Welcome to another instalment of the week in geek, our weekly round-up of news in the world of gaming, comics, film, and TV that you might have missed. This week we have news on Star Trek Beyond, concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, news on the future of Mark Hamill's role as The Joker, and more.
You may notice that we don't cover any Star Wars content in this week's instalment. Since the Star Wars Celebration is currently ongoing, that's getting it's own thing - so keep your eyes open.
Star Trek: Beyond
The sci-fi threequel is due out next week, but some people have seen some early screenings. So far, the reception is rather positive. ComicBook.com collection of tweets from people who have seen the film, and while the opinions on the film's content seem to differ, the general feeling is that the film is rather good. Thank goodness.
Mark Hamill/The Joker
Over the years Mark Hamill has retired his version of The Joker, only to come back for some sort of project that needed his legendary voice. One of those projects is Batman: The Killing Joke, and Hamill has promised that he's still not done with the character.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 13, 2016
That's always good to hear, especially since over the past 20+ years Hamill has portrayed one of the strongest versions of the character.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Marvel Studios has released a piece of concept art for the upcoming sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (via EW). In it we see the guardians from the first film (including mini Groot), Yondu, Nebula, and newcomer Mantis (played by Pom Klementieff).
While there are many pokémon that still haven't been seen in the wilds of Pokémon Go, thanks to the tireless efforts of dataminers we do get to see what all 151 Gen I pokémon look like in the game. ComicBook.com has a gallery of them all, if you feel like scrolling through.
Mad Mikkelsen has gone on record about the use of magic and humour in Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange. He said to Digital Spy:
"CGI is not a new thing for me, I've done it in a few movies. This one was not too bad, the CGI was not in direct interaction with me in my scenes, it was more like the backdrops, the landscapes would be slightly different sometimes, but I didn't have to interact with it. But I've done that before in Clash of the Titans when we were fighting giant monsters. They were obviously not in the film and I was fighting tennis balls, and that I'd say is real acting!
You can't bring it yourself, if it's in the script you have to sort of lean into the script that's already there. There is some. My character is not necessarily carrying too much of it but Doctor Strange is. There's a certain darkness in the Doc and a sense of humour in there, absolutely."
Filming of The Flash season 3 is currently underway, and yet another speedster has been spotted on set. We have no information other than the fact that he's being played by The Vampire Diaries' Todd Lasance. The look is also very reminiscent of The Black Racer, an avatar of death who is capable of taking down virtually any foe. There's a chance he could be after Barry following the events of the season 2 finale.
From the shooting downtown Vancouver pic.twitter.com/9M2CYscNKA
— Cap's Ulette (@caps_ulette) July 13, 2016
Oh and as you can see, Wally West is finally suiting up in a Kid Flash-like costume. He is getting superpowers for at least part of the third season, all depending on how the events of Flashpoint play out across the year.
This year's Deadpool wasn't the first time someone had tried to bring the Merc With a Mouth to the big screen. In the past Jeff Wadlow, director of Kick Ass 2, tried to bring the foul-mouthed anti-hero to the big screen - even going so far as to commission some concept art to show the progression of Deadpool's costume.
The art doesn't look that great, but according to Kelton Crane, the concept artist behind the pitch's artwork, Deadpool would have eventually ended up in a costume similar to that worn in the recent film (and the comics). The film would have also seen Deadpool go up against The Marauders, a group of villains working for Mr Sinister.
JK Simmons has said that he wants to make sure his Commissioner Gordon is able to hold his own against the rest of the Justice League, emphasising the independence of the character and some hopes for the future of the character in the DCEU:
"In the comics, he's a pretty tough guy. He's not just this comic relief. In the first film that we're currently shooting [Justice League], my part is not as big as, knock wood, it will be in some of the future films...but the plan is if that there will be more Commissioner Gordon in the future. And I have absolutely no idea, zero idea, but I'm lobbying right now: let Commissioner Gordon be a badass."