Week in Geek: November 20th, 2013 | Fanboys Anonymous

Week in Geek: November 20th, 2013

Posted by Jeff Penner Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Want to know what happened the past few days in nerd culture? WEEK IN GEEK is your quick fix to catch up with the rest of the fanboys out there.

Nerdy current events in geek culture for this week

MOVIES

Batman vs. Superman updates like bat-drones, Nightwing, and Man of Steel easter eggs…

My take: News from this movie drops almost every day. Fans want a tidbit, just a taste, every now and again. This movie is going to be so over-covered it almost makes me hate the movie already. I'll be intentionally not reading posts every day regarding this movie and its rumours and its costume list and possible P.O. shipping box.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 photos released this week show a Jamie Foxx character that reminds us a little too much of Jim Carrey's Edward Nigma scenes.

My take: This photo contrasts most of what we've seen so far, and now that I see Foxx's character "pre-electrical-accident," I'm a little worried. His character is way over-the-top wimpy (to contrast with his anger once he has power!). I love the "Ultimate Spider-Man" look of Andrew in this suit, but now I'm concerned that we're looking at another lengthy origin story for this film. I don't care about Sandman's backstory THAT much, so why do the same with Electro?

R2-D2 is absolutely confirmed to be in Star Wars: Episode VII.

My take: I would hope so. I am a fan of the droids, and I was furious to see them so mishandled in the prequels. I'm curious to see how relationships have changed over the decades for the core Star Wars characters, and the droids are a curveball since they don't change and don't age (but can they mature?).

Dumb and Dumber To will be released November 14th, 2014.

My take: I have this here because I cannot wait to see what this team does with a sequel. The first movie is one of my favourite comedies of all time. I understand some people completely disagree, but this movie deserves as much anticipation as Batman vs. Superman.

Rumors say that Jessica Chastain passed on the lead female role in Ant-Man, assumed to be Janet Van Dyne, aka Wasp.

Anthony Mango's take: I have so many reservations about this film, not only about casting but story as well. Jessica Chastain in my mind is overrated and I'm glad that she's not Wasp, as she doesn't suit the character to me. Rashida Jones, who is also rumored to have landed that part, would be better, but even she wouldn't be my go-to girl for the part.

VIDEO GAMES

PS4 was released, selling 1 million consoles in their first weekend despite pre-release consoles experiencing issues.

My take: This console will sell either way. Long-term, the PS4 will probably outlast the Xbox One in popularity even if there is an initial battle for the top spot. The PS4's crashing made news, and now Sony can say they got information and feedback in time and fixed everything. I personally prefer Xbox but will not be getting a "One" quite yet, or probably at all.

TELEVISION

Christopher Lloyd to guest appear on The Michael J. Fox Show, reuniting the Back to the Future stars on screen.

My take: Brilliant. Though there is a lot of nostalgia resting on this, I think the Back to the Future movies are fun enough to not be ruined by any tongue-in-cheek promotion. There was a commercial on YouTube a couple years ago featuring Doc Brown (yeah, Lloyd as Doc Brown) and people just loved it.

Family Guy voice cast will get between $175,000 and $225,000 per episode for two more seasons.

My take: That's a lot of money for the cast of a show nobody watches, though I guess I'm also making fun of The Simpsons here (one of my favourite shows). I gave the show a chance when it came back on the air but too many misses and very few hits. As a creative professional, however, I have no issue with the fantastic cast landing huge pay dirt and just hope to befriend one of them someday.

The Flash has been green lit for a TV pilot, in place of appearing on Arrow as a test run first.

My take: Totally. Go for it. I think Flash could carry a series if done right. However, do I think Barry Allen can carry a series if done right? No. No, I don't. But they could always introduce Wally during season one and then kill Barry in the season finale. Bam. Wally is The Flash from season 2 onward. How boss does that sound? Damn boss.

Speaking of Arrow as before, Oliver finally starts dressing the part in December. The costume will include his trademark green domino mask.

My take: This could hint that the world of Arrow fits into the Justice League movie and they'll start planting more seeds. However, I don't know if they'll be that clever so early into the final project. I'm all for accurate costumes on screen; I still can't believe when I watch Iron Man what a great precedent they set.

COMIC BOOKS

Fantastic Four's new costumes will be black and red.

My take: I only point this out as I can't help but notice so much red in Marvel: The logo, the "NOW" logo and banners, the current Thunderbolts, Daredevil, and the continually tweaked Superior Spider-Man suits. I don't know why that stands out, but it just does. You've got too much red in your ledger, Marvel!

HOLLYWOOD

Monty Python to reunite!?

My take: Holy. Crap. This is news, no matter how good or bad the show ends up being. As a member of a comedy group for the past 14 years, seeing these comedy inspirations still collaborating seriously feels amazing. If you have yet to discover them (somehow…?), get with it, check them out.

MISCELLANEOUS

Hans Zimmer, composer of the score to Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman films, has recorded a theme song meant entirely for Batkid.

Anthony Mango's take: Anything to help out in a situation like that is nice, and kudos to Hans Zimmer for taking the time out of his schedule to do something like that.


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