Weekly Nerd News: January 28
by Britt Franklin
Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:
· Molecular storage a thing of the future? Though not exactly a new study, UK scientists recently conducted a successful demonstration of DNA data encoding using a scholarly paper, a photo, Shakespeare’s sonnets, and pieces of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Benefits of storing digital information in DNA are that it can be done without electricity, can hold a large amount of data, would not require constant maintenance, and lasts thousands of years. Researchers say that technology advancements will lower the cost in time, but for now, the cost to synthesize the molecule keeps the usage of this biological flash drive at bay.
· Warner Bros. is in negotiations with director Nic Mathieu for the live-action adaption of 1980’s anime series Robotech. Mathieu is known for his CG-rich commercials, and it seems to be a perfect fit for the mecha cartoon. In development since 2007, Tobey Maguire and Akiva Goldsman are set to produce, but there’s been some trouble landing writers for the project. Maybe now that they’ve found a director, the screenwriters will fall into place? For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s currently streaming on Netflix and HuluPlus.
· The five core characters for Warner Bros. Justice League movie have been revealed! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash will lead the battle, according to sources at Latino Review. Though the Fab Five were obvious picks, Aquaman, Hawkman and Martian Manhunter are rumored cameos. The Justice League movie is tentatively set for 2015, and should it come to fruition, it will make that a big year for superhero ensembles as the second Avengers film also hits theaters that summer. Are you looking forward to a Justice League film?
· Marvel has confirmed that Ant-Man and Doctor Strange will kick off Phase Three. According to Marvel President Kevin Fiege, events in Captain America: The Winter Solder, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers 2 will lay the base for the Phase Three films. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World director Edgar Wright will helm Ant-Man (hitting theaters November 6, 2015) with co-writer Joe Cornish. Doctor Strange is expected sometime in 2016 or 2017. It’s not such a long wait when you take into account that Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to be released. What do you think about Ant-Man and Doctor Strange?
· X-Files fans, rejoice! A new comic book series for the popular X-Files franchise debuts in June 2013 from IDW Publishing. Previous comics issued by Topps and Windstorm will be reprinted in addition to the monthly release of new stories. The plot is said to begin where The X-Files: I Want to Believe left off. How excited are you to see an expansion of the X-Files universe?