Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on December 15th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
LOOK! UP IN THE SKY!
In 1978, Superman premiered in theaters. Superman is a film that tells the origin story of the DC Comics superhero, played by Christopher Reeve, who fights the evil Lex Luthor while romancing Lois Lane.
Nerdy Fact: Behind-the-scenes, there were lots of “refusals.” Richard Donner refused to make it a comedy as was originally intended. Gene Hackman refused to wear a bald wig. Christopher Reeve refused to wear fake muscles. And Paul Newman, who was offered the chance to play any of the three lead roles (Superman, Lex Luthor, or Jor-El) refused them all.
In 1995, Jumanji premiered in theaters. Jumanji is about a magical board game that unleashes jungle-based hazards and a man who has been trapped inside it for 26 years.
Nerdy Fact: The word “jumanji” isn’t just gibberish. It is Zulu for “many effects”, which refers to the exciting consequences of the game.
In 2000, The Emperor’s New Groove premiered in theaters. The Emperor’s New Groove is a Disney animated comedy about a selfish emperor who is turned into a llama by his former advisor and must team up with a kind-hearted peasant to regain his throne and his humanity.
Nerdy Fact: Sting wrote the film’s intro song “Perfect World” which was performed by famous singer Tom Jones. Sting was originally chosen to sing the song, but he refused stating he was too old, and they should get someone younger and more hip. They went on to choose Tom Jones, who was 11 years his senior.
SUPER MARIO RUN
In 2016, Super Mario Run was released on iOS. Super Mario Run is a mobile game that lets you control Mario with just a tap as he runs and jumps across various courses to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser.
Nerdy Fact: Super Mario Run is the first Super Mario game to feature Princess Daisy as a playable character, who can be unlocked by completing Remix 10 mode.