This Week in Nerd News

It seems there is no shortage of nerdy pop-culture stuff happening out there.  Each week, I’ll round up some highlights of the things showing up on the nerd radar.

Kenneth Branagh Reveals Why He Won’t Direct Thor 2

Earlier this year, Thor hit the big screen, to the delight of nerds everywhere (not to mention my wife, who thoroughly enjoyed seeing Chris Hemsworth without his shirt.  Note to self: beat Hemsworth’s ass).  A huge reason it was so successful was Kenneth Branagh’s direction, as he is a classically trained Shakespearian actor and he knows how to get good performances from the actors he directs.  So, it came as a disappointment when it was revealed he wouldn’t return to helm Thor 2.  Now, he has revealed why:

“It was simply timing. I loved doing the movie, I’d love to do another movie for Marvel, and it was just timing. The requirement for me was just to get back in the saddle so swiftly that it wasn’t really feasible, but it was a decision [Marvel] understood.”

Damn.  That sucks.  For us, anyway.

Luckily, the franchise seems to be in good hands, with Patty Jenkins, who directed Monster, with Charlize Theron, in the director’s chair.  At least Marvel seems to be trying to make good movies that aren’t just cheesy action flicks.

DC, I’m looking at you (cough, cough) Green Lantern (cough, cough).

Source: NerdBastards

Robert Kirkman Talks Walking Dead, Season 3, Reveals New Characters for Show

Face it.  The Walking Dead is an awesome show.  The best zombie show on TV today, I think.

Recently, Robert Kirkman, co-creator of the Walking Dead comics and producer of the show, recently sat down to discuss season three of the show. 

He seems really excited.  I would be excited, too, if I had his growing bank account.

“We’re very excited for the third season because there’s a lot of really cool stuff coming up in the story line that is going to be a lot of fun to adapt,” Kirkman tells Zap2It.

Whoa, there, fuzzy bear.  You’ve gotta get through this season first, which will go on hiatus after its seventh episode airs on November 27th until February 12th.  Kirkman teased some new characters appearing in the second half of the season:

“There’s definitely a slew of new characters that are going to be introduced after the hiatus,” says Kirkman. “I wouldn’t want to say who they are. They may be original to the show. They may be from the comic. I can’t really say, but there are going to be some new faces coming up.”

Fans of the comics know that some things have been changed from the comics (Shane’s still alive?  What the…), and some characters have yet to appear (like a certain katana-wielding someone), so people are understandably antsy about these characters.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Zap2It

Jim Lee Re-Designs Darkseid, Nerds Enraged

Not this nerd, mind you.

Darkseid is an iconic villain in the DC Universe.  He has battled about every hero in the pantheon, and he is a thorn in the Justice League’s collective sides.  He first appeared in the sixties, first in the Jimmy Olsen comic, then in the New Gods stories by Jack Kirby.

Kirby’s design (sort of.  Kirby’s didn’t have a cape, but you get the gist):

Jim Lee’s Darkseid:

Huh.  What’s all the hubub about?  So he got a new belt and some shoulder pads.  Whoop-de-freakin’-doo.

Seriously, nerds.  Shut the hell up.

That is all.

Source: Comic Book


One Response to “This Week in Nerd News”

  1. As a side note, when my son saw the above pic of Robert Kirkman, he pointed at the screen and said, “Daddy!’ He then pointed at one of the zombies and said, “Mommy!”

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