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SciFi Power Ranking – December 15, 2008

Scifi titans clashed this week as new trailers for both Terminator: Salvation and Watchmen emerged. Not so long ago, Zack Snyder’s comic adaptation would have been the clear winner in this fracas, but with buzz building steadily for violent robot death Watchmen‘s dominance is no longer so certain. Also noteworthy this week was the Golden Globe nominations, which resulted in a nod for Heath Ledger for his performance in The Dark Knight (as expected) and Best Picture and Actor noms for David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Could this be Fincher’s year?

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SciFi Power Rankings
Rank LW Movie, Show or Comic
1 1 terminator.robot.jpg Terminator: Salvation
As surprising as it sounds, Terminator: Salvation didn’t just top the list — it dominated it. The new trailer sparked a storm of discussion and analysis, all signs of which point to a dynamite picture. The numbers don’t lie, and Terminator is way in front.
2 4 Watchmen.jpg Watchmen
Would Snyder’s Watchmen have fared better if the Comic-Con reel had been released somewhere more accessible than iTunes, or are we looking at hype-fatigue? Response was still strong, but not nearly on the scale of the first trailer’s release.
3 2 caprica.jpg Battlestar Galactica
Oh, Battlestar fans, you’re a wacky, ravenous bunch. These new webisodes may not answer those lingering Cylon questions, but they do feature Gaeta’s gay kiss, which is more than enough to get you all worked up.
4 5 Day_The_Earth_Stood_Still.jpg The Day The Earth Stood Still
Ah, the power of the wide release. Nobody seems to much like it, but market saturation alone pushes The Day The Earth Stood Still into the four spot. Expect this to drop fast once it has some stronger competition on the big screen.
5 BenjaminButton75.jpg The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Could the Golden Globe noms have come at a better time? Button is less than two weeks from release and it’s just become a major awards contender: Brad Pitt plus David Fincher plus Globe chatter make for a forceful buzz.
6 6 heroeslogo_tn.jpg Heroes
Producer Bryan Fuller’s back and he’s got a plan to fix Heroes. If the show’s resurgence is the silver lining in the cancellation of Fuller’s Pushing Daisies, then I suppose it was all worthwhile.
7 7 dollhouse75x75.jpg Dollhouse
Joss is still making headlines with Dollhouse, but not for the right reasons. Re-writes, re-shoots and production delays are already pushing fans to anticipate a premature death. Can’t anyone show Joss some love?
8 10 timecrimes75.jpg Timecrimes
Yes, the release so far is tiny but Nacho Vigalondo‘s Timecrimes has finally arrived on American shores. The inevitable remake is already attracting big name interest — Cronenberg, anyone? — so catch the original while you still have time.
9 spirit.jpg The Spirit
With the release just around the corner, the promotional campaign for Frank Miller’s The Spirit is well-nigh unavoidable. But the film still has plenty of naysayers that are keeping anticipation, and buzz, at relatively low levels.
10 knowing75.jpg Knowing
Yeah, it’s awfully hard to get excited for Nic Cage these days — hence his latest project’s lowly spot on the ranking. But Knowing does boast Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, I Robot) in the director’s chair, and that has to count for something.
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