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 Dredd 2, Disney Infinity, rumours about the upcoming Justice League, and more.
Karl Urban has announced that he is willing to take part in a sequel to 2012's Dredd, regardless of the format it takes. The cinema, Amazon Prime, Netflix, he's not bothered. Speaking to DenofGeek, he said:
"I’m amenable to being involved in any legitimate and worthy follow up to Dredd, whether it be another theatrical release or a Netflix/Amazon targeted production. I think the best thing that fans can do is to continue be vocal about their support. Organise more fan screenings of Dredd, that’s one of the key factors that helped Blade Runner find its true audience. I would be blessed and it would be a privilege to make another Dredd. I feel so incredibly grateful to the fans of this movie."
This comes a week after he said that "conversations were happening" about taking Dredd to the small screen. That would be an incredible series, but don't get your hopes up until we heard something more concrete.
After three and a half years, Disney has cancelled Disney Infinity, its toys-to-life video game. There will be two more packs, one for Alice Through the Looking Glass and another for Finding Dory, but after that it's gone for good. Hopefully this means Disney properties can come to Lego Dimensions.
A few rumours about the Justice League this week, the first of which suggests that the villain of Justice League Part 1 will be Steppenwolf, uncle to alien tyrant Darkseid. The character has already appeared in the DCCU, in a deleted Batman v Superman scene conversing with Lex Luthor.
Steppenwolf will apparently come to Earth searching for three 'Motherboxes' left on Earth by Darkseid centuries before. A single Motherbox was seen in BvS, during the short video that gave us a glimpse at the origin of hero Cyborg.
This will then pave the way for Darkseid to be the true antagonist of Part 2.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
A bit of news and discussion about Marvel's movie universe this week, kicking things off with some concept art from Civil War showing Helmut Zemo in his iconic comic mask.
It's not too dissimilar from the comics, but it does look a lot more tactical than the pink sock Zemo is known for. Or maybe that's just me.
Kevin Feige has also clarified the status of the Inhumans movie. Speaking to Empire Film, he confirmed the movie is still in the works, but not right now:
"The only situation right now is that [Inhumans] is not gonna be a part of phase three because phase three increased in a very good way since we initially announced. When and where and how it pops up remains to be seen but its characters we love, it a storyline we love and we just didn’t want to cram it in to an already quite full phase three."
That means the final film of Phase 3 looks to be Avengers Infinity Wars Part 2, due May 3rd 2019.
Finally THR is reporting that Lupita Nyong'o (Maz Kanata from Star Wars Episode 7) is in talks to appear in 2018's Black Panther movie, apparently as Chadwick Boseman's love interest. The site also reports that the film will also feature Michael B Jordan as the villain. Some of you will remember that Jordan also appeared in Creed, the Rocky spin-off directed by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.
Greg Berlanti, producer of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl on TV, has confirmed rumours that he is involved in a Booster Gold movie. Speaking to THR:
"Zack Stentz [X-Men: First Class, Thor, Power Rangers], who wrote an episode of Flash last year, just got the job, so he's writing the script now. I'd probably direct that, or I would want to."
For those who don't know, Booster Gold is a disgraced athlete caught match fixing. So regain his glory, he steals advanced tech and travels back in time to set himself up as a superhero in order to milk it for all its worth.
Civil War II
Marvel has released a preview for Civil War II, focussing on Spider-Man. As it turns out, Peter Parker is right in the middle of the two opposing sides - headed by Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Christos Gage, writer of the Spider-Man tie-in, said this to Marvel.com:
“Spidey’s role in this Civil War is different than the last. He’s learned from the previous Civil War. This time, before he chooses a side, he’s determined to really check things out and make an informed decision. Which should be a good thing—right?”
Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #1 will be released on 8th June. Hopefully Parker gets his shit together this time.
Speaking to DenofGeek Simon Kinberg, writer and producer of multiple X-Men films and the cinematic catastrophe Fantastic Four, has confirmed that Fox still wants to make another Fantastic Four film in the near future.
"We didn't make a good movie. The world voted, and I think they probably voted correctly. And you can't make a good movie every time out - not everybody does. We actually have a pretty good batting average, all things considered. But I think we made many mistakes when we made that movie - mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn't repeat.
We want to make another Fantastic Four movie. We love that cast. I love the comic, I mean I love it almost as much as X-Men. We'll try to be truer to the essence of Fantastic Four, which is largely distinct from the X-Men, which is brighter, funner, more optimistic in tone."
Jesus, just... no. From the sounds of things not only does Fox want to continue with a franchise that still hasn't really succeeded after three films, it might attempt to make another one with the same cast as last year's cinematic shitfest.
For reference, Fox apparently spent $180 million on Fantastic Four ($120 million on production, and $60 million on marketing), and only made $168 million at the global box office. Rather than making a sequel, you'd be better off going to the roof of 20th Century Fox HQ and throwing millions off dollars into the street.
Marvel has announced that the critically acclaimed Darth Vader ongoing series, following the activities of the Sith Lord after the events of A New Hope, will end after issue 25 - due to be released this August.
X-Men Film Universe
A bit of news from the world of Fox's X-Men franchise this week, the first of which comes from producer Simon Kinberg, who confirmed that James McAvoy's Professor X will be appearing in the upcoming New Mutants movie. Someone has to train the new recruits, after all.
Wolverine 3 also started filming this week, and Kinberg confirmed that the studio is aiming for an R (15) rating. He also confirmed that it's a very violent film, with a Western-like tone. Sounds similar to Old Man Logan, but we'll have to see what comes of that.
Lucasfilm has shot down a popular online theory that suggests The First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke is actually Darth Plagueis, Emperor Palpatine's Sith master. According to Lucasfilm Plagueis is dead, dead, dead, and won't be coming back. Apparently Snoke is Snoke.
DC has revealed that the new Chinese Super-Man, due to be introduced as part of its 'Rebirth' event this July, will be joined by Chinese versions of both Bat-Man and Wonder Woman. The new Bat-Man and Wonder-Woman will debut in New Super-Man #2, on sale 10th August.