I thought the news cycle would be much quieter at this time in the year, but it looks like things are just getting started. Even though we’re on the tail end of Christmas and with New Year’s, there has been a lot of new reveals, including information about Daredevil, looks at Doctor Strange and more. Oh, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to obliterate records, and there’s no sign of it slowing down.
This week, we also talked about our most anticipated shows hitting Netflix next year, and talked about Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, which has gone on quite the journey since it was handed over to Luke in A New Hope. Below are plenty of stories worth noting for the future; with the new year here, and several big blockbusters looming, our appetite for all things geek will have plenty to feast over in the coming months.
Batman v Superman and two Robins
A new report from Latino Review claims Batman v Superman will reference two different Robins throughout the film: Jason todd and Dick Grayson. The report claim Jason Todd is the dead Robin hinted at when we see the suit displayed at Batman’s Batcave, while Dick Grayson is expected to get a “shoutout.” It doesn’t sound like either will appear in the film, though there is a chance we could see a flashback of Jason Todd getting killed by the Joker. [LatinoReview]
Is Taskmaster back at Marvel?
Deadpool director Tim Miller recently discussed the potential future of the character on film, and was particularly keen on supervillain Taskmaster. While waxing poetic on the character, Miller finally admitted that the villain is no longer under the 20th Century Fox umbrella, which means Marvel might finally be in possession of the rights. Now that doesn’t mean we’ll see Taskmaster in a future Marvel property, but the possibility is there. [EmpireOnline]
More Ghostbusters details
So far we’ve only seen a few pictures of the cast together, but Entertainment Weekly dropped some new details about what to expect from the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.
Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s underbelly past have returned to roost among the living in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot. Pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of soot-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.
We’re only seven months away from the movie’s July 15 release, which means we should (hopefully) see a trailer soon. [EW]
Doctor Strange sounds really strange
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige revealed more details about Doctor Strange, and it sounds like it’s going to be quite different from what we’ve seen in the MCU. In addition to a Cloak of Levitation and being able to cast spells, Doctor Strange will have the power to create portals he can step through to easily travel throughout the world. The only real magic powers we’ve seen thus far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were possessed by Scarlet Witch, but Doctor Strange is going to be much more psychedelic, and therefore quite the risk when it hits on Nov. 4, 2016. [EW]
X-Men: Apocalypse concept art
New concept art for X-Men: Apocalypse has been released, giving us a glimpse at the kind of power Magneto will possess as one of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen. In the film, Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isaac) is capable of imbuing other mutants with greater powers. That’s frightening with someone like Magneto considering he was able to lift an entire baseball stadium in Days of Future Past. [EW]
Rachel McAdams’ role in Doctor Strange
Kevin Feige talked briefly about what role McAdams will play, though he doesn’t really delve too deeply into her character as a person.
Rachel McAdams plays a fellow surgeon that has a history with Strange and is sort of a lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into the role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity.
It’s believed that McAdams is playing Christine Palmer, who was one of the Night Nurses in the comic series (think Claire Temple from Daredevil). [EW]
Christopher Nolan’s next film called Dunkirk
Warner Bros. announced that Christopher Nolan’s next film will be called Dunkirk, a World War II epic about the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France. Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh are some of the names attached. As of now, the film, which is also being written by Nolan, is scheduled for a July 21, 2017 release.
Check out this cute Finding Dory photo
New concept art for Pixar’s Finding Dory has been released, giving us a look at two characters the blue tang will meet during her new adventure. One is a beluga named Bailey (voiced by Ty Burrell), and the other is a whale shark named Destiny (voiced by Kaitlin Olson). We’ll see these guys in action when Finding Dory hits theaters on June 17, 2016. [EW]
The new Star Wars left us with a lot of questions. What made Kylo Ren turn to the Dark Side? Where did Supreme Leader Snoke come from? Where is Jar Jar Binks? (Kidding.) We can go on and on. But the question I want answered most is how Maz Kanata, who we meet on the planet Takodana, […]
Netflix may have raised the price of its most popular plan in 2015, but the service more than made up for it with an incredibly strong lineup of original content. Not only did customers get a handful of really great TV shows, but Netflix also treated subscribers to a few original films, too, the most recent of which […]
The curtain has dropped and we finally have our first official look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. While a few set photos have made their way to the Internet, none of the pictures of Cumberbatch showed him in the iconic Doctor Strange costume. How wild would they get with his collar? What was the status […]
Just like every scene J.J. Abrams filmed didn’t make the final cut, not every idea proposed early on was fully fleshed out for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Thanks to a new book called The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re getting a fun behind-the-scenes look at some of the early ideas that […]
As it does at this time every year, TorrentFreak released stats for content that earned the dubious distinction of being the most pirated throughout the year, and you’ll never guess which TV show won out. OK, guessing the right answer is actually fairly simple, as the same show has retained the “most pirated” crown for […]
After X-Men: Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox was scheduled to move on to an X-Force film featuring a team of X-Men that was more aggressive and militant toward enemies. However, plans took a back seat following the leak of the Deadpool test footage, leaving X-Force in production limbo. While it’s still unclear whether that […]
Mads Mikkelsen, famous for his roles in Casino Royale and Hannibal, will play the main villain in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie. According to Entertainment Weekly, Mikkelsen will play a sorcerer who “breaks off into his own sect.” “[He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may […]
Daredevil season 2 is inching closer and closer and, to celebrate, new stills have been released showing off the new characters. The second season of Netflix’s hit show Daredevil will see a bevy of returning characters such as Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) […]
If you’ve read Marvel’s Civil War comic, you know what happens at the story’s conclusion. It’s a big moment for the Avengers team, and concludes what remains one of the darker arcs in the Marvel universe. So, naturally, people who’ve read the comics are wondering how faithful the movie adaptation will be. Well, wonder no more, […]
We’ve heard murmurs season 6 of Game of Thrones would hop around in time, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen, according to Bran Stark actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright. In addition to a new picture of the young actor, Hempstead-Wright spoke about his role in the upcoming season, and how the show runners are using flashbacks to delve […]
In the recent trailers for Batman v Superman, it’s revealed that Wayne Manor, the abode of Bruce Wayne, is in a terrible state of disrepair. We don’t know why that is, or how it reached such squalid conditions, but it doesn’t appear to be a place where Bruce Wayne would want to take home a hot date. […]
We have to be drawing close to the premiere of Daredevil season 2 as the images are really starting to flow. On Tuesday we were treated to some new Daredevil images from Entertainment weekly, but today we’ve got some new ones directly from Netflix. It appears the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) is doing some shopping while […]