All the fanboys want to hear about the next Batman movie, but director Christopher Nolan is on a "long, long vacation and wants to purge himself." In celebration of tropical respites from gritty Gotham, we went to the vault and found this rarity on the right; it’s a 1966 trading card that depicts the Dynamic Duo riding the waves in pursuit of some lame bad crook named Tiger Shark. Surf’s up, Dark Knight!
Now here are your hand-picked fanboy headlines for today…
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner on the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" film with Hugh Jackman due in May 2009: "It’s darker and sadder and it’s kick-ass." She also says there are hopes that the performance by Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool will lead to a spin-off movie. [Superhero Hype]
Mary McNamara reviews "Eleventh Hour," which premieres tonight on CBS, and says it has "an air of creepiness that is both promising and unsettling." [Los Angeles Times]…but Robert Bianco damns the same show with faint praise: "It’s never less than adequate." [USA Today]
Manohla Dargis writes that Guy Ritchie "reshuffles a worn-out deck" with "RocknRolla," which opens in theaters on Friday [New York Times]…while Kurt Loder says the caper flick "mopes and drags." [MTV]
David Plotz revisists a 1984 paramilitary classic on DVD and experiences some battlefield trauma. "‘Red Dawn’ did not conjure up the chest-swelling patriotism I felt as a 14-year-old. Instead, it turned out to be disturbing in an entirely unexpected way." [Slate]
Old-school for mutants: Chris Claremont and Len Wein talk about upcoming projects. One tidbit: Wein is the writer on the "Watchmen" video game, which is set 10 years before the film’s events. "It involves things that were just discussed or mentioned in the book." [Newsarama]
A 50-part (yes, a 50-part) prime-time series on the life of beloved son Bruce Lee has begun airing in China. A pair of one-hour episodes will be broadcast every night until its conclusion. An official with China’s CCTV: "He wrote the word ‘Kung Fu’ into English dictionaries. He made people aware of China." [Associated Press, via CNN]
There’s a new trailer for "The Uninvited." (And no, it’s not a remake of the 1944 Ray Milland classic of the same title, but it is a remake of the highest-grossing Korean horror film ever, "A Tale of Two Sisters") [Dreamworks website]
The USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D vs the Battlestar Galactica in open space — who wins? Or how about a metallic smackdown between Robocop and the Terminator Model T-800? These are some of the questions that Marc Bernardin is asking in his fun Ultimate Sci-Fi Showdown poll. [Entertainment Weekly]
– Geoff Boucher
Image from a vintage trading card, character used with permission of DC Comics.