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!
Very exciting news for fellow fans of DC’s Hellblazer John Constantine and his recently cancelled NBC TV show! Matt Ryan WILL RETURN this fall as the character John Constantine in episode 5 of Arrow’s season 4!
The producers revealed this amazing news last week. DC’s premier magician will help team Arrow in that episode with a resurrection and his otherworldly know-how. So far this is planned as a one-off appearance, but I really hope that they leave open a backdoor for John to come back in future seasons and/or other DC TV shows. I really loved Matt Ryan’s portrayal of John and was pretty let down by that series’ cancellation. This way I hope I don’t have to miss one of my favorite comic characters in live action for long. In related news the first picture of Green Arrow’s new Arrow bunker have been released from season 4. Check it out below:
Jay Garrick For The Flash
The CW has shared the first look at actor Teddy Sears in costume as the Jay Garrick version of the Flash! The promo image is a homage to Flash #123…
… which featured the first parallel universe colliding team up of the golden age Flash and the silver age version, Barry Allen.
Sound like the CW shows will really outdo themselves this fall. Really excited for Flash and Arrow to return!
Star Wars Theme Parks Being Planned
Last saturday was Disney expo D23 in Anaheim USA, which revealed a lot of Star Wars and Marvel related stuff. One of the bigger news is that Disney is currently planning to do two 14 acre Star Wars lands at Disney Land and Disney World, which will be “Disney’s biggest single theme land expansion ever”.
“We are going to transport guests to a whole new planet” said Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO.
* “Every encounter will bring more of the Star Wars story to life than ever before. Every store and restaurant will be operated by local inhabitants. Nothing in the land will be out of character, or stray from mythology. On a planet like this, you’d expect to find a cantina — and there will be one. But you’ve never seen a cantina like this one before.”*
The lands will be set in a previously unknown planet from the Star Wars universe and there will be two main attractions for guests: one where guests take the reins of the millenium falcon in a secret mission and another where you find yourself right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the resistance.
The parks won’t open for several years, of course, but I bet Star Wars fans are already saving for a trip or two. Sounds very exciting.
Star Wars Rogue One Cast Picture
The D23 expo also revealed the first picture of the Rogue One cast, which you can check out above. Rogue One is the first of the Star Wars spin-off/anthology movies, which will be followed by a confirmed young Han Solo movie (bad idea, I think) and a rumored Yoda stand alone film. Rogue One will take place before the original Star Wars movie and focus on the view of the war from a soldier perspective. It has been described as the first genuine war movie in the Star Wars franchise. Sound like a great idea in my opinion and the cast isn’t shabby either: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed.
Bring on Rogue One, I say.
New Drew Struzan Star Wars Poster
Another D23 reveal: the master of legedary 80s movie posters, Drew Struzan, returns out of retirement to do the new Star Wars: Force Awakens poster. Check it out above and marvel at its perfection. The poster also confirms that John Boyega’s character Finn seems to be a jedi. A small version of it was given to attendees of the expo. Very very cool.
Clip For New Lego Justice League Film
Check our the small clip from the upcoming LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!
Looks like a fun romp in the blocky version of the DC universe.
Live-Action Attack On Titan US Release Date
The live action film based on the super successful manga/anime Attack on Titan opened its theatre run on August 1st in Japan. The first film in this two parter will now debut in the US on September 30th and the second on October 20th. It is still unclear when and if the movie will hit theatres in Europe, but it being released that close to the Japanese date in the US seems like a good sign that fans might not have to wait too long to get their live action titan fix.
Tom Hardy Shoots 100 Bullets For DC/Warner
Just imagine me doing my little “cool dance” right now for a minute or two, all right? Done? Good.
My man, Tom Hardy (only one of the coolest actors on the planet), hinted months ago during press rounds for Fury Road at another DC Comics project he was interested in, after having to drop out of the upcoming Suicide Squad movie and having played Bane in TDKR. As the Hollywood Reporter revealed last week this project is 100 Bullets. *
100 Bullets is the crime noir comic by Bria Azzarello from DC Comics/Vertigo and one of the best limited series US comics has ever produced. It tells the story about a group of people who suffered hardships in their life and an enigmatic man called Agent Graves who presents those people with information about the person who ruined their life, a gun *and a briefcase… filled with 100 bullets of absolutely untraceable origin (as soon as law enforcement finds a victim with one of those bullets, the whole case gets dropped and will never be pursued again). The series won multiple Eisner and Harvey awards and went on for, how else could it be… 100 issues.
The plot of the movie is under lock and key, but sources say that its going to stay true to the comic. Hardy is producing the film, which could also lead into sequels and/or a TV series, with an eye to also star in it. Geoff Johns (DC Comics Creative Director) is overseeing production as well.
So… yeah. I’m already in.
Civil War Footage From D23
D23 is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only did we get scores of Disney and Star Wars news, but also the first public screening for the Civil War trailer.
There haven’t been any big public leaks yet, but from what we hear the footage looked pretty dark for a Marvel movie, just like Winter Soldier did last year. It starts with Cap and a team of other Avengers (Falcon and Hawkeye I believe) taking on Crossbones in Africa and then a speech from William Hurt’s General Thunderbolt Ross, where Cap gets called a vigilante. Then there are some action scenes and a talk between Cap and Tony, where Stark asks what makes them different from the villains if they can act without any regulations or oversight and end the heated argument with “sometimes I would like to punch you in your perfect teeth”. We also get a short fight scene with Hawkeye and Black Widow, a first glimpse at Black Panther in costume with his vibranium claws and an Ant-Man scene that ends the trailer with a more comedic note, when Scott Lang mixes up words and doesn’t stop shaking Cap’s hand because he is so in awe of the legend in front of him. Not a hint of Spidey yet.
Overall the trailer seemed to have been pretty cool and we can only hope that Marvel releases it online for us all soon.