Most likely due to lower than expected ratings, Avatar: The Last Airbender spinoff Legend of Korra has been yanked from the Nickelodeon schedules.
The remaining five episodes that won’t be aired will be available to view online though, and the show appears to be moving to a digital distribution model.
Is the show cancelled? When something gets yanked from the air and has the rest of the season put online, that’s usually what’s happening. But Nickelodeon has already renewed Korra for a fourth season… so lord knows what the heck is going on with this one.
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we go back to 2009 when Nick first got a gander at the movie adaptation of Watchmen. Nick’s opinions on the film are so complex that he felt the need to split it into two videos. But here’s the thing, I can sum it up for you in just four words:
Nick didn’t like it.
Check it out.
So Entertainment Weekly has posted the first official image of actor Colton Haynes dressed in Roy Harper’s full Arsenal costume in the upcoming season 3 of the CW’s Arrow. Click the image to see the full size version:
Honestly, I think it looks pretty cool. Frankly, it looks a heck of a lot better than what Roy Harper is wearing in the current DC Comics.
Sony has annouced release dates for both the upcoming Sinister Six and Amazing Spider-Man 3 in their Spider-Man film franchise.
Sinister Six will hit theaters November 11th, 2016 and Amazing Spider-Man 3 will follow in May of 2018.
I’ve seen blog entries surprised by Sinister Six happening prior to ASM3, but based on everything Sony has said about the Sinister Six film I’m not. There have been rumors about troubles in the Spider-Man film franchise, with formerly key people like Robert Orci seemingly out of the loop, but from what I’ve been able to find, most seem fairly unfounded.
The real question is, will Spider-Man appear in Sinister Six? Andrew Garfield is only contracted for three films, and one would assume that the third film is ASM3. If Spider-Man doesn’t appear, one questions the structure of a villain centric film with no clear hero.
I guess we’ll find out in 2016.
Falling under the category of “remakes that don’t bother Trae,” some of you may know that there is a pilot in production for HBO based off the 1973 film “Westworld.”
Well, TVLine reports that the latest addition to the Westworld pilot’s cast is none other than Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins.
Hopkins will reportedly play the owner of the robot themed amusement park (where robots end up turning on guests and killing them) that is Westworld’s setting. Hopkins is an amazing actor who hasn’t been afraid to work in genre productions, so this in my mind bodes well for the remake’s production.
So I know you were saying to yourself “We definitely haven’t remade enough things from the eighties as dumb action comedies.” Or maybe you have good taste and weren’t.
Either way, that’s what you’re getting!
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are remaking Manimal. Now, some of you may not know what Manimal even is, but apparently you can remake stuff these days that only had the cultural significance of a mayfly. Manimal, at its most basic, was a short lived TV show about a guy who had the power to turn into Animals and fought crime. Only eight episodes aired ever, and it faded into the past.
Where it belonged.
But as Starsky and Hutch and 21 Jump Street proved, making dumb jokes about our dated past sells tickets. And as apparently every good property had been torn apart, the ones no one liked in the first place are fair game.
What’s next, the inevitable “Super Train” remake?
In a move that surprised at least me, Dynamite Entertainment announced that they’re acquiring the rights to Will Eisner’s “The Spirit.”
Comics Alliance wrote:
Dynamite plans to publish new stories starring the character, but has not yet announced creative teams or indicated when these comics might see print. Whether Dynamite has the rights to any archive material or plans to do anything with it remains to be seen. Dynamite Entertainment publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci called the acquisition, “a lifelong dream come true.”
The rights to The Spirit have had several homes over the years, most recently at DC Comics. Dynamite publishes quite a few different licensed works, so I look forward to following the character’s adventures at its new home.
Via Comics Alliance
According to TVGuide.com, Lucy Lawless has been cast to appear in Season 2 of ABC’s Agents of SHIELD.
Who Lawless will play? We don’t know. How many episodes will she be around for? We don’t know. Is having both her and fellow Parks & Rec actor Chris Pratt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe a sign that Amy Poehler will eventually be cast as Carol Danvers in a Captain Marvel movie? We don’t know.
What we do know is that Lawless, best known from her roles in Xena, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica, Flight of the Conchords and Parks & Rec, is no stranger to both action and comedy. Considering the tone of Agents of SHIELD, she may be just what the doctor ordered.
You know, if the doctor in question was terrible at his job and spent all day telling you his thoughts on TV show casting instead of setting your broken arm.
I’m excited about Lawless showing up at least.
In a recent interview, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson all but confirmed he’d be playing Shazam (nee Captain Marvel) in the rumored upcoming Shazam film (which is supposedly the next film on DC’s Roadmap after “Batman v. Superman”).
Now it’s entirely possible he was implying he was playing a different part, but with a phrase as particular as “say the word” I find it unlikely.
Johnson as Shazam would be an interesting choice. He’s proven himself as a solid action star in both films serious and comedic. Even his performance in “Pain and Gain” (quite possibly the worst film I have ever had the misfortune to sit through in my life) was solid.
Who will play young Billy Batson (Shazam’s true self) is an interesting question, but Johnson may be the one person of color who could be put in the Shazam role that racists won’t whine about.
Have you ever wanted to know release dates for films you don’t know the titles to yet? Marvel thinks you do. In a post on Friday, Marvel announced:
While we can’t tell you just what they are yet, you can look forward to new films hitting theaters July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019.
It’s likely we’ll find out at least some of those titles at San Diego Comic Con, but c’mon. This is like if your friend keeps vaguebooking about some big news and refusing to clarify.
So, with no news, I fall into rampant speculation. And like any rampant speculation on Nerd & Tie, it will be completely wrong on purpose.
Yet here we go anyway:
July 28, 2017 – “Squirrel Girl” (Marvel’s most powerful hero finally makes her film debut!)
November 3, 2017 – “USAgent” (Because Nick hates USAgent)
July 6, 2018 – “MODOK: The Musical” (Danny Devito plays MODOK in a surprisingly heartbreaking performance. You see, MODOK secretly longs to be a Mental Organism Designed Only for Singing…)
November 2, 2018 – “Weekend at Odin’s” (Loki has lost his powers, but needs to keep up his charade to stay in control of Asgard!)
May 3, 2019 – “Man of Steel 2”
That sounds about right to me!