The Week in Geek: DC fans catch a break, Lego Star Wars, and The Walking Dead returns

Comic Con Experience 2015 by Paulo Guereta

This time in the Week in Geek, we look into the latest in the DC vs Marvel rivalry, Lego’s take on Star Wars, and the return of The Walking Dead to our screens.

DC Fans Catch a Break

We Brits love an underdog, right? Last week Variety published figures suggesting that audience engagement and anticipation for Warner Bros. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad was 500 percent stronger than Marvel/Disney’s competitor Captain America: Civil War.

Who cares, right?

But this was excellent news for fans of DC Comics, who tend to get a lot of hate on the net for daring to like Marvel’s less wealthy, less monolithic competition. Variety’s figures were, in no small part, due to the release of the new Suicide Squad trailer.

Since the week of piqued interest, DC fans have had other little gems to get excited over.

Zack Snyder, director of Batman v. Superman, confirmed via podcast that TV shows Gotham, Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl coexist with each other and Warner Bros’ movies in a multiverse.

Darkseid's desert signature from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice via Empire

New images released in the latest issue of Empire also had time to be scrutinized this week, revealing the above shot, supposedly from a “knightmare” (get it?) sequence of Batman’s in Batman v. Superman.

Fans of the comics will recognize the Omega in the desert as the signature of Darkseid, DC Comics’ baddest of big bads.

Much remains to been seen regarding how Darkseid will figure into DC/Warner Bros’s cinematic universe, but it’s a safe bet to assume that the overlord of Apokolips (bit on the nose…) will be the antagonist of the Justice League movie currently being prepped for production.

The Flash crossing over with Supergirl

CW's "The Flash" and CBS' "Supergirl" Crossover via YouTube

Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kriesberg, producers of the immensely popular ArrowThe Flash and Supergirl series announced that the CW television network’s fastest man alive and CBS’s, er, girl of super, will team up in a crossover episode, airing in America in March.

Speculation on how exactly this will work currently points to a multiverse explanation, with Barry Allen somehow ending up in Kara’s world.

The Flash and Supergirl don’t return to Sky One in Britain until March and April respectively, so viewers over here have got quite a while to wait unless they have *cough* other means of watching the shows…

New Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Video Game!

Enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Sad that there wasn’t a video game? Well don’t cry just yet, because the British developer TT Fusion has got your backs!

TT’s Lego games have come to be known for their witty subversion of source material. But apparently this won’t be the only reason to pick up a copy. In an interview, the developer stated that the game will be a must for die-hard fans, explaining mysteries not addressed in the film, including why C-3pO now has a red arm.

The game will allow players to explore various settings from the film as Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8, Kylo Ren, General Hux, and Captain Phasma, to name a few playable characters.

The Walking Dead returns to a strong early review

Okay, so for some reason only one big outlet has released this, but Comicbook.com’s early review for The Walking Dead’s season six was glowing.

Viewers complained on Twitter that the first half of The Walking Dead’s sixth season was patchy, culminating in a very disappointing mid-season ending.

Awarding the 2016 first episode a 9.4/10, Comincbook.com said the episode “remembers why fans fell in love with the show and showcases each of those reasons”. British fans don’t have long to wait – The Walking Dead returns to Fox on Feb. 15th, a day after America.

This Week in Deadpool

Finally, with Deadpool hitting UK cinemas next weekend there’s been a plethora of tongue-in-cheek marketing. Before the movie gets released, take a moment can enjoy some of the clever, meta bits of advertising.

Header Image Credit – Comic Con Experience 2015 by Paulo Guereta

J. C. Servante

J. C. Servante

Freelance writer, reviewer and blogger. Politically speculative. Can be found at donkeyokay.com

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