Welcome to a slightly late edition of The Week in Geek. It's not late because I'm tired and feeling lazy (I don't have time for either of those things), it's late because of a little-known event called San Diego Comic Con. There would be little point in publishing a round-up of geeky news when the biggest non-gaming event in the geek calendar is still happening. So here we are.
A lot of the biggest news from SDCC 2016 has already been covered on site, and you can conveniently find all those stories right here. We couldn't manage everything, though, so here's all the stuff we didn't have room to publish before - plus some of our regularly scheduled programming.
SDCC 2016 Catch-Up
We've already seen the new trailer for The Flash season 3, and now it's been revealed that Barry Allen will go up against two villains during the course of the year. One has yet to be revealed (though it could well be the mysterious black speedster played by Todd Lasance), but the other is Doctor Alchemy - a villain who can transmute elements using the Philosopher's Stone.
Plus, to celebrate all four of the CW networks DC shows currently on-air, a brand new trailer was released featuring them all.
First up is the trailer for Arrow season 5, which features Oliver Queen training a new team of vigilantes. See for yourself:
It was also revealed that Katie Cassidy (aka Laurel Lance/Black Canary) is not done with the CW's slate of DC programmes. In fact, she's set to appear across all four in the future. How? We're not sure, but since this is a comic property it could be anything.
In other news, Joe Dinicol has been cast as Rory Regan/Ragman who can be briefly glimpsed in the above trailer. Ragman wears a suit made of rags (hense the name) that's capable of absorbing corrupted souls, and Regan can call on the abilities of those souls whenever he needs them.
Chris Woods has been cast as a mystery character in Supergirl season 2 - rumoured to be Mon-El a resident of Krypton (though not Kryptonian himself) and a members of the Legion of Super Heroes (a hero team from the far future). THis has yet to be confirmed, though it was confirmed his character is the resident of the Kryptonian pod Kara found at the end of Season 1.
We already know that Superman will be part of the second season (played by Tyler Hoechlin), and the Comic Con panel teased that the reunion between the two characters might not go smoothly. Executive producer Sarah Schechter said, "Clark has a very different experience of what it means to have super powers on earth. There’s some head-butting and philosophical approaches that are different. Well get into that."
Legends of Tomorrow
There's a brand new teaser for Legends of Tomorrow Season 2, coming in the form of a season 1 sizzle reel that ends with brand new footage showing us what to expect from the next year.
It's also been confirmed that Jonah Hex will be returning in the second season in some shape or form.
We've got our first look at Gotham season 3, which will heavily feature the mysterious Court of Owls.
Lucifer is back for another season, and this year he's going up against something more terrifying than anything he's ever faced: his mother, played by Tricia Helfer.
Agents of SHIELD
We already heard that Ghost Rider is coming to Agents of SHIELD, and now Marvel has released a teaser for the characters.
Oddly enough the flaming skull is generally associated with Johnny Blaze - a very different version of Ghost Rider to Robbie Reyes. It looks like the character might be getting a few changes as he hits the small screen.
We also have Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) revealing Ghost Rider's car in front of a big crowd.
There's a new trailer for the upcoming fighting game, featuring Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle as playable characters.
It has also been revealed that Tom Taylor will return to pen the game's tie-in comic, which will bridge the gap between the two games.
Warner Brothers Animation
Animation has always been something Warner Brothers has done very right with DC properties, and now more are on their way.
Next year we'll be seeing the previously rumoured Justice League Dark, with John Constantine and Swamp Thing confirmed as characters. There's also Batman and Harley Quinn and an adaptation of Teen Titans: Judas Contract.
One Lego Batman trailer has been released, but there's a second one with a different final scene. Check it out right here:
There's also a poster:
And being a Lego film there are going to be plenty of tie-in sets, and here's our first look at them (via EW):
We've seen the trailer, and here's a new poster - plus a close-up of the magical artefact the Eye of Agamotto.
Marvel has revealed a brand new logo introduction for it's films, which you can see here:
Marvel has released a full synopsis and cast list for the film, which is as follows:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Cast: Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea), Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Donald Glover (The Martian, Community), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey), Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), with Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler), and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, The Avengers).
One panel also apparently accidentally confirmed some of the films villains in toy form. We already knew about the Vulture thanks to the Marvel trailer, but apparently the film will also include The Tinkerer and The Shocker. This isn't confirmed, though, since there are no pictures to corroborate the story.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
There's been a lot of news about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 over the weekend, and James Gunn has finally opened up about aspects of the film.
First up is our look at the Ravager Taserface, played by Chris Sullivan
Then we have a look at Michael Rooker's Yondu, who finally has a large head fin like the original comic character
Gunn also explained the importance of Sylvester Stallone's character, telling Cinema Blend that he plays, "a very, very key, important role. It’s not a huge role. He’s a great and key supporting character."
Despite seeing his character in the trailer, nobody is quite sure what character Stallone is playing. Some say he's a Ravager, others say he's a member of the Nova Corps. We'll just have to wait for some official announcements.
We might be less than two weeks from the release of Suicide Squad, but it still had a Comic Con presence. Mainly in the form of one last trailer, and some b-roll footage:
The footage is significant because it lets glimpse Harley's original jester costume - which is what she originally wore in the comics:
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Guy Richie is making a film about King Arthur, and here's the first trailer:
Kong: Skull Island
There's another King Kong movie on the way, and thanks to Comic Con we have a brand new trailer and poster.
Being a comic con and all, Marvel had a good few announcements to make about upcoming comic series.
There are two Deadpool miniseries coming: a take on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice titled The Mercenary of Venice, and Back in Black which sees him bonded with the venom symbiote again. He originally bonded with the symbiote very briefly in Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars (before Spider-Man), even if his part in the original Secret Wars was wiped from everyone's memories.
Also on it's way is Wolverine: Enemy of the State II, spiritual successor to the original series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Though this time is features on the new Wolverine, better known as X-23/Laura Kinney.
Doctor Strange and The Punisher are teaming up again, in a digital-only Infinite comic titled Magic Bullets. It features the Punisher going up against a mafia force so powerful, he needs the Sorcerer Supreme's help. Why he needs magical help isn't quite clear just yet.
Finally Marvel has launched a brand new loyalty programme called Marvel Insider. It's free to take part, and by interacting with Marvel online you earn yourself points that can be spent on Marvel merchandise.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
We've seen the new trailer, and here's the new poster:
According to Marvel's Joe Quesada, the upcoming Iron Fist Netflix series will feature a lot of villains. His exact words were "I would say that Iron Fist has probably more villains in our first season than any of our other shows."
Does this mean more villains than the other series' first seasons? Or are we talking a grand total? We'll have to see. It probably means Danny Rand will be going up against at least four villains.
It's been revealed that despite the new serious/gritty approach to everyone's favourite might morphing heroes, the new film will still feature Zordon's robotic assistant Alpha 5 and an updated version of the Dino Zords.
There's no more stuff on Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding (which isn't surprising), but there is a brand new trailer featuring Kojima Productions' mascot.
Strangely, given the Star Wars Celebration was last week, Lucasfilm revealed a brand new Rogue One character at Comic Con.
Here's the official character description:
Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. The two share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s home world Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.
Marvel had a few announcements to make about its animated offerings, confirming some new characters and series that are on our way.
First up is a series focusing on Rocket and Groot, called Rocket & Groot, and the feature Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell starring the Hulk, Dr Strange, and The Howling Commandoes. The Guardians of the Galaxy series will feature a team-up with The Avengers, and new characters are coming to The Avengers series. They include Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, The Wasp, and The Vision.
Boring Non-Comic Con Stuff
After much rumour that a live-action Pokémon movie was in the works, Legendary has officially greenlit a film starring Detective Pikachu - based on the recent point-and-click game from Nintendo. Production starts next year.
Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse
Dark Horse has announced a sequel miniseries to Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, following the continuing adventures of Mal Reynolds and his wayward crew. It's still not an ongoing series, but a six-part miniseries is better than nothing. Issue #1 goes on sale on 26th October.
Star Wars Rebels
There's still plenty of Star Wars news to come, even if the Celebration was last weekend. Now we've heard that Rebels Season 3 will actually challenge how the characters (and the audience) understand the Force. No doubt this will have a lot to do with The Bendu (Tom Baker), a mysterious being that lives between the light and dark sides of the force.
Batman: The Telltale Series
We've known for a while that Telltale's latest game will focus on Batman, and now we finally have a trailer.
There's been a lot of news about DC's TV shows at Comic Con, but nothing on these rumours that popped up earlier in the week. According to Bleeding Cool the shows produced by The CW (Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow) could feature a few more famous DC characters in their upcoming seasons: namely Constantine, Batwoman, and Barbara Gordon/Oracle.
Constantine has already appeared in an episode of Arrow, and Oracle was alluded to following Felicity Smoak's temporary paralysis and her role as Team Arrow's resident computer expert. Batwoman/Kate Kane could well appear in Supergirl, which has already cast Floriana Lima as Maggie Sawyer - Kane's ex-fiancé from the comics.
Bleeding Cool also claims that there is a chance that Constantine's solo TV series may return on the CW, if the first season gets good viewing figures on the CW Seed streaming service.
Will Arnett has teased the relationship between Batman in the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) in the upcoming Lego Movie spin-off:
“Zach and I had a really fun session a little while back. ’ve known Zach forever. The dynamic we landed on for Batman and the Joker that really works for us, I would describe as… refreshing. It’s a little bit surprising. It’s not what people are accustomed to with regards to these two characters.”
He also promised that the film would explore why Batman is always so moody.