This Week in Nerd News

Lots of social media updates, TV renewals a-polooza, and an idiotic remake gets a screen writer all in this week’s geeky updates.

MCU News:

A second villain has been added to the upcoming Black Panther.  Winston Duke (Person of Intrest) has been cast to play the powerful Wakandan warrior M’Baku or Man-Ape.  In the comics M’Baku is determined to move the African country back to its primitive roots and away from technology.

After wrapping up production in Atlanta, Spider-Man: Homecoming has begun shooting in Queens, NY and star Tom Holland has taken to Instagram to show off his new Spidey suit:

First night in queens and it feels like home already #spidermanhomecoming

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Another Doctor Strange trailer dropped earlier this week and somehow escaped my radar:

DCEU News:

Zack Snyder once again uses his Twitter account to up the hype for Justice League, which just finished principal photography, posting this image:

At first it seems like nothing until @TheDCEU used some computer magic to show Snyder is working on storyboarding some scenes that feature what appears to be Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) and possibly Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg):

Make of it what you will.

Aquaman, Jason Momoa has also taken to social media to show off the bod he worked hard for in celebration of wrapping JL.


The Flash director seemingly confirmed Cyborg’s (Ray Fisher) appearance in the Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) solo film, again thru social media:

DC TV News:

Supergirl is kidnapped by Arrow and Flash in the newest promo for The CW’s Superhero Fight Club for training:

Adding to the fun of the “feud” between Stephen Amell and professional wrestler Cody Rhodes, a.k.a. Stardust, it was announced in July WWE star will be making an appearance on Arrow this season as a villain.  Yesterday it was officially revealed Rhodes will be in episode three, titled “A Matter of Trust.”  Unfortunately, he will not be portraying a known villain from the comics, but a drug dealer named Garret Runnels who is terrorizing the streets of Star City.

In more Arrow news, Deathstroke (not the same one as the movies) will return for the 100th episode, but will it be Slade Wilson or one from a different Earth behind the mask?


The second episode of Legends of Tomorrow will mark the first appearance of the Justice Society of America with The CW releasing an image of the superhero team on Friday:

Image Courtesy of The CW Network

Image Courtesy of The CW Network

Promo photos for season three of The Flash reveal Tom Felton’s Julian Albert and a look at the re-altered timeline.

Star Wars News:

Friday saw the release of the first merchandise for Rogue One onto store shelves and retail conglomerate, Wal-Mart released a pretty cool commercial advertising the Imperial Troopers action figures.

TV News:

Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are returning to The CW Network with a reboot of the 80’s evening soap Dynasty, this time the hook will be diversity in the cast of the feuding, rich-as-sin Carringtons and Colbys.  Coming from The CW, I actually believe them.  The network whose programing is mostly aim at the 16 to 25-year-old crowd are usually good about making sure their shows are diversely casted.  Original creators of the show, Esther and Richard Shapiro, will serve as executive producers.

ABC newcomers Designated Survivor and Speechless have been given full season orders after just two episodes of both shows have aired.  The alphabet network has also elected to trim the order for mid-season show Imagine Mary starring Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) from thirteen to nine episodes.

TNT’s Let the Right One In has cast Kristine Froseth (Rebel in the Rye) as the female vampire.

Image Courtesy of Andres Otero/

Image Courtesy of Andres Otero/

Photos for season eleven of Supernatural (I’m going to get back to the show soon, I promise) have been released showcasing a family reunion and Rick Springfield’s debut as a new vessel of Lucifer.

FX’s The Strain has been renewed for a fourth and final season and You’re the Worst has also received a fourth season green light.

Alec Baldwin has joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for its 42 season and will be portraying Presidential candidate Donald Trump throughout the season’s run.

Lost in Space has found its Maureen Robinson in Molly Parker (Deadwood).

The David Duchovny-fronted Aquarius has been cancelled by NBC after two season leaving us all asking “that was still on the air?”  The Peacock Network newcomer This is Us has picked up the series with 18 episodes making up the first season instead of the standard 22.

Archer creator Adam Reed as recently stated season ten will be the final one for the animated spy parody.  Season eight will premiere in 2017 so there are plenty of missions left for Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) to hilariously screw up.

Image Courtesy of 20th Television

Image Courtesy of 20th Television

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time is also throwing in the towel at the end of season nine.  Season seven is currently airing on Cartoon Network.

French actress Cesar Domboy (Borgia) has been cast as the adult version of Fergus in season three of Outlander.

Starz’s new sci-fi thriller Counterpart has added Olivia Williams (Manhattan) and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) to the cast that includes JK Simmons as a UN employee who discovers a gateway to a parallel dimension.

Lady Gaga has confirmed she will headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show.

Amazon has given season orders to The Tick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

New Movie Trailers:

The latest look at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them debuted this week giving up a more looks at other creatures in Newt’s case.

Kristen Stewart supernatural thriller film Personal Shopper gets it first trailer:

The insane looking dramedy Dog Eat Dog starring Nicholas Cage and Willem Dafoe gets its first trailer:

Movie News:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children wins with weekend with an estimated $25 Million.  Deepwater Horizon finished second with an estimated $19.

Terence Winter (Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire) will pen the script for the bland director Antoine Fuqua’s (The Magnificent Seven, Tears of the Sun) Scarface remake.

Collin Treverrow may not be directing the sequel to his major hit Jurassic World, but he does serve as the film’s major producers and told Jurassic Outpost on Friday the new film will “be more suspenseful and scary” which makes The Orphanage’s director Antonio Bayona taking over behind the camera a brilliant decision.  More of the dinosaurs seen on screen for the sequel will be animatronics, versus the CGI ones mostly used in Jurassic World.  Treverrow also stated the whole side plot of using dinosaurs for the military was a “pipe dream of a lunatic” meaning that storyline thankfully died when Vincent D’Onofrio’s Hoskins was eaten up by the raptors (oops, spoiler alert).

Image Courtesy of Universal Studios

Image Courtesy of Universal Studios

Jungle Book director, Jon Favreau is reteaming with Disney to make a live action version of The Lion King.  Not many people seem to be happy with this development.

Along with the announcement they will be at New York Comic Con, War for the Planet of the Apes has also released a synopsis:

“In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.”

The panel for the latest instalment will have director Matt Reeves, producer Dylan Clark, and Serkis debuting a behind the scenes featurette and “never before seen footage.”  War for the Planet of the Apes will swing into theaters July 14, 2017.

Kenneth Branagh’s (Thor, Hamlet) remake of Murder on the Orient Express has landed an amazing cast.  Branagh will portray Detective Hercule Poirot, who is investigating the murder of Johnny Depp’s (Black Mass, Pirates of the Caribbean) Ratchett.  Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will be Mary Debenham, Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust, The Fabulous Baker Boys) is Mrs. Hubbard, Michael Pena (Ant-Man, End of Watch) is Marquez, and Judi Dench (Skyfall, Philomena) will portray Princess Dragomiroff.


Artist Patrick Schoenmaker has released his fan film The Adventures of Indiana Jones.  A passion project for Schoenmaker, the film is only a minute and 40 seconds long.

This week on, you can discover what animal your very own Patronus would take shape as.  Mine:

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