Weekly Nerd News: March 4
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:
After first being coy with reporters as to whether he would appear in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, John Barrowman has now confirmed he is in talks to be involved in the show. Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood, said negotiations are in early stages and couldn’t reveal much more since Steven Moffat has kept plans tightly under wraps. It is known, though, that Nick Hurran will direct the episode, which will be filmed in 3D and air this fall.
Sadly, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see the last film in The Hobbit trilogy. After its release date was first announced as July 18, 2014, the film has now been pushed back to December 17, 2014. The second film will be released on time, though, on December 13, 2013. No word on why “There and Back Again” will hit theatres later than originally planned, but its opening date will now continue in the Lord of the Rings traditional winter release.
Counting down the days until the release of Star Trek into Darkness? Well, we still have a few months, but information about the film is slowly being released. Most notably, JJ Abrams has just revealed Klingons will be involved in the film. He noted they definitely play a villainous role, but wouldn’t reveal more, which is nothing new with Abrams. He still hasn’t released many details about whom Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing, but did confirm Alice Eve’s Carol Marcus will play a significant role in the movie.
Speaking of Star Trek, images have just been released of the Gorn in Star Trek: The Video game, hitting shelves April 23. Fans will remember the Gorn are a reptilian race whose captain fought Captain Kirk in the original series. In the game, though, the Gorn Commander and his troops have invaded New Vulcan, which is home to the surviving community from Spock’s destroyed world.
No, Dr. Jenner at the CDC is not involved, but biological researchers have created “zombie” cells that outperform their living counterparts. The researchers developed a technique where cells from mammals are coated with silica to form near perfect replicas which can surpass their living counterparts in tests of pressure and temperature. But don’t worry, they aren’t actually creating real zombies in the lab – this material will be used in reusable fossils, including fossil fuels and decontamination, as well as commercial manufacturing.
Spider-Man’s suit has undergone a few changes since we last saw it. The costume has been tweaked slightly and is now more true to the look in the comics, featuring bigger eyes and modifications to the color and texture. The new film also introduces future love interest Mary Jane Watson, played by Shailene Woodley, and will hit theatres May 2, 2014.
Is Marvel planning a reboot along the lines of DC’s New 52? A teaser poster has just hit the Internet, featuring names of many of their characters shaped into a #1. The photo is captioned, “Begin with the best super heroes in comics – Marvel does it FIRST. HUGE story coming soon to fans, worldwide.” The reboot worked for DC, plus Marvel has recently had success with their movie releases. Do you think this could mean what we think it means?
SPOILER ALERT! In the next issue of Batman Incorporated, Robin is being killed off. Robin, whose real name is Damian Wayne and is the ten-year-old son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, is killed while fighting an assassin who turns out to be his cloned brother. When Batman goes to save him, he’s too late. Writer Grant Morrison is said to have taken inspiration from his parent’s divorce and noted parents sometimes lose sight of their kids while fighting.