The Week in Geek: Justice League, The Defenders, Terminator 2, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

A Lego villain leak, more shots of New York's finest street-level heroes, a trailer for the 3D-conversion of T2 that looks annoyingly lovely, and much more in this week in geek.

Justice League

We've finally got ourselves a look at Steppenwolf, the big bad villain of Justice League, thanks to leaked images of upcoming Lego sets. While we can't always trust Lego for plot details (remember Iron Man 3), it's not always a bad indicator of what unrevealed designs. The original tweet with the leaked product catalogue has been removed, but fortunately people did have the foresight to save it.

Here's a close-up:

Those pictures also give us a look at the Lego sets themselves, including Batman's Nightcrawler, The Flying Fox (and Batmobile), and a smaller set featuring Atlantis. All six members of the Justice League are covered across the three sets as well.

Terminator 2

James Cameron has been blabbing about converting Terminator 2 into 3D for ages, and now it's finally going to happen. The question is why it took so long, and why James Cameron still believes 3D is the future of cinema. Adding a pointless optical illusion isn't all that's happened, though, since the entire film has been restored in 4K resolution. It's also a lot brighter and more colourful, though this could be to compensate for the tint that comes with 3D glasses. Here's the trailer:

And here's the original, just in case you want to compare.

Hopefully a headache-free 2D version will be available, even if it forgoes the cinematic release and goes straight to Blu-ray. That'll be yet another version of this film my Dad can add to his collection.

The Defenders 

We saw the first proper trailer for Marvel and Netflix's The Defenders earlier this week, and now a bunch of promo shots have been released. That's good, because there weren't many good shots of the entire team that I could pinch from the trailer.

Arrowverse

The CW has released new synopses for the upcoming series finales of Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow, revealing some new information about how the year will wind down:

Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) challenges Rhea (guest star Teri Hatcher) to battle to save National City. Meanwhile, Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin) returns and Cat Grant (guest star Calista Flockhart) offers Supergirl some sage advice.

With nothing left to lose, Barry (Grant Gustin) takes on Savitar (also Grant Gustin) in an epic conclusion to season three.

The battle between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. After recent events, Oliver decides to recruit a group of unlikely allies – Slade (guest star Manu Bennett), Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law), Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Digger Harkness (guest star Nick. E. Tarabay) – to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army – Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy), Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin) and Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig) – and the forces collide in an explosive season finale.

It's also been revealed (via CBR) that the main villain of the third series of Supergirl will be revealed in the finale. It's not been revealed who, but since we know General Zod will make an appearance that's who I'm going to go with. It would be a huge waste to have that character appear in a single 45-minute episode.

John Barrowman has also attended Planet Comicon in Kansas City, where he confirmed he will not be a part of the Arrowverse in the next season. Given his appearance in the Arrow finale, and the high stakes already in place, it makes you wonder whether Malcolm Merlyn is going to come out of it alive.

Star Trek: Discovery

Former Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller has been speaking to CBR about the long-awaited show (and American Gods), telling them that diversity is a key part of the programme's mission:

“We were very adamant early on about that cast, not just in terms of race but also in terms of gender. Janeway carved a nice path as did Majel Barrett [Nurse Chapel in the original series and Lwaxana Troi in TNG] in 1966, in the original pilot. So it was important for ethnic inclusivity and gender inclusivity (to be upheld in casting). I was very excited to cast Michelle Yeoh before I left. I was pushing very hard for Sonequa Martin-Green to be cast before I left. So I feel like there’s a lot of wonderful diversity represented in the show, and I’m excited to see how it turns out.”

Well as it should be. Anyone who complains about Star Trek focussing on having a diverse cast clearly doesn't understand it very well.

Runaways

After the first trailer ended up online earlier this week, Marvel and Hulu have revealed the first poster for the upcoming TV series.

Halo

It's been a while since we had a Halo comic to enjoy, and a new miniseries will be arriving later this year courtesy of Dark Horse. Rise of Atriox is a tie-in to the recently released Halo Wars 2, and will focus on the backstory of titular Brute warlord and the events that led to his exile from the Covenant, the formation of the Banished, and how they ended up at the Ark. The first issue of the five-part series goes on sale on 2nd August.

Aquaman

Filming on the Aquaman movie has begun, and to commemorate Warner Bros. has released and updated logo.

DC Comics

DC has revealed (via Comics Beat) that it will be launching its own line of comics aimed at younger readers. Comics may still carry the stigma of being a childish endeavour, but you have to admit that a lot of publishers are producing very adult-themed stories. This endeavour by DC will ensure that young readers have plenty to read, and it's being overseen by Vice President and Executive Editor Bobbie Chase - who also happens to be in charge of DC's other imprints, including Wildstorm and Young Animals.

There's not much information to go on, other than the fact it'll launch next year.