Ding-ding, y’all! Fun-Size Friday is back for yet another round, because I do not know when to stay down. As per usual, I’ll be looking at a few geek related highlights that caught my eye from the past week and adding a little commentary of my own. This is by no means an exhaustive recap, but if you haven’t already skimmed the various other pop culture sites the past few days and you enjoy reading second-hand news in two-hundred word chunks, this’ll do nicely. Now that I’ve covered my obligatory introduction, let’s jump into my (obligatory) post!
ONE-PUNCH MAN Faces His Deadliest Foe Yet: A LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION!
It’s not hard to see why studios keep trying to turn manga and anime into live-action movies. Dragonball, Ghost in the Shell, Battle Angel Alita — these properties and many others have loyal fans numbering in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions. And yet, whether it’s the wrong people behind the scenes or the wrong audience, most live-action adaptations end up as critical and commercial failures, doomed to languish at the bottom of discount DVD bins. Still, as the current Hollywood saying goes: “if at first you don’t succeed, try adding superheroes”.
On that note, Sony Pictures announced a One-Punch Man movie is now “in development” with screenwriters Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the same team who wrote the Venom screenplay, among other things. I’m choosing to remain optimistic here, as the original manga and it’s
first season anime adaptation are among some of my favorite superhero stories told in recent years, thanks to the efforts of original creator “ONE”, his artistic collaborator Yusuke Murata, and MADHOUSE Studios. If nothing else, if this movie gets more people to check out the manga & anime, I’ll be content. A legitimately good movie would be much appreciated, though.
Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? Streaming On Demand, Apparently.
In other movie related news, Warner Bros. has decided to release their newest Scooby-Doo movie, SCOOB!, directly to video-on-demand platforms. I’m not sure if Warner Bros is doing this because they believe this movie’s good enough to forego a theatrical release or because their only other competition right now is Trolls World Tour. I’m certainly more likely to see this now then I was before “The Incident” happened, so yeah, I guess it’s working. I mean Scooby-Doo is fun, but I can only buy so much movie tickets a month and my family was already locked in for Black Widow*.
Speaking of Marvel, I’m not the only one feeling like Warner Bros is using this movie to kick-start a “Hannah-Barbera Cinematic Universe”, right? Maybe I’m off-base here, but when I see characters from Wacky Races and Captain Caveman showing up in a Scooby-Doo movie, my mind goes places. I’m just saying, don’t be surprised when they announce a “Jabberjaw” spin-off next year. In any case, it looks like Scooby and the gang won’t be coming to movie theaters after all, which is kinda ironic when you think about it, considering how often they check out abandoned buildings.
*This footnote technically takes me over my self-imposed word limit and will probably annoy theater supporters, but can I just say — as a guy who frequently pays full-price for his kid siblings movie tickets — how much my wallet appreciates this short-term VOD release strategy? Obviously I can’t wait for my local theater to open again so I can see Christopher Nolan‘s TENET on a proper movie screen, but in the meantime I can’t deny I’m appreciating this alternative “discount” option. Alright, confession time over; back to the nonsense.
Spend Your Quarantine In Pawnee With A New Parks & Recreation
Of all the things I could imagine coming out of a global pandemic, I can honestly say that this wouldn’t have crossed my mind in a million years. Next week, Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, April Ludgate, and the rest of the Parks and Recreation crew are reuniting — from the comfort and safety of their own homes — for a brand new half-hour special intended to raise our spirits and raise some much needed cash to support Feeding America‘s COVID-19 Response Fund.
It’s a pretty fitting choice all things considered; for most of it’s seven-season run, Parks & Rec was about a small group of “workplace proximity associates” — spearheaded by the eternally optimistic Leslie Knope — coming together to make their weird little town full of weirder people a better place to live. Sure they screwed up a lot, but at the end of the day they still came together to help each other out. The way I figure we could all use a bit of that positive energy right now, and maybe pay it forward a little while we’re at it. Also, I cannot wait to see how Ron Swanson handles quarantine.
If I Can “Real Talk” For A Moment…
I’ve been extraordinarily lucky in that none of my family or friends have lost their lives to COVID-19. We’ve had a number of cases around where I live but we’ve been fortunate in that the damage has been (relatively) contained. I don’t know how long it will stay that way or if we’re anywhere near getting back to a point of relative normalcy, but I do know this: as terrible as this mess of a situation is, the reality is that it could have been far, far worse.
Fortunately, we have real, honest-to-goodness heroes in the world: doctors, scientists, physical therapists, factory workers, volunteers, and other essential workers risking their lives to take care of the rest of us. I know it’s unlikely that this blip of a blog post will reach any of them, especially since as I’m writing this we’re still neck-deep in crisis mode. That said, if you are reading this now and you happen to be one of those people fighting this thing on the front lines, I just want to take this opportunity to add to the chorus and say, sincerely, “Thank you.”
Stay strong out there, and I’ll see you next week.