in the night.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Starscream.

REVENGE OF THE FALLEN Update... As part of the promotional campaign to commemorate this week’s release of Transformers on Blu-Ray DVD, Wal-Mart has posted exclusive video content on its website. One video (the second one on the page, actually), shows how Industrial Light & Magic created the robots in the first film. The other video—which is the first of a series of new videos that will supposedly be posted every week—chronicles the first day of shoot for Revenge of the Fallen, which took place at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in early June.

TOP PIC: Military troops prepare to take on an unseen Decepticon.  BOTTOM PIC: Michael Bay films an Audi R8 in action.

This video shows Michael Bay displaying the "Bayos" (as in "chaos"...since Bay likes to operate fast on the film set, and stated he's gonna be 'all up on' his crew's 'asses' to get work done on the movie) shoes that Nike made for him, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura showing his excitement for Day 1 of the production, military soldiers on the attack (one troop is using a Gatling gun...as shown above. Pretty cool), and 3 motorbikes that will supposedly form Arcee in action! We also see an Audi R8 going through the motions on set...though we do not yet know if it’s a Decepticon or an Autobot. Though it must obviously be a 'Con if Arcee (an Autobot) is being chased by it...

TOP PIC: Michael Bay films an Arcee bike in action.  BOTTOM PIC: Glimpses of two of the Arcee bikes.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TWO VIDEOS. The code to put at the bottom of the page is AllSpark62609. Can’t wait to see what next week’s video will show! Hopefully some behind-the-scenes footage with Megan Fox in it. Speaking of Fox, here's a sexy photo of her from her upcoming flick, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. Totally hot.

Megan Fox in her upcoming film, HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE.
Courtesy of The Sun