Smallville Season 9

I’ve never really got in to this show. I have watched all of season 6 and half of 7, and a few other episodes here and there. When it premiered the lame villain of the week and romantic confusion just didn’t do it for me. Then it slowly became more epic and once the DC guest stars dropped by, I became more curious. Plus Geoff Johns has introduced the Legion of Super Heroes to TV and is about to do the same with the Justice Society of America. I’m curious to see how he pulls that off. There’s been talk about Smallville ending for a few months now, but it looks to be returning stronger than ever. The Season 9 trailer has just debuted and features an English Zod and Brian Austin Green as John Corben, AKA Metallo, complete with a Kryptonite heart. Plus Clark wears the S symbol on a black suit similar to his return in the comics after his death. It also does have the Wonder Twins from the Super Friends cartoon, though they won’t be called such. Oh boy. There’s plenty of other characters to choose from, but I’ll see how they reinvent the twins.

Smallville Metallo

Avatar Trailer

The trailer for Avatar, James Cameron’s new film permiered on last week and was viewed a record-breaking 4 million hits on its first day. I missed the panel at Comic-Con last month, but I did see the action figures and to scale loader contraption from the film, which looked very similar to the one from Aliens, also written and directed by Cameron. Avatar, not to be confused with the live action Last Airbender film, is released on December 18. The sci-fi film stars Aussie Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana (Uhura in the latest Star Trek) and Sigourney Weaver. Filmed in 3-D and using brand new technology developed just for the film, it looks like a spectacle. The trailer reminds me of the teaser from The Phantom Menace a decade ago – lots of pretty shots with no meaning, no clues as to the story and no real dialogue. I’ll definitely be watching this one on the big screen.

Secret Six’s Secrets

Secret Six #16I met artist Nicola Scott a few weeks ago at the Supanova convention in Perth. I complimented her on her work for Secret Six, DC’s villain-centric series. She thanked me and said it’s writer Gail Simone’s best work. She’s right. Now having two great female creators on a mainstream title is rare enough, but those two ladies are making magic. Secret Six is a spin-off of sorts of the Villains United mini-series, and the quirky cast has grown on fans. It’s a pleasant surprise that it works so well. I initially picked it up out of curiosity, but now it’s one of the few regular series in my pullbox. Over at Newsarama, is a great interview with Simone as she talks about the characters and its secret to success. It’s an insightful read and is filled with as much dark humour as the series itself. Just to prove the point, here’s a few of my favourite quotes from the interview. Out of context, they’re even funnier.

“I liken Secret Six to a beautiful, sunny morning, where you’re walking down the sidewalk eating a delicious, juicy peach, and all of a sudden you step in the carcass of a dead housecat.”

“That’s what those two represent, to me, sort of the proof of chaos theory in human form.”

“I have a well filled with the tears of children.”

“Where normal people talk, they tend to stab.”

If that taste isn’t enough for you, you can read the rest of the interview here.