DC's Supergirl & Powerless, Marvel's Thor Ragnarok & Infinity War, news on DC Films and more in this week's Geekly News!
Supergirl Moves To The CW
After the renewal of Supergirl season 2 by it's network CBS seemed not to be so sure anymore, rumors made their way online if the DC Comics superhero show would maybe change networks to the WB/CBS co-owned CW, where with shows like Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, a very healthy superhero universe had been built in the last couple of years.
Last week those rumors turned out to be true, as CBS and the CW made the announcement that Supergirl's second season would air next fall on the CW. The show will move production from L.A. to Vancouver (where all the CW DC Comics shows are made), to cut costs. If that means the show will now be in the same universe as Arrow and the Flash, because let's face it... it might be hard to film in Vancouver and make it look like it is still L.A. which stood in for National City. Also up for debate is if all the actors we have grown accustomed to in season one will follow the shows move up north, since that is a big life change for the several months of shooting year in and year out. So, there are exciting changes coming towards us, especially with the CW announcing a huge 4 show DC Comic crossover for this fall. That still doesn't confirm that Supergirl is now a part of the same universe, since she could just visit the other shows from time to time through a portal like the one which allowed the Flash to visit her in season one.
I actually hope they use this as a chance to reboot the show and have it actually be on the same earth as Arrow and co., because I would love to see a link to Superman in that universe. No idea how that would work... maybe Kara and the remaining cast get stranded on the Arrowverse earth? No matter how it turns out, I am pretty excited to find out what they will do.
Geoff Johns & John Berg Co-Heads of DC Films
After the very mixed reactions to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (we loved it), there has been some re-shuffeling going on behind the scenes at Warner Bros./DC Comics. Recently Ben Affleck has been named as executive producer for Justice League (which is currently shooting) but now WB named Jon Berg and Geoff Johns (DC Chief Creative Officer and writer of years of GL, Flash, Justice League, Teen Titans, JSA and more) as the new heads of its own DC Films division. WB wants to have executives that are now focused on only one genre, which is why they will divide their franchises and genres in that way now.
In actuality Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will now take the Kevin Feige like place as heads of the DC Comics movies.
I think this is a smart move, if it doesn't destroy the freedom of the directors of the films, but we will have to wait and see how this exactly turn out. Johns is a DC mega mind, so he is definitely the right guy to be the bridge between the comics and the films.
Powerless finally has it's first trailer. The upcoming NBC workplace comedy which is part of the DC Comics universe, is about a crew of insurance claim workers, who have to deal with the destruction caused by superhero fights! Check out the trailer above and keep an eye out for LOADS of DC Comic references! Wonder Woman and Aquaman get a mention, among others.
Thor Ragnarok Casting Galore
Marvel Studios has released a lot of new information for Thor Ragnarok, which will be the next Thor movie. Check out the first teaser image above for a look at new baddie Hela, which will be played by Cate Blanchett! Also joining the cast are Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster (brother of the Collector from Guardians of the Galaxy), Tessa Thompson (from Creed) as the classic heroine Valkyrie, and Karl Urban (Dredd himself) as Skurge The Executioner! Just as a reminder... this movie will also feature Hulk in a starring role, so this sounds like a packed and exciting film (my most anticipated Marvel movie by far!). Let's see what director Taika Waitit (What We Do In The Shadows, Eagle vs. Shark) will be cooking up for us on our next trip to Asgard!
Michael Keaton Up For Villain Role In Spider-man Homecoming
According to rumors from the Hollywood Reporter ex Batman Michael Keaton is still in final talks to take on a villain role for Marvel Studios Spiderman: Homecoming! It is not clear which role he will take but the Vulture is heavily rumored. Funny what an actor switcheroo DC and Marvel are doing right now: JK Simmons and Willem Dafoe from Spider-man to DC and Keaton from Batman 89 to Marvel! Exciting times! No matter what role he will take, I am sure Keaton will be a joy to watch, if he ends up signing on for it!
New Ghostbusters Trailer
Check out the newest trailer for the upcoming Ghostbuster reboot above! It shows a lot of new scenes, but might still not get everyone on the films side. It does, however, spoil a big twist of the film, so... IF you are excited to see it, maybe skip this one.
Infinity War Writers Interview
Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (who wrote Winter Soldier and Civil War) talked a bit about the challenges of writing such a big movie as Avengers Infinity War and finally bringing Thanos to the forefront!
On how close they are to being finished writing, when they have to take other movies that aren't even done yet into consideration: "Some of it is informed guesswork. Some of it is constantly pestering people who are making those [other] movies to tell us what they’re doing. And sometimes it is us going, ‘It would be massively beneficial if this person could be in this place at the end of your movie. I don’t care what he does in your movie, but by the end of it…’"
"And you know, we write it, we assume when we write it and rewrite it and rewrite it, as more information comes in, we will be adjusting. When we’re turning in the first draft, it’s absolutely that, a first draft, and we’ll go through a lot before we get to November."
On how much time Thanos will get in the film: "I think the problem will be solved simply because he will be the villain, have lots of scenes, and you’ll understand his point of view. He’ll do lots of dastardly things. I’m not saying he’s not a challenge. He is, because he’s got so much power, but I guess find the, I’m using this in quotes, ‘the human underneath,’ but we’ll have the opportunity because he’ll have a lot of scenes. Yeah, and like any character, we’re going to learn about the character, not just as a villain. If you’ve got the guy taking you through more or less two movies, he can’t just be twisting his mustache the whole time."
Hellboy Wants To Be Cable
After a lot of actors started campaigning to play Cable in Deadpool 2 (like Dolph Lundgren and Stephen Lang), Hellboy himself Ron Perlman just threw his hat in the ring.
The geek icon tweeted and shared a few images of himself side by side with the character on his social media accounts with the caption "I'm the only one with Cable's friggin HAIR!"
I for one would welcome Ron into the Marvel mutant universe!
That's it for this week folks. See you next week, for an all-new all-different Geekly News!