2015 was a HUGE year for Nerds, and there is no doubt that it will be one that we remember for many years to come.
In January we saw the announcement that Melissa Benoist was cast as Supergirl on CBS, David Tennant was cast as Purple Man on Jessica Jones, An all female Ghost Busters reboot was announced, Roman Reigns won the WWE Royal Rumble, and like that 2015 was kicked off with a BANG!
The casting of Benoist on Supergirl was a breath of fresh air to get a seemingly unknown on a network show like that was huge for her. The David Tennant news was awesome for Harry Potter and especially Doctor Who fans, and the Roman Reigns WWE Royal Rumble victory was quite a shock and disappointment at the time for WWE Fans.
In February we got the Daredevil trailer on Netflix, the A.T.O.M. suit for Ray Palmer’s character on Arrow was revealed, The Gigantic announcement by Sony and Marvel that Spider-Man was heading back to the Marvel studios, the first announcement of another DC/CW show (which turned into Legends of Tomorrow) was announced, Duck Tales coming back in 2017, and we endured the loss of Leonard Nimoy (Spock from Star Trek).
One of the biggest bits of information came early in the year when in February the announcement of the partnership of Sony and Marvel to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was announced. This is such a huge blow to Fox, and such a great win for fans of the comics.
I cannot express enough the sadness the world felt when Spock passed away. The world cried for Leonard Nimoy and celebrated him as well, he was loved by millions of people he never met, and touched so many more.
March brought us Melissa Benoist in her Supergirl outfit, the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, Daredevil’s trailer for Netflix, Fox pushed the Fantastic Four reboot’s premier date back again, we got our first look at Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman, Stephen Amell was announced as Casey Jones in TMNT 2, Ryan Reynold’s as Deadpool in costume for the first time, and Seth Rollins walks out of Wrestlemania 31 as WWEWHC.
April saw Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark) cast as Preacher, We got the Ant-Man trailer, We found out Marvel and Sony were skipping another Spider-Man origin story in the upcoming movie, Olivia Munn was announced to play Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, Daredevil premiered on Netflix, NBC’s Constantine was cancelled, Star Wars: The Force Awakens got its 1st trailer, and so did Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jared Leto’s first picture as The Joker, Legends of Tomorrow was officially announced as the CW’s Arrow/Flash Spinoff, and so much more than space to announce.
April 2015 was HUGE for Nerds. First off the announcement that Marvel and Sony were skipping the origin of Peter Parker was amazing because another origin story would have lagged the MCU that Whedon and Fiege have built. Daredevil premiered to HUGE ratings and praise on Netflix, which blew that genre wide open with its success. The internet couldn’t keep up with the debut of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and that was most definitely foreshadowing of what was to come. Batman v. Superman’s trailer was overshadowed by the negative reviews of picture of Jared Leto as a tattoed Joker from the set of Suicide Squad.
May has Wolverine 3 as Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine appearance, CBS’s Supergirl gets a trailer, Legends of Tomorrow gets a trailer, Captain America: Civil War was announced to contain a major death, Elektra was announced for season 2 of Daredevil, Bebop and Rocksteady were announced for TMNT 2.
June was amazing for video gamers with the official announcement of Fallout 4, The Punisher was announced for season 2 of Daredevil, The world was saddened by the passing of The American Dream Dusty Rhodes and Sir Christopher Lee, Tom Holland was cast as Spider-Man, and Guillermo del Toro dropped out of Justice League Dark.
June was a sad month with the passing of WWE Legend and WWF Hall of Famer The American Dream Dusty Rhodes. We here at Nerd Management were affected pretty hard when the icon of our childhood passed away. Famous actor Sir Christopher Lee will be missed as well, such an accomplished actor, who was one of the last people to see JRR Tolkien alive.
July saw a long list of castings such as Elektra, Aunt May, The Joker on Gotham, and we get a stand alone Batlflick from Director/ Producer/ Star Ben Affleck, The Walking Dead season trailer premiered and so did Fear the Walking Dead’s, Jay Garrick was announced for Flash season 2, Suicide Squad trailer leaks, and Hulk Hogan gets fired from the WWE and destroys the childhoods of us all.
Hulk Hogan was caught on tape doing something he shouldn’t have, unfortunately that wasn’t the affair on tape that was bad. He was caught on tape dishing out racial slurs and homophobic slurs while on tape having sex with his best friends wife. TMZ released 8 minutes of the footage (blurred out of course) and Hogan’s career was gone.
August saw the world lose another WWF Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper, Deadpool’s Red Band Trailer debuted, Keiynan Lonsdale was cast as Wally West on The Flash, Constantine to crossover on Arrow, A picture of Mark Hamil in a beard hopped onto the internet and quickly vanished, The world lost Horror Master Wes Craven, and more.
The picture of Mark Hamil that appeared on the internet was that of him bearded and hooded. The speculation was from the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But before that was confirmed it was taken down and Disney tracked down all copies online and forced them away.
September was the premiere for all of the new shows and it started off probably one of the strongest TV Fall Schedule lineups that I can remember in my 32 years. Supergirl premiered amazingly, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Marvel’s: Agents of SHIELD all had solid starts. Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead both drew huge numbers as well.
October saw some casting announcements for various shows but nothing much happened in October. November on the other hand was great. Netflix’s Jessica Jones debuted to almost as great of reviews that Daredevil had prior. We got a huge TMNT 2 trailer, and Captain America: Civil War trailer broke the internet, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted to mixed reviews.
December started out strong with the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, Independence Day 2, and Star Trek 3 trailers all debuting in the first few days. Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted and Bizzaro was announced for Supergirl on CBS. Deadpool got a new Red Band Trailer, and also appeared in his own 12 Deadpools of Christmas viral marketing campaign. Legends of Tomorrow announced a gay 1950’s Love interest for the White Canary.
December 2015 will forever be remembered for Star Wars: The Force Awakens for many reasons, firstly it was amazing and everything we had asked for and hoped for and then some. Secondly it broke every box office debut record and will continue to do so for a long time.
2015 was a HUGE year and you can see why. I forgot a lot of this stuff had happened, but looking back at how amazing 2015 was for Nerds and I just think outside of Star Wars 2016 looks like it will be even bigger. Good luck wallets because here comes the movie and comic onslaught that is 2016.