The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: September 2nd

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

Reports came out not too long ago that Warner Bros. was looking to make a Joker origin movie separate from the current DC Cinematic Universe. The film will be directed by Todd Phillips, and will be produced by Martin Scorsese. You can read our initial report on the news here. News has since come out that Warner Bros. is looking at Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, hoping to use Scorsese's involvement as a way to lure him in. When the news initially broke, one of the first actors to cross my mind was in fact Leonardo DiCaprio. He was my ideal candidate, but I ruled him out since the movie was looking to be an origin story. DiCaprio is in his 40s, so he's not exactly the ideal age for an origin movie. But it looks as if Warner Bros. is, in fact, pursuing DiCaprio. Age aside, if they get Leonardo f*cking DiCaprio to play the Joker, then this movie will instantly shoot up to being one of my most anticipated comic book movies. He is one of the greatest actors working today, and he would turn in a performance that probably could rival Heath Ledger's from The Dark Knight. But this is a big if. Yes, Scorsese's involvement could entice DiCaprio, but Scorsese is producing not directing. So that may not be as big of an incentive as Warner Bros. is hoping it will be. Look, I really hope this works out, but I'm not so sure a deal will actually be made. We'll have to wait and see how things turn out. 

The first image of Evangeline Lily as the Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp has been released online, in celebration of legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby's 100th birthday. She isn't wearing her helmet in this picture, but we do get a really good look at what the suit will look like. I think it looks great! It's a strong contrast to Ant-Man's suit, and it gets rid of the yellow from the comics. I don't think that would have worked on screen, so I'm happy with the adaptation.One of the most important things about this is that it's functional rather than sexual. Female comic book characters have a tendency to be drawn overly sexualized in the comics, and so an issue always arises of how to adapt them to film. And I'm glad that Marvel didn't try to give Lily a lot of cleavage or a revealing outfit, or anything along those lines. It's a functional suit, and it works. Overall, I'm glad that Lily will be suiting up in this movie, and I like the design of her costume. I can't wait to see her alongside Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and the Wasp

It has been confirmed that Joss Whedon will officially be getting a co-writing credit on Justice League. Whedon took over for director Zack Snyder after he suffered a family tragedy, and has been overseeing reshoots on the film. This additional credit is significant, as it hints to how much work Whedon has actually done on the movie. I think it will still be Snyder's movie, but I think there will be a lot in there that is directly from Whedon. Now, I think Snyder will end up being credited as the director, and Whedon's co-writing credit will serve to recognize the work he's done on the movie. The jury's still out for Justice League in my mind. I've said it before, but I think it's a coin toss as to whether it'll be good or not. There is so much drama behind the scenes that I could see it ending up being a total mess of a film. But maybe the combined abilities of Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon have saved the film, and we'll be getting an awesome product come November. I'm not sure how Justice League will turn out, but I am glad to hear that Joss Whedon will be credited as a co-writer. 

The Other Sh*t

The Top 10 Summer Movies of 2017, courtesy of
SK Plus

The Shawshank Redemption- Review & Tour,
courtesy of Chris Stuckmann

Lion King Director Reacts to Honest Trailer, 
courtesy of Screen Junkies

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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