The Week in Geek: Batman, Marvel TV, Call of Duty, and More

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Batman

Details on DC's first big crossover in a good long while have been revealed, with a few details about Dark Nights: Metal coming out of Fan Expo in Dallas. The story will reunite Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo with the Batman series, which they ran between from 2011 up until the Rebirth event last year. While details about the crossover are slim, this is what the two of them had to say:

“I’ve been planning ‘Metal’ for as long as I’ve been writing ‘Batman,’ but this is bigger than ‘Batman.’ Greg and I started dropping clues during ‘Court of Owls,’ we continued through our Joker stories and we placed our biggest hints in the run that culminated with ‘Batman’ #50. And now we’re back to tell a story that breaks everything apart. This will be the definitive project of our careers. ‘Metal’ takes us in an entirely new direction. Greg and I will dig beneath the surface of all the stories we’ve told to find a place of terror and twisted nightmares. I want ‘Metal’ to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth and create new material that feels really modern and different. And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. ‘Dark Nights: Metal’ will be celebratory, huge and crazy. I’ve said it before: I am going for out-of-control dinosaurs and lasers.”

“As you’ve probably heard by now, brother Scott and I are renewing our comic wedding vows. I’m looking forward to rock’n’ and roll’n’ together again. Fans have been loud and clear; they want more from us. You know what they say; give the people what they want. Jonathan Glapion and FCO, the original Bat team, will be riding the lightning with Scott and I once again. We’re primed and ready to blow it up.”

The event will also apparently tie in with the recent 'death' of Hawkman. While comics are bad at keeping its characters dead for very long, this would be a new record. That said, given both Hawkman and Hawkgirl have been cursed to be reincarnated over and over, it's hardly a surprise that he'll be making a speedy return.

Oh and here's the cover for the first issue, which will go on sale in August:

Marvel TV

There is a lot of news about Marvel's TV upcoming TV line-up this week, so try to keep up. We'll start things up with Inhumans, which now has a synopsis teasing what we should expect from the series:

After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.

I can't see Iwan Rheon's Maximus not being behind that. After all, he has tried to usurp the throne multiple times in the comics. Inhumans is set to arrive this September.

We also know that the long-awaited Cloak & Dagger is aiming for a 'Winter 2018' release, which I can only assume means sometime between January and March because waiting until December would be downright stupid.

Daredevil star Charlie Cox has also revealed to Boogaloo Radio that the third series would start filming later this year, presumably ready to arrive on Netflix sometime in 2018. It's not clear exactly when, but logically it will be after the second series of Jessica Jones which has just started filming.

Finally, writer John Ridley has confirmed that his mystery project with Marvel isn't dead yet, according to Variety:

“I still want to do it. Hopefully it will still get done,” he says, adding with a laugh, “They’ve got a release schedule that far exceeds my life expectancy.”

The project has been in development since 2015, and so far we only that it will reinvent an “existing Marvel superhero character or property” for the Disney-owned ABC network. It's also not the upcoming adaptations of Runaways, Cloak & Dagger, New Warriors, or the long-gestating Damage Control. Fucking hell Marvel has a lot of MCU-centric TV going on right now

Call of Duty

Yet another studio is attempting to mimic Marvel and start off their own connected-universe film franchise, and the franchise in question is, rather bizarrely, the Call of Duty franchise. The Guardian spoke to Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, co-presidents of Activision Blizzard Studios, about the endeavour, and how they expect CoD to hit the big screen

Sher: We have plotted out many years. We put together this group of writers to talk about where we were going. There’ll be a film that feels more like Black Ops, the story behind the story. The Modern Warfare series looks at what it’s like to fight a war with the eyes of the world on you. And then maybe something that is more of a hybrid, where you are looking at private, covert operations, while a public operation is going on.

van Dyke: It’s going to have the same sort of high-adrenaline, high-energy aesthetic as the game, but it’s not a literal adaptation. It’s a much more broad and inclusive, global in scope … a big, tentpole Marvel-esque movie.

Both confirmed that they already have script drafts in place, and the whole thing could kick off as early as next year. Well hopefully it doesn't suck, but I have to insist that film studios stop trying to mimic the Marvel pattern, because nearly all of them have done a terrible job of it.

Star Wars Episode IX

It's a big time for Star Wars, especially given the fact Star Wars Celebration is set to kick off in Orlando next Thursday. Disney and Lucasfilm are being very forward thinking with the whole thing, and it's been revealed that the first draft of the Episode IX script has already been completed. That's according to director Colin Trevorrow, who told MTV at Cinemacon:

“We’re writing, we’re designing, and there is a draft. You know, we’re throwing 110 percent of our souls into it, so there will be nothing left of me when I’m done.”

Trevorrow is working on finalising the script, with production rumoured to begin sometime this summer.

Secret Empire

Secret Empire is Marvel's next big crossover, and if you've been wondering about the ridiculous number of big crossover events Marvel has had recently (SE will be the fourth in the past year, at the very least) you don't need to worry. During a retailer presentation with ICv2, David Gabriel, Marvel's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has promised that there won't be any big crossover events for "at least another 18 months". The company realised that all these crossovers is negatively impacting sales, so they're cooling down a bit. Presumeably the company doesn't count the upcoming Generations event as a big crossover, even though it will see the return of the likes of Mar-Vell, Wolverine, and Jean Grey.

But, you know, after Civil War II, Inhumans vs X-Men, Monsters Unleashed, and Standoff, plus all the other smaller events that have taken place like Apocalypse Wars and Dead No More, it's about time for a break.

If you're looking forward to Secret Empire, and who wouldn't be, Entertainment Weekly has revealed a preview of the first issue which you can see below:

Writer Nick Spencer and Marvel EiC Axel Alonso also told Entertainment Weekly that Cap is not a misunderstood hero here, he's a full on villain throughout Secret Empire:

“This isn’t a heroes vs. heroes conflict, it is very much Steve is a villain. Because of what happened with the Cosmic Cube, he is very much on the side of evil in this story. It’s not an honest disagreement between heroes who want to do something differently. Steve has very bad intentions, he is 100 percent Hydra thanks to what the Cube has done.

Legends of Tomorrow

The second season of Legends of Tomorrow just ended in the States, and it's already been confirmed that there will be a third series. Speaking to CBR at PaleyFest, executive producer Phil Klemmer also confirmed that the third series will see the arrival new cast members, since the series was designed for characters to come and go as required. As for who we'll see, the rumour-mill suggests that we'll see Jack Kirby's Kamandi aka 'The Last Boy on Earth'.

Showrunner Marc Guggenheim also told TVLine that Arthur Darvill's Rip Hunter would continue to appear, despite some of the happenings during the second series. I'm also hoping for a reappearance of Matt Ryan's Constantine, though that might still be wishful thinking on my part.

Rogue One

Marvel's comic adaptation of Rogue One hit the shelves this week, and unlike the adaptation of The Force Awakens this is not just putting the film onto paper. It's actually adding more to the Star Wars canon with character backstory that never made it to the big screen. With details coming courtesy of Star Wars News Net we know we get to see scenes of Saw Gerrera abandoning Jyn Erso, Krennic actually taking her father Galen prisoner, and a more detailed backstory on Imperial Defector Bodhi Rook.

The first issue is out now, and you'll have to buy a copy to find out more.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Rumours suggest we finally know the identity of Sylvester Stallone's mysterious character. An Italian press release sent to MoviesBook says that Stallone is playing a character called Stakar, which also happens to be the first name of the cosmic hero Starhawk - a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy way back when.

So far I can't see that director James Gunn has denounced the rumour on social media, which is something he has been known to do in the past. Take from that what you will, however, I'm still going into the film assuming that Stallone's part will be small and fairly insignificant. That's usually how these mystery castings go.

However, Gunn did use Facebook to reveal when the film's hotly anticipated soundtrack will be arriving. 28th of April, which isn't that far away at all.

Deadpool 2

Despite the rumours, Pierce Brosnan has confirmed to Jimmy Kimmel that he will definitely not playing Cable in the Deadpool sequel. People started speculating after the ex-Bond actor posed for photos with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds, but Brosnan said "[It’s] not true. Nothing’s come my way yet…I don’t lie. They know where to find me, it’s just fabricated.”


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