The script for Alien endured several rewrites before finally making it to the screen. One element that survived each draft was the arduous process of landing the Nostromo on LV-426. The late Dan O’Bannon took great pains to portray the process as being both complicated and dangerous. He was quite pleased at how Ridley Scott visualized his ideas. The landing was indeed clunky and painstaking. One wonders what O’Bannon would think of this clip from Prometheus. It shows the title ship arriving at its destination as smoothly as a leaf being carried on the wind.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Tim Burton’s Batman committed a great many crimes against fandom. Perhaps the most unforgivable was the moment when Alfred not only allowed Vicki Vale access into the Batcave, but walked her right over to an out-of-costume Bruce Wayne. It violated one of the fundamental rules of superhero comics: The hero NEVER reveals his true identity. Even if he did, he certainly wouldn’t do so in such a frivolous manner. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man took quite a bit of inspiration from Tim Burton’s dark blockbuster. Each film in Raimi’s trilogy featured an unmasked Spider-Man at some point. While the context often made more sense than in Batman, it was nonetheless perplexing. By the end of Spider-Man 3, it seemed that nearly half of New York City knew our hero’s biggest secret. Judging by the new four minute preview for The Amazing Spider-Man, director Marc Webb believes this tradition to be well worth preserving.