San Diego Comic Con might have only just ended its seemingly never-ending barrage of news, but is the geek world going to slow down? Hell no. Here are the best bits of news from this week, including the first look at Supergirl's Superman, bits and pieces about Pokémon Go, non-stop information about Suicide Squad, and much, much more.
Another week, and Pokémon Go is still making headlines. This week we heard about in-game events, with promises that they are on the way. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, spoke with Forbes about the game, saying "You will see new Pokémon come into the game around special events at certain times in certain parts of the world. You’ll see us do some things around events."
That's hardly surprising, given the group Mewtwo battle featured in the game's announcement trailer. Unfortunately, like a lot of what was promised in that video, these types of events have yet to materialise.
We also have what is possibly the world's greatest mach-up video, combining Pokémon Go with David Attenborough:
There's also an honest trailer, which is 100% accurate:
Oh, and remember the Pokémon Go Plus wristband? That's been delayed, presumably because Nintendo knows damn well it can't try to flog people random bits of tech for a game whose fundamental mechanics are completely broken.
As we all know, Batman V Superman didn't have a bonus scene in the credits, but it's been confirmed that you don't want to get up and leave as soon as Suicide Squad finishes. There is a bonus scene in the middle of the credits, just before the full black-and-white cast list starts up on screen.
The cast list also reveals that Ben Affleck won't be the only member of the Justice League to appear in Suicide Squad. Ezra Miller's Flash will be in the film, though it's not clear how big his role will be. One of the many trailers features lightning surrounding Captain Boomerang, so at this point it looks likely that Barry Allen is responsible for Jai Courntey's character being thrown into prison.
David Ayer, the film's director, has also put to rest one long-standing rumour about the Joker's origin. We know that Jared Leto's take on the character is definitely not Jason Todd. We can all agree that this is a good thing, and it opens the door to have the Red Hood appear in a future film.
Here's your first look at Tyler Hoechlin in full costume as Superman in the Supergirl TV series:
I'll be honest, I had my doubts when Hoechlin was cast in the role but he certainly looks the part. As you can see, that suit is pretty faithful to the comics and an awful lot less alien-looking than the one Henry Cavill wears in the movies. They're also continuing to ignore the red pants. Thank god for that.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Director James Gunn has gone on record to defend the choice of revealing Star Lord's father at San Diego Comic Con, insisting that it's not actually a spoiler:
I get it. If we lived in a perfect world, I wouldn't tell you ANYTHING before you walked in to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I wouldn't tell you Groot was now Baby Groot, I wouldn't tell you Mantis was in the movie, I wouldn't say that Ayesha and Taserface are our antagonists, that Yondu and Nebula have incredibly important roles in the film, nor would I tell you that Quill's father is Ego the Living Planet.
However, the world is imperfect.
Firstly, we have to advertise our film. And it will be impossible to show you very much of Vol. 2 since Ego is very much a part of all of it. We just don't have a way around it.
Secondly, there are journalists online who love giving you scoops about characters and plot twists in upcoming films. Ego is such a big part of the movie, this was going to come out soon, as much as we've tried to hide it (when our online press day happened on set, Kurt Russell sat in a chair that read "J'son," [Quill's father in the comics - Ed.] and all of our script pages and artwork featuring him used the same name). Frankly, I would rather be in control of the announcement myself than have it come out on SpoilersRUs.com in a few weeks.
That said, knowing who Quill's father is will not diminish your enjoyment of the film in any way. The story is not built to be a shocking twist in the same way Luke's father was Darth, Soylent Green was people, Rosebud was a sled, or that that pretty woman from Crying Game had a penis (I guess I should have said spoilers before all that). Ego the emotional center of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from the beginning to the end, and is not a twist.
And believe me - there are many, many more surprises we still have in store for you from Vol. 2 - hopefully the biggest of which is how much you'll love the movie itself. Because, to me, that's the only twist that matters.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has also revealed just how much Baby Groot remembers of his former life. As it happens, there's not a lot he doesn't remember.
“He remembers. He’s not mentally a baby, he is still Groot… I sort of equate it to Spock circa the end of Search for Spock and The Voyage Home.”
Anyone who's read a lot of Groot-featured comics will already know that. He dies more often than South Park's Kenny, but always comes straight back as a stick.
Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for Netflix, has explained why it didn't pick up Agent Carter after it was cancelled by ABC, explaining that it was a business decision:
“We’re looking for truly original brands to own, and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why. They also have some output deal complexities. So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s cancelled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue it's covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.”
Life is Strange
It's been announced that the episodic video game Life is Strange is being adapted into a digital TV series, developed by the TV arm of Legendary Pictures. It's being developed and produced with Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons of dj2 Entertainment.
Justice League Dark
The release of Batman: The Killing Joke came with an extra (but not unexpected) bonus: Our first glimpse at the animated film Justice League Dark. Fans of the unjustly short-lived Constantine TV series will be happy to hear that Matt Ryan is back as the Scouse con-man, magician, and
master dabbler of the dark arts.
DC's Jim Lee spoke with CBR about DC's Rebirth event, specifically talking about how the relaunch is different from a reboot. As he puts it, Rebirth is about DC "embracing what [they] really are]
"What we are is one of the first shared universes that had multiple Earths, or at least that commercialised that idea. The first that had multiple versions of characters, and the idea of alternate realities. "I think that's part and parcel with DC. If you look at 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' to even New 52, they're all attempts to do some bookkeeping, and tighten up everything. But then you saw the mythology itself almost has its own sentience and will to define itself, because it's stories are kept in all our heads, and expressed through our creativity and the work that we do. In a way, it has spoken and said, 'No, there must be multiple versions.' And that seems to resonate with the fans."
I would've put it in much simpler terms than that. It's not a reboot because nothing got reset. The continuity is carrying on from the New 52, albeit with some new characters and a different status quo. But I suppose this works too.
Agents of SHIELD
Speaking with ComicBook.com at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel's Jeph Loeb explained why Agents of SHIELD will feature Robbie Reyes as Ghost Rider - rather than the original Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze.
“We picked Robbie, actually, because our show, at the end of day, is always about family, and the fact that Robbie’s relationship with Gabe [Robbie’s disabled brother] is so much a part of his character, and the world of east LA, which is not a place that we’ve ever gone to in the Marvel universe, was just a really exciting way.”