The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: February 10th

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 still definitely worth checking out and talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up.

Directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi, Shazam has officially begun filming. With the news of Michael Bay being eyed to direct a Lobo movie, I talked about the current state of the DC Cinematic Universe. Since the failure of Justice League, it has been hanging on by a thread, and it should be rebooted. You can read my full thoughts on that here. But with the announcement that Shazam has begun production, it is the final bit of proof showing that Warner Bros. will not be making the smart, logical decision to reboot, but will instead be making the reckless decision to keep going forward with this failing cinematic universe. I'm actually interested in seeing Shazam. It's an interesting concept, and I like the talent behind the movie. But I would much rather have DC reboot than have us get this movie. The aftermath of Justice League was the perfect opportunity for them to cut the cord and start over, but now they're only digging themselves deeper, and the fans will be the ones who will suffer for it. 

It has been announced that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been hired by Disney to develop a new series of Star Wars films. I've noticed a lot of people online are upset by this news, because Benioff and Weiss are two white guys. I agree with this anger to an extent. It is disappointing to see yet another white male (two of them, in this case) brought on, when uber-talented women and/or people of color could have been hired instead. But you do have to take into account what Benioff and Weiss have accomplished with Game of Thrones. It is probably the most successful and widely known television show on right now. They have won a slew of Emmys for their work on it. And it's that sort of long-form story telling you want to bring to a new set of Star Wars movies. So yes, it is disappointing to see a perfectly good opportunity to bring on someone new given to more white guys. It is a missed opportunity to bring more diversity to Star Wars, and to Hollywood, for sure. But at the same time, you cannot discount just how talented these two guys are, what they have accomplished with Game of Thrones, and how valuable the skill set Benioff and Weiss have is to a franchise like Star Wars.

It is being reported that Joaquin Phoenix is the front runner to play the Joker in Warner Bros.' standalone Joker origin movie, being directed by War Dogs' Todd Phillips and produced by Martin Scorsese. This is a movie taking place outside of the DC Cinematic Universe, and is not a recast of Jared Leto, but is rather a completely different thing altogether. Phoenix is a phenomenal actor. He has turned in some great work in the past, and he has all the makings to give us an absolutely twisted, unhinged Joker. However, I am confused, because this is supposed to be an origin story. If this is the origin of the Joker, then wouldn't the actor playing him be in his early to mid twenties? Now, there is a strong chance that the film will be split between modern day and flashbacks, similar to the structure of The Killing Joke graphic novel, which I have always said should be used as the backbone for this movie. Phoenix could be playing the modern day version of the Joker, with someone else (or de-aging CGI) being used for the younger version of the Joker. It's certainly possible that they have retooled the movie to accommodate a 40 year old Joker, but I think the most likely scenario is that Phoenix will be playing the modern day Joker, with someone else playing the younger version of the character. 

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

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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