The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: November 11th

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. 

Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play Black Adam in Shazam for years, though we recently learned that he would not be appearing in David F. Sandberg's film, slated to come out in 2019. Instead, Black Adam will be getting his own movie before popping up in a Shazam film, though that will not be the first time we see Johnson as the anti-hero. It is being reported that Black Adam will be the central villain of Suicide Squad 2, with the Squad having to retrieve a weapon of mass destruction which turns out to be Black Adam. No, no, no! This is the exact same problem the first Suicide Squad had! Your team consists of a girl with a baseball bat, a guy with really good aim, and a guy with boomerangs. The first Suicide Squad had them going up against the Enchantress, an all-powerful goddess, and it failed miserably. And now you're going to have them go up against Black Adam, an all-powerful god? The Suicide Squad needs to go up against a threat that they can manage, not someone who can go toe-to-toe with Superman. They need to take out a terrorist cell, or a highly trained human being, not someone with omnipotent superpowers. I hated the first Suicide Squad, but I began to have some hope for the sequel when The Accountant's Gavin O'Connor was brought on to direct. But if Black Adam does turn out to be the villain, then I think they're just making the same mistakes all over again!

It is being reported that Blade Runner 2049 will end up losing Warner Bros. roughly $80 million dollars. On a $150 million dollar production budget (with other sources saying closer to $200 million), the film only made $242 million dollars worldwide. This is disappointing, but not surprising. I loved the movie, even though I didn't like the first Blade Runner all that much. I thought 2049 was beautifully realized, and truly an extraordinary film. You can read our full review here. But frankly, I'm not surprised one bit that it wasn't profitable. I've been saying from the beginning that this movie wasn't going to make that much money. The first one was not super successful when it came out in 1982, and has only existed as a cult classic. Sure, it has a lot of fans, but not enough to warrant a $150-200 million dollar investment on Warner Bros.'s part. If they only spent like $50 million dollars on it, then they probably could have turned a profit. But then you would have been doing the movie a disservice, as you cannot tell a story like this on a $50 million dollar budget. I appreciate that Warner Bros. put in all of this money to make 2049, knowing full well that they wouldn't turn a profit. I'm dumbfounded as to why they did it, but I appreciate that they did do it, because they gave us one of the year's best films. 

The first social media reactions to Justice League are in, and they're mixed. The overwhelming consensus seems to be that it has a weak story and flimsy characters, but it's entertaining. While the reactions aren't great, people don't seem to hate it was much as everyone hated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. These are better reactions than I thought it was going to get, but it still isn't great. I've been saying for weeks that the movie was going to suck. I thought it would get about the same Rotten Tomatoes score as Batman v. Superman, with the same amount of divisiveness. But this sounds like it will get a better score. I don't know if it will necessarily be fresh, but it sounds like it will get a higher score than 27%. Maybe it will end up being around 40 or 50%. I'm glad at least that the movie is fun, but the fun of a movie is diminished for me when it has a weak story and weak characters. I'm not nearly as invested in what's going on action-wise if I'm not invested in the story or in the characters. I think this is one that I'm going to have to just wait and see what I end up thinking about it. I could end up saying that the good outweighed the bad, and give it a decent score. At the same time, I could end up thinking that the lack of story and character depth outweighed the fun action, and ruined the movie for me. So I'm just going to wait on the matter until it comes out next weekend. 

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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