Nerd Round-Up: The New Gods, Bond 25, Nightwatch

Welcome to this week's Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of discussing. 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 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 installment of Nerd Round-Up.

Selma and A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay has signed on to direct The New Gods for Warner Bros. There are conflicting reports as to whether this will be set in the current DC Cinematic Universe, or if it will be its own thing such as the planned Joker origin movie. DuVernay is a fantastic director. Selma was one of my favorite movies of 2014. What she did with that movie was just incredible. She also did an excellent documentary for Netflix called 13th. She has proven herself to be someone to watch in this industry. People are giving her shit for A Wrinkle in Time, but I don't really blame her for that. I haven't seen the film myself, but from what I've heard it sounds like it's more of an issue with the screenplay (which she did not write) rather than with the directing. So DuVernay is a fantastic director. As for the actual New Gods property, I'm not sure what to think about it. DC has announced dozens of new movies, and most of them won't end up getting made. So I am excited to hear DuVernay is getting more work, but I don't have much faith that this New Gods movie will ever actually happen. We'll have to wait and see.

Danny Boyle has all but confirmed that he will be directing the next James Bond movie, the last film for Daniel Craig's run as the character. Boyle said that he had a great idea for the movie, and the script is being written by John Hodge. Assuming Boyle is happy with the finished screenplay, he will be directing Bond 25, with a suspected 2019 release date. Boyle has made some great movies in the past. He won his Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, which was an outstanding film. I also really liked his Steve Jobs movie with Michael Fassbender. If Boyle is passionate about this property, I think he could give us a great ending to Craig's run. I still would rather have seen a new actor brought on and get a new incarnation of the character, but I'm fine with Craig doing one more movie before he leaves. He does deserve to go out on a high note. I liked Spectre more than most, but it wasn't as good as some of his other Bond films have been, such as Casino Royale. Under Boyle's direction, I am hopeful that they will make a great final film for Daniel Craig. 

Spike Lee is in talks to helm a Nightwatch movie for Sony, set in their Spider-Man-less Spider-Man universe. Venom hits theaters this fall, with Silver and Black coming out next year. We've heard a few other properties thrown around for this proposed cinematic universe, but with Lee now in talks for Nightwatch, it seems like this could be the next one Sony makes. I don't know too much about the character of Nightwatch, so I can't exactly comment on how whether or not it would make for a good movie. But I am fascinated by the pick of Spike Lee for directing this film. He is a unique director, and one that I really respect. I mean, Do the Right Thing is simply a classic. He is also directing Black Klansman, produced by Jordan Peele, which sounds like it could be absolutely fascinating. He has a great skill set as a director, and makes movies that are his own, which I always appreciate from filmmakers. Even without knowing much about the character, I am very curious to see what Spike Lee will do with a comic book movie. 

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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