Swing and a miss

The man in red and blue

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 | 11:54 AM | by
So I watched the new Superman Returns trailer. I dunno, I've got mixed feelings here. On the one hand, I like Brandon Routh's look as the Man of Steel (even if he reminds me of Jason Schwartzman for some reason), the flying looks great. Kevin Spacey as Lex had me jumping for joy (especially that "Go on, let me hear you say it, just once" part). I have confidence that it will be an entertaining movie.

However I'm not 100% excited about the storyline they've chosen. From what I've heard (and I'm willing to have my inbox flooded to set me straight, so go ahead and fire up that email program), the movie picks up after Superman 1, maybe even 2. Superman 3 and 4 never happened. Superman was in space (for some reason unknown to me) and now returns to earth.

I think where what is most rubbing me the wrong way is picking up on the old Superman movies. I think I was hoping that they'd just sort of do their own thing, like Batman Begins did. We already had a Superman saga with Christopher Reeves playing the part. They did their thing, some of it was great, some of it was bad. But I'm not seeing anyone following Christopher Reeve as that Supes. Maybe it's just me.

Kind of like when you watch a TV series, and one of the actors quits, or leaves the show, and they get a new actor to play the same character, and everything keeps moving without skipping a beat but there's that period of uneasiness where you're thinking "this isn't the character...".

They didn't ask us to believe that Christian Bale was the same Bruce Wayne as Michael Keaton (like they had done with Val Kilmer and George Clooney). They said "ok, clean slate, new actors, now this is how we see Batman". And it worked.

Anyway, I'm just rambling for the sake of rambling. I'm sure the movie will be good regardless.

Also, there's a Warhammer Online trailer up.

Episode Four

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 | 10:31 PM | by
I almost forgot, the fourth episode of the animated series is now online for CAD Premium members.

We're really excited that the animated series has been so successful. It was well received by fans, and I feel we're making noticeable improvements with each episode as we all get used to the process. There's definitely going to be a lot to talk about when it comes time to do the DVD commentary!

MxO GameDay

Thursday, May 4, 2006 | 04:29 AM | by
There's a free trial for The Matrix Online over at FilePlanet. I fired it up and ran through the tutorial, and I figured it would make for a decent GameDay.

I'll only be there for about an hour, since I'm really busy getting ready for E3 next week, but obviously you guys can play all night if you wanted to. You don't need me there.

As usual, more details to come on Saturday.

Update: The trial is only exclusive to paid FilePlanet subscribers for the first two days. By tomorrow, anyone with a FilePlanet account, free or not, will be able to download the trial. Plenty of time for you to get it in time for the GameDay.