The “sadness” in the DC Carnival of Sadness is normally the kind of sadness that brings about “Nerd Rage.” It’s the kind of thing that makes us disappointed in how iconic characters and fans of those characters are treated.
This is not one of those entries. Director Zack Snyder and his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, are stepping away from the Justice League film following the suicide of their daughter Autmn back in March. The Snyders tried their best to not make this public and had hoped to return to the film after some time to grieve. Understandably their whole family is still coping though, so (with Warner Brothers’ blessing) they are stepping away and leaving the film in the hands of Joss Whedon.
This story is overwhelming honestly. Firstly, I’ve probably been one of the harshest critics of Zack Snyder in more outlets than I care to list right now, but I would never wish this heartache upon him, or any parent. My heart goes out to both Zack and Deborah Snyder right now.
The news of Joss Whedon seems very strange to me. Keep in mind, the movie is in post-production. At this point, while there’s still room to maybe add a scene or do some re-shoots, the tone, story and characters are all pretty much set in stone. It seems like such an odd move to bring in such a big name to direct what is essentially a wrap-up job. Especially to choose a director with a distinct style that doesn’t exactly match the one Snyder is known for. This is just really weird news — weird and very sad news.
Justice League is still set to open in November, so right now all we can do is wait.
It’s been a weird few days here at Nerd and Tie, so let’s take our minds off of it by visiting the oft-traveled to DC Carnival of Sadness we’ve all come to know and expect.
DC just released their yearly, and impossibly painful thing to type, Superman/Wonder Woman romance anthology. This anthology uses several short stories to explore the romantic relationship between the two (ugggggggggggh). The second story of the anthology takes place in Pakistan, and features lots of translated dialogue in bracketed bubbles. That’s all good and fine, except….
It’s all translated from “Pakistanian,” a language that, well…doesn’t exist?
Pakistan is a big place with a long history, and as such several languages are spoken across the rather large country. There’s Punjabi, Sindhi, Urdu…heck, even English is spoken prominently in some regions. This, of course, could have been learned in about two seconds by googling “languages in Pakistan”, but apparently DC is just too busy to look up geographically important information when they’re writing an anthology for which nobody is asking.
After several weeks of rumors that DC’s Justice League film might cast Michelle Rodriguez as a Green Lantern, TMZ caught up with her to ask about these rumors Rodriguez proceeded to shove her foot in her mouth.
“I think it’s so stupid… this whole minorities in Hollywood thing, it’s so stupid. It’s like, stop stealing all the white people’s superheroes. Make up your own.”
Rodriguez would later clarify that she felt would rather creators make new characters rather than changing the backgrounds of existing characters, but here’s the thing, they’re fictional characters. The backgrounds of these characters are changing and being re-written all the time, even if their sex, race or sexual orientation isn’t being changed. These characters don’t have to be one race, or sex or anything else, because like any mythological character, there is never one definitive version.
I think the only thing more disturbing than Rodriguez outlook is how many comic reading racists have already rallied behind her.
via: Comic Book Resources
While we’ve known most of the cast for DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad film for a while, ever since Tom Hardy dropped out, the question as to who would replace him as Rick Flagg has been hanging out in the air.
Well, The Wrap is now reporting that Joel Kinnaman has been in talks to take on the role. While nothing is written in stone yet, his casting is looking pretty likely. Kinnaman, regardless of his performance in last year’s wonky Robocop remake, is a very good actor. He was brilliant on The Killing, and is a solid choice.
If Suicide Squad isn’t any good, it won’t be his fault. Production on the film begins in April.
Via The Wrap
Suicide Squad is already looking to recast a character as Tom Hardy is backing out for reasons that have not been officially announced. (But since shooting on The Revenant is reportedly going longer than expected, its safe to assume that is the reason.)
Jake Gyllenhaal is reportedly already being approached about the part of Rick Flag, but only time will tell.
Thanks to Random Ramblings Man for the tip.
Via: Comic Book Resources
As if to fend off everyone who’s been asking: “If Suicide Squad is coming out the same year as Batman v. Superman, why isn’t there a cast yet?” Warner Brothers has confirmed the main cast for the upcoming
desperate attempt to cash in on Guardians movie.
- Jared Leto as The Joker
- Will Smith as Deadshot
- Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
- Tom Hardy as Rick Flag
- Jai Courtney as Boomerang
- Clara Delevingne as Enchantress
We’d been hearing rumors about Leto and Robbie, so no big surprises there. Its also probably safe to assume audiences wont be confused by Hardy playing a totally different DC character as his face was mostly covered in The Dark Knight Rises. I also think it is cool that they cast an actual Australian as (Not a Captain?) Boomerang.
Will Smith is the biggest surprise on this list. He kinda came out of nowhere.
While Amanda Waller hasn’t been cast yet, they are set to start filming in April 2015, shooting for a 2016 release.
Thanks to Random and Arcemise for the Tip
The Carnival of Sadness takes many forms. Sometimes its made of cotton! This one speaks for itself. Take a look at these officially licensed shirts.
Score! Someone give Superman a fistbump for banging a feminist icon! And that other shirt is great for the ladies, because we all know the only thing a woman would aspire to be in a comic book world is a real hero’s wife.
That hurt to type… There’s been a lot of negativity directed at these shirts, especially the one on the left. Surprisingly though, even DC doesn’t seem to happy with these.
DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.
With any luck DC will learn not to sign off on T-shirts designed by frat boys.
via: Comic Book Resources
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we talk about Marvels (lack of) plans for an Iron Man 4, the return of The Tick live action series, DashCon rebranding to “EmotiCon”, a Supergirl TV series being developed, the DC Carnival of Sadness being official policy, Dwayne Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch’s future with DC, and our thoughts on Geek.kon.
Oh, and Nick kept losing his connection. Podcasting is fun!
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Speculation has been rampant as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been hinting at his involvement in the “Shazam” film for a while. Well, it’s time for that speculation to come to and end, as Johnson posted to Twitter that he would be playing Black Adam.
I had originally hoped he would play the Shazam/Captain Marvel character, as it would be nice to have a titular superhero character played by a person of color, but at least as the villain Johnson’s acting chops will have a chance to come out.
It will likely result in another DC Comics film where I end up relating more to the villain than the hero sadly.
Still no word on who will play young Billy Batson or his Shazam alterego, the Shazam film should hit theaters in either 2016 or 2017.
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…