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TEASER TRAILER ADDED!!! The Greatest Theatrical Teaser Poster of All Time! SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW!!!


Hey folks, Harry here... I'm in love. I don't know who Kerry Conran is. I don't understand how this project could exist, but it is as if somebody reached into the fetish centers of my brain and pulled out my favorite geek fantasies. SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW! The website is online at SkyCaptain.Com -- I joined the FLYING LEGION. I'm dying for the trailer to hit online, as I've seen the trailer twice at BNAT 5 and drool has been lathering and spilling from my face ever since. The trailer can not get online soon enough, but then I was sent the following teaser poster and... well... my brain... is... fucking... going... wild.... This is the fevered dream of vintage science pulp fiction of yesteryear... Like the creation of a lost genius from the ages of Burroughs and Robeson.... A lost pulp hero whose adventures are only just now being whispered about. Who is the Sky Captain? Who is Totenkopf? And what terrible secret lies upon the shores of Monster Island? Here's the poster...

For a glimpse of the trailer Click Here

OK - Harry here... so you want to know more?

The trailer is essentially select images from the first 20 minutes of the film... ALTHOUGH - the few shots of Angelina Jolie... that's from about an hour and ten minutes in, and she's only in the film for about 25 minutes - (I believe, if memory serves)

The narrative arc of the film is essentially a mystery. Who is Totenkopf? What has happened to the world's most brilliant scientist? Why are fantastically advanced robots stealing massive generators and assorted technology from around the world?

After this initial attack on NY and Sky Captain's HQ, it then becomes a world wide pursuit to get to the bottom of these secrets. There is action in a vast array of locales. ALL the interaction you're seeing from the characters in this TEASER are from the initial moments. All the characters have histories with each other. Past unresolved issues. Polly Perkins is a reporter that is given the initial scoop on Totenkopf by an escaped scientist, that is attempting to stop the nefarious actions.

The whole film is aiming for a Pulp Action Adventure Science Fiction 30's aesthetic that has never been seen before in the realm of live action. It is heavily influenced by the 30's Science Fiction of Fritz Lang, Korda and Fleischer. However as the story moves on, not only does it have those influences, but also that of Buster Crabbe's FLASH GORDON and BUCK ROGERS... as well as the fantastic realms of EC's WEIRD FANTASY, WEIRD SCIENCE and more of the Alex Raymond SECRET AGENT X-9 and FLASH GORDON strips of the 30's. If you get it, welcome aboard... if not... I'm sorry.

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  • Dec. 19, 2003, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by Sheik Yerbouti

    Yeah, pretty cool I guess.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by CaptainBlackbeer


  • Dec. 19, 2003, 4:57 p.m. CST

    I didn't say it, to make the ______ talkback not to have someone

    by Sheik Yerbouti

    You all know what I am talking about. This is a great idea, and I hope and pray this type of fun creative thinking pays off with the film itself. There have been other projects that tried tactics like this, but the build up always seemed better and more vastly mysterious than the final product itself. Lets all hope this isn't the case.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5 p.m. CST


    by Lost Skeleton

    Go Sky Captain Go! I hope this is good 'cuz Spidey 2 looks like the summer movie to beat. And the teaser for I Robot sucks!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5 p.m. CST

    Did you know searches old talkback posts?

    by rev_skarekroe

    S'true. Check it out. sk

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:01 p.m. CST


    by Silver Shamrock

    How could this possibly suck? Instant franchise! Please!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Rocketeer/Iron Giant Hybrid


    This may get some bad reaction, but I totally dug the Disney version of The Rocketeer with Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. It had the same kind of pulp-fiction appeal that I think this will have. I'm looking forward to seeing it. Is Jude Law the Sky Captain?

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by gredenko

    The trailer was certainly fun, but I hope the movie isn't really all grey and washed out like the trailer led on. Stylized with a keen art direction- yes; murky and with fx that look like they were made in 1938- no. It looked like from the trailer that they not only tried to make a movie set in that era, but tried to make the movie look like it was from that era which didn't really gel in the 2 minutes or so that I saw.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:21 p.m. CST

    yea ok

    by SuperTooth

    The trailer of this ran before ROTK and this movie looked so fucking gay. It does have a chance to be good, but it looks really lame. Hopefully I'll be wrong, but it seemed to me like someone couldn't get Superman made so they went and created their own story which they felt would be the next best thing and out came Sky Captain.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST

    the poster is better than the trailer

    by SuperTooth

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by RenoNevada2000

    I need this poster for my apartment NOW! That is beautiful.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Come on, you know that trailer footage was tight

    by Terry_1978

    I saw a clearer picture of it on Access Hollywood the other night, and how he got that done on $60 mil is still boggling a brotha's mind over here. It's obvious that the effects are done in a psuedo black and white type way, even if it was to save money it gives it a surreal look just the same. I'll be checkin this one out just to see the giant 1940's style robots.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:27 p.m. CST

    That trailer was awesome!

    by Boneyard

    Sure it was cheezy and we all thought it was a joke when we first saw it, but after some retrospect, damn if they didn't capture the feel of the 1940's Superman cartoons with the robots with arms for wings and the stomping guys with the death rays for heads. I can't wait for this one!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones or the Rocketeer?

    by Dug Wells

    Liked the Rocketeer reasonably, but Raiders is iconic. The stuff of childhood dreams. Which will it be?

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Trailers out

    by Krackbaby

    The trailer is out on the web:

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:38 p.m. CST

    The quicktime link

    by Dokkalvar Yo'welcum.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:43 p.m. CST

    its Totenkopf Harry wich is german for Skull

    by Calmacil


  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:50 p.m. CST

    S A - L I C K ! ! ! ! ! !

    by Randfilms

    That is some cool looking shit!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah

    by Stay_Puft

    GIANT ROBOTS!!!! 'nuff said!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:54 p.m. CST

    You guys aren't going to believe this...but this entire movie wa

    by CoolDan989

    All of it. No shit. Let the discussion begin...

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Another reason to look forward to summer

    by islander

    Looks great, can't wait to see it.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Besides Angelina looking hot with her eye patch.,..

    by Jon E Cin

    I didnt see anything else to get excited about. The effects look half assed.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:04 p.m. CST

    by Dokkalvar

    Yes and Gwyneth Paltrow sounds equally as wooden as Natalie Portman. Jude law, for some reason, reminds me of Eddie Izzard doing his Darth Vader impression when he says, "this is sky captain.." Sorry to be a nit-picking fucker but it strikes me as if he's going to slip a chuckle there. Then again it's only a trailer... Imma' go now.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:04 p.m. CST

    This is shaping up to be the film to see for 04....

    by Manaqua

    i'm lovin this stuff!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by KCMOSHer

    I'm fucking speechless. Sweet God in Heaven that trailer kicked my ass.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Old Superman cartoon.....

    by Synn

    Anyone else notice that the overhead shot of the flying robots was virtually identical to a shot from the 1930's 'Superman vs the Metal Men' cartoon?(I think that was the title, anyway.) Very cool.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Buster Crabbe can eat this movie's shit!

    by King_of_Kongs

    This is sooooooooo pulp it's killing me. I wanna go to the saturday matinee with a audience full of rambunctious kids wearing jetpacks and makeshift space helmets! And is SOOOOOOO want an action playset of the shot where the robots are shooting lasers into a giant pit. That way i can put my shrek and matrix figures in it and watch them f-f-f-f-f-fryyyyyyy!!!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Very cool

    by Darth Thoth

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:18 p.m. CST

    DJ sucks, movie too?

    by flipster

    I mean it's all fine and candy to see giant robots with odd flying ships ( they better have a good explanation for those flapping planes) but you know if they don't know how to DJ (choose unique music for themselves), perhaps the guts of the movie is similarly stolen, repeated and stale.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:19 p.m. CST

    The BEST trailer I have EVER seen!!

    by Ivan_Mtl

    I am still picking up my jaw after having viewed this unbelievably beautiful trailer. Where did this come from? Who is Kerry Conran? It's like somebody took Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS, the Fleischer SUPERMAN cartoons, H.G Welles WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE IRON GIANT and threw them in a bowl and served them back to us as a delicious, war-time movie serial. This thing is fucking INCREDIBLE!! The word needs to get out - NOW!!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by Stay_Puft

    I hear what you're saying, but how many trailers have you seen that include the original score (besides sequels)? My guess is about none, because when the teaser comes out the soundtrack isn't done yet. I'm assuming this is what you meant by DJing?

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Anyone notice the SG1 Music??

    by Lolthien

    Was it just me or was the music playing when the SKY CAPTAIN first showed up and at the very end EXACTLY the same as Stargate SG1? I kept trying to figure out why I kept thinking of Stargate every time I'd watch that trailer (which I did several times in bits and pieces as I waited for it to download) Surely some of you SG1 fanatics out there can back me up on this??

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Coolness, sheer coolness

    by Archduke_Chocula

    If only Spider-man or Fantastic Four or something had the stones to use a comic book template as a Teaser poster, sure the paperazzi type posters of Spider-man are neat but come on! Embrace the retro comic book coolness!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by Durendal

    It looks like it COULD be cool, but even more, it looks like some hackneyed attempt to recapture 40's style movies with 2000 style effects. Bleh. And Harry, for the love of Christ, write an actual review instead of fumbling for your dick for three minutes and shooting your wad 4.3 seconds later. You're drooling over this like an all you can eat Chuck-o-Rama buffet, and it's getting old.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:49 p.m. CST

    info on Kerry Conran...

    by IamMacGuffin

    Here's some stuff I found...Very little is known about Kerry Cornan, except that he is 29 years old, and wrote some sort of "incredible software" to go along with the script that impressed producer Aurelio De Laurentiis enough that he got the wheels rolling to get this project a $60 million dollar budget. The Los Angeles Times has revealed that Kerry Cornan is a CalArts graduate, and his software is a CGI program that allows him to shoot his entire movie against blue screens, and fill in the backgrounds later with images he's been working on for years, which are mostly already done. What this allows Conran to do, which is what is so revolutionary, is to have an already existing 3-D storyboard of every scene, with stick figures in place where the actors are supposed to be. Now, all he has to do is stick in his cast, and he's basically done, it sounds like.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Films in a box

    by Fortunesfool

    I remember an article about this movie and feared the worst. The whole thing is shot in a box. there were no sets or anything built, just Jude law etc sitting on boxes and the film created around them. How this affects the acting we'll just have to wait and see but the Art deco Rocketeer thing is really cool. Fingers crossed but really a film with Jude Law, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth....personally i couldnt tire of kicking all of them.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Not Impressed at all...

    by Mr.Stiggs

    I have always had an affinity for the highly stylized period in American Culture known as Art Deco. I loved that designers in the Art Deco period had the bravado to put form ahead of function in their creation of everyday objects. This design aesthetic was used somewhat successfully in Disney

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by GRINGO J

    If you guys dig the SKY CAPTAIN thing check out my internet flick "GO DANGER RANGER: RAGE OF THE COMMIEBOTS" at and clikc on "watch preview" My jetpack tailpipe is hot just thinking about retro-goodness on the big screen next summer! GO DANGER RANGER

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Beyond Gay

    by FrankFourFingers

    This has got to be the next Waterworld, maybe even Battlefield Earth!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Who is Kerry Conran?

    by King_of_Kongs

    I've been calling everyone i know about this damn movie trying to find something out!!!! But i don't know if harry already posted this, but apparently this Kerry Conran is a 'HE'. Phooey!! I was hoping it was a she, b/c i'd be in head over heels for a chick who liked big robots and knew how hot angelina jolie in an eyepatch would be. hubba hubba! Apparently his mother did some stuff on those old fleischer superman cartoons inking and painting. hmm...I wonder if his mom is still alive, and if i should ask her out....

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7 p.m. CST


    by wot-scientist

    For many of you in the industry, don't be so quick to jump to conclusions or make quality assessments. In order to make the deadline for LOTR-ROTK, many corners were left a little rough. But then if you are in the industry, you know this is what happens. Believe me, there are greater things to come. Not to be cliche, but you haven't seen anything yet!!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Wow....looks VERY cool!

    by Rupee88

    You found us a good one here, Harry. That movie looks like loads of fun. When you have giant robots walking around crushing stuff, you can't go wrong, now can you???

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Stay_Puft - yes

    by flipster

    what was that anyways, ST:TNG or something, can't quite remember from where....

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by Stay_Puft

    Pretty sure the music's from Stargate the TV show.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Sky Captain

    by SandShark

    Looks okay, but I don't know how much different it'll be from Rocketeer and Indiana Jones. Also Totenkopf is German for Death's Head. That was the symbol used by the Waffen SS in WWII. Between Hellboy and this movie there's goning to be a lot of Nazis on screen in '04

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Stargate Music indeed! Rip-off!

    by Comicman

    I can totally back up that the music used in this trailer is the lead-in title track for SG1. It totally sucked that they used this as a trailer score! Totally pulled me out of the mood! But otherwise, this looks like a sweet film. Paramount got it's idea from ST:Voyager's Captain Proton episodes, I would seem? They were always a big hit amongst fans of the franchise. I know I liked them. Cheesy to the core! And that's how it should be!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by Stay_Puft

    A little cheese goes a long way. And as for Nazis in '04...fuck yeah! Best movie villains EVER.(and real-life too).

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:18 p.m. CST

    from about the writer/director

    by Rupee88

    "Wrote a CGI program that allows him to shoot an entire movie against blue screens, and fill in the backgrounds with images. Having an already-existing 3-D storyboard of every scene in his computer, all he needs to do is replace the computer-generated figures with live actors, and he has finished his film"...I think this is an oversimplification as you still need props and other stuff, but it does sound like the entire film was shot on a soundstage with lots of blue screen, but certainly not in ever shot including closeups.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:29 p.m. CST

    the best teaser trailer of all time?

    by atomheartbrother

    it's certainly the best pastiche of the classic movie serials, but i gotta say that i haven't been gobsmacked (yes i an american said gobsmacked) by a teaser trailer like that since the killer teaser for the first batman way back in 88.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:29 p.m. CST

    SG1 Music = Temp Track, NOT a Rip Off!

    by TheJon

    If you've ever paid attention to movie trailers in the past, you'd notice that many trailers use music from other movies ALL THE TIME. I've lost track of how many times the music from Crimson Tide has been used for movie trailers. They probably haven't written the music for this movie yet, so knock it off with the "rip off" crap.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:30 p.m. CST

    the phantom menace actually done right?

    by Silver Shamrock

    from an article online: In a sophisticated variation on storyboarding, he has already devised every scene, with computer-generated figures standing in for human actors. Law, Paltrow and Jolie need only watch a scene on the computer screen to see how they fit in. Conran insisted that this method of filming makes for speed and flexibility. "We can walk the actors from location to location on the same stage, and start again within minutes," he said. "It's quick, there's no down time, and they seem to enjoy that." "For a type of movie like this, you'd be seven months trekking all over the world on different locations," Paltrow added. "I was grateful the other day, lying on a pile of fake snow surrounded by blue, rather than freezing on some glacier in Canada or somewhere." Jolie agreed: "This method of making this film is what made it possible for me. I just came off 'Tomb Raider' 2, and if this film was not done in this way, it would take a year to shoot. Because of the technology, I'm only here for a week."

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Just fucking awesome.

    by Smeg For Brains

    I can't wait to see this film!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:37 p.m. CST

    *sigh*, to be Mrs. Sky Captain!!

    by viola123

    Oh my gosh, that's a beauty of a trailer/teaser. I loved it. Every second of it, but of course, most especially the parts where Jude was featured. Is he not perfect? The fact, yes, but the roles he chooses, the projects he invests his time, and this time his name and money, in. I just marvel at him. I am part of the Flying Legion as well, and can't wait for this film to be released, given to us who love quality in film, excellence in cinema. Thank you, Jude, Gwenyth, Angelina, and the creator of this treat. My eyes are wide, my heart can't stop beating. This is such a trip and we only got the trailer.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:41 p.m. CST

    No wonder Paul Dini went nuts for this at BNAT

    by MGTHEDJ

    Man this thing looks good: the art direction, the cinematography, the costumes, and especially the hairstyles. Haircuts and hairstyles from the Depression Era have always been the hardest to reproduce in films since the 1960

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Awsome Trailer. Great Cast. Also Has Everyone Seen The Awsome Tr

    by The Outlander

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Saw this at ROTK.. very bad teaser.

    by Russman

    This movie has a very interesting history behind it, but the Teaser was very bad. On opening night at ROTK it got ZERO reaction from the audience. The use of the old time movie serial kind of promotion didn't fly and the use of the Stargate Theme didn't help. I hope it's a good movie but they really need to rethink the marketing of this or it'll be another high budget flop.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Cue the anti-CGI "PUPPETS AND MODELS ROCK" backlash in 5..4...3.

    by Fatboy Roberts

    Seriously, it's a great sounding idea for making a movie, and I'm sure in about 5 years, this will actually be standard for low budget filmmakers (and in 15 epic filmmaking will be like garage bands--everyone and their dog will have a 3 hour eye-popping epic available for download. It'll be great) but for now, I bet you anything this thing is going to get blown way the hell out of proportion (with help from this site and it's owner's hyperactive raving) and then the backlash will come--and it will come at the hands of the easy and shortsighted "CGI SUCKS!" crowd. I'm not saying that CGI rocks, either. I'm saying that it's not the tool, it's how you use it and what you use it for. I hope this movie pulls it off--but I'm betting fanboys are going to start pointing at this thing as their example of why some midget in a robot suit, tied to a string and shot with motion control is the ONLY way to make this sort of movie.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:53 p.m. CST

    ReallyHappy!! with this trailer... As for the music question, th

    by JasonDkEldar

    I loved the look of this, and I am getting quite tired of the science faction-junkies who want "eexplanation/justification for EVERYTHING they see hear. Sorry but sometimes things can just look cool. If I want treatises on the workings of the varied ships and planes in varied war movies, I will get the assorted Jane's books pertaining to the said vehicles, not some ten-word simplification made up by a techno-babbling geek. The music question is answered thusly, perhaps the SG-1 score is like so many other scores--lifted from classical music or owned by the composer, not the production company. You don;t know how many times younger friends of mine would excitedly say "That's that music from 'Die Hard'," when they heard a sample of Beethoven's Ninth on my stereo. Worse still was when they thought the snippet from "Carmina Burana" that has appeared in countless movies was originated in whichever movie they saw first--in my friends' case "The Doors." This movie will probably many critics, as well as many fans. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" had both, its critics saying it lacked the true magic of a Buster Keaton or Randolph Scott serial. It worries me that twenty-somethings and even younger-aged people are more crotchety and hidebound than people in their thirties and forties. Perhaps this is how people who grew up in the teens and twenties of the 20th century felt when the moralizers came down on their heads in the depression and postwar years.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Nice visuals, but i'm coming over all Rocketeer

    by DukeDeMondo

    This looks really good, really nice imagery. Period sci-fi, though, has there every really been a big success in this field. Not that i'm gageing this on how much money it will potentially make, but it would be a damn shame if it bombed. Also, where did i see that shot before, with the flying robots over the city? looks very familiar, possibly from an animated film?? Anyway, i hope this doesn't go the way of The Rocketeer. Be nice if it was the live action Iron Giant that it seems to be. Maybe thats where that flying robot shot comes from? Anyhoo, looks nice, but i aint exactly drooling. too many blockbusters have let me down after great trailers / promotional campaigns.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 8:02 p.m. CST

    awful teaser

    by beamish13

    does Jolie only do bad British accents in her films now? Sheesh.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 8:04 p.m. CST

    This should make Sid and Marty Krofft proud with the use of blue

    by Declan_Swartz

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 8:04 p.m. CST

    This should make Sid and Marty Krofft proud with the use of blue

    by Declan_Swartz

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 8:09 p.m. CST

    FX-bashers are missing the point!

    by Batutta

    This thing is supposed to look somewhat fake, the same way The Wizard of Oz looks fake, the same way most of Tim Burton's movies look fake, but damn it if I don't get sucked into OZ or Beetlejuice every time they come on TV. Why does everything have to look real? NO MOVIE IS REAL, and people who need every thing ina film to completely adhere to reality have absolutely no imaginations or ability to appreciate art. Since most CGI that tries to pass for reality fails miserably, I'm glad someone is finally using it to create a highly stylized look instead. Yes, it looks like a cartoon, but a FUCKING COOL ONE!

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 8:20 p.m. CST

    I hate to rain on everybody's parade, but...

    by Stan the Bat

    I know, I know- the grousing starts already. But seriously, how many bad movies do y'all have to line up for before you start to see them coming? The presence of several expensive castmembers (as well as perhaps some expensive FX work) is a fairly sure sign that this will be the usual pablum. There is no risk-taking in Hollywood; studios do not invest money in anything that might surprise their audiences. My prediction: this is the same schtick as 'The Shadow', only with giant robots for added value. Bets?

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Call Me Retarded, But This Looks Kinda Cool.


    I saw the trailer before ROTK and kind of dug it. It comes off like an old Superman cartoon(sort of). I can't beleive a studio actually bought into the idea of a black & white-ish sci-fi period piece. A tough sell I'd imagine. And the eye patch really works for Angelina Jolie. She's never looked hotter. But that's just me. I've always had dark twisted fantasies about doing it with a female Snake Plissken. Skull-Fuck! Know what I'm sayin'?

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I am starting missionary work for this film TODAY.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Now that ROTK has slipped with the current into the past. I really like part where the police raise their tommy guns in a choreographed motion. That serial style just really delights the eye. Well, my eye anyway. The eyepatch is so bad that it's good. I hate Angelina Jolie and I hate Gwyneth Paltrow but maybe this is a "double negative equals a positive" type situation.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 8:42 p.m. CST

    By the way, the visual style here reminds me even more of 'Thing

    by FluffyUnbound

    OF COURSE it is 40's style with 2000's effects. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT. You just aren't the target market, dudes.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Was looking forward to this until I saw....

    by God_O_Thunder

    the name De Laurentiis as a producer. De Laurentiis is synonomous for CRAP.

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 9:55 p.m. CST

    I think my head just exploded from pure coolness.

    by JustinSane

    And it's making it awfully hard to type. I'm there opening day, the day after, the day after...

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Giant Robots + Art Deco + Angelina Jolie with an eye patch + Hug

    by Judge Doom

    Greatest movie of 2004! Forget Spidey ad van helsing the vampire Slayer, this is the gold boys. Ye-hawwwwww

  • Dec. 19, 2003, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Cool poster design...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...meaning we should expect the studio-imposed "floating heads" version in multiplexes about two months before the film comes out. Oh, and Angelina Ug-Lie makes my skin crawl. Take a shower, bitch!

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 12:11 a.m. CST

    I don't get how people take a dump all over Star Wars' CG effect

    by Tall_Boy

    seriously. What the hell?

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Iron Giant?

    by AlwaysThere

    Thats what I thought when I first saw the machines flying. This is #2 on my most anticipated list for next year.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 1:57 a.m. CST

    this trailer makes me wanna crap my pants...

    by IAmJacksUserID

    really! I dig it totally!

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Did IQs just suddenly drop in here?

    by LandoSauce

    What the fuck, people? Why are you fucking cuming in your panties over this movie? This looks like the corniest shit I've ever seen. Did you people not learn your lessons from The Phantom Menace, or Attack of the Clones? I really hate to be a FX naysayer, but these effects seriously look like a fucking videogame cutscene or something. All I heard about Episode II was how fakey it looked. Then, so many of you bitched about Reloaded and Revolutions as being to FX heavy, and the CG "Pulling you out of the story". Eat my fucking stink nuggets, you hippocrites. Weeeee, let's fly through some skyscrapers in my WWII fighter plane while spouting wise-cracks. Doesn't that sound cool? For all of you fuck-faces who clame to be fans of all those 1940's serials. Here's some info for you, they were fucking terrible. Have you seriously watched any of that shit? I don't give a fuck if it's nostalgic. It's retarded shit that grown-ass men need to fucking put in their closet along with their fuckin' Star Wars figures, and Ninja Turtles pajamas. DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE GARFIELD OR CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK TRAILERS. Where the fuck have good movies gone...

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Instant Loss of Credibility

    by BuggerOff

    "The trailer of this ran before ROTK and this movie looked so fucking gay." Wow, that was classy.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Looks dumb, very dumb

    by Hate_Speech

    Dumber than Elf even.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Sky Captain??

    by TimBenzedrine

    Is that the best name they could come up with? It sounds so much like "Skycap", like he checks baggage or something.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 4:37 a.m. CST

    The movie does have an amazing look though,

    by TimBenzedrine

    I just wish he didn't "borrow" so liberally. That shot with the robots flying overhead is a direct steal from Fleisher's "Superman Vs. the Mechanical Monsters", right down to the robot design. When does "homage" cross the line into outright plagerism?

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 5:24 a.m. CST

    marvellous :)

    by foreverguardian

    A long time fan of vintage pulp SF, seeing a film such as this come to fruition is indeed a beautiful thing. Hats off to the makers for bringing such a gloriously old fashioned adventure to the screen. I really can't wait!!! :D

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 6:59 a.m. CST

    It doesn't look gay.

    by Human Tornado

    In fact, it looks totally tits. If I ever shot a Batman movie, this is how it would look like. Depression-Era New York/Chicago meet Akira, with flying wings and zeppelins everywhere.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Right on, ZombieHunter

    by TheWoodMan

    Almost all superhero movies should be (should have been) made "in period". The X-Men I can handle in the modern world, but the D.C. characters belong in the 1930s-1950s (Superman & Batman vs. gangsters in the 30s, Wonder Woman & Captain Marvel vs. Nazis in the 40s, Green Lantern & The Flash vs. commies in the 50s), and most of the Marvel heroes should be stuck right in the Kennedy administration (especially the F.F. & Spidey), except for a few swingin', far-out oddballs like Psychedelic Nick Fury, Captain Mar-vell, & the Giant-Size Man-Thing who belong more in the late 60s-early 70s. Nevertheless, Marvel Films and Warner's will keep trying to shoe-horn these characters into the miserable post-9-11 "real world", where their colorful costumes, flashy powers, and positive outlooks make them seem UTTERLY RETARDED. There may be hope, though... if Jackson's "King Kong" and the upcoming Flash Gordon film are set in their proper periods (if only to distinguish them from DeLaurentiis' attempts), and if they, along with "The World of Tomorrow" kick a lot of ass, it may set off a vogue for that sort of thing. Then maybe someone can make a "Batman" movie that's not a total embarassment to sit through.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by Papa Legba

    My little bro just sent me this trailer with his thumbs up and he is VERY critical of CGI effects in general (he works for Rythym and Hues). This looks like Crimson Skies meets the Rocketeer meets the Hudsucker Proxy!! Total creamy Sci Fi pulp goodness. Can't WAIT!!!

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Superman in the 30's

    by Kingmidget

    I agree with the person who said this is how they should make the superman movie. I would love to see a superman movie that is heavily influenced by the Fleischer cartoons. If you remember Batman the Animated series when it first appeared it was kind of timeless. The clothing, cars, and decor were all influenced by 30's and 40's style. Yet they also had high tech things like computers and video cameras etc... So the show felt modern and nostalgic at the same time, it was very cool. They should try to do that with the live action films.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 10:53 a.m. CST

    There seem to be a lot of dumb people here...

    by Nickdude77

    ...form both camps! A: This movie will NOT be the greatest movie in the world. B: Give it a chance at least for the style of it all. Aslo, its about time a new pilot hero is thrown into the movies... I'm quite sick of cruise's maverick: "Thats right Iceman... I am Dangerous" <proceeds to put on a dumb smile 2.5 miles wide for no reason>. I'll probably end up seeing this. I'm more excited about his thing than Hellboy aka: LXG2.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised no one's mentioned what must be one of this pictur

    by Village Idiot

    Sky Captain and the whole art deco/aviation/fantasy motif seems to be a clear take from the Hillman AIR FIGHTERS comics from the 1940s, revived by Eclipse and Chuck Dixon in the 1980s. AIR FIGHTERS featured the fantastic adventures of Airboy, Sky Wolf, The Iron Ace, The Flying Dutchman, etc., flying into adventure much like we see in the trailer. Scott Tipton did a great piece about AIR FIGHTERS in his Comics 101 column at Kevin Smith's Here's the link:

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 12:16 p.m. CST

    zero mainstream appeal

    by dr. robert

    I'm quite excited by that trailer. As much as I loathe Paltrow she's got that old school Hollywood look to her. Nice that Law actually gets to be British in this. I honestly can't imagine this making any real money at the Box Office, it's far too stylized and retro for the masses. Weren't The Rocketeer, The Iron Giant, The Phantom and The Shadow all huge flops?

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 12:26 p.m. CST


    by dr. robert

    I always find it amusing when people watch these things and comment about "horrible dialogue". The Star Wars prequels are misunderstood in this way also. Lucas deliberately writes the dialogue in that manner. It's supposed to mimic the style of those hammy Republic serials (Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers) he watched as a kid.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by gil-galad12

    Dr Rob: Didn't the original Star Wars have pretty good dialogue. They used modern language without being "hip". The prequels just had boring, flat dialogue which put you to sleep. It almost made you not even care about the characters anymore. When Padme dies in the third one, I don't think I'll really care at all. Just one more reason I won't rush to see EPIII in theatres. Okay, dammit, I will anyway. I like a good movie line.

  • I don't know which is worse. This or Top Secret from the early 80's. When I see the teaser poster I can't help but think Queen will be doing the soundtrack.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 2:11 p.m. CST

    When I see the teaser poster I can't help but think Queen will b

    by DickHead

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Somebody forces me to say this in every talkback about this movi

    by FluffyUnbound

    I like the Flash Gordon movie. I like the stupid Queen song on the soundtrack. I like the scene where Flash fights Ming's minions by using football moves against them. I like the guys with wings on their back. If I had to choose tonight between watching Flash Gordon and AOTC, I would not be watching Hayden I can tell you that much. So back off on Flash Gordon. By the way, The Phantom and The Shadow flopped because they sucked. If this also sucks, it will also flop. If not, I think it has a chance.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 2:51 p.m. CST

    So! X-men could have had giant Sentinels!

    by JUSTICE41

    If this worthless flick could do why not X2?

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Flash....AhhaHaaa...He Save Every One of Us!

    by BigKatoReturns

    One of the best movies ever. Flash's duel with Timothy Dalton is pure cinematic magic. Go Flash Go! Go Flash Go! We live in the real world, come back to it. Oh wait thats Padme. On movie to rule them all. Do you understand what i mean? Man. Bacon smells so good. Oink, oink little piggy. That there's good in this world. Later piggies.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 3:29 p.m. CST

    ...what a poster

    by drjones

    i mean you can see the marketing(i dunno if this word exists in your language) strategy behind it...but you can also see the creativity, joy and hopefully wonderful movie behind this artwork. i`m sooo anticipating this film and the trailer wants me see moooooore.....on the one hand. on the other hand watching this trailer i got a bit sad. i mean during A FEW scenes i got the feeling i`d be watching some kind of "WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT" live action/cgi(animation) flick. it doesn`t look real. it looks like in some good animation feature. maybe all the creative cgi workers of today are overestimating a bit the impact and power of cgi. i think most of us will agree on the point that cgi hasn

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 3:38 p.m. CST

    The Dog's Bollox are swollen

    by Jonas Wolfe

    Wow! This looks like being the dog's bollox for 2004. I thought Spidey 2 looked good, but this movie looks like being my hard-on for the year. Whoever was responsible for getting this project approved, God love them!

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 3:45 p.m. CST

    ...looks as if this kerrry conran is a longtime talkbacker

    by drjones

    aaand a genius. even if the movie will possibly suck...the idea alone is cool. i`m not a big comic fan. however the idea of making a 20st century 30s era science fiction film in the 21st century.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Sky Captain

    by GregsAnn

    Definte feel of the Rocketeer with fuel injection.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I'm backing up Fluffy on this one.

    by DocPazuzu

    The 1980 Flash Gordon is cinema gold. "I never knew what my father was until he let Klytus put the bore-worms on me." Genius.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 6 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Because it's not a film noir.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...You just don't get it, do you? Any of it? Your braying is embarrassing.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Phantasm - contradictions suck

    by CrackerJak

    AHEM - I dont get how you can insult people, then say shit like this in same post. "WE (ALMOST) LIVE IN THE YEAR 2004 PEOPLE. I want to see films that deal with threats in the present, near or distant future" AND "On a positive note THIS is the way a Batman movie SHOULD look only with better photography. A Batman movie set in the 40's or MID 50's would KICK ASS" Now, that? Thats fucking retarded.

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 8:36 p.m. CST


    by digdig

    looks fuckin dope

  • Dec. 20, 2003, 10:38 p.m. CST

    My God, it actually looks inspired

    by sharondeitz

    Has H'wood learned from LotR that if you bring a compelling concept to the screen, and a kick butt script, that audiences will actually go see it???? I certainly hope so.

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Hugh Ferriss & The Metropolis of Tomorrow

    by jocutus

    Images like those found in this trailer always remind me of the work of illustrator Hugh Ferris. He did a lot of work in black & white, rendering visions of gleaming skyscrapers and cityscapes in the 1920s-30s. His stuff wasn't really about the world we live in, but an imaginary future where technology would make our lives easier and more beautiful, instead of flooding us with spam e-mails. Even his renderings that illustrated the abstract building envelope of construction setbacks in New York City were gorgeous. I look foward to seeng how well this futurist adventure plays against these amazingly designed concepts & backdrops. I hope its as fun as it looks.

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 4:16 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Do the genre terms "alternative history" or "parallel universe" mean anything to you? Do you seriously think Sky Captain's pulp sci-fi look is meant to convince us of being "based on reality"? The whole project is based on the wonderful idea of seeing what a big budget sci-fi movie would look like if it were made in the 1930s with modern cinema techniques. Anyone who can't appreciate the coolness of that should be visited in the dead of night by the Geekstapo for some rubber hose treatment. You probably think Starship Troopers was fascist propaganda too.

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 4:34 a.m. CST

    oh my god

    by T-Diggy

    yes yes yes this is exactly what we need this movie looks so original. watching this trailer is what it must have been like seeing the trailer for starwars for the first time i have not been blown away like this for a long time.

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 6:50 a.m. CST


    by reeds

    How can I download this beauty? It doesn't appear on temporary files!

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 11:54 a.m. CST

    There is a Queen connection of sorts...

    by Ivan_Mtl

    A few posters mentioned thinking about Queen and their contribution to the Flash Gordon soundtrack - which, in my opinion, was absolutely FUNtastic! I think another reason why the band's music immediately comes to mind was the video for their song RADIO GA-GA which borrowed clips from Fritz Lang's Metropolis. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I think SKY CAPTAIN was obviously heavily influenced by it, as well as the Fleischer Superman cartoons. And, if what another poster said is true about director Kerry Conran's mother having worked on the Fleischer cartoons, then what a wonderful tribute from a son to his mother. We should all be lucky enough to have such a chance.

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Hate to say it but it left me cold....

    by workshed

    Three actors that I don't particularly warm to in the leads. Looked like a piece of shit to me. Like Harry said, sorry.

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I agree with harry on this one

    by stitch

    The film's look is simply jaw-dropping. There's just something amazingly timeless about the 1930s & Art Deco that reaches deep inside me. My only reservations are that I hope the dialogue and the acting will match the visuals.

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 11 p.m. CST


    by Zombie Vig

  • Dec. 21, 2003, 11:24 p.m. CST


    by ElGuapo

    this looks fantastic. no, really. amazed it got this far into production before we heard about it. you'd think one of the cast would've mentioned something about it somewhere...

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but will it have HEART?

    by Drath

    I love the retro-40's look, but I get an uncomfortable Independence Day 1941 feel from many of those FX shots--the ones that aren't beautiful live action versions of Fleischer's Superman anyway. I know it's all about checking your brain at the door (again), but I don't want to get worked up for a movie that's all eye candy and no substance (again). Raiders of the Lost Ark was more than effects and references to the serials. It had its own life. Will this? Somehow, I don't get that feeling at all. At best, this feels like the 60's Batman but with good effects. Hell, even that is a lot to hope for these days. I don't want to anticipate a movie that can only be enjoyed once. I'm sick of Godzillas, Phantom Menaces, and Independence Days--all movies that you forget after the first viewing and can't stand upon a watching them a second time. Shit, they even used the score from Stargate in the trailer! How much you want a bet that city Sky Captain saves is named Centropolis? I'm no stranger to loving the concept art and designs from bad movies. The "Art of" books are the best thing to come out of George Lucas's return to Star Wars. But I've been burned too many times to get as excited as Harry is over this one. Of course, as I'm sure that dumb bitch Ass theLastVamp will remind me, Harry probably got paid and received blow jobs from both Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow to hype this up, right? Ha ha. Harry lucky.

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 9:41 a.m. CST

    initial reaction

    by ATARI

    looks like crap

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 11:38 a.m. CST

    What is that !

    by Circus Freak

    I'm don't know if I'm dreaming or awake. Can this movie be real. It's amazing. Why didn't i heard of this movie before, who is this director. The trailer is just awesome somebody pinch me please. Harry you are right on the target with that one being a Geek dream come true.

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 1 p.m. CST

    Iron Giants!

    by Evil Chicken

    Too cool. Watching the Giant Robots invading NY was a treat. If handled correctly, which it looks as if they have done, this could be wonderful. It's got a great cast and the retro-sci-fi design is inspired. We shall see come summertime...

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by The_Waco_Kid

    yeah. saw this trailer for the first time the other day in front of ROTK, and i have to say i wasnt very impressed at all. the story seems cool, the feel and atmosphere seems very cool, and the general look is also very cool. unfortunatly, it felt like i was watching a cinimatic from an average pc game. the cg seems very very iffy to me. oh well, hope this is just a real early peek at what will hopefully be a much more polished film.

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Oh man, oh man, OH MAN!

    by WarDog

    This is the most fantastic retro-futuristic vision of what could be (even seen from the mid-20th Century.) It's like the Golden Age of Science Fiction brought to the silver screen. I'm there opening night for sure!

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Crimson Skies

    by Lev_Harris

    Those sky battles with Zeppelins and torpedoes look awfully familiar

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 7 p.m. CST

    Too cool

    by chasfkane

    They had me with Harry's initial posts just describing the opening pages of the screenplay. When I saw this teaser before RotK, it brought tears to my eyes. Now I'm worried that this film will fail because it goes right over the heads of most moviegoers, who have no sense of history, even movie history. "Looks like the Rocketeer" seems to sum up the criticism from the peanut gallery. "Why is it all sepia-tone?" Pearls before swine.

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 10:16 p.m. CST

    that one movie trailer i saw friday night

    by Shunkeat

    It looked pretty bad, to me. Angelina in an eyepatch seems dorky. It reminded me of The Iron Giant and some bad 50's movie that Mystery Science Theater usually makes fun of. 'Walter Mondale goes camping!' Absolutley NO ONE in the packed theater were impressed, expecially the two guys behind me. But ROTK was loved by all, and me.

  • Dec. 22, 2003, 10:18 p.m. CST

    iron giants suck

    by Shunkeat

    the movie reminds me of bad sci-fi films and The Iron Giants.

  • Dec. 23, 2003, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Looks like The Rocketeer Pt. 2

    by JethroBodine

    Looks like The Rocketeer Pt. 2

  • Dec. 23, 2003, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I agree: it's Rocketeer II

    by FrankCobretti

    Rockin' Past Midnight

  • Dec. 23, 2003, 10:04 p.m. CST


    by monogpfm

    I don't care what the fuck it's in homage to, this movie looks like shit.

  • Dec. 24, 2003, 9:30 a.m. CST

    by Damitol

    Jesus! How sad it must be to be 25 or 30 years old and have lost your ability to have fun. As I read through this talkback I see so many ragging on this film because if you freeze on frame 274 of this tiny "large" trailer, you can see the shading on one of the giant robots legs is off (on this

  • Dec. 25, 2003, 1:29 p.m. CST

    i didn't get it

    by chirpychap

    difficult to get excited about things like this after LOTR. league of extraordinary gentleman anyone?

  • Dec. 26, 2003, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Before you gripe, you need to research THE PULP ERA

    by Jeditemple

    Most of you who are complaining about this movie have no idea what the 1930's Pulp Era was all about. You say this is "The Rocketeer 2." I say you're full of crap, because I didn't see any flying Rocket Men in the trailer. If you fanboys want to talk smack about the movie, then read some Pulp stories first and come back when you're educated. It's obvious you have no clue about early science fiction and adventure.

  • Dec. 26, 2003, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Sky Captain?

    by roaringrockets

    Sorry, guys, I was alive in the 1930s (barely) and what this looks like to me is a video game. Even the summary of the plot sounds like a video game. And the technology used to make the film sounds like old stuff (WING COMMANDER, anyone). It would be nice to see an intelligent homage to the late 1930s pulp and comic and movie serial heroes but don't hold yer breath until it happens. Remember, movies today target an audience of single-digit-IQ 5 to 12-year-old kids, and certain ethnic groups which shall be nameless here. None of those folks has a clue what 1990 was like, much less 1939.

  • Dec. 28, 2003, 8:37 a.m. CST


    by Daft Mole

    Flash Gordon was made with the best Technology available at the time, so was Metropolis, so was This island earth , so was 2001, so was Star Wars etc etc, why spend 2003 money trying to look like 'good' 1930's effects ? ( and why steal tunes for the trailer ? This looks awful.

  • Dec. 29, 2003, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Ok, cetards, come get your asswhuppin:

    by human2

    MAJOR MISCONCEPTIONS GOING AROUND HERE. Let's correct a few. 1) Trailer music. What the FUCK, you morons? Trailer music is almost NEVER EVER from the actual score of the movie -- scores are NEVER done (or even started) by the time the marketing is kicking in. The music is from the original Stargate sountrack (which was subsequently replayed on that lame SG1), and MANY other trailers have used this particular theme before. You are idiots if you think this has no precedent. 2) Yeah, I hear this is all on bluescreen. But they also say that Conran has been working on this for years, so he's got at least rough renders of all the sets and stuff already. So the difference between this and Lucas's prequels? The actors will probably be able to see the images that they are reacting to in advance, and if Conran's any kind of decent director he'll show them what they are acting in. ---- I dont have any personal stake in this film, I think it looks decent and I'm hopeful the final film will look better than the trailer, but at least it's a relatively unique homage to the pulp era. I just had to correct you fucking ignoramuses who were bitching about the trailer music and the CGI.