Welcome to another instalment of The Week in Geek. Here are some of the biggest stories you might have missed this week, with plenty of news about the Black Panther movie, news and speculation about Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a release date for Samurai Jack season 5, and more.
As production on T'Challa's solo outing gears up, Marvel has made a string of casting announcements and released a brand new synopsis. The film already has a pretty big cast, and joining it is Andy Serkis (reprising his role as Ulysses Klaue), Martin Freeman (returning as Everett Ross), Florence Kasumba (returning as Ayo, a member of T'Challa's elite bodyguard unit the Dora Milaje), John Kani (returning as T'Challa's father T'Chaka), Winston Church (confirming rumours that he's playing M'Baku, the Man-Ape), Sterling K Brown, and Letitia Wright.
Previously announced cast members include Chadwick Boseman (obviously), Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. The new synopsis is as follows:
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Taron Egerton has revealed that the upcoming sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service will feature a scene cut from the original film. Speaking with Den of Geek he said:
“Matthew knows and likes Elton, and knows that he brings something that fits the tone of the ‘Kingsman’ world,” said Egerton. “I think I can say that there’s a deleted scene from the first one, that I personally thought shouldn’t have been cut, and that’s now in the second film. But what it is… I don’t think I can say.”
Vaughn revealed in an interview with ABC News Radio back in 2015 that the original Kingsman script did feature a scene with Elton John doing some very unlikely things:
“I was umming and ahhing ’cause it had a whole fun subplot about celebrities being kidnapped. And I had an idea of, who’s the worst celebrity you’d want to have locked in a cell? And I came up with Elton John, and having Elton John throwing these huge tantrums. And then I wanted to do an action scene of Elton John kicking the living daylights out of people.”
The scene was cut because a lot of famous people turned down the chance to be in the film, and Vaughn was struggling to have them appear alongside the famous actors who starred in the film. But it just so happens that Elton John will be in the sequel, so it's likely the scene Vaughn described is the one Egerton is talking about.
The long-anticipated fifth season of Samurai Jack finally has a broadcast date, which we know thanks to a sting created by Adult Swim:
The premiere of the new season of Samurai Jack has finally been revealed. pic.twitter.com/qicRjJOYD4
— Nate (@CabooseJr) January 23, 2017
March 11th, at 11.30pm, and that's on Cartoon Network over in the US. It's not clear when it'll hit UK screens, but it seems likely that it'll arrive on TruTV's Adult Swim block at some point in the near future. Unless it ends up on Netflix or something.
Suicide Squad was not good, and it was made worse by the fact that Jared Leto was wasted. Now director/screenwriter David Ayer has admitted he now wishes the Joker had been the main villain.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017
No shit, David, the rumours suggested that from the beginning for a very good reason.
Avengers Infinity War
Sean Gunn, brother of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, has posted the following picture on Instagram - giving us a new tease about the upcoming third Avengers movie.
As the nerdiest among you will know, Sean Gunn has two roles in both GotG films. He plays the Ravager Kraglin (Yondu's first mate), and is the on-set stand in for Rocket Raccoon. His presence on the Infinity War set could be that the Ravagers will play a part in the film, but it's far more likely that he's continuing to stand in for the CGI, gun-toting trash panda. Or it could be both. You know, both is good.
Oh, and look at the logo on his hat. That's new.
The Flash Movie
After a lot of problems finding a director, things are looking up for the Ezra Miller-led Flash movie. According to reports, the script that Warner Bros has (which was worked on by the film's two former directors Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa) is being trashed. According to Variety new script will be written by Joby Harold, who previously worked on Guy Ritchie's upcoming King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. No word on a director yet, but hopefully a new script will solve the issue of directors leaving over 'creative differences'.
X-Men TV Show
Despite the fact that Bryan Singer claimed to be done with X-Men, he's directing the pilot of the new TV programme that Fox has ordered. You know, the one that we still don't know the name of.
Batman has been around for more than a while, which means his influences have been about even longer than that. But he's finally crossing with one of the big ones, now that DC and Dynamite have agreed to partner up for Batman and The Shadow. It's going to be a six-part miniseries that starts in April, written by Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, with art from Riley Rossmo.
Anyone who has seen Split, or ruined it for themselves beforehand, will know that the film is set in the same universe as the under-appreciated Unbreakable. You know, that film M Night Shyamalan made right before he started to ruin all his films, where Bruce Willis was a superhero that forgot he had powers. The director has now confirmed that his next project is going to be a sequel to the film. He told Uproxx that the sequel is coming next, and that it will be the 'final' Unbreakable film. Just don't ruin it, ok? And maybe get Patton Oswalt in to help with the script, since he has some pretty good ideas on where it should go.