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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Big Screen BATMAN: The Uncomfortable Truth

The first image of Ben Affleck as Batman has hit the web and he looks the absolute business, like a proper bruiser. The outfit is of course textured (aren't all the hi def Hollywood heroes now days) but going by the arms it looks less like 'armor' and more like a superhero suit which suits (I thank you) this Bat fan down to the ground although it still pales in comparison to the costume worn in the excellent 'Batman:dead End' fan flick which still looks amazing black trunks and all.

The Batmobile looks pretty cool too and going by the length of the vehicle as seen in the first teaser and with what looks like a tire mid way up in the new image could we be getting a boss 6 wheeler? Fingers crossed. (although the more I look at it maybe not)

As with when Affleck was announced as the new Dark Knight this single black and white image has had the interweb's fanboy elite going into melt down and what a miserable lot they are. Seriously check the comments under this image on any site and try not to get bogged down in the quagmire your average Hollywood superhero fan likes to call home. These high horse riding fanboys aim to never be pleased and Zach Snyder's superhero flicks show this better than most. With Watchmen he made an almost frame by frame adaptation of the comic book series and was instantly lambasted for it but if he'd messed with it in any really significant way he would have been equally criticized but more telling was the fan reaction to Man of Steel.

Since Tim Burton got Batman all dark and gritted up, every silver screen hero has suffered from fans foaming at the mouth demanding their heroes be 'realistic' (the Marvel Universe however has found a nice balance but benefits from leaning toward the source material) and sure enough that was the Nolan-esque Superman he gave us and rather predictably he was derided for it by the same fickle fans who would have soiled themselves with rage if he had put a red underwear clad do-gooder up on the big screen.
Joyless fans get the hero they deserve and never the one they want and jeez Louise do they not want Ben Affleck but the fact of the matter is as long as they look the part (or in Michel Keaton's case not) any half decent actor can play Batman. Even gorgeous George Clooney who most point the finger at as being the worst was only bad because the movie he was in was bad given better material to work with and a better director I'd put good money on him being remembered as one of the best (imagine Seth Geko in a cowl, solid gold baby.)
Love him or loath him Affleck looks the part and I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing him play a more comic book style adventurer, not a camp Adam West but dear gods not another Dark Knight Rises reality monger.

Recent reports regarding the new Fantastic Four movie have had it's writer Simon Kinberg describe it's tone as 'much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science fiction' how depressing that one of the all time King Kirby creations is being beaten with the reality stick, instead of cosmic hi-jinks set in other dimensions populated by silver surfers and world devourers we'll have the reality of a man burning to death, another crushed under the weight of his own skin as it turns to stone while his friend disintegrates into a human puddle crying as he watches the woman he loves slowly fade away to nothing. If there is one thing super heroes should never be boys and girls it's realistic.
We’re approaching it in a much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science-fiction way.
We’re approaching it in a much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science-fiction way.
realistic, grounded, science rather than science-fiction way.
realistic, grounded, science rather than science-fiction way.
Read more at there is one thing super heroes should never be is realistic. 

'INK' poster design

This is the poster design I did for Andy Stewart's (Shining Example Films) new short horror film 'INK'

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock

A Sketch a Day: That-Girl & Rodger the Bollock

A loving homage to (the excellent) Frank Quietely's cover of Batman and Robin No.1 or a hopelessly out of date parody to a comic that came out five years ago, you decide. 

 Cover of Batman & Robin No.1

Friday, 21 February 2014

'I Am A Ukrainian'... please share....

A Sketch a Day: Charlie Bee

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Now Showing: REST

Written and directed by Alan McLean I was lucky enough to design the poster for this wee gem, enjoy and please let me know what you think.

REST (short film) from Alan McLean on Vimeo.

Saturday, 8 February 2014


It has mildly irritated me from the minute I saw it but the similarities between the posters for the 'new' Planet of the Apes movie and my Scheme logo have blossomed into a full blown niggle.
The make up the man monkeys are sporting (white face, red marking on the forehead, the dark circled eyes and the six lines around the mouth) defo looks enough like my hokey mask wearing ape logo to make this small time illustrating designer monumentally...miffed.
But I'm sure the folk behind this 2014 prequel to the 1968 movie based on the 1963 book 'La Planète des singes' are far too original for any skullduggery, anyone for monkey tennis?

Thursday, 6 February 2014

A Sketch a Day: 'DARKSEID', Jack Kirby tribute....

Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of Jack 'The King' Kirby, the King is dead long live the King.


Friday, 24 January 2014

X-MEN: Days of Future Past...Wolverine de Clawed?

The first image in this new clip shows Wolverine all tangled up and sinking to a seemingly watery grave but it also reminds me of X-Men issue 25 when Magneto rips the Adamantium from his skeleton...

Looks like movie Logan might be a little less heavy metal wonder if this means we'll also get the more feral, bandana wearing 'no-nose' Wolverine which I personally liked (especially compared to the grumpy uncle Avenger he's become)