This year marks the 75th anniversary of Batman by DC Comics. I have always been a huge Batman fan as a kid and loved Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. I’m currently reading the latest Batman comics. And yes – I’m also excited to see Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. As part of the 75th anniversary of Batman, DC and Warner Bros. have been doing a variety of activities to celebrate. One of those is a special Batman exhibit as part of the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour. I’ve done this tour at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank a few times and it is simply awesome. But with the new Batman exhibit only running through the end of this year, I had to get down there. And I did two weeks ago!
They had all the costumes from all of the Batman movies all the way back to Tim Burton’s Batman first Batman movie in 1989 right up to The Dark Knight Rises. They also had props from all these movies and all of the Batmobiles (although the Batmobile from Batman and Robin was not out for some reason when I did the tour). I was in Bat-nerd heaven. It was amazing to see all this together and in person. As you can imagine, I took quite a bit of photos.
You can check out my entire set of photos from the Batman exhibit at Warner Bros. Studios here on 500px.
With the passing of Harold Ramis yesterday, naturally the next Ghostbusters movie is a topic of discussion amongst the movie sites today. Harold Ramis played the character “Egon Spengler” in the original Ghostbusters movies and my favorite Ghostbuster.
Ghostbusters 3 is in the works at Sony and was supposedly scheduled to shoot this year with director Ivan Reitman directing who directed the first two Ghostbuster movies. Apparently the script for Ghostbusters 3 is going to be “tweaked” due to the death of Ramis according to THR. The involvement of the original Ghostbusters has been said to be “minimal” – likely as cameos with the story focusing on a new group of younger Ghostbusters (Bill Murray has actually opted out to appear in Ghostbusters 3 all together). Here is what Dan Aykroyd says the plot of Ghostbusters 3 is:
“It’s based on new research that’s being done in particle physics by the young men and women at Columbia University… Basically, there’s research being done that I can say that the world or the dimension that we live in, our four planes of existence, length, height, width and time, become threatened by some of the research that’s being done. Ghostbusters — new Ghostbusters — have to come and solve the problem.”
Dear Sony, DO NOT make this Ghostbuster film. I’m begging you. This isn’t Ghostbusters. This is a completely different movie. Ghostbusters is about 3 crazy scientists (parapsychology professors in the original) who figure out a way to catch ghosts and then market themselves like pest control but for ghosts (which makes it all fun and entertaining). Not stopping threats to our existence from other dimensions and things like that.
There are critical things you must have for Ghostbusters that is part of the magic formula that captured people’s imagination back in the 80’s and early 90’s. Catching ghosts is one of those things. Then you’ve got the proton packs, PKE meters, Ecto-1, their firehouse headquarters, Janine, and Slimer. Not to mention the amazing dynamic all the characters. You’ve got the smartass ladies man Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz who is overly excited about ghosts and catching them, Egon Spengler who is super nerdy and brainy, and Winston Zeddemore who is there just because it’s a job.
Sony, if your intention is to expose a new generation to the Ghostbusters, you mind as well reboot and start over and take the best parts that made Ghostbusters what is was – the characters, the proton packs, the catching ghosts – and do it again with a modern twist. How would Ecto-1 look today in 2014. How would proton packs look in 2014? That would be interesting to see. But the movie you are supposedly planning to make as Ghostbusters 3 based on what Dan Aykroyd has said is not a Ghostbuster movie.
UPDATED 7/13/11: Some of the below has changed so I thought I’d update it and then pass the question along to folks again and see what kind of responses I get!
Perhaps you can help me out and determining something: am I a geek or am I a nerd (or both). Quite often, I have people call me a geek. Equally as often, I have people calling me a nerd too. And it seems that both hold slightly different meanings in society today – although I’ve yet to really figure out exactly how.
Here are a few characteristics of mine to help answer this question:
- I love to build my own PCs (desktop PCs not laptops of course!).
- I love to blog (duh?).
- I hate math.
- I used to draw and paint a lot as a kid. As I grew older, I did less drawing and painting and got into writing stories and eventually movie screenplays/scripts that my friend and I were shoot (high school).
- I am reverse engineering the theme on my blog from scratch – barrowing code from the default WordPress theme to make things work. As you can tell – it’s a work-in-progress.
- I love doing things to make people laugh. Ask my co-workers. Sometimes I do so at inconvenient times.
- I do have a blunt sense of humor.
- I am a huge Star Trek fan – mostly Star Trek: The Next Generation and on (and 2009 Star Trek movie).
- I own many Star Trek “technical manuals” and can tell you where Captain Picard’s quarters are on the Enterprise-D.
- I randomly quote movie lines from such classics as the Back to the Future Trilogy, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and *many* others.
- I like listening to music soundtracks – e.g. The Dark Knight soundtrack is one of my favorites, so is Tron: Legacy.
- I recently pulled up to a stop light next to a car with 2 nice looking women blasting the E.T. theme. Yes – I smiled and waved.
I recently discovered I could almost sing the entire song “Can you feel the love tonight” from The Lion King from memory. Why am I admitting this?
- I dislike most Disney movies except for The Lion King and the Toy Story Trilogy. They better make a 4th Toy Story.
- My music tastes are very eccentric – my favorite band is The Beatles, but have a huge 80’s music collection (remember the song “The Flame” by Cheap Trick?) and like a lot of the modern rock of today (Weezer, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Ear World, Linkin Park are some of my favorites to name a few.). Check out my Zune profile to see what I’ve listened to recently.
- I enjoy going on long walks while listening to my music or long drives.
- I love photography and taking photos. I like taking photos of landscapes and scenery. While I like taking photos I hate being in them and finding a good photo of me in it is, well, pretty rare.
- I collect these “mini-figures” called Minimates from Diamond Select Toys. No they aren’t “LEGO people”. They are better!
- Over the last 2 years, I’ve really gotten into Batman comics (Bruce Wayne returns!). Dick Grayson has grown on me as Batman and I’m disappointed he won’t remain as Batman when DC Comics re-launches all their comic titles this fall.
- New software releases excite me.
- My favorite animal is the Velociraptor. Oh sure, they are extinct now. But they were a real animal at one point!
- Cats despise me.
- I try to be a gamer. My Gamerscore on Xbox LIVE is
1020 1470 and it has taken me a while to get there. I tend to lean toward playing classic games like Sonic The Hedgehog 3, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, etc. available as an Arcade game title on the Xbox LIVE Game Marketplace. Yet I spent $149.99 on the Halo Reach Legendary Edition. UPDATE – Improvement in my Gamerscore is due to Kinect Sports and bowling. I rock at that.
- I like reading “Making of…” books on movies that show production art and talk about the making of the movie. In a different life I would have loved to have been a director/producer/production designer for movies. I just love this stuff.
- I love sushi. I eat too much of it.
- I did not like Avatar. Effects were good but the storyline was boring and felt ripped off from Fern Gully: The Last Rain Forrest.
- While I did not like Avatar, I HATED Transformers 3. Worst. Movie. Ever.
- I’m not a fan of 3D. Love HD though!
- I love Family Guy. I equally love American Dad.
- I really enjoy Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson is a hoot. Those guys get themselves into crazy situations doing messed up things with cars and its hilarious. They’ve had me laughing so hard I was crying (such as when Jeremy capsized his Toyboata).
Getting into I love Fringe. I jumped in at end of Season 2. Enjoying the “over there” storyline. UPDATE: I loved everything about Season 3 and can’t wait for Season 4 this fall.
- I heavily support manned spaceflight and believe we should return to the moon and look at going to Mars (I hope to see us reach Mars in my lifetime however recent events have casted doubt this will be achievable).
- I like to bowl. I am quite good at bowling on Kinect Sports and like to of course bowl outside my living room in a real bowling alley too.
- I love movies about history or historical events or people (e.g. The Aviator, Tombstone, etc.).
- I also find myself “socially backward” in that I’m not very good at “socializing”. I tend to be shy.
- I don’t like large groups/crowds.
So am I a geek or a nerd? Would love to hear what people think! No – dork is not one of the options.
I seriously can’t wait for Iron Man 2. Marvel.com is running an exclusive t-shirt where on the front it shows Tony Stark’s “glowing repulsor” (in the first movie this was a mini “arc reactor” designed by Tony to keep shrapnel from his heart) and on the back it says “Iron Man 2”. You can order the shirt here.