'Real' lightsabers are a product of the Dark Side—and more!

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Here's a list of our hottest stories (that "real" lightsaber burns!) and best comments this week, in case you missed anything. Think of this week-ending roundup as a DVR for SCI FI Wire.


Our story: 11 biggest sci-fi blockbusters that still managed to LOSE money

Your best comment: If you read JMS's Babylon 5 script books, you understand how the accounting of B5 will never get him any royalties. To sum it up it, in the contract (IIRC) somewhere, WB is allowed to charge things to B5's budget, so say some unrelated movie broke some very expensive equipment on some other set, WB is free to assign that expense to B5's budget. So while JMS kept his promise of keeping the show under budget, on the books WB has charged other things unrelated to B5 to B5's budget so the show is in the hole.— tesla

Our story: Image of the Day: First ever 1940 drawing of The Joker

Your best comment: Interesting conflict in regard to this...

"Batman's archnemesis the Joker was introduced... in Batman #1 (Spring 1940). Credit for that character's creation is disputed. Robinson has said he created the character. Kane's position is that "Bill Finger and I created the Joker. Bill was the writer. Jerry Robinson came to me with a playing card of the Joker. That's the way I sum it up. [The Joker] looks like Conrad Veidt -- you know, the actor in The Man Who Laughs [the 1928 movie based on the novel] by Victor Hugo. ... Bill Finger had a book with a photograph of Conrad Veidt and showed it to me and said, 'Here's the Joker.' Jerry Robinson had absolutely nothing to do with it. But he'll always say he created it till he dies. He brought in a playing card, which we used for a couple of issues for him [the Joker] to use as his playing card."

"Robinson, whose original Joker playing card was on public display in the exhibition "Masters of American Comics" at the Jewish Museum in New York City, New York, from Sept. 16, 2006 to Jan. 28, 2007, and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta, Georgia from Oct. 24, 2004 to Aug. 28, 2005, has countered that "Bill Finger knew of Conrad Veidt because Bill had been to a lot of the foreign films. Veidt ... had this clown makeup with the frozen smile on his face. When Bill saw the first drawing of the Joker, he said, 'That reminds me of Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs.' He said he would bring in some shots of that movie to show me. That's how that came about. I think in Bill's mind, he fleshed out the concept of the character."— Carpe

Our story: 8 super awesome things you'll love about Predators

Your best comment: I'm glad they went practical over CG. I don't know what it is, but CG still mostly hasn't reached believable status yet (District 9 is an exception. They did it right. Avatar was too much, and still looked fake.)— Tywall

Our story: Mysterious new Joss Whedon photo shows him with the Firefly crew

Your best comment: Sorry to the fanboys (and girls), but there is nothing to this. As posted below numerous times, this was nothing more than a regular gathering and they took advantage of it for a photo op.

Although, I would hope they would see the buzz online and maybe put something in the works for the future? :)— The Man

Our story: Bloody new Conan photo of Jason Momoa revealed!

Your best comment: Movies will never be able to capture the savagery of R.E. Howard's original stories...blood flowing like water, entrails and heads flying through the air, nekkid women being taken as prizes, etc.

The movie would be rated NC17.— Thradar

Our story: First pics of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Your best comment: Here in Honolulu you can see the Black Pearl docked at the pier next to the Aloha Towers nightly. They're filming in Kauai but keeping the ship here in Oahu. Way cool.— Tony

Our story: Image of the Day: Worst Spider-Man origin story EVER

Your best comment: Ah, but think how grand it would be if that were the blurb on a DVD, and the movie actually followed that description? Who'd need LSD when watching it?— Gill Avila

Our story: Two new Superman rumors: One good, one that's just plain ugly

Your best comment: The problem with this list of people being involved is that their best known projects are dark, and Superman is not dark. Batman is the dark side of heroism, although with a fairly specific line he won't cross (not that the movies respect that), and Superman is the bright side of heroism (with a similar line, but much more to the gentle side of that line).

Here's the deal, they play off each other because they inherently create tension. If Superman is presented as dark, then he'll be just like every other movie superhero out there, which is frankly getting quite tired.— KaneSiegel

Our story: First look at Lost's Evangeline Lilly in her new sci-fi movie

Your best comment: Will she be naked?
Will the robots be naked?
— Praetor Shinzon II

Our story: 11 sci-fi, fantasy and horror characters drawn on Etch A Sketches

Your best comment: Ok, so GV's stuff may be better. That in no way reduces the quality of the work shown here. They are certainly NOT "nothing". Unless you can do something comparable, it wouldn't hurt to show some modicum of respect for people's work that is far better than anything you can create. You don't have to like it and making comparisons with other artists is fine, but there is more in the world than most awesome and "nothing". Because that sort of attitude rather makes you "nothing" now doesn't it?— jdmimic

Our story: Lucas decries 'real' lightsaber as dangerous (and not licensed)

Your best comment: "After seeing the article on this laser on your site awhile back, I immediately recommended its purchase to several friends. At least one has already purchased it. And yes, there have been several burns. It was awesome, & thank you."
My newly blind friend asked me to type this up for him. Sounds like he thought it was worth it.
— Fletchtar