The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: January 28th

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is definitely worth checking out. Then we have a little bit of fun with some movie-related videos and clips. It's a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

The News

While Andy Serkis made his debut as the villain Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it wasn't clear whether or not there were plans for him to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Klaue is typically a villain of Black Panther, who was introduced in Captain America: Civil War and played by Chadwick Boseman. So with the character's standalone film due in 2018, it made sense that Serkis would be in the Black Panther movie. However, with Michael B. Jordan confirmed to be playing the villain Killmonger, it seemed less likely that Serkis' Klaue would also be a villain. But now, with Black Panther starting production, Andy Serkis has been confirmed to reprise his role in the film. This makes a lot of sense. I don't think Serkis will have a huge role, but they're probably laying the groundwork for him to be the villain in Black Panther 2. I think he'll be in the film more than he was in Age of Ultron, but it will definitely be a minor role. Probably only a couple of scenes. But I'm just glad to see Serkis returning to the MCU, because he has so much to offer as an actor. 

With all the marketing we've had so far for Justice League, Superman (Henry Cavill) has been pretty much absent. Even though the character died in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he was confirmed to be in the film. But the fact that we've seen nothing of him has concerned many fans. However, recently, director Zack Snyder spoke about this, saying that Superman has a very important role in the film, and that his absence will be a major part of the movie. This makes a lot of sense. Superman's sacrifice is the reason why Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) form the League. I don't care as much if Superman doesn't have a lot of screen time in this movie. If his absence services the plot and helps with the momentum of the film, then I'm all for it. If it makes sense for the movie, then it works. If we watch Justice League, and they never address Superman not being there and the movie just feels hollow without him, then I'll be upset. But if him being gone works for the plot of the film, then I think it will benefit the film.

The recently Academy Award nominated actress from Moonlight, Naomie Harris, has officially signed on to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in Rampage. She will be playing a scientist who helps Johnson when the monsters begin to wreck havoc on the world. I think this is great. Harris is a tremendous actress, so she'll, if nothing else, simply add talent to this movie. But this is a really smart career move for her too. Coming off of a small independent film like Moonlight, she now has the ability to make her name more well-known with a blockbuster like Rampage. She's not going to give an Oscar-worthy performance in Rampage, but she'll put her name out there and give her some more star power, so that it brings more attention to the next independent film she does. I'm actually starting to get really excited for this Rampage movie. With the cast it has, I think this has a lot of potential to be a lot of great, mindless fun. But we'll have to wait and see how it turns out. 

The Other Sh*t

Screen Junkies' 2016 Oscar Nominations, 
courtesy of Screen Junkies

Worst Oscar Snubs of the Last 10 Years, courtesy
of ColliderVideo

Top 10 Supernatural Serial Killers in Movies, 
courtesy of WatchMojo

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? What about the videos? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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