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The Week in Fandom for March 25

Batman v Superman arrives to mixed reception, there’s a new gameplay trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Doctor time travels to Amazon Prime, reports say Nintendo is turning its sites toward its next console, and a Star Wars spin-off gets a spin-off.

Here’s “The Week in Fandom” for March 25:

Batman v Superman Hits Theaters

The anticipated follow-up to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and the movie which is expected to launch the DCEU in earnest, is finally here. And reviews are decidedly mixed — many fans seem to love it, while some critics hate it.

The movie’s set two years after the events of Man of Steel. In the aftermath of his devastating battle with Zod, which destroyed much of Metropolis, Superman has become a controversial figure. The people he’s sworn to protect, including a certain Billionaire Bat-vigilante, now see him as an alien threat that must be contained.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gameplay Trailer

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the upcoming game from TT Games, got its first gameplay trailer on Wednesday.

The trailer reveals a few brand new gameplay features. The game’s Blaster Battles add third-person cover shooting. Space battle dogfights look like a lot of fun. And the Multi-Builds feature gives players new options when constructing problem-solving mechanisms.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives on multiple platforms in June.

Doctor Who Comes to Amazon Prime

Doctor Who (series 8) Ep8

Huge news this week for U.S. Doctor Who fans as the program heads to Amazon Prime in an exclusive deal with the BBC. The multi-year pact between Amazon and BBC Worldwide North America makes Amazon Prime Video the exclusive U.S. subscription stream service for all 2005-present episodes of the series.

Hulu and Netflix had both carried the series in the past, but all rights expired in February.

The first eight seasons of Doctor Who, along with all holiday special episodes, will be available starting March 27 to Amazon Prime customers at no additional cost. Season nine and “The Husbands of River Song” Christmas special will be available in the fall, with new episodes from season 10 hitting weekly when the series resumes in 2017.

 

Reports Say Nintendo Ceasing Production of Wii U Consoles

Rumored Nintendo NX Controller
The rumored Nintendo NX Controller.

Japanese newspaper Nikkei recently published a rumor saying Nintendo would stop production on the Wii U in preparation for the upcoming launch of the Nintendo NX. Nintendo has since denied the rumor, but this hasn’t stopped fans speculating about what these rumors might mean for the launch of a new Nintendo console. The image above is also rumored to be the controller, or controller prototype, for the NX. If both of these rumors are true, Nintendo has a leak problem. Even if they prove unfounded, excitement for new Nintendo hardware is at an ultimate high, with many fans and journalists predicting a major announcement later this year around E3.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Tie-ins Announced

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More news from another corner of the Star Wars universe… Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in December, but fans won’t have to wait that long to get a taste of what’s to come in the first Star Wars standalone movie ever.

It was announced earlier this week that Marvel will be releasing a short prequel series, hitting shelves in October 2016 and consisting of three issues and one shot. Additionally, Del Rey announced that they’ll be publishing a tie-in novel for the film titled Star Wars: Catalyst. No word on the story, not surprisingly, but we do know it’ll be a prequel to the events of the film. The novel arrives in the fall.


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Brian Linder

Brian Linder has been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at Fandom by way of IGN, Brian was a founding editor at popular Star Wars fansite TheForce.net. He is co-creator of the groundbreaking movie site, FilmForce, which was absorbed by IGN in 2006. Today, he's Senior Editor of entertainment content at Fandom. He enjoys space sagas and superheroes.

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