It’s been a busy week in the geek world, so here is ‘The Week in Geek’ to recap the biggest news, rumours, and speculation you may have missed. As usual there may be spoilers ahead, so tread carefully!
Changes are afoot in Constantine already, show runners have opted to “take the show in a different direction” and drop the current female lead ‘Liv’ after the pilot episode.
Executive producer Daniel Cerone gave the following explanation as to why they are making the change,
“Zed is actually one of the first women Constantine meets in the comic books, and she has various psychic powers. We felt ultimately she’s going to service the first season better as someone to pair Constantine up with. She can get in his face a little bit and have some of her own realisations and skills and really push him. But if whoever Constantine is working with is constantly on her heels, that just wouldn’t service the show really well.”
The show is making a big effort to stay much closer to its source material than the 2005 movie did, and adding an extra character from the comics will only strengthen that link. Liv’s character certainly felt like a ‘damsel in distress’ in the pilot episode, and I can see why they would want to get away from that cliché.
In a separate interview executive producer David S Goyer spoke about last week’s rumour that John wouldn’t smoke in the series, his comments should allay some fears fans had around the show!
“he is a smoker in the show, we’re not shying away from it, but we’re not glorifying it.”
Constantine premieres Friday October 24th on NBC
Up and Atom!
Brandon Routh has been cast in a recurring role for Arrow season 3, he will play Ray Palmer the scientist who becomes the Superhero ‘Atom’. Atom has the ability to shrink himself down to a molecular level, while maintaining his natural strength level. Other abilities include being able to reduce his mass to glide through the air, and increase his mass to allow him to punch through concrete.
Although some may not appreciate this casting (many still dislike Routh due to his involvement in Superman Returns), I will be welcoming his appearance on one of my favourite TV shows.
Routh has had some success in TV since his portrayal of Superman, fans of the action/comedy spy show ‘Chuck’ will most likely remember him as Daniel Shaw from season 3. I’m really enjoyed seeing him on the small screen, and am looking forward to what he will bring to Arrow.
As for his character’s involvement in the series, Ray Palmer is rumoured to be the new owner of Queen Consolidated and is expected to be in 14 episodes of season 3. Being a scientist we can probably expect some kind of romantic interest between him and Felicity, leading to more awkward moments between Oliver and Felicity.
Arrow season 3 premieres Wednesday October 8th on The CW
When Hell(boy) freezes over!
Guillermo del Toro broke our hearts once again this week, by admitting that he doesn’t think that we will ever see a third instalment of Hellboy on the big screen. As if to add salt to the wound, he went on to describe the rough plot outline for what may never be.
“The idea for it was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse, […] He has to become the beast of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It’s a very interesting ending to the series, but I don’t think it will happen.”
As for the reason why we won’t get a Hellboy 3? Money, Money, Money!
“I think that the first movie made its budget back, and a little bit of profit, but then it was very very big on video and DVD. The story repeated itself with the second already, it made its money back at the box office, but a small margin of profit in the release of the theatrical print, but was very very big on DVD and video. Sadly now from a business point of view all the studios know is that you don't have that safety net of the DVD and video, so they view the project as dangerous.”
He added that if he had the money he would fund it himself, but even with so many big budget movies to his name he can’t afford it.
Guardians of the Galaxy
With Guardians of the Galaxy landing in cinemas on July 31st, Marvel released 17 minutes of footage to select IMAX screens this week. It received overwhelming positive feedback with one fan quoted as saying “it legitimately made me feel like I was watching Star Wars for the first time”. I said a couple of months ago I thought Guardians would be movie of the summer, and judging by these reactions it’s already won over others as well.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon gave us an insight into the tone of Avengers: Age of Ultron this week,
“It’s got a Sci-Fi element to it that’s stronger than the other film, And it’s a little bit darker. getting the team together was rousing, but keeping the team together is a completely different problem.”
On the surface it’s a bit of an obvious statement, with characters like Scarlet Witch and Ultron involved it was always going to be more Sci-Fi based. However what can we read into the rest of the statement? If the movie is going to be darker can we expect a death, or will we just see some people leave the team to make way for Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? All I will say is keep a close eye on Hulk in this movie, his solo outing that keeps being hinted at may be closer than we think!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
This week saw a new TV spot for TMNT released, featuring a quick glimpse at a baby turtle and some shots of the turtles training as children. You can see the spot here.
This movie has already divided opinions, with many already deciding they hate it due to Michael Bay and Megan Fox’s involvement. Much like the Transformers series, I expect it will be entertaining and full of ‘Bay-hem’, but might not have a lot of depth or character progression to it. That being said, I do find myself getting a little excited with each trailer/TV spot released. Jury’s out on this one for now but look out for our review on the film’s release!
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