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Week in Geek #116: DC FanDome Breakdown and More

Posted by Anthony Mango Monday, August 24, 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:

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Remake

The classic Thanksgiving film is getting a reboot with Will Smith and Kevin Hart.

I'm sure it'll be fine, but it won't capture the same magic the original did - and that's coming from someone who doesn't even love the movie as much as most people do.

Will Smith is phenomenal, but he's just not Steve Martin. They're two completely different amazing performers. Kevin Hart is great, too, but he's not John Candy. You can't just take two talented people and think they'll be the same as two other talented people.

But hey, I might check it out. Why not, right?

Olivia Wilde to Direct Spider-Woman Movie

All incarnations of the Spider-Woman character have never felt like they're worth a dedicated film, in my opinion. That goes doubly for when Sony has control over the characters and just desperately wants to have its own MCU, no matter what the cost.

The two studios who keep throwing things out there with no plan are Sony and WB, so at this point, Olivia Wilde directing a film like this feels like a 50/50 shot. Morbius got made. Most other movies didn't (thankfully).

With the idea that Wilde is "completely revamping" the character, I feel there's even less of a reason to get behind it, because more often than not, instead of fixing the problems behind it, people just make things worse.

The Batman Logo

Matt Reeves tweeted the logo for his upcoming The Batman film.

Meh. I mean, it's plain text with a grungy texture and a transparent version of the bat logo. It's not exactly thought-provoking or anything.

Call me crazy, but I find it more dynamic if a superhero film has a logo that has an actual logo and isn't something that could very easily be just a generic R-rated action flick if you change the text. That could say anything and it wouldn't make you think it was Batman without the logo overlay.

I'd rather have something more along the lines of the bottom left here or the Arkham game ones.

Ben Affleck Returning as Batman in The Flash

So Batman will be in The Flash and it'll be played by multiple people, with Batfleck being one of them.

Good call. I'm all for this.

The Batman Trailer

Okay. This had an awesome vibe to it. It didn't even feel like a Batman film. It felt more like a legit crime thriller. That has me kind of psyched. However, I'm not getting a Bruce Wayne vibe from Pattinson yet. I'd like to see something that shows more of his acting to sell me on him. Right now, he kind of looks like a kid who wants to be Batman, rather than Batman.

Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer

Nope. Not feeling it. This seems like its exactly like the leaked script and that was kind of trash. It feels VERY early 2000s superhero flick and not modern.

Gotham Knights

Is this set in the same universe as the Arkham games? You know what? Screw it. As long as Batman isn't actually dead (as that would be weird), this is still amazing.

Court of Owls? Sweet! Getting the ability to play as Dick and Barbara and Jason and Tim (I'm assuming its Tim and not Damian)? Super, super cool.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Um....what? What is this? Also, they didn't show any footage of the game itself, which isn't surprising, since this CG stuff always looks so much better and it convinces people that the rest of the game will look like that.

I'm definitely interested in this. It's a Justice League thing, so of course I am. But this is really weird.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

That's the title of the sequel. You know what? Not bad.

The Suicide Squad Teaser

So "it's so wacky and great and crazy and awesome and perfect you guys" is the gist of it. I guess we'll see. I still don't get the idea of having Deadshot but not Deadshot with the same basic "I've got a daughter" angle, if that's true. I mean, I've heard of Bloodsport before, but still. It seems like they wanted to do Deadshot and couldn't get Will Smith back, so they just said "idk, how about uh...." and tossed a random other character in his place.


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.