Indy IV, Mark Hamill, Superman 70 (News from the frontier, 1/6/2008)

Good morning, folks. Here are some recent articles I’ve found of interest from across the web.

Vanity Fair: Keys to the Kingdom
Jim Windolf takes an in-depth look at Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, including interviews with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford. Both Spielberg and Lucas note that the fourth Indy movie will continue the visual style of the first three. Also of note, Karen Allen is reprising her role of Marion Ravenwood from 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.

For more Lucas quotes, be sure to check out Vanity Fair‘s web-only supplement, “Q&A: George Lucas,” which also covers the Star Wars franchise and other parts of Lucas’ career. This appears to be Windolf’s complete interview, sourced for the above article. One of the great aspects of the web is having to access to this kind of raw material.

So, what does Lucas think of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?

“I think we got a great movie. I know the critics are going to hate it. They already hate it. So there’s nothing we can do about that. They hate the idea that we’re making another one. They’ve already made up their minds. And all they’re going to do is go to the movie to say they saw it, but they could already write their review today. The fans are all upset. They’re always going to be upset. ‘Why did he do it like this? And why didn’t he do it like this?’ They write their own movie, and then, if you don’t do their movie, they get upset about it. So you just have to stand by for the bricks and the custard pies, because they’re going to come flying your way. You know it’s gonna come. Will this be Titanic? Probably not. Will this do O.K.? I think, yes, it will. So there’s not much to worry about.”

This seems to be Lucas’ typical defense-mechanism as of late. I will say, however, that this Indy fan is certainly not upset and I’m looking forward to seeing what Spielberg, Lucas, and Ford have in store for us on May 22. I apparently am not a typical Lucasfilm fan in his eyes, though, since I love both the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies.

MTV: Mark Hamill “Can’t Wait” To See Heath Ledger As Joker
I never liked Batman: The Animated Series, so I had forgotten that Mark Hamill voiced the Joker on that show. Apparently, some consider his take on the character to be the most definitive thus far. The Star Wars actor is a fan of 2005’s Batman Begins and is looking forward to seeing Heath Ledger as the Joker in its sequel, The Dark Knight–opening July 18. “The balls-out debauched psycho approach seems like a great way of reinventing everyone’s favorite scary (and scar-y) clown,” he tells MTV.

Superman Homepage: Making the World Believe
2008 marks the 70th anniversary of Superman’s first appearance, in Action Comics. Steve Younis of the Superman Homepage designed and posted a fantastic 70th anniversary logo for the character. Be sure to check it out.

And the rest…
· Comic Book Resources: IDW Outlines 2008 Star Trek Plans
· Newsarama: Talking Star Trek with John Byrne