Following The Nerd http://www.followingthenerd.com A Hub For Fans Of Everything Nerd Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:54:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.12 A Hub For Fans Of Everything Nerd Following The Nerd A Hub For Fans Of Everything Nerd Following The Nerd http://www.followingthenerd.com/site/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.followingthenerd.com Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gets 16 more episodes order from Netflix http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-gets-16-more-episodes-order-from-netflix/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-gets-16-more-episodes-order-from-netflix/#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:54:57 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155190

We actually really enjoyed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina once it got going and the Midwinter’s Tale was a fun Christmas special… featuring people who worship Satan, and we already knew that Season 2 (part two as it’s called) has been greenlit and will arrive in April.

You can check out the teaser here.

It seems that the episodes we have had so far (eleven in all) are part one of the story with part two set for April and then part three later next year – presumably Halloween time again.

 

“Praise Satan! I’m so grateful to my partners at Warner Brothers, Netflix, Berlanti Television and Archie Productions for supporting this darker vision of the world’s most famous teen witch,” series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said of the newly announced 16 episodes.

“And I’m thrilled to be continuing to tell Sabrina’s chilling adventures with our incredible cast and crew, led by the unstoppable Kiernan Shipka.”

 

So Sabrina and her family of Spellmans aren’t going anywhere… just yet, anyway

Source: TVLine

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The Following The Nerd Live Show II: Episode 13: Where else but Elseworlds http://www.followingthenerd.com/spotlight/the-following-the-nerd-live-show-ii-episode-13-where-else-but-elseworlds/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/spotlight/the-following-the-nerd-live-show-ii-episode-13-where-else-but-elseworlds/#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:40:26 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155187

On this week’s show Saxon and Anthony look over the new series of Doctor Who… was it hit or miss?

They also get all excited for the Arrowverse’s Elseworlds crossover event and there’ll be loads of other news providing we don’t lose Saxon to his chest infection…

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WATCH: Netflix reveal poster and trailer for The Umbrella Academy http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/watch-netflix-reveal-poster-and-trailer-for-the-umbrella-academy/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/watch-netflix-reveal-poster-and-trailer-for-the-umbrella-academy/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 23:37:40 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155181

It looks like Netflix could be on to a winner with their new Umbrella Academy series.

Like a cross between X-Men and A Series of Unfortunate Events, this looks like its going to be very stylish… let’s hope it has the content to match.

When it rains, it pours. Here’s your first look at The Umbrella Academy. Coming to Netflix February 15.

A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father’s death, the threat of the apocalypse and more. Adapted from the comic created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.

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WATCH: Young Justice: The Outsiders gets a great new trailer http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/watch-young-justice-the-outsiders-gets-a-great-new-trailer/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/watch-young-justice-the-outsiders-gets-a-great-new-trailer/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 23:17:09 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155179

A second trailer for the third season of Young Justice is here!

The new series which finds its way to DC Universe is dubbed The Outsiders and the new trailer looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Less than a month to go…

From Warner Bros. Animation, Young Justice: Outsiders features the return of the fan favorite animated series with a huge cast of DC’s most iconic young super heroes – plus brand-new characters, many of whom are just discovering their unique meta-powers and special abilities. Set against the backdrop of a rich, deep world that touches all corners of the DC universe, our heroes will face the new threat of metahuman-trafficking, and an intergalactic arms race for control of these super-powered youths. Young Justice: Outsiders premieres January 4, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.

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We’re likely going to see more of Diggle as Green Lantern says Flash and Arrow show runners http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/were-likely-going-to-see-more-of-diggle-as-green-lantern-says-flash-and-arrow-show-runners/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/were-likely-going-to-see-more-of-diggle-as-green-lantern-says-flash-and-arrow-show-runners/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 23:00:45 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155175

One of the biggest things we’ve hoped for for, well forever, in the Arroverse is that John Diggle would fulfil his full potential as Green Lantern.

As far back as 2015 we were reporting that Arrow show runner Marc Guggenheim has said that there’s no possibility that Diggle will ever be revealed as John Stewart or Green Lantern.

And that was that until the Elseworlds crossover last week.

When John Wesley Shipp’s Earth 90 Flash met Diggle he asked “Hello, John. Where’s your ring?”.

And our minds went:

via GIPHY

Because any comic fan will know that the reference to his ring is likely his Green Lantern ring which means that on Earth 90 Diggle is a Lantern! Yes!

But, the problem is Earth 90 isn’t where any of the Arrowverse shows are set, so we’ll not likely see too much of him as Lantern.

But… see him we may, nonetheless.

Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz was talking about the reveal at a recent press screening and said: “To be continued… No, we were all really excited about that fun nod. But I’m not sure what’s to come of that, really.”

“It’s not been written yet,” Flash showrunner Todd Helbing added.

“Yeah, it’s not been written yet,” Schwartz agreed.

What does that mean? Well, with Crisis On Infinite Earths has been revealed as next year’s crossover event (we ponder what that may mean here), so we’re guessing that we’ll see the big reveal then and honestly, we can’t wait.

We love David Ramsey as Dig, we know we”’ really love him as… John Stewart? Whatever way it plays out, Green Lantern is going to the Arrowverse!

Presumably, the pair are referring to the fact that next fall’s crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” hasn’t been written yet as that’s  the most likely place that the “Elseworlds” reference would come to life, as it’ll see The CW tackle the massive comic book event that unites the multiverse together to defeat the Anti-Monitor.

If they can get the rights to Green Lantern for the crossover, then they have to get Ramsey to play him. But at this point, it’s far too early to say if such a thing will happen.

Source: Comicbook

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DC Universe’s Stargirl casts Starman, Hourman and Dr Mid-nite! And the casting is wonderful! http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/dc-universes-stargirl-casts-starman-hourman-and-dr-mid-nite-and-the-casting-is-wonderful/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/dc-universes-stargirl-casts-starman-hourman-and-dr-mid-nite-and-the-casting-is-wonderful/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:42:32 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155145

Holy crap, DC Universe’s Stargirl is really pulling out the stops with the new cast!

We already know Brec Bassinger will play Stargirl/Courteney Whitmore and now Community star Joel McHale has been cast as Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman.

The role is a recurring one for McHale and he’s apparently going to be in full Golden Age hero mode!

A courageous and confident superhero, Starman is a member of the Justice Society of America. He wields a mysterious anti-gravity weapon called the cosmic staff and has a longtime sidekick named Stripesy, who is better known as Courtney Whitmore’s stepfather, Pat Dugan.

Next up, S.W.A.T.‘s Lou Ferrigno Jr will be Golden Age Hourman!

Lou Ferrigno Jnr is, of course, the son of original Hulk star Lou Ferrigno and he will have a recurring role in the show as Rex Tyler.

Hourman is a master chemist and adrenaline junkie who as Hourman is a thrill-seeking superhero with the ability to manifest super-strength… for one hour a day. A founding member of the Justice Society of America, Rex/Hourman struggles with balancing his life as a hero and father.

Next up  The Haunting of Hill House‘s Henry Thomas will be popping up regularly as Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite.

So it looks like the show is going full Justice Society Of America here and, interestingly, these characters have all been part of Legends of Tomorrow in that show’s second series but there is no connection between the two series.

Also known as the introspective surgeon Dr. Charles McNider, Dr. Mid-Nite is a brilliant and forward-thinking medical pioneer, and a founding member of the JSA. With his trusty owl, he acts as the team’s resident doctor and detective.

 

We love these guys and the excitement has us hoping August gets here pretty quick!

And, in case you’re wondering when all the DC Universe goodness is coming, here’s the official schedule:

Geoff Johns will write and exec produce the 13-episode series via his Mad Ghost Productions banner. The drama hails from Warner Bros Television and Greg Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Productions, with Sarah Schechter also serving as an exec producer.

Johns had this to say: “It’s so personal for me, and to create and run my show … this is the kind of opportunity that I couldn’t have had if I had stayed in that role.”

Johns’ late sister is the inspiration behind the show: “This is based on my sister. The character is fun and optimistic. It’s about bringing back the legacy of the Justice Society,” he says.

He also said the show would be “PG-13 show.

The show is being overseen by Arrowverse’s Grg Berlanti

Source: Variety, TVLine and EW

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Hellboy trailer arrives this Thursday… meanwhile here’s a poster and a motion poster to enjoy http://www.followingthenerd.com/movies/hellboy-trailer-arrives-this-thursday-meanwhile-heres-a-poster-and-a-motion-poster-to-enjoy/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/movies/hellboy-trailer-arrives-this-thursday-meanwhile-heres-a-poster-and-a-motion-poster-to-enjoy/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:18:00 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155169

Stranger Things and now Hellboy star David Arbour has shared a cool new motion poster (below) to go with the new poster (above).

On top of that, it seems the movie has dropped the full title of Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and settled for just: Hellboy.

Can these movies hope to come close to the awesome ones that Guillermo Del Toro? The remains to be seen… but we will have a small idea when we get the first trailer this Thursday!

Yup… see you on December 20th Hellboy fans!

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will star Stranger Things’ David Harbour as the titular hero in the Lionsgate and Millennium film, which is slated to begin filming in September. Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Gods) will play Hellboy’s adoptive father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (aka Professor Broom), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil franchise) has been cast as villain the Blood Queen, Sasha Lane (American Honey) will play Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove) will play the elder witch Ganeida, and Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, LOST) is playing Major Ben Daimio.

Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) will direct from a script from Andrew Cosby (Eureka), Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin will produce with Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment.

Hellboy returns on April 12th, 2019

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Netflix release images, cast (all of Hollywood are in it!) and synopsis for The Dark Crystal: Age of resistance http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/netflix-release-images-cast-all-of-hollywood-are-in-it-and-synopsis-for-the-dark-crystal-age-of-resistance/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/tv/netflix-release-images-cast-all-of-hollywood-are-in-it-and-synopsis-for-the-dark-crystal-age-of-resistance/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:06:28 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155163

So Netflix dropped a tease for Dark Crystal fans earlier today, saying that tomorrow is the 36th anniversary of the movie which seems… fortuitous.

Here’s what they wrote:

And we were wondering if maybe we were going to get a trailer or better still, the full release of new prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of resistance and, while we’re still not sure what is happening, we have loads more information than we did are the start of the day.

We have these cool images:

And, from what we can gleam these characters are Gelfling heroes Rian, Brea, and Deet played by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel.

But on top of that the series also has Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones , Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Mark Hamill, Harvey Fierstein, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg.

Holy crap! Mark Hamill! Simon Pegg! That cast is astonishing!

And we have now got an official synopsis too:

The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.

We have no idea when this is going to drop but we’re very, very excited for it!

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MOVIE REVIEW: FTN reviews Bumblebee http://www.followingthenerd.com/movies/movie-review-ftn-reviews-bumblebee/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/movies/movie-review-ftn-reviews-bumblebee/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:28:36 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155159

Bumblebee (PG)
Director: Travis Knight
Writers: Christina Hodson (screenplay by), Christina Hodson (story by)
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Dylan O’Brien, Justin Theroux | See full cast & crew »
Running Time: 1hr 53mins

On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

I don’t think anyone will argue that, as the Michael Bay Transformers movies went on they become more senseless and bombastic until, with The Last Knight, the story was completely stupid and the movie was such a mess that almost endless battles between giant robots couldn’t save it from being utterly boring and forgettable.

Seriously, what was the plot of that movie!?

So, not before time, a change came.

Michael Bay – king of the big bang – was set to produce while Kubo And the Two Strings director Travis Knight was in. Out was Shia Labeouf and Mark Wahlberg (thank the maker!), in was Edge Of Seventeen’s Hailee Steinfeld and, it can’t be disputed, it’s a much better outing.

Although, far from perfect.

I’m going to keep it spoiler free here gang, but anyone who will have seen there trailer will know we’re in for some serious Generation One (the original) Transformers action and we do get it and, for the brief time it’s on screen, it’s beautiful – so beautiful that when the first scene ended I said out loud, “No! I want two hours of that!!!” and I never speak in the cinema! – but it’s brief and while entirely wonderful and nostalgic, it’s little more than fan service and does little to add to the plot anything that a line of dialogue couldn’t have done… but, fan service is what it is and it was totally worth the admission price alone.

As for the rest of the movie, there is a definite feel that the budget was greatly reduced as Bumblebee spends an awful lot of time as a car.

But…

We all know money isn’t the core of telling a good story and here, like a throwback to the days of Spielberg, the story is told through the eyes of Steinfeld’s Charlie, a young girl who has had a family tragedy and really just needs a friend and luckily a giant war robot from an alien planet arrives just as she needs him most.

And the heart of the movie is worn unashamedly on the arm of the movie. The performances from the core cast – even Cena’s screaming and sneering soldier – are really great, with Steinfeld giving an emotional, relatable and fun performance, similar in many ways to her role in Edge of Seventeen, but without the boy trouble.

Which takes us to Bumblebee himself. The emotion in this robot, compared to the decade of robots we’ve had in the lead-up to this movie, is phenomenal and is undoubtedly down to Knight’s experience on Kubo, giving puppets life and emotion has really rubbed off here and Bumblebee becomes a living, breathing character who is fun and we care for.

However, there’s an odd sense of emptiness to proceedings. The whole adventure is small and personal and there’s never really a sense of real danger to the whole thing. Sure, there’s a couple of Decepticons up to no good, manipulating the military and the likes, but – and we’re sure this is deliberate – the whole thing feels enjoyable but inconsequential.

Look, I want big fighting robots in my Transformers movie, but, well, there’s not too much of that happening.

There’s clearly a movement here to so blatantly NOT be a Michael Bay movie that is threads dangerously close to going too far in the opposite direction.

Thankfully, there’s enough to love to ensure it never teeters over the brink.

And while this outing gives the impression it’s in the same universe as the previous movies, well, it can’t be because this movie undoes a lot of things established before and, while the Bay movies have had several contradicting plot points, the contradictions here feel like they are deliberate and it actually is a full-blown reboot.

And that’s fine by us because this movie lifts much from classics such as ET and the Iron Giant and we all know that’s where Transformers belongs…

Not perfect, but definitely a lot of fun and a massive improvement over the recent efforts, this is a franchise I could fall in love with all over again.

Oh, and yes, it does have The Touch (you either know or you don’t).

4 out of 5 Nerds

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DC confirms Plasticman movie is being worked on… http://www.followingthenerd.com/movies/dc-confirms-plasticman-movie-is-being-worked-on/ http://www.followingthenerd.com/movies/dc-confirms-plasticman-movie-is-being-worked-on/#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:23:09 +0000 http://www.followingthenerd.com/?p=155157

Further to our report a couple of weeks ago, it seems that DC/Warners have indeed conformed that a Plasticman script is in the works for the DC Cinematic Universe.

DC Daily (below) has confirmed  a “comedic, action-driven, script” focusing on Patrick “Eel” O’Brian is indeed coming.

The Mayor screenwriter Amanda Idoko will be on writing duties as far as we know and the movie is set to be a comedy action/adventure for Warners/New Line, the same folk who are bringing us Shazam!

Plasticman is really Patrick “Eel” O’Brian in the comics, a former criminal who is a good guy after he was covered in toxic chemicals during a criminal adventure which, yup, now allows him to manipulate his body in any given way since it’s… plastic now.

We’ll be watching this with great interest and, of course, will be keeping you posted as and when we hear more.

But we know that with the lighter tone of Aquaman the DC universe moving forward could be a much stranger place…

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