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.
Next, Microsoft has announced a new version of its hit game Minecraft specifically geared for the classroom, called Minecraft: Education Edition. It is by and large the same Minecraft experience that you and/or your kids know and love, but with a few new features and tools, such as an in-game camera and scrapbook. There are also some starter lessons available to help teachers get started and give them inspiration for their own lesson plans. I think this is a great idea, because kids are already using Minecraft to explore their creativity and sharpen their problem solving skills. If teachers can now harness that experience for even more types of learning, I say that’s a good thing indeed. The Verge has an in-depth write-up if you want to know more. Minecraft: Education Edition will be available this summer, in time for the 2016 school year starting in September.
Now on to the bad news. Slashfilm has reported that Star Wars: Episode VIII has been delayed from its original release date of May 26, 2017 until December 15, 2017.
Taking it’s place on May 26, 2017 is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, as reported by Vulture. Meanwhile, Avatar 2 has also been delayed from it’s December 25, 2017 release date until summer of 2018, according to The Wrap, which means we won’t see it fight directly against Rian Johnson’sStar Wars: Episode VIII at the box office. While I’m not looking forward to the longer wait, I can’t say I’m surprised. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opening on December 16, 2016, May of 2017 seemed unrealistically soon for the next Star Wars movie. With this change, it appears that we will be getting a new Star Wars film every December for the foreseeable future, which is a pattern I look forward to relying on.
In comics news, we have a shift back to the status quo, but with a twist. Steve Rogers will once again be Captain America, but Sam Wilson will also keep the mantle, meaning that there will be two Captain Americas at the same time. The current Captain America: Sam Wilson series will continue and be joined by Captain America: Steve Rogers. Both series are written by Nick Spencer, with art on the new Steve Rogers book being done by Jesus Saiz. Daniel Acuña, artist on the Sam Wilson book, did the new redesign for Steve’s costume and shield (since Sam will be keeping the circular shield). An interview with the creative team for the new series on Marvel.com has lots of interesting tidbits.
This news isn’t particularly surprising, considering there is a movie coming out soon featuring Steve Rogers as Captain America (Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6, 2016 in North America), but I am very glad to see that Sam Wilson is keeping his promotion. I hope that his role as Captain America isn’t diminished by this new development and that the two Caps can truly coexist.
Last but not least, some video game news. Nintendo World Report has revealed that the upcoming North American and European versions of Fire Emblem: Fates will not include a controversial scene from the Japanese version. From what I have gathered about the scene, there is a female character named Soleil who is attracted to women and gets flustered whenever she is around them. In order to help her with this problem, the main character spikes her drink with a magical powder that causes her to see women as men and men as women. Once the magic wears off, she finds herself attracted to the main character as a man after falling in love with the female version of him. This has been perceived by many to show drugging (since the magical powder was added without her knowledge) and gay conversion therapy (since the story results in seemingly changing Soleil’s sexual orientation).
Personally, I think Nintendo made the right decision in removing this scene from the North American and European versions of the game. While some people may decry the change as “censorship”, no one has forced Nintendo to do this – they are simply doing what they think is best with their own product. Their decision may be based on maximizing profits, but at least they are trying to release a game that will not outright offend its customers. If some context has been lost in translation that would have made the scene less disturbing, then I can understand why they would decide to just remove it altogether, as it is not an essential part of the game or its main story. Though I am sympathetic to fans who want to experience an unaltered version of the game, Nintendo certainly has the right to alter its own product. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.
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