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BPET: Black Panther Entertainment Television

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In a “Whoda Thunk It?” announcement, BET announced Thursday that they will be launching a prime time animated series starring Marvel’s Black Panther, due to hit screens early in 2009.

Originally, I figured this was someone’s idea of a gag, but Variety has announced it so.  The interesting part that I didn’t know, was that the current run of Black Panther is being written by Reginald Hudlin, the current president of entertainment for BET.

While not one of the iconic heroes for Marvel, it’s never the less exciting to see a 2nd string character being given a shot to breakout. Here’s hoping it’s worth watching.  I suppose it’s in bad taste that the last memory I have of Black Panther is as zombie food in Marvel Zombies. Whoops.  Isn’t he married to Storm now?

Meet The Joes!

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Well, I’d post one of the images as a tease if I could, but the site has right click disabled, and I can’t seem to find the URL’s to any of the images in the source…
Thanks to a user at the NeoGAF forums for pulling the images out.

In any case, Celeb Blog WWTDD.com (that’s What Would Tyler Durden Do for those of you keeping track at home) has EXCLUSIVE images of the entire cast of 2009’s 80’s cartoon remake extravaganza GI Joe.

In addition to extra photos of Rachel Nichols as Scarlett and Ray Park as Snake Eyes, they also have our first looks at….

  • Channing Tatum as Duke
  • Karolina Korkova as Cover Girl
  • Marlon Wayans as Ripcord
  • Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow
  • Sienna Miller as The Baroness
  • Dennis Quaid as Hawk

What are you waiting for?! Check them out HERE.

What do I think? I think the all-black stealth gear is a bit too much like Brian Singer’s X-Men, but understandable. I kind of like the look for Storm Shadow, but wish he had a mask (I’d imagine that the actor wanted more face time…see every superhero movie ever), and god damnit, what does a guy have to do to get Sienna Miller in EYEGLASSES?!

EDIT, 6:46pm – It’s been brought to my attention by a certain Ms. Greco that the images have been pulled. But do you think this stops the internet? Besides, I think I kinda want a c&d request from Paramount. Means I’m big time.

While this is just a small taste of the images that were presented, these present the most revealing looks at the newest characters (I figure we have Snake Eyes and Scarlett covered…)

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L to R: Baroness, CoverGirl, Duke, Flint, Ripcord, and Storm Shadow (w/Baroness)

You’ve Got Your Chocolate In My Peanut Butter! You’ve Got Your Batman In My Sub Zero!

Earlier this month, Midway started the hype train for the eighth Mortal Kombat title, with the rather cryptic (kryptic?) NOOB.com website, featuring a website counting down to today.

With the countdown ending, we were left with only a bizarre blurred image of Scorpion.

However, this didn’t stop Midway from revealing the truth behind Mortal Kombat 8.

You’re probably going to want to sit down for this.

I’ll wait.

….

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Not a dream. Not a hoax. Mortal Kombat 8 is actually….

MORTAL KOMBAT Vs. DC UNIVERSE

I can’t say I understand it at all, and honestly, I’m a bit worried.

Aside from the surreal juxtaposition of 2 major nerd franchises (one which is far, far lower in stature compared to their 90’s heyday), it’s not sounding too impressive already…

Infamous gaming blog Kotaku posted the early scoop on the title, and this doesn’t sound good…

Wondering why DC comics would seemingly sign onto a project that would let Scorpion rip Wonder Woman’s head off? You know…kill a superhero? So were we. So were you. This might explain it: a former Midway employee has contacted us and said that he worked on the game, and that Mortal Kombat v DC features “no fatalities and little-to-no blood”. In other words, “MK is dead”. No blood, no fatalities…if this is true, why is this game called Mortal Kombat again?

The words of an angry ex-employee? Or a look into what’s to come?

In the bizarre world of fighting games this generation, we’ve seen Street Fighter return to glory, Star Wars characters mix it up with the cast of Soul Calibur, and now we’re apparently going to see Scorpion hand Nightwing his ass…will it all pay off? Time will tell.

Until then, I’m going to pick my jaw up from the floor.

EDIT, 3:43PM- The first embargoed details on this surreal pairing are hitting the web. Gamespot.com has an early preview here, and you can watch the first trailer courtesy of Games Radar here.

Impending Sign Of The Apocalypse, No. 3487

As someone of the creative sort, I’ve ran into all kinds of people who I view as taking it a bit too far.

I’m sure you’ve encountered them, the type with bizarre clothing, facial makeup that is just a bit too well designed…those that say they “don’t care” about their appearances, but could not be more obviously designed to grab attention…those that create “music” that has no sense of rhythm, tone or purpose…visual art which doesn’t even have a sense of composition or scope…people who claim that society doesn’t “understand” them, when it could not be more obvious that they themselves are trying intentionally to be so left-of-field to remain an outsider.

This story from Yale Daily News is such an example, gone too far.

I’ll just leave you with the teaser, but the story itself goes farther into this dimension of crazy.

Art major Aliza Shvarts ’08 wants to make a statement.

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.

I’m all for the creation of art that makes you think. I’m all for freedom of speech.  This makes me want the terrorists to win.

Ugh.

Frankly My Dear, I Give A Damn

Now we’re up to glimpses of 2 characters from the forthcoming GI Joe flick…

Here’s Rachel Nichols as Scarlett!

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Alright, that makes two that look good…here’s hoping it’s as nice in motion as it has been in stills.