These are the nerdy bits of news that had us geeking out this week.
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Mr. Spock Smackdown
Hypothetical debates are a cornerstone of geek culture, and while we may never know the official answer to many of the questions that have fired up fans for decades — who would win in a firefight between the starship Enterprise and Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer? — Audi’s latest ad has put one more to rest. Sci-Fi icon Leonard Nimoy (aka Spock 1.0) takes on out actor Zachary Quinto (aka Spock 2.0) in the automobile brand’s shameless Star Trek marketing tie-in. I won’t spoil the ending for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, but the commercial is as adorkable as it is… logical. If more ads were as fun as this one we might not be so quick to hit that fast-forward button on our DVRs.
Matt Bomer on Playing Superman
Superman: Unbound hit Blu-ray and DVD this week and marks an impressive moment in the Last Son of Krypton’s history. The animated film from DC Entertainment stars Matt Bomer as Clark Kent/Superman — the first openly gay actor to fill the Man of Steel’s boots. Take a look at a few clips from MTV’s interview with the hunky Magic Mike star talking about his efforts to make ol’ Supy more charming. (As if he even needed to try.)
Bam! Batgirl Gets Some Payback
Batgirl will soon be available as a playable character in the highly addictive fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Even if you aren’t a gaymer, you’ll want to check out the gameplay trailer highlighting the next installment of downloadable content heading our way. Barbra Gordon is bound to be a fan favorite in this superhero smackdown, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the possibility of additional costumes for more bat-fabulousness. A character skin based on Batgirl's look from the Batman ’60s TV show would be, as they say on the animated series Batman Beyond, totally Shway!
The Force is Strong With EA Games
Many gaymers may have been disappointed when Disney announced they were shutting down Lucasfilm’s video game division Lucasarts. However, any geek worth his midi-chlorian count knew the Mouse House wouldn’t leave the future of Star Wars games in limbo for long. IGN reports a new deal has been struck between Disney and EA games allowing the company exclusive rights to publish games based on our favorite galaxy far, far away for several years to come.
When Universes Collide
The heroes of the Justice League will take on the powers of Grayskull in the six-issue miniseries DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe with the first issue set to hit comic shops August 28.
According to MTV Geek:
DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe will pit He-Man, Teela, Man-at-Arms and the rest against Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and a slew of other DC heroes when He-Man and the gang travel to Earth to hunt down Skeletor, who has fled to our little blue planet for nefarious magic-siphoning purposes.
Written by Keith Giffen with art by Dexter Soy and covers by Ed Benes, the series has the potential to be a fun crossover. However, it’s interesting that He-Man’s updated costume covers up most of his hunky body while Teela’s new look exposes even more skin. It would be nice to see comic creators balance out their servings of cheesecake with a bit more beefcake.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Assemble!
It appears that Marvel’s Avengers TV spinoff, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will be assembling this fall. While we’re still awaiting official confirmation, Zap2it reports the series has been picked up by ABC for a full season and a promo for the series will air during the Once Upon a Time finale this Sunday. Given the popularity of Marvel Studio’s shared superhero movie universe, ABC would’ve been foolish to turn this project down.
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.