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SHAZAM BYTE: I have been a fan of Dwayne Johnson since his football days at the University of Miami. He became a bit of a legend for me while he was trash talking and defeating enemies with “rock bottoms” in the WWE. I followed him through his movie career and I thought he grew into the actor role. Since his acting career got going he has positioned himself as one of the premier action heroes in the industry. A role in a big-budget superhero movie may be the only missing piece from pretty solid resume. Well, good news, fellow fans of “The People’s Champion”. Your hero will finally get that role in a big superhero movie, but it won’t be as any of the previously rumored characters like Lobo, Darkseid, John Stewart or Black Adam. According to several reliable sources Johnson will be playing none other than Captain Marvel himself, better known as SHAZAM! Recently Johnson hinted at which character was being discussed by simply stating, “Just say the word”.
Personally, I’d rather see him as Black Adam or John Stewart. As Black Adam he would play a powerful, egotistical villain. I think after his years of “heel turns” in the WWE he’s up for that task. As John Stewart he would get to play an iconic hero in Green Lantern. He would get to revive interest in the character after a lack-luster introduction and it would keep him in the mix for a Justice League appearance. One more reason that I am not as thrilled with Johnson as Shazam is that it is a dual role. Johnson would likely only play the character after he utters the power word. Billy Batson is a kid in the comics so I would assume that a younger actor will play the hero’s alter-ego. Realistically, I’m just happy to finally see Johnson in a major superhero role. It’s been a long time coming. Can you smell what THE ROCK is cooking?
MARVEL BYTE: No one can seriously argue against the success of Marvel Studios movies. Their partnership with Disney and stable of iconic heroes to work with has resulted in some of the best superhero based moves ever. The Avengers, Thor, and possibly most of all Captain America: The Winter Soldier have shown fanboys and new fans what a superhero movie should be like. There are nay-sayers who keep predicting that the next one will be a bomb, and that hero movies are at three zenith and are sure to crash back to Earth in the future. With bold statements like that how can you be wrong? Eventually they will make a movie that won’t be well received, every movie company does, but until then I plan to enjoy the ride! Marvel Studios seems to have that same theory in mind. They have some big movies on the horizon including Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Avengers: Age of Ultron but they are just a drop in the bucket. Marvel Studios has announced setting five more release dates. These dates (July 27, 2017. November 3, 2017. July 6, 2018. November 2, 2018. May 3, 2019) have no titles, characters, or directors assigned to them, but did you think that would stop me from speculating?
May 6: Captain America 3 (not official title)
July 8: Untitled (likely Doctor Strange)
May 5: Untitled (possibly Avengers 3, Civil War)
July 27: Untitled (Black Widow mmm, who wouldn’t want to see that?)
Nov. 3: Untitled (Black Panther)
July 6: Untitled (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, setting up Avengers 4, why not??)
Nov. 2: Untitled (Howard the Duck 2 FINALLY! Realistically, I’d love to see World War Hulk here)
May 3: Untitled (Avengers 4… Infinity. Thanos, Guardians, purely wishful thinking)
FIGHT CLUB BYTE: It has been a year since the comic book sequel to Fight Club was announced at Comic-Con International. Author Chuck Palahniuk is making the move to comics for a sequel that no one thought was even possible until last year. Palahniuk announced, at that time, that Fight Clubwould “likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden.” This past January he added that he had solicited the advice of comic book scribe Matt Fraction – who is not involved on the project – on how to move forward with the series.
It’s now been announced that in April 2015, Palahniuk, artist Cameron Stewart and cover artist David Mack will team up at Dark Horse Comics for a 10-issue Fight Club 2 maxi-series. The USA Today reported that the series will explore the narrator failing his 9-year-old son Junior in the same way the narrator’s father failed him. Palahniuk stated in the USA Today piece;
“[Fight Club was] such a tirade against fathers — everything I had thought my father had not done combined with everything my peers were griping about their fathers. Now to find myself at the age that my father was when I was trashing him made me want to revisit it from the father’s perspective and see if things were any better and why it repeats like that.”
I realize that by writing this piece I have broken the first rule of Fight Club, which, as you remember is “You do not talk about Fight Club“. In my defense this is too big to keep to myself! Fight Club 2 hits the shelves at your local comic book store on April 8, 2015.
STAR WARS BYTE: Star Wars Episode VII has been big news for a long time now. Since Disney purchased the rights and announced a seventh installment helmed by wunderkinds J.J. Abrams no one can get enough news about the film. Sadly, Harrison Ford (Han Solo) was recently injured on set when door malfunctioned and broke his ankle. Nerd Bytes wishes the star a speedy recovery.
Abrams has made the production an event in and of itself with his short videos entitled Star Wars: A Force for Change. This latest one announces the inclusion of another old friend in the production. No, its not another actor from the original movies, but it is an iconic figure none-the-less. The X-Wing Fighter will reprise it’s role in the new film and Abrams introduces it personally in this clip. Enjoy!
DOCTOR WHO BYTE: It seems like ages ago that we witnessed the passing of the Doctor Who torch from Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the 8th Season of the popular BBC Television series, although I think many have their doubts. In my humble opinion Matt Smith personified the character like few others before him. He and his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) drew me back into the series for the first time in decades.
I do give a huge nod to the writing which was spectacular during the Smith/Gillan run. Capaldi is without a doubt a good actor and possibly the best choice to play the Doctor, but can he hold my interests the way Matt Smith did? I don’t know, but the writing had better be up to the task! This trailer is the first official one for Season 8 and while it doesn’t delve too deeply, as with most trailers it does draw emotion. What has the Doctor become in this incarnation? Who will be his main enemy this time? What brilliant twist will we fail to see coming? All of those questions and more will begin to be answered on August 23 when the first episode “Deep Breath” airs. starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion, Clara.
SCREEN ROUND-UP: Guardians of the Galaxy released in theaters this past Friday. After so many pre-release reviews that called it ‘the best Marvel movie yet’ the film was going to have a lot to live up to. One of the most highly anticipated people in this movie has been Thanos. We last saw the Mad Titan in the post-credits scene at the end of the Avengers. Since then we found out that his role would be played by Josh Brolin. Now we even have a picture to back it up. I know it’s a little blurry, but what do you think of Brolin as one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains?
NERDITORIAL: I am a comic guy through and through so it was a foregone conclusion that I was going to see the Guardians of the Galaxy pretty quickly, and I did. These are not the Guardians that I grew up with. That team, created in 1969 by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan was a bit different. These Guardians were described in Wikipedia as;
“The original members of the team included Major Vance Astro, an astronaut from the 20th century Earth who spends a thousand years travelling to Alpha Centauri in suspended animation. He is also the future alternative universe counterpart of Vance Astrovik, the hero known as Justice. Other original team members are Martinex T’Naga, a crystalline being from Pluto; Captain Charlie-27, a soldier from Jupiter; and Yondu Udonta, a blue-skinned “noble savage” from Centauri-IV (the fourth planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B). Each is apparently the last of their kind and they are forced to unite as a team against the actions of the Badoon, an alien race which attempts to conquer Earth’s solar system. During the course of the war against the Badoon, the team recruit two more members – Starhawk and Nikki (created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Sal Buscema) – and travel back in time, where they encounter several of the heroes of 20th century Earth.”
The only character to make the jump to the movie was Yondu (Michael Rooker), who was much less the noble and much more the savage as a space-pirate Ravager. This movie was based mostly on the 2008 incarnation of the team that was created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning minus the characters of Quasar and Adam Warlock.
I’m not going to blast you with spoilers three days after the movie released. I will say that the movie’s cinematography and choreography (fight scenes) were brilliant. The casting was spot-on, including Dave Bautista who played Drax the Destroyer to a degree that I had doubted until I saw it myself. It was funny, exciting, and engaging for audiences of all ages regardless of past experience with the characters. The soundtrack, which I loved, may have been too classic for younger audiences but I could clearly hear people [my age]around me singing along with the movie likely while their kids chided, “Dad stop! You’re embarrassing me!” I admit it I sang a little too…”I can’t stop this feeling, deep inside of me…”
I think my only disappointment was the change to the character of Gamora (Zoe Saldana). In the comics she was a self-serving assassin who did the right thing despite her urges to the opposite. It took constant reigning in by her teammates to keep her on the straight and narrow. I get the fact that Marvel/Disney wanted true heroes in this movie so this is a small disappointment because we got what we paid for in the end. I rate this a must-see. Gather up the family and go see a great movie. Don’t forget to stay until the end of the credits for a special treat courtesy of another creation of the aforementioned Steve Gerber and the great Val Mayerik. Good news too! Writer/Director James Gunn will be returning for the sequel…can’t wait!
Rating: 5 out of 5 genetically altered rodents!
Translation for those who speak the language of Planet X, “I am Groot!”