Geoff Johns and Kevin Feige may be helming competing superhero movie franchises right now, but both began their careers working for legendary director Richard Donner. At an event in Donner’s honor on Wednesday, the two each recounted how the director’s work (especially on seminal superhero film Superman: The Movie) still influences what they do today.
The video of the two talking is just over three minutes long, but it’s worth sitting down and watching it. In the bizarre fan wars that occasionally erupt online, it’s important to remember that the vitriolic “rivalry” between Marvel and DC franchises largely is a problem amongst those who consume the media and not those who make it.
Also, I really want to go rewatch Superman: The Movie right now…
To say that The CW’s Supergirl is one of our favorite shows around these parts is kind of an understatement. The show has given us some of the best onscreen versions of some characters, and not just our headlining heroine. One of those is Calista Flockhart’s version of Cat Grant, who left the series as a regular after its move to The CW from CBS (pretty much because budget cuts meant they couldn’t afford to pay her), and another is Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman — who guest starred earlier this season.
Well guess what, they’re both coming back for the finale.
Its been confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin will suit up again as Superman in the show’s two part second season finale. It’s also being reported that Calista Flockhart will return as Cat Grant as well. This is exciting, as we’re always happy to see more of Hoechlin’s Superman, and Cat Grant has been sorely missed on the show lately.
The first part of the Supergirl season two finale will air May 15th, with part two following on May 22nd.
We first heard that Tyler Hoechlin had been cast as Superman in season two of Supergirl. This afternoon, DC Entertainment finally put out the first promotional image of Hoechlin in his super suit (alongside Supergirl‘s titular heroine played by Melissa Benoist).
It’s not too surprising, especially since we’ve seen the character onscreen (albeit out of focus or completely CGI at a distance), but it’s nice to see what Hoechlin will look like as the last son of Krypton.
Supergirl, formerly of CBS, comes to The CW on Monday nights this fall.
Noel Neill, the first woman to play Lois Lane onscreen, has passed away. She died Sunday night in her home in Tuscon, AZ after having been ill for quite some time.
Neill first played Lois Lane in the 1948 Superman serial (which starred Kirk Alyn), and again in the follow up serial Atom Man vs. Superman. She then reprised the role in the ongoing Adventures of Superman television series opposite George Reeves in the 1950s.
Though she largely retired from acting after the series ended in 1958, Neill would continue to make cameos in Superman related media — including appeares 1978’s Superman, the 90s Superboy TV series, and 2006’s Superman Returns.
Noel Neill was 95 years old, and she will be missed.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss the tragic loss of young actor Anton Yelchin, the rather craptastic new fan film guidelines put out for Star Trek by Paramount and CBS, The CW leaving Hulu behind, Tyler Hoechlin’s casting as Superman on Supergirl, the new Ghostbusters theme by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott, and how Wizard World finally came to their senses and cancelled their ridiculous cruise.
And yeah, the video on this version is pretty janky thanks to a software upgrade. We swear we’ll fix it for next time.
One of the conscious decisions the writers and producers of Supergirl made during its first season was to avoid directly showing the Man of Steel. I mean, sure, he had to exist in the show’s universe, but by keeping him in the background, it helped establish Kara as the show’s hero.
Even if it occasionally strained logic.
But now that there’s a year under the show’s belt, it made perfect sense when it was announced that Superman would feature in a couple of episodes of Season 2. The question on everyone’s mind though was who exactly would play the last son of Krypton? Well, today we have our answer.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Tyler Hoechin has now been cast as Kal-El. Hoechin is best known to viewers from his role on Teen Wolf. I can’t say I’m super familiar with him, but he definitely looks the part. It seems we now have our official TV Superman.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss Pearl Mackie’s casting as the new Doctor Who companion, Neil Gaiman is adapting Good Omens for Television, Syfy has ordered Krypton to pilot, Inhumans is off of Marvel’s schedule, John Macaluso has stepped down as the CEO of Wizard World, and Fox plans on skipping this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
On this episode we mourn the passing of Admiral Ackbar himself Erik Bauersfeld, rejoice in the LEGO Batman movie trailers, and question the petition to bring the R rated cut of Batman v Superman to theaters. We also jump straight into the con scene, remembering the Twin Cities’ closing Thunderbird Hotel, comment on the cancellation of yet ANOTHER Yourminicon event, lament issues with this year’s Karoshi Con, and celebrate Who’s Yer Con and the INDYpendent Show for being awesome.
So Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been pretty polarizing. There are a lot of people who love it, and quite a few who kind of hate the thing. My opinion was that it was just kind of “meh.” There were good bits, there were bad bits, and (frankly) there were just too many bits. A lot of the first act was just wholly unnecessary frankly. In fact, I was pretty certain the one negative thing both critics and fans agreed on was that the movie was just too long.
Well, I was wrong.
You see, some jackass calling himself “Bruce Wayne” has started a Change.org Petition to try and get Warner Bros to release the R rated cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Super Long Boring Secret Identity Crisis on Infinite Justice. That cut of the movie is an estimated three hours in length, which is a half hour longer than the over-bloated film we got in the first place.
Look kids, if you liked the movie, that’s fine. There are some good bits – Ben Affleck is a really solid Batman, and every moment that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is on screen is cinema gold. Amy Adams continues to be a solid Lois Lane, and Henry Cavill does his best with the material he’s given. If you want to see a longer version of the movie, that’s cool too… but understand you are in the minority.
Don’t demand that theater owners and the studio put out something that most of the country doesn’t want to see (mostly because they just watched three quarters of it). Enjoy your eventual Bluray copy and leave the rest of us in piece.
On this installment of The Off Week, Trae digs into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Secret Infinity Wars of Crisis Justice (or whatever) and tells you whether or not it’s worth going out and seeing it.
Spoiler: The answer is “maybe.” But he’ll give you his reasons.
“The Off Week” is a series of videos produced by Nerd & Tie in the weeks where we aren’t producing a full length podcast. The goal is to raise questions and make you think about things that you’ve maybe taken for granted.