Popped culture

The Legend of Korra, the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, is officially happening!  It premiers at 11 AM EST on Nickelodeon on April  14.  The last time I mentioned it I was a little wary of the “steampunk” angle, but nevertheless hoped it would blow me away.

Consider my mind blown:

That was the first official trailer. Here’s the second one:

In case you don’t appreciate how awesome this looks, just watch the subtle multi-layered 3D effect at the 0:53 mark above. This show is going to kick ass.

The best part is that the first episode is premiering tomorrow at the Korra Nation website.  Guess I know what I’m doing this weekend.

Apparently Michael Bay is producing a live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  I heard this on Conan the other night, and my immediate thoughts, given my lessthanstellar impression of his work so far,  were

  1. It’s going to suck.
  2. The turtles will probably carry guns and bazookas instead of katanas and bo staffs, since the latter don’t explode.
  3. The turtles will ally themselves with the US Army, who will take up most of the screen time and be lead by Casey Jones.
  4. It’s really going to suck.

Apparently, though, I didn’t realize just how much it’s going to suck. At a recent Nickelodeon shindig, Bay announced

When we are done with this movie, kids are going to believe, one day, that these turtles do exist, when we are done with this movie.  These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.

Bay, listen up. If they’re aliens from another planet, then they are not, by definition, mutated turtles from this one.  Once again: they’re not mutant turtles.  That means that you’ve fucked up fully half of the defining attributes of principal characters, and you haven’t even started making this movie yet. What the hell is wrong with you, man?

My thoughts on this are best summed up in rage form:

In summary, you, sir, are still a douche-bag.

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