Nerd Round-Up: Spawn, The Batman, Silver and Black

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.

It has been confirmed that Jamie Foxx will be playing the titular character in the Todd McFarlane-directed Spawn reboot. Now, I'm not overly familiar with the Spawn series. What I do know is that McFarlane, who created the character and wrote the comic book run, will be directing the film, and he has never made a movie before in his life. It always makes me nervous seeing directors making their debuts with movies like this. Granted, Spawn won't be a big budget epic. It's not going to be a blockbuster on par with The Avengers or anything like that. It will be a lot smaller, and that may work in McFarlane's favor. Plus, he knows this character and this world inside and out, so it could all work out in the end. But I can't help but be nervous about it. Now, adding someone of Jamie Foxx's caliber does bring some credibility to the project. He is a tremendous talent, and I'm looking forward to seeing him in a comic book movie role outside of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I think he's a great fit for something like this, and I'm interested to see what he will do with the character. I just hope that this movie turns out alright, and doesn't suffer from McFarlane directing. 

It is being rumored that the Penguin is the first choice to be the villain for The Batman movie but, if Matt Reeves or DC chooses to go in a different direction with the film, the Penguin will be used for the upcoming Birds of Prey movie. The Penguin is one of Batman's most famous villains, and I think he could work really well on screen. We've seen the character before in 1992's Batman Returns, played by Danny DeVito. While that was an interesting incarnation of the character, it would be fascinating to see him reinvented for this new DC Cinematic Universe. It does concern me, however, that they don't have a villain locked down for The Batman yet. Reeves has been working on this for a year and a half now, and they still don't have a villain cemented? Plus, I don't really care about a Birds of Prey movie at all, and just handing the Penguin over to that movie if they pass on him for The Batman seems cheap. The Penguin could be a fantastic antagonist for The Batman, and I hope the film goes in that direction. It just seems strange that Reeves has been working on this movie for as long as he has, and they are still this far behind in production. Then again, this is only a rumor, so none of it may be true. But it is certainly something worth keeping in mind going forward. 

It is being reported that Silver and Black, Sony's second Spider-Man-less Spider-Man spin-off following this year's Venom, has been pulled off of the release schedule. The movie, a team-up film starring Silver Sable and Black Cat, was originally slated to come out in February of 2019. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that the movie is in trouble. Sony could very well just be looking for a new release date for the film. But usually the new release date is announced alongside the news that a film is moving, as opposed to a movie just being pulled. So this can definitely be seen as a red flag, but that's not necessarily the case. I think, if anything, it means more for Venom than it does for the actual Silver and Black film. If Sony is not confident in Venom, it would make sense that they would want to hold back on Silver and Black and come up with a new strategy. Then again, we could be reading way too much into this, and a new release date could be announced tomorrow. Right now, this is nothing to be worried about. However, it is something that we should file away in the back of our heads, at least until more information comes out. 

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

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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