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By: Pati Locke

We woke today with the news of Adam West’s passing. Adam was such a huge part of a lot of our childhoods and even into our adulthood, so this news hit so many of us hard. I know I can’t be the only one that ran around in my Batman Under-roos pretending to save the day from a nasty villain or to this day still wanting his fun gadgets neatly tucked away in that utility belt. He was best known from his portrayal of Batman from the 1966-68 T.V. series and the younger generation might better know him from Family Guy, where he played a comical  version of himself. Adam had been acting since 1959 and worked right up until his passing so everyone has come across him from at least one of his many projects. He’s done everything from serious films, kids movies to cartoons (adult and children’s). In any project he worked he was immediately recognizable, his voice alone is iconic. You can’t help but adore a serious actor who is comfortable enough to make fun of himself or take on more comical roles. I think that’s one thing that made him so endearing. It breaks my heart to lay another legend to rest. Rest In Peace Mr. West we will carry you in our childhood memories and remember you always. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends from all of us here at The Nerdery.

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By: JD Hardin

BREAKING NOW! 

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Josh Brolin has reportedly signed a four picture deal to play Cable in Deadpool 2.

Is it real? Brolin most recently came to the big screen as Eddie Mannix in last year’s Hail, Caeser!  Comic book fans will know him from the multiple MCU films as the mad Titan Thanos.

The highly talked topic of “Who will play Cable?” started with the credits scene from the first Deadpool film. The tease issued by none other than Deadpool himself.

Cable, also known as Nathan Summers, is the child of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey), who was transported into the future as an infant. For years Cable popped in and out of Marvel’s main continuity and timeline. In 2004 Cable was paired with Deadpool in Cable & Deadpool. Their polar opposite personalities has made Cable a constant inside of Deadpool comics ever since. While the characters have a hilarious and sometimes violent chemistry, the two are often depicted and expected together. Such was the case with Deadpool in 2016.

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The biggest news here isn’t necessarily Cable’s casting. If Brolin does appear as Cable, he will be the first actor to appear in both the FMU and the MCU simultaneously. I know, it’s shocking. FOX’s history of being unwilling to accept any sort of agreement with Marvel Entertainment has caused quite a rift between the two companies. If Brolin signed a four picture deal, will he still be allowed to appear in the MCU?

This story will continue to draw attention as it unfolds.

KEEP TRACK WITH US AS THIS CONTINUES TO DEVELOP!!!

By: JD Hardin

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In case you’ve missed it, after a lot of fan made trailers that looked truly amazing, we finally have a REAL teaser trailer for Thor Ragnarok.

Fans have been debating for years on what plot line Ragnarok would follow. Would it be the fall of Thor Odinson, the rise and return of Odinson and the conflict with the clone known as Ragnarok, or would we see something else entirely?

It would seem that we may have a few clues on that.

Take a look……..

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By: JD Hardin

Ben Affleck stunned fan and foe alike when he announced that he would be stepping down Image result for ben affleck batmanas Director for The Batman. What stunned the fans even more were the rumors circulating that he would be walking away from the cowl all together. Every since that particular announcement and subsequent rumor, I’ve been beating the street to get any verification on the facts and fiction.

First, lets look at the project. Comic book films are some of the hottest Hollywood projects right now. Motivating comic book readers, film critics, and whole families to flock to theaters in unprecedented numbers.While the trend isn’t new, it’s found a place in the fickle public eye to launch every project into the hottest social media trends and top headline news stories. Attracting new people to comic books and interpreting classic characters has brought comic fans into the mainstream culture in a manner never seen before. But with all the attention comes incredible pressure for filmmakers and actors that normal movies don’t usually see. Hollywood normally only has to placate film critics and the general public.

Image result for ben affleck batmanAs I see it, comic book films have four very different movie-goer groups to satisfy. The first of which are the film critics. Critics are normally the hardest to satisfy, and their (usually) unfamiliarity with the nuances of many comic book characters, can add a massive additional challenge to elicit warm and fuzzy emotions for a film. The average movie goer is a little more difficult to placate. Usually touting a complete lack of character knowledge (and sometimes feigning one) the film is often required to educate the newcomers to the genre while doing so subtly as to not bore the next two groups. Liberal comic fans are a unique group who have miles of knowledge of the characters and their backstories, but are happy to see changes that differ from what they know. This group is one of the easiest to satisfy as they are there to see a new version of a character. They are perfectly content with varying backstories, settings, character race or the plot as a whole. They are the exact polar opposite of the last group. The conservative comic fans are by far the most difficult to satisfy. Craving to watch the story they’ve already seen and read played out on the screen, little variation is allowed for the characters or their adventure. All of these groups demand the absolute best out of every aspect of filming.

Image result for ben affleck daredevilBen Affleck initially was picking up writing, directing, and acting duties for The Batman film. It’s safe to say that that is a massive workload, especially when realizing the amount of perfection the audience demands. Having to split his focus between all these tasks would mean each one would get a little less than his best. Having been the subject of critical homicide with 2003’s Daredevil, Affleck is well aware of how wrong things can go with a comic book movie stating simply “…I hate Daredevil so much.” Luckily for fans, Daredevil motivated him to play Batman and give the role his honest best.

“That’s the movie I want to do. I want to be a part of that,” he said about Batman v Superman. Image result for ben affleck daredevil“Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right — to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.” When speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Affleck opened up on the red-horned flop a little more saying,Daredevil didn’t work, at all…if I wanted to go viral, I would be less polite,” Affleck continued to explain the difference in the Hollywood/Comic Book relationship from then and now, “That was before people realized you could make these movies and make them well,” he elaborated. “There was a cynical sense of ‘Put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, hunt some bad guys, and cash the check.'”

Anyone who has seen the film knows how terrible the blasé approach was for graphic novel adaptations. Keeping all that in mind, Affleck gracefully stepped aside to allow another director to step in and take the heavy reigns. Ben Affleck and renowned  DC writer Geoff Johns wrote the original script for The Batman, which was rewritten (true to Hollywood modus operandi) by David S. Goyer (Dark City, Blade Trilogy, Dark Knight Trilogy, MoS, BvS). There’s little doubt that the rewrite is little more than an insurance policy for Warner Brothers and their DCEU continuity. Furthermore, Affleck has maintained his position as producer for the new Caped Crusader’s first solo outing, illustrating a continued faith in the feature.

Matt Reeves has unofficially been announced as the new director. If you’re unfamiliar with Reeves’ work, you should be ashamed of yourself. Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes, and War For The Planet Of The Apes are but a few amazing pieces of cinema that Matt Reeves has attended the director’s chair for. There’s little doubt that Reeves will put together an amazingly tense film for the aged Batman.

When it comes to whether or not Affleck will be taking off the cowl before or immediately following The Batman, it seems that most of those rumors are largely unsubstantiated. It’s become very apparent to us here at The Nerdery that such is normally the case. Honestly, there has been absolutely zero indication that Ben Affleck has any intention to step away from the Dark Knight.

 

By: JD Hardin

FINALLY! Goldar, Putties, Zords, Zordon, Alpha 5, and all those little nuggets we’ve been waiting on have been revealed. Saban’s Power Rangers’ new trailer has finally given me the substance that I’ve been waiting on. I was beginning to be concerned that we wouldn’t get the Power Rangers movie we deserve. The trailer fills in a lot of blanks that fans have had, but draws just as many questions.

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By: JD Hardin

Sometimes news comes down the wire that you all should really be aware of. But rarely does it come with enough information for a full write-up. So instead, I’m combining a few of those things to get it to you.

Hellboy III?

Yeah, Ron Perlman and Mike Mignola have both told us it’s not going to happen. It would appear that may not be definitive. There’s still a few hours left, SO GO VOTE!!!

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Action Comics #1 For $15.99

action-comics-1Yep, that’s right. LootCrate’s January box carries an Origin label. What all will be in it for sure is currently unknown (as per usual). But it has been confirmed that it will contain a reprint of Action Comics #1. The comic book that started the superhero trend that we enjoy so much today. DC has issued several reprints over the years, each printed on the current paper standard with the adds updated as well. One reprint added pages that were removed from the final draft of the original print. LootCrate is giving us something special. This reprint will be printed on 1938 standard papers with all the original adds. More than likely LootCrate will have their logo printed on the cover somewhere, aside from that, it will be an extremely loyal representation of the 10 cent trendsetter.

Alright, the polls are closed and you have chosen the Best of 2016. Some of these results were really close. We had to bring in a tie breaker on more than a few of these categories. But, 2016 was a great year for nerds and 2017 looks to be an even better one.

Without any more bantering, here’s the results of the Best of 2016 Poll!!!

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By: JD Hardin

As usual, it’s a great week to be a reader. DC’s Justice League VS Mighty Morphin Power Rangers makes its debut, Nerdery favorite, Moonshine, unleashes its fourth issue, and most of all 451Media’s Red Dog #2 is now available to the masses. We also have rumor of Liv Tyler’s return to the role of Betty Ross and casting suspicions of Poison Ivy.

It’s rarely a bad week to be a comic book fan, but the last decade has been more than kind to us. Yes, we all know that guy who just watched a movie or two and is now pestering you with questions. Be kind and share your wealth of knowledge. You weren’t always the encyclopedia you are today. One day he may become an encyclopedia as well. Share your nerdism with the people around you, it will ensure its survival.

Let’s go RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: JD Hardin

It’s been a long roller coaster of a year, but it’s almost over. Nerds the world over have lost a lot this year. From Jason Wingreen, the voice of Boba Fett, to Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia herself. Brace yourself, below is a partial list of those we’ve lost this year.

Jason Wingreen – Voice of Star Wars’ Boba Fett Dies at 95
Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Dead at 85
David Bowie – Legendary Entertainer Passes Away From Cancer at 69
Alan Rickman – ‘Harry Potter’ Actor Passes Away at 69
‘Grizzly Adams’ Star Dan Haggerty Dead at 74
Glenn Frey – Eagles Guitarist Passes Away at 67
Abe Vigoda – ‘The Godfather’ Actor Dies at 94
Jefferson Airplane’s Signe Toly Anderson Died the Same Day as Paul Kantner

Joe Alaskey – Famous Looney Tunes Voice Actor Dies at Age 63
Dave Mirra – BMX Star Dies of Apparent Suicide at 41
Katie May – Model & ‘Queen of Snapchat’ Dies at 34
George Gaynes – ‘Police Academy’ Actor Dies at 98
Harper Lee – ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author Dies at 89
Tony Burton – ‘Rocky’ Actor Dies at 78
George Kennedy – ‘Cool Hand Luke’ Actor Dies at 91

Larry Drake – ‘L.A. Law’ Actor Dies at 66
Ken Howard – ’30 Rock’ Actor & SAG-AFTRA President at 71
Garry Shandling – ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Actor Dies at 66
David Smyrl – ‘Sesame Street’ Actor Dies at 80
Patty Duke – Oscar Winning Actress Dies at 69

Doris Roberts Dead – ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ & ‘Grandma’s Boy’ Actress Passes Away at 90
WWE Wrestler Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer Dead at 45
Prince – Legendary Singer Dies at 57
Billy Paul – ‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ Philly Soul Singer Passes Away at 80
John Berry – Original Beastie Boys Member Dies at 52
Alan Young – ‘Mr. Ed’ Star Dies at 96
Muhammad Ali – Boxing Legend Dies at 74
Kimbo Slice – MMA Fighter Dies at 42
Gordie Howe – Canadian Hockey Legend Dies At 88
Christina Grimmie – at 22 After Concert Shooting, Rep Confirms
Michu Meszaros – ‘Alf’ Star Dies at 76
Ron Lester – ‘Varsity Blues’ Billy Bob Actor Dies at 45
Anton Yelchin – ‘Star Trek’ Star Dead After Freak Accident
Miss Cleo – TV Psychic Dies After Cancer Battle at 53
David Huddleston – ‘Big Lebowski’ Actor Dies at 85
Kenny Baker – ‘Star Wars’ Actor Behind R2-D2 Dies at 83
Matt Roberts – 3 Doors Down Ex-Guitarist Dies at 38
Gene Wilder – ‘Willy Wonka’ Actor Dies at 83

Jon Polito – Coen Brothers Movie Actor Dies at 65
Kim McGuire – ‘Cry Baby’ Actress Dead at 60
Charmian Carr – ‘Sound of Music’ Actress Dead at 73
Shawty Lo – Rapper Killed in Car Accident at Age 40
Bill Nunn – ‘Do the Right Thing’ Actor Dies at 62
Gary Glasberg – ‘NCIS’ Showrunner Dead at 50
Tommy Ford – ‘Martin’ Actor Dies at Age 52
Dylan Rieder – Pro Skateboard Dead at 28
Kevin Meaney – Veteran Stand-Up Comedian Dies at 60
Steve Dillon – Comic Book Artist & ‘Preacher’ Creator Dies at 54
Leonard Cohen – ‘Hallelujah’ Singer & Poet Dies at 82
Robert Vaughn – ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E’ Star Dies at 83
Leon Russell  – Famed Rocker Passes Away at 74
Florence Henderson Dead – ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom Dies at 82
Ron Glass – ‘Barney Miller’ Star Dies at 71
Alice Drummond – Character Actress Passes Away at 88
Peter Vaughan – ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Passes Away at 93
John Glenn – NASA Astronaut & Former Senator Dies At 95
Alan Thicke – ‘Growing Pains’ Actor Dies at 69
Bernard Fox – ‘Bewitched’ Actor  Dead at 89
Zsa Zsa Gabor – Hungarian Actress Dead at 99
Dick Latessa – ‘Hairspray’ Actor Dies at 87
George Michael – Musician at 53 – RIP
Ricky Harris – Comedian Passes Away at 54
Tricia Lynn McCauley Dead – ‘Step Up’ Actress Allegedly Murdered in Carjacking
Carrie Fisher Dead – Legendary ‘Star Wars’ Actress Passes Away at Age 60

 

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By: JD Hardin

With all the big news with The Flash, Deadpool, and all the new trailers, it’s been an awesome and crazy time to be a comic book fan. Not all the news is good news, but it’s not all bad either. I guess that goes with the territory of being readers. I have faith that everything will turn out for the better in the end. A lot is happening this week, Avengers #1, Animosity #3, Eden’s Fall #3, Eclipse #3, Green Lanterns #10, and the return of Thor in Unworthy Thor #1. No matter your interests, there’s a perfect comic for you releasing this week.

IT’S TIME TO RAID THE RACKS!!!

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