This Weekend in the Nerd Verse… May 23rd-25th, 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Denver Comic Con happened over the weekend and in case you missed it, it was a blast! Check out our coverage of DCC here, and stay tuned for more articles to come. In other news…

Batman’s appearance in the Suicide Squad movie was confirmed over the weekend after so many rumors and a whole crap ton of speculation. Ben Affleck has remained quiet on the issue, despite being spotted in Toronto where the movie is filming, but a photo of his Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Batmobile was photographed on set and shared via Instagram.

Cary Fukunaga has very unfortunately dropped out of the It remake. Apparently he was afraid of his artistic vision for the film becoming compromised with New Line Cinema’s desire to cut the film’s budget. New Line Cinema pushed for a cheaper project after the Poltergeist remake opened to poor ratings and very little money. I can’t blame a director for dropping out when his production company seems to already be predicting his failure. It is a very special and frightening part of my childhood, and sadly it seems like it’s in bad hands at the moment. Source: The Wrap

American Horror Story: Hotel is really putting together an amazing cast, especially with their newest addition, Max Greenfield (Schmidt, or Schmitty from New Girl). Greenfield, who is freaking awesome, will be joining series newcomers Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, and Lady Gaga as well as series veterans Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Wes Bentley, Angela Bassett, Chloe Sevigny, and Kathy Bates. I’m officially counting down the days until the premiere.

Empire released some first look photos of Ridley Scott’s upcoming science fiction film, The Martian. The movie is based on Andy Weir’s book, and stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels. It tells the story of an astronaut who wakes up alone on Mars, after being left behind by his team while they were on a mission. Source: ComicBook.com

Tyler James Williams (who should have been cast as Spider-Man in the reboot, which should have been about Miles Morales) became an unlikely source of breaking news over the weekend. During an interview with Flicks and the City he revealed that Jaden Smith will be playing Static Shock in the upcoming live action digital series about the character.

It was a disappointing holiday weekend at the box office. The over-hyped Tomorrowland made a meager showing but managed to finish first. The top five money makers in theaters this weekend were:

  1. Tomorrowland $32.9 million                      49% rating on RottenTomatoes.com
  2. Pitch Perfect 2 $30.8 million                      67% rating on RottenTomatoes.com
  3. Mad Max: Fury Road $24.8 million            98% rating on RottenTomatoes.com
  4. Poltergeist $22.6 million                             33% rating on RottenTomatoes.com
  5. Avengers: Age of Ultron $21.6 million        75% rating on RottenTomatoes.com

Source: Screen Rant and Rotten Tomatoes

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