Week in Geek #142: Trailers for Mortal Kombat, Cruella, Zack Snyder's Justice League 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.

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

Zack Snyder's Justice League Official Trailer

In some ways, this feels like such a drastically different movie, which is insane. How could something as simple as setting up a Justice League film go so awry? Marvel did it before them, even, to show them the blueprint, and DC/Warner couldn't pull it off! It's nuts!

I'm very, very curious to see this. I'll binge the whole 4 hours like it's nothing (unless it's a terrible film, naturally). More than likely, what I'm going to do when this is out is watch the whole thing and then do a Reviewpoint and then possibly even a FanTracks to go along with it. Definitely very excited to see this "what if" scenario play out.

Transformers: Beast Alliance

Seems like they're finally going to the Beast Wars well for the Transformers movies. Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long.

Unpopular opinion, but I don't think Bumblebee was all that great or impressive. I think it's literally the same film as the first movie but with less charm and taking less risks, just repackaged with a female lead with the "Wouldn't it be cool if this was in the 80s!?!?!!" element (which I'm so tired of as just an arbitrary selling point rather than an actual purpose of storytelling).

They would probably be better off just setting it in modern times, rather than in the 90s.

Tim Burton - Wednesday Addams

Tim Burton's making a live-action spin-off series on Netflix about Wednesday Addams that reads to me as 50% great idea and 50% CW drivel meant to be nothing but a means to market to the goth Hot Topic "edgy girl" audience.

She'll be at school, dealing with psychic powers and mysteries and monsters. So basically Buffy, Sabrina and The Craft all wrapped in one.

Look. That might sound harsh, particularly because I could totally see myself pitching this exact same thing. This screams to me a pitch I would suggest if I were working as a producer or something. In fact, I'll have a whole segment on here, eventually, revolving around how I think you can make television shows based on characters in this sort of fashion.

I just feel like they're going to need to sell me really hard with that first trailer or else I'll end up looking at it the way I looked at the first episode of Ratched: "Wow. This blows and I'm not watching any more of it and you just sullied the good name of the original."

Nintendo Direct

I looked through the announcements of the Nintendo Direct and there wasn't a single damn thing I found interesting except for how Smash seems to LOOOOOOOOOOVE these animated sword-wielding characters. Why are there like 50 of them in the game and characters I've never heard of, but they still don't have Toad, Dixie Kong/Funky Kong/Cranky Kong, Dr. Robotnik/Knuckles/Tails, Zero from Mega Man X, Bomberman, some more Street Fighter characters (Chun Li? Guile?), etc?

I get that they would have issues with some characters that are on the PlayStation side of things. I wouldn't expect Crash Bandicoot or Spyro or whatever (but they'd naturally be main characters people would love to see). But I see no reason why there are all these anime characters and not something like the little dudes from Bubble Bobble.

Cruella Trailer

Maleficent has some pros and cons. This feels like another attempt at that. But it doesn't at all give me the dalmatians vibe like this sets that up. Maybe that's a good thing. I really don't know what to make of it, but I'll check it out.

Mortal Kombat Trailer

.....admittedly....this looks like they did the best possible job they could have. Right?

My only question is why there's no Johnny Cage. Maybe this Cole character actually uses that stage name or something and they're just keeping that reveal.




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