Welcome to the Week in Geek, rounding up all the best geeky news you might have missed this week. We have news on the future of the Power Ranger film franchise, info about the upcoming Star Wars films, promo material from Spider-Man: Homecoming and more.
The Power Rangers reboot hit cinemas at the end of last week, and the folks behind it are already teasing a sequel. Notable, they released a motion poster featuring the Green Ranger's helmet.
— Power Rangers (@PowerRangers) March 23, 2017
Speaking of the Green Ranger, despite teases of Tommy Oliver, the cast would like the Green Ranger to be female. That's according to Dacre Montgomery (Jason Scott/Red Ranger), who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter:
"A lot of the cast and I have discussed that we think it should be a girl. It makes it even: three girls, three boys. It’s left blank. It’s a cliff-hanger. Whoever you’re going to drop into that position — whether it’s a girl — it’s inevitably going to create drama. It’ll be interesting to drop that drama into it and see how we all relate to it and work with it."
It'll be even more interesting to see how they spin the name 'Tommy.' It is generally a guy's name, after all.
Haim Saban, the co-creator of the series, also told Variety that there was a six-film arc planned, but emphasised that it all depends on how well the film inevitably does at the box office. It does mean, if all goes well, we're going to see at least five more Power Rangers films over the coming years.
Woody Harrelson has revealed some details about Han Solo, telling Jimmy Fallon that his character's name is Beckett, and that he is "kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han". That ties in with old rumours when Harrelson was initially cast, though his character's name was obviously unknown at the time.
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, has also confirmed that Carrie Fisher's tragic death will not affect the story of The Last Jedi - he also reiterated that Lucasfilm will not digitally add her into Episode IX as was done in Rogue One. Speaking to Willow Bay, Dean of USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (via The Hollywood Reporter)
“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX. We had to deal tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In ‘Rogue One,’ we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”
Marvel has released some new promo material for the upcoming Spider-Man solo film, including a picture of Spidey swinging through the streets of New York, an upcoming Pop! Vinyl, and some posters.
— Marvel (@marvel_jp) March 21, 2017
Legends of Tomorrow
The next episode of legends of Tomorrow (set to air in the US on Tuesday night) will deal with the fallout of the Legion of Doom using the Spear of Destiny to alter reality. Consequently we'll be seeing a reality different to the one in the Arrowverse TV shows. First up is the Legion's headquarters, which is clearly inspired by the base in the old Super Friends cartoons. Though, naturally, it isn't in a swamp.
Establishing shot from next week's Legends of Tomorrow... pic.twitter.com/AWjblilebP
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) March 22, 2017
I can still never hear the name 'Legion of Doom' without also hearing this sketch from Family Guy's Something Something Dark Side.
There's also some concept art of Felicity Smoak as a bonafide superhero, instead of the usual support role she has in Arrow:
Concept art from next week's Legends of Tomorrow... pic.twitter.com/9kJLjwjZNO
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) March 23, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The run-up to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is officially underway, and the official Facebook page has posted some new posters that are in-line with the both films' '80s-aesthetics. By that I mean they're designed to look like trading cards.
Andrew Kresiberg, executive producer of the Flash TV series, has confirmed that the main villain in the fourth series won't be a speedster. After Reverse Flash, Zoom, and now Savitar, all I have to say is thank god.
Despite being cast as Deathstroke in the upcoming Batman solo film, Joe Manganiello doesn't seem too sure whether he's still in the film (via Batman News). After all, since Matt Reeves came on to replace Ben Affleck as director the film's script is getting a complete overhaul. Speaking to Pittsburgh Live Today, Manganiello replied to questions about the role with "Maybe, well we'll see."
That doesn't inspire a lot of confidence, but here's hoping he doesn't just get written out of the film. Manganiello has talked at length about all the research and training he's been doing for the film.
Despite the poor performance of last summer's reboot, Ivan Reitman (director of the first two films) says he's still involved behind the scenes at Sony and claims more live action films are in the works. Speaking to io9:
"We jumped into an animated film and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit, but considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue. I personally had other points of view in terms of where the film should go and it was kind of a continuous conversation with Paul about that. But Paul was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
Secret Empire is set to debut this summer, but you're going to see more than just watch Captain America turn the US Government into HYDRA. Marvel has announced that anyone going to one of the event's launch parties (hosted by comic shops) will be able to buy a limited edition variant: aptly titled 'Where's HYDRA?'. As the name suggests, it's a Where's Wally parody, and is drawn by Todd Nauck. Natursally the aim is to search through this massive super-battle and find the hidden HYDRA agent:
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DC comics has also revealed a bit crossover event coming later this year, which is special since the publisher has tended to shy away from those (unlike Marvel who have a new crossover every few months). This summer looks to change that, now that it's announced Dark Days. Set to reveal "the dark underbelly of the DC universe", Dark Days will see Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV teaming up with artists Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr for two one-shot comics titled Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting. They will be released on June 14th and July 12th respectively.
Here's some description from Scott Snyder, and some promo art featuring The Dark Knight:
Dark Days posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when I started on Batman. I’ve hinted at them over the years with Easter eggs and clues. This is a mystery that literally begins at the dawn of man and spans generations of heroes and villains and ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. I couldn’t be more excited for Dark Days. It’s the prelude to the event we’ve been developing for years.
We don't know much else right now, but those details are bound to start trickling in over the next few weeks.