The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: August 5th

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

Fox has released the first official image of Zazie Beetz as Domino in next summer's Deadpool 2. I'm mixed on it. I kind of wish it was a little closer to the character's comic book design. All that distinguishes Beetz as Domino is the white spot on her left eye. Other than that, there's no resemblance to the comic book character. So I do wish it looked a little more similar. On the other hand, I liked that they cast a black actress for the role. It adds some more diversity to the film, and I think it was a smart choice. But had they kept with her comic book character design, they would have to paint her skin blue. We've seen people of color cast many times in movies, only to have their skin painted with a different color. I don't think it's necessarily discriminatory or racist, but it does rob us of a wider sense of diversity in film. I do think it's good that they didn't paint her skin blue, and allowed the character to remain black. So while I do wish the design of the character was a little closer to that of her comic book counterpart, I'm glad they didn't paint her skin blue. There probably could have been a way to make her closer to the comic book Domino without doing the blue skin, but I think this is ultimately fine. The character's design in no way has an impact on how good of a performance Beetz will give, or how the character will be utilized in the film. And I, for one, am excited to see Domino in Deadpool 2

Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg spoke recently about the tone of his upcoming DC film, Shazam, saying that it will be "one of the more fun or lighthearted movies so far in the DC Universe". He added that it will "certainly be a departure". Shazam is a character who is innately a little bit silly and ridiculous. He is a ten year old boy who yells "Shazam", and is transformed into a god. However, Thor could have come across as absolutely silly and ridiculous, and yet Marvel found a way to ground him so that he made sense. So it's not as if there isn't a way to do a serious Shazam film. But I think this makes sense in the long run. Not every DC movie has to be dark and brooding; what matters is that they ultimately take the character and the subject matter seriously. And the two aren't the same thing. Wonder Woman was certainly a fun and enjoyable film, but it took itself seriously. You can have a Shazam film be lighthearted and fun, as long as it isn't to the point where it's ruining the integrity of the character, or the property. But I don't think it will go that far. Also, we haven't seen David F. Sandberg do a "fun and lighthearted" movie yet. The two films he's done have been horror movies, so we haven't exactly seen that side of him as a director yet. But I think, with Shazam, he will prove that he has range as a director, and can pull this off. I am very excited to see what Sandberg does with Shazam, and how the film turns out. 

It is being rumored that actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play Scar in Disney's "live action" The Lion King film, being directed by Jon Favreau. We had heard a couple weeks ago that Hugh Jackman had been cast in the role, but that was later proven to be false. I'm glad, because I didn't really like the idea of Jackman playing Scar. Don't get me wrong; Hugh Jackman is a fantastic actor. But I don't think he was right for Scar. Ejifor, however, is. Not only is he a great actor, but his voice works perfectly for the character. This fits in with all the other casting for this film, where I don't necessarily think of the actor, but as soon as I hear their name, I think "Oh, that's perfect!" I also like that the principle cast is all black. For a film that takes place in Africa, it always felt strange that the majority of the voice cast in the original animated film was white. But I think this way just makes sense. Look, would I have liked Jeremy Irons to reprise the character? When I thought it was Jackman in the role, yes. Irons embodies the character perfectly. But now that I hear Ejiofor's name, I'd say I would pick him over Irons just out of sheer curiosity. If he's cast, I think Ejiofor will crush it, and I grow more and more excited for The Lion King with every new casting announcement. 

The Other Sh*t

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers Hilariocity Review,
courtesy of Chris Stuckmann

Deadpool Director & Creator React to the Honest
Trailer, courtesy of Screen Junkies

Comic Book Shopping- Rick and Morty, courtesy
of ColliderVideos

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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