Nerd News: July 26 – August 1

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We’re at the half way point in the summer, man has it flown by. If your week also flew by here’s you’re douse of weekly news in one place. It’s Nerd News. 

Enough Kryptonian Jedi and Bat-Fleck, here’s Wonder Woman:

Image owned by Warner Bros.

Image owned by Warner Bros.

During Comic Con an image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was released. The costume follows much of the same designs of the other characters and is impressive. The panel also showed a very early video featuring Bat-Fleck and Sups looking at each other. The film is currently slated for a May 2015 release.

The man with the Arabic name that no one can pronounce:

Remember that Arrow trailer that came out around last Thursday? Well another trailer hit during the weekend. The clip is the same aside from the teaser appearance of Ra’s Al Ghul, one of DC Comics biggest villains. Here’s hoping someone says his name right; with a SH not just a S.

The Return of LEGENDARY characters:

During the Con, Legendary Pictures talked about their upcoming plans. Two of their main projects are; the sequel to Godzilla, which this time round will pit everyone’s favourite prehistoric/nuclear by product/dinosaur thing (depending on the version) against other Classic Toho characters; Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Their other production seems to be a television series based around the King Kong film, called Skull Island.

Bane as Mad Max:

More Comic Con Trailer stuff, this time it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. The film features Tom Hardy as the titular character who travels deserts looking for water, gas and awesome explosions. The trailer shows off the impressive visual effects, something the original films didn’t have. Either way the film is currently slated for release sometime in 2015.

You got your Robotech in my Macross:

Image owned by Harmony Gold and Lionsgate.

Image owned by Harmony Gold and Lionsgate.

Harmony Gold, the red headed step-child of anime distributors, along with Lionsgate has announced a new batch of Robotech releases. This time the show will be split into multiple DVD volumes, with both the Robotech version and the original Macross in Japanese. The set’s will be sold through Amazon with for the reasonable price of $19.98. Seeing how  there are 36 episodes in the Macross saga, it’s a safe bet that there’ll be two sets. No word on Blu-Ray but the DVD will be available on September 23rd. Start pre-ordering now, that is unless you already own one of the three or four past versions.

The End of TNA?:

Wrestling Fans will know the name TNA Wrestling, but for those of you with lives, TNA is the direct competition to WWE. Even saying it was direct competition is kind of a overstatement, but it seems like their days might be numbered. It was rumoured on late Sunday, and later reported by TMZ that TNA’s Impact Wrestling will not be renewed on Spike TV. While this might not be the end of the promotion, wrestling show’s need some type of TV to make them larger than say a local indy. Here’s hoping that they’ll find another place to air their show, cause while it isn’t the greatest product it’s still something.

From the Murder Olympics to fighting a Government:

Another video that came out during Comic Con was an actual trailer for the upcoming Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part One. The short trailer gives us a look at some of the returning characters as well as Katniss’ choice to fight. Look for Mocking Jay Part One to sing it’s way to theatres in late November.

More Frank Miller…great:

Looking forward to the upcoming Sin City: Dame to Kill For? Then you should watch the new Red Band trailer. The longer trailer features; quick cuts and editing (that proves that Miller didn’t direct a lot), lots of half naked women, narration, green screen effects, returning actors, Lady Gaga and both Miller and Rodriguez acting. Get ready for the noir grit when it hits theatres, August 22nd.

More Constantine, less other character:

While DC didn’t have the strongest showing film wise, they had plenty on the TV front. One of the trailers they showed off was the newest look at NBC’s Constantine. This time the 4 minute video focuses more on the titular character and the world of the show than the side kick who was fired. Constantine starts on October 24.

Eagles, Wargs and Dragons, oh my:

The trailer for the final Hobbit film; The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, or as it should be called, the part we all wanted to see, has hit the net. The clip gives us a look at the film while playing on of the many songs that Tolkien fan’s will understand. Personally, I think this franchise has gone on long enough. The how bloody thing will finish on December 17th.

The Nolan film we’re now waiting for:

After a shocking appearance at Comic Con, director Christopher Nolan showed off a new trailer for his upcoming sci fi epic, Interstellar. Now the trailer is making the rounds legally for those of us not lucky enough to be in attendance at the Con. The trailer gives us a better look at the films plot, as well as the space travel our leads will be taking. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, several Nolan staples like Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine as well as Topher Grace, John Lithgow and Matt Damon. The film is currently slatted for a November 7th release.

Canadian Wrestling Fans rejoice:

Coming soon...maybe.

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On Thursday, Canadian multimedia company Rogers Communications and WWE signed a new deal making Sportsnet 360 the home for WWE in Canada through 2024. However, the deal also added incentives from the WWE Network. According to the press release, Rogers will look to bring the online network to real TV on Rogers Digital Cable with a preview the station slated for August 12. The deal is still awaiting CRTC approval, but if it goes through this would be the first instance of the WWE Network being on a traditional TV outlet, the original goal of said network. According to a piece in Variety, the WWE hopes to have the site out in other countries for that same August 12 launch day. While this is good news for fans, the company as a whole is still in flux due to the lack of information on how much performers are getting paid and the releasing of several talents (3MB RIP).

Still not a Attorney

Looking forward to the upcoming film, Birdman? Then you’d better watch the new international trailer. The film features Michael Keaton as an actor how made his name as a comic book character, trying to break away from the label while doing a stage play. Birdman will debut at the New York Film Festival and will later will open in theatres on October 17th.

Other Stuff:

Despite not being fully released internationally, Marvel Studios has already green lit another Guardian’s of the Galaxy film directed by James Gunn as well as a animated series. A TV series based upon the Evil Dead franchise is in the works and it might even star Bruce Campbell. Several of Hollywood’s major directors are getting the major film studios to keep Kodak alive. Quentin Tarantino has set a early release date of 2015, likely around Christmas, for the Hateful Eight. The Japanese Government is launching a major anit-piracy campaign against illegal Manga and Anime sites. Sentai Filmworks has announced the dub cast for their release of Tamako Market, feel free to read my review. While the fourth episode of Psycho Pass won’t be aired in Japan, due to the episodes similarities to a real murder, Funimation will still air it.  Expect a review of Guardian’s of the Galaxy in the next few days.

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