The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: August 26th

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

It has been confirmed that a Joker and Harley Quinn film is in the works at Warner Bros. from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the directors of Focus and Crazy, Stupid, Love. This comes just days after the news of a Joker origin film, set outside of the DC Cinematic Universe. I was interested in the prospect of a separate, solo Joker film. You can read my full thoughts on that here. But I have zero interest in a Joker and Harley movie. I am so sick of DC announcing all of these movies without acting on any of them. They have announced around fifteen to twenty movies, and none of them are in active production. I want The Batman. I want Man of Steel 2. I want Wonder Woman 2. I don't give a sh*t about Joker and Harley Quinn. Stop with all of these nonsensical spin-offs. I get that Suicide Squad made money, but that doesn't mean you have to make fifty spin-offs from that one movie. Just from Suicide Squad alone, we are getting a sequel, Joker and Harley Quinn, Gotham City Sirens, and a Deadshot movie which is rumored to be in the works. We don't need all of this! Start with the basics. Give us The Batman. Give us Man of Steel 2. Gain traction with a base, and then you can branch off into all these other movies. DC does not have a proven commodity yet. They've had one movie that was liked by both critics and fans in Wonder Woman. They have not earned the right to do all of these movies yet. Put out more movies that are universally liked, and then we can talk about doing films like Joker and Harley Quinn

Actor Michael K. Williams has confirmed that his role in the Han Solo spin-off film has been cut, since Ron Howard took over as director from the fired Phil Lord and Chris Miller. We don't know what Williams' role was, so we don't know how substantial it actually was. It could have been a fleeting role that really meant nothing in the larger context of the film. If that's the case, then it probably makes sense for him to be cut. However, if Williams was one of the main characters, and he had a crucial role in the film, then I would be concerned. If Howard is completely restructuring and re-configuring the movie to the point where main characters are being cut out, then that would catch my attention. So right now, we have no real way to know what kind of role Williams had, and how essential his character was to the film. Williams is a great actor, and I was excited to see his debut in the Star Wars universe. So him being cut from the movie is clearly a loss. But if it's for the larger good of Han Solo, then I think it makes sense. I was never truly on board with this movie from the beginning, and now I'm even less interested, what with all the drama. I will certainly see Han Solo, but I don't have very high hopes for it right now. Hopefully a trailer will come out that will get me excited, but right now I couldn't care less about Han Solo

While promoting his new film Death Note, Adam Wingard has confirmed that his next feature, Godzilla vs. King Kong, will be set in present day. What's interesting about this is that Kong: Skull Island was set in the 1970's, meaning that there is a good amount of time between Kong and the first Godzilla movie. What's also interesting is that the post credits scene for Skull Island directly set up Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, who will all be in Godzilla 2. So there is a large period of time where Kong is unaccounted for. This may be a good way for the filmmakers to explain Kong growing in size, as he will need to be significantly bigger in order to fight Godzilla. I think it makes sense to have the movie in present day. Godzilla was, and I'm sure Godzilla 2 will be as well. With Godzilla 2 coming out in 2019, it will lead right into Godzilla vs. King Kong in 2020. So it makes sense to have these movies also be in chronological order. I am actually really excited for this film. I think it has a lot of potential. I was in the minority for really liking Skull Island a lot. I wasn't as big of a fan of Godzilla, but I do have high hopes for the sequel. My biggest question mark with Godzilla vs. King Kong is the director. Wingard did Blair Witch last year, which I wasn't a super big fan of. And Death Note is not getting good reviews at all. So I'm hoping he is able to pull off Godzilla vs. King Kong. But I guess we'll have to wait and see how it turns out. 

The Other Sh*t

The Top 10- Arnold Schwarzenegger Films, 
courtesy of SK Plus

Top 5 Actors to Play the Joker, courtesy of
John Campea

Memento- Telling a Story in Reverse, courtesy of
Lessons From the Screenplay

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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