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TRAILER BYTE: Your long arduous wait is over. We finally have the first trailer for Marvel Studios long-awaited epic Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is set to release on August 1, 2014 and has an impressive cast that includes Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Zoe Saldana, John C. Reilly and Vin Diesel among others. I know you want me to shut up and show the clip right? Done. Nerd Bytes will keep you posted when a full trailer becomes available, until then… enjoy![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQRqShJGIJc]
ARROW BYTE: We have been getting teased for a while, by the writers at Arrow, about the possible appearance of the Suicide Squad in the popular CW series. Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), who is the behind the scenes power behind the team of misfits, appeared in a recent episode, and Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) has been in several episodes. Series regular John Diggle (David Ramsey) will be recruited by Waller to lead a team that will include his ex-wife Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson), Bronze Tiger, Shrapnel (Sean Maher) and Deadshot (Michael Rowe). The episode is scheduled to air on March 19th. With Waller and her Suicide Squad involved Diggle better watch his back. Daniel Kalban expanded on the story in ARROW News: Enter The Suicide Squad.
FUTURE DC BYTE: DC Comics’ May solicitations bring us news of another weekly epic story. So epic in fact it will required the combined efforts of four of the comic company’s best and brightest creators. Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Brian Azzarello and Jeff Lemire will put their heads together and script this story that takes place five years into the future of the New 52 universe. Veteran artist Patrick Zircher will provide the interior art, with the cover provided by Ryan Sook, and a variant cover by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson. Before you read the solicitation below, make sure you’re fine with a few spoilers… last chance to look away…
“Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52! In this debut issue of The New 52’s weekly series, Batman Beyond arrives five years later! Grifter turns against humanity! And a Justice League member DIES!”
KIRKMAN BYTE: Robert Kirkman is the creator of The Walking Dead comic book from Image Comics that spawned the AMC television phenomenon of the same name. This is not news to any of you. What is news is that after four seasons in television production Kirkman is now making his move to the big screen. He will be one of the producers, along with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Ferguson, and The Walking Dead co-producer David Alpert, on a new sci-fi thriller called Air. The film, described as a “low-budget pic that follows two custodial workers struggling to maintain a cryogenic facility, whose residents are meant to restore society following a nuclear disaster.” The best part? The two custodians will be played by Norman Reedus (Daryl of The Walking Dead) and Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Guardians of the Galaxy). The screenplay will be written by video game veteran Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto, with Pasetto pulling double-duty as the director.
FARSCAPE BYTE: Rejoice Syfy nerds! One of my favorite shows will be getting a movie spin-off. It has been 10 long years since Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars tied up the loose ends left after the abrupt end of the series that lasted four seasons. Rumors were that Farscape was a victim of financial management, stating that the production costs of the show were not in line with sponsorship and ratings. It was a dark day for me. The show was always well written, well acted, and very original. Screenwriter Justin Monjo has written a script for the film, and director Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson) will return to direct it, after having served as Executive Producer of the show’s original four-season run and director of Peacekeeper Wars. The plot of the spin-off is as follows;
“Set to follow the awesome comics written by our favorite Keith R.A. DeCandido, the film would follow John and Aeryn’s son, D’Argo (or Little D, as we will always refer to him). Because their baby was exhibiting a set of interesting powers that made him a magnet for galactic villains, we find that John and Aeryn hide their son on Earth to grow up. Now the kid is 19 and ready to go into space with his parents.”
HEROES BYTE: Heroes hit the air courtesy of NBC Television in 2006 and took the world by storm. The show about ordinary people with super-powers banding together to stop a brutal serial killer with terrifying powers of his own, captivated the fanboy and the mainstream fan alike. The eclectic characters ranged from the deranged, misguided, and outright evil to the misunderstood, selfless, and truly heroic. The series, lasting four seasons, started out as a truly inspiring show, but faded after season two and ended after season four. Given its initial impact I’m not surprised that it is being brought back. Certainly a major factor in the return of the show, titled Heroes Reborn, is the return of the original creator Tim Kring. NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said, “We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.” The miniseries will air sometime in 2015 and will be preceded by a web series that will introduce the characters and new storylines. Nerd Bytes will keep you posted as more information is revealed. In the mean time check out this short teaser that was shown during the Olympics last week.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXUjpHHfTLY]
MOVIE ROUND-UP: The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron train keeps rolling on. Recently Paul Bettany (Constantine, Priest), who gave a voice to Tony Stark’s AI butler Jarvis in all three Iron Man movies, was promoted to a full-bodied character slot. Bettany will play the density-shifting android Avenger, The Vision. Marvel Studios also announced their intention to use Seoul, South Korea as a major shooting location for the film. Kevin Feige said of the announcement, “South Korea is the perfect location for a movie of this magnitude because it features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes and spectacular architecture. We would especially like to thank the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) for making it possible for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ to come to Korea.” Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is scheduled for release on May 1, 2015, stay tuned to Nerd Bytes for more information.
NERDITORIAL: Did the mighty Marvel marketing engine just miss a gear? They recently released the second trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it may have a HUGE **SPOILER** in it. I’m going to be a good guy and not say what the **SPOILER** is until after the attached video, so if you don’t want to see or hear the **SPOILER** go back to the top and read Nerd Bytes again. I am, as are many people, anxiously awaiting the release of this film on April 14th. Everything I have seen so far leads me to believe that this may be the best Marvel Studios movie to date. Check out the trailer and then we’ll talk.
Yeah, Captain America just said, “Fury’s last words were not to trust anyone.” Has Samuel L. Jackson seen his last paycheck from Marvel Studios? I doubt it. If they can bring back Coulson after his death in The Avengers they can certainly do the same for the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Besides in the comics Nick Fury routinely used L.M.D.s (Life Model Decoys), which are android replicas, as decoys for his own protection. Personally, I think this isn’t even a spoiler. I don’t see it happening.