Welcome to another instalment of the week in geek, our weekly round-up of news in the world of gaming, comics, film, and TV that you might have missed. This week we have news on Boba Fett's original role in the third Star Wars film, more tidbits on Pokémon Sun & Moon, a look at new costumes from DC's upcoming 'Rebirth' event, and more.
In an interview with Inverse.com, Craig Miller, former Lucasfilm fan relations officer, confirmed that Boba Fett was original the main villain for the third film in the franchise. This was during the time when George Lucas had a sequel trilogy of films planned, which were set to focus on Luke confronting Darth Vader and the Emperor. What would eventually become Return of the Jedi was originally focussed on rescuing Han Solo from Fett's clutches.
Eventually the sequel trilogy plans were scrapped, which is why Boba Fett was dumped inside the Sarlacc near the start of Return of the Jedi. Shame.
Pokémon Sun & Moon
More information about the upcoming Pokémon Sun & Moon will arrive next week on 10th May. No info on what Nintendo might show off, but it's a safe bet that we'll see the new starters and the legendary mascots. It's also possible that we'll see some gameplay footage. Both versions of the game are due to be released this Autumn.
There's also a Pokémon cookbook arriving just before Christmas.
DC has revealed new costumes that its heroes will be wearing following the upcoming 'Rebirth' relaunch. Comic Book Resources has the full selection of artwork, including new designs for Harley Quinn, Robin, Superboy, Aquaman, and the Trinity. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but there are changes aplenty.
Josh Boone, director of Fox's upcoming New Mutants movie, has teased the line-up in the forthcoming X-Men spinoff on Instagram.
For those of you who don't know, the characters in the artwork are Magik (sister of metal-man Colossus), Sunspot (last seen in Days of Future Past), Wolfsbane, Mirage, and Cannonball. Boone also posted follow-up pictures of the five characters, along with what appears to be the shapeshifting Warlock as an aeroplane.
Avengers: Infinity War
The Russo Brothers (who previously directed Marvel's The Winter Soldier and Civil War) have both revealed that the title of the next two Avengers films is going to change to reflect how different the two movies actually are. Speaking to UPROXX:
Joe: “The movies are two very different movies."
Anthony: “It is misleading."
Joe: “The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them.”
The pair also accidentally revealed that Captain Marvel will appear in the film, ahead of her solo outing due 8th March 2019. They name-dropped the hero during a talk at the Smithsonian Institute, before backtracking when an audience member brought it up. Apparently they meant the brand new character "Captain Barvel". A likely story.
Avengers Infinity War Parts 1 & 2 are due 4th May 2018 and 3rd May 2019 respectively.
After a look at the villain a few weeks back, we finally have a look at the rebooted versions of the Power Rangers themselves (via Entertainment Weekly). As you can see, they're not too dissimilar from the originals, but are considerably more hi-tech than the lycra bodysuits from the original TV series.
The Blues Brothers
According to THR, Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi, and Anne Beatts are teaming up to bring Jake and Elwood to the small screen in the form of an animated TV series. The series has yet to be greenlit, but is supposed to be aiming for an young adult audience. Which is fancy talk to teenagers. Aykroyd had this to say:
"It's so great to accelerate Jake and Elwood at digital speed into the 21st Century via the outstanding creative group at Bento Box. The show will be the Blues Brothers living in America and utilising all new technology to make and promote their own records, seek out and record new artists and avoid law enforcement – and all while fighting for truth, justice and a better breakfast sandwich.”
Deadpool just keeps setting records thanks to the film's digital release. Having sold 1 million digital copies of the film in a single week, Deadpool is now the fastest Digital HD title to reach 1 million units and Fox's best selling digital title ever.
A couple of trailers for the upcoming Blu-ray have been released as well (due 13th June), and continue the film's irreverent (and hilarious) marketing.
Finally, Olivia Munn, who is playing Psylocke in the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse has revealed to American Way Magazine why she turned down the role of Deadpool's girlfriend Vanessa:
"Munn says she didn’t want to be the girlfriend. Not again. She wanted to fight. To make noise. To kick butt."
When eventually offered the role of Psylocke in the next Apocalypse, her only question was "is there a fight scene?" Judging the trailers, Munn is involved in multiple fight scenes.
The role of Deadpool's Vanessa eventually went to Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Gotham)
CBS has confirmed that the new Star Trek series will start filming in Toronto this Autumn. We still don't know what the new series will focus on, but it's set to air in the US and Canada early next year.
— CBS TV Studios (@CBSTVStudios) May 2, 2016
During an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, Sharon Stone was asked whether she was willing to take a part in a Marvel movie. Apparently she's already signed on for a "wee part" in a future Marvel movie, but wouldn't divulge any other information. If true, other than the character she'll be playing, the big question is whether she'll be in a Marvel Studios/MCU movie, or a Marvel property developed by Fox.
Batman v Superman
We have some new information about the upcoming R-rated 'Ultimate Cut' of the film, along with the Blu-ray cover art (above). According to a listing on Amazon.it, the box will include the film in 4K Ultra HD, on regular Blu-ray, and in Digital HD. It will go on sale in Italy on 15th July for €30. That converts to £24, but don't be surprised if it ends up much closer to £30.
The Ultimate Edition will also include a bunch of extra features, including features titled Gods And Men: A Meeting Of Giants, Uniting The World's Finest, The Might And Power Of A Punch, and more.
Still no word on the exact runtime of the extended cut, but it's rumoured to be somewhere around three hours. For reference, the theatrical cut was two hours 30 minutes.