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Khalil Johnson

  • Profile: Khalil Johnson is a is a lifelong fan of comics, movies, and tv. After endlessy laking about them for years, decided to put his passion into practice as a writer. Little known fact: Khalil is who Jor-El named his son after, but Jor-El spelled the name wrong. In addition to handling his day job, Khalil is a contributing writer to NerdBastards and a few other places. Follow him on twitter @alilreview for the latest updates.

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The Rock Is Getting His Own Black Adam Movie!

Since 2014, Dwayne Johnson has been heavily involved in bringing a Shazam! movie to the big screen. The former professional wrestler, who at this point is “box office steroids” and has was 2016’s richest actor having made more than $64 million last year alone for such films as Central Intelligence, Moana and the TV show Ballers. Johnson has been working with his production team in concert with DC on bringing a Shazam! movie to the big screen and within the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The Rock will play Shazam’s rogue Black Adam in the upcoming film which is expected to be released in 2019. However, there is more good news related to Shazam!

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For the most part, Hollywood has struggled with anime adaptation for US audiences. For every Edge of Tomorrow: Live Die, Repeat, you can get a Dragon Ball Z. Many films have heavily drawn influences from anime. Take The Matrix, for example, has taken anime influences and delivered a great original product. However, with Scarlett Johansson appearing in this year’s live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, it looks like US audiences are gearing up for anime’s to be taken seriously and done well. Next on the plate, Attack on Titan.

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The circus has been with us for more than 100 years. The spectacle of clowns, elephants, trapeze artists and other exotic animals was something that many have seen at least once in our lifetimes. The biggest circus troupe is Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus which was billed as “The Greatest Show On Earth” for what seems like forever. That circus has been performing for more than 98 years (since 1919) across the country first as a traveling circus and then as it gained in popularity, sold out stadiums across the country. Sadly to say, the show will not go on.

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One of Deadpool’s best partners in the comics is Cable, the time-traveling, techno-organic virus, take no prisoners, leader of X-Force (who is also the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey). The two have a unique relationship and have gone on many adventures together throughout the comics. The stinger at the end of Deadpool was that Cable would be featured in the sequel and also have a significant role in the film. Although we still don’t know who will be playing Nathan Summers just yet, the screenwriters are now trying to give him a coherent origin story to translate to film.

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In the aftermath of X-Men: Days of Future Past, a whole bunch of spin-off films were on the horizon for the X-Men universe. Such films included Deadpool, Logan, New Mutants, X-Force, and other “First Class” sequels. One film that was planned was a solo film featuring everyone’s favorite card-throwing Cajun, Gambit. The planned spin-off would feature Channing Tatum as the title character. The film was planned for a Spring 2017 release. However, out of nowhere, the project’s start date was pushed back and then later taken off the proposed schedule. After that, the film’s director Doug Liman left the project as well. Many started to lose faith that the film would ever get made as it’s still in “Development Hell” territory. Many feared that the film will never get made and probably be shelved.

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Now that he has sold his baby Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas has a lot of free time on his hands. Most people would just play golf or go to the beach. The Star Wars creator, however, wants to expand his legacy and build a place for all his fans to view and appreciate his legacy. Lucas would be financing the project himself (after all, he is worth more than $5 billion) promising to put up to $1 billion of his money into the museum. More than 40,000 paintings, drawings, and other memorabilia would be donated to the museum. The museum location was a choice between San Francisco and Los Angeles for quite some time. It looks like a city has been chosen.

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Was Jabba The Hutt Really A Bad Guy?

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Throughout the original Star Wars Trilogy, Han Solo had the looming threat of Jabba The Hutt looming over his head. Because he owed money to the intergalactic gangster, he was always one second away from abandoning the Rebellion so that he could remain in hiding. Jabba dispatched bounty hunter Boba Fett after him and when finally caught, Han was captured and frozen in carbonite, needing Luke and the gang to rescue him in Return of the Jedi. When we finally met him, he was a larger than life (and disgusting) space slug that ran his own palace under his iron fist and was finally stopped by Leia. But, was he really a bad guy?

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The other day, a fellow blerd (black nerd) and I were talking about the upcoming Black Panther movie and how exciting the upcoming movie will be. It has a lot of potential, as well as a lot of risks. This will be the first truly big-budget blockbuster with a primarily African-American or African cast (90% of the cast will be people of color), as well as many people of color behind the scenes including director Ryan Coogler as well as his screenwriting partner Joe Robert Cole. Of course, the cast is a who’s who of big-name black actors working today with a cast list that includes: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright. During the conversation, my friend said, “what black actors isn’t going to be in this movie?” Well, it looks like yet another person has joined the cast of Black Panther.

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Director Kevin Smith is a lifelong Batman fan and all around professional geek. Most of his films have some sort of Star Wars reference, he has written Batman, Green Arrow, and Daredevil comic book issues. Needless to say, his geek cred run deep. While he has been in a little bit of a slump for his experimental films, he has been killing it on the small screen. Smith directed two of the best episodes of The Flash (“The Runaway Dinosaur” and “Killer Frost”) and his Supergirl episode (“Supergirl Lives”) airs January 23rd. The lifelong Batman fan has never directed anything associated with his favorite comic book character Batman, until now.

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With the success of the first “Non-Saga” Star Wars film, Rogue One, Lucasfilm is starting to look towards their next spin-off, the untitled Han Solo film. The upcoming film will focus on a younger Han Solo before he teamed up with Luke, Leia, and the gang to save the galaxy.  When he was just a smuggler dealing with the underworld of the Star Wars universe. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and will star Alden Ehrenreich as the younger Han Solo and Donald Glover as a younger Lando Calrissian. The film is set to start filming soon for a planned May 2018 release date. However, it looks like that date may be changing.

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