The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: October 28th

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 still definitely worth checking out and 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's Nerd Round-Up. 

It is being reported that DC is in talks with The Raid director Gareth Evans to write and direct a Deathstroke film, with Joe Manganiello in the leading role. Manganiello was attached to play the character in Ben Affleck's The Batman, but with Matt Reeves taking over the director's chair, it seems like Deathstroke has been ousted from the script altogether. I am sick of these renegade projects being announced. This is the same sentiment I have for every other DC spin-off movie that has been reported thus far. I don't want to hear about any of these spin-offs until they have established their universe. They're rushing forward with 20 different movies before they even have The Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern Corp., or Man of Steel 2 done. They need to get their main characters done before they branch off into B, C, and D list characters. Now, out of all the other spin-offs they have announced, this is one of the ones I'm most interested in. Evans proved he can direct incredible action with The Raid movies, and to see that brought to Deathstroke would be great. But I don't want a Deathstroke movie at all until DC has proven they can have a steady track record, and until they can get their main heroes done. It's seriously putting the cart before the horse. Hopefully DC will figure themselves out, and we can get this Deathstroke movie later on down the line when they're a lot more solid of a shared universe than they are right now. 

It has been confirmed that Fast Five and Furious 6 director Justin Lin will be returning to franchise in order to helm Fast and Furious 9 and 10. I loved Fast Five, and I still contend that it's the best of the franchise. Everything that this series has turned into was at its best in that film, and it has yet to be topped. And while I didn't like Furious 6 as much as I did Fast Five, it is still a very solid movie. The latest installment, The Fate of the Furious, was underwhelming. It was entertaining enough, but it didn't have the same kind of punch that Fast Five or James Wan's Furious 7 did. So going back to what worked before would be a smart course correction for the franchise. Justin Lin has also since done Star Trek Beyond, which I thought was a great movie. It was a fantastic blend of story and character development, along with great action. If he can bring that same kind of blend to Fast and Furious, and give it some more substance, then I think it will help refresh the franchise, and keep it from going stale. We know Fast and Furious 9 will be hitting theaters in 2020, but it is unknown when 10 will be released. We'll have to wait to find out more information. 

It is being reported that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Ben Mendelsohn is being eyed to play the villain in Captain Marvel. This is a casting decision that really gets me excited. Mendelsohn is one of my favorite character actors. From his small roles in movies like The Place Beyond the Pines and The Dark Knight Rises, he has proven himself to be quite an adept actor, one who I want to be given more opportunities. He got a big break with playing the villain in Rogue One, a role that I thought he handled excellently. So it would only make sense that he gets to be a prominent villain in a comic book movie. He did have a small role in The Dark Knight Rises back in 2012, and he was fantastic in it. But he deserves a chance to play the big bad, and it seems like that will be happening with Captain Marvel. We know the Skrulls will be the antagonists of the movie, so my guess would be that he'll be playing a Skrull general, or something along those lines. That is a role that I think he would be great in. Whether the role will be done with make-up or motion capture, I'm not exactly sure. But I do know that Mendelsohn will turn in an excellent performance, and he could end up being one of the best villains Marvel has ever had! 

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: Nathanael Moln├ír
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