The Death of Leonard Nimoy, POWER RANGERS and A New DC Comics Series

by on February 27, 2015

in Entertainment

Leonard Nimoy, passed away. (scene from Fringe)

Sadly, The NY Times was reporting that Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame, has passed away from “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” at the age of the age of 83 years old. When he I saw he checked into the hospital a few days prior, I was worried. But not that much.

He passed due to the effects of his love of smoking many years prior.

Too sad. Thank you Mr. Nimoy for all you have given us and all that we will have to remember you by.

The CW

IT Looks like The CW is spinning off a series from Arrow and The Flash!

It is set to be an ongoing kind of team-up series, where we will see different characters in different situations, rather than possibly following the same set of characters week in and week out. More along the lines of an older comic title from the 50’s called “The Brave and the Bold.”

Rumors suggest there will be THREE new (MAJOR) DC characters we haven’t seen on television yet and this sounds like a great way to help DC spread the cheer, if they do this right. Then again, all we have from Marvel is SHIELD and cartoons carrying the mantle of their franchise heroes.  And Fox was looking at an X-Men series earlier this year.

The following cast list could be considered spoilers by some, so hang tight and either skip to the next title or run away from your laptop/phone… or read on!

Arrow‘s Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh), Flash villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), and Flash‘s Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber)” are the early names slated to appear in the cast of the series.

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The Power Rangers

'Power Rangers Samurai The Team Unites' on DVD

I remember way back in the day when I watched The Power Rangers before they even came on American TV. I would turn on a Japanese cable channel around one or two in the morning and watch giant robots and giant monsters duke it out. (I needed my Godzilla-like fix, and it was all I had at the time.)

Obviously the franchise came west and has been a stalwart survivor in the landscape of kids television entertainment. That, and that hot pink ranger.

But then early last week there was a short film up taking a liberal spin on the Power Rangers franchise. It actually starred Katee Sackhoff, James Van Der Beek, Russ Bain, Will Yun Lee & Gichi Gamba.

This WAS NOT your kids Power Rangers film. It covered deceit, interrogations and assassinations of the rangers as they became adults. There were no giant monsters or robots, but rather, a very scary and dark character driven interrogation.

This is normally where I would have pointed you to this very cool take on the franchise, because this is an idea that would completely re-sell the franchise to those who used to watch it in their youth.

But the copyright owner of SCG Power Rangers has forced the removal of this fan fiction piece.

Vimeo was the first to buckle… followed by Google giant’s YouTube venue. For now… (Psst: .facebook. ) <- HURRY, before FB is forced to pull it too.

Part of the issue of the copyright complaints is that Lionsgate is RIGHT NOW, producing a feature film big screen adaptation of Power Rangers and so they must be… wait… what?

There seems to be a release date set for Jul 22, 2016, but that’s almost all I can find on this big screen reboot… with the exception of the film having two known and successful screenplay writers: Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class).

What I find fascinating is how many hundreds to thousands of fan films exist out in the web and the PRs team decided to attack the creator of this one. Then again, it is a WELL MADE and well funded 15 minute short. Gory, dark, adult. I think I mentioned that already.

If it gets pulled from FB but some day comes back online, you have to check it out… it’s probably the best 15 minutes of a Power Rangers scene that I have ever scene. (As if that was hard!)

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