The Week in Geek: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Star Wars, Batgirl, and More

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Batgirl

Joss Whedon has started talking about his upcoming Batgirl movie for DC, and recently spoke to Variety about casting the titular character:

I don’t have my eye on anybody. I feel like I’m creating this character, I’m gonna dialogue with her and then we’ll see who joins that later on… I doubt it will be a name. This is somewhere where you go and find Batgirl and then you cast her.

When pressed about whether or not he will cast a well-known actress, he added:

I’m not against movie stars, they’re great, but you need somebody who’s going to be just right. And a situation like this, the name carries a lot of weight so its not as critical.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

With the film less than a week away, there's a lot to be learned about Marvel's cosmic sequel. The first bit of news comes courtesy of the BBFC, which confirms that the film will be 2 hours and 15 minutes in length. So after all the adverts and trailers, you can probably expect to be in the cinema for nearly three hours.

Don't expect to be able to skip out on the credits either. Marvel policy is to have at least one scene in or after the credits, with more recent films offering two. Guardians 2 takes it to an extreme with five whole bonus scenes. That's not a rumour either, since it comes straight from James Gunn's Twitter account.

He could be lying just to fuck with everyone, but it's not like you're going to skip the credits just in case.

Long-time Gunn collaborator Nathan Fillion also took to Instagram to declare that he had a cameo role that was cut from the final film.

James Gunn has since confirmed the situation on Twitter, clarifying that this picture is just Fillion messing about on set. He also confirmed what we learnt last year, that Fillion was featured on film posters as Simon Williams (the hero known as Wonder Man in the comics). Unfortunately, Gunn claims that scene has been cut. So once again we are teased an MCU role for Nathan Fillion, only to have it torn away.

Gunn has also properly confirmed another scene that has been cut from the film in an interview with Collider:

“Unfortunately we had a sort of terrible cutting — one of our scenes we cut was with Grandpa Quill on earth, and we had a lot of Easter Eggs in that scene. As much as we had in the Collector’s museum, probably more.”

Gunn says he'll likely share the scene on social media at some point, you shouldn't expect it to appear on the Blu-ray release.

Star Wars

Despite Star Wars Celebration only being last weekend, there's still plenty of Star Wars news coming. The first of which clears up the whole issue of whether the title The Last Jedi is supposed to be singular or plural. Speaking to ABC News, Rian Johnson clarified that he considers the title to refer to a singular Jedi - Luke.

He is the film's writer and director, after all, so his word is law. Foreign language posters be damned.

We also got to see a brand new alien that will be featured in Han Solo, courtesy of Warrick Davies and the Force for Change charity campaign. I'll be honest, it's a weird looking one.

Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy told MTV that we'll probably get a announcement for the next Star Wars spin-off (due in 2020) sometime this summer. While everyone wants an Obi Wan movie, Ewan McGregor is still claiming that nobody has spoken to him about the possibility. But he'd probably do it if someone asked.

Avengers Infinity War

Filming for the third Avengers film is well under way at this point, and it's been known for a while that it would see the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy appear on screen together. Not we know where they'll meet. Spoiler: in space. That's according to Zoe Saldana, who spoke to Fandango with the rest of the Vol. 2 cast:

We’re also in space, so we’re not being held by gravity. And you know we’re stronger.

So, despite expectations, the Guardians won't be following Thanos to Earth.

We also have some shots of one of the scenes being filmed, and in it we see a very human-looking Vision kissing Scarlet Witch. You can check out those photos over at E! Online. The romance is unsurprising given the characters' relationship in the comics, and how close they were shown to be in Civil War, but it'll be interesting to see why Vision is suddenly not Red or android-looking anymore.

Supergirl

Here's an interesting rumour. Bleeding Cool claims that Mark Gibbon is currently filming scenes for the show, and that he will be playing General Zod. It's not been confirmed yet, but it would certainly make for a spectacular season 2 finale - which we already know will see the return of Superman.

Deadpool 2

We recently found out that Josh Brolin, who is no stranger to comic book films, would be joining Deadpool 2 as the time-travelling hero Cable. Now we have some behind the scenes pictures of the man preparing for the role.

That 'other one' is an obvious allusion to the big purple Thanos, who Brolin is playing in the MCU. Deadpool is a separate continuity and made by a totally different studio, which means there are no issues with him playing both. It's also obvious that there's going to be some serious makeup needed to transform Brolin into Cable. We'll have to wait a while to see what he'll actually look like on the big-screen, however.

In related news, Leslie Uggams has confirmed she will be returning to play Deadpool's long-suffering roommate, Blind Al, in the sequel.

Arrow

A trailer for the final episodes of season 5 has been released, and reveals a number of things about where the show is headed - including the return of Deathstroke.

Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

Taron Egerton has released some footage of the film via Twitter, and it appears to be a massively sped up version of the film's still-unseen trailer.

There's no word on when the trailer will land, but the film is due to arrive on 29th September.

Marvel Comics

A couple of announcements from Marvel this week, the first of which is a new miniseries that will cover the origins of the Inhumans. Inhumans: Once And Future Kings is a five part series written by Christopher Priest with art from Phil Noto. It'll go back to the time just after Black Bolt underwent Terrigenesis, before he was married to Medusa and before his brother Maximus went mad. It's being marketed as the 'definitive' origin of the characters we know as the Inhuman royal family, and will arrive later this year.

Marvel also revealed a cryptic teaser for something called 'Legacy' (via ComicBook.com). No information has been given, but it won't be a big event given Marvel's promise to give them at least 18 months of rest following the conclusion of Secret Empire. It seems likely that it'll tie into the upcoming Generations series, which is partnering up classic Marvel heroes with their successors.

Power Rangers

Boom! Studios has announced another Power Rangers comic titled Go Go Power Rangers. It'll be the second ongoing series based on the original  Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, and the fourth recent comic to spin out of the classic series. It's set just after the first episode, following the characters trying to balance their school and hero work. It's being written by Ryan Parrott, with the first issue arriving in July.