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GAME OF THRONES BYTE: I’m a fan of George R.R. Martin, I have been for years, since the anthology series he co-wrote and edited, Wildcards, changed my nerdy life. I’m baffled to this day that this property hasn’t been optioned for television or a movie. It’s a travesty I say! Well Martins ‘other’ property Game of Thrones did get the television treatment courtesy of HBO. With three seasons in the can, so to speak, and a fourth about to start in April, it seems that all is not well with the fan favorite series. The books which are extremely long and not yet complete are not progressing at the same pace as the television series. HBO’s version has to progress faster due to aging characters and limited viewer attention span. Realistically how long can America pay attention to good programming when it’s inevitable that some raunchy bunch of losers from some armpit town will sway their attention to drunken escapades. To ensure that this tragic even doesn’t happen and to keep the show on track, showrunners met with Martin and outlined the gory futures of all of the characters. As David Benioff described the meeting:
“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”
It’s a great show, well written source material, well translated to television. If you haven’t seen it get over to Netflix (DVD not streaming) and binge-watch the first two seasons, by then the third will be available and the fourth will be happening on HBO. Get going! Oh, and hey somebody get a clue and make a Wildcards movie ASAP!
FLASH BYTE: A couple of weeks ago Nerd Bytes brought you the headgear photos for the now in production CW television show. I promised you at that time that we would keep you apprised of further developments. Well, the rest of Flash’s uniform has been revealed and its a doozie! Without further ado (drumroll) Grant Gustin’s Flash will look like this…
MOVIE ROUND-UP: Batman vs. Superman updates continue. This time it’s not a new cast member exactly, it’s the Batmobile. Design and construction have been completed. Speaking at a recent event Cassandra Salapatas-Metz, the Assistant Director of Transportation at Warner Bros, was asked by a fan if Warner Bros. has plans to bring the Batmobile to San Diego Comic-Con. Salapatas-Metz wouldn’t confirm anything but did admit that it’s been talked about, “Well, I’m not at liberty to say. But I think you might have a point there. But I think — let’s put it this way — it’s been spoken of, so always possible. We’re at the ready — us teamsters. We’re ready to roll if need be.” Actor Jeremy Irons, Alfred Pennyworth in the film, stated in a Variety interview that Zack Snyder is still tweaking the script. I have a feeling that is commonplace. Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced its intention to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in India on May 1, a day before it releases here. The company stated that the move was made simply to take advantage of an Indian public holiday on May 1st. Gareth Edwards director of the upcoming Godzilla feature recently spoke out about the movie and one answer caught my eye. He was asked how he battled the creature’s reputation and made his own version? He answered, “As much pressure as the fans put on you, the studio put on you, nothing equals the amount of pressure I put on myself. You only live once and this is a once in a multiple lifetime opportunity, so I don’t want to screw it up. But you also shouldn’t make a film for other people, you should make something you want to sit and watch that gives you goosebumps”. Sounds right but it’s Godzilla, how seriously are we expected to take it? Check out the trailer and you make the call…[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIu85WQTPRc]
Karen Gillan, in a recent interview with Variety was asked to describe her character, Nebula, in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. She described the films main villain as, “the female villain in the film, she goes around with Ronan the Accuser [played by Lee Pace] and their mission is to make the hero’s lives difficult, and be blue and bald and really good at fighting. She’s also got a really interesting relationship with Gamora [played by Zoe Saldana]. There’s a lot more animosity than you would first think. They’ve got a history together”.
DAYS OF FUTURE PAST BYTE: It seems like Bryan Singer is finally trying to fix the travesty that is the X-Men movie universe continuity. The first three X-Men movies were entertaining to be sure, but they were a mess. They sacrificed the future of the franchise for the shock value of deaths and destruction. Singer has been speaking out lately on his plans for the storylines that started with X-Men First Class. In a recent article in Collider, Singer even reveals some details about the third installment of the new franchise X-Men Age of Apocalypse. First he discussed the chronology:
“We’re going to deal with the notion of ancient mutants – the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it’ll be a contemporary movie – well, it’ll take place in the ’80s… The ’80s is a period now – it’s hard for me to believe that!”
X-Men: First Class took place in the 60s and Days of Future Past mostly in the 70s. So were finally getting a cohesive continuing story that hopefully doesn’t liberally murder all the best characters just for fun. He went on to promise that there will be more “mass destruction” than the previous two:
“Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle… I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-f**k sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!”
Maybe we’re finally going to see some of the best stories involving the X-Men without watering them down, rolling them into unrelated stories from different time frames, or using the wrong characters because you killed off the ones that should have been used. Too bad thought that we will likely never see The Dark Phoenix story as it should have been told, since it was already bastardized in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
DARK HORSE BYTE: Dark Horse comics has some big news and didn’t even make a big deal out of it. In their June solicitations there were a few hidden gems. First The Goon is back! The Goon: One For the Road will be written and drawn by Eric Powell, with colors by Dave Stewart (C) and a cover by Jack Davis. At $3.50 this 32 page One-shot is a welcome sight for fans who have missed the book. The book will tell the story of when “Goon and Franky meet a sailor on the hunt for his buddy . . . but trouble ensues when the trio go bar to bar in genre-hopping pursuit. Revenge—what better way than to have a cover by one of the greatest humor cartoonists of all time, JACK DAVIS!” Next up is another long-awaited return, this time its Dream Thief: Escape #1 (of 4). Described by Grant Morrison as, “Dream team. Dream book. Wake up to DREAM THIEF!” is written by Jai Nitz with Greg Smallwood providing the art and colors. This $3.99 32 page 4 issue mini series will tell the story of how, “Like his father before him, John Lincoln is a Dream Thief, possessed by vengeful spirits while he sleeps—a deadly instrument of revenge! Now he must defend the felon possessed by his father’s ghost . . . and get revenge against his killer! Continuing the supernatural drama of last summer’s acclaimed miniseries.” Last but not least is their #1 for $1 offering…The Strain. Written by Stray Bullets creator David Lapham, with art and cover by Mike Huddleston this is you best chance to start from the beginning at an affordable price. Based on the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, this horrifying first chapter confronts a mysterious outbreak of diabolical proportions and puts an original twist on the vampire genre! These are just three of the great offerings coming from Dark Horse Comics this June.
NERDITORIAL: There has been a lot of rhetoric lately about the impending doom of the superhero movie genre. There is no doubt that the age of the superhero is upon us. With great films like The Avengers, Man of Steel, the Batman Trilogy having such incredible success the door opened for more such films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is days away and looks to be great. Batman vs Superman is getting almost daily updates to casting and story, and Guardians of the Galaxy may just open a whole new style of hero movie with a mix of humor and hyjinx. Yet still fans and foes alike are all bemoaning the impending turn that will end the genre for good. I don’t see it. I think it’s just more nerd rage manifesting as doom-saying. I firmly believe that as long as the various studios continue to make good movies that are unique, well written, well acted, and fun, people will want to see them. Sure there will likely be some duds in the mix (yes, I’m referring to you Fantastic Four movie) but there are tons of duds every year in other genres and it hasn’t damaged the rest of the movie industry. I think the nerds who are constantly trying to find something negative to say need to cheer up, take their meds and ride the wave of success and fun for as long as it lasts. I think it will be years to come!