On this episode of Nerd & Tie we deal with the ongoing move of our production studio, mourn the passing of Adam West, go through the highlights of E3, discuss the changes coming to Pokemon Go, review the confusing situation surrounding the Venom movie (and how it MIGHT still be MCU adjacent), and consider Wizard World’s money problems.
There are a few technical difficulties in the video too, but at least the audio version is largely clean?
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Wonder Woman may be about a character who transcends borders, but apparently the ethnicity of its star doesn’t. Last week we reported that the film had been banned in Lebanon due to Gal Gadot being Israeli, and it looks like that may be a problem in other countries as well.
It’s being widely reported that screenings in Tunisia have been suspended. It was originally supposed to hit Tunisian theaters Thursday, but those showings have been suspended after a lawsuit by the Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers. Filed Monday, the suit alleges that Gadot is a “champion Zionist,” citing her military service (which was compulsory) and a public statement Gadot made in support of Israel’s military actions in Gaza in 2014.
How the suit goes will determine whether or not the film will see a release in that country.
This follows the film being pulled from a festival in Algeria yesterday as well. While there is a movement to boycott Wonder Woman in Algeria, festival coordinators cited “administrative issues linked to exhibition rights” as the reason, and they say they intend to re-add Wonder Woman to the festival’s lineup once those issues are resolved.
Honestly, any time Israel is involved, stuff gets complicated. That the film, which has nothing to do with the country (and takes place before the modern state of Israel existed), is getting banned places seems ridiculous though.
On this, the one hundredth episode of Nerd & Tie, our heroes give our review of DC’s Wonder Woman movie, discuss how said film was banned in Lebanon, celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, and continued to get confused by the ongoing progress on Sony’s Venom movie. Then we take on the con scene, where ColossalCon forced Colossus Con to rebrand, and Phoenix Comicon narrowly avoided tragedy.
One of the films we’ve been most nervously excited for this year is, of course, Wonder Woman’s first solo feature film. There haven’t been that many women led superhero movies, and Hollywood is often reluctant to trust women directors with tentpole blockbuster. Wonder Woman, with director Patty Jenkins at the helm, has a lot riding on it.
And thank the heavens things are actually working out.
Wonder Womanopened to a pretty amazing $100.5 million domestically, which breaks the record for the biggest opening for a film directed by a woman. The movie has also already brought in $122.5 million internationally, for a total gross of $223 million so far. Considering the film only had a budget of $150 million (and the conventional wisdom that a film must make back twice its budget), Wonder Woman is already well on its way to be considered a rousing success.
Oh, and by the way, the movie’s really, really good.
It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s definitely a good one. Gal Gadot’s performance is captivating and triumphant, and the film’s portrayal of Wonder Woman’s first steps into the world of man captures the essence of Diana of Themyscira better than some of us could have dreamed. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should. Get off the computer/tablet/phone you’re reading this on, and go watch this movie immediately.
Warner Bros and DC have announced that the big bad for the upcoming Supergirl season three is none other than the character Reign. Odette Annable will play the role, and it’s pretty clear that her character was the infant teased at the end of season two.
I was going to start this article with a dumb joke like “It looks like ‘Reign’ really is coming back to the CW next season,” but decided against it last minute. In the comics, Reign is one of the “Worldkillers.” The Worldkillers were aliens captured and experimented on by Kryptonian scientists, and came out of the New 52 Supergirl comics.
Annable is best known to our readers for her time on House, and it’s a solid casting choice. As most of Supergirl‘s villains on the show have come from the Superman comics, it’s nice to see one of her own adversaries showing up instead. This should also lead to some interesting moral questions for Kara regarding her Kryptonian heritage.
Wonder Woman is set to premiere later this week, and it’s one of the most anticipated films of the year. And while most of the world will get to see Diana of Themyscira kick some ass, there’s one country the Warner Bros film won’t be coming to. The Nation of Lebanon has officially banned the movie.
The reason behind the ban has to do with the film’s Israeli star Gal Gadot. Israel requires most of its citizens to do compulsory military service, and Gadot served from 2005 to 2007. Lebanon and Israel are technically at war right now, though they’ve maintained a cease fire since 2006. The Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade requested the ban, though the ban took Lebanese theaters by surprise (as the film itself has nothing to do with Israel).
This shouldn’t end up affecting Warner Bros’ bottom line of course, as there were only fifteen theaters set to show the film in the country. It’s still disappointing for fans in the country who had hoped to see the film.
Wonder Woman comes out in this country on June 2nd.
Warner Bros and Legendary’s upcoming reunion of the silver screen’s two biggest monsters, Godzilla and King Kong, appears to have found its director. The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Adam Wingard has signed on to direct Godzilla vs. Kong.
Taking place in the same universe as both Legendary’s Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the film will be the first time the characters have been on screen together since 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla. The story for the film was put together by a writers room assembled by Legendary, headed by Terry Rossio.
Wingard is best known for smaller films like You’re Next, The Guest, and the Blair Witch remake. He’s been in the running for some larger franchises, but you can’t really get bigger than this one. The director though seems ready for the inevitable reaction fans will have to anyone who picked up the mantle for these two beloved, larger than life characters.
Cue the tweets telling me I've already ruined Godzilla and Kong.
Batman and Harley Quinn is bucking the doom and gloom trend of DC’s straight to video animated features of late. In fact, with the new trailer (which we can watch courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) it’s clear that they’re taking the animated franchise back to its roots — or at least its renaissance.
You see, Batman and Harley Quinn is animated in the style of the classic 1990s Batman the Animated Series, and to boot it features Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester as Batman and Nightwing reprising their respective roles. Honestly, the whole thing looks pretty awesome.
Batman and Harley Quinn is expected to come out this July.
Last August we found out that Edge of Tomorrow director had stepped away from the Gambit movie to take on the Justice League Dark movie Dark Universe. Well, as time passes, and none of these movies seem to be getting made, he’s now stepped away from this one too apparently.
Liman seems to have left the the Justice League Dark film because of scheduling issues, as Lionsgate has greenlit his film Chaos Walking. And you know what they always say “Make the movie that someone’s actually paying you for.”
Liman, of course, was not the first director on this film, as Guillermo del Toro was attached before he got pulled away to work on other projects as well. No word yet on who will take over Justice League Dark from Liman, as the studio isn’t commenting on the departure. We’ll keep following this once a replacement is announced.
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.
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