The Week in Geek: Black Lightning, Stranger Things, Batman, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

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 solo Batman movie, DC's Black Lightning, promos for Stranger Things season 2, and more.

The Batman

By now you'll know that Ben Affleck is no longer directing the solo Batman movie, and fans have plenty of ideas on who should direct. One petition is calling for Zack Snyder to direct, because nothing is sacred anymore.

“Snyder has a stellar record with comic book and graphic novel properties. Starting with 2006’s ‘300,’ and followed by ‘Watchmen’ in 2009, he has shown his skill with, and commitment to, being incredibly faithful to iconic source material. Many scenes in both films are panel-for-panel recreations of the graphic novel pages. He doesn’t try to stick his two cents’ worth in every movie, putting his own spin on things (they like to call it ‘artistic license’ in the biz) just because he can. He knows how much these stories mean to their fans, and that goes a long way in my book. He has my respect for that.”

I wouldn't call Man of Steel or BvS "incredibly faithful to the source material", but whatever. At the time of writing 4,140 people have signed it.

I'd much rather see uber-Batman nerd Kevin Smith direct the film, but he's ruled that out. Apparently a lot of people had the same idea as me.

He also said during an episode of Fatman on Batman that he'd like to do a Batman movie, but is adamant that nobody will give him the chance.

Black Lightning

He may not be the most well known DC hero, but Black Lightning was set to appear on the small screen on Fox. Despite ordering a pilot which has yet to film, Fox has cancelled the series outright. Thankfully the CW, home to the Arrowverse, has taken it up and asked for a pilot for itself - despite announcements that it was done with new superhero TV for now.The series is notable in that it's being produced by Arrowverse producer Greg Berlanti, so if it gets ordered to series you can probably expect a crossover at some point.

Stranger Things

We all know that Stranger Things season 2 is coming, and now we're getting a glimpse. First up is a promotional image (via EW), and the promise that a trailer will be shown during tomorrow night's Super Bowl. So if you're desperate to see it, that's one reason to stay up. Or you can be sensible and watch it in the morning when you're supposed to be getting ready for work.

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie sort of arrives this weekend (even though the full release is Friday 10th), so Warner Bros has released a more extensive cast list to what we already had. Importantly it will feature non DC villains, so it's not quite so self-contained as the trailers would have you believe.

Included in the cast are Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill (Superman and Green Lantern), Conan O'Brien (Riddler), Jason Mantzoukas (Scarecrow), Kate Micucci (Clayface), Doug Benson (Bane), Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Riki Lindhome (Poison Ivy), and Adam Devine (The Flash). Non-DC characters include Voldemort (Eddie Izzard(!)), King Kong (Seth Green), Lord of the Rings' Sauron (Jemaine Clement), and someone called Phyllis (Ellie Kemper).

The Lego Movie Sequel also has a new director, according to The Hollywood Reporter, now that Trolls director Mike Mitchell.

South Park

Despite what you might have assume, South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone have confirmed that the next seasonwill lay off the Trump jokes. Before you protest, here's their reasoning via ABC News:

“It’s tricky and it’s really tricky now as satire has become reality. We were really trying to make fun of what was going on [last season] but we couldn’t keep up. What was actually happening was way funnier than anything we could come up with. So we decided to just back off and let [politicians] do their comedy and we’ll do ours.”

Secret Empire

Marvel's next big event is the Captain America-centric Secret Empire, which seems to be focussing on a brainwashed Captain America taking over Hydra and the USA. Now we have a glimpse of the empire he intends to lead.

Supergirl

The DC-TV series was never going to run out of villains, and now we know about two people playing them in the future. We have notable Superman alum Terri Hatcher, and Kevin Sorbo. Both of them are playing 'mysterious' villains, but we don't know who just yet.

Runaways

A while back it was announced that Marvel and Hulu were collaborating to create a Runaways TV series. Now we know which characters are going to be in the series, and who is playing them.

  • Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz) is a loud-and-proud nerd. Admittedly a bit of a loner, Alex spends much of his free-time playing video games, but deep down, what he wants most is to reunite his childhood group of friends.
  • Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano)–tough, intelligent, and independent–embodies teenage angst. A budding “Wiccan,” Nico’s carefully crafted goth appearance isolates her from her peers and family, but maybe what she really needs is someone to talk to.
  • Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), model-perfect exterior with a lot going on behind her professionally whitened smile, is burdened by the lofty expectations and responsibilities put upon her by her parents. Underneath her veneer of privilege and perfection, Karolina is experiencing a newfound eagerness to explore her identity and pursue her own desires.
  • Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer) is a purple-haired, bespectacled, contemporary riot grrrl. Never passing up a moment to stand on a soapbox, Gert sometimes wields her persona as a brash social justice warrior to mask her true feelings.
  • Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin) is a lacrosse-playing, high school heartthrob. While many write him off as a dumb jock, Chase exhibits flashes of untapped brilliance in engineering, not unlike his wildly successful father’s.
  • Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta), the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, is known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.