These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.
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Superman Unbound and Out of the Closet
The Man of Steel will be getting just a bit more fabulous when DC Entertainment releases the animated original movie Superman: Unbound on May 7, 2013. Why? Because, for the first time since the character debuted in 1938, an openly gay actor will be playing the part of Superman/Clark Kent and that actor is none other than the insanely hot Matt Bomer. Superman: Unbound is an adaption of the popular Superman: Brainiac storyline, written by comic scribe Geoff Johns, which ran through Action Comics back in 2008. Check out the latest trailer for the film below, which includes a number of shots of Supergirl – for those who like their superhero stories extra fabulous.
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It’s Showtime Synergy!
Integrity Toys has served up another round of truly outrageous additions to their Jem and the Holograms collectible doll line. Joining Jem, Jerrica, Rio, and Synergy this month are the original Holograms Kimber Benton, Aja Leith, and Shana Elmsford. Each of these 80s divas features exquisite detail and looks like they walked right out of the classic animated series. If you’re looking to add these ladies to your collection you’ll need move fast. Each piece is extremely limited and won’t be available for long. Check out Integrity Toys main site for more details and a list of dealers.
The Sexy Scoundrels of Star Wars Are Going Solo
This week, the Walt Disney Co. revealed plans to make a number of spin-off movies set in the Star Wars universe in addition the upcoming new trilogy. The first two projects currently being evaluated are films based on the fan-favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett and a young Han Solo saga—which could spawn a trilogy of its own. Little more is known about the spin-offs at this time, but the possibility of a movie based on the early days of our favorite wisecracking smuggler from a galaxy far, far away has the geek-osphere already playing guessing games with who should step into Harrison Ford’s boots. Personally, I think an unknown actor would be the best choice, but Newsarama has posted an interesting top 10 list of potential casting candidates that’s worth checking out.
By The Power of Grayskull!
Toy Fair, the annual show where toy companies reveal upcoming product for the new year, is going down this weekend in NYC and a new incarnation of one of the most beloved toys from the 1980s will be making its debut there. A bigger, better, and totally awesome update of Castle Grayskull is being produced for Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line of action figures and will undoubtedly be a modern Holy Grail for many collectors. MTV Geek has an exclusive early look and teaser video that will make you want to shout out that classic line, “By the power of Grayskull!”
Captain Power Reboot Powers On!
Last year the people behind the 80s Sci-Fi cult classic Captain Power announced the series was getting the reboot treatment in the form of a new live-action show titled Phoenix Rising. Additional information has been trickling in since the initial announcement, but this week several new tidbits were released included the confirmation that new collectibles based on Phoenix Rising are in the works and teaser images for several key characters in the new series have been posted as well. Also, a great interview with producer Roger Lay Jr gives us an in-depth look at future plans for both the new and classic series in the franchise. Check out the Captain Power Facebook page for all the geeky goodness.
JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for Gay.net and a contributor for Advocate.com, Out.com, and She Wired. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner.