Alright folks, I found some stuff to bring to you this week. Things that make me look quizzically at the screen, or mumble sweet things at my monitor (don’t judge me)
Firstly, we had 2 trailers drop this week:
The second trailer for the Independence Day sequel is specifically targeted to let you know that once again, the Earth is fighting a far more powerful enemy in a futile effort to save the planet. We can only save it by the coming together and fighting as one! While I’m sure that the movie will be blockbuster worthy, we all know that they are going to win in some magical way.
I think it would be cool if the aliens won, for a change of pace. 😉
The newest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse was released and while it doesn’t add too many new scenes to what we already knew and have seen, we do get confirmation that Hugh Jackman/Wolverine will be in the film (Editor’s Note: please let this be the last time, 16 years of Hugh is enough). The extent of his role is yet to be determined, however I assume that it will be small. I really, REALLY want to see how well they pull off the dark sides of Storm and Archangel. We do see bits of a winged man fighting against Nightcrawler so is it possible that the hatred of whomever was forcing the fight could be what Apocalypse is using to turn him? And yes, even after CG has been added, Apocalypse still looks like Ivan Ooze.
Good news for the fans of the Marvel universe on Netflix! Netflix were so happy with the crowd reaction to Jon Bernthal’s Punisher that they have ordered a full season of him. I enjoyed his role within DD and I am positive that they will do something interesting with it. My question is this: which Punisher story arc will they derive the content from?
Some more news from Netflix’s comic book creations that I have yet to pass along is the production has started on Iron Fist. With that being said, based on their production schedules and timelines, we should see Danny Rand in action in the first quarter of 2017. Though my estimates may be a little bit optimistic, given that the post production on Iron Fist will be a little bit more hectic than the first few since there is actually magic involved with this character.
Continuing on the Marvel train, one of the co-writers of Doctor Strange spoke about the casting of the Ancient One. While on the Double Toasted podcast he talked about how hard this character was when it came to casting:
“There is no other character in Marvel history that is such a cultural landmine, that is absolutely unwinnable. I’ve been reading a bunch of people talking about it, and the really frustrating thing about it this week, is that most of the people who have thoughts on it haven’t thought it all the way through and they go, ‘Why didn’t they just do this?’ And it’s like, I could tell you why. I could tell you why every single decision that involves the Ancient One is a bad one, and just like the Kobayashi Maru, it all comes down onto which way you’re willing to lose.”
And he then explained why casting an actor of Asian descent in the role was extremely difficult, (and after his breakdown I tend to agree with him):
[The character is] a racist stereotype who comes from a region of the world that is in [a] very weird political place. He originates from Tibet, so if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place and that he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that’s bullshit and risk the Chinese government going, ‘Hey, you know one of the biggest film-watching countries in the world? We’re not going to show your movie because you decided to get political.’
If you are telling me you think it’s a good idea to cast a Chinese actress as a Tibetan character, you are out of your damn fool mind and have no idea what the f— you’re talking about. Oh, ‘she could be Asian!’ Asian? She could be Japanese, she could be Indian, really? The levels of cultural sensitivity around this thing is, everyone is staking out their one particular place and not realizing that every single thing here is a losing proposition.
Now, we’ll move away from Marvel but stay under the Disney umbrella for the time being.
Following the success of Maleficent, Disney pushed into production on “The Jungle Book” and early numbers following last weekend show that this movie will be another definite money maker. So, Disney has done what Disney does, they have announced dates for more upcoming live action productions of their fairy tale line-up.
Obviously, we are already aware of the next Alice in Wonderland movie due out in May, and the the Beauty and the Beast film starring Emma Watson to be released in March 2017. But, what comes after that? Maleficent 2 is the first up in May of 2017, followed by 3 more live action fairy tales up to 2019. Early speculation by many media outlets has one of the movies linking Emma Stone to Cruella de Vil (Editor’s Note: yaaass Stone proved this idea could be awesome with Easy A).
Ok folks, We are going to finish this week with a bit of DC news. Firstly, the man who was set to write and direct “The Flash” for Warner Brothers (Seth Grahame-Smith) has left the project citing creative differences. The script, which is apparently already written, will remain to be used for the film. Since it is not due in theatres until 2018, Warners still has time to find a new director.
Lastly, the first (and likely the only) full length trailer for Batman: The Killing Joke was released this week, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you really need to. SO, I am going to show it to you.
First: The voices, ohhhhh lordy the voices. I have a hard time with anyone but Kevin Conroy voicing Batman and Mark Hamill is such a perfectly stark contrast that it blows my mind. The art style was so carefully developed to make it feel as close to the original comic as possible that it makes me giddy. I couldn’t have picked a better way to end this column.
It is with a heavy heart that I need to pass on a sincere Farewell For Now to my readers. Many life commitments are preventing me from writing this column on a continuous basis. Thus, after its inaugural year, The Weekly Nerd is coming to an end. I will still write from time to time, when big things happen or when something that shocks me hits the Nerd World. These pieces will be sporadic, so you’ll have to be on the lookout for them.
David Alberto is a Contributing Editor for AYBOnline.com. You can often find him making people cry in Counter-Strike. Roll percentile dice to see if his opinions change, your chances are slim.
The Weekly Nerd
Friday, 06 November 2015 23:12
Written by Dave Alberto
So, I missed last week due to Baselan and Comic Con, hopefully this week makes up for what I missed.
I’ve watched this a couple of times now and I like the premise. I’ve never read the graphic novel this is associated with, but I think that in the hands of AMC they should have most of the necessary freedoms to do a show like this properly.
I only have 4 words…. “My Body is Ready“
This just dropped at 130 this afternoon. I like this trailer. It appears the story will be framed around the start of the human orc war. The trailer only shows the Orcs and humans, keeping true to the start of the Warcraft Franchise. In the words of my co-worker: “this looks good”.
Speaking of Warcraft, the film’s director (Duncan Jones) has spoken about the film and how this movie is aiming to break the “Video Game Movie Curse”
“There are a couple of things. One thing I would say is that that stigma used to be attached to comic book movies too. It took a generation of filmmakers who loved and were raised on comic books to make movies that you actually cared about and felt something for. I think that’s absolutely the same with what’s going on with video game movies.
I am absolutely of the video games generation, starting on the Atari and Commodore 64 and the Amiga. I’m a gamer at heart and always have been. I’m also a filmmaker. I think my sensibilities about storytelling and character just automatically come into play when I’m trying to work on any kind of narrative. For me, it doesn’t really matter what the source of the narrative is. I will be looking for ways to make it into an intriguing story with empathetic characters.”
Syfy has picked up a short season of a new Van Helsing TV series to be based around the daughter of the classic character. The story is to take place in a time when Vampires have taken over the world. The daughter of van Helsing, named Vanessa, has some form of power over Vampires. Nomadic Pictures will be producing the series. I am a big fan of traditional vampire lore, so I will definitely give this a watch. The early bits information gives me a mostly good vibe.
It looks like DC is potentially skipping (at least for the most part) origin stories for it’s upcoming slate of live action movies. This makes sense to me, as a comic fan, though it may end up alienating some would be movie goers. We already know the origins of the Big 3, and the big 5 if you include Flash and Green Lantern, but do people really know how Cyborg came to be or how Aquaman fits in to the realm? If they are going to be making more than one individual movie about these characters, should they not at least give some kind of origin? Here is what the president of Atlas Entertainment had to say about developing hero stories :
“The Flash movie or the Aquaman film is gonna come out after Justice League 1, it’s not gonna be a completely different character; that character will have evolved from Justice League 1. Wonder Woman, when we see her in Justice League 1, will have evolved from Batman v Superman.
Unless we decide that in one of these stories we’re gonna do something that happened in the past and have it be more of an origination story, in which case you’ll realize how that character became what they were in the movie that they were first introduced.”
And in the last bit of DC news, we are receiving some word that the stand alone Batman movie (in 2018) will be based around the popular story lines “A Death in the Family” and “Under the Hood”. Given the scene in the BvS trailer with the Robin Suit and news clippings, this makes perfect sense. I can only hope we see a really well done Jason Todd.
The hype surrounding the Netflix developed Marvel titles has been pretty solid following the release of Daredevil earlier this year. Now with Jessica Jones due out in 2 weeks, Daredevil‘s second season, and Luke Cage to be released in Q1 and Q2 2016 respectively we have some news regarding the 4th member of The Defenders. There have been whispers indicating that Netflix may develop Iron Fist as an original movie as opposed to developing the character as a serial. This has both pro’s and cons. On the pro side, Iron Fist would have a bigger budget, and they would be able to dive into a more direct story line. Another pro is that the tone of the movie could be something different for Iron Fist, given that the story line and character are not nearly as dark as the rest of his Defender compatriots. The most major con to this is we wouldn’t be able to have the same in depth development of Iron Fist as a character, and that would be a shame IMO. Netflix could then option characters such as electra or possibly Punisher as a series to fill their 4 series commitment to Marvel. The scope and ominous feeling we get when watching Daredevil‘s first season seems to be carrying over into season 2 and Jessica Jones, we definitely think that Punisher would be a great fit in the darker universe they have created.
Earlier this week CBS announced plans to release a new Star Trek Series to debut in January 2017. My first thought when I heard this was “I hope they do it in the new universe” since Alex Kurtzman is developing the series and I doubt they would dive back into the original universe after the movies have come out. My second thought “why in the sam hell are they releasing it on CBS All Access only?” Meaning that they are only releasing the first run episodes in the US. BOO. Put that stuff on air and enjoy the benefits of your worldwide fanbase being able to watch this show.
I want to finish on Star Wars news. This week we got some new character posters and a new trailer edit that I showed earlier. But that isn’t really what I wanted to talk about. Did anyone watch the movie Fanboys? If you didn’t I’ll fill you in on the premise. Lifelong friends and Star Wars fans drive across the country in an effort to see Episode 1 with a friend that is terminally ill and won’t make it to the premiere.
Well, this week, we have a real life Fanboys style story. Social Media works! #ForceForDaniel was a hashtag started to help a terminally ill fan of the franchise get a chance to see the movie before he passed. Daniel has spindle cell sarcoma and was not given long by his doctors. The Star Wars fandom rallied behind the effort, reaching out on social media and through multiple other methods to stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Jon Boyega and more, as well as having nearly every Star Wars fan group in the world getting behind the movement. It was then picked up and carried by many major news outlets such as CNN and NBC.
We can officially say that a dying man has had his wish fulfilled. Daniel has seen the movie.
David Alberto is a Contributing Editor for allyourbaseonline.com. You can often find him making people cry in Counter-Strike. Roll percentile dice to see if his opinions change, your chances are slim.
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