Weekly Nerd News: June 3


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:

Perhaps the biggest news of last week was Matt Smith’s announcement that he is leaving Doctor Who. After four years of playing the Time Lord, he will be stepping down after this year’s Christmas episode. Before he departs, though, he will be participating in the show’s 50th anniversary special, alongside previous Doctor, David Tennant (and other surprise guests?), which will air in November.

Some more news out of the Doctor Who family – Karen Gillan has joined Guardians of the Galaxy. Not much is known about the character she will be playing, but it has been revealed she will be the film’s main female villain. The movie will begin shooting in late June and will be released August 2014.

DC Comics has killed another character in Batman’s world. SPOILERS!! After killing Damien Wayne earlier this year, they are going after the villains now. In Justice League America #4, Catwoman is shot point-blank in the head. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see if her death sticks – cats do have nine lives, after all.

A new Borderlands 2 trailer has been released. Told as though his sane side is trapped as a voice within his insanity, it showcases Krieg’s backstory and explains just how he became a vault hunter. Despite emotional moments, the video isn’t light on the game’s trademark brutality. The Psycho Pack DLC is out now.

E3 is almost here and Microsoft is doing things a little differently this year. The Nintendo Direct presentation will be held June 11, replacing their traditional press conference, and will include trailers and more for games like Mario and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Additionally, four titles will be available to play as demos at participating Best Buy stores. They haven’t announced which yet, but there will be two opportunities to play: June 12 from 4 – 8 PM and July 15 from 1 – 5 PM.

A World of Warcraft movie may still be happening. In January, Duncan Jones (Source Code and Moon) was announced to direct a WoW adaptation. News and production developments have been stalled since then, but it looks like the movie is picking up steam once again. It will reportedly be shot in the first part of 2014 with an expected release date sometime in 2015.

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