Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets – Poster


Lucy Besson, while a visually sumptuous director, is not a terribly original writer–which may have a little to do with him settling with John Carpenter over his 2012 movie Lockout, which was essentially Escape From New York aboard a space station.

Lucy, directed by Besson in 2014, fared particularly well financially, though many considered the story (about a woman, played by Scarlett Johansson, who though a mysterious drug gains the ability to unlock the unused potential of the human mind and gain god-like powers) as particularly dopey.

He’s back in 2017 with Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets–a title that on its face doesn’t make sense–that’s based on a French comic series by Jean-Claude Méziéres.

I hope it does well mainly because many European comics don’t get nearly the recognition here that they do there, and it would be good for people to expand their knowledge of such things beyond what we see presented by Marvel Studios and DC Films.


Footage of Hawkeye and Black Widow

For anyone interested in footage from The Avengers–and who isn’t?–here’s some really sharp (as in focus) pictures of Jeremy Renner, as Hawkeye, and Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow, courtesy of ScreenRant.

According to the article, Hawkeye’s costume appears to be based upon the Ultimates version, and I think that it looks pretty functional, which is the point.

And that’s coming from someone who actually liked his costume in the comics (image above), but I suspect that it wouldn’t exactly translate to real life very well.