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 16th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
In 1982, Jason Todd first appeared in Batman #357. Jason was created as Dick Grayson’s replacement as Robin but was almost a complete clone of the first Robin until Crisis on Infinite Earths, where he was revamped in a way that fans ultimately hated, until Jason met his death at the hands of the Joker. He later returned (because “comics”) as Red Hood, a much more beloved version of Todd.
Nerdy Fact: Jason Todd is widely considered to be the greatest martial artist in the DC Universe, having trained with Batman, the League of Assassins, Lady Shiva, Bronze Tiger, and All Caste. He is also an expert marksman, a skilled bomb crafter, and a master of disguise.
In 2016, Rogue One premiered in theaters. Rogue One is a movie about a group of rebels who risk their lives to steal the plans of the Death Star, a powerful weapon that can destroy planets, before the evil Empire can use it to wipe out the galaxy.
Nerdy Fact: The movie’s title, Rogue One, has multiple meanings. It is the call sign of the Rebel team that infiltrates Scarif, but it is also a reference to the Rogue Squadron, a group of elite Rebel pilots that appear in the original trilogy and other Star Wars media. Additionally, it is a nod to the movie’s status as a standalone story that deviates from the main Star Wars saga.