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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The final BATMAN v SUPERMAN trailer brings the bat-action

Here we are, just a little over a month out (42 days to be exact) from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The final trailer has been released this morning and it shows what may be some of the best shot live action Batman combat I’ve seen.
Also, we finally get to hear Gal Gadot speak a little bit! That shouldn’t be as momentous as it is, but we hadn’t heard word one from Wonder Woman in any of the promo materials up to this point.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases on March 25th, it’s basically my Episode VII. I’m so very excited.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Get ready! A new Harry Potter book is coming this Summer!

2007 was the last time the general public had seen an actual Harry Potter book in print. But now that there's a stageplay coming: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it's basically impossible to keep a good franchise down.

Announced today, and just a few months before the new prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters, a book version of the stageplay will be available in bookstores this Summer.

Basically this will be a "rehearsal script" rather than an actual prose novel, but for fans who want to know what happens next for Harry, Hermione, and Ron and can't get to the play over in the UK, this is the next best thing.

Here's a plot synopsis:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
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The GeekRex Podcast Episode 113: The 2015 Rexies!

It's that time of the year again...that's right! It's the Rexies for the year that was!

This time around, we've changed things up slightly, because we love to keep you on your toes!

We consolidated a lot of categories, and turned the show into a lean, mean fighting machine of:

Best Film
Best Television Series
Best Performance in Film or Television
Best Comic Series
Best Comic Creator

We each nominated a pick, we all watched it or read it, and then voted on it! Who will be the big winners! Find out now!!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DEADPOOL sequel already being planned

It hasn’t even opened yet, but Fox is banking on big dollars from this weekend’s Deadpool opening. Looking at estimates as high as $70 million over the President’s Day stretch, the studio has gone ahead and green-lighted a sequel according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will reportedly be returning, as will star Ryan Reynolds, who will likely be seeing a huge boost in his star-power over the next few days.
With the Wolverine series potentially coming to a close barring a recasting, Fox has sought a big solo franchise to take its place. Gambit, starring Channing Tatum and directed by Doug Liman, was one option, but a big money weekend for Deadpool and where that may lead (sequels, X-Force feature) may give them just what they needed.
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Bryan Fuller to showrun new STAR TREK series for CBS

Hannibal creator, and upcoming American Gods showrunner, Bryan Fuller has found his next big gig: heading up the new Star Trek series for CBS' streaming service. The former writer for shows like Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had this to say per Variety:

“My very first experience of ‘Star Trek’ is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the ‘Star Trek’ universe lit my imagination on fire,” said Fuller. “It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of ‘Star Trek’ with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no ‘Star Trek’ series has gone before.”

The new series is set to debut in 2017 on CBS All Access, with a pilot that will air on CBS proper. This will be the first original piece of programming to air primarily on the streaming-only provider.

Fuller showrunning this series is easily the best development announced yet for this series, which he'll develop with Star Trek (2009) screenwriter Alex Kurtzman. 
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Jackie Earle Haley joins the cast of PREACHER

Academy Award nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley (whose performance in Little Children is still one of the most haunting I've ever seen) has signed up for another comic book adaptation, this time with AMC's presentation of Garth Ennis' and Steve Dillon's Preacher.

Haley will be Odin Quincannon, described for the television series as: "a small, decrepit man with the unscrupulous iron will necessary to be the most powerful man in Annville County, Texas. The chief employer in town, Odin runs Quincannon Meat & Power, a 125-year-old family run cattle slaughterhouse business.”

Haley previously appeared on-screen as Rorschach in the big screen adaptation of Watchmen and on FOX's Human Target series. He will appear in 6 of the 10 first season episodes.

He joins a cast that already includes Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joe Gilgun, W. Earl Brown, and Ian Colletti, among others. The series is executive produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, with a pilot directed by Rogen and Goldberg.
No debut date has been announced as of yet.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

The 10 Best Selling Comics: JANUARY 2016


Hello, everyone!  This week marks my triumphant return to regularly writing for Geek Rex after some busy times at work.  With that comes the return of my regular articles on the top selling comics and graphic novels for each month, which became a lot less regular after August.  With 2016 just beginning, however, I decided to hit the ground running for this year.

For those who are new to these articles, I'll break down the top 10 Best Selling Comics for a given month (Graphic Novels will get their own article), offering my brief commentary on why that issue probably sold so well.  You can check out all the numbers here, but keep scrolling to see your Top 10!


10. Uncanny X-men #1

Publisher: Marvel

Not a huge surprise.  Combine yet another new #1, one of Marvel's hottest writers right now, and a team of some of the more popular X-men characters and you have all the makings of a best seller.  Villain-centric teams are all the rage these days, so that probably didn't hurt things either.











9. Darth Vader #15

Publisher: Marvel

Just in case you're new to keeping up with the top selling comics of a given month, and because it has been so long since I've done one of these, I think it's time we re-establish something: Marvel's Star Wars comics seem destined to be Top 10 material.  Every issue.  With this one being the finale of Marvel's first big Star Wars crossover, Darth Vader once again making the charts should not surprise at all.









8. Batman #48

Publisher: DC

Another non-surprise.  What is more surprising is that this is the only DC title on the list for January.  With titles like DKIII: The Master Race and Batman/TMNT also vying for Bat-fans' attention, it seems fans just wanted to stick with the devil they know.










7. Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1

Publisher: Marvel

Again, Marvel + Star Wars is all you need these days for best selling comic.  Throw in Charles Soule as well as yet another #1 and you shouldn't be too surprised despite Star Wars fans' hating the prequels for the most part.











6. Old Man Logan #1

Publisher: Marvel

Comic fans love to buy up #1s in droves.  They also love Wolverine.  Though the regular Logan is still dead, we now have Mark Millar's dystopian version of the character in the main Marvel U.  Lots of elements to attract fans, especially given the original Old Man Logan graphic novel's popularity with readers,









5. Star Wars #15

Publisher: Marvel

If you're still surprised by this at this point, I can't do anything for you.  This being a stand alone issue also didn't hurt its sales numbers.












4. Star Wars #14

Publisher: Marvel

The penultimate issue of the first Marvel Star Wars crossover.  Seems people really couldn't resist that hot, Wookie on Wookie action.










3. Spider-man/Deadpool #1

Publisher: Marvel

Marvel's two most popular characters in an all new, ongoing series, AND it started this month?  Of course this one was going to sell big.  With Deadpool getting his own movie this month, I'd imagine we may see issue 2 crack the Top 10 as well.









2. Secret Wars #9

Publisher: Marvel

Marvel's big summer crossover that didn't wrap up until close to a year later found all nine issues show up in the Top 10, frequently at the top spot.  While many definitely lost interest in Jonathan Hickman's retooling of Secret Wars due to delays and the new continuity starting before this story ended, people were clearly still interested in how this all ended up.  Perhaps it was more a situation of, "Well, I've already gone this far...."






1. The Walking Dead #150

Publisher: Image

The Walking Dead is popular.  No one is denying that.  The collected editions are regular best sellers, but the comic almost never cracks the Top 10.  It would appear the allure of a milestone issue like #150 was too much for fans to resist.  Couple that with the tiresome length of Secret Wars and it makes sense why Walking Dead would claim the top spot.









So that's your Top 10 Comics for January!  We're off to an interesting, not too surprising start to 2016.  DC got squashed, which is nothing too new, but Image coming out on top is always a nice surprise.  Looks like 2016 will be a big year for Marvel once again.  As long as Marvel publishes a Star Wars comic, they'll consistently take over the best sellers.  Perhaps DC can look forward to that mysterious Rebirth this summer, but Marvel is going to come right back at them with Civil War II.  Be sure to come back each month to see how 2016 shapes up in comics!

TOTALS BY COMPANY: JANUARY

DC: 1
Image: 1
Marvel: 8

TOTALS BY COMPANY: 2016 SO FAR

DC: 1
Image: 1
Marvel: 8

See you next month!

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