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British Actor, Henry Cavill, is the next to wear big S

Henry Cavill- Photo from Upstreet Magazine

Superman has been cast for the Zack Synder helmed reboot of the big screen version of the Man of Steel. According to too many sources who have broadcast this news before me, Henry Cavill, probably best known for his role as Charles Brandon on the Showtime series, the Tudors will be Superman/Clark Kent for the upcoming film. I enjoyed Zack Synder’s work on The Watchmen so I’m looking forward to his take on this superhero. Personally I liked Brandon Routh and the Superman Returns movie, but I know I’m in a minority in that regard. I’m glad Warner Brothers hasn’t let the character languish and is bringing him to the big screen for another go. Though a Brit playing Superman seems about as odd as an American being cast as James Bond.


More news from WB. Entertainment Weekly showing off this image of the how the Thundercats will be depicted in their upcoming animated television show for Cartoon Network. I always dug the Thundercats, which I am sure isn’t a big shocker. The toys were great looking and the cartoon was weird & fun. I’ll be adding this to my DVR schedule to be a part of my custom made Saturday morning cartoon cavalcade.

I was excited about this Avengers cartoon when I first saw a couple of the mini episodes last Fall. Its been one of the rare shows that I record and watch regularly. For the most part this program has done a great job of bringing the Avengers to the TV in an updated form while still bringing in a lot of cool stuff from the source material and staying true to the basic concepts. The latest 3 part story with Kang the Conqueror as the antagonist really stood out for me. Kang has come to our time in an effort to save his future, by first preventing Captain America from disrupting time and by taking over the planet so that Earth can defend itself against a Kree/Skrull war.

The line up for this storyline has the Avengers team full of my favorites: Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Wasp, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Hawkeye. So right off the bat that makes this a fun collection of episodes. We also get a cameo appearance by Reed Richards. The Ultron robots play a big part in the last couple of episodes, which is eerie since any Avengers fan knows what becomes of the Ultron project.

The action is fun and fast, the portrayal of the characters is on target, and its a story that actually feels like it needed the three episodes to tell. I create my own Saturday morning cartoon line up with my DVR, and this show is becoming one of my favorites. Plus its become one of the few superhero shows that hooks in my 4 year old, who isn’t really a superhero fan. According to Wikipedia, there are 52 episodes planned for this toon, since we are only on 19 I can’t wait to see what else is in store.

Check it out on DisneyXD Sundays@10AM/9AM Central

My brother and I used to watch the Dukes of Hazzard every Friday night on CBS. Sitting in front of the old RCA with a big bowl of popcorn in our bedroom, that is truly one of the first appointment prime TV moments I remember in my life. After watch the Dukes in their main incarnations, including substitute cousines and in animated form, I thought I’d really seen them all. UNTIL, I caught an episode on CMT last night while eating dinner, an episode neither my brother nor I remember. Its the episode where the Dukes come across a little alien who needs to¬†rendezvous¬†with this ride home to another planet.

This is about the weirdest episode of the Dukes of Hazzard I’ve seen. I don’t have anything clever or funny to say, I’m just dumbstruck by this sample of a red neck ET story. Enjoy these videos documenting the Duke Family meeting “Lil Cousin”

Aside from ¬†surfing the web or doing sketches, one of the main things I do with my iPad is read. Often I’m reading online versions of magazines or newspapers, as well as comic books, ebooks, or a PDF created by some fanboy who created a guide to a video game or some unofficial material for one of my favorite role playing games. Either way, despite the kryptonite that is sun glare, the iPad is great for reading. Bookman, developed by Tsumiki Studios for both English and Japanese languages, has quickly become my favorite method of reading, organizing and loading e literature to my iPad.

Bookman uses a bookshelf system for storing and organizing books just as the iBook app does on the iPad. However Bookman easily reads PDF and Comic book CBR files. The double tap zoom and double page view are excellent for reading a wide variety of the books and comic books that I download. However downloading is the real strength of this app. Bookman comes with a built in web browser, which allows you to browse and download from ebook sites or FTP sites. With its built in web browser, you also have a method of exploring links in documents without leaving the app. I most often go to my DropBox account to download files that I found while surfing the web the night before.

This app is getting updated all the time, so hopefully it will just keep getting better. Check it out and let me know what you think.

I was back at Rebelscum.com looking through the old Marvel Comics Star Wars issue covers. Some of these covers really have me wanting to go back through my collection and reread this whole series. Yeah I have them all, I started buying them regularly well after Return of the Jedi, but my Dad bought the whole series up to ROTJ from someone while we were living in Germany. I’ve never read through a series of comics so fast in my life. I love this cover, Lobot isn’t taking it from anyone anymore including Lando. Maybe he was pissed about Lando turning over the Cloud City operation to the Empire. Either way that is one cyborg who I wouldn’t want to mess with, even with the blousey sleeves he’s sporting.

And that price tag has be longing for the days when comics were so much more affordable.

X-Men: First Class – News and Photos Abound

Image Credit: Murray Close

Image Credit: Murray Close

Entertainment Weekly and the LA Times both had ¬†great articles full of coverage for the upcoming film, X-Men: First Class. A prequel for the X-Men big screen franchise, not a reboot. Taking facts from the interview with the director, Matthew Vaughn, this X-Men film will start the story in the very beginning with most of the film being set in the 1960’s. It gives a lot of attention to the two men who will later be known as Magneto and Professor X, showing their relationship evolve as they take on the evil organization known as the Hellfire Club, a name that should familiar to fans of the X-Men comic books. There is a mixed reaction on the ‘Net to this approach, but I have to say I’m onboard already. I like going back to the beginning with the X-Men, I feel the original team was still one of the strongest group of characters.

Younger Magneto with Helmet

Plus going with this original group of heroes means NO WOLVERINE. I could not be happier about that. I mean the wild little canuck is fun, but the X-men were cool before he came around and hopefully this movie will prove that.

Alright lets get to casting. In the Hellfire Club Kevin Bacon will be Sebastian Shaw and January Jones as Emma Frost, the White Queen. For our band of mutants fighting for their cause we have¬†ÔĽŅMichael Fassbender as¬†Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X,¬†Jennifer Lawrence ¬†as Raven Darkholme aka Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy aka Beast, Lucas Till as Havok. This sounds like a strong cast, choices that make me feel even better about the prospect of this film. After the X-Men Last Stand and the Wolverine movie being such disappointments, its nice to look forward to an X-Men film again.

Young Charles Xavier from X-Men First Class film

Image Credit: Murray Close

All info comes from Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times