Friday Round Up: A Bunch of Cool and Weird Stuff

I don’t know whether Jurassic World will be stupid, awesome or most-likely: stupid awesome. But I know I like Chris Pratt, I like dinosaurs, and I like the idea of bioengineered dinosaurs rampaging. Then to use some dinosaurs to fight the other dinosaurs? Well that sounds good too! Above is the new trailer for the movie that comes out June 12.

News round up below consists of Eisner Nominations, Spider-Man and TMNT casting news, a Kickstarter prank, He-Man viral videos, toys based on Star Wars’ new droid, BB-8, Iceman’s sexuality, and a hell of a lot more.

COMICS

Eisner awards

The New York Comic Con surpassed San Diego’s in terms of attendance, but there’s one thing the San Diego Comic Con still has over any other convention: The Eisner Awards. There are many fantastic and prestigious awards for comics creators, but the Eisners are basically the Oscars. Anyway, this week the nominations were announced and you can read through them here. It’s a fantastic list of some of the best books from the past year. I was especially glad to see books like Southern Bastards, Fade Out, and Saga earn nominations. I was disappointed that the comic I did this year, Colonial Comics, didn’t make the nominations for Best Anthology but some other great books did. Did your favorite comics get nominated?

Iceman by Jim Lee

The biggest comics news this week, discussion-wise, was that X-Men writer Brian Michael Bendis officially outed Iceman as gay. Technically, it’s the younger version of Iceman who was brought from the past to the present and he wonders why his current, adult self isn’t out but chalks it up to dealing with being both a mutant and gay and it provokes him to admit to teammate Marvel Girl that he knows he’s gay. It’s a big change to make one of the Marvel characters actually created by Stan Lee turn out to be gay, but actually it makes sense. First of all, from a business side it just makes sense to have more diversity in the characters and it allows new stories to be told about a character who’s been around since the 60s. But if you look at Iceman’s dating history, other writers have definitely laid the groundwork. His first girlfriend was with Polaris and it just fizzled out. He didn’t date again until the 80s with Opal Tanaka. Again, it just fizzled out. No death, no big fight… it just faded out. He tried to date Rogue, which, c’mon. She can’t touch you without knocking you out and stealing your powers and memories. He rejected the advances of Northstar, a gay superhero, but Northstar’s friend said that maybe Iceman just doesn’t know yet. I think it’s a smart move to reveal that a founding member of the X-Men is gay. Any strong opinions on your end?

MOVIES

spider-man-shortlist

According to The Wrap, Sony and Marvel have a short-list of 5 actors who they’d like to audition to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man. They all look exactly the same and are between 18-20 so that they can play a high school teenager. The above graphic is by The Wrap and shows them. From left to right on the top row: Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Tom Holland (The Impossible). And on the bottom row: Liam James (The Way, Way Back), Spidey, and Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game). Do you have any strong feelings on any of them?

bebop and rocksteady movie concept art

There’ve been a series of confirmed actors for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 which is currently filming in New York. I didn’t love the first one but it also wasn’t a total disaster. It’s biggest flaw was having Shredder almost absent from the film even though he was the bad guy. It was clear that actor  was meant to be Shredder but they went back and re-edited it so that he was just Shredder’s student and we never really get to know Shredder. Hopefully there’s a new Oroku Saki/Shredder in the sequel, but they may not have Shredder or even Krang. What they do have is Tyler Perry as scientist Baxter Stockman. Also, Bebop and Rocksteady are confirmed to be in the movie. Good move. We all love those dumb bad guys. Also, Arrow star Stephen Amell will play Casey Jones in the movie. Finally, Brazilian supermodel Allesandra Ambrosia will play herself in the movie, dating Will Arnett’s Vern. Plausible.

TV

daredevil in red suit on TV

It didn’t take long for Netflix and Marvel to announce there will be a season two of Daredevil! This is great news as the show is really fantastic. It will air sometime next year in 2016. All the cast is coming back but showrunner Steven DeKnight had to step down due to prior commitments on a film. But taking over for him are Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramierz (Sons of Anarchy) will take over and according to DeKnight he worked closely with them throughout season one so there shouldn’t be any wild tonal shifts. Personally, I’m pretty excited. I loved Daredevil. I’m gonna say it here: best superhero TV show ever.

the muppets

ABC is busy developing all sorts of stuff from parent company Disney. They’re working on an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff focusing on Mockingbird and Lance Hunter as well as a show to be run by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley, supposedly a miniseries about the new Kamala Khan version of Ms. Marvel. But they’re also looking to launch a new Muppets TV show. This one will apparently be a fake documentary style of show, like The Office, that lets us know more about the Muppets’ personal lives and is intended to be a prime-time show that adults will enjoy. ABC is considering a pitch by Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management writer-producer Bob Kushell and might go straight to series. It would still have the Muppets putting on a show but also show the behind the scenes stuff, kinda like 30 Rock.

TOYS

star wars 7 soccer droid

The newest character in Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens that seems to be capturing people’s attention is the new droid, BB-8, who is basically just a rolling ball with a head. Well leave it to Lucasfilm and Disney to find a company that is going to actually produce a toy version of it. At this past week’s Star Wars Celebration, they announced that Sphero will create BB-8 that you can buy. Sphero has created rolling spheres that you can control with your smartphone and their next step will be creating BB-8, complete with his head that somehow stays on top. How does that even work? You can read how here.

This is a Kickstarter I bought into called The Best Prank Birthday Card Ever. There’s just under a week left so if you want to get in, now’s the time. The idea? A prank birthday card. What does it do? When you hit the “play” button, it won’t stop. You can close the card, you can look for an off switch. No. It will play for 3 hours (the entire battery life) and the only way you can stop it is by destroying it. I can’t wait to prank my father.

1993 toyota supra from the fast and the furious

If you’re rich and a fan of the Fast and Furious movies (that’s a Venn Diagram that’s growing, with the 7th movie already well over $1 billion) you can now own a piece of the movies. Hell, you can drive it. The 1993 Toyota Supra that Paul Walker drives in 2001’s original The Fast and the Furious is up for auction at Mecum’s 28th Original Spring Classic. It’s estimated to go for between $150,000 and $200,000. This is actually a fairly big deal because usually movies that use stunt cars scrap them all for insurance purposes. But this one must not have had to do any stunts so here it is. Not a replica. You could pretend to be everyone’s favorite character, Brian!

DC Super Hero Girls

DC announced that they’ve partnered with WB animation and Mattel toys to do a line called DC Super Hero Girls. It’ll focus on female heroes and villains growing up and coming to terms with their identities. It’s obviously modeled on all the Disney Princess stuff, but that’s okay. They’ve included some diversity with heroes like Katana and Bumblebee. It’s aimed at girls 6-12 so if they like it, then good.

VIDEOS

If you’ve spent any time on the Internets, you are likely to have come across the video of He-Man singing a dance club version of What’s Up? (as well as a bit of Don’t Cry Out Loud). Well, some guys decided to translate it to live action. The results are pretty magnificent.

Here’s a 15 episode of Transformers you’ve never seen before. Well, technically it’s a stop motion Transformers using the personalities and toys based on the original cartoon. It’s a lot of fun.

I more or less enjoy most of Batinthesun’s superhero fights. This one is a standout. It’s Batman vs Darth Vader. If you haven’t watched this series before, this is a pretty good introduction.

Did we miss some nerd news you want to discuss or read about? Our pal Will West does a weekly roundup on Friday, too. Check it out here.

  • William Bruce West

    Thanks for the shout-out! I totally forgot the Eisner noms came out this week. Back in my Diamond days, I always wanted to be an Eisner judge, but I guess it wasn’t in the cards. As for that new Muppets show, Muppets fans seem to really not like the idea. I’m not sure if it’s the Office-style format, or the participation of Bill Prady, but I haven’t read good things. Then again, I’ve never really been a Muppets fan. Are you excited for that show?

  • Chris Piers

    I can’t say excited but sometimes I really like the Muppets. I loved the original TV show and the first movie. I also really enjoyed the Jason Segal movie. Most of the rest of Muppet stuff I’m ambivalent about. So I’m just in a wait and see mode.

  • Big Jim

    I hadn’t seen that He Man video (either of them). That really is very funny!