2017 has not been a great year for the on going conversation of the controversy surrounding Hollywood whitewashing. Last falls Doctor Strange controversy, Matt Damon's commercial failure, The Great wall, Netflix's critically panned Iron Fist series, as well the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film starring Scarlett Johansson, have all been part of a long list of westernization and cultural appropriation in Hollywood and Netflix's upcoming live action adaption has already been met with immediate backlash after it's teaser trailer was released. In the live action Death Note, due out in August, highschool student Light Yagami has now become Seattle resident Light Turner, played by Nat Wolfe while Atlanta and Get Out star, Lakeith Standfield, is set to play L. While it was obvious Netflix aimed at taking some creative liberties, the changes (as indicated from the teaser) are a bit alarming. It's more of transposing the mythology of the famed manga series to a student in Seattle. Either way, it's an important conversation worth having. Death Note is due out of Netflix August 25th, 2017.
The iconic vampire hunting series is coming to a very popular streaming service. While we don't have a lot of details about the series at this time, we do know that its going follow the story line of Castlevania: III Dracula's Curse and will star Trevor Belmont. Series creator, Adi Shankar, said the series should be "Castlevania done in the vein of Games of Thrones," and that it will be R-rated as ****." The 30 minute animated episodes are said to debut on Netflix later this year.
There's so more shakes up coming from the recent announcement regarding the next Batman solo film. After it was first announced that star, Ben Affleck, would no longer be directing the film, various sources have reported a possible reason why. Chris Terrio, writer of 2016's Batman v Superman, rewrote Affleck's script. It's not a terribly surprising thing, especially with DC trying to establish a film universe similar to Marvel. Affleck and Terrio have a previous relationship, having both worked on Argo as well. "Sources," have also assured fans that the stepping down of Affleck has nothing to do with the box office failure of Affleck's latest directorial effort, Live by Night, that lost Warner Bros around $75 million.
Nintendo has finally aired their official debut for the Nintendo Switch, and we learned quite a bit about the newest console. The Switch will debut March 3rd for the very low price of $300 dollars, similar to their Wii and WiiU lines as well as being under their competitors. The Switch will also come with free internet use for gamers until the fall when they will begin chargin for the service. It was also mentioned that it will have smartphone integration as well (Considering Nintendo's history with online gaming servies, this is already sounding like a step in the right direction). Nintendo also came with a large handful of surprises for us as well. Their iconic mascot, Mario is returning in Super Mario Odyssey, a sandbox title mirrors Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario 64, and other staple Mario titles. Sequles to Xelnoblade and Splatoon will both land on the console as well as new titles from Squre Enix, Shin Megami Tensie developer, and Sude 51 with the surprise announcement of a sequel to 2007 No More Heroes. In addition, Koei Tecmo is bringing a two new titles, one including a cross between the Dynasty Warriors and Fire Emblem series. Skyrim will also be avaiable later this year after the consoles release and last, but certainly not least, the conference ended with an incredible new trailer for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will launch the same day as the Nintendo Switch.
Platinum Games Xbox exclusive title, Scalebound, is no more. After rumors started circulating the net, Microsoft announced officially that the title has been cancelled indefeintly. In a message to various press (including Kotaku), Microsoft states that "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for “Scalebound.” We’re working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including “Halo Wars 2,” “Crackdown 3,” “State of Decay 2,” “Sea of Thieves” and other great experiences." A huge dissapointment given the amount of hype surrounding the title and amazing presentation shown at last years E3 press event. Whats worse is Microsoft has stripped their site of any mention of the title, thus removing videos from their site as well as streaming services like youtube. Surprsingly enough, the title is still active on the Platinum Games website, which could mean there is a small sliver of hope of this title living on with a different distributor (although, highly unlikely). For now, it looks like we're closing the door on this dragon adventure title. Hopefully Platinum Games can recover from this devestating cancellation.
The new Spider Man trailer is here and it's leaving some odd first impressions. Marvel did promise a different version of the same character we've seen 5 times in the last decade and a 1/2 and it loosk like they're going to keep thart promise. Take a look at the trailer and keep and eye out for the new "marvel-ized" Vulture. (Does anyone else just get a 'meh' vibe?
Sometimes, magic happens, and I'm not talking about Hairspray Live! The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was treated to an amazing treat by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo of America presdient, Regie Fils-Aimé, with some amazing game play footage of Super Mario Run and Zelda: Breathe of the Wild on the up coming Nintendo Switch. If that wasn't all, you even get to see Miyamoto show off some guitar skills along side The Roots too! Take a look below and get excited for the console in 2017!
It was only two short years ago the world was treated to the box office "masterpiece," of the last Transformers film and it looks like we're gearing up for, well, more of the same. Check out the teaser trailer for Transformers:The Last Knights, which will feature Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and explosions galore!
This weekend's Playstation expiernece has brought us a whole bag full of surprises and announcements. From the announced Last of Us Part 2, to some fantastic remasters and indie games, Sony really brought it this year. Below, you can check out some of the trailers shown but click here or Playstations official youtube page trailer for the rest of the announcements and trailers!
Crash Bandicoot is a down right gaming classic in my head. A series that holds near and dear to my aging gaming heart, I spent years with all of the crash titles (including some, not so popular ones). Take a look at the fantastic remaster that even has me itching to pick these titles up!