The last week brought us a lot of geeky goodness, from Marvel, DC Comics and more! Let's dive in!
Luke Cage Will Feature A Lot Of Hip Hop Artists
The first trailer for the upcoming Luke Cage Netflix TV series already featured "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" by Old Dirty Bastard and the titles of the epsiosed will be names of songs by artists Gang Starr, so it comes as no surprise that the whole series will feature a lot of awesome New York City based hip hop artists. That is, of course, a great way to make the newest series stand out from the rest of the Netflix Marvel series.
Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker talked a bit about that:
"Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad in terms of the score. We had a 30-piece orchestra - we live scored the entire series. People don't really do that anymore. It give [the score] a certain breadth - it really invokes Isaac Hayes, it invokes Curtis Mayfield but does it in its own way, that has its own special hip-hop flavor. Not only what Adrian does in terms of having always used analog, recording and using real instruments but also the vibe of of Ali Shaheed Muhammad being one of the architects of A Tribe Called Quest. But then, in terms of actual on camera appearances, we have everyone from Faith Evans and Raphael Saadiq to Charles Bradley, to The Delfonics, Method Man and Jidenna. We've got some really great performances. It's this mixture of music matched with action and there's not a dull moment the entire season."
First Wonder Woman TV Spot
DC/WB's Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot is still almost 10 months away, but the first TV spot has still hit and you can check it out above! It is mostly stuff we have seen from the full trailer, but it is still nice to see.
Game Of Thrones To End With Season 8
During last weeks Television Critics Association press tour HBO's programming chief Casey Bloys talked a bit about the future of HBO's most important show: Game of Thrones! He confirmed the rumors that the intended end for the show is going to come with season 8, so relatively soon.
“Yes, I think they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do, If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons, but we want to take their lead with what they can do and what the best version of the show is.”
Later he was asked if there could be a spin off for some of the characters, or maybe a prequel that would extend audiences visit to the world that GRRM has created.
“We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that [the showrunners] could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on season 7]. It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production soon. I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point.”
To me this sounds like a good idea, as I found season 5 and 6 to be somewhat slow during the middle parts and no story benefits from being drawn out too long. I am very excited about season 7 and 8, especially with the reduced episode count of 7 and 6 episodes respectively.
Suicide Squad Is Here
Suicide Squad is almost here and most of us will witness it in less than 3 days (pro tip for my fellow Germans: if you are close to the Dutch border, you can see the film this week too)!
Director David Ayer (Fury) talked a bit about other characters which did not make it into the final version of the squad:
"One of the characters I was thinking about for the squad line-up was King Shark, but we realised it would take a lot of work - a lot of CG work. We actually ended up going with Killer Croc who turned out to be the right guy for the job."
He also took the time to FINALLY shoot down the rumor that Jared Leto's Joker will turn out to be Jason Todd, Batman's former dead Robin. He was asked last week during a PR interview what the strangest rumor was he heard about the film and answered:
“That The Joker is Jason Todd… it ain’t the case. He’s not.”
It has also been confirmed that Suicide Squad will feature a mid credits scene, which is a first for a DC Comic film, so keep your butts in the seats until the mid of the credits!
To close out our last Suicide Squad bit, feast your eyes on a new TV spot below.
Supergirl TV Show Found Its Superman
Supergirl did not only change networks this year, but also announced that they will, debut their own version of Superman on TV! Tyler Hoechlin had been cast a while ago and now we have our first look at him in the role! What do you guys think?
In my opinion it is just a very bad picture of him. If you google for set images of him as Superman, he looks much better (I can't link to those here). Either way, I am pretty excited to see Superman on TV, even if it is not my beloved Henry Cavill version!
Jeremy Renner Talks Hawkeye
It has been pretty well ducomented that Jeremy Renner was very unhappy on set during the making of the first Avengers movie. The actor now spoke very candidly about that during London Comic Con
"I never really told anybody this but in the first Avengers… I was just getting to know who Hawkeye was, and then zap, I go round like a zombie, I’m like Loki’s minion. And I’m still not even sure who Hawkeye was at that point. So I’m a little frustrated, because I was so excited to figure out who Hawkeye was. I just had a heart attack in every scene – I’d just be walking with… Scarlett Johansson, and just like be ugh [clutching my chest]. And they said, ‘What are you doing man?’ I’m giving you an option, if you just want to kick me out of this movie. Just you know, at any given moment, if you wanna kill me off, daddy’s gonna be having a heart attack.
I don’t really want him to die now. I really got to explore him a lot, and I can’t wait to explore him more, and there’s some really cool ideas coming up. Really cool ideas. Great deaths! Amazing ways to die."
Good to know he currently enjoys the character and is willing to play him again in the future. I get his initial frustration though.