Friday Round Up: D&D Time

Netflix just released the first full trailer for Jessica Jones and it looks pretty fantastic in my opinion. It comes out Nov. 20th so I plan to binge on Thanksgiving. Unless I binge on it sooner. A few friends saw the first episode at New York Comic Con and told me it was excellent, much better than they expected. So I must admit, my hopes are up for something comparable to Daredevil. In related Marvel TV news, they added Kurtwood Smith (Clarence Boddiker in Robocop!) to Agent Carter. He’ll play some sort of Department of Defense guy called Vernon Mason. He elevates everything he’s in.

Read on for news on Vin Diesel playing D&D, a new Harry Potter book, Venture Bros., Star Wars, and more!

COMICS

Fox News decided to take aim at Captain America of all things, this past week. Their criticisms? First of all, they didn’t like that he’s black now (Sam Wilson, formerly Cap’s partner Falcon, has taken over the mantle because Steve Rogers had his super-soldier serum removed by a villain – COMICS!). Second, and the big one that they focus on, they believe he’s going after “conservatives” in the form of his enemies The Sons of the Serpent. The Sons have been around since the 60s. They’re basically just a white power racist hate group. I don’t know how Fox News decided that represented conservatives but I’d hope that a reasonable Republican would be more offended by Fox’ insinuation there. The hosts of Fox and Friends said if comics creators want a liberal superhero they should make their own. Comics writer Kurt Busiek had the best response when he said: “I saw a tweet saying liberals should create their own Captain America. They did. In 1940.”

MOVIES

The Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens trailer debuted this week. It’s already had over 40 million views in less than a week. I think this movie might do well. We did a breakdown of the important shots from the trailer and wildly speculate as to what it could be about.

TV

It’s hard to believe but Venture Bros. season 6 is not far away. Season 5 ended in July of 2013. 2013! There was one special in 2015 but the show returns on January 24, 2016 to Adult Swim. It’s frustrating that it can take so long to produce but on the other hand, the show is SO well-done that you just have to be patient. It’s tempting to do a breakdown of this trailer. There’s a lot of craziness to be found. I think my favorite gag is hearing the inner monologue of their Peter Parker analogue. Reminds me of Stan Lee’s overly verbose style in the 60s, in a loving way.

ONLINE

Above is a 30 minute video of noted nerd Vin Diesel playing Dungeons & Dragons with gamers from Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist and Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry YouTube channels. He’s doing it to promote his new movie The Last Witch Hunter but I’m pretty sure the RPG video is more entertaining than the movie. I also have to say that Diesel has the best dice rolling I’ve ever witnessed.

MERCH

On October 21st, 2015 (the date Marty McFly and Doc traveled to in Back to the Future II), Hot Toys announced a new figure. They’ll have Marty in his look from the sequel. I’ve previously written a review of their first fantastic figure (which many of my coworkers still think is a Ken doll) and I’m excited for the new one. But I kinda wish they did Doc Brown first. In related news, Nike announced on the same day that they will have the Nike Mag self-lacing sneakers from that movie available for retail in 2016. Actors Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox were super busy this week appearing on Jimmy Kimmel in character and doing terrible commercials for Toyota. But hey, they deserve the attention and money and it drums up a lot of interest for Fox’ Parkinson’s research charity, so that’s all good. The Nikes will probably be a limited edition show because all proceeds go to his charity.

BOOKS

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Okay, so this isn’t truly a book, it’s a play. But it’s a play written by Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling as an explicit sequel to Harry Potter, featuring his son getting into an adventure while Harry deals with his adult job at the Ministry of Magic. The play will begin a preview run in London in June of 2016. I’m positive a print edition of the play will be produced.