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SciFi Power Ranking – December 22, 2008

With Christmas right around the corner, you might think this past week would have been a slow one for news. You’d be absolutely wrong. I mean, here’s just the stuff that didn’t make the Power Ranking: The reviews for The Spirit are in and so universally horrible that everyone’s wondering what horrors Frank Miller will exact upon Buck Rogers; Rachel Weisz is rumored to be taking on the role of Catwoman; The Crow is being rebooted by the guy who butchered The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; Darren Aronofsky may walk from his Robocop remake; M Night Shyamalan is being accused of racism over the casting of Avatar: The Last Airbender; Fringe has gone all Christmas-y; Dollhouse producers are saying everything’s all good and wonderful and everyone who says otherwise is wrong. Phew! Big stories, all of them, and on any other week they could have ranked high. But let’s see what beat ’em out!

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SciFi Power Rankings
Rank LW Movie, Show or Comic
1 4 Day_The_Earth_Stood_Still.jpg The Day The Earth Stood Still
Box office numbers keep it on top for now, but my time machine tells me that Day the Earth‘s reign will be brief. Superior flicks are on their way, and negative word of mouth will slowly but surely turn the stragglers away.
2 darkknight.jpg The Dark Knight
It took just one week for Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight to become the top selling DVD of the year. Everybody knew it would get there eventually, but that’s still impressive. With Heath Ledger Oscar talk persisting, expect Bats to stay near the top.
3 wolverine75.jpg X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Hugh Jackman’s an alpha male badass, and that fact alone will make the Wolverine spin-off a hit. The trailer ain’t half bad either, so fans are becoming hopeful Wolvie will make up for the sins of X-Men: The Last Stand .
4 2 Watchmen.jpg Watchmen
22 minutes of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen made it out to the public this week and reaction was very, very positive. There’s still a bit of hype-fatigue out there, but Watchmen is still positioning itself as the scifi flick to beat in 2009.
5 coraline75.jpg Coraline
To launch the new Coraline website, creators spread 26 themed alphabet cards across the web for a bit of Gaiman hide and seek. It was a smart bit of viral advertising, though I still haven’t found them all myself…
6 5 BenjaminButton75.jpg The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Nothing significant in the way of new Button material this week, but the movie remains hotly anticipated as awards chatter simply refuses to die down. Later this week we’ll finally learn whether Benjamin lives up to his hype.
7 Star_Trek75.jpg Star Trek
You know you’re hot when a new poster is enough to trigger fan chatter. Abrams’ two television shows may have been frozen out of the Rankings this week, but his dominance cannot be completely denied.
8 3 caprica.jpg Battlestar Galactica
The countdown to the final episodes is still going on. Luckily fans have the new webisodes to quench their thirst. This may be the most successful web series ever, but expect BSG to stay lower on the list until full episodes start rolling out.
9 terminator.robot.jpg Terminator 5
Terminator: Salvation has yet to make its entrance, but the advance response has been so strong that McG is already prepping a fifth installment. And here people thought that T3 killed the concept dead.
10 Bebop75.jpg Cowboy Bebop
It’s one of the most beloved anime series of all time, and a live action Hollywood version has been rumored for years. Now it looks like Keanu Reeves is making it happen. Cowboy Bebop is coming to the big screen with Reeves as Spike Spiegel, but after his performance in Day the Earth, fans are conflicted.
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