Welcome to another Week in Geek, and this week we have actual positive news for Hellboy 3, Ben Affleck's opinion on everyone asking about the solo Batman movie, a clip from Star Wars Rebels and more.
Earlier this week Hellboy and Hellboy: The Golden Army director Guillermo Del Toro posted a poll to Twitter, saying if 100,000 people declared that they wanted a third film he would go and discuss it with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Ron Perlman aka Big Red himself. There were 115,000 yes votes, which means the meeting will happen. This does not mean, however, that the film is definitely going to happen. But it's a good step, and it should happen.
Just like Ewan McGregor and the long-rumoured Obi Wan movie, Ben Affleck is tired of people asking about progress on the upcoming Batman solo film. Telling Entertainment Tonight Canada:
“Oh, my God, it’s such a pain in the ass. It’s like every time I mention Batman it gets this huge clickbait. When I was doing this movie it took me two years to get it together, but nobody ever asked me, ‘Where’s “Live by Night”?’ You know? They ask me ‘Batman, Batman, Batman.’ Batman’s coming along, it’s going to be great. We’re going to make something really special. We’re going to take the time to make it right. We’re going to do it good.”
It'll happen, stop hassling the man!
Star Wars Rebels
A new clip shows Kana training Sabine in the art of lightsaber combat. Fans will know that Sabine retrieved the legendary Darksaber from Darth Maul's cave on Dathomir, and the plan is that she will use it to reunite the Mandalorian people - just like it happened millennia before. The problem is she kind of sucks, and if she isn't perfect someone else will come and claim the blade for themselves.
It's long been rumoured that X-23 will be taking on the mantle of Wolverine, now that Hugh Jackman is hanging up his claws (so to speak). When asked about this by Fandango, Logan director James Mangold had this to say:
“I always feel like I’m making a one-off movie every time. My feeling is that if you can make a good film, it’s naturally going to lend itself to people wanting to see sequels because it’s good and the characters are rich. I really wasn’t thinking about [passing the torch] — and I know the studio wasn’t because they didn’t even know who X-23 was when I brought it up.”
Mangold also revealed that Logan takes place around 2029, half a decade or so after the epilogue in Days of Future Past. It looks like an awful lot happened in those few short years, though the timeframe and plot of the film means that it's unlikely that X-23 will become 'the new Wolverine' in future films. Not without yet another change in continuity.
While we all know that the Inhumans will be getting a TV series rather than a theatrical adaptation, Vin Diesel, who everyone wants to play Black Bolt, seems to think that a film could happen. He told Screenrant:
“I think Marvel should never — I don’t think Marvel should abandon their opportunity to make a film out of it,” said Diesel. “I think it could be a huge, huge saga, and if I had more time I would go over to Marvel and have that very conversation. But I think it would be a big mistake for Marvel to abandon their ambitions or their objective or their goals of making it into a film, because it would make such a cool universe.”
The chances of Diesel playing Black Bolt on TV are slim, because according to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn it would require him to take a big pay cut and actually want to sign on for a multi-year TV series.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
We have another glimpse of the upcoming DC animated film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. The images were posted by The Hollywood Reporter, which also revealed that the film is inspired by the original comic arc - rather than being a direct adaptation. As you can see it'll feature Blue Beetle, Starfire, Nightwing, Beast Boy, Terra, and Deathstroke.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Despite rumours, and possibly some fan hopes, there are currently no plans to turn Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into a film trilogy. That's according to JK Rowling who has say on whether that can happen.
I know a lot of people are looking for reasons to be cheerful today, but there is NO TRUTH to the rumour about a #CursedChild movie trilogy!
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 20, 2017
Now while she specifically says trilogy, don't count on there only being two films. As we saw with The Hobbit, studios do love to pad things out into three unnecessary films when they can get away with it.
Fox's X-Men TV Series
Despite what Bryan Singer said a little while back, it turns out that Fox's two X-Men TV series will not be in he film universe. Lauren Shuler Donner, producer for the films, confirmed to IGN that they take place in an X-Men universe (obviously), but not the same one as the films. She also confirmed that the second series will feature Sentinels hunting mutants, which has been noticeably absent from the film series. (Days of Future Past doesn't count).
Marvel has announced a new ongoing series featuring Black Panther and a number of other black heroes. Black Panther and the Crew will star T'Challa himself, Misty Knight, Luke Cage, Storm, and Manifold. It'll be set in Harlem with writing duties falling to Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey. Art will be by Butch Guice.
The company also debuted a brand new video series to tie into the ongoing Mighty Captain Marvel series. It's called Captain Marvel: Alien Nation, and is narrated by Margaret Stohl (writer of the comic series) with music from various female acts.