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 the long-awaited live action Star Wars TV series, more stand-alone Superman movies, a film based on the life of Stan Lee, and much more.
The Stan Lee Movie
Here is quite possibly the strangest film news of 2016. Fox has acquired the rights to a film based on the life of Stan Lee, but rather than making a bog-standard biopic the film will be an action adventure set in the '70s. According to producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, the film will be something akin to Kingsman and the Roger Moore Bond movies.
That's all we know right now, but I can't help but wonder why Fox is making this film when Marvel is more than capable of making its own films.
Star Wars TV Series
Ever since Revenge of the Sith hit cinemas (and possibly even before) there's been talk of a live-action Star Wars TV series. Even though we had the amazing Clone Wars and slightly less impressive Rebels, the long-promised live-action offering never came to be. But there's hope from Disney and ABC executive Ben Sherwood, who told The Hollywood Reporter:
"The live-action Star Wars plan rests in the hands of [Walt Disney Studios chairman] Alan Horn, [Lucasfilm president] Kathy Kennedy and the great folks at Lucasfilm. Somewhere we hope in a galaxy not too far away there will be a television show that will air on one of our networks. But I wouldn't get anybody's hopes up too high. They have a lot of movies to make between now and then. We are deep into a very productive relationship with Lucasfilm making Star Wars Rebels. And we are in ongoing conversations with them on what is the next Star Wars animated show."
He's clear to emphasise that there are no done deals, so people shouldn't get too excited. That said, the idea isn't totally dead. But what could it be about, any ideas? How about an Office-style comedy set in the Death Star canteen? Or is that a bit too similar to Star Wars Detours?
Rumours have been circulating for a while about the future of Superman on film, and now Henry Cavill's management have spilled the beans. Speaking with Newsweek, Hollywood agent Dany Garcia spoke about Cavill's upcoming work:
“Henry has a big appetite,” she said. “We’ve been in a five-month period of time where he’s re-strategizing, acquiring property [for his production company Promethean], he’s filming [Justice League] now, he’s in development for the Superman standalone… he’s beginning to expand that world.”
But just like how Warner Bros left us to wait before confirming the details for the upcoming the stand-alone Batman movie, we probably won't hear about this for a while. Not that we didn't all assume it was going to happen eventually.
This week Zack Snyder gave us a glimpse at a different sort of Batsuit set to appear in Justice League. Anyone familiar with Zynder's other superhero projects should find it incredibly familiar.
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 14, 2016
It's the 'tactical' batsuit, and it looks a hell of a lot like the Nite Owl costume from Watchmen, which was also directed by Snyder. Coincidence? I think not. Others have also pointed out that it looks a lot like Leatherwing, the Nazi Batman from Earth-10. Is that a coincidence? It better be...
Civil War is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, which means people are now able to start playing with lovely HD footage from the film. The first big one? A fan video that mixes Deadpool into the airport scene. Take a look:
We also have some concept art of Ant/Giant Man's lovely Empire-inspired fall:
— Andy Park (@andyparkart) September 12, 2016
Remember that Harley Quinn solo movie that was supposedly greenlit before everyone realised Suicide Squad was kind of a mess? Apparently it's still happening, and THR is reporting that the film will be made by LuckyChap Entertainment, Margot Robbie's production company, with Robbie herself as executive producer.
Let's hope this film has a more coherent plot, a better villain, and something meaningful for the Joker to do. Also let's have the Bird of Prey and Poison Ivy, pleeeeeaaaaase.
Scott Derrickson, director of Marvel next probable-blockbuster, has admitted that early versions of the script did not include Stephen Strange's longtime companion Wong. Telling The Daily News:
“I was very happy with that [Tilda’s casting], but I was also very conscious that in doing that I was erasing a significant potential Asian role. I was going to leave Wong out of the movie at first; he was an Asian sidekick manservant, what was I supposed to do with that? But once the decision was made to cast Tilda, we brought Wong back because, unlike the Ancient One, he could be completely subverted as a character and reworked into something that didn’t fall into any of the stereotypes of the comics.”
You can't really have Strange without Wong, though changing up the character is probably a good thing. The character was originally a butler-type character, and has evolved into Strange's partner and protector over the years. Here's just hoping they keep him around, and don't kill him off straight away.
In the least surprising reveal of the week, Bryan Singer confirmed that the evil geneticist Mr Sinister will appear in the third Wolverine movie. This isn't shocking to anyone who saw the post-credits sting from X-Men: Apocalypse, or those who've been paying attention to the rumours. No confirmation on who's playing the character, or how big his role in the film will be, but based on who's been cast it would be criminal if he's not playing by Richard E Grant.