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 casting for Marvel's upcoming Captain Marvel movie, rumours of a sequel to Injustice: Gods Among Us, Alicia Vikander on Tomb Raider and much, much more.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
A report from Gameblog.fr surfaced earlier this week, claiming a sequel for DC's fighting game is on its way. According to the report it'll be revealed at, or just before, E3 (which starts on 14th June) ready for a March 2017 release. It also claims the game will be utilise the Mortal Kombat X engine.
Timing wise, this makes sense. The Injustice comic tie-in/prequel is currently in its fifth and final year, and given the reception its received it would help to have a new game to tie future comics into.
According to THR, Marvel is in talks with Oscar winning actress Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Room) regarding the role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel - a character due to appear in Avengers: Infinity War (2018/19) and her own solo film (2019). Nothing's been confirmed yet, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige promised us casting and director new sometime this summer, so hopefully we'll get something concrete fairly soon.
It's not the first time Larson's name has come up regarding the role. She has been asked about the role in the past, and got a little bit confused since she thought Captain Marvel is a guy. It turns out she initially thought the interviewer was talking about Captain America, who's already played by Chris Evans (the good one, not the ginger one).
Alicia Vikander, star of Ex Machina and the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot revealed to Total Film (via GamesRadar) that she was secretly a fan of the game series as a child.
“I kept it secret – I didn’t have many girlfriends who shared that interest, but I really loved it. I did play Tomb Raider back then, even though my parents said I wasn’t allowed to.”
Sounds like they picked the right person to play Lara Croft on the big screen then.
Assassin's Creed Movie
We've had a much closer look at Michael Fassbender's assassin garb from the film, courtesy of Ubisoft:
Rumoured titles for the upcoming Justice League films (due 2017 and 2019) have surfaced online (via Hollywood Reporter), and they are just *awful*. They are:
- Justice League United
- Justice League: Angels and Demons
- Justice League: Gods Among Us
- Justice League: Gods Among Men
One of those has the same subtitle as the game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Please let this rumour be false. They're awful, even for Zack Snyder. What's wrong with just calling the first one Justice League? Worry about a subtitle for the second one later.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Anthony Hopkins, best known for playing characters like Hannibal Lector and Norse god Odin, has joined the fifth Transformers film in some capacity. No word on who he's playing, but it's unlikely that he only has a small part. Plus, being a British actor he's probably playing the villain. You know what Hollywood's like.
— #TRANSFORMERS (@transformers) June 3, 2016
Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition
We saw the trailer for the upcoming extended 'Ultimate Edition' of DC's superhero smackdown, and now we get to see some more physical disc-case artwork. This one is an HMV exclusive, and comes with a reversible cover featuring one of the film's poster designs. You know, the ones that had the two with the other hero's logo torn away from their face. It'll cost £23, and goes on sale on 1st August.
Namor: The Sub Mariner
Speaking on Kevin Smith's Fat Man on Batman podcast, Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, confirmed that Marvel Studios owns the film rights to Namor - Marvel's answer to Aquaman. Or at least to the best of his knowledge. Marvel Studios answers to Disney, not Marvel Entertainment after all.
Namor is a complicated issue, and the problem of putting him on screen has not has a simple solution due to contracts with Universal. Quesada acknowledged these problems, and confirmed that it's still as complex as it always was.
“Yes, but it’s slightly more complicated than that. Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in.”
Nintendo has confirmed that it will be showing off upcoming Pokémon titles Sun and Moon, along with mobile game Pokémon Go at this year's E3 conference. Before this announcement the only confirmed Nintendo game to be making an appearance was the upcoming Legend of Zelda game.
Pokémon Sun & Moon will be opening 14th June's Nintendo Direct, and will let viewers see more live gameplay footage and learn about the unique Pokédex featured in game.
15th June will include a Q&A with the developers of Pokémon Go, and since we already heard about the game's features last week we might finally learn when the game is due to be released.
In the meantime, here's a trailer for Sun & Moon, featuring the game's two legendaries:
Following Seth Grahame-Smith's departure as director of DC's upcoming Flash movie, a replacement has been found in Rick Famuyiwa - director of films like Dope, Brown Sugar, and Into the Woods. According to Deadline:
"Warner Bros is looking for the right chemical mix on its superhero picture line based on the DC Comics heroes, and the feeling internally was that Famuyiwa provided a vision that would resonate with young viewers and that vision was very compatible with the script that the studio is moving toward the start gate with."
The Flash is due to be released on 16th March 2018. It's believed that Grahame-Smith's script will still be used.
Showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed before casting Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, the role was offered to a black actor who turned it down. Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat said:
“We’ve tried. The part has been offered to a black actor, but for various reasons it didn’t work out. Should the Doctor be black? Should the Doctor be a woman? So long as the Doctor is still the Doctor, anything is possible.”
He also stated that casting mixed race actress Pearl Mackie as the Doctor's companion was partially down to the fact that the programme "needed to do better" in terms of diversity. He added that her casting wouldn't necessarily rule out a non-white actor playing The Doctor when Peter Capaldi leaves:
"Two non-white leads would be amazing. In fact, a lot of people would barely notice [...] I certainly don’t think there's ever been a problem with making the Doctor black, which is why it should happen one day.”
According to The Independent, some believe that the actor who turned down the part was Chiwetel Ejiofor - star of 12 Years a Slave, Serenity, and the upcoming Doctor Strange. There's no official confirmation of that, though, and there likely never will.
I say that since it looks like he won't be getting the part of James Bond, Idris Elba should play The Doctor. Idris Elba should play everyone.