A lucky few were able to see the 9-minute prologue for Star Trek Into Darkness this past weekend, the same prologue that will be seen with the IMAX release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this coming Friday. In discussing the footage let’s establish two things off the top. First of all, no, we don’t find out the identity of the villain played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, so deal with it! Secondly, it sounds awesome!

There is some Cumberbatch in the prologue, make no mistake, but in their overview of the prologue, Cinema Blend points out that these 9-minutes do address one thing the teaser released last week did not, that there is still some fun and adventure to be had in this new Trek, and not just darkness and vengeance.

Here’s what they had to say about the prologue:

“The first half of the footage begins with Noel Clarke and Kayla Hassan as parents visiting their sick child – who appears to be losing her hair – in the hospital. We see Cumberbatch come up from behind Clarke while he is standing on a terrace grieving and the mystery man says, “I can save her. I can save your daughter.” As an extra tease, Clarke actually asks Cumberbatch who he is, but instead of getting an answer we just get a slow zoom on the Sherlock actor’s face. So we know that his character has some kind of healing ability – whether he’s a doctor or it’s something supernatural – but we remain in the dark about his actual name.

That part takes up all of two minutes, leaving the rest of the footage to focus on the crew of the Enterprise – Abrams’ really living up to his word in that respect. As seen in the trailer that was released this past week, Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) are down on a strange planet with weird red plants running for their life while Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) are flying around on a hovercraft somewhere else on the same world dealing with an erupting volcano that threatens to destroy everything on the planet (this also happens to be the scene where Spock is wearing the volcano suit that we got to see not only in on-set photos but also the three-frame clip that Abrams brought to Conan last month). It’s an interesting way to re-introduce the characters, as they are seemingly three-quarters through a mission we know very little about, but it’s definitely thrilling and by the end the stakes are so high that you become immediately engaged with what’s going on.”

Source: Cinema Blend

With so little new Who for the next year you’ve got to grab your fix where and when you can! The new season won’t return until  fall of next year and all we have to tide us over is Doctor Who‘s Christmas episode, “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.” The BBC is billing this teaser as “jaw-dropping”, but the only thing that might cause your mouth to hang is how quickly Matt Smith can ramble. I thought David Tennant was a fast talker but Smith can spout those lines with super sonic speed!

Watch the Doctor’s call for help below.

On a scale of one to 11 how pumped you are for this year’s Christmas special? Last year’s will be hard to top, can they do it?

Source: Bleeding Cool

Total Film is claiming to have the official breakdown of the promised six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises. Obviously, if you don’t want to know what could, maybe, possibly happen in the opening minutes of Christopher Nolan‘s finale, stop reading. The rest of us hoping this will allow us to skip out on Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the film the prologue footage is attached to, let’s continue on.

We already know this opening bit will focus on Tom Hardy‘s Bane, I’m thinking origin story. Here’s what we might see,

Bane and his mercenaries hijack a military plane transporting a dictator of a country which is in unrest (think Saddam Hussein type figure). He successfully kills the leader, but makes some mistakes along the way and is unable to safely land the plane.

Because of the resulting injuries from the accident, he has to undergo complicated surgeries and that is how he winds up with that scar down his neck and the need for the mask to numb the pain.

Interesting. I’m guessing venom is used to numb rather than pump up with heaving muscles like in the comics. Who Bane is has obviously been changed, according to this source, to better fit in with the Nolanverse,

He is raised by Ra’s al Ghul (Bruce Wayne’s old mentor) and his upbringing mirrors that of Bruce Wayne. It’s a mirror of Bruce, except it’s darker and twisted.

Bane is trained to be an assassin for the League of Shadows. He kills political figures that are deemed unfit by the LOS. So he is a bit of a Che Guevara/Jason Bourne type character.

If this is true I see no reason Talia or even Ra’s can’t show up. I don’t care what Liam Neeson’s been saying, I bet he’ll cameo. This all sounds very plausible to me, tying everything back to Batman Begins is very likely and probably the best way to wrap up the trilogy.

So what do you think? Is this likely what we’ll see in the prologue? Do you like Bane’s new origin?

Source: Blastr

A few weeks ago we learned that tacked on the front of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, excuse me, tacked only on the IMAX copies of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, would be a six to eight minute preview of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. I think it’s obvious Ghost Protocol is going to benefit greatly from this little addition because I know many die hard, bat-shit crazy Batman fans will shell out the money to see Ghost Protocol in IMAX only for this Dark Knight Rises’ prologue. Yes, I am most defnitely including myself in that bunch of die hard, bat-shit crazy Batman fans.

Turns out the prologue has a PG-13 rating which has given me and my die-hard, bat-shit crazy companions hope this prologue may actually be worth our time and money. But, that rating is sadly all we know about the short prologue. A PG-13 rating should imply some graphic content, right? Batman enacting some major brutality on unknowing thugs, oh please, pretty please! Something for me to feel justified in spending almost $15 on a movie ticket (Sorry, Ghost Protocol, you just don’t cut it.).If there’s enough going on in the prologue to warrant a PG-13 rating, I’ve got high hopes.

In other Dark Knight Rises news, the Batwing, we know it’s in the movie, we’ve seen plenty of leaked footage of the thing in action but now we get a beautiful ariel shot as it’s parked atop a New York skyscraper. Check it out below, and definetely do yourself a favor and click it to embiggen.

Source: Geek Tyrant (2)

Completely forgetting about Twilight for a moment (Rwwwr), the Vampire movie genre hasn’t really done too well in theaters since Underworld was released, with Daybreakers sadly being a joke of a movie. Thankfully some new blood might be getting pumped into the Vampire genre thanks to the upcoming  Priest starring Paul Bettany. When humanities last hope against vampires comes in the form of priests that kick more ass then John Woo, it’s gotta be big.

Adapted from a Korean comic of the same name, what a better way to introduce viewers to the film, then an animated prologue. Not only that, but a prologue animated by Cartoon Network veteran Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), it’s like an explosion of blood and epicness. Just ignore the Facebook ad at the top and bottom, you’ll be just fine.

Forgive me father for kicking ass

Priest hits theaters on May 13th, 2011.

Via: Geek Tyrant