Today in Nerd News – 4/18/2013: Man of Steel, R.I.P.D., and Star Wars

Are you needing your nerd fix? Well, it just so happens that I have what you need, man. Here, take a peek inside my bad, and see what I’ve got that’s good:

New ‘Man of Steel‘ Trailer Released

Man of Steel Poster

I’ve got to be honest, Superman isn’t by most favorite superhero. But, I won’t get into that now. Still, I find myself very excited to see this film, especially after getting a case of the chills from the teaser trailer months ago. Perhaps it’s the more serious tone the film seems to take, or perhaps it’s the fact that Christopher Nolan produced and developed the film’s overall story.

This trailer delves into more of the story, especially Clark’s trouble in figuring out who he is. If you know anything about Clark Kent/Superman is that he is always trying to find his place in the world. And, we find out that, after some 75 years, that the ‘S’ on his chest doesn’t mean ‘Superman’ at all.

Ain’t that a B?

Man of Steel is set to release on June 14, 2013. The film stars Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and Amy Adams. Zack Snyder is the director.

First ‘R.I.P.D.‘ Trailer Drops

R.I.P.D. Poster

To be honest, R.I.P.D. was not a film that I’ve been following. Hell, I didn’t even know it was being made into a movie until a month ago. Yeah, some pop culture nerd, huh?

This film is based on a Dark Horse Comics of the same name, R.I.P.D. tells the story of Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds), a Boston police officer who died suddenly on the job. But, instead of going to heaven or hell, Walker is sent to the Rest In Peace Department, an other-worldly police force tasked with hunting down bad souls in the physical world.

The comic book was a hit back in 2000, so it has a lot to live up to in the fans eyes. But, with a cast like Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, and Mary-Louise Parker, this film could be the sleeper hit of the summer. What do you think?

R.I.P.D. is set to release on July 19, 2013. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke.

More ‘Star Wars‘ News!

A fan-made Star Wars Episode VII poster

A fan-made Star Wars Episode VII poster

Fanboys worldwide let out a Tusken Raider war cry when it was announced that there would be more Star Wars films make. Then, the cry grew louder when the possibility of a television show was rumored. And, now, you’d better grab some earplugs, because it’s going to get unbearable in here.

There will be a new Star Wars film every year from 2015 to 2020.

It was announced yesterday at CinemaCon by Disney Studios chief Alan Horn that plans are in the works to have at least six new Star Wars films in theaters for fans to enjoy. And, the most exciting part? There will be stand alone character films!

For all of you out there who’ve been waiting patiently for a Boba Fett movie, I think your waiting has finally payed off. With all the money of the mouse backing it, there will be no doubt about visual quality. But, with a fanbase twice the size of Texas already waiting in line, Disney had better do their homework, and take good care in not screwing it up.

Here is how the films will break down:

Summer 2015Star Wars: Episode VII

Summer 2016Star Wars Stand Alone Character Film

Summer 2017 (40th Anniversary)Star Wars: Episode VIII

Summer 2018Star Wars Stand Alone Character Film

Summer 2019Star Wars: Episode IX

Summer 2020Star Wars Stand Alone Character Film

Beyond 2020, who knows what the future of the franchise will be. But, I’m sure we’ll hear about those plans soon enough. For now, though, it’s all up to the writers to deliver a script worthy of fan approval. To those writers tasked with the damn-neared impossible, I wish you well. And, as always, may the force be with you…

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2 thoughts on “Today in Nerd News – 4/18/2013: Man of Steel, R.I.P.D., and Star Wars

  1. I was so happy that they included the ‘S’ meaning hope. You have no idea how pissed I got at people when they made fun of the ‘S’ like it was some trivial thing. I was like, “No, man, that shit is important. It’s key to the character! Superman IS hope!” With the movie is out there to set it strait, I can stop freaking out.

    Now…if they ALSO mention that an upside down ‘S’ means Resurrection, that would be amazing.

    • I would think that with a Man of Steel 2 they’d get into the upside ‘S’, especially if they kill of Superman in the third act of film one! I don’t know if you’re interested, but Batman writer Scott Snyder is coming out with a Superman book this summer. When he touches a character, he does it with great love and respect for their individual history. So, that might be something you’d wanna check out.

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