Week in Geek #106: 10 Best Picture Nominees, New Release Dates and More | Fanboys Anonymous

Week in Geek #106: 10 Best Picture Nominees, New Release Dates and More

Posted by Anthony Mango Sunday, June 14, 2020
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:

New Release Dates

As is the case with 2020, when nothing happens in the world but people arguing with each other and pop culture going "Hold on a minute", we have updated release dates for films that should have come out already or were set to come out soon.

- Tenet was pushed back 2 weeks.

- Wonder Woman 1984, which at this point feels like it should have come out in 1984 with how many delays its had despite the film's plot apparently leaking online a while back and being SUPER underwhelming from my POV, is now set for October 2nd. Probably should've kept that November 2019 date you originally had, right?

- No Time to Die moved up a few days.

Inception 10th Anniversary Re-Release

The original date for Tenet, July 17th, will be replaced by an Inception re-release that will commemorate its 10th anniversary. Along with that, Warner Bros is having some sneak peak content for Tenet and some other projects including likely The Batman, The Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, maybe Godzilla vs. Kong, etc.

Neat. I don't know how many people will actually be in theaters, but at least this makes sense to give someone a reason to go see Inception at a location other than their home. I think I would do the exact same move if I were an executive calling the shots.

10 Best Picture Nominees for Oscars

The Academy Awards are adjusting its strategy with Best Picture nominees by making it a guaranteed 10 entries, instead of the algorithm thing they've used recently where it could be any number between 5 and 10 based on a weighted system.

I'm of two opinions about this. I actually like weighted systems, to a certain extent. However, I think having more Best Picture nominees is potentially a good thing for opening some minds for the voters. We've seen decades upon decades of only the same type of movies being nominated by the same type of people, and I think lots of great films have been snubbed from being able to say they're a Best Picture nominee because of that. There's no reason The Dark Knight shouldn't have been nominated, for instance, just because it's about a superhero.

Having 10 films at least gives some of those movies more of a fighting chance. They might not win - and that's okay, too, so long as the films that do win aren't stunt votes based purely on politics and NOT the actual film itself - but at least they'll be able to say they were nominated.

Remember That Batman Game...

Every single year, constantly, there are reports that there's another Arkham game in the works. Every single event that revolves around video games, like E3 or whatever, is spoken of as when they'll reveal the new game. And it NEVER happens.

This is another year where that's happened again. I don't know why people bother to trust in these reports when this has been several years of these kind of promises and nothing happening.


Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.