On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the forthcoming return of the old school Cybermen to Doctor Who, how Logan is a film that finally does Wolverine justice, Twitch’s decision to stream all 831 episodes of Power Rangers, and then we dive into the con scene.
And we dive deep.
It’s a bit complicated, because comic writer Tom Taylor won’t do US based cons anymore, Phoenix Comicon sent out a third party survey that got weird, Anime Fan Fest has called it quits, STX Brazos Comic Con is incommunicado with its debtors, and the internet lost its sh*t because a small collectibles show called Elite Con banned cosplay.
And for some reason, we didn’t have anything readable in the mailbag. That hasn’t happened for a while.
The rebooted Power Rangers movie came out with a second trailer today, and it actually looks pretty promising. Compared to the first one we got back in October, this actually seems to bring in some humor and seems to get the tone right.
We also get our first looks at the Zords, Zordon, Alpha, and Goldar in the thing, and while I know a few die hard franchise fans who might hate the designs, I think they look pretty cool. I hate to say it, but I’m actually starting to get my hopes up about this movie.
We’ve been so inundated with zombie media over the last decade that it’s hard to imagine someone doing something unique with the genre. That said, the trailer for The Girl With All the Gifts (based on the book of the same name) seems to show us something fairly different from what we’ve come to expect.
Taking place after a zombie virus has infected a large portion of mankind, Entertainment Weekly describes the plot fairly succinctly:
The only people immune to its effects? A group of children who, despite being infected, retain normal thoughts and emotions, and are subjected to cruel experiments by Glenn Close’s Dr. Caldwell at an army base in rural England. When the base falls, a child called Melanie (Sennia Nanua) escapes with her teacher Miss Justine (Gemma Arterton), a soldier played by Paddy Considine, and Caldwell.
The entire thing feels tense, and (in part due to the setting) reminiscent of 28 Days Later. Frankly, it looks pretty damned interesting to say the least.
DirectTV has the movie exclusively on January 26th, followed by a theatrical and VOD release on February 24th.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae and Nick fly it alone without Pher (who was busy elsewhere — possibly arm wrestling with the Governor of Minnesota). We talk about the new Power Rangers trailer, how Wonder Woman is (finally) canonically queer, Iron Fist getting a release date, Ben Affleck’s Batman movie maybe (but probably not) having a title, the second Wine Country Comic Con, and how well the Nerd & Tie Expo went.
This weekend we got the first official teaser trailer for Power Rangers. Of course, I’m not quite sure we were meant to, as it was first posted to and then immediately pulled from Facebook — and it wasn’t until it began to spread that the studio kind of gave up and officially reposted the video themselves.
And the trailer is… not that informative. I mean, it’s almost entirely scenes that must come from the first quarter of the film. Some have complained it’s too dark, but while I think the concerns about the color palette are genuine, a lot of it has been overblown. This is a trailer folks, and it was edited by different people than the ones working on the actual movie. There’s humor in the raw footage if you look closely, so we have a strong chance of a non-grimdark film here.
Honestly? This casting is kind of genius. Bryan Cranston’s range as an actor is amazing — just consider the two roles he’s best known for. It’s almost impossible for Hal on Malcolm in the Middle to be any further than Walter White on Breaking Bad. Cranston brings both the dramatic weight and the comedic abilities to make the giant disembodied head that gathers “five teenagers with attitude” work on the big screen.
Now EW has revealed the new look for the classic Ranger suits:
For the most part these look pretty solid (although I’m terrified that the Pink and Yellow Rangers will fall forward once and break their respective sternums). At this point, I’m pretty sure that the only thing that could go wrong with this movie is if it’s too true to the source material.
Based off of Stephen King’s 2006 novel of the same name, I’m not really sure if Cell is an interesting new take on the zombie genre or a paranoid luddite’s rant against the evils of technology. Based on the trailer that dropped this week, it’s actually pretty hard to tell. Of course, it’s entirely possible that the film is both…
In any case, it stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, and looks like it might actually be pretty fun. I mean sure, it’s another frigging zombie property being shoved at us, but at least it’s a bit different than your typical story in the genre.
In any case, Cell comes to theaters on July 8, 2016.
So I’m cautiously optimistic about the Power Rangers reboot movie that’s currently in the works. I mean, it has a lot of challenges ahead, including some heavy nostalgia for the “original” show. But I think most people will be willing to give it a shot.
As the film marches forward, more and more is trickling out about it. Earlier this week we got the official plot synopsis, and now EW has released the first official cast photo of our heroes:
The five people playing our teenagers (“with attitude” has yet to be confirmed) are, of course, (from left to right) RJ Cyler (Blue), Naomi Scott (Pink), Ludi Lin (Black), Becky Gomez (Yellow), and Dacre Montgomery (Red). As it’s the cast in their character’s “civilian” costumes, there’s not much to actually say here.
I mean, it’s five young people standing on some rocks. That’s pretty much it. But I’m not sure what else you’d expect.
Power Rangers is scheduled to come out March 24, 2017.
Lionsgate’s big screen reboot of Saban’s Power Rangers is pushing forward, with a cast of largely unknown actors (although one big name is in the cast). If anyone was worried that the film wouldn’t be true to the story of the original series, you can breathe a sigh of relief — as they’ve now released the following official synopsis:
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
It’s pretty much what you’d assume a Power Rangers plot summary would be, although it doesn’t mention whether or not these five teenagers have attitude or not. I mean, they probably have attitude… right? I bet they have attitude.
Power Rangers is scheduled to come out March 24, 2017.
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