Throwback Thursday: Lt. Snorkel covers “Do You Want To Date My Avatar”

So in this entry we dig back to 2010 when I recorded a cover of Felicia Day’s “Do You Want To Date My Avatar” under my usual alias of Lt. Snorkel. Everything you hear in this song was performed by me, so yes – it get super weird.

The video features outtakes from a No Brand Con promotional video (I’m the ninja), and briefly you will spot Pher in there too.

He had to end up in a Throwback Thursday one day…

The DC Movie Lineup (including Wonder Woman) is official!

In Warner Bros Shareholders meeting today, it was revealed that Wonder Woman will be getting her own film in 2017. They announced a whole lot of other stuff too, but that’s what I locked onto. Let’s go down the list of upcoming DC films:

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
“Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
“The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
“Shazam” (2019)
“Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
“Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
“Green Lantern” (2020)

With that last one, hopefully by 2020 we’ll all have forgotten the Ryan Reynolds film…

Via Slashfilm

A Perfect Recreation of FFVII’s Midgar in Minecraft

It took two years, but a guy named “Killerx20” has recreated FFVII’s Midgar in perfect detail in Minecraft. The project was completed almost entirely by hand, and has literally everything you could ever hope to find in the steam/dieselpunk city.

I mean, seriously — this is downright amazing. Especially when you consider that you only see small sections of the world in the real game. To integrate those with a general city layout is just… well… awesome.

You can download the massive 1290×1290 map right here.

Via Kotaku

Wonder Woman to have New 52 Origin in “Batman v Superman”

For all of those hoping Wonder Woman would retain her classic “made of clay” origin story, I’m sorry to break it to you but it looks like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Man This Film Needs a Better Name will use the New 52 “daughter of Zeus” background.

Personally, I’m disappointed but not surprised. DC editorial has shown distaste for the (more complicated but frankly a lot cooler) dude-free background, so it only makes sense that the movies will reflect the current canon.

But it’s still really stupid.

Via Uproxx

Could Iron Man joining Captain America 3 mean something Uncivil?

Robert Downey Jr. is still part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he may be signing on for a shocking part in the third Captain America film. Things are looking more and more like this wont be a team-up, so much as Iron Man acting as a villain, as he was in Civil War.

Rumors of a Civil War adaptation have been circling around for years, and they’ve only intensified since Captain America: The Winter Soldier borrowed several elements from that story.  But this would be a pretty dark step for such a popular character.  It would also be a really ballsy move for Marvel to bust out their own “versus” movie so close to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

No lie though, I would love to see this happen.

Via: Variety
Thanks to Random Ramblings Man for the Tip

Even More “Underworld” in the Works… Still Because of “Reasons”

So back in August we talked about a potential Underworld reboot in the works. Apparently that film isn’t so much a reboot as it is a spinoff film which won’t break continuity.

This is important, because (as Screenrant is reporting) they’re also working on a new Underworld film that will star series lead Kate Beckinsale. And if that weren’t enough, apparently they also want to make an Underworld television series.

All this has me asking, who the heck wanted more of this franchise? Because I honestly didn’t think the demand was out there.

Via Screenrant

Is Cosplay’s Popularity a Sign of America’s Economic Downfall?

Take a breath, no one is blaming cosplayers for the downfall of America’s future – far from it. James Pethokoukis over at The Week thinks the rise of Cosplay is because of the economic stagnation, and he makes an interesting case. Pethokoukis argues that when you have a bunch of people who can’t find work, they’re more likely to have the time to indulge in escapism. He’s not saying escapism is the cause, not even close.

He’s saying that economic stagnation is the fire, and the increase in cosplay is the smoke.

It’s an interesting point, but I’m not sure if I agree with him. Pethokoukis states that cosplay’s popularity in Japan is because of Japan’s own economic stagnation, and I’ll take his word for it. But the increase in Cosplay is directly in sync with the increase in popularity of Japanese media in American nerdom. Was cosplay less popular with cons in 1995? Yes. But Anime was a much more niche genre in America then. Even in the early 2000s though, cosplay was huge at Anime cons in the US, and I think it’s just a case of the popularity of Anime affecting the numbers.

Pethokoukis thinks this is an ice cream sales/crime wave correlation. I think it’s more a Bing search/potato sales situation.

Who knows who’s right?

Well I do. I’m right. This is stupid.

Via The Week (through ANN)

One Obi-Wan Kenobi Film is Not Enough, I Must Have Three!

I know that I shouldn’t use old inside jokes none of our readers will get as headlines, but I couldn’t resist this particular one as the most interesting rumor coming out of Star Wars-ville is that instead of just one Obi-Wan Kenobi film, they want to make three.

And these wouldn’t be a trilogy — each film would stand completely on its own. Three stand alone Obi-Wan Kenobi films.

Which I wouldn’t mind at all.

We’re still in the “crazy-ass rumor” phase of this particular piece of news, but since Ewan McGregor (the lone bright spot of the prequels) loves playing Kenobi so much, it’s not completely unbelievable.

Time will tell.

Via ComicBookMovie

“Independence Day” Sequel Getting More Concrete

So a sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day (or ID4 as us cool kids call it) has been a recurring rumor for quite some time. Every couple of years it seems to be that thing that people want to do. Well, this time around it seems a bit more concrete than it was before.

When talking with Time, actor Jeff Goldblum said that Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin not only have a script but that they want him in the sequel.

This is more than we’ve gotten in past rumors, but remember to take it with a helpful dose of salt.

Via Time

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