This time in the Week in Geek: a new trailer for Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman news, the Bafta game awards and more!
Captain America: Squinty Spider-Man
The second trailer for Captain America: Civil War debuted this week to positive press.
Excitingly, the trailer shows off Chadwick Bosman as Black Panther, a black superhero named deliberately after the civil rights group. Black Panther is seen chasing down a motorcycle on foot in one scene – whaaaaaaat?! That shit cray.
The new trailer also gives us our first look at the MCU’s new Spider-Man. Yes kids, Spider-Man’s being rebooted yet again, this time due to a deal between Marvel and Sony Studios.
Spidey’s new costume is notable for having eyes which focus, rumoured to be a suit feature gifted to Peter Parker by Iron Man. Fans of the original Spider-Man comics have celebrated the look’s call back to the original 60s incarnation as drawn by co-creator Steve Ditko.
But not everyone’s been positive about the reveal. Mark Millar, writer of Kick-Ass, Kingsman and the Civil War comic book (upon which the upcoming film is based) had this to say:
Gotta say BVS has Civil War beat in trailers. I've waited my entire life to see Batman jump through a window & take down baddies like that.
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) March 11, 2016
Batman v Superman tidbits
Thankfully, there were less spoilers for Batman v Superman this week following Entertainment Weekly’s information dump.
The Wall Street Journal published a couple of articles, one of which reads like a weird non-review of Batman v Superman, which it describes as “more revenge tragedy than brainless slugfest”.
In an interview, also published by the Journal, writer Chris Terrio talks about researching everything from red- and blue-shifts; to the Mariana trench; to the war between Amazon and Atlantis as told by Greek historian Diodorus of Sicily; to writing Batman v Superman and it’s sequel, Justice League.
Finally, on Monday, it was revealed that none other than Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) will play Commissioner Gordon in a Justice League movie preparing to shoot in London. Whilst this is great news, Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston must be pissed: Simmons keeps nabbing roles he’s rumoured to be interested in.
Bafta Game Awards
The nominations for the Bafta Games Awards 2016 have been announced and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is the frontrunner, with 10 nominations including Best Game, Artistic Achievement and British Game!
Readers of the Right Dishonourable will be aware that we loved it, labelling it an intense piece of “virtual-reality promenade theatre”. We even interviewed the game’s writer Dan Pinchbeck, who gave us an in-depth look at what was going on behind the scenes.
If you haven’t already played it, what’s wrong with you? Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is available digitally on PS4. And good luck to the team on April 7th, when Bafta will announce the winners!
Sandman loses Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Finally, sad news for fans of Neil Gaiman’s epic comic book series The Sandman.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Don Jon), who was has acted as a producer and possible director during a long development process at Warner Bros. has left the project.
In a lengthy Facebook post (below), Gordon-Levitt thanked British writer Jack Thorne and Neil Gaiman, but explained that the movie has now moved to Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line, which is developing the picture as a horror.
Image Credit – Spider-Man Lego, April 2014 by James Whatley