In this section, you’ll find all recent headlines that you, as a pop culture aficionado, should not miss. We can’t all keep track of everything, so each week we’ll select the important news for you. We bring you our: Geekly News Round-Up!
First Image Of Red Tornado For Supergirl TV Series
Warner Brothers has shared the first image for their newest DC superhero featured in the upcoming Supergirl TV show: Red Tornado. He will be played by actor Iddo Goldberg and WB describes the character as follows:
“Red Tornado is the most advanced android the world has ever seen. Designed by scientist T.O. Morrow for the U.S. Army as the ultimate super weapon, he soon becomes sentient, posing a grave danger to National City — including the people Supergirl cares about most.”
Red Tornado is a DC superhero, who actually first appeared a few months before Marvel’s the Vision (before the rip off talks start), with whom he shares a quite few attributes. That costume looks actually pretty bad at first glimpse, but maybe it’ll look better in action. Well… I really hope so.
Bill Finger Finally Gets Credit For Co-Creating Batman
After 75 years of Batman, a true battle for justice has finally been won! Bill Finger, the uncredited co-creator of Batman, will finally get his on-screen co-creator credit in the upcoming season of Gotham and the upcoming DC film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! Finger created Batman together with Bob Kane, but is actually the man who came up with nearly all of the important things about Batman, like his costume, secret identity, Gotham, Arkham, villains, Commissioner Gordon and on and on! Bob Kane was just the more business savvy guy, who ended up taking the lion’s share of the credit. The statement by DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson was released by the Hollywood Reporter, which acknowledged Bill Finger’s involvement into creating Batman:
“Bill Finger was instrumental in developing many of the key creative elements that enrich the Batman universe, and we look forward to building on our acknowledgement of his significant role in DC Comics’ history.”
All of this has not been a new discovery, but due to a lot of legal troubles DC Comics was not able to give Finger and his heirs the credit any sooner. Really glad this finally worked out, even if Finger himself is not alive to witness this honor, as he died in 1974. Still, I am sure Batman would be glad that his true creator finally got his due!
Winter Soldier Talks Civil War/Disses Zack Snyder
Talking to Collider last week, actor Sebastian Stan talked about upcoming Marvel movie Civil War with Collider.
“[The] character had, in my opinion, an introduction in The Winter Soldier — I mean, it was just sort of like a preview of the guy, which we get so much more of in Civil War. And I’m grateful for that. But to see that response to that was awesome because it just made me think, ‘Wow, people really got behind the character,’ and that’s what you’re hoping for, especially [laughs] given that I didn’t really have any lines to say or anything. Which probably made it for the better to be honest.”
“They gave me a lot more dialogue, and I thought, ‘Oh my god, it was so much better when I didn’t have to say things!’ The look of the Winter Soldier is a very specific look. There was something very specific in how the guy looked and behaved and I felt like the more I stepped back and I just kind of let that do the work, the better it was gonna be. In a situation like that, you’re trying to guess where the guy’s at in his mind, and that certainly continues in the Civil War movie. You’re always trying to guess what side is he on or … because he can go both ways. That’s me being really lucky with a character like that where you can kind of … I mean they could write something for him tomorrow where he could be the worst assassin, the worst terrible villain, killer, whatever, or he could be this guy who is endearing, who is trying to rebuild his life so there’s a lot of places to go with the character and that’s exciting.”
Yeah, it’s awesome, and I kind of like that he doesn’t really have super powers. He’s got this metal arm and stuff, sort of the serum situation, but he’s sort of just a dude. It’s funny placing him next to the Scarlet Witch or something where she’s got all the stuff— [waves his hand, imitating Wanda doing magic] I’m going, “What is he going to do? He’s just going to sort of block a lot of stuff with his metal arm.” But I think it’s good, it’s relatable. He could die at any point.
He was also asked about the comments Zack Snyder, director of Batman v Superman, made last week on Ant-Man. Snyder called Ant-Man “flavour of the week” in addressing the notion of the superhero movie dying out soon, while also stating that Batman and Superman are going to transcend the trend of those movies.
“Yeah, I’m sitting here and I’m listening to you and I’m thinking, “Do I want to fire some shots at DC right now, at Zack Snyder?” I read some of those comments where he said something about Batman and Superman, I can’t remember where I read that, somewhere… Something about, “It’s not going to be your flavor-of-the-week Ant-Man.” And I was like, “Oh thanks, Zack. That’s great. Way to do something original.” But I would say we’re still making something very original in our own way. I mean, the Russos are coming in and taking something people are used to and they’re shaping it up and changing it in a very different way. They’re not trying to mimic a better Christopher Nolan movie or something like that.”
I actually think that Stan misunderstood Snyder’s comment for an attack on the Ant-Man movie, as did most of the rabid internet. What Snyder actually said was that the genre of superhero movies will oversaturate quicker if you make more movies about smaller, unknown characters like Ant-Man and that he does think that Batman and Superman are big enough to stand above a down or upward trend of a genre.
Thor Ragnarok Interview By Tom Hiddleston
Loki actor Tom Hiddleston is starting to make the press rounds for his upcoming Guillermo Del Toro film “Crimson Peak” (which looks like a really cool old school horror film, by the way). While doing that he couldn’t hide from a lot of Marvel/Loki questions, especially about the planned third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok!
On being asked if Loki will remain such a fully fledged character, or maybe turn into a full blown super villain, he had this to say:
“You know, I don’t know. I think I won’t be able to help it if I ever play him again, and I just don’t know when that’s gonna happen, if that’s gonna happen. I would never lose his dimension, but it’s so interesting. I’ve talked with Chris Hemsworth, how those characters have changed as we’ve changed. It’s five years ago since I played him for the first time. That’s a long time ago. So who knows what I’ll be cooking up!”
DC/WB Plans Booster Gold/Blue Beetle Film
First of all. YES! YES! YES YES YES YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES!!!
According to the Tracking Board, DC/WB are currently planning to add another movie to their very busy DC film slate. That movie is supposed to be a buddy comedy/superhero movie about DC’s premier goofballs Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, spearheaded by Greg Berlanti, who produces the Arrow, Flash and Supergirl TV shows.
This shows again that the “no humor in DC movies” rumor was just that: a rumor.
I, as a huge DC fan, am pretty excited about this. I really love Booster Gold as a character and think a superhero team-up buddy movie could be great. For those who don’t know, Booster and Beetle were members of the Justice League International and are sort of the “idiot” Justice Leaguers, most of the other heroes don’t really take seriously. They are fun characters, but also have an underlying pathos, as Booster for example, is the protector of the time stream of the DC universe. To keep that fact from time travelling villains who could murder him as an infant, he has to keep that to himself and keep up the appearance of the goofball.