This Week in Nerd News

The X-Men’s jump to TV finally gets a premiere date, lots and lots of new awesome trailers and stills, some possible Rogue One spoilers, and studios play the shuffling game this week in the geeky world.

MCU News:

Friday morning, a few hours before the trailer release (link below), the first official photo for Spider-Man: Homecoming was released with Peter Parker all dressed up (sans his mask which he is holding) and nowhere to go.  A new synopsis was released as well.

Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Marvel and Disney are pretty happy about the positive reviews of the Spider-Man trailer because they have announced the sequel to the latest reboot will swing into theaters July 5, 2019.

New stills from Guardians of the Galaxy also hit the interwebs Sunday.  No new information to gleam from the images, but the more pics of Baby Groot we get, the happier I am.


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During Fandango’s interview with Alan Tudyk for Rogue One, the actor mentioned he would love to be in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie since he has worked with director James Gunn on more than one occasion and enjoys the space adventure movie.  When the question was posed to Gun via Twitter:

Bright and early Tuesday morning, IGN released new photos from Marvel’s Iron Fist featuring Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey), Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup), and mainstay Clair Temple (Rosario Dawson).

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Not to be out done with the excitement, two new photos from The Defenders set show Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter) out in the streets of New York.

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Agents of SHIELD may be on a quick winter hiatus, but fear not!  A new six-part web series starring Natalia Cordova, aka Yo-Yo Rodriguez, will follow the SHIELD agent while she is on a “secret mission.”  Slingshot premieres December 13th on

DCEU News:

Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder has revealed his next project is not the sequel to the Justice League movie, but a war movie called The Last Photograph starting rumors the controversial film maker may have been bumped off Justice League 2.  Or they could be doing the smarter thing and see how audiences react to the first DC hero team up movie before giving Snyder the green light for the second one.

DC TV News:

After receiving much interest at SDCC this year, then going largely silent, NBC has finally given their DC TV show Powerless a premiere date, February 8th.  The dramedy focuses on the non-powered heroes at an insurance company who focuses on damage claims caused by superheroes.  Powerless stars Vanessa Hudgens (Grease: Live!), Danny Pudi (Community), and Alan Tudyk (Rogue One).

A lesser known member of the Justice League (of Detroit) will make her debut on The Flash in the second half of season three.  Cynthia Reynolds, aka Gypsy, will help out Vibe/Cisco with learning some new skills.

Star Wars News:

Take this news with a grain of salt, but at a press conference with the cast and crew for Rogue One, director Gareth Edwards revealed George Lucas was given a private screening of the Star Wars standalone film.  While Edwards didn’t reveal exactly what the franchise creator said, he did reveal he “can die happy now” because “[Lucas] really liked the movie.”  Of course, James Cameron gave his seal of approval on Terminator Genisys and we all remember how terrible that movie was (trying not to get too optimistic over here, but it is getting difficult).

Over the weekend, a Reddit user discovered and posted a supposedly legit casting list which reveals all of the prequel characters who make a cameo in Rogue One.  I’m not going to publish these names on this site for those who wish to avoid spoilers (and some of the reveals go into spoiler territory), but if you wish to find out for yourself, click here.

X-Men News:

More gorgeous black and white stills from Logan.  One confirms Dr. Zander Rice will be the villain for Hugh Jackman’s last stand as Wolverine and will be played by Richard E. Grant (Jekyll & Hyde).  Jackman tweeted a photo of Grant with the caption “Rice.”  The bad doctor in the comics is the “mad scientist behind Transigen,” a government program which turned all the remaining mutants into disposable weapons.  Is that where all the mutants have gone?

Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Revealing Rice as the antagonist for Wolverine might unfortunately mean no Mister Sinister.  Maybe that end credits scene from X-Men: Apocalypse is teasing his appearance in the next X-Men film?

The second still is of a cornered Wolverine with his claws out ready to fight (picture in headline).

Despite not having contracts signed by Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, or James McAvoy, as well as a not well received Apocalypse behind them, 20th Century Fox has decided one way or another they are going to move on with the X-Men franchise.  Production on a new superhero team film is set to begin in May of 2017.  If the studio can’t get its three biggest stars to come back to the series, the franchise may undergo another reboot.

Things look much brighter in the TV world.  Legion has finally been given premiere date on FX (February 8th) with another trailer and a handful of trippy promos.

Disney News:

Next Pixar movie has finally released a cast list and synopsis!  Coco, coming to U.S. theaters in November 2017, is about a young Mexican boy who longs to be a musician and inadvertently ends up in the Land of the Dead in his pursuits.  Check out full details here.

TV News:

The Netflix reboot of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events receives a new trailer featuring Snicket himself (Patrick Warburton) warning viewers they may want to find a more pleasant show to watch instead of this one.

Last week saw a promo pick for the Doctor Who Christmas Special, this week we get a trailer introducing us to The Ghost:

The final trailer for Sherlock season four gets quite intense for the famed detective as his new nemesis, Culverton Smith (Hunger Games Toby Jones), asks “what’s the very worst thing you can do to your very best friends?”:

The CW is beheading Mary Queen of Scots.  The season four premiere of Reign in February 2017 will be the beginning of the end.

UFC fighter Conor McGregor has landed a secretive role in Game of Thrones.  It is not known if he will appear in season eight or nine, but the mixed martial artist is well acquainted with The Mountain also known as Hafþór Júlíus.

HBO is continuing their partnership with J. J. Abrams after the wildly successful Westworld.  Abrams new space drama, Glare will air on the premium cable network.  Right now, the new show is in its early stages of production so don’t hold your breath for any other information just yet.

Battlestar Galactica alum James Callis will have a significant role in season three of Syfy’s 12 Monkeys as a time-traveler raised by the Army of the 12 Monkeys.

New Movie Trailers:

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can.

Then there is this headache inducing trailer.

Tom Cruise is on the run from an ancient princess with an axe to grind.

Beware of those promising a utopia in the first look at The Circle:

Man and beast continue their fight for Earth in the first look at War for the Planet of the Apes:

Assassin’s Creed gets more plot details in the third and final trailer

The second trailer for The Autopsy of Jane Doe gets a lot creepier:

Movie News:

Warner Bros is endeavoring to remake Little Shop of Horrors with Greg Berlanti behind the camera.  Berlanti is well known for producing The CW DCTV shows, but has few directing credits to his name.

20th Century Fox has chosen to remake Puff the Magic Dragon into a live action film.  Trolls director, Mike Mitchell, will helm the movie based on the Peter, Paul, and Mary song about smoking marijuana.

James Franco of Why Him? and Sausage Party fame has joined the cast of Alien: Covenant in a relatively minor role as the captain of the Covenant and the spouse to Katherine Waterson’s Daniels.  Director Ridley Scott has plans on making Franco the face of his viral marketing campaign much like he did with Guy Pierce for Prometheus.

A new still image from The Dark Tower has Matthew McConaughey’s Walter Paddick standing toe to toe with Idris Elba’s Roland Deschain.  The two men do not look happy to see one another.

Image Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Some seriously disappointing news for fans of How to Train Your Dragon.  After experiencing a few delays which pushed the third film in the DreamWork’s animated series from a June release of this year to a 2018 release, the studio has again pushed the production back another year to March 1, 2019.

On Thursday, Paramount pulled the Julius Onah directed, J. J. Abrams produced, God Particle from its 2017 release schedule.  Curiously a third Cloverfield movie has been slotted for release on October 27,2017.  It is pretty safe to assume the two movies are one in the same.  A few months before the third film in the anthology’s release, look for another title change.

So much movie rearranging to be had and both Sony and Warner Bros are not to be left out of the fun.  The WB continues to play the shuffling game with Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and has moved the fantasy epic to May 12th.  Hopefully this date will stick.  The struggling Sony has moved its spoof comedy, Baywatch (watch the trailer which premiered this week here), from May 19th back a week to Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th) to avoid being overshadowed by Alien: Covenant.  Sony also moved its sci-fi thriller Life up from the late May date to March 24th and will take their chances against Lionsgate’s Power Rangers.

Speaking of.  Rita Repulsa made her triumphant return to the Power Rangers Twitter and once again wrecked her snarky brand of havoc on the social media site.  In her tirades, another still from the movie was released of the villain looking quite happy to be on Earth.  Why she is smiling?  We don’t know, but it can’t be good.

Image Courtesy of Lionsgate

The fabulous Kate McKinnon (SNL, Office Christmas Party) will bring her unique and hilarious brand of comedy to the film adaptation of the Deb Lucke graphic novel, The Lunch Witch.  McKinnon will play Grunhilda, a witch who serves horrible lunches to the children of the school who employs her.

Laura Croft has a new villain in Django Unchained star Walter Goggins.  2018’s Tomb Raider will have the popular character actor playing a not yet named villain and will face off against Alicia Vikander’s (Man From UNCLE) titular hero.


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