It's a truth almost universally acknowledged that Aquaman isn't very cool. The co-founding member of the Justice League and the King of Atlantis gets a pretty bad rap from most people, and it's easy to see why. To most outward appearances, he's pretty useless out of the water, and unless it's unseasonably humid, you'd probably rather have Superman by your side in a land battle. Aquaman might not have the best reputation as of now, but things look to be turning around for the hero. After months of talks, the former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa has signed on to play Aquaman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. At first glance, Momoa doesn't seem to be a good fit for Aquaman. The muscular actor skyrocketed to fame playing the imposing and deadly Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, but there's nothing terribly imposing about the DC swimmer. He's usually clad in a bright stretchy orange jumpsuit with scales, and sports finely coifed blond hair. But we're thinking this version of Aquaman will take some inspiration from a different version of the character.
The 1990s did some terrible things to comic books. Many of our favorite characters were changed for the worse, and some were even given updated costumes dripping in misguided turn-of-the-century angst. In fact, the entire industry almost folded in on itself after the comic book market collapsed. But while these dark times almost killed superhero comics altogether, they did wonders for Aquaman. That extra dose of angst was actually good for the character; writer Peter David took the underwater boy scout and turned him into a rough burly seaman with a hook for a hand, a fierce mane of hair, and a new badass disposition. Now the King of the Seas actually looked the part.
This was a character for a new age of readers. One that inspired fear and respect, and one that is mostly unknown to those that didn't spend their formative years in the nose of a comic book. While most people laugh at the very idea of Aquaman, it's easy to imagine Momoa stepping into this version of the character, especially after watching Khal Drogo terrorize the great plains of Essos in Game of Thrones.
But even without the cool updated look, Aquaman has always been as cool as it gets. That's right, we said it, Aquaman is cool. Sure, the outfit is silly, but every superhero outfit is silly when you think about it (Batman is running around in stubby bat ears yelling about his no parents and he gets eight movies). This is a character that controls the earth's waters, and the last time we checked, the earth was made up of 80 % of that stuff. He also has an entire kingdom of sea creatures as his beck and call. No, not just little guppys and jelly fish but giant squids, sharks, andwhatever ancient beasts are still lyind dormant in the depths of the ocean. He could probably pop out a Kraken if he really tried. On top of all this, he still has super strength, even on land. We think he easily earns his place on the Justice League.
These days, the Aquaman in the comics has since reverted the character back to a more classic look, but if Momoa's casting is any indication, the upcoming film will take many of its cues from the burly '90s Aquaman. In any case, Aquaman is a hero that deserves a second assessment, and it looks like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice might reintroduce the character to a generation of naysayers. Resist all you want, but we're betting a few of you might have a new favorite hero once 2016 rolls around.
It's all about Madonna. The Material Girl was voted the greatest woman in music history in a recent VH1 poll--and it's not surprising. Madonna is the most successful female chart act of all time with worldwide sales of more than 140 million records. VH1 also reports that Madonna's title track to the upcoming James Bond pic Die Another Day will debut Oct. 7. The video for the tune, which was shot in Los Angeles earlier this month, features the 44-year-old pop diva in death-defying situations, including being strapped into an electric chair and having her head held underwater by double agents. Madonna also has deadly bowler hats flung at her by the nephew of Harold Sakata--the Oddjob character from Goldfinger. The soundtrack to the film, which features seminal house DJ Paul Oakenfold, will be released Nov. 12. Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, hits theaters Nov. 22.
Jurasssic Park author Michael Crichton and his 13-year-old daughter were bound and robbed by two masked men who broke into their Santa Monica home at about 5 a.m. Monday, Reuters reports. Crichton and his daughter were able to untie themselves and call police once the gunmen left. A spokesman for the writer said Crichton and his daughter were unharmed by the armed men, who stole undisclosed personal items.
Freddy Got Fingered producer Lauren Lloyd has joined Columbia Pictures' Easy Rider A.D., the sequel to the 1969 classic starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. According to Variety, the sequel picks up with Wyatt "Captain America" Earp in prison, falsely accused of the murder of George Hanson. A new charcter sets out to prove his innocence. Shooting is set to begin next spring.
Bob Geldof and his production company Castaway Productions, Ltd., which owns the worldwide rights to Survivor, are suing the makers of a TV show that stranded B-list celebrities in the Australian bush, claiming they stole the idea from the hit CBS show, The Associated Press reports. Legal proceedings began yesterday against Granada and London Weekend Television, the makers of I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! The show stranded eight celebs in the Australian jungle, where they survived on rice and water as viewers voted them off one by one.
Minnie Driver is going to have a U.S. TV series built around her next year, Reuters reports. NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zuckersaid Thursday the series is set for the 2003-2004 season, but neither the network nor the actress has a firm concept for the series yet.
One of the most legendary unreleased tracks in rock history surfaced on the nation's airwaves this week. Nirvana's "You Know You're Right," recorded in January 1994--three months before singer Kurt Cobain killed himself--was finally aired after a long fight between surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Cobain's widow Courtney Love over the band's legacy. It remains unclear how the song finally aired, but several radio stations said they obtained it when first surfaced on the Internet, Reuters reports.
A deal could be reached as early as today in the breach of contract case between Courtney Love and Universal Music. The case is set to go to trial next week, but sources told Reuters negotiations had concluded and the deal was just waiting to be signed by both sides. The case goes back to December 1999 when Love decided to stop recording for Geffen, the Universal Music label named in the suit. Geffen/Universal sued Love for five undelivered albums in 2001 and Love countersued the same year.
A judge has decided that a former personal assistant who wrote a tell-all book about John Lennon was bound by a confidentiality agreement, AP reports. The ruling, according Yoko Ono's lawyer, will prevent Frederic Seaman "from future exploitation of the Lennon family." Ono sued Seaman--who pleaded guilty to second-degree larceny in 1983 for stealing Lennon's diaries--in 1999, claiming he exploited the musician's death by stealing priceless family photos and selling them to collectors.
Who said "Wild Wild West" didn't deserve any awards? On this Oscar weekend, the overblown, undercooked Will Smith action-comedy got exactly what it deserved: five Razzies.
"Wild Wild West" Yes, the critically unacclaimed summer smash was tops among all, um, winners at the 20th Annual Razzies, "dis-honoring" the worst in film, as they say. The bad-movie-watchin' folks at the Golden Raspberry Foundation unveiled their picks for '99 on Saturday.
They also released their choices for all-time baddies, slamming Sylvester Stallone as the worst actor of the 20th century and Madonna as worst actress for the same 100-year period. Stallone was selected on the strength, or lack thereof, of 17 films, from "Tango & Cash" to any "Rocky" movie after the third installment. Madonna qualified for her work in a half-dozen films, not including this year's "The Next Best Thing."
In the year-end race, "Wild Wild West" was dinged for: worst picture, worst director (Barry Sonnenfeld), worst screenplay, worst song (courtesy of its star) and worst screen couple (Smith and his no-chemistry partner Kevin Kline). But other than that, the Razzies loved it.
You got to hand it to the Golden Raspberry folks: They don't pick on the little guys. Also on their hit list: Adam Sandler (worst actor for his portrayal of "an amazingly idiotic adoptive father" in "Big Daddy") and Denise Richards (named worst supporting actress for her turn as a "tank-topped 'nuclear physicist'" in "The World Is Not Enough").
In the inevitable department, there was the requisite slam at Jar Jar Binks. George Lucas' much-reviled "Phantom Menace" creature was named worst supporting actor.
Here's a complete look at the victims of the 20th Annual Razzies:
Worst Picture: "Wild Wild West" Worst Actor: Adam Sandler, "Big Daddy" Worst Actress: Heather Donahue, "The Blair Witch Project" Worst Screen Couple: Kevin Kline & Will Smith, "Wild Wild West" Worst Supporting Actress: Denise Richards, "The World Is Not Enough" Worst Supporting Actor: Jar Jar Binks, "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" Worst Director: Barry Sonnenfeld, "Wild Wild West" Worst Screenplay: Jim Thomas & John Thomas, S.S. Wilson & Brent Maddock and Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman, "Wild Wild West" Worst Original Song: "Wild Wild West" from "Wild Wild West," by Stevie Wonder, Kool Mo Dee and Will Smith Worst Actor of the Century: Sylvester Stallone Worst Actress of the Century: Madonna Worst Picture of the Decade: "Showgirls" (1995) Worst New Star of the Decade: Pauly Shore