The Week in Geek: Arrowverse, Fantastic Beasts, Pirates 5, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

Welcome to another instalment of the Week in Geek, your weekly roundup of exciting news from the world of comics, TV, film, and gaming. This week we have news about the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series, tidbits from the Arrowverse TV programmes, a name change for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and more

Pirates of the Caribbean 5

The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film is going to be titled Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US, but for some reason it's getting a name change here in the UK. Here it'll be called Salazar's Revenge (Salazar is the main antagonist, played by Javier Bardem).

Why the change? Who knows, but it's happening.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Speaking of Johnny Depp, we found out that he's going to have a cameo in Fantastic Beasts and a starring role in the sequel. Now we know without a doubt who he's playing. According to director David Yates, and Producer David Heyman, Depp is playing Grindlewald - as rumoured.

It's also been revealed that Albus Dumbledore will have a starring role in the sequel (via Screenrant). We have no idea who's playing him (sadly Michael Gambon is a bit out of the question), but it's nice to know none-the-less.

Arrowverse

With the four CW DC TV series crossover on the way, the marketing is getting ramped up. We know have the first proper promo for the four-episode event (via CBR), showing the heroes from The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow coming together and meeting for the very first time.

We also have news that Legends will be getting four more episodes than originally planned, growing from 13 to 17. Considering how well everything is done, and the fact that this season features a version of the Legion of Doom, that's always a good thing. All they need to do now is make Constantine a regular cast member.

Finally is a glimpse of what seems to be speedster villain Savitar on the set of The Flash. We can't quite tell because of the mo-cap suit, but everyone is pretty sure it's him. This also indicates he's not just a wimp in a leather suit like the last two speedy villains.

Harley Quinn/Birds of Prey

Despite the lukewarm reception to Suicide Squad, production on the HarleyQuinn/Birds of Prey spin-off is still happening, with a writer signing onto the project. According to The Wrap, the film will be written by Christina Hodson who wrote the recently released Shut In.

The Empire Strikes Back

Here is the most jarring footage you'll seen this week. We all knew that the lovable Chewbacca is played by Peter Mayhew in the Star Wars films, but did you expect him to do all the roaring on set? I did, but apparently it's not the case - as this behind the scenes footage from Empire shows.

Yep, that is Chewbacca speaking in a very loud, angry English accent. I suppose it makes it easier for everyone on set if they can understand all the alien languages.

Spider-Man Homecoming

A while back it was rumoured that Zendaya Coleman would be playing Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which had a lot of idiots angry because she's not white and therefore doesn't have the classical redhead look. But those rumours may (and I stress may) have been premature. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter the actress said that her character (who is still, annoying unnamed), isn't a love interest for Peter Parker.

“My character is not romantic. My character is like very dry, awkward, intellectual and because she’s so smart, she just feels like she doesn’t need to talk to people, like ‘My brain is so far ahead of you that you’re just not really on my level.’ So she comes off very weird. But to me, she is very cool because she’s deep. She’s always thinking about something, always reading. I like that. And I also like that I don’t really have to do anything for hair and makeup. I just get to walk in and walk out.”

Some outlets have claimed that his makes her sound like the Ultimate version of Gwen Stacey, but that is so far from the truth. It sounds more reminiscent of Ultimate Mary Jane, who is a lot more bookish than her mainstream counterpart, though even she is a fairly actively social person. Who knows. Maybe studios should stop keeping casting secret, especially if that character turns out to be completely unimportant (like Scott Eastwood in Suicide Squad)

Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige also confirmed what everyone already knew, confirming that Michael Keaton is playing the Vulture in an interview with The Toronto Sun.

Some concept art also appears to have leaked, possibly giving us a closer look at how the flying villain will look on-screen.

Another Look at the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming?

Marvel Comics

A few new announcements from marvel this week, who revealed that Bullseye and Elektra will be getting their own ongoing series. Elektra also seems to be sporting a new costume, one with a lot of similarities to her TV counterpart. Bullseye's costume is the same as it ever was, though he could do with a sharper razor.

Elektra #1 will be released in February, written by Matt Owens and with art by Alec Morgan. Bullseye will also debut in February, written by Ed Brisson and with art by Guillermo Sanna. Don't be surprised if Deadpool pops up at one point, since the two are best buds (when they both feel like it).

Cloak and Dagger

There are a few Marvel TV projects that have yet to make it to TV, and one featuring heroes Cloak and Dagger is one of them. However, unlike the long-awaited Damage Control, some headway is being made. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's scripts are being rewritten by showrunner Joe Pokaski with the aim to get the programme on the air in 'Winter 2018'.

Presumably that means January/February, rather than December, which also used to be home to the unjustly-cancelled Agent Carter. It's safe to assume we're going to start hearing more about the young adult-focused show, and I will be surprised if we don't see something at this year's San Diego Comic Con.

Mass Effect: Andromeda
At long last, here's the trailer for the long-awaited Mass Effect: Andromeda. It shows us, erm, very little, but at least it's something.