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CinemaCon 2017: Superhero Movie Reboot Fever

As CinemaCon concludes, fans of comic book and sci-fi movies received a slew of major announcements. Most recently, several Geeki-scoops that our own on-site Geekiverse reporters acquired: that several major franchises will be undergoing hard reboots for various reasons.

First off, 20th Century Fox spoke on plans to reboot and recast the character of Wolverine. Following the major critical and financial success of Hugh Jackman’s swan song to the role in “Logan”, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg noted to our own Josiah LeRoy that:

“‘Logan’ has put Wolverine front and center in the world superhero cinema again, and we feel the time is now to deliver to fans what they want: more of the beloved character. James [Mangold] wrote us into a corner with his kind of selfish finale to the movie, even though it was well done. But we’ll be looking to introduce a new actor to the role, bring younger Wolverine back for more adventures, and maybe even introduce a classic comic book suit or two”


Fans will surely miss Jackman in the iconic role, but we can now look forward to a new take on the character from some new talent.

But X-Men is far from the only series revealed to be receiving the reboot treatment from Fox this week. Kinberg also dropped the bombshell that the Fantastic Four will return. In an earnest “No really, THIS time!” spirit from the studio, Fox will desperately cling tight to the FF franchise, away from the new life this property could receive at Marvel Studios if the rights were to lapse.

However Fox will be taking measures to ensure a promising and uneventful production. So the announcement was also made that, even though he was previously in talks to direct “Suicide Squad 2” for Warner Bros, Fox is in final negotiations with Mel Gibson to helm this new beginning to the Fantastic Four. Kinberg and the rest of the team at Fox are hopeful this will avoid any of the controversies like they encountered with director Josh Trank from their previous reboot attempt.

But Fox is only the first part in the load of reboot reveals the Geekiverse were able to Geeki-report at this week’s CinemaCon. The Geekiverse spoke to Kevin Feige, who had this to say to Jamie LeRoy once Amy Pascal was out of earshot:

“We should all really look forward to seeing Tom Holland in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, but after that we’ve got plans for one last reboot for Spidey…despite our best efforts in this new incarnation, Sony just won’t take our advice and stop with workshopping these bizarre spinoff ideas from the SpiderVerse”


So there you have it – following up on recent reports of an ongoing attempt at a Venom project and other off-shoot films, Marvel will reboot the famous web-slinger one more time to shake off any remaining strands connected to Sony’s side of the franchise. The film is expected to be title “Spider-Man: One More Day”. Tom Holland is not expected to be carried over.


We considered these measures by Marvel to be somewhat extreme, that is until we spoke with Warner Bros.

Friend of the show and also forced exile Zack Snyder spoke to Geeki-fatty Trevor White, and in a most alarming Geeki-scoop, had this to say on this new film “Justice League”:

“[Justice] League has been a blast to make, we’ve all been having a good time, working hard to take fan feedback from BvS into account. I’ve been trying to balance that with my own personal creative vision. But I’ve just been informed by the studio that may not be enough, as it turns out…”


These comments raised our Geeki-brows, and as it turns out, Snyder’s tentpole WB film “Justice League” will be pushed back indefinitely from its November 2017 release date.

This has yet to be confirmed, but industry sources indicate that, fearful of fan backlash toward any given decision they happen to make, WB have decided to preemptively reboot Justice League and the rest of the DCEU before Snyder’s film even releases.

We have reached out to Warner Bros for comment, and will update this article as Geeki-developments occur.

CinemaCon week was truly a series of bombshell announcements from major studios. Many fans question the decisions to put so many thriving and still new franchises through hard reboots. This alarmingly trend though gave us a hopeful Geeki-thought. Geekiverse man on the ground at CinemaCon Jeff Pawlak Geeki-darted over to Paramount Pictures, found some producers and asked the million dollar Geeki-question… ”ARE YOU REBOOTING TRANSFORMERS?!?”.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura said to us:

“No! As a matter of fact, fans will surely be thrilled to hear that we have just signed Michael Bay onto direct 3 more films in the beloved Transformers franchise, with an option at the end of his contract for 7 more”


Geekiverse correspondent Jeff resigned his gaze, softly nodded, and slowly paced away from Bonaventura. Alas, it appears any creative restart to the Transformers movies is again out-of-sight for fans, so continuing the baffling legacy of the franchise that eats negative opinions and poops them out into cold hard cash.


Despite their disappointment, the Geekiverse team acquired some amazing scoops this week regarding the future of some of our favorite franchises. There was one bit of news that slipped out more recently though…

In the midst of Warner Bros, Fox and even Disney performing so many franchise reboots, something had to get cut. So, the Geekiverse crew was flying back home from CinemaCon, it was reported that Disney’s soft reboot to staff favorite “The Rocketeer” had been quietly cancelled.

We immediately reached out Rocketeer superfan Seth Zielinski on every available line, and have not heard back. Please notify us if you speak with him. All we’ve seen from him since the announcement is this cryptic tweet:


DM us with any information. Thank you.

Seth Zielinski was a content and video producer for the Geekiverse. He lived a long life, and will be missed. Soar with Secord himself now, Cap. *salute*

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Another Firefly Return??? Serenity Now.

I was late to the Firefly party. It wasn’t hard to be. In actual party terms, Firefly was over before the pizza guy got there, with only 14 total episodes gracing the FOX airways back in 2003. I came across it in like, 2014. The fat lady had sung.  Continue reading Another Firefly Return??? Serenity Now.

Geekly Humpday: 7 Reasons We Love The Star Trek Reboots 


In one short day, Star Trek: Beyond will be coming out in theaters and we got to thinking – what made us fall in love with the first two Star Treks films in JJ Abrams’ rebooted series?

Welcome to the Geekly Humpday, mine & Josiah’s weekly segment to bring you what’s on our minds and a little something to help get you through the Wednesday work day. 

Continue reading Geekly Humpday: 7 Reasons We Love The Star Trek Reboots 

Fantastic Four Review


It was the Saturday of opening weekend for the Fantastic Four. We went to a matinee. We even went a little early because when we went to the same showing of Jurassic World, we were turned away. Make no mistake, my expectations for Fantastic Four were nowhere near as high as for Jurassic World. The underwhelming audience response, however, was even more of a surprise than the complete about face that Fox took in its approach to this movie. Fantastic? Not so much, though it did have some really solid moments. Continue reading Fantastic Four Review

Thief Review


Eidos Montreal has become a major player in the stealth genre in the past few years. In 2011, they released a popular game in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Thief is often considered the father of stealth gaming. It has inspired many of today’s top hits. Thief was announced way back in 2009 and it appeared that the game would be the fourth title in series’ succession. Deciding to reboot the game, Thief brings a little variety to the launch window for next-gen systems.  Continue reading Thief Review