Yo, we’ve had a busy week here on Robot’s Pajamas so we decided to cap it with a Friday Round Up (they call it a FRU back home). As is becoming frequently the case, the biggest nerd news of the week is superhero castings. But we also have some holiday related news and other sci-fi news you don’t want to miss. Here’s the week rounded up and we can discuss it with each other below (or on our Facebook page).
The biggest news seems to be Marvel’s official announcement that they’ve cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Some folks in nerd circles have said they’re getting genre fatigue from “Cumberblah” but personally, I think he’s a really good actor and that will help Doctor Strange potentially be a really great film. Let’s hit the jump and talk about all the news of the week!
As mentioned, Marvel officially announced Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Another Marvel movie casting, this time from 20th Century Fox, is that Ryan Reynolds has officially signed up to play Deadpool in a solo film. Considering it’s been about 7 years since he played the role in the not-very-good X-Men: Origins: Wolverine, it seemed increasingly unlikely this would ever happen but apparently it will. It probably helps that the last X-Men film rewrote history so they can pretty much ignore that Wolverine movie and still have it fit in the film continuity.
Still in the world of Marvel, but over on the TV side, Deadline seems confident that Marvel will soon announce Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones in her eponymous Netflix show and that Mike Colter will play Luke Cage on her show and his own. Both seem like totally solid choices. The right look, good actors, but also not super well known for anything else which always helps us buy into a superhero character.
DC Comics had their own huge cast reveal this week. They are going to do a Suicide Squad movie. In the comics (and on the Arrow tv show) Suicide Squad is a government-run team of incarcerated supervillains who are deemed expendable but can work off their time by going on covert ops. Warner Bros has confirmed Will Smith as Deadshot, Tom Hardy as field leader Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress in the David Ayer-directed film. Deadline says they’ve also heard Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor somewhere in the film, tying it into the upcoming Batman v Superman movie.
The James Bond franchise had some big announcements for their next movie. The producers have settled some behind-the-scenes legal wranglings and now have the rights to SPECTRE, the original terrorist organization Bond went up against in 6 of his first 7 films. Joining returning castmates Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomi Harris (Moneypenny), Ralph Fiennes (M), and Daniel Craig are: Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux. The rumor is that Bautista will play a henchman and that Waltz may play Blofeld, the bald leader of SPECTRE. Will he work in a post-Austin Powers/Dr. Evil world? I like to think so.
Terminator: Genisys, the fifth film in the Terminator franchise, released its first official trailer this week. It’s hard to make sense of the overall story since it deals with time travel in seemingly new ways but in terms of action, well, the trailer looks pretty great. Fingers crossed.
We haven’t had a FRU in a couple weeks so we weren’t able to discuss the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, but it’s now been analyzed by Red Letter Media and parodied with a George Lucas Special Edition among others.
The CW shows Arrow and Flash had a 2-part crossover this past week and they honestly nailed it. Critics have been close to unanimous saying it was a highlight for each series and having seen it, I agree. It’s amazing what they were able to accomplish on a tv budget. The first episode had the heroes face off after a villain affected Flash, dialing up his rage and Arrow had to stop him. The second episode featured a teamup against Boomerang. What was amazing was not only did it feel natural and organic for the heroes to interact, not only was the action a blast, but it evolved each character. I don’t want to spoil it because if you haven’t seen it yet, they each stand on their own very well as individual episodes. You don’t even have to know the overall show to enjoy one or both, but of course, you understand the character arcs and plot progression best if you watch them. And the ratings were really, really good (for CW).
The Walking Dead will soon have a spinoff (of sorts). Basically it’s a completely new cast that happens to exist within the same world. They announced some of the cast for it, including New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis as the lead, Sean Cabrera. None of this is based on the comic books but Robert Kirkman is an executive producer and writer. He’s said that the original Walking Dead story is what he came up with 10 years ago but this is how he’d approach it if it was new at this point in his life. Sean will travel with a guidance counselor from the school he taught at and her children. British actor Frank Dillane will play Nick, who has dealt with drug problems, and Australian actress Alycia Debnam Carey will play Ashley, described as “ambitious.” Presumably the show will cast an American at some point. Oh, and the ratings for The Walking Dead continue to INCREASE. Season 5’s midseason finale hit 14.8 million viewers. It’s pretty much unheard of for tv shows to continue to increase, especially this far into its run, but The Walking Dead comics do the same thing. Word of mouth, I suppose!
Apparently Power Rangers celebrated its 20-year history by closing this season with some past Power Rangers actors showing up in its season finale, including Tommy, the original Green, White, Red Zeo, Red Turbo, Black Dino Ranger. So… that’s still going!
It’s only been out a couple weeks, but a lot of our friends are telling us that Dragon Age: Inquisition could end up being the Game of the Year. Another fantasy game out this past week is Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones. Telltale made the awesome Back to the Future and Walking Dead story-based games that fans and critics alike loved and the early reviews claim their Game of Thrones game really makes you feel like you’re part of a family that lives in Westeros. Recommended!
During the holiday season, our charity is always Toys for Tots. Please consider giving to them and if you do, post a picture on our Facebook page so we know how awesome you are. Another awesome individual is Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson, who always buys TONS of toys for kids in need. This year he spent over $16,000 on shopping sprees for kids. That’s a pretty nice guy! We also have a personal story from someone who grew up benefitting from charity at Christmas and it’s a pretty interesting read.
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