Week in Geek #57: The Flash Changes Directors Again, Forkface, Jumanji The Next Level and More | Fanboys Anonymous
Welcome to another edition of WEEK IN GEEK here at Fanboys Anonymous—a rundown of some of the events, news and stories that went down over the past few days in the geek culture spectrum.

This week in geek culture Fanboys Anonymous nerd recap

Here are some of the topics I felt like voicing my opinions about:

Casting for The Little Mermaid

Melissa McCarthy for Ursula = I'm not feeling it. She's over the top, and she's heavy, and she's a name for Hollywood, but I feel like this is fan casting you'd see on a message board, rather than actual great casting. She could be awesome, don't get me wrong, but it screams "obvious and uninspired and bland" to me more than "oh wow, she'd be perfect and nobody else could do it better." If Ursula was supposed to be based on a drag queen, shouldn't they go more for someone in that regard? But hey, if that's true, at least it wouldn't be Lady Gaga, who would be an even worse choice.

Jacob Tremblay for Flounder = Sure. Why not? He looks like the character, funny enough.

Awkwafina for Scuttle = I hate typing out her name. She's everywhere nowadays, isn't she? Maybe that's just bandwagoning rather than perfect casting. Scuttle was a male character, and I can see them switching it up just to add more women into the mix, but whatever, I don't really care as much as other people seem to.

Halle Bailey for Ariel = I don't know the girl outside of her WrestleMania performance, which I don't even remember. I hope she's a good actress for the part and not just stunt casting for being a popular enough name. It's definitely feeling like this movie was set up as a checklist for trying to get media attention and all. But she's a singer, so maybe she'll be good. I'm sure a good number of people are going to flip their lid because of the color of her skin and then the other side of the extreme will be equally as annoying in blind support of that and nobody will pay any attention to whether or not she's a good actress, and that'll make her feel awful as a human being (which is so great, right?) and it'll invalidate anyone who dislikes the movie as "clearly" a racist who is only hating the movie because of that, and anyone who genuinely likes the movie will be "some SJW blah blah" who is only supporting it for political reasons. I hate 2019.

In the grand scheme of things, The Little Mermaid is far from my favorite Disney film, so I might not even bother watching this. Just like Mulan.

Jumanji: The Next Level Title / Trailer

Supposedly, that's the title for the next film. I love it. What a perfect way to allude to it being a sequel while giving it a game-related title and not having to go with something like "Jumanji: Jungle Fever" or "Jumanji: Concrete Jungle" with it set in New York, or "Jumanji: King of the Jungle" or even "Jumanji: Law of the Jungle" which I don't know what it would be, but it would just be kind of meh. I dig "The Next Level" a lot.

Now, as far as the trailer goes, I'm not sure how the structure of the film will work, but switching up the characters is interesting. Danny Glover and Danny DeVito are awesome.

Forky was almost Forkface in Toy Story 4

What?! LMAO

Vanessa Kirby May Be Catwoman

Rumor has it Vanessa Kirby could be the front-runner to be Catwoman in the new Batman film. Frankly, I'm not a fan of it. Kirby doesn't strike me as Selina Kyle and it feels more like stunt casting of "who is popular right now" more than who is best for the role, since she's blown up from Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious.

The Flash Director Situation Changes Again

So now, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are also not directing The Flash, and it's going to Andy Muschietti. Here is my surprised face that this project has changed again. What? You don't see a surprise face? That's because it doesn't exist. Typical DC.


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