These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.
Gayming With the WWE
The world of video games will soon have another playable gay character when WWE 2K14 hits store shelves in October, reports Gay Star News.
Earlier this week, 2K Sports revealed the company’s upcoming video game based on the stars of World Wrestling Entertainment would include newly-out wrestler Darren Young. 2K Sports even took to Twitter to congratulate Young on his decision to come out of the closet. “We'd like to congratulate @DarrenYoungWWE on his brave personal announcement and welcome him to the #WWE2K14 roster!”
LGBT people are still sorely underrepresented in the world of video games, but steps like this give me hope that won’t be the case much longer.
(Check out our collection of photos featuring the hunky gay wrestler here.)
The New World
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t premiere until Sept 24, but that isn’t stopping ABC from teasing us about the upcoming Marvel movie tie-in series. Take a look at the latest promo below.
Sting, Sting, Stingers!
Integrity Toys has announced The Stingers are the latest edition to the company’s Jem and the Holograms line of collector dolls. This will be a first for Jem collectors as the original doll line was cancelled before The Stingers — the sometimes rival band of the Holograms which were introduced in the third season of Jem — could be produced. Minx, Rapture, and Riot never looked better. Truly outrageous, indeed!
Warner Bros. announced Ben Affleck would be stepping into the boots of the Dark Knight in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel tentatively titled Batman Vs. Superman, sending fanboys across the interwebs into a tailspin. However, the film's director, Zack Snyder, is convinced he’s the right man for the job.
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work with him.”
Of course, the fact that fans are already crying foul over the casting of Affleck isn’t surprising. Reactions were similar when the announcement was made that Heath Ledger would be playing the Joker in The Dark Knight and his portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime is now considered legendary in the geekverse.
JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for The Advocate and Gay.net, as well as a contributor for Out.com, HIV Plus, and She Wired. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner.