Thus revealed, the creature buried its nose in the tire-tilled soil...
December 16, 2008
All windows must go!
Category: Linkage

Okay, not all of them -- but I've been hanging onto many of these links for quite a while and now my Firefox has 80+ open tabs. So it's time to clear the board with another exciting linkage post! You may have seen many of these by now, but hopefully you'll find something interesting in here that you haven't encountered yet.

  • Hardcore Gaming 101: Athena

    I must've had this tab open for months -- ever since I started playing SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos earlier this year as part of the Capcom and SNK kick that stemmed from my purchase of the Mai Shiranui and Chun-Li action figure set. Athena's one of the two secret bosses, and she's got quite a history as a character! I tried desperately to find the Athena: Awakening from an Ordinary Life live-action drama, but I have not yet been successful in that endeavor.

  • Destroy All Monsters: Rogues Gallery -- Prehistoric Isle

    At least once a year -- and probably more along the lines of thrice a year -- I go off on a dinosaur kick. I think I found this during the most recent one, which took place from October-November and resulted in me buying a handful of velociraptor figures. It looks bloody cool! It's also an SNK game, which makes two thus far.

  • Beyonce: Now it's time for a black Wonder Woman

    I'm not sure how I'd feel about this. There are some characters -- many characters -- perhaps even most characters -- for whom I wouldn't at all object to a skin color change in the leap from comic to film. I thought it was fine for Kingpin in Daredevil, since Kingpin's supposed to be a big crime boss and they don't come much bigger than Michael Clarke Duncan, and while Catwoman had many flaws (or so I'm told; I still can't bring myself to watch it), I doubt that Halle Berry's skin color was among them. (Besides, in that respect, Eartha Kitt had already established a precedent for the character.) Batman, the Flash, Hawkgirl, Huntress, just about any of the X-Men... there are a ton of characters who could change their skin color and it wouldn't at all seem problematic for me.

    But Wonder Woman? Something about that just doesn't work for me. It might be because many other characters are more/less defined by their backstory, or by their costumes, or by certain physical characteristics -- for example, as with Kingpin, their size -- but Wonder Woman has an iconic look that incorporates not only her costume, but her entire physical appearance. Her backstory is kinda crap, but it also arguably demands a more "classical" appearance for her: she was fashioned out of clay by the Amazonian queen Hippolyta and brought to life by Athena. Granted, I have no idea who I'd cast in the role -- only Steel comes to mind, but she looks a bit too hard and I doubt she can act -- but WW is one character I'd probably try to match to her comic appearance as closely as possible.

    That said, if a live-action X-Men film ever touched on the Mojoverse, I think Beyonce would make an interesting casting choice for Spiral.

  • Zina Saunders paints Sarah Palin

    Obviously a holdover from the election, I found this painting to be pretty darned cool.

And that'll do it for now!

-posted by Wes | 7:47 pm | Comments (5)
  • Mickelodeon says:

    I'm almost embarrassed to admit it took me far too long to think of the one guess, viz. the missing belly button. I was too busy downing shots of Bubbleshock and wishing I lived across the road from 13 Bannerman when I had the Bubbleshock fit and needed to be saved, across-the-road neighbor could help. 😉

  • Becky says:

    Okay, that's some wierd stuff you found there 🙂

  • De says:

    As far as Wonder Woman goes, the whole notion of Amazon is going to be tough to work in. The character has always been associated with "hot" and the current crop of starlets are tiny waifs whereas Lynda Carter (back in the 1970s) was relatively normal-sized.

  • dave says:

    TAB's pretty gung ho about there being a female Doctor. (On Dr. Who, not in real life, because that would be absurd). How about a male Wonder Woman?

  • Wes says:

    Becky: It just sort of falls into my lap!

    De: True -- which is probably why only Steel and potentially other American Gladiators come to my mind. They may have to import foreign talent to play Wonder Woman! That said, I think Kristin Kreuk as (a younger, Alpha-generation) Chun-Li is starting to work for me, so maybe one of the waify actresses could pull off a Diana that would satisfy me.

    Or maybe not, since I actually thought Lynda Carter was too small for the role. The way the costume just sort of hangs off of her makes it hard for me to even want to watch this WW Season 2 DVD set!

    Dave: There have been Wonder Men in the comics -- they generally come from alternate gender-reversed universes. So there is a precedent, but I'm not sure that the idea of a Wonder Man film would prove popular enough to warrant the execs greenlighting it. And personally? I probably wouldn't want to see it. I'd definitely be interested in seeing a movie about a gender-reversed Justice League, though! Female Brainiac for the win.

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