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SciFi Power Ranking – January 12, 2009

On a week that featured major movement in the ongoing Watchmen debacle, a casting announcement for one of the most iconic science fiction characters ever (Doctor Who) and mass speculation about the possible future of the beloved Ghostbusters franchise — any one of which could have easily taken the top spot on the list — a dark horse came out of nowhere to take the prize. Read on!

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SciFi Power Rankings
Rank LW Movie, Show or Comic
1 JudgeDredd75.jpg Judge Dredd
After the miserable failure of the first Judge Dredd, I’d never have expected anybody to want to make — or even see — another one. But with 28 Days Later ‘s Danny Boyle behind it, fans are lapping up the new concept art like excited little puppies.
2 1 Watchmen.jpg Watchmen
So it turns out all that legal nail-biting was just posturing on the part of Warner Bros., which is finally starting to talk settlement in this whole brouhaha. A timely release is once again looking possible, and the fan-legion is pleased.
3 4 iron_man_75.jpg Iron Man 2
Any other week and the casting of the resurgent Mickey Rourke — to say nothing of Sam Rockwell — would have been enough to take the cake. This spectacular news was simply out-muscled, but it was enough to kick Iron Man 2 up a notch on the list.
4 NewDoctor75.jpg Doctor Who
There’s a new Doctor in town, and after all the rumor mongering nobody saw the choice of the relatively unknown Matt Smith coming. Up next? Speculation on who his Companion will be: Please say Lily Allen, please say Lily Allen…
5 Star_Trek75.jpg Star Trek
A recurring theme with the new Trek: Fans are so excited to have something worth being excited about that virtually anything will set the Net buzzing. These prop shots are as good a reason as any, I suppose.
6 ghostbusters75.jpg.jpg Ghostbusters 3
Are they already filming Ghostbusters 3 or aren’t they? That’s the question of the moment, and the evidence pointing both ways is enough to keep the fans rabid and the skeptics, well, skeptical. But everyone is talking
7 6 terminator.robot.jpg Terminator Salvation
Danny Elfman’s going post-apocalyptic, writing the score for McG’s fourth Terminator flick. The man just keeps making smart decisions and increased anticipation is his reward.
8 tron 75x75.jpg Tron 2.0
He’s young! He’s pretty! He’s the new face of Tron! I asked two weeks ago how Disney was going to market a movie populated with oldsters from the original and now we have our answer.
9 9 dollhouse75x75.jpg Dollhouse
Joss Whedon would really like you to be nice to him. And he says everything’s okey dokey with his rumor-plagued new series. I really hope he’s telling the truth.
10 8 caprica.jpg Battlestar Galactica / Caprica
The end for Battlestar fans begins this week, just as the first clip from new spinoff prequel Caprica arrives. Should we be happy or sad? Maybe we’re all a little bit of both.
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