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Fanboy Round-Up: GODZILLA, APOCALYPSE and ZOMBIES

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Welcome back to another edition of Fanboy Round-Up, the weekly column for those of you who missed out on last week’s news or need a little bit of a refresher – and last week was super busy. So busy that we have to include more stories in this feature than we usually do. We’ll start it off with a little Batman v Superman tidbit, shall we?

Less SUPERMAN, More BATMAN?

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Shockwaves were sent through the fan world last week when a rumour hit that Warner Bros. execs wanted Batman’s screentime beefed up over his opponent’s in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yeah, yeah, Man of Steel made a lot of money, but there’s still a certain stigma surrounding the character (not to mention the movie wasn’t great). Batsy, on the other hand, is a completely safe option. They know he’s a surefire billion-dollar hit and I’m sure that’ll come through in the marketing next year – so why not in the film itself?

Fortunately this turned out not to be true – or rather, not necessarily true. Zack Snyder was quizzed about it later in the week and confirmed that there will be a little more Batman in the beginning, but by-and-large the heroes will be equal.

“Only in that because it’s a different Batman than the Batman that was in the Chris Nolan movies, so we have a little bit more explaining to do—and you just had a whole Superman movie. But I think only in that way, because you need to understand where Batman is with everything. And that’s more toward the beginning, but it evens back out as it goes on.”

From the sounds of it, it isn’t true that WB have asked for more Batman, but rather there was always more of him, and it’s not gonna be at the expense of Superman. Rest easy, guys!

No HULK in GUARDIANS VOL. 2

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A popular fan theory regarding the Hulk’s whereabouts post-Age of Ultron is that his Quinjet floated up to space, all the way to Knowhere. Yup, fans were hoping he would pop up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It was a fairly solid theory, however it’s now been shot down by James Gunn – as well as the appearance of another certain space-y character. Who could it be…?

Head to the link to find out!

George R.R. Martin is Now a Zombie

No, everybody’s favourite fantasy author isn’t dead (thank the Seven) – he’s just a zombie! The two usually correlate, however the news is instead that Martin will be playing a zombie on the new season of Z Nation.

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He looks pretty happy.

As you can tell, Martin will be appearing as himself to sign copies of ‘A Promise of Spring,’ parodying the upcoming seventh book A Dream of Spring as well as confirming his determination to actually finish this series. What will the episode be about, and what does GRRM have to say on the matter? Head to the link to find out!

Hey, speaking of Westeros…

GAME OF THRONES Spoilers!

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Because of the nature of these spoilers, I’m not gonna reveal what they are here in case a hyped-up fan accidentally scrolls past ’em and hates UTF forever. Let’s just say that if you thought Season 5 was depressing for the North, then Season 6 may lift your hopes up…

KING KONG VS GODZILLA!!!

HOLY SHIT!

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Crossovers are all the rage these days, and given the big-screen resurgence of Godzilla, and his fellow monster’s upcoming return in Kong: Skull Island, a big fight movie between the two was fairly inevitable despite a difference in studio. Fortunately, fan anticipation and box office potential always pulls through, as it was revealed that Legendary’s King Kong prequel has now moved from Universal to Warner Bros. so that it can happen.

That flick is set for March 2017 and Godzilla 2 will be out in 2018, meaning the crossover won’t be until 2019 at the earliest. That kinda sucks, but at least it’s happening, right?

A FORCE AWAKENS Post-Credits Scene?

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Star Wars could soon be adopting Marvel’s style. While none of the previous movies have had a post-credits scene, The Force Awakens looks set to use it, which makes a lot of sense from a business-perspective. It’s been successful with Marvel and plenty of other movies are now featuring them to good effect, so why shouldn’t Disney stick one at the end of what looks to be one of their biggest movies ever?

Rumour has it that it won’t be a traditional post-credits scene, either, but rather a short teaser or clip for Star Wars: Rogue One. There are a couple of pros and cons to this story, so head up to the link to read more.

APOCALYPSE Now Looks GOOD!

When the first look at Apocalypse was released, it got a pretty bad rep in the fan community, mostly because he had been turned from a menacing giant into a bad Ivan Ooze cosplayer.

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Yikes.

It felt as if Fox were going back to their old ways with the costume rather than building on the goodwill from First Class and Days of Future Past. Fortunately, it seems as if the fruity purple look has been abandoned – or changes over the course of the movie – as a new leaked image shows Apocalypse looking much more like his comics counterpart.

Of course, it could still be fake. Let’s hope not. Head over to the post to take a look!


And thus concludes another edition of Fanboy Round-Up – and a very busy news week. What will this one bring?

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