The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: November 12th

It's been awhile since I've done an installment in our "Nerd Round-Up" series. The editorial series wasn't getting a lot of hits, and since it was a pretty time-consuming thing to do, I gave it up for awhile. But now, I feel as if there is some renewed interest in it, so I'm going to bring it back-- at least for now. Essentially what we do 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. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

The News

It has been confirmed that actor Ciaran Hinds will be portraying the villain Steppenwolf in next year's Justice League. The actor, known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Munich, will be providing the performance capture for the CGI character. I'm not overly familiar with Hinds' work, but I'm just glad that they're getting an actual actor to do the role. In Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, all we had was some bland, CGI monster, with no real performer bringing it to life with Doomsday. So it's reassuring to hear that DC has gone out an hired someone to bring some dimension and life to this character. With Steppenwolf being the main villain, it's important that he has character to him, and that he's multi-layered and rather human. If he's just a faceless monster for the Justice League to fight, then it's going to really hinder the overall film. So ultimately, I don't know much as Hinds as an actor; I'm just glad they have someone playing the role.

In a recent interview, actor Tom Holland confirmed that he is contracted to play Spider-Man for six movies, three being solo films and three appearances in other films, like his debut earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War. I'm thrilled that they have Holland locked down and set for the next number of movies, but I'm surprised they didn't contract him for more. I was expecting more like a nine or twelve picture deal, since he's so young and they'll probably be using him frequently. But hey, six is a lot and I'm glad they have him for that. I'm sure after six movies, he's going to want a lot more money and Marvel is going to have to dish it out. So that may come to bite them in the ass later. But I have no doubt they'll use him for more than six movies. It's just good to see that they at least have him for that, and then can decide to extend the contract later.

This part contains spoilers for Doctor Strange (read our review here), so if you haven't seen the movie yet, skip this part of the article. In a recent interview, Kevin Feige revealed that they originally wanted to use the character Nightmare in the third act, instead of Dormammu. Feige said that they wanted to introduce the Dream Dimension and have that be the focus of the third act, but they soon realized that it would be too much to include when already introducing all the other elements of the world of Doctor Strange. I'm glad they didn't use Nightmare. While I did have problems with how they utilized Dormammu, Nightmare would have been too much. Plus, I think he's a good enough character that it would be wrong to waste him in a five minute sequence at the end of the movie. He could very well be the main villain of the next Doctor Strange, and would be a compelling one too. So while I do want to see Nightmare, I'm glad they held onto him instead of wasting him in this one. And hearing Feige talking about the character makes me optimistic that we'll end up seeing him in the future at some point. 

The Other Sh*t

Honest Interviews, courtesy of Screen Junkies

Jimmy Kimmel Hires Doctor Strange, courtesy
of Jimmy Kimmel Live

Top 10 Movies You Missed This Summer, 
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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