Netflix’s Stranger Things, created by The Duffer Brothers, has been one of the surprise hits of the summer. And while the creators have had every intention for a second season, there hadn’t been an announcement from Netflix regarding renewal yet.
Netflix has now officially renewed the show for a second season. They’ve also announced the titles of the second season episodes, which are “Madmax,” “The Boy Who Came Back To Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain,” and “The Lost Brother.” The titles were announced in a short teaser video:
Liam Garrigan, best known for playing King Arthur in the television series Once Upon a Time, will apparently be yanking the sword from the stone a second time. According to Mashable, Garrigan will play King Arthur again, but this time in Transformers: The Last Knight.
This hasn’t been confirmed by the studio of course, so take it with the appropriately sized grain of salt.
Transformers: The Last Knight is going to pull heavily from Arhurian myth, and we’ve known for a while that King Arthur would appear in the film. Obviously Garrigan is well cast as King Arthur, so he’ll do as good a job as anyone could with the kind of scripts the last few Transformers films have had.
Of course, any time actors reprise roles in different franchises, the geek brain has to wonder if there isn’t some sort of connection between the two. I mean, just try to connect Transformers and Once Upon a Time — It’s a hilarious thought.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
Now Affleck is currently filming Justice League, where he continues to appear as Batman/Bruce Wayne, so the obvious implication is that the character of Deathstroke will show up in the movie. On the other hand, this could just be a costume test for the untitled Batman film Affleck is helming down the road. On the other other hand, maybe Ben Affleck is just messing with us.
Personally, my money is on “Montage of Batman fighting villains” in the beginning of the Justice League film, but that’s just a guess. Either way, it looks pretty cool.
At SDCC this year Marvel played a video revealing what Thor was “really” off doing during the events of Captain America: Civil War. While descriptions of the comedic short had hit the internet, only the 7000 or so people in attendance of the panel had actually seen the thing.
Marvel has put out the video “Team Thor” on Twitter, and it’s everything I ever dreamed it would be. There’s not much to say about the video, other than watch it. Then watch it again. Then consider repeating that a few more dozen times.
Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman signed on to replace Rupert Wyatt as director of the Channing Tatum led Gambit film at the end of last year, but the project hasn’t been going super smoothly. After even more delays, the film lost its release date as well. Currently it’s slated to begin production next year.
But it’s going to do so without Liman now.
THR is reporting that Liman has now left the troubled X-Men spin-off. It’s being referred to as a mutual parting of ways, but that just sounds like standard PR rear-end-coverage.
Leaving this project doesn’t mean Liman won’t be doing any superhero films though, as on the heels of this announcement came news that Liman has signed on to direct the upcoming live action Justice League Dark film Dark Universe.
Dark Universe will feature John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan, and was originally to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro left the project though, and it was shelved for a while. It got revived last year though, when producer Scott Rudin got involved. No word yet on when production will begin, but forward momentum on the project like this is extremely promising.
We’ve had a lot of fun at other conventions with the Nerd & Tie Expo 2016 Roadshow, but as the con looms closer, it’s time to bring things to a close. That doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy our last outing though! This weekend we’ll be making our final stop at Geek.kon at the Madison Marriott West, just outside Madison, WI.
This will be your last chance to Preregister for the Nerd & Tie Expo at our Roadshow price, so don’t miss this last opportunity. Of course, as preregistration closes on Sunday, even if you can’t make it to Geek.kon, you should still make sure you take care of that.
Besides our Roadshow table, we’ll also be doing a live version of our podcast, several panels, and the final episode of Otaku Tonight — so you should make sure you come on down. It’ll be a good time.
Hollywood seems determined to scrape every idea they can from the comics industry these days, so it should come as no surprise to find out that Lionsgate is now adapting the comic The Monolith for the big screen. Dave Wilson will direct the film, with Erwin Stoff producing.
This feature will be Wilson’s directorial debut, though he’s the Creative Director at Tim Miller’s Blur Studio (Miller having directed Deadpool of course). Wilson also worked previously on videogames like Mass Effect 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Spanning twelve issues (published in the mid-2000s), The Monolith was created by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. The titular “Monolith” is a golem created in the 1930s, who as sealed away in a basement until its creator passes away and her granddaughter Alice inherits the house, discovering it. As the comic is a self contained story, it shouldn’t be too difficult to adapt the modern day retelling of the golem legend.
Have you preregistered for the Nerd & Tie Expo yet? Well, you still have time — but it’s running out. Preregistration closes Sunday, and you don’t want to miss your last chance to save ten bucks on your admission!
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is generally agreed to be the worst Star Trek film ever made. It’s poorly plotted, full of janky special effects (due to every good effects house being committed to other projects the year it was made) and just overall a mediocre movie. But it’s also a couple decades old, so you may be wondering why the heck we’re bringing it up.
You see William Shatner, who directed The Final Frontier, has been doing the rounds promoting a new project, and while speaking with EW he offered an almost-apology for it. Specifically Shatner said:
I got the chance to direct a several-million-dollar movie, Star Trek V, and I did not get the help I needed in allocating my budget, so when it came to shooting the ending — needing a good villain and lots of computer graphics — I had run out of money. Sorry about that. [Laughs.] I had to use footage that I had already shot — and spit on it a lot. I wanted to give [the audience] earth-breaking granite monsters spewing rocks and fire. Instead, I had a few pebbles in my hand that I threw at the camera.
What I get from this is that Shatner has no idea why people didn’t like the movie. I mean, he’s still dwelling on the weird rock monster thing that (thankfully) got cut, and not the fact that it was a movie where the Enterprise got hijacked and flown to the (retconned as not the center) “center” of the Galaxy to meet God.
And that end confrontation Shatner wishes was different? It’s one of the two good things that came out of the movie period. I mean, who doesn’t love the line “What does God need with a Starship?”
If you’re curious what the second good thing is, it’s this: