Weekly Nerd News: First Edition


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:

  • • So you already knew the Doctor would have a new companion in Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) when Doctor Who returns, right? Right. But did you also know he would have a new outfit, complete with new coat and top hat? (Fret not; the bowtie is still there.) Most importantly, though, is the fact that the TARDIS will have a new interior. What do you think of the ol’ police box’s new look? (http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2012/12/so-this-is-what-the-tardis-looks-like-now/)

  • Disney and Marvel Studios have released a new promo picture of Iron Man from May’s Iron Man 3. In it, Tony is looking a little worse for the wear. It was revealed that he will be battling The Mandarin (Ben Kinglsey) in this edition – does this post-fight picture make you even more excited to see their rivalry when the movie comes out? (On an unrelated note, there’s a rumor going around that Janet van Dyne, AKA The Wasp, will be making an appearance. Yay!) (http://www.ifc.com/fix/2012/12/iron-man-3-still)

  • Hugh Jackman has officially signed on for next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. He will reprise his role as Logan/Wolverine yet again in 2014’s The Wolverine. Is that too much Jackman saturation for you? Or will it be a nice change to see him back in fighting shape after his turn as Jean Valjean in this week’s Les Miserables? (https://twitter.com/BryanSinger/status/281256660025081857)

  • • In its first week of release, The Hobbit set December box office records for IMAX showings. Did you see the movie? Which format (IMAX, 3D, etc.)? How adorable is Martin Freeman on the big screen? How many questions can I ask? Don’t forget to check out our review of the movie and weigh in with your opinion! And as an additional challenge, can you name all the dwarves with whom Bilbo goes on his adventure? (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hobbit-takes-december-record-imax-403354)

  • • Some guy you may have heard of – I think his name is Zachary Levi? – is allegedly in contention to play the lead role of Peter Quill (AKA Star-Lord) in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. As you may know, Levi will be playing Fandral in Thor: The Dark World, which is being released next November. Another name being tossed around is Jim Sturgess, who most recently appeared in Cloud Atlas. How do you feel about these possibilities? Would you like to see Zac in two films in the Marvel universe or should Jim get the chance to show off his guns? (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=98326)

  • • Good news, Walking Dead fans! The show has been renewed for a fourth season! Bad news, Walking Dead fans! Showrunner Glen Mazzara has parted ways with the series. You may recall former showrunner Frank Darabont brought him on as a producer for season two and Mazzara replaced Darabont after he was let go. Will this behind-the-scenes shake-up affect your watching of the show? Do you think it will be good for the show to bring in some fresh blood? (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/walking-dead-renewed-fourth-season-glen-mazzara-381614)

  • Gail Simone is back on Batgirl at DC Comics after being fired a few weeks ago. No word on what caused the turnaround, but she confirmed on Tumblr that she will be back starting with Issue 19. Do you think this is a good decision on DC’s part? Are you excited to see Simone back at the helm? (http://www.themarysue.com/gail-simone-back-on-batgirl/)


  1. ErinDecember 26th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    The Doctor Who Christmas special was amazing!!!!! I think The Doctor’s new look was great and the TARDIS is looking pretty spiffy, too 🙂

  2. Brandon M.December 26th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Zach as the Star- Lord….HECK YEAH!!!! It was only a matter of time before the industry realized what Zachery Levi was capable of. And they haven`t even scratched the surface yet! Keep it up Zach. As for Jackman getting behind the Wolverine wheel? How can this not be a fan`s dream come true? Jackman oozes talent, but he IS the WOLVERINE! Time catches us all, but Jackman has kicked in the after burners and we are lucky enough to be along for the ride! Great opening week for the Weekly Nerd News! Looking forward to the next edition.

  3. Aaron LoweDecember 26th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    The Zac Levi/guardians rumor has been debunked… but nice newsletter, TNM needs more of this keep it coming!

  4. Stephanie M.December 27th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    The new inside of the TARDIS is bad-ass. Nice article! 🙂

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