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.

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