Weekly Nerd News: May 27
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:
Fresh off their purchase of Tumblr, Yahoo is now looking to buy Hulu as well. However, they are not the only company interested in the website, with the likes of DirecTV, William Morris Endeavor, and Time Warner Cable also looking to place bids. The situation will seemingly come down to Hulu’s (along with its owners News Corp., Disney, and Comcast) decision to sell, when an attempt in 2011 to do so failed. Their asking price at that time was $2 billion, so only time will tell if the sale comes to fruition this time around.
Casting rumors continue rolling in for Guardians of the Galaxy. According to the latest reports, John C. Reilly has been offered the role of Rhomman Dey. In the comics, he was a super-powered leader of the Nova Corps who gives his powers to a human named Richard Rider. In the film, though, the character will be human from the start, designed to be the Phil Coulson equivalent to the Guardians franchise. The movie is set to be released on August 1, 2014.
A new preview for Batman: Arkham Origins has hit the interwebs. The game is a prequel to the other Arkham titles, focusing on Bruce Wayne’s early years as the Caped Crusader. Yes, The Joker is involved, but Black Mask is the title’s main foe. Deathstroke is also a villain and will be a playable character through DLC. It comes out on October 25.
Joss Whedon has confirmed Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be a part of The Avengers 2. While on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recently, he explained his reasoning behind their inclusion; first, he was a fan of theirs when he was a child and second, they have really cool powers. In related news, Quicksilver will also be joining X-Men: Days of Future Past and will be played by Evan Peters.
Steven Spielberg will executive produce a new live action Halo television series. The announcement came during Microsoft’s Xbox One presentation. This adaptation follows last fall’s 90-minute web series Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn. No word yet on if the show will be offered on television, available on the new console, or presented through another medium.
Fast and Furious 6 topped the Memorial Day Weekend box office. The film pulled in $317 million, making it Universal’s biggest debut of all time. Opening to lower numbers than expected was The Hangover Part 3, making $63 million. Also opening over the weekend was Epic, which took in $42.6 million. Still holding strong is Star Trek Into Darkness, which made $47 million, bringing its worldwide total to $257.9 million. Rounding out the top five was Iron Man 3, which earned $24.4 million and with a worldwide haul of $1.15B so far, it has now become the number five grossing film of all time.