Nerd Round-Up: Supergirl, Cowboy Ninja Viking, Venom

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 was announced earlier this week that DC is looking to make a Supergirl movie, and once again DC announces yet another film that they have no real intention of making. They have announced 24 movies, and only 4 are in any real sort of production that we can be sure they will actually be coming out. On our Instagram page, I took a poll of who thinks Supergirl will actually come out within the next five years, and a whopping 83% of you thought that it wouldn't. I think that clearly shows that the public assumption is that, when DC announces a new movie, most people don't think it will actually happen. Look, I like the idea of a Supergirl movie and, in a thriving, successful cinematic universe, I would like to see it. But "thriving" and "successful" are not words I would use to describe the DC Cinematic Universe right now. And when they announce Supergirl, I can't get excited for it. When you're only making 4 of the 24 movies you announce, why should I believe that Supergirl will actually happen? Right now, I will only believe a movie of theirs is actually going to happen if they have a full cast, a director locked down, and they are in final weeks of pre-production with a filming date set. If a DC film is in any earlier stage of development or production than that, then I have to assume it won't happen, because DC has given us no reason to believe that any movie they announce actually will happen. 

A number of years ago, we heard that Chris Pratt had signed on to do a movie adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking. The film was reportedly set to hit theaters next summer. However, we have now learned that Universal has pulled Cowboy Ninja Viking from their release schedule and has delayed it indefinitely, which is a fancy way of saying that they have no real plans to actually make the movie now. This isn't that much of a surprise. The film was announced like five years ago, and we have heard virtually nothing about it. I'm surprised that they actually had a release date set for next summer. But the fact that this movie isn't going to happen anymore doesn't exactly shake me to my core. It would have been a fascinating film. I never read the graphic novels, but from everything I have read about it, it sounds like it would have been fun and zany and a perfect fit for someone of Chris Pratt's capabilities. It would have been fun to see, but I can't say I'm exactly disappointed. Pratt has a ton of other things on his plate, and I'm sure he'll find something else really exciting to do in its place. 

While our initial assumption has been that Venom would be rated R, it seems like Sony will be going for a PG-13 rating instead. The company heads have said that they are aiming for a PG-13 rating because they want to keep the possibilities open to have Spider-Man in future films. While I wanted Venom to be R, I can't argue with their logic. Having Spider-Man go from PG-13 standalone films to dark and gritty R-rated Venom movies is a drastic tone change, and it is probably in Sony's best interest to keep Venom as an extreme PG-13. So on paper this makes sense, but I do think Venom being rated R would have made for a better film. The character, like Deadpool, really calls for it, and you are toning the character down by having a PG-13 rating. Plus, you cannot fully have Carnage in either this Venom movie or a future one if it is PG-13, because Carnage simply does not work without an R rating. You are hampering the nature of that character if you do him in a PG-13 movie, even more so than Venom. I'm still holding out hope that Venom will be good, but I think everything we have seen from it so far points to the fact that it is going to suck. But I do really hope that I'm wrong. 

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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