The Week in Geek: Rogue One, The Killing Joke, New Warriors, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

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 info on a New Warriors TV series, info on Mads Mikkelsen's character in Rogue One, an honest trailer for The Killing Joke and more.

The Killing Joke

The Killing Joke animated movie was not great. Pretty disappointing in fact. So you can bear that in mind when watching the film's Honest Trailer. I think they get most of it spot on.

New Warriors

Marvel is adding yet another super team to its television repertoire in the form of New Warriors. It's being described as a junior version of the Avengers, with the roster made up of teen heroes. Most notably, one of those heroes will be Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl, a strangely popular hero that's already had some actresses campaign for the role. I'm wondering if we'll see a version of Nova, or whether that hero is being saved for the movies.

TVLine is reporting that the series will be a half-hour comedy, made in partnership between Marvel Television and Disney-owned ABC.

That's a lot of TV Marvel has on at the moment, with New Warriors joining Agents of SHIELDDaredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist along with the in-development Cloak & Dagger and Runaways. There's also Damage Control, though that seems to be in a strange sort of production limbo.

Rogue One

A synopsis for the Rogue One prequel novel Catalyst has been revealed (via Stitch Kingdom), and it confirms some of the old rumours about the film's plot.

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

So it finally reveals why Mads Mikkelsen's Galen Erso is working for the Empire, and why he's so important to them and the resistance. It also confirms old rumours that he was responsible for some part of the Death Star's construction, and a pretty crucial part at that. Clearly the Geonosians were brilliant at designing giant moon-sized space stations, but not at the whole weaponry thing.

We also have a pretty interesting stop motion video designed to show off the first wave of the film's many, many toys.

Marvel Comics

Marvel has announced two new series heading our way this year. The first is one featuring the Inhumans and X-Men, titled

RessurXion. The second is a teaser for the mysterious 'MU project'. It turns out the MU stands for Monsters Unleashed.

It's not clear what each series will involve, though some guesses can be made. Presumably RessuXion is during the aftermath of the upcoming Inhumans vs X-Men crossover, and whatever the new status quo might be. Monsters Unleashed will likely follows many of the classic monsters that inhabit the Marvel universe (Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, etc) and it'll be interesting to see how it differentiates from Howling Commandos of SHIELD which already features many of those characters.

Pokémon Sun & Moon

It's been revealed that anyone who buys the upcoming Pokémon game before January 11th can get their hands on an exclusive Munchlax monster via the Nintendo Network. The Munchlax holds SNorlium Z which can be used to unlock a special Z-Move when it evolves into Snorlax. Z-Moves can be used once per battle, and inflict a serious amount of damage on your opponent.

Pokémon Sun & Moon arrive on 23rd November.

Game of Thrones

Production on the seventh series of the hit TV show has begun, and the first new cast member is none other than Jim Broadbent. Who knows what horrors George RR Martin's fictional world will throw at him?

DC

DC has revealed that its two most main superteams, the Justice League and the Suicide Squad, will be going head-to-head in a six-part miniseries this December. It's aptly named Justice League vs Suicide Squad, and focuses on Batman trying to shut down the Squad - seeing it as irrelevant due to the existence of the League. Naturally the two teams will later have to join forces to battle a greater threat.