Weekly Nerd News 2.18.14
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:
Power Rangers is about to go into its 22nd season and with it comes a new incarnation in Power Rangers: Dino Charge. The series will air starting in 2015 while Bandai America will simultaneously launch a coordinating dinosaur-themed toy line. In the meantime, fans can hold themselves over with Power Rangers Super Megaforce, which is the 21st season of the original franchise that debuted in 1993.
Following the success of its other graphic novel adaptation in The Walking Dead, AMC is looking to strike while the iron is hot and develop Preacher to series. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will write the television version with Breaking Bad’s Sam Catlin acting as showrunner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Preacher revolves around Texas preacher Rev. Jesse Custer who loses his faith after discovering God has left heaven and forsaken his duties. Accompanied by his vampire ex-girlfriend, Jesse becomes the only person who can track down God and hold him responsible for his actions.
A new, slimmer Playstation Vita is coming to North America this spring. In addition to being 20% lighter and 15% slimmer than the original model, battery life has also been improved – from 3-5 hours of gameplay bumped up to 4-6, with video playback lasting up to seven hours. The limited edition will come with Borderlands 2 and an additional 8GB memory card for $199.
Marvel Studios is looking to develop a stand-alone Black Widow film. Scarlett Johansson’s role has been expanded in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where viewers will reportedly learn more about her backstory and how she came to be. This dive deeper into her past led to discussions about a solo movie. However, studio president Kevin Feige says The Avengers is a priority over a Black Widow film.
The original Barry Allen is coming to the Flash reboot! John Wesley Shipp will guest star in the pilot in a mysterious role and if the show gets ordered to series, he will likely recur.
She-Hulk is getting a new comic book series in which she will start her own law firm. Writer Charles Soule says her real strength comes from her optimism, which will be celebrated in the series. It will be structured like a television show, with overarching storylines woven through every 12 issues or so. The series debuts Wednesday.