This Week in Nerd News

The DCEU has trouble with another director, a landmark show is given a two-season renewal, big outrage over casting a controversial actor may tank a major film, and an Unfortunate series gets a first look all in this week’s geeky world.

MCU News:

The street-level superhero team up show, The Defenders, has added two non-powered, but still badass, women to the cast.  Simone Missick and Deborah Ann Woll are set to reprise their roles of Misty Knight and Karen Paige for the series.

DCEU News:

The much troubled The Flash solo film has lost, yet, another director.  Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) parted ways with Warner Bros. citing the good ol’ standby of “creative differences.”  Unfortunately for fans, this could mean Barry Allen’s big screen solo outing could be delayed getting into theaters.

Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros

Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros

DC TV News:

Arrow’s Steven Amell wants the all the DC TV series on The CW to cross over with Supernatural before the show ends its run in the spring of next year.  Who do I need to bombard with tweets, emails, phone calls, flowers, chocolate, and Facebook live videos to make this happen?

Gotham tapped Ivana Milicevic (Banshee) to be Selena Kyle’s mother.

Fox has granted the second season of Lucifer a full episode order, bringing the total number of episodes of the sophomore series up to 22.

Star Wars News:

A new TV Spot for Rogue One has Jyn Orso (Felicity Jones) giving an inspiring speech to her fellow Rebels:

Disney News:

New photos from the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast hit the interwebs this week.

Ant-Man star Michael Pena has been added to the cast of Ava DrVernay’s (Selma) A Wrinkle in Time.  He will portray The Man with Red Eyes the three children encounter while on a rescue mission to find Meg’s (Storm Reid) father (Chris Pine).  Principal photography for the film started on Thursday.

TV News:

Super The Walking Dead fan, Maria Bello (Max Steel, Lights Out) has been cast in season eight of the zombie TV show in an unspecified role.

Comedian Dave Chappelle (The Chappelle Show, Half-Baked) will host SNL for the first time next week and if the writers don’t give the man the run of the show then they are doing everyone a big disservice.

Image Courtesy of Comedy Central

Image Courtesy of Comedy Central

The Simpsons received a renewal for a 29th and 30th seasons.

Comedy Central’s Workaholics will end after the next season.

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events released its first trailer giving us a look at Neil Patrick Harris’ Count Olaf.  All 13 episodes of the first season will be released on the streaming network January 13, 2017:

New Movie Trailers:

Wonder Woman gave us a new and bigger trailer.

The first trailer for the sci-fi/horror film Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), and Rebecca Ferguson(Iron Man 3) debuted this week:

The highly anticipated Lego Batman movie got a second trailer spoofing Batman v Superman and giving us a look at the plot of the film:

Horror film, Pet gets its first trailer:

Movie News:

Marvel’s Doctor Strange topped the weekend with an estimated $85 Million.  The latest superhero film may not be on par with some of the other MCU movie openings, but it surpassed expectations and good word of mouth may help bring in more movie goers for the second weekend.  DreamWorks’s Animation’s Trolls came in second with an estimated $45 Million.  Lionsgate’s Hacksaw Ridge brought in an estimated $15 Million.

That sound of massive disappointment you heard Thursday morning?  No, it wasn’t Cleveland Indians fans still reeling over that loss in the most exciting Game 7 in the history of Baseball.  It was fans boys and girls all over the world mourning the news of The Dark Tower’s release date being pushed back from February 17, 2017 to July 28, 2017.  For those paying attention, this news is not a shocker.  The film was due out in a little over three months and there hasn’t even been a teaser trailer released yet.

Image Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Image Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

In other Stephen King adaptation news, Thomas Jane (The Mist) and Molly Parker (House of Cards) have joined the cast of 1922 as Wilfred James, a man who has admitted to killing and being haunted by his wife, Arlette (Parker), and son.  1922 will along with another King adaptation, Gerald’s Game, to Netflix sometime next year.

Dwayne Johnson confirmed on Friday the Jumanji reboot release date has been pushed back from July 28, 2017 to December 22, 2017.

Universal is picking the ball up from where DreamWorks left it and are developing a Vultron: Defenders of the Universe live action movie.  X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and Watchmen scribe, David Hayter will pen the script.

Michael Fassbender (Assassins Creed), in an interview with The Irish Times, revealed he will be playing two different characters in the upcoming Alien: Covenant.  He will continue to be David, the android who causes some trouble in the science-fiction/horror franchise prequel, and he will be Walter, another android who is more human like.  Suffice to say, the two do not get along.

CGI pushing director, James Cameron (Avatar) is currently working on a way to make 3D movies watchable without the glasses.  He is hoping it will be available by the time Avatar 2 comes out.  Maybe that is the real reason the sequels keep getting delayed?

A new TV spot featuring more footage for Passengers premiered during Game 7 of the World Series along with some new images earlier in the week:


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What is an entry in Nerd News without the announcement of another remake or reboot?  This time it is Starship Troopers, the 1997 sci-fi film directed by Paul Verhoeven.  The masterminds behind the upcoming Baywatch film, Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, will write the script.  This time out, the remake will follow the Robert A. Heinlein’s novel more closely than the original film.

Much to the ire of fans, Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise) has been cast to star in the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and will briefly appear in the first film leading fans to believe he will be the infamous wizard Gellert Grindelwald (played by Jamie Campbell Bower and Michael Byrne in The Deathly Hallows).  Depp, earlier this year, was accused of beating his estranged wife, Amber Heard (Justice League) and photographic evidence and letters backing up her claims have been since released.  Several fans have slammed J.K. Rowling for the casting choice and have threatened a boycott.

The Freddie Mercury biopic has been off and on again for several years with many stars and directors involved.  Now a new set of names are attached.  Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek and X-Men’s Bryan Singer are set to star and direct.

Image Courtesy of USA Network

Image Courtesy of USA Network

Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) has joined Shane Black’s relaunch of The Predator franchise.  She will be playing a scientist.  How much you want to bet her lab coat and clothing will be several sizes too small and will be all ripped up just barely to the point of obscene by the end of the film?


Aidy Bryant is my hero for not losing her mind during this SNL skit last night:

Are you angry Johnny Depp is in Fantastic Beasts?  Will you boycott the film?  Are you excited over the new Wonder Woman trailer?  Disappointed two big films have been pushed back?  Talk to me in the comments section below.

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