Fandom 5: 'The Raid,' Michael Bay, and 'Supercrooks'
The acclaimed action film opened up against "Hunger Games"; new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have an alien origin; Mark Millar's new comic book has been described as “X-Men meets Ocean’s 11."
It’s a nerd world and only getting nerdier. Here are what nerds are nerding out over this week.
1) Little Redemption for The Raid
The Raid “is a whole mess of bone-crunching, face-pummeling, throat-slicing and fist-pounding awesomeness,” I wrote when I saw this Indonesian movie back at the Toronto Film Festival. But you don’t have take my word for it (even though you should); the movie’s got an impressive 86% score on Rotten Tomatoes, meaning that a whole slew of critics love it. And when was the last time a pure action movie got so much respect?
However Sony Pictures Classics has opened the film up against The Hunger Games. And it bowed on only 13 screens. (SPC also added the sub-title Redemption, which Heat Vision chooses to ignore.) So most moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to discover the best action movie in years.
2) Wait, They're What?!
Michael Bay let slip that our favorite half-shelled heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will have some sort of alien origin story in the new movie he is producing. That, of course, d to a fantrum and cries of blasphemy. Bay, taking to his website, advised fans to "take a break and chill."
He also wrote, "Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place."
The fandom nation didn't appreciate the advice and had a few words for him of their own, most of which can't be printed here.
3) The Living Love the Walking Dead
The Walking Dead finished its season with quite a bang on March 18. The action-packed finale not only scored record ratings for the AMC, with nine million viewers tuning in, but it also (ever-so briefly) introduced the fan-favorite character, Michonne. That was followed by the casting announcement that Treme actress Danai Gurira will play the katana-weilding character next season.
And later in the week, as Bleeding Cool reported, Walking Dead comics featuring Michonne’s first appearance skyrocketed in worth, with one sale on eBay hitting $1650.
4) Green is the new Black
The CW released its first-look of the bow-and-arrow wielding Green Arrow, the DC hero at the center of its pilot Arrow. The image showed star Stephen Amell in a green suit designed by three-time Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood and also suggested the dark and edgy tone the show hopes to evoke.
5) Super-crooked Ways
Supercrooks, the latest Mark Millar comics extravaganza hit shelves Wednesday, March 21. Millar has become a bit of a master at spinning out high-concept ideas into comic mini-series that not only generate high sales but also act unabashedly as Hollywood bait (see: Wanted, Kick-Ass). And they also tend to be released amid a media blitz.
Described as “X-Men meets Ocean’s 11,” Supercrooks asks the question: Why would super-villains want to hang around New York if there are so many blasted super-heroes there? The comic centers on a group of villains that, in answer to that question, head to Europe to pull off a heist.
The comic will be part of Heat Vision's weekend read.