Nerd Round-Up: Justice League Mortal, Shazam, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Welcome to this week's Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of discussing. 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 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 installment of Nerd Round-Up.

Collider has unveiled a previously unreleased image from George Miller's failed Justice League Mortal movie. It featured such actors as (then unknown) Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. We have heard bits and pieces over the years about what Miller's early 2000's epic would have been like. But now we have an official image of the entire ensemble in costume. Not every actor is featured in the picture. Some of the people shown are clearly stand-ins. However, it does give us a sense of what the overall look of the movie would have been like. The costume design is not as polished as the ones in superhero movies today, but it is fairly faithful to the comic books. This would have been a fascinating film to see. While the overall look of the 2017 Justice League movie may have been better, with someone as capable as George Miller behind the camera I think his version may have been the better film. Someday I hope a documentary gets made about how this movie ended up dissolving, because it is truly an interesting part of comic book movie history. 

Our first look at the official logo for the upcoming DC film Shazam has been revealed. It's nothing revolutionary. If you had asked me what I thought the logo would look like for Shazam, based upon everything we already know about the film, this is pretty much what I would have said it would look like. I'm starting to think that this movie will be geared a lot more to children than we had previously thought. I do think there is a strong chance now it will be rated PG. I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. If it's the best direction to take the character, and it will make for the best movie, then I'm all for it. I wouldn't want them to needlessly ramp up the violence or language for no real reason. However, I'm also not entirely sold on the movie yet. I like director David F. Sandberg. He's proven to be a great horror director, but he hasn't shown us he can do an action-comedy superhero movie aimed at kids. I'm hopeful Shazam will be a fun film, but the jury is still out in my opinion. 

At this point, we all know the story behind the ousting of Phil Lord and Chris Miller as the directors Solo: A Star Wars Story and them being replaced by Ron Howard. There has been some question as to how Lord and Miller will be credited for their work on the movie. However, it didn't seem likely they would still receive directing credit. Howard re-shot most of the movie, meaning the Directors Guild of America would probably recognize him as the sole director of the film. But now, we know that Lord and Miller will be credited as executive producers on Solo. This makes the most sense, and is pretty much a given. "Executive Producer" is a way of giving someone credit who hasn't necessarily had a ton of impact on the movie. Steven Spielberg gets credited for a ton of movies he does minimal work on. So it's more of an honorary credit for Lord and Miller than anything else. But I am glad they are at least getting some recognition for their contributions to this project. 

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

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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