Geekly World News – February 4, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been announced by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games, alongside a really charming trailer based on the original trailer for the movie. In addition to the events of the film, the upcoming game will also include elements that fill in the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. I’m curious to see what that entails when the game is released on June 28, 2016 for a wide variety of platforms.

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Geekly World News – January 22, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more.

Let’s get things started today with the new trailer for Suicide Squad, staring Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Jared Leto as the Joker.

I have to admit that I haven’t personally been very excited for this film until now, but this is a very good trailer. Now we just have to wait and see if the movie itself will be able to match the fun of the clever editing around Bohemian Rhapsody found in the trailer. Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer and comes to theatres on August 5, 2016.

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Geek Spiel: What Star Wars Can Learn From Redwall

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A recent piece of news stated that not only will Harrison Ford be returning to the Star Wars franchise, but that Han Solo will be having a “major role” in the new films. This, along with this particular cast photo:

…are some of the first inklings we’ve been given about existing characters returning in the J.J. Abrams directed sequels. This scarcity of information led some fans to theorize that the new movies would draw upon the plentiful material from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU). Many of the books in the expanded universe contain characters and storylines that rival Han, Luke, and Keia in terms of the devotion of their fanbase. Continue reading

Geek Spiel: In Defense of Buttmonkeys, or “The Wisdom of Clowns”

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The comic relief: Just about every story, regardless of target audience, genre or mood, has one, but often it would be generous to call them “characters.” Many times, they’re underwritten and two-dimensional; a delivery system for all of the jokes that the writers came up with that would be out of character for anyone else in the cast. With the endless stream of punchlines and pratfalls that issue forth in their presence, they become less than people. To steal a term from the ever-insightful Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, they become Buttmonkeys.

It’s reasonable to ask if this necessarily a bad thing. After all, as the old adage goes: “it’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.” If not the buttmonkey, who would deliver the laughs and break the unbearable tension? Thing is, a comic character can still serve their purpose without becoming a Groucho Marxian fountain; bursting forth with irritating non-sequiturs. A character ceases to be a person and becomes a buttmonkey when thats all they do.

This Week, The Rogues Know It Feels Good to Be Bad: Bring on the Villains!

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This week, James, Noah & Vince expound at length about their favorite bad guys, with some help from YOU, the fans! Enjoy!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00 – 53:35 –> We go down the nominations for favorite villains from members of Fitocracy’s forums
  • 53:35 – End –> The guys go ’round the table for their Top 5 Villains from any media! Listen for the musical break to find the segment division.

What did you guys think? Were there any villains we forgot that you wanted to hear more about? Sound off about your favorite purveyors of villainy in the comments, and Like us on Facebook for more geeky goodness!