Nerd Alert

This week was a big one when it came to trailers for upcoming geekynerdy movies and television shows. Most of them looked awesome, but at least one seemed to miss the mark. And for good measure, I also threw in a fan-made title sequence for the Black Widow movie we’re likely never going to get, but totally should. Enjoy! 

1-3. On Tuesday, the first trailer for this fall’s live-action version of the 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms premiered. Having grown up with Barbie and the Rockers instead of Jem, I thought the film actually looked pretty good, but lovers of the cartoon, like Nerdist News’s Jessica Chobot, were less than thrilled. And though I can’t personally comment on the differences between the show and the movie, after reading this post by Cat Conway at The Mary Sue, I certainly understand the outrage. (C’s personal reaction to the trailer: “This is horsesh*t… I don’t even want to get into it, but it pisses me off.”)

4. But though the trailer for Jem may have made most of the geekynerdy world angry, on Wednesday, souls were slightly soothed with the release of the first Supergirl trailer. Some people, including C, were a bit skeptical of the upcoming CBS show when still photos of Melissa Benoist as the titular star were released in March. Yet the trailer highlights DC Entertainment’s skill at turning the company’s comic books into television serials. Benoist is utterly engaging as Kara Zor-El, the Man of Steel’s cousin – almost like Grant Gustin as Barry Allen in the CW’s The Flash. The show also seems to strike a similar balance between confronting serious challenges, while not taking itself too seriously. Needless to say, it will earn on spot on our DVR line-up!

5. Not to be outdone by CBS, the CW released the trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on Thursday. Featuring a blend of characters from DC/CW franchises Arrow and The Flash, as well as a few new faces, the show centers around “time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter [who] is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself.” I know, superheroes, super-villains, and time travel seem a tad bit ridiculous, but I’m curious to see how this show fits in with the others on the CW, which seems to be the home for the growing DC Universe.

6. Though the week was fairly heavy on DC Entertainment news, Marvel Studios also got some love with this fan-made title sequence for a Black Widow movie. Designed by Christopher Haley for a final class project, the sequence has a similar look-and-feel as the end credits for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (as well as most James Bond movies). It is heavily stylized; uses red, black, and white graphics exclusively; and is awesome! Haley also included a plot synopsis for the film, which can be found at The Mary Sue. It really sounds like an incredible idea, and I can only hope that Marvel eventually brings something like this to the big screen.

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