This Week in Nerd News

Nerd News is back from a two-week vacation!  Lots of promos for TV shows premiering in the spring, a new character in the MCU sets a record for the mega movie company, some good news out of Star Trek Discovery, and a popular Pokémon character gets its own movie.

MCU News:

Promo art for Thor: Ragnarok was leaked after it was revealed at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience.  The work features a glimpse at Hulk looking badass all decked out in his Planet Hulk inspired armor fighting beside Thor, who is curiously not wielding Mjolnir in favor of a pair of swords.

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Spider-Man: Homecoming director, Jon Watts posted a video to Instagram on Wednesday featuring him and actor Tom Holland using facial capture technology to enhance the look of the web-slingers costume while in action.  Spidy’s suit will feature eyes that move in accordance to Peter Parker’s mood, and the mask will shift when the hero speaks.

Facial capture w/Mr @tomholland2013

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While most movie experts were not sure how fans would take to the Sorcerer Supreme’s first film outing, they sure as hell could not have predicted Doctor Strange would end up being the MCU’s most profitable Single Character launch in the cinematic universe’s history so far, bringing in a total of $600 Million worldwide, surpassing the originator of the MCU, 2008’s Iron Man.

Luke Cage has officially been given a season two order by Netflix as announced today on the TV show’s Twitter page.

DCEU News:

The much anticipated Aquaman solo film has been pushed back from July 28, 2018 to October 5 of the same year leaving some to speculate The Batman might have been moved into the prime summer spot.

Not technically DCEU news, but I don’t care.  In a particular genius stroke of casting, Billy Dee Williams will be voicing the villain Two-Face in the upcoming The LEGO Batman Movie.  Williams portrayed District Attorney Harvey Dent in the 1989 Tim Burton classic, Batman.  When Burton was still set to direct a third movie in the franchise, he was planning on brining the iconic character back as the next villain to the Caped Crusader.  Of course, we all know what happened to those plans.

DC TV News:

After the Gotham winter finale, a trailer for the spring return of the Fox show promises the return of Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) in early 2017.  It is possible Monaghan may not return specifically (all the footage in the promo is of him from season two) and the show has chosen to push the Cult of Joker storyline further.

For those of you who loved the “Invasion” crossover between the DC TV/CW shows (and judging by the ratings, many of you did), don’t worry because the Dominators will be making another appearance on Supergirl sometime later this season.

Star Wars News:

In some slightly distressing news, Tony Gilroy received a hefty sum from Disney ($5 Million to be exact) for his involvement in the Rogue One reshoots.  Normally, the fee for the standard amount of rewriting and reshooting a film goes thru is around $200,000, but this higher fee suggests Gilroy was much more involved than Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy initially stated.  Rumors state 40% of the movie, including the ending, were overhauled.

On Friday, the cast and crew of Rogue One held a live Twitter panel to answer fan questions and show off a new clip for the upcoming film.  Our two heroes, Cassian (Diego Luna) and Jyn (Felicity Jones) deal with a great deal of tension not long after first meeting.  Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO doesn’t seem to be helping the situation.  See the clip here:

Friday and Saturday morning (just in time for them to air during ABC’s coverage of College Football) a few more TV Spots premiered:

And a new Featurette centering around the film’s central hero, Jyn Erso:

Disney News:

In an interview with Collider, Jon Favreau reveals he plans to shoot The Jungle Book 2 and the live action adaptation of The Lion King back to back.

New posters for Cars 3 are just as dark as the teaser released last week.  The third film in the somewhat successful Pixar franchise promises “from this moment, everything will change” after featuring the hero, Lightning McQueen (voiced by The Royal Tenenbaum’s Owen Wilson), in a devastating accident while racing.

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Star Trek News:

Some good news to come out of the long-awaited Star Trek Discovery series.  Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine), and Anthony Rapp (Rent) have joined the cast and we actually have information about their characters.  Jones will be Lt. Saru, a Starfleet science officer who is an alien of an unknown (for the moment) race.  Rapp is Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist and fungus expert.  Yeoh’s Georgiou will be the captain aboard the starship Shenzhou.

X-Men News:

Continuing on with the gorgeous black and white stills, the final outing of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine released a new photo from Logan featuring the titular hero sitting on his bed looking like he has lost every friend he has in the world.

Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

TV News:

SyFy has renewed Z Nation for a fourth season.

Derek Hough has chosen not to return to Dancing with the Stars.  Instead he will be a judge on NBC’s new reality competition World of Dance along with Jennifer Lopez, who also serves as the executive producer, and singer Ne-Yo.

Last week after Westworld, Game of Thrones fans were treated to a new promo from the currently filming season seven.  The images captured feature Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark (who may have found her way to what’s left of her family).  In an interview with EW, Sophie Turner who portrays Sansa has teased her character’s new found control will allow for the previously demure Stark lady to have “a bit of a power trip.”

BBC America has released new art for the Doctor Who Christmas special titled “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”

Image Courtesy of BBC America

Image Courtesy of BBC America

Love him or hate him, Negan will be returning for season eight of The Walking Dead.  I don’t know if that is going to help the low ratings the once juggernaut show has been experiencing lately.

Nearly a week before NBC’s Hairspray Live! makes its debut on the Peacock network, the producers released the soundtrack on Spotify and iTunes which featured a few surprises for fans of the musical.  Some of the numbers have been rearranged to fit other singers and so far, everyone sounds amazing.  Let’s hope they can pull it off when the cameras are rolling.

The newest TNT original series, The Alienist (based on the popular novels by Caleb Carr), has found its two stars.  Luke Evans (Fast 6, Beauty and the Beast) and Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Basterds, Captain America: Civil War).

The “modern and dark” reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz gets its first trailer.  Emerald City premieres on NBC January 6th.

Speaking of unnecessary dark and gritty reboots, The CW dropped the first promo for Riverdale, the newest series loosely based on the Archie Comics.

Of course, none of these have anything on the grim and insanely good promos for FX’s Taboo which debuted this week.  The miniseries from Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, Legend), Ridley Scott (Prometheus), and Stephen Knight (Peaky Blinders, Allied) premieres January 10th.

New Movie Trailers:

This makes me so happy.

In addition to the new GOTG2 trailer, a first look at James Gunn’s new Horror Thriller The Belko Experiment was released this week (WARNING RED BAND TRAILER IS NSFW):

The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast’s international trailer has a few new sequences:

Later this evening, The Mummy remake starring Tom Cruise will make its debut.

Movie News:

For the second week in a row, Moana is number one at the box office.  While the Disney film beat out the competition, the movie’s numbers dropped 50% from its debut weekend only raking in $28 Million.  Second place goes to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, bringing in $18.5 Million, Arrival came in third with $7.3 Million.

Much to the relief of fan boys and girls all over the world, mega-producer Frank Marshall (Gremlins, Indiana Jones, The Goonies just to name a few), echoed Robert Zemeckis’ earlier statements the Back to the Future franchise will never be rebooted in an interview with Yahoo! Movies.  He also threw in ET will also never see a remake!

IGN revealed the Alpha 5 (voiced by SNL and Trainwreck star, Bill Hader) concept art for Lionsgate’s Power Rangers.  While parts of robot sidekick to Zordon (Bryan Cranston) looks familiar, the reboot of the popular TV show has updated the armor to look more organic.

Image Courtesy of Lionsgate and IGN

Image Courtesy of Lionsgate and IGN

Earlier in the week, the movie’s Twitter account handed the reigns over to the villainous Rita Ripulsa while showing off a new image of the baddie who’s costume looks a lot like a missing, but popular Green Ranger from the series:

Hamilton and In the Heights creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been brought on as a creative producer for The Kingkiller Chronicle for Lionsgate.  The mega-musician and actor is a close friend of the author Patrick Rothfuss and is a fan of the series.

Director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps) will helm the live action adaptation of Detective Pikachu, based on the popular Nintendo 3DS game Great Detective Pikachu (pictured above).

A set photo of Ridley Scott from the upcoming Alien: Covenant shows the prolific director motioning to something off camera.  The curious part of the photo is the Space Jockey in the back ground.

Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Kong: Skull Island) has been tapped to star in Rupert Wyatt’s return to science fiction, Captive State.

In an odd bit of casting, Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer) has been selected to play the titular role of Sony’s upcoming live action movie, Barbie.  The controversial comedian’s humor is very much of the Rated-R variety, do not expect to hear any of it during the PG, family friendly film.

Underworld: Blood Wars has released a new motion poster marking the return of Selene (Kate Beckinsale):


Netflix has finally heard our pleas and now offers downloadable videos to watch offline on Android and iOS devices.  Not all TV shows and movies are currently available, but the streaming services highest profile releases, such as House of Cards, Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, The Crown, and Narcos, are all available at no additional cost to the current subscription.  Amazon Instant Video already offers this service, will others such as Hulu and Seeso fall in line?

What bit of Nerd News from the week has you excited?  Do you already have your tickets for Rogue One?  Will you go see a Barbie movie starring Amy Schumer?  Did you love the “Invasion” crossover on The CW?  Talk to me in the comments section below.

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