Talk Nerdy to Me Suicide Squad,Blade Runner, SPBD

Talk Nerdy to Me Episode 12

This week Jack and Troy from talk about the awesome web site Super Power Beat Down, Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana, and Blade Runner.

Super Power Beat Down

The concept of Super Power Beat Down web series is to take two super powered legends and make them battle. Each new episode vieweres will be able to vote to determine the winner. The show is hosted by Marisha Ray, with two debaters, Damian Beurer and Andy Liegl. Together they battle with their sci-f/fantasy knowledge and comic wit to see who they think the winner will be. In addition, experts from specific fields will guest star and contribute valuable information.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted

The six-issue mini will showcase Deadshot and Katana. DC Entertainment is doubling down on its Suicide Squad property ahead of the big screen version. They announced Suicide Squad Most Wanted, a double-sized series showcasing two members of the all-villain super-team.

The six-issue mini-series will run alongside the current New Suicide Squad monthly comic book. It will feature two full-length stories per issue focusing on Deadshot and Katana. Brian Buccellato and Viktor Bogdanovic are the creators on the Deadshot story.  This story will see the assassin get a new contract on Lex Luthor.   Mike W. Barr and Diogenes Neves will be the creators on the Katana story. 

It’s an interesting move, in that the character has never been a member of the Suicide Squad in DC’s current comic book mythology, although she does appear as a member in the upcoming movie. Katana previously had her own solo series in 2013, when the character was also starring in the short-lived Justice League of America title.

Blade Runner sequel

Ridley Scott directed Blade Runner in 1982.  It stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. It is a modified film adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles.  Genetically engineered replicants are visually indistinguishable from adult humans.  The powerful Tyrell Corporation manufactures the replicants. The use of replicants on Earth is banned. Replicants are exclusively utilized for dangerous or menial work on off-world colonies. Special police operatives known as “Blade Runners” hunt down and kill (retire) replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth. The plot focuses on a group of recently escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles. The burnt-out expert Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.

Initial reception

Blade Runner initially polarized critics.  The pacing displeased some.  Others enjoyed its thematic complexity. The film under performed in North American theaters but has since become a cult film. Hailed for its production design, depicting a “retrofitted” future, it remains a leading example of the neo-noir genre. It brought the work of Philip K. Dick to the attention of Hollywood. Ridley Scott regards Blade Runner as “probably” his most complete and personal film. The library of Congress selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. They deemed Blade runner to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Many critics regard Blade Runner as one of the best science fiction films ever made.

Seven versions of the film have been shown for various markets.  This is a result of controversial changes made by film executives. They released a Director’s Cut in 1992 after a strong response to work print screenings. This, in conjunction with its popularity as a video rental, made it one of the first films released on DVD, resulting in a basic disc with mediocre video and audio quality. 


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