Benedict Cumberbatch won’t deny he’s joining the DC Carnival of Sadness

Look, the rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch would appear in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is probably completely bunk. It was some baseless speculation that got overhyped, really. But for some reason, it managed to pick up a little more steam as Benedict Cumberbatch, when directly approached by someone from BBC News and asked about it, actually didn’t deny it.

Now, I think Mr. Cumberbatch is just messing with people because he can, but some have taken this as proof the rumor is true.

Which it probably isn’t.

Please remember that it isn’t.

Oh hell, Benedict Cumberbatch is just going to end up being in everything, isn’t he…

Via ComicBookMovie.com

DashCon Rebrands as EmotiCon, Hopes You Won’t Notice

For those of you who don’t remember, DashCon will likely go down as the worst managed convention of 2014. Even with all of its issues though, DashCon 2015 was almost immediately announced for June of 2015, set to be held in Indianapolis instead of the Chicago suburbs.

And yes, I was kind of surprised by this.

What I’m not surprised by though is DashCon’s attempt to rebrand itself. You see, the organizers have smartly decided to disregard the DashCon name… and have rechristened the convention “EmotiCon.”

That’s going to be really difficult to find in Google. Continue reading DashCon Rebrands as EmotiCon, Hopes You Won’t Notice

“The Wil Wheaton Project” Cancelled

So apparently The Wil Wheaton Project, Wil Wheaton’s nerd-culture TV show which cribbed much of its format from E!’s The Soup, has been cancelled.

Personally I’m a little disappointed, as the show continually improved in quality throughout its 12 episode run. According to Deadline, Wheaton was informed by an unnamed executive about the cancellation. Wheaton said the following:

Ultimately, he told me, the executives in New York just didn’t think we had enough viewers to justify more episodes. I didn’t say anything about the total lack of promotion off the network, or point out that our ratings were on par with The Soup, or that ratings are always lower in summer than the fall. I didn’t bother saying any of that, because I know he knows that. I was reasonably confident that he made those arguments with New York when he was trying to get the show renewed. I presume he fought hard for us, but ultimately couldn’t sway executives in New York who never seemed — in my opinion — to really understand what kind of show we were doing, who I was and why I was hosting it, and how to engage with and promote to the audience who would like it.

All in all, I’m sad to see the show go.

Via Deadline

Wesley Snipes to star in Blade 4? Not buying it.

So The New York Daily News is reporting that Wesley Snipes will reprise the role of Blade in a fourth film. Supposedly signed on for $3 million, I just… I just don’t buy it for a minute.

So besides “Expendables 3” tanking (which was Snipes’s first film appearance since being released from prison for tax evasion), as any fan of Patton Oswald is likely aware, Snipes was nigh impossible to work with during the filming of Blade 3. Frankly, Guillermo del Toro’s Blade 2 was the only decent film out of the three Snipes Blade pictures in the first place. The franchise would be best served with a total reboot, and I think the powers that be know this.

Or at least I hope they do. It isn’t the late 90s and Snipes doesn’t have the star power this film would need anymore.

The Tick Returns?

SPOOOOOOOOOON!!!

The Tick may be making a comeback! (Although if you’ve been reading the Tick comics, you know he’s never really left.) Anyway, Amazon wants to bring  writer Ben Edlund, along with the star of the live action series,  Patrick Warburton back to make an all new episodes of the cult favorite.

I’m not entirely sure where this cult is myself. The cartoon still has some very avid fans but the usual reaction I’ve heard to the live action series is “Huh?” But when Superheroes are all the rage and taken super seriously all the time, someone’s gotta be there to lampoon them. And if you as me, that someone might as well be an old favorite.

Via: SuperHeroHype

Is this a leaked photo of Doctor Doom from the new “Fantastic Four” movie?

So over the last couple of days a pair of images have been floating around the vast interwebs which purportedly show us what Doctor Doom is going to look like in the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four. Well, at least what he’s going to look like in one scene (you can’t discount the possibility of a mid-film costume change).

There’s not much to talk about, so here’s what the photos look like (click to enlarge):

We have removed the photos at the request of 20th Century Fox — but they’re still up at io9

Personally I hope this isn’t the final armor in the film, and that eventually Doom puts on something a little more… traditional. Also, I know most of the country won’t have thought of this, but doesn’t Doom mildly resemble No Brand Con mascot Duct Tape Boy a bit in this?

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It’s just sort of uncanny…

Via Screenrant

“Underworld” is getting rebooted because… reasons?

Normally, if you’re going to remake a ten year old film or reboot a series, it’s usually because it’s a well established franchise (Star Trek), a popular character (Spider-Man), and/or the original was just a really good movie (The Man Who Knew Too Much).

As 2003’s Underworld wasn’t really any of those things, you can imagine my surprise when The Hollywood Reporter reported that the blue-filter laden vampire film series was getting remade.

Lakeshore Entertainment is rebooting the franchise, with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi producing, and Cory Goodman writing the script. Why are they doing this? I have no idea. Clearly they must think the money must be there. And to be fair, Underworld wasn’t completely terrible — and Buffy the Vampire Slayer proves a recast remake can far surpass the original… but you’re going to have a hard time convincing me this remake is a worthwhile idea.

Via THR

Throwback Thursday: The Third Squashing of America

Wow, we missed a few weeks of Throwback Thursday. Sorry about that, it got lost as a feature in our covering of, well, current stuff. But fret no more, for Throwback Thursday is back.

Previously on a Throwback Thursday, we visited The Fourth Squashing of America, part of a series of videos some of us made in college where we gave out vegetables (including squash) to drunks on Water Street in Eau Claire, WI. Well, this installment goes back one further to The Third Squashing of America filmed in 2006. Subtitled “A World Without Squash,” this is the year we were unable to actually get hold of any produce to distribute – and ironically this was the first one to get widely seen.

The Second Squashing of America eventually made it online, so really the only lost one is the first.

But that’s a good thing.

Anywho, enjoy. As in the Fourth, I’m the one in the Ninja mask.

The “Gray Ghost” fan film you never knew you always wanted

So many of us grew up with Batman: The Animated Series, and one of my favorite episodes features Bruce Wayne’s love of an old superhero TV series called “The Gray Ghost.” The episode was full of homages to both Batman’s history (with The Gray Ghost being voiced by 60s Batman actor Adam West) and the pulp superheroes of old.

Personally I always wanted more of The Gray Ghost, and now – a couple decades later – I finally have some. Written by Matt Landsman and directed by J.L. Topkis, “The Gray Ghost: The Lost Reel” is a brief yet fun look at the character.

And if you think about the opening scene, a little poignant too.

Via GeekTyrant

The DC Carnival of Sadness May Actually Be An Official Policy

So we came up with the term “DC Carnival of Sadness” as a joke (I say we, but really I think it was Pher in a pre-podcast conversation), due to DC Comics love of turning every cinematic adaptation into a grim-dark mess devoid of humor. Well, we may have been more on the ball than we expected, as Hitfix is reporting that this isn’t just coincidence, but instead may actually be the official DC Cinematic Universe policy.

From the article:

Last week was about the fifth time I’ve heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it’s very simple and direct and to the point.

“No jokes.”

It would seem like a crazy rule to set for an entire series of films. How can you know what the tone is for every story you’ll be telling in a series before you’ve even started telling it? The thing is, DC has taken a few stabs at establishing this larger universe on film, and they’ve gotten smacked down for everything that hasn’t had Batman in it. “Man Of Steel” made money, and I’m certainly not the only person to like the film. I may be one of its more ardent defenders, but I’m not alone. I think you’d have a far harder time finding someone to defend “Green Lantern,” the studio’s other big attempt at launching one of the core Justice League characters with a film franchise of his own.

And that Green Lantern film really is the key. DC thinks the humor in Green Lantern is what was wrong with it, so they’re trying to avoid humor ever again. That’s… just… gnnnarg… waffle… fries…

…sorry, had a small stroke there. Green Lantern’s problem wasn’t the humor, it was that it was a bad movie. Star Trek IV and Star Trek V are both full of humor, but only one of those two made my ears bleed. DC is being short sighted and this, frankly, will not end well.

But this guarantees one thing: We’ll get to keep making fun of them.

Via Hitfix

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