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Ultimate Bob’s Starcraft Cast

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Bob's Bloviating, Movies!, The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322! | 0 comments

Hello, fanboys and fangirls, I’m Robert, but to those dozens of loyal Hold 322 listeners I’m better known as Ultimate Bob. As our show’s “staff of writer” it is my obligation to bring to you a weekly blog containing my ideas and opinions concerning comic books and all other things nerdy / geek. This week’s blog will be about my ideas for a feature film based on the bestselling, now classic 1998 video game, Starcraft.




It's a Zerg! Eek! Run!

It’s a Zerg! Eek! Run!

For several years now, it has been one of my dreams to write (and be paid lots of money for) a Starcraft screenplay. Given the chance I’d also love to produce or even direct the project. Of course none of those things are likely to happen, but since I’ve heard no news of a Starcraft film already in development, I can still dream about it, right?
I don’t want to use this blog to discuss all my ideas for the script, since it would follow fairly closely the story-line from the original game (and it’s expansion, Brood Wars) with only a few changes made to better make the story into a two hour film, but what I do want to write about are my ideas for the cast; at least for the seven main Terrain characters: Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, Arcturus Mengsk, Samir Duran, Edmund Duke, Alexei Stukov and Gerard DuGalle.

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Is this a new Silver Age?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Hey Fanboy!, JC's Jocularity, Movies! | 0 comments

Over the past few weeks we’ve had major announcements from both Warner Brothers regarding their DC properties and Marvel Studios regarding phase 3. And as I and my fellow geeks speculate futher on what these movies may hold for us, I found myself thinking about where we’ve come from and how what’s happening in the cinema has similarities to what happened during the famous Silver Age of comics.

DC started it back in the 50s, when they reimagined The Flash and Green Lantern for the atomic age. They showed us heroes relevant to the era, and gave them pseudo-scientific backgrounds. Warner did that with Batman, rescuing the property from what Schumacher did with Batman and Robin, and gave us a cinematic Batman that belonged in the art house just as much as it did in the Cineplex. Nolan made it real, eschewing hyperbole for a strong, character driven script.

But just like in the comic book silver age, then came Marvel with Iron Man, and a promise of even more to come, a bigger, connected universe.

So now DC/Warner tried to catch up. But their biggest name character, rather than getting a reimagining, stayed clumsily tied to his Golden Age persona. In both cases (comic book silver age and this new movie silver age) I’m talking about Superman. We could have had a Man of Steel 10 years ago, instead Bryan Singer threw it back to the Golden Age of Richard Donner with Superman Returns.

There were further attempts to catch up to Marvel’s tidal wave of success, but much like DC comics, Warner had forgotten that they were the ones who started it all, by green lighting Christopher Nolan to helm the Batman trilogy… Let it be character driven… And in forgetting this, they make the mistake of rejecting Joss Whedon.

Meanwhile, Marvel Studios moved forward with their art house slate of directors, like Favreu, Leterrier, and Brannagh, and then they pull in Whedon. Just like the 60s, everyone wants to work at Marvel.

So if we look upon the Donner Superman and Burton Batman, and television series from the 70s and 80s, like Wonder Woman and The Flash as the Golden Age of superhero entertainment, I think the new line, starting awkwardly with X-Men and Spider-Man in the movies and Smallville on TV, a new generation was introduced to the genre, but with Batman Begins and Iron Man the bar was raised, and now we have 5 years worth of movies slated and promises of more TV shows to come. Will we see an abbreviated Silver Age of movies before we get a “Crisis” level event at Warner and have all the creative talent leave Marvel for the shiny new production company, only to come back after a year or so? I guess only time will tell if history will fulfill this odd repeat. All I can say is, it’s a great time to be a comic book geek.

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We’ve Millar’d it … Issue 106, but not really

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Bob's Bloviating, Hey Fanboy!, JC's Jocularity, Movies!, The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322!, This Week, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The episode is done – sounded great, uploaded to the internet … and disappeared.

I can’t fix the problem until tonight, after work, so … I blame the communists.

So, until this afternoon, enjoy this tasty ear snack …

Wow …. this takes me back!


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R.I.P. The LEFT Show and Hold 322*

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Bob's Bloviating, Hey Fanboy!, JC's Jocularity, Movies!, The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322!, This Week | 2 comments

Quick news update about The LEFT Show and Hold 322. Over at the Defenestrate Media Studios, where we record our weekly programs, our production computer, responsible for pretty much 90% of everything we produce, died. Died Hard. With a Vengeance. I spent all day yesterday trying to fix it with spare parts on hand, but, sadly, I called TOD last night around 11pm.

* I’ll try to piece something together this week, but, truth be told, I’m not optimistic at this time. It’s a money thing, really. Please feel free to share your remembrances and condolences on this thread, and I’ll get us back in the saddle ASAP. In the meantime, feel free to stop by GeekBox computers and buy us a new box from them, if you feel like it, which is what I should have done in the first place. OR feel free to click the box right there on the top right, and, maybe I can buy a few new parts to fix this poor box back to life.

Thanks folks!

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Know Your Ursa from Your Faora

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Bob's Bloviating, Hey Fanboy!, Movies!, The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322! | 0 comments

Do you know your Ursa from your Faora? Many fans think that Ursa and Faora are the same character. Even multiple online sources including the Superman wiki assert this to be the case, but are they though? Yes… and no, but mostly no. It’s a long and complicated matter, but I shall try to explain it all to you as best I can.

Faora in Action Comics #472

Faora in Action Comics #472

The character of Faora first appeared in the DC universe in 1977 (Action Comics #471) as a powerful telepath and Kryptonian serial killer who lured her victims to her home using her great beauty before murdering them. She was eventually arrested and convicted of her crimes, serving her three hundred year sentence in the Phantom Zone at the time of Krypton’s destruction. Faora (full name Faora Hu-Ul) used her psychic abilities to observe Kal El as he grew up on Earth, all the while letting her hatred of him grow deeper and deeper over the years. Eventually, Faora managed to escape the Phantom Zone by forming a psychic link with an Earth man named Jackson Porter who was an elderly widow. Faora tricked Porter into believing she was his dead wife, Katie, and used the power of their forged psychic bond to appear as a ghost. Faora tricked Porter into stealing a powerful artifact that ripped open the barrier around the Phantom Zone, allowing her to escape to Earth where her new-found super powers combined with her mastery of the Kryptonian martial art form known as Horu-Kanu, to defeat Superman in hand to hand combat. Seemingly victorious when Superman retreated from their battle, Faora freed other Phantom Zone criminals—including Zod—planning to use them to help her conquer the Earth before turning against them so she alone could rule, but eventually Superman found a way to send her and the other escaped Kryptonian criminals back to the Phantom Zone.

Sarah Douglas as Ursa

Sarah Douglas as Ursa

When the Superman movie was released in 1979 a female Kryptonian character appeared in the film, and more prominently in the sequel as Zod’s loyal accomplice. This character (played by Sarah Douglas) was named Ursa, not Faora, but many fans believed them to be the same character, just with different names. I can understand this mistaken belief only because no female Kryptonian villainess named Ursa had ever appeared in the comics at that point. Thing is though, Ursa was loyal and subservient to Zod, whereas Faora hated Zod as she hated all men and only worked with him grudgingly.

Ursa finally appears in the comic book in 2006

Ursa finally appears in the comic book in 2006

It was not until 2006 when Ursa finally appeared in an actual comic book (Action Comics #845) when Geoff Johns began writing the New Krypton series. She was yet again a very loyal follower of General Zod and even briefly his lover—something the man-hating Faora would certainly never become; proof enough for me that the two characters, though similar in some ways, are not in fact the same person.

Antje Traue as Faora

Antje Traue as Faora

The confusion over the two characters has recently increased, however, with the release of Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel film, which features the character of Faora (played by Antje Traue) looking and acting very much like Ursa had in the Richard Donner directed Superman films from thirty years ago.
In conclusion, I can see how these two characters have been confused for one another and will no doubt continue to be until they appear together, side-by-side, in the same comic book or feature film. Wait a second… do you think that maybe Clark Kent and Superman could be one and the same? Nah. Crazy thought.
Well that’s enough from me for now. Until my next bloviation, be sure to listen to Hold 322, follow me on twitter @Robert_A_Easton, and read lots of comics. Alons-y!

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