Week in Geek #150: 93rd Academy Awards, Vin Diesel's Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots 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:

Deathstroke's Kills in The Batman

Apparently, had the original Batman film with Deathstroke happened, Slade Wilson would have killed some "regular characters" off. No confirmation, but it seems like it would have been at least Commissioner Gordon, if not also Alfred and maybe others.

While there were some amazing things with Zack Snyder's universe, there were a lot of horrendous mistakes, too. This would have been one of them. I have no idea what this fascination was to kill off Dick Grayson instead of Jason Todd, have Jimmy Olsen be replaced by another character fulfilling even less of a purpose and then being killed off like nothing, etc.

Sometimes, it feels like Snyder's decisions were made purely on "shaking things up" rather than the best narrative. It also felt like he and many others want to always skip to the end of a lot of things and never want to go down the journey. That's why we see Batman go from starting off his career to retiring all the time.

The Flash Logo

Generic. Bland. Meh. It's fine.

Vin Diesel for Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

We knew it was a matter of time before this was adapted into a movie, and I'm not opposed to it. It's going to be ridiculous, as it should be.

Vin Diesel will supposedly be the main human character who befriends a robot, along with his son. Sounds like the most generic way to approach it, but I'm genuinely curious what they try to do with it.

Son of Sun and Knight of Night

Chris Terrio tossed out those titles as potential other options for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

It's a little too poetic for my tastes (says the guy who thinks Quantum of Solace is one of the best James Bond titles) but I dig it. I think as a movie, it doesn't work, but as a story, it's great.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Trailer

FINALLY got a look at this film...and...meh. The action looks like it will probably be cool, but I definitely need more substance than just that, and the characters are nothing for me at the moment.

Why do I get the feeling Awkwafina's character is going to annoy me, rather than be someone I find charming?

I'm sure it'll be better than I'm feeling right now. Well, I'm not SURE, but I'm fairly confident. After all, I've been wrong in the past, thinking Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man would be awful. But I've also been wrong on the other side, thinking WandaVision would be better than what it boiled down to.

I'll see it as soon as it comes out, for sure. I'll probably enjoy it quite a bit. But for right now, I'm not feeling amped.

How I Met Your Father

Hilary Duff is going to star in a rehash of How I Met Your Mother.

Didn't they already do this? Wasn't there a spin-off that failed miserably?

I'm not a fan of even trying this. You know why? Because I absolutely ADORED the original show. Up until the final few moments of the last episode, it was one of my favorite television shows of all time. That finale really docked it a ton of points, but I still think it's 99.9% wonderful. And it served its purpose.

You can't just do the same idea and think it's going to capture the same magic. What made the show was that it was slightly different from what we had seen before and the cast had amazing synergy. Just throwing Duff in there, replacing Mother with Father and calling it a day is nothing.


Disney and Sony Reach a Deal for Spider-Man to Come to Disney+

One more step. I love this. Can Disney just buy out Sony already?

M.O.D.O.K. Trailer

Nope. I didn't laugh or even chuckle at any of it. I hate the animation style. This is a solid thumbs down for me.

Russell Crowe is Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder

You know what? Not only can I see it, I think it might be perfect!

93rd Academy Awards

Rather than doing the normal breakdown of the Oscars that I usually put a lot of time and effort into, this discussion is something we've done on the Patreon as a Bonus Feature podcast. Subscribe to that tier and check out what myself and Rob have to say about this year's list!

The Future of Week in Geek

I wanted to make the #150 edition of Week in Geek a special one, but I couldn't think of any topics worthwhile of elaborating on to make it something awesome. This, along with how many weeks have no more than a few topics worth mentioning, has me thinking that I might be changing Week in Geek in some fashion going forward. Maybe it would be better if it's released as a monthly thing, breaking down the particular weeks and having more content per post? Maybe it needs to end entirely? What do you think? Give me your thoughts on what you'd like to see with this and I'll heavily factor in whatever input you have!




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.