For years Marvel fans have been clamoring for a standalone Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson. She’s an Avenger, she’s been in like half a dozen Marvel movies, and for a franchise without a lot of women-led films she’s the obvious choice. After years of waiting though, it looks like we may finally get one.
Marvel currently has a Black Widow movie in early development. The film will, of course, star Johansson and Jac Schaeffer has been tapped to write the screenplay. It’s all early days, but this is a good sign. Let’s just hope it doesn’t turn out like the SNL spoof version they made a few years ago.
Krypton, the show about Superman’s grandpappy on a doomed planet, is probably the wonkiest idea for a television series in a while — and now it has a trailer. In it we see a very Smallville-esque Cameron Cuffe as Seg-El, Shaun Sipos as Adam Strange in a hoodie, and a giant alien space-thing. And while it’s not the worst looking thing out there, I have a hard time caring too much about the series.
Honestly, it’s hard to get excited for a show where if the good guys win they all end up dying anyway.
The final trailer before its worldwide release has come out for Godzilla: Monster Planet, and it has us pretty damned hyped. I mean, it’s full of J-Pop filled anime-spaceships action firing on kaiju, so — y’know — I’m not sure how it couldn’t. The film has already premiered in Japan, but we’re finally excited to see it for ourselves.
Godzilla: Monster Planet premieres worldwide on Netflix January 17th.
One of the more inspired bits of casting in Starz’s television adaptation of American Gods was Gillian Anderson as ‘Media.’ Sadly though, it looks like she won’t be back when the show returns for it’s second season.
It was first reported an article on The X-Files in the LA Times earlier this week. After mentioning how Anderson may not return as Scully after this season, they reported:
[She] will not be appearing again as the new god Media in the second season of “American Gods” on Starz. Anderson says the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green means she will not return to the show.
Fuller and Green left the show back in November, and have still not been replaced by the network as showrunners and producers. Honestly, this is not a good sign for the show, and there are fears that more of the cast may end up departing.
Bright was Netflix’s first foray into full blown blockbuster film making, and while critics have been harsh on the film, audiences seem to have liked it. I mean, it’s far from a perfect film, but with a solid cast and well directed action, it’s a pretty fun popcorn flick for a Saturday night. Streaming numbers seem to have been pretty high on the $90 million film too, topping out as the number one film on the service in 190 countries (with over 11 million streams in the US during the first three days alone).
Stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are set to return, as is director David Ayer. One person who won’t be back is Bright‘s screenwriter, Max Landis. Landis has had some serious Sexual Harassment allegations leveled against him, and the streaming service’s desire to distance themselves from him makes a lot of sense. Ayer will take over writing duties for the second film, which is either good or bad news depending on whether you’re thinking about Training Day or Suicide Squad.
Honestly, while the social commentary is more miss than hit in Bright, the cast and visuals are amazing. Maybe excising the first film’s writer is exactly what the sequel needed, even if he weren’t turning out to be a garbage person.
The holidays have borked up our schedule a bit, but here we are with another episode of Nerd & Tie! On this go-round, we give you our spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi, talk about Disney’s impending purchase of Fox, get freaked out by the Alita: Battle Angel trailer, and contemplate the ramifications of the San Diego Comic-Con v. Salt Lake Comic Con verdict.
It’s super fun.
(Note: Some errors on Youtube have literally lost like ten minutes of time from this — so good luck. The audio version will be a much better experience)
The long awaited eighth episode in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hit theaters this weekend. It’s Rian Johnson’s first foray into the “Galaxy far, far away,” and with him slated to create an entirely new trilogy on his own, there’s a lot on the line for this film.
About a month ago, talks reportedly fell through in a deal in which Disney would purchase most of 21st Century Fox’s assets (including film studio 20th Century Fox). Well, after a few weeks of rumors that the two parties had gone back to the table, it’s now been officially announced that a $52 billion deal has been reached between the two companies.
Disney is purchasing movie studio 20th Century Fox, the FX cable networks, and Fox’s intellectual properties and rights. Fox’s terrestrial broadcast and news arms would of course remain a separate entity.
On the surface, this is exciting, as it reunites all the the Star Wars rights under Disney’s roof (so we might actually get an official, HD release of the unaltered trilogy), and brings most of Marvel’s properties (with the exception of Spider-Man) back under the same roof too. But there’s a more worrying set of repercussions, and it’s the ongoing consolidation of the entertainment industry. This means one less studio producing materials, and that Fox’s broadcast arm can no longer purchase programming from their own studio. This also means Disney will own two thirds of streaming service Hulu as well.