The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: June 3rd

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

The Mummy, Universal's first installment in their planned Monster Cinematic Universe, hits theaters next weekend. Already, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Invisible Man are all in development, with the former hitting theaters in 2019. But the continuation of the series is dependent upon how successful The Mummy actually is. However, Universal has now confirmed another movie on the table: The Wolfman, with Dwayne Johnson up to play the monster. No deal has been set yet, so this isn't any official casting. But the notion of Johnson joining this universe just further proves Universal's intentions to get A-list talent. They are getting heavy-hitters, and Johnson is no exception. I think he would be really good for the Wolfman. He certainly has the physicality, and it would show a different side of his acting abilities. I also think the Wolfman is a very interesting choice for this new universe. Similarly to vampires, we haven't had a really good werewolf movie in a long time. And, assuming The Mummy is halfway decent, The Wolfman could be something really interesting and unique. In short, I'm fascinated by the prospect of the movie, and I think Johnson would be a great fit for the project. 

It has been confirmed that Wonder Woman director, Patty Jenkins, will be returning to helm the sequel. However, no date has been set yet for Wonder Woman 2. I've seen Wonder Woman already. I haven't had a chance to post my review yet, but I will speak about the movie here. Don't worry; there won't be any spoilers. I thought one of the shining aspects of the movie was Jenkins' direction. And it doesn't have to do with her being a female director. Gender aside, this was an excellently directed movie, and I thought that was communicated very effectively through the screen. So hearing that she will be returning for the sequel automatically excites me. But I do think this has incredible significance for female directors. Big budgeted female-led or female-directed movies have never really happened, because there was an ignorant notion that these movies would not be as successful as male-made movies. And it's been damning for a very long time. However, box office projections are saying Wonder Woman is going to crush this weekend. With DC already signing Jenkins for the sequel, I think it shows a shift in the tide. I really believe that this movie can signal a change in Hollywood, where more high profile women-led movies can be made, and female writers and directors can have more opportunities to show what they are capable of.

Actor Winston Duke, who was cast as M'Baku/Man-Ape in Black Panther, has now been confirmed to be returning for Avengers: Infinity War. I think this has some major significances. Right now, Black Panther has three villains. Michael B. Jordan is playing Killmonger, Andy Serkis is reprising his role from Avengers: Age of Ultron as Ulysses Klaw, and Duke as M'Baku. Of those, I thought Duke would be the least prominent villain. So his returning for Infinity War signals that that may not necessarily be the case. So who is the main villain of Black Panther? Duke could be a side villain and then just appear in Infinity War, yes, but what significance would he have in Infinity War if he was just a minor villain in Black Panther? So if Duke is the main villain, then how do Jordan and Serkis play into the story? It raises a lot of questions for Black Panther. And it also raises some for Infinity War. There has been speculation that this movie could see a team-up of villains, outside of just Thanos (Josh Brolin). Does Duke's involvement confirm this theory? Or is he just a minor element of the movie, similarly to Crossbones (Frank Grillo) in the beginning of Captain America: Civil War? We probably won't know the answers to these questions for a while, but they're certainly interesting to think about. 

The Other Sh*t

Honest Trailers- Catwoman, courtesy of
Screen Junkies

Pirates of the Caribbean 5- Flick Trip, courtesy
of JohnFlickster

Top 10 Movie Characters Trying Way Too Hard
to be Cool, 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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