These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.
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Star Wars Cast Confirmed
There was a fabulous disturbance in the Force this week. According to Businessweek, George Lucas has confirmed Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will all be returning for the upcoming new Star Wars Trilogy. However, what makes the news even more savory is the fact that Lucas was already negotiating contracts with the stars before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. "We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison — or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.'" Lucas told Businessweek. "Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them."
Any Star Wars fan worth his Midi-chlorian count knows an announcement like this is worthy of a few of these:
For more on how Lucas set plans in motion for his galaxy far, far away before he signed on the dotted line, check out the vid below.
Iron Man 3 Gets New Trailer Upgrade
Robert Downey Jr.’s return to the role of the wisecracking Tony Stark is less than two months away and the Marvel marketing machine still won’t stop teasing us. Another trailer, with a couple of new shots from the film, surfaced this week to increase the level of excitement across the geekosphere.
Something Wicked Cool This Way Comes
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the 1980s incarnation of GI Joe, but the massive delay for Paramount Pictures GI Joe: Retaliation hasn’t filled me with confidence that the live-action sequel is going to be a worthy addition to the franchise. That being said, a new featurette focusing on the fan-favorite character Storm Shadow has hit the web and it appears the film may have a few redeeming qualities after all. The action scenes shown here look amazing and a couple of shirtless shots of the handsome actor Byung Hun Lee (Storm Shadow) aren't hard on the eyes either. Plus, what geek doesn’t like to watch a good ninja brawl?
Bryan Singer Spills the X-Tea
SuperheroHype recently had the chance to chat with Bryan Singer about his upcoming X-Men film, Days of Future Past. The openly gay director spilled some fresh tea about how the movie will fit into the continuity of the previous films while setting a new direction (i.e. fix shit from Brett Ratner’s X3:The Last Stand that didn’t work). "I wrote the story for First Class and produced it so this is a chance to not do a sequel to First Class or a sequel to X-Men 3 but to do both I guess in a way," Singer told SuperheroHype. "In Days of Future Past the story structure is a fantastic way to do that." Comments like this put my geeky little mind at ease knowing the x-franchise is back in good hands.
Archie Meets the Gang From Glee
Archie and his pals from Riverdale have had their fair share of whacky crossovers in the past. (Remember Archie Meets the Punisher from 1994?) But this week the world-colliding crossover event Archie Meets Glee became a reality — proving comics can still be fun and lighthearted at a time when dark and gritty is all the rage. The trailer for the four-issue stint is below, and I’m not ashamed to say I’m hoping for a little flirtatious fun between Blaine and Archie’s token gay friend Kevin Keller.
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JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for The Advocate and Gay.net, as well as a contributor for Out.com and She Wired. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner.