Nerd Round-Up: Atomic Blonde 2, It: Chapter Two, Batgirl

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.

Charlize Theron has confirmed that a sequel to last year's Atomic Blonde is in the works. I really liked the first film a lot. I thought it was a brutal, fun action movie that Theron was phenomenal in. And seeing what David Leitch did with directing that film makes me all the more excited to see what he brings to Deadpool 2. When Atomic Blonde came out, I had a chance to talk with the guy who wrote graphic novels the movie is based off of, Antony Johnston. You can check out the interview here. I talked to him about the prospects of a sequel happening, and he told me it depended upon how well the original did. And with it being certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and it having made triple its budget at the worldwide box office, I think it's safe to say people really liked the first one and will be interested in a sequel. I know I myself would love to see another installment. However, it's currently unknown whether or not Leitch will come back to direct. He's signed on to do the Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw, so it depends on if the studio wants to wait for him to finish that so he can then do Atomic Blonde 2, or if they want to move on without him and bring on someone else. I would prefer for Leitch to return, but if he doesn't return I'm not going to start saying this project is doomed. There are plenty of other great directors they could get, but considering what Leitch did with the first one, I would love for him to return. 

It broke this week that James McAvoy and Bill Hader are in talks to portray the adult versions of Bill Denbrough and Richie Tozier respectively in It: Chapter Two. The roles were originally played by Jaeden Lieberher and Finn Wolfhard in the first film. I love this casting! Richie was very much the comedic relief in It, and Hader will be perfect for that. And McAvoy is a fantastic actor, making him perfect to lead this movie. Jessica Chastain has been heavily rumored to play adult Beverly in the movie, which she seemingly confirmed on Twitter by posting a picture of her with McAvoy, mirroring a shot of Bill and Beverly from It. The key to Chapter Two will be the casting. The best part of the first film was the performances from the actors, and the chemistry they all had. You have to recapture that with Chapter Two, and it seems like that's what they will be doing. I think this movie has the potential to be even better than the first. I really liked It a lot, but I didn't think it was the greatest thing ever like a lot of other people did. But with this casting news, I think it shows that they're really taking this sequel seriously, and I think there's a strong chance we walk away from it saying Chapter Two is even better than its predecessor!

After the departure of Joss Whedon from writing and directing Batgirl (which I'm not fully convinced was actually ever a real thing; read more about that here), it was announced that the writer of the upcoming Bumblebee movie, Christina Hodson, has been brought on to pen a script for Batgirl. Putting my thoughts on a Batgirl film in general aside, Hodson has written two movies in the past. Let's take a look at what they were, shall we? Hodson wrote 2016's Shut In, which has an 8% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was absolutely obliterated by the critics, mostly for its writing. She then wrote 2017's Unforgettable, which has a 25%. Another disaster. If Bumblebee is great, then my mind may change on her. But right, I've seen nothing from Hodson to show that she is actually a good writer. Now, I'm not even that interested in a Batgirl movie. They don't even have Batman established, and they're already trying to do spin-offs? Eventually I would be interested in a Batgirl film, but after we've had a few Batman movies and the DC Cinematic Universe is more secure. Right now, it's a chaotic mess, and them bringing on someone with Hodson's track record to write one of their movies just does not seem like a good idea at all. 

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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