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NETFLIX BYTE: It was recently announced that Marvel Comics was teaming with Netflix to produce up to four original shows based on Marvel Comics characters. The list of possible shows included Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. It was also speculated that the shows would lead into a mini-event called The Defenders. It looks like the lead offering will be Daredevil and the better news is that an established writer/director will be at the helm, Drew Goddard (Lost, Alias). Goddard will also serve as showrunner and executive producer of the 13-episode series, which will premiere in 2015. That’s a lot of hats for just one guy, but I’m sure they want to keep the budget down.
TERMINATOR BYTE: Do you ever find yourself missing Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles? Yeah I don’t miss it much either. Although I really wanted to like it, and it did have its moments (Summer Glau), but overall it was a disappointment. Well, fear not because it looks like Terminator will be getting another shot at the small screen. Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures have teamed to develop a fresh television series and have hired X-Men: First Class writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller to lead the project. The duo also worked on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fringe, and Thor, so the choice does have serious credibility. The series will take a critical moment from the original film and spin it off into a totally new direction. It sounds like a good plan to me, but it needs to have the action and suspense that was often lacking in the previous television effort. We should hear more in the coming months and Nerd Bytes will keep you posted.
X-MEN BYTE: James McAvoy has been in a lot of cool movies like Wanted and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but possibly his best work was in X-Men First Class in which he played a young Charles Xavier fighting for the future of mutant kind. McAvoy is reprising the role in X-Men: Days of Future Past which releases on May 23, 2014. McAvoy stated that this movie will be the biggest X-Men movie yet. In a recent interview the actor added;
“The personal pleasure for me in ‘First Class’ was presenting a Charles Xavier to the fans, but also a new audience, who’s very different from the Charles that you expected. But he was still very sort of ‘Everything’s going good!’ In the second movie I get to present another version of Charles Xavier who’s still very different from the Charles that used to exist, but he’s also remarkably different from the Charles in ‘First Class’ as well. So what’s great is that even though it’s a sequel, even though it’s a franchise, I keep getting to reinvent Charles Xavier and that’s amazing. I’ve got to do it twice now, because the Charles in this film is unrecognizable from the Charles in the last film as well unrecognizable from the Charles played by Patrick Stewart, who I then get to face up to. That’s sort of theatrical almost, it’s like we’re playing a game with the audience saying ‘Look at the many faces of Charles-Patrick-Stewart-Xavier-McAvoy. It’s really good fun.”
James McAvoy is signed to play the good Professor for a third movie but has yet to confirm that it will be X-Men: Apocalypse which Bryan Singer recently tweeted as the name of the next installment, likely in 2016.
INHUMANITY BYTE: If you took the time to read my weekly updates of Marvel Comics recent Avengers epic Infinity, first allow me to thank you for your time. This Week in INFINITY was fun to read and write about and it was, as promised, the type of story that will have lasting effects on the Marvel Universe. The first of those effects will play out in the new series Inhumanity. To prevent the destruction of his race at the hands of the Mad Titan Thanos, Black Bolt the King of the Inhumans detonated Attilan releasing the Terrigen Mists on an unsuspecting world. In order to save his race he had to sacrifice the world. Marvel Comics, continuing in their role as master marketers has released a trailer for this event. It should almost bring you up to speed, but if you want the details go check out my articles at Word of the Nerd Online. Enjoy the trailer… and The Nerd’s take on the subject at Inhumanity Trailer from Marvel
RED GIANT BYTE: Red Giant Entertainment has been in the news quite often lately. The company, known for their webcomic content, recently announced their participation if Free Comic Book Day in May 2015. Now they are teaming up with Diamond Comic Distributors again, this time to produce actual comic books. Diamond will provide Red Giant with over 2800 retail outlets, in the US and UK, for their Giant-Sized Line of comics. Red Giant CEO Benny Powell said of the move, “This is a watershed moment for Red Giant. We have proven our Intellectual Property online and in the digital comic marketplace. Now, we are pleased to work with this cornerstone institution to help grow and support the comic book retail industry as well as our offline audience.” John Wurzer VP of Purchasing for Diamond stated, “Diamond is pleased to be working with Red Giant, offering their line of top-notch comics into domestic and international markets. Diamond will market Red Giant’s comics to retailers, devoted comic fans and those new to comics who would be interested in the various types of genres Red Giant’s comics offer. These efforts will get Red Giant comics into more comic book specialty shops through our distribution network, spreading the Red Giant name to more audiences.”
MOVIE ROUND-UP: More news coming out of the camp for the upcoming Terminator reboot, refresh, prequel, sequel (whatever it’s going to be). Very popular actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. She will have huge shoes to fill in a role of Sarah Connor that Linda Hamilton played to perfection. Clarke definitely has the acting chops, and the attitude to play the multi-faceted mother of Earth’s savior John Connor. Speaking of the messiah himself, rumor has it that Jason Clarke of Zero Dark Thirty fame is in negotiations for the role. Sounds like an interesting pairing. Now they need an interesting plot and script for Alan Taylor to direct. Image Comics just announced that Mark Millar and Goran Parlov’s Starlight comic book would release in March, and it has already been optioned by 20th Century Fox for a screenplay by Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past). The book and movie will tell the story of a retired hero living a quiet, solitary life until he receives an unexpected call from a distant world, calling him to action one last time. A teaser poster has been released for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s upcoming prequel to Sin City. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For will tell the story of how Dwight is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For hits theaters August 22, 2014.
NERDITORIAL: Despite months of nerd rage about the existence and quality of DC Comics’ New 52 Universe, the offerings from said comic publishing giant continue to lead sales charts. Since day one of the highly criticized reboot fans and foes alike have raged against the loss of 75 years of history and lore. They have bemoaned the changing of characters, costumes, and histories in the revamped New 52 world. Some critics have made well thought out and intuitive commentaries on the pros and cons of the decision. Others limited their opinions to a simple, “New 52 sucks.” This type of opinion is not well thought out, or supported by fact or research. Simply put they are saying, “It’s new and I’m afraid so I will choose to hate it. Someone get me a torch and a pitchfork!” Well people, fan or foe you cannot dispute the verifiable facts and statistics. In November DC Comics New 52 line accounted for four of the top 5 titles. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #25 topped the charts, followed by a new title Harley Quinn #0 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Superman Unchained #4 and Forever Evil #3 rounded out the offerings that hit the Top 5. Could it be time to stop the rhetoric now about how much New 52 sucks? The people have spoken and DC Comics has heard their words.
“We’ve had a banner year at DC Entertainment, where we experienced record-breaking sales, published compelling and captivating stories and continued to bring innovation to the comics industry featuring some of pop culture’s most beloved characters, including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman,” said Diane Nelson, DC Entertainment President. “We also continued to bring the best and brightest creators into the fold to work on our beloved characters and re-energized the market with a wave of new concepts from our DC Comics and Vertigo imprints.”