“The Spirit” moves from DC to Dynamite

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

Lucy Lawless Cast In Agents of SHIELD

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.

Via TVLine

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson likely to play Shazam

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.

Via Screenrant

Marvel Announces Film Release Dates Through 2019, But Not The Films

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!

Via Marvel

Special: The Best of Year One!

So hey, it’s Sunday night and you’re probably expecting a fresh, new episode of Nerd & Tie! Well, tough cookies kids – due to some technical limitations we decided to delay the episode a week (shifting the schedule forward a week so we’ll eventually line up with Geek.kon too). We didn’t want to leave you hanging though, so since we’ve been doing the show for almost exactly a year, we thought we’d put out a “Best of” episode for you!

This is a collection of all of our favorite moments from the first year of Nerd & Tie, bundled together into one brilliant episode.

Trust us.

In this episode we go back to when Pher talked with (My) Immortal creator Brian McLellan, our pre-50th Anniversary Doctor Who rampant speculation, Nick explaining Kikaider to the rest of us, our predictions on Cosplay trends, and how a good chunk of Americans think HTML is an STD. There are other bits in there too, so spend an hour revisiting the last year with us.

CW’s “The Flash” Adds Another Member to Its Rogue Gallery

More bad guys keep coming in.

The CW announced yesterday that it has cast Prison Break star Wentworth Miller as Flash villain Captain Cold in its upcoming TV series The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as Not-Wally-West. Miller will be donning the iconic parka in episode four of the series which is set to debut this fall.

This means that we have at least two members of the Flash’s Rogue Gallery, arguably one of the greatest villain groups in comic books, making their way to television. In the first full-length trailer, the CW pretty much confirmed that we would be seeing Weather Wizard in at least the first episode, if not as part of the over-arching story arc of season one. With the addition of Weather Wizard and Captain Cold, it’s only a matter of time before we see some of the other members of the Rogues, like Heat Wave, Mirror Master, and the Trickster.

And, because I’m helpful,  I’ve given the CW a list of possible actors that could play Captain Boomerang.

You’re welcome.

Two More Hilarious Weird Al Videos? Yes Please.

So Weird Al’s eight music videos over eight days continues, with two more tracks. We previously posted about the earlier three (Tacky, Word Crimes and Foil), so we thought we’d keep going.

Because, y’know, we could.

First up is “Handy,” a parody of the Iggy Azalea track “Fancy.” The song itself is fairly self explanatory.

Next up is a style parody (so, a song of a genre and not any particular song) titled “Sports Song.” It is what it says on the tin.


Via WeirdAl.com

Official Details about Supernatural Season 10 Come Out

So Supernatural is one of those shows that never seems to end. Personally, I’m okay with it – it’s pretty much the only thing I still watch on the CW.

Pretty much because when it started I was still in their target demographic.

I mean, this show has been on so long that when it started, both Veronica Mars and Arrested Development were still on the air. That’s right, during the run of Supernatural, both Arrested Development and Veronica Mars got cancelled, went silent for years, and got revived as franchises.

Anyway, the CW has put out a press release which reveals some information on the upcoming season. We left Season 9 with Dean turning into a demon, and things aren’t looking up from there:

Season 10 begins with Sam’s frantic search for his missing brother, who is gone without a trace. The road to recovering the wayward Dean takes Sam down dark paths, with consequences that will shake the boys to their core. Meanwhile, Castiel has to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Metatrons campaign. With his grace failing and rogue angels still on the loose, Cass will face the ticking clock of his own mortality as all-new threats emerge to once again push all of our heroes to their limits.

That sounds super fun and not at all depressing!

Via SpolierTV

Universal creating “Cinematic Universe” for Monster Movies, because that’s totally what we needed.

Combined Cinematic Universes are very “in” right now with the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC’s weird dual TV/Movie situations. Universal, not to be left out has decided to create their own. But they don’t own any comics the way Disney and Warner Brothers do.

But they do have quite a few monster movie franchises.

Universal has hired Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman to mastermind the plan, and I honestly am looking forward to find out whatever weird thing they end up coming up with. I probably won’t go see it, but I want to know what it is.

It all starts with Dracula Untold this October, then followed by the new Mummy film in 2016. Of course, if these guys really want their cinematic universe to pick up, they’ll need to release more than one movie every two years.

Via AVClub

Help Pay For Nezumi Con 2015

So there’s been a lot of negative stuff on Nerd & Tie about rumblings in the convention scene. From the Awesome Con stuff (Part 1, Part 2) to the DashCon fiasco (dear lord that mess…), things have probably sounded pretty bleak.

So let’s talk about something else instead. Let’s talk about a great little convention trying to expand.

Let’s talk about Nezumi Con.

Nezumi Con started as a little student run con at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and I’ve been going there for the last two years. It may be small, but I’ve always enjoyed myself.

Well, they’re trying to grow, and they need money to do that. So Nezumi Con has launched an Indiegogo campaign.

Their goal is fairly reasonable at $4500, and the campaign will continue until September 5th. With this money they plan on running their standard January one day event – but long term they want to expand to a multiday con.

Look, with all the talk about corporate cons and amateurs making messes of thing, Nezumi Con is an independent, well run convention and they need your support.

So consider donating.

And attending.

And being awesome.

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