The new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight landed yesterday, focusing on Isabela Moner’s character Izabella. Izabella is a young girl who has been apparently spending a lot of her time in a junkyard with robots — I mean, that’s what I got out of the trailer at least.
Honestly, I think someone must have pointed out to Michael Bay that the Star Wars franchise has been doing really well with women in lead action roles, and as an attempt to market to young girls this is his “close enough.” I mean, she could be a great character if handled well, but I’m not sure how much I actually trust Michael Bay to do it.
I guess we’ll find out when Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
Just a general pro-tip to people who are trying to promote anything even remotely semi-controversial: don’t let the internet enter whatever text they want into it. You see, Paramount recently launched a site called “I Am Major” in promotion of their upcoming live action remake of Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson. The tool lets users type whatever they want (starting with the words “I Am”) over an image of their choice, with the film’s “I Am Major” slogan and the film’s logo appearing at the beginning.
As the casting of Johansson (a white woman) in a role like the traditionally Japanese character of the Major has caused a bit of an uproar, you can probably guess what happened once the general public got ahold of the site.
To say we aren’t exactly jazzed about the white-washed Ghost in the Shell live action adaptation would be an understatement. I could go on, or you could just dig through our coverage of this train wreck. Today we got a new trailer for the film, and… well… it’s totally that?
Not really a lot to say I guess.
I mean, the film remains as problematic as ever, and the visuals are cribbed straight from the 90s anime film adaptation of the series. It remains visually stunning, and it looks like there’s an interesting plot. But with Scarlett Johansson (who for the record we normally love as an action star) playing The Major, we just can’t get excited for this.
On the longest episode of Nerd & Tie so far, we mourn the passing of John Hurt, Warner Bros wants to make an American live action Attack on Titan, Star Wars Episode VIII finally has a title, the Axanar lawsuit has finally been settled, Jughead apparently isn’t asexual in Riverdale, Comic Excitement Convention flops, Phoenix Comicon has changed its staffing policies a second time, Angry Goat Productions is looking either incompetent or shady, and Evercon has filed for a restraining order against Scott Windorski.
Those of you waiting patiently for Star Trek Fan Film Axanar can finally rejoice! The lawsuit between the studios and its filmakers has finally reached a settlement, and we might finally get to see a version of the fan film! Sort of!
Don’t get too excited yet.
Axanar has been a sticking point for CBS and Paramount for some time. The studios filed a copyright lawsuit after its massive amount of fundraising set off red flag for the companies. And despite J.J. Abrams’s comments that the suit was going away last May, it’s soldiered on. To put the icing on the cake, during this, Paramount and CBS put out some ridiculously restrictive fan film guidelines which seemed designed to kill a historically relevant part of Trek fan culture.
This settlement is, if anything, a compromise with those guidelines.
In the settlement the existing Prelude to Axanar will be allowed to stay online, and the Axanar film will be allowed online posted as two, 15 minute shorts. This is far from the feature length film promised by filmmakers, but falls into the ridiculous length guidelines put out there by CBS and Paramount. Axanar gets to skirt certain parts of those guidelines still, with its heavy inclusion of actors who have appeared on various Star Trek properties.
If you took footage from every science fiction and superhero from across the last twenty years and mashed them all up to create a single trailer which would both convey visual spectacle yet have zero depth… you’d get the new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. And since Michael Bay’s Transformers movies thus far have usually been all visual and zero depth, I guess that’s unsurprising.
There was a time where I rejoiced at seeing Autobots and Decepticons on the big screen, and I really did enjoy the first couple of entries into this franchise. But the fourth movie was six parts boring to one part creepy, and it’s hard for me to get excited about yet another foray into this particular Transformers’ universe.
And, I’m loathe to admit this, I kinda miss Shia.
Whether we want it to or not, Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
Look, we’ve been pretty clear throughout our coverage that we’re not all that excited about the Scarlett Johansson led, live action version of Ghost in the Shell that’s coming next year. It’s a distinctly Japanese property, and making the Major a white person is emblematic of a lot of the ridiculous racism inherent in Hollywood. But, as there is now a new trailer for the film, here I am writing about the damned thing again.
Visually the trailer mimics a lot of the shots from the 1995 animated film adaptation, but it’s clear that in many ways that’s not where the plot’s primary cues are coming from. If the lead wasn’t a white person, I’d probably get excited about it.
Ghost in the Shell is currently scheduled for a March 31, 2017 release.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we celebrate 50 years of Star Trek, contemplate the possibility of the late Majel Barret-Rodenberry still voicing the computer in future Treks, rejoice in the Build Team’s return to ‘Busting in The White Rabbit Project, discuss Stranger Things and its season 2 renewal, and consider the possible remake of The Crow starring Jason Momoa.
Liam Garrigan, best known for playing King Arthur in the television series Once Upon a Time, will apparently be yanking the sword from the stone a second time. According to Mashable, Garrigan will play King Arthur again, but this time in Transformers: The Last Knight.
This hasn’t been confirmed by the studio of course, so take it with the appropriately sized grain of salt.
Transformers: The Last Knight is going to pull heavily from Arhurian myth, and we’ve known for a while that King Arthur would appear in the film. Obviously Garrigan is well cast as King Arthur, so he’ll do as good a job as anyone could with the kind of scripts the last few Transformers films have had.
Of course, any time actors reprise roles in different franchises, the geek brain has to wonder if there isn’t some sort of connection between the two. I mean, just try to connect Transformers and Once Upon a Time — It’s a hilarious thought.
Transformers: The Last Knight comes out June 23, 2017.
The first trailer for Arrival is out, and it honestly looks pretty fascinating. A first contact story, it shows the events after a number of alien spacecraft arrive on earth. Amy Adams plays a linguist, who (as part of a team) is trying to learn to communicate with the aliens while the world errupts in chaos.
Based on first impressions, it looks like a classic first contact film, in the vein of Contact and The Day the Earth Stood Still. It’s very different from a lot of the big budget adventure films we’ve gotten in the last few years, and fairly refreshing. Here’s hoping it can live up to the expectations it’s now building.
Arrival comes to theaters November 11, 2016.
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