THE GEEK THAT WAS – 13/03/16

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A BRIEF LOOK BACK AT THE GEEKY GOINGS ON OF THE WEEK.

Welcome to this week’s wrap up, we’ve got an awful lot to get thro- OH MY GOD IT’S SPIDER-MAN!!! LOOK IT’S SPIDER-MAN IN A BLOODY MARVEL FILM!!!! HE’S THERE WITH IRON MAN AND CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HE LOOKS LIKE AN ACTUAL COMIC BOOK CHARACTER!!!!!… So yeah, that finally happened but more of that later.

There’s plenty to get through this week including news about the Justice League film, Game of Thrones, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Supernatural, Batman, Kubo and the Two Strings, Star Wars, Preacher, Doctor Who, Fallout and Tomb Raider. So let’s not beat around the bush, because bush abuse is something we simply don’t tolerate here at KOGITFW.

Hold on to your underoos, it’s time for the headlines….

MARVEL UNVEILS SPIDER-MAN IN NEW CIVIL WAR TRAILER

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After months of speculation, Marvel finally gave us our first glimpse of the new web-slinger in the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Spidey appears in the closing moments of the trailer, yanking Cap’s shield away from him after being summoned by Iron Man. So it seems as if they have stuck to the source text and placed young Mr Parker firmly on #TeamIronMan. After his grand entrance he introduces himself with a nervous “H-Hey guys.”

The suit looks amazing, clearly taking its inspiration from Steve Ditko’s classic design. Even better, Marvel appear to have followed Deadpool’s example and given him expressive CG eyes. I can’t emphasise how huge of a fan I am of this decision, it worked fantastically for Deadpool and it seems to be working just as well here. This was a great introduction for the character and it resulted in a collective geekgasm that should probably have been declared a national holiday… Spidey-Day.

Of course not everyone was thrilled by Spidey and angry internet types took to the web (lol, puns) to do angry internet typing. Some folks felt that the suit looks too CG heavy, but the same could be said of Iron Man or Vision and it has never hurt them. The same internet party-poopers claimed that he sounded like a child, but don’t forget that Peter was only 15 when he was first bitten. Both Toby McGuire and Andrew Garfield were far too old to play Peter at his origin point.

If you are one of these people who feels the urge to instantly criticise any time anything remotely fun happens then consider this a kind of loving cyber hug. I just want to tell you that it’s okay to enjoy things from time to time. You don’t always have to be constantly negative about everything so that you appear relevant. Everyone knows that you know lots about comic books, so shut up and let us enjoy this you jaded, cynical geek clichés… gleekchés.

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Spider-Man wasn’t the only reason to be excited about the new trailer, we saw a lot of other cool stuff as well, including an underwater complex that could very likely be The Raft, Black Panther chasing down Winter Soldier’s motorbike on foot and then shaking off machine gun fire thanks to his vibranium armour, Scarlet Witch using her powers to take down Vision, and my personal favourite moment (other than Spidey), Ant-Man riding on one of Hawkeye’s arrows.

I’ve never bought in to the whole ‘DC vs Marvel’ thing when it comes to comics, mainly because it’s about what characters you like not the company that makes them. But when it comes to films it certainly does feel like a real rivalry and it’s one that Marvel has been winning for a while now. If I was a DC or WB exec then this trailer would make me feel embarrassed to show anyone the Batman V Superman trailers. Anyhoo, I’ve written a lot about Marvel now, I’d best talk about DC…

DC ARE A BUNCH OF DICKS WHO HATE FUN

DC REJECTS CONCEPT FOR BATMAN ‘89 COMIC SERIES

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You may not have noticed, but I’m pretty keen on Batman and one of my favourite series of recent years was Batman ’66. Unfortunately DC decided to cancel the title last year, possibly because it was too much fun. Batman ’66 was based on the classic Adam West show and featured retro versions of contemporary characters within its narrative. If you didn’t get a chance to read it then I strongly recommend that you do. But one thing you will never get to read is Batman ’89.

Joe Quinones publically released his and Kate Leth’s rejected proposal for a Batman ’89 series this week and it looks awesome. This rejected net-first series would have taken its inspiration from Tim Burton’s Bat-Universe with issue 1 following on from the end of Batman Returns. The impressive concept art includes designs for Burtonesque versions of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn as well as Lando himself, Billy Dee Williams as Two Face.

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I can’t work out why DC rejected this frankly brilliant concept, my best guess is that they hate me personally and they don’t want me to be happy. Why you do dis DC? Why you do dis? Hopefully the positive reaction that these images have garnered online will force them to change their minds. Hey, the whole ‘leaked test footage’ thing worked out for Deadpool, what’s to say it can’t work out for other things too? Let’s hope Joss Whedon ‘leaks’ some test footage for season 2 of Firefly.

AMC RELEASES NEW PREACHER IMAGES

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AMC may not be leaking any test footage of Seth Rogan’s adaptation of Preacher, but they did treat us to a few publicity shots this week. The images show Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy and Ruth Negga as Tulip. It’s not a lot to go on but all three definitely look the part even though Tulip isn’t blonde and Cas’ eyes aren’t the horror show that they are supposed to be. He is holding his trademark glasses, but they should be on his face rather than in his hand.

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We still don’t know a great deal about the show or how closely it will be sticking to the source text, but we do know that Jackie Earle Hayley’s Odin Quincannon will serve as the main antagonist for the first series and Arse Face will play a part as well. Still no word on if the show will feature Herr Starr or the Saint of Killers, but if it doesn’t then I will write mean things about Seth Rogan on the internet and everyone knows how much he hates that.

Preacher debuts on AMC in the Summer, more details as they come.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6 TRAILER

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Brace yourself, winter is coming and so is season 6 of Game of Thrones. HBO released a new trailer for the upcoming series this week and it certainly got the juices flowing. This season of GOT is going to be huge, if for no other reason than the fact that the series has now overtaken the books. We are stepping out into uncharted waters with season 6 and anything could happen. The new trailer sets the mood for the coming season and it seems that there will be blood, lots of blood in fact as war breaks out across the Seven Kingdoms.

The trailer starts with that haunting image that closed season 5; Jon Snow dying in the snow, but even if he is dead it doesn’t seem likely that he will stay that way for very long with Melisandre lurking around Castle Black. We see Cersei and Jamie Lannister mourning their daughter, Myrcella. Cersei says she wants to go to war, but she could be talking about Dorne or The Sparrows, who she confronts with the Zombie Mountain by her side. It seems she has some shaming of her own to do.

Sir Friend-Zone the Persistent tracks down Daenerys, who is now a Dothraki hostage, while the Boltons go in to battle, but it is unclear against whom. We also see what appears to be a flashback of Ned Stark during the Baratheon rebellion at the Tower of Joy, so that’s good news for my dear old mother who has a borderline unhealthy obsession with Sean Bean.

Ned isn’t the only Stark to appear in the trailer, as we also get a glimpse of Arya going full Daredevil as a blind ninja, while Bran comes face to face with the Night King. The fact that he is walking would suggest that this may be a vision during his training with the Three-Eyed Raven. Season 6 of Game of Thrones hits our screens on April 24th, more news on that one next week.

JJ ABRAMS ADMITS TO MISTAKE IN FORCE AWAKENS

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Okay, in the next couple of seconds I am going to be specifically talking about the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so if for some strange reason you still haven’t seen it yet then scroll down to the next topic. With that said though, why haven’t you seen it yet? It’s been out since December. You call yourself a fan? You deserve to be marched naked through King’s landing while a creepy nun yells “shame” at you. Anyway, now is your final chance to look away….

So as everyone pretty much knows, The Force Awakens ends with the huge death of a major character (I’m still trying to look out for you). After the death, the major character’s best friend encounters his estranged wife, who randomly decides to comfort a girl she barely knows as opposed to her close personal friend of the last forty-plus years. Suffice to say it was a bit of a head scratcher. JJ Abrams finally addressed the issue in a recent interview, saying the following:

“That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that. My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea being that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would know about each other.

That Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss. Had Chewbacca not been where he was, you probably wouldn’t have thought of it. But because he was right there, passed by Leia, it felt almost like a slight, which was definitely not the intention.”

So that explains that, well sort of anyway. It’s not like JJ can go back and edit new footage into the film because he feels that something didn’t quite work out as he planned… I mean seriously, who does that?

DAISY RIDLEY IN RUNNING FOR TOMB RAIDER REBOOT

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Speaking of the Force Awakens (we love a good segue at KOGITFW), there were some very interesting rumours surrounding everyone’s favourite Jedi progeny this week. MGM and WB have been planning to reboot the Tomb Raider series for a while now and it is rumoured that they may have found their star in Daisy Ridley. She has certainly proven that she can handle the action and emotion required to play Lara Croft and she has the right look as well.

JK SIMMONS TO PLAY COMMISSIONER GORDON IN JUSTICE LEAGUE

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One piece of casting that was definitely confirmed this week was the addition of Oscar winner JK Simmons to the cast of DC/WB’s Justice League movie. That’s right, he waited all that time for a picture of Spider-Man and when one finally shows up he buggers off to play with Batman. Simmons will be playing Commissioner James Gordon, a part that this incredible actor will no doubt excel at. We can also expect him to reprise the role in Batfleck’s stand alone Batman film.

This brilliant bit of casting puts an end to two long standing rumours; firstly, the rumour about Gordon being dead in the WB/DC universe and also the rumour that Simmons would be reprising the role of Jonah J Jameson in the Spider-Man reboot. It makes sense to cut ties with the original trilogy but it does beg the question, who will pay Jameson now? My money is on Gary Oldman. It only seems fair; it’s like Wife Swap but with super heroes.

BRIAN BLESSED WANTS TO PLAY DOCTOR WHO

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Another popular casting question is who will play the Doctor after Peter Capaldi hangs up his electric guitar for good. Right now we don’t even know if Capaldi intends to stay on after Steven Moffat leaves the show. But we do know that all things eventually come to an end, especially the regeneration of a Time Lord. While there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of the first female regeneration, it seems that a new, or rather old, contender has thrown their cap into the ring.

Veteran thespian and rotund shouty man, Brian Blessed is a self-confessed Whovian who has historical links to the show having been offered the part of the Doctor almost 50 years ago. He was unable to take it though due to other commitments and the role went to Patrick Troughton instead. He would later appear in a 1986 episode entitled ‘Mindwarp’ and was due to appear in the season 9 episode ‘The Girl Who Died’ but was forced to pull out due to ill health.

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Blessed has mentioned his desire to win the role in several recent interviews. Personally I think he would make a delightfully eccentric Doctor, perhaps the oddest one since Tom Baker (AKA the best one, don’t even bother arguing because you know I’m right). At 79, he would be the oldest actor to ever play the Doctor so it may be somewhat of a risk. But he could certainly manage a short jaunt, perhaps even just a one-off special before they give Paul McGann another shot.

CW RENEWS ALL OF ITS SHOWS

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Capaldi may be on his way out but at least us geeks won’t be saying too many goodbyes this year. Say what you want about The CW, But unlike some networks (cough, cough… FOX… cough, cough… bastards) they know when they are on to a good thing, which is why they renewed eleven of their most popular shows this week. This includes Arrow, The Flash, The Vampire diaries, The Originals, IZombie, Legends of Tomorrow, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Supernatural.

Supernatural will be returning for an incredible twelfth season. While some people may feel that the show ran its course a long time ago I am personally delighted by the news that The Winchesters will be with us for at least one more season. While it’s true they have been retreading old ground for a few seasons now the show won’t go on for ever, so enjoy it while it lasts. You can pretty much guarantee that the most critical fans will by vying for a revival ten years after the show is cancelled.

SYNOPSIS RELEASED FOR SUPERGIRL/ FLASH CROSSOVER

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Is there no end to the kindness of The CW? Not only do they not cancel shows that we love they even loan out their characters to other networks. We know that the Supergirl/ Flash crossover will be broadcast on the 28th and that it is called ‘Worlds finest’ but up until this week that was pretty much all the information we had. CBS have now released the following synopsis that reveals a little more about the challenges that the dynamic duo will face in the episode:

“Kara gains a new ally when the lightning-fast superhero The Flash (Grant Gustin) suddenly appears from an alternate universe and helps Kara battle Siobhan, aka Silver Banshee, and Livewire in exchange for her help in finding a way to return him home.”

They also released the above poster that pays homage to the classic Superman/ Flash crossover. The CW had previously done this to promote the introduction of Jay Garrick to the show and it really is a piece of awesome fan service. While the plot of the episode doesn’t necessarily sound that thrilling, as neither Silver Banshee nor Livewire are Supergirl’s best villains, the Flash element should be a lot of fun and I am hoping it’s at least hinted that Barry pays a visit to Metropolis.

NEW KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS TRAILER

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LAIKA is the animation studio behind Coraline, Paranorman and the Box Trolls and their latest offering looks to be just as uniquely wonderful as all of those films. Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a young Japanese boy named Kubo (Game of Thrones’ Art Parkinson) who uses his magical powers to accidently summon a vengeful spirit (George Takei) to wreak havoc upon the world.

Forced to flee his home, Kubo teams up with a Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) and engages on a quest to save his village and rest of the world as well. His only weapon is his magical shamisen, a mystical instrument left to him by his dead father. Kubo’s journey sees him go up against gods and monsters on an adventure like no other.

Put simply this film looks amazing, Kubo and the Two Strings hits cinemas on August 19th.

FALLOUT MOVIE IN THE WORKS

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Bethesda’s Fallout is one of the biggest gaming franchises in history and the world seemed to grind to a halt while everyone called in sick to play Fallout 4 last year. The game has made a lot of people an awful lot of money so it makes sense that it would eventually transition on to the big screen. Executive producer, Todd Howard recently had this to say about the possibility of a movie adaptation:

“We’ve had a couple of in-roads, particularly with Fallout, which is a bit stickier than Elder Scrolls, but everybody’s kind of asked and I’ve taken a number of meetings over the years and nothing quite clicked….I would say we have a pretty high bar as far as what we would want it to be if it ever happened and nothing’s quite clicked.”

While a Fallout film would make huge moey, if they are making a Bethesda Game Studios film I would much rather they adapted the Elder Scrolls. We haven’t seen a decent fantasy franchise since the Lord of the Rings trilogy (No, The Hobbit doesn’t count and you know it), the lore of the Elder Scrolls is so rich that it could perfectly fill that gap. But a Fallout film would be undoubtedly cool as well. Who would you like to see in the lead?

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Well that about wraps things up for this wee- OH MY GOD, I ACCIDENTALY PRESSED PLAY ON THE CIVIL WAR TRAILER!!! IT’S SPIDER-MAN!!! IT’S SPIDER-MAN IN A MARVEL FILM!!! HE FINALLY CAME HOME!! IT’S BEAUTIFUL… Right, sorry that’s enough of that for one Sunday. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section, but until next

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