On this episode of Nerd & Tie we make our triumphant return to video! We talk about the Anime News Network hack, Disney planning its own streaming service, and Netflix buying Millarworld. Then we head to the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions is at it again (and using a different name), five GeekGirlCon staffers have quit claiming “reverse racism,” and Otakon had a rain drainage system dump all over their artist alley.
Streaming company Netflix has announced that they’ve now purchased Mark Millar’s Millarworld. Millarworld is the imprint that Millar uses to publish books under four different publishers, most notably Wanted, Chosen, The Unfunnies, Kick-Ass and War Heroes. This gives the streaming service and studio the ability to make films and television series based on Millar’s work without having to pay licensing.
Well, except for Kingsman, because those rights are tied up elsewhere.
Or Kick-Ass for the same reason.
Honestly, as I’m not a huge fan of Millar’s work, I’m not personally super excited by this. That said, it’s still a smart move for Netflix to grab some original properties for themselves. Millar’s writing is flawed, but prolific — and it might be interesting to see what the studio makes of it.
It’s hard to imagine that until a year and two months ago, Voltron was a campy, butchered Anime series from the eighties that people people kept trying to revive. I mean, most people only remember the GoLion bits from the original show. Then Voltron: Legendary Defender came into our lives, and not only did everyone know names like Lance and Keith… but they actually finally became three dimensional characters.
Legendary Defender is the definitive version of the franchise.
The third season hits tomorrow (August 4th) and we’re super excited about it. We get a new main villain (Lotor), the Black Lion needs a new pilot, and everything looks super, super awesome. The season will only be seven episodes long, but as Season 4 is coming in October, you won’t have to wait too long for even more. There have been two main trailers for the season (the most recent released earlier this week), and I just plan on watching them over and over again until the season premieres.
Netflix’s Stranger Things was a show that kind of hit us out of nowhere last year. I remember watching the trailer for the first season thinking that it looked interesting, but that I might not bother watching it right away. Then, just days after it was released (and all of my friends were explaining how great the show was), I gave it a shot.
And it was amazing.
Thankfully a lot of people shared that opinion, and Netflix renewed the show for a second season. We got a brief teaser back in January for it, but it wasn’t until this last weekend’s San Diego Comic Con that we got a real taste for the show’s next outing. We’ve embedded the trailer below, and you should probably watch it as soon as possible.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27, 2017.
One of the most exciting Marvel properties on screens isn’t any of the studio’s movies, but instead the various television series they’ve been making on the Netflix streaming service. The four shows initially announced back in 2013 — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — have all premiered, and even the worst of them is is still pretty solid when compared to shows on the rest of television.
And the best? The best are amazing.
And now we come to the promised completion, with The Defenders hitting screens later this summer. Netflix previously gave us a pretty fun trailer, and now they’re offering a second. There’s a bit more revealed in it than the first, so we’ll stay quiet for those who don’t want even the tiniest spoilers. If you’re like me and want to get as much as you can though, here it is.
Netflix has been making some amazing television series and smaller films, but their upcoming movie Bright is their first foray into big budget, $100 million blockbusters. Set in a modern world, but with all the accoutrements of a fantasy setting, Will Smith plays a cop who’s partnered with an Orc.
I mean, it looks like a buddy cop fantasy action explosion fest, and I couldn’t be happier. I mean sure, it’s David Ayer directing — but as bad as Suicide Squad was, the man did write Training Day and direct End of Watch too. Ayer’s capable of good movies, and this seems to have more in common with his cop movies than his time spent in the comic book world. I’m more than willing to give this movie a shot.
Netflix is officially developing the Dark Horse comic Umbrella Academy into a television series. It’s being ordered straight to series with a ten episode order, and will be produced for the streaming service by Universal Cable Productions.
The Umbrella Academy comic is written by Gerard Way (who I am not related to, but I wish I was because he’s a major f**king hottie), with art by Gabriel Bá. It follows the story of a family of superheroes who, after having been estranged for some time, have to come together to find out how their father died.
It’s an interesting idea to say the least, and I look forward to see how it plays out on screen. This also means Netflix is willing to expand its superhero shows beyond Marvel, which long term may be good for the series. It’s important to remember that Netflix is the only “network” that runs new, original Marvel studios content that isn’t directly owned by Disney. Assuming they ever lost their deal with Marvel, deals like this ensure they can continue to deliver the same kind of content viewers expect.
The series is expected to premiere some time in 2018.
Back in March it was announced that an original animated Godzilla movie was coming to theaters in Japan and Netlix internationally. A few weeks later, we got some basic plot details and the title of the film — Godzilla: Monster Planet.
And now we have a trailer.
Well, I say “trailer,” but it’s really just a brief thirty second spot. In any case though, it’s our first look at the animated film. What we can see here is pretty great though, so I’m excited about it the movie at least.
Godzilla: Monster Planet comes to theaters in Japan this November, followed by an international release on Netflix.
Jon Bernthal’s turn as The Punisher in season two of Netflix’s Daredevil was incredibly well received, so no one was surprised when a solo series starring the vigilante was green lit. Filming wrapped on the series back in April, and fans have been waiting patiently to find out when we’d get to see the final product.
While Netflix hasn’t said anything official yet, a rough window for that release date may have now slipped. Dearbhla Walsh, who directed an episode of the upcoming season, was talking with The Hollywood Reporter when she offhandedly said (on a question about shooting in North America):
One other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November
Now this is far from official, but it would fall in line with Netflix’s previous releases of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. It’s also entirely possible that Walsh is repeating information given to her back when she was filming, which means it may very well have changed since then. Still, it’s a good sign for the series that fans are looking for even the vaguest indication of when the show is finally going to get here.
After two seasons, Netflix has now officially announced that they’re canceling science ficiton drama Sense8. Created by the Wachowski sisters and J. Michael Straczynski, the show followed eight people who had become mentally linked to each other.
Starring Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Tina Desai, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, and Jamie Clayton, the show ran twenty three episodes in total. Honestly, I have to admit that I could never get into the show. I gave up after a few episodes, as the show never grabbed me. That said, we know a lot of our readers were fans, and I guess we’re sad to see it go on your behalf?
Yeah, that’s pretty much the takeaway here.
Frankly, Sense8 was a risky show that would probably have never made it to air on any other network or service. It’s unfortunate the show couldn’t find enough of an audience on Netflix to keep going, but hopefully the service continues to take risks on series like this.