Monday, May 21, 2007

New Joker & New Jaime

Ok, I'll admit when I've been beaten.

Today, I write a lame-assed little blurb about the first Rusty Griswold scoring a "mystery role" in the new Batman film, DARK KNIGHT, while Mike scoops the ultimate Batman story with this first released image of Heath Ledger as The Joker.

Warning!: Before you click on that link to see The Clown Heath of Crime, be aware that the image is rather frightening. Seriously.

It's a sort of John Wayne Gacy kiddie-clown version of The Joker. Yeah. Nightmare inducing.

But I have to say, this just one piece of an incredible marketing strategy created by Warner Bros. for DARK KNIGHT.

For instance, there's the "ad" for Harvey Dent's Attorney General campaign with a tag line that reads, "I Believe In Harvey Dent"

And the fact that apparently, the image of Harvey Dent's face is slowly eroding into a Joker face.

Or that there are Joker playing cards being found in comic book shops that have a handwritten message scrawled on them declaring "I Believe In Harvey Dent Too!"

Read all about those and more here on Ain't It Cool News.

But not to be outdone, I will now (hopefully) scoop Mike with one of the first looks at the NEW Jaime Sommers.

This is Michelle Ryan in this NBC's Fall update of the 70's hit tv show, THE BIONIC WOMAN!

And here's a clip from the pilot. I'm kind of hot for it.

Still, I miss me some some Lindsay Wagner.

I mean, this is an actress who was so popular in a two-part episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN that when her character - - the Bionic Woman... duh... - - died at the end of the second episode, THEY BROUGHT HER BACK TO LIFE!!!

How friggin' SOAP DISH can you get, right? But hey, when it means bringing the sexy and ultra-talented Lindsay Wagner back from the dead, you can easily suspend your disbelief.

This new BIONIC WOMAN is good but the show won't be the same without her.

And THE BIONIC WOMAN won't be the same without that kooky sound effect that plays every time she moves her hair to use her Bionic Ear.

And it doesn't seem right not to hear that other sound effect that plays when she uses her Bionic Arm to hit or her Bionic Legs to jump.

And ya'll, THE BIONIC WOMAN is just not THE BIONIC WOMAN without the slow motion camera work that tells the audience she is running at Super Fast Bionic Speed!

And let's face it, the writing on the 70's version of this show was outstanding.

Well, see for yourself. This clip has it all - - the Bionics, the sound effects, the "moving of the hair" away from the Bionic Ear and the sharp, crackling dialogue that set the standard for the television dramas we enjoy today.

Ok.. well... maybe this new version might surpass the original in some areas, but again, as we say in the South, it's a "Dance with the one that brung you" thing.

P.S. This image above is the front of THE BIONIC WOMAN metal lunchbox that I YEARNED for as a boy.

But, just like the Wonder Woman Underoos I asked for every Christmas, it just wasn't gonna happen.


whimsicalnbrainpan said...

And the nostalgia craze continues...

Stephen Rader said...

Whim - Yes, but isn't it disturbing that nostalgia when we were kids was HAPPY DAYS and LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY and now it's our generation waxing nostalgic? We're getting old, darlin'.

Time marches on. Right across my face.