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 Squirrel Girl on film, another sale of Action Comics #1, some more bits about Suicide Squad and more.
It's been emphasised for a while that Joker isn't one of the major players in Suicide Squad, but according to Jared Leto it wasn't always that way. He told Telestar:
“There are a lot of scenes that didn’t make it to the final film. Hopefully they will see the light of day. Who knows.”
Maybe we'll see a an extended edition of the film on DVD and Blu-ray? Maybe, maybe not. David Ayer has said that the theatrical cut is his cut of the film (not one created by meddling studio executives), so that's unlikely. The deleted scenes section might be one to watch out for, though.
A little while back Anna Kendrick declared that she would love to play the Marvel hero Squirrel Girl, should she ever appear on screen. Now she's got the support of one-time Ant-Man director Edgar Wright.
In Scott Pilgrim: Superman, Cap America, Human Torch, Punisher, Cap Marvel, Lego Robin & The Atom. Get @AnnaKendrick47 a Squirrel Girl film.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 4, 2016
It looks like she might have some competition in the role, though. Shannon Purser, aka Barb from Stranger Things also wants the role.
Action Comics #1
One of the 100 known copies of Action Comics #1, the 1938 comic featuring the debut of Superman, has been sold at auction for $956,000 (£731,841). It's not a record-beater by any stretch of the imagine, since 2014 saw a copy of the book sell for over $3.2 million on eBay (it's one of the two pictured above). Unfortunately this one had a quality grading of 5.5 (out of 10), compared to record-breaker's 9, which explains the price discrepancy. Still, it's incredible that it managed to last nearly 80 years in tact.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
At San Diego Comic Con, we found out that Michael Rooker's Yondu would have a proper head fin - just like the comics character he was loosely based on. Now we have a much closer look courtesy of Marvel's Instagram page:
I don't remember Yondu having all those scars, but they are in the first film. I mustn't be very observant, or forgetful. One of the two.
James Gunn also confirmed that Stan Lee will cameo in the film. i just hope it's something better than the boring cameo we got last time. Will it be as good as the cameo they originally planned in the first film? I doubt it.
A lot of people have been unhappy with Niantic (again), this time because it looks like the company made Pokémon Go monsters harder to catch. Apparently that's not the case, the issues are caused by yet another glitch.
Trainers, a new bug affecting throw accuracy increases the odds of escape and omits the XP bonus. We are working on a fix, stay tuned...
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) August 4, 2016
Nice to see they've heard peoples' complaints, and are actually communicating.
Agents of SHIELD
ABC and Marvel have released the official synopsis for Agents of SHIELD season 4, and a pretty hefty one at that:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns with a vengeance for the fourth exciting season in an all new time period, Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET. In the aftermath of their journey to another planet, Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the team were driven more than ever to put an end to the Hydra organization. Little did they know that they were up against the deadliest threat they’ve ever faced – an extremely powerful Inhuman, Hive, who was transported back from Maveth in the body of their worst enemy, Grant Ward. The team was able to thwart and kill Hive and take down Hydra, but they are all still mourning the death of fellow agent and Inhuman, Lincoln Campbell.
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director (Jason O’Mara) to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack (Henry Simmons), and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy (Chloe Bennet), aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons’ new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she’s now the Director’s confidant.
Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team as a junkyard mechanic who can turn on a dime into the terrifying Ghost Rider. Will Robbie be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. – as well as the world, itself? Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that socially awkward genius and friend Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) has started putting the finishing touches on a new, secret invention.
To celebrate the fact that the film is only a year away, A brief video has been released for Alien: Covenant - the sequel to Prometheus nobody really wants. It features Katherine Waterstone's in stasis doing very little:
Katue McGrath (Merlin, Jurassic World)has been cast in Supergirl for Season 2. She's playing Lena Luthor, Lex's sister. THis is how Warner Bros. describes the character:
CEO of her family’s billion-dollar-tech company, Luthor Corp, which has been tarnished by Lex’s evil infamy. Her goal? To re-brand the empire as a force for good. Lena wants to be seen as her own person, separate from her brother. Kara is drawn into Lena’s sphere and must determine if she is friend or foe.
We also have a set video featuring Superman fighting an enemy (it looks like Metallo). The fight involves stunt doubles, so now we have to ask who is playing the Kryptonite-powered cyborg.
— Emily (@skysosmrt) August 4, 2016
Legends of Tomorrow
We know that the Justice Society of America will play a major role in the second season of Legends of Tomorrow, and now we have a little peak at what's to come:
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) August 3, 2016
Speaking of which, a new member of the JSA has been cast. Matthew MacCaull will play Commander Steel. That's of note because Nick Zano has already been announced as Citizen Steel - Commander Steel's grandson. Given the time-travelling nature of the show, it's very likely they'll both come face to face with each other at one point.
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme
Doctor Strange is getting his own magical-powered superteam later this year, and the line-up is pretty crazy. Joining the incumbent Sorcerer Supreme is a young version the Ancient One (his predecessor and mentor), Isaac Newton (yes the Apple man), Merlin, and new characters Kushala and Nina. ComicBook.com has the full lowdown.
It'll launch this Autumn, as part of Marvel NOW! It's being written by Robbie Thompson, with art duties from Javier Rodriguez.
It's been a big year for Pokémon giveaways, what with 11 mythical monsters heading to 3DS consoles across the world. Now there's another monster to add to that: the fire and water type Volcanion.
During October, the monster will be available in the US and Europe via a store code. In the US, Germany, and Italy, those codes are given out by Gamestop. Nothing concrete has been revealed for the UK just yet, but it's a forgone conclusion that codes will be distributed by GAME.