Snow may have paralyzed my corner of the world this weekend, but elsewhere news was being broke. We were treated to Marvel and DC specials this week, DC dropping tons of new footage for Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and Batman vs. Superman. Marvel held a 75th anniversary special for Captain America and debuted season two of Agent Carter. All in all we were blessed this week.
So sit back, pour a cup of hot chocolate, and get lost in this weeks edition of the Geeky Weekly.
∴ The voice cast for the animated and straight to DVD Justice League vs. Teen Titans movie was announced this past week. Notably, John Bernthal, who is currently The Punisher in Marvel’s Daredevil season two coming out this upcoming March, has been cast as Trigon. Also from Marvel’s Netflix series? Rosario Dawson, who plays the Night Nurse known as Claire Temple is lending her pipes as Wonder Woman. Jason O’Mara voices Batman, Shemar Moore is Cyborg, Jerry O’Connell is Superman, Sean Astin is Nightwing, while Christopher Gorham voices the Flash and Stuart Allen is Robin. Blue Beetle will be voiced by Jake T. Austin, Kari Walhgren as Starfire and Brandon Soo Hoo as Beast Boy. It will be released sometime this spring.
∴ Supergirl is getting a Superman, and not just as a blurred figure. When Supergirl returns from winter hiatus, Daniel DiMaggio will play a teenaged Clark Kent. Kara will be living in a dream world where Krypton still exists, so we’ll see the 13 year old Kal-El back on his home planet, and not flying around Metropolis as an adult saving people. It’s an interesting take on the character. DiMaggio has previously been in Burn Notice and Tales of Halloween. The episode, “For The Girl Who Has Everything,” airs on Feb. 8 on CBS.
∴ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment of the franchise has a premiere date, May 26, 2017. It’s been bumped up two months and stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa and Javier Bardem as new character and new villain Captain Salazar. Kaya Scodelario also joins the cast as Carina Smythe. Keira Knightly is said to not be returning. Jerry Bruckheimer is again producing. In the film, Sparrow seeks the highly-coveted trident of Poseidon.
∴ Instead of being bumped sooner, Star Wars Episode VIII has been pushed back 7 months. It was originally going to premiere on May 26, 2017, but apparently Disney has switched that for Pirates of the Caribbean. The next installment into the world’s most popular franchise is now December 15, 2017. Principal photography begins in February of this year. Disney and Lucasfilm are apparently tinkering with the script to include more of the new golden trio, Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron.
∴ ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ has been a consistent podcast empire in homage to the works of HP Lovecraft. Creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor are launching their own podcast platform titled ‘Night Vale Presents.’ It will launch on March 8 with a new fiction series called ‘Alice Isn’t Dead.’ Since Night Vale’s 2012 launch, the podcast has been downloaded over 110 million times.
∴ Steven Moffat has been the longtime showrunner of Doctor Who, taking the show over from Russel T. Davies in 2008. Moffat is passing the torch now to Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall. This year will be, to be frank, quite Doctor Who-less but 2017 will be Moffat’s official send-off.