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 an animated Justice League: Dark film, the second year of Lego Dimensions, why James Wan is directing Aquaman, and more.
Justice League: Dark
After many years in development hell, Warner Brothers are finally adapting Justice League: Dark into a film. The catch? It's going to be animated, rather than live-action. It's not official yet, but the BBFC listing for The Killing Joke animated film (due next month) revealed that there's a sneak-peak at Justice League: Dark included as a DVD bonus feature.
Introduced as part of the New 52, Justice League: Dark features John Constantine, Zatana, Deadman, Madame Xanadu, Enchantress, and Shade the Changing Man fighting supernatural threats. At one point it was going to be adapted by none other than Guillermo Del Toro, but that's clearly not going to happen.
We've had our first trailer for the second year of Lego Dimensions levels, revealing that a bunch more franchises are joining the mix. Confirmed are Adventure Time, The A-Team, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Lego Batman Movie, the new Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Sonic The Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go!, Lego City Undercover, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice, and ET.
James Wan (of Fast and Furious 7, Saw, and The Conjuring fame) has revealed why he chose to direct Aquaman over other DC properties, telling Uproxx:
“It was, well, oh jeez, this would be a big tidbit: They asked me which of the two characters I’d be interested in and it was between The Flash and Aquaman. This is how I weighed it: For me, we’ve seen various versions of The Flash… There’s a popular show on TV and there was a great one in the ‘90s. I loved that Flash! But the thing that ultimately pushed me more towards Aquaman is I love the possibility of creating a whole new world. I’ve always wanted to do a world creation story and visually create this amazing, incredible, magical kingdom. And also, I love the fact that Aquaman is an underdog character. I love the fact that people like to make fun of him. I feel the bar is a lot lower and I can have fun with him!"
Green Arrow: Rebirth
DC's recently-relaunched Green Arrow comic is going tin for a second printing, after record-breaking sales. According to ComicBook.com, series writer Ben Percy believes that DC has sold around 90,000 copies of the issue. For comparison Green Arrow #1, which sold out following the New 52 relaunch in 2011, only sold around 56,000 copies.
Rumour has it that the third Wolverine movie will be titled 'Weapon X'. That doesn't help us work out what the film will be about, but given the appearance of the 'Weapon X' Wolverine in X-Men Apocalypse there will probably be a connection. Everyone who stuck around for the post-credits scene probably has a few ideas.
After a few rumours, we have confirmation that Injustice 2 will be coming out next year. Here's a trailer:
It feels as though Batman is the one narrating the trailer, and he's not voice by long-time Bat-veteran Kevin Conroy. Which is lame. While the trailer doesn't reveal much, developer Netherealm has confirmed that it will follow-on from the ending of the first Injustice game.
Netherealm also revealed that the game will feature gear drops, letting you customise the look and feel of your characters. According to an announcement post on the PS Blog:
The Gear System uses RPG-like mechanics to reward you with loot drops every time you play the game. With each loot drop, you will earn character-specific gear to outfit and power up your roster – changing not only the look of each character, but your fight strategy and your personal approach to every match.
Does anyone else see a paragraph that basically translates as "this game will feature microtransactions"?
After the success of the R (15) rated Deadpool, it was speculated that DC's Suicide Squad would follow-suit. Turns out not, now that's been officially been rated PG-13 by Motion Picture Association of America. So expect a 12-rating here in the UK.
Jared Leto has also been talking a lot about his role as the Joker, telling Total Film that there's only one villain more infamous than Batman's arch-nemesis. It's the Devil, in case you're wondering.
A film version of Battlestar Galactica has been in the works since forever, and according to Deadline Universal has hired another writer to pen the script. Lisa Joy, writer and producer on the upcoming Westworld TV series, is the writer in question, with the studio reportedly eyeing Francis Lawrence (I am Legend, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2) to direct.
The film will have nothing to do with the 2003 TV SyFy TV series, but if past attempts at bringing a BSG film to life are any indication, it may attempt to pick up sometime after the original TV series.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
A new expansion has been announced for the Pokémon TCG, titled Storm Siege. The new expansion will feature two pokémon: shiny Gardevoir and Volcanian (set to appear in this year's movie), and will re-introduce dual-type pokémon which have been absent since 2010. It will add 110 new cards to the game, and is set to be released on 3rd August - just ahead of the Pokémon world championships in San Francisco.
A few weeks back Sharon Stone revealed that she'd been cast in a Marvel movie, but wouldn't say who she'd be playing. Now she's revealed that her character has powers based on "heat". Obviously that doesn't help things at all. Nobody be surprised when it turns out she's just messing with people. Then again, that tactic is exactly how Vin Diesel was cast as Groot.