Welcome to The Week That Was, a brand new feature at Geekfinity that seeks to get you caught up on all the big news stories of the previous week, in case you might have missed any of them. It was quite a week with multiple individuals departing film projects, brand new trailers for Wonder Woman and The LEGO Batman Movie, a new film franchise reboot, the cast of The Defenders was revealed, and so much more. Check it all out below.
Rick Famuyiwa leaves Warner Bros. The Flash over creative differences
In a bit of surprising news to kick off the week, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa announced his departure from Warner Bros. The Flash. The exit was credited to “creative differences” between the director and the studio. There is no definitive reason for the departure at this point, just varying reports. This marks the second lost director this year for the film, as Seth Grahame-Smith walked away from the film for similar “creative difference” reasons in April. While they never were officially signed to direct, The LEGO Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the project after working on a first draft, and it was heavily rumored that they were going to be a choice to direct before they left for film’s like Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo picture. There is no telling so far how Famuyiwa’s departure will affect the film, as he had already done some revisions to Grahame-Smith’s script & had begun casting, but it will likely face a possible delay.
Marvel & Netflix’s The Defenders adds a ton of new supporting cast members
It’s all hands on deck for Marvel’s Netflix team-up series The Defenders, as almost every supporting cast member that has appeared in the three series that have aired and some from the yet to air fourth series, Iron Fist, were added to the eight-episode event series. Those additions include: Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) & Simone Missick (Misty Knight) as well as Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth) and Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse) along with Scott Glenn (Stick), Rachel Taylor (Trish Walker), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple) and Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing). The series is expected to debut on Netflix sometime in fall 2017.
The Simpsons will break the scripted series record with double season 29 & 30 renewal
The Simpsons have become a pretty giant part of pop culture history over the last 28 seasons, and that will continue as Fox has given the series another double season renewal. Moving into its 30th season in 2018-2019 will allow the series to hit 669 episodes which will break the record for the most episodes of a scripted series that was held by Gunsmoke. Double season renewals for the series have become standard from Fox, which makes sense with the time needed to write & animate the series, and with it still being popular the series isn’t showing signs of stopping anytime soon.
Wonder Woman brings hope & heroism to World War I in her newest trailer
In a bright spot for many this week in regards to DC Comics films, after that bad The Flash news, a brand new official trailer was released for Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Viewers were given closer looks at Wonder Woman’s view on why she needs to leave the island, to be a hero, and the dark world in the midst of World War I that she will enter. Bright color, heroics, and the strength of the first big-budget female-led superhero movie were on display marking what might be the first DCEU film to be critically and financially well-received.
Composer Junkie XL leaves Deadpool 2
Following the recent departure of director Tim Miller, Deadpool fans were dealt another blow as the film’s composer Junkie XL, real name Tom Holkenborg, announced that he would not be returning for the upcoming sequel. In a letter to the fans on his Twitter account, Holkenborg said that his departure wasn’t an easy one as he loved the character and the film but that with Miller having left it didn’t feel right for him to continue on the project. Similar to the departure of Famuyiwa on The Flash, Miller left Deadpool 2 because of reported creative differences with the studio and star Ryan Reynolds. While the film now officially has no director, no composer and hasn’t filled all the cast spots yet all signs are pointing to Fox starting production in January.
Talia al Ghul to appear in Arrow season 5
While she’s been mentioned previously, and played by a child actor during a time travel adventure on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia is the lone member of the al Ghul family to not appear in the four seasons of The CW’s Arrow. That has changed as news arrived that Andromeda and Continuum actress Lexa Doig will be playing Talia on a recurring basis starting with the tenth episode of the current season five of the series. There is no word on if her appearance will be during the current day storylines of the series or will occur during the Russia set flashbacks. The episode is said to be arriving in either December or January.
Columbia Pictures begins work on a Starship Troopers reboot
Bugs and humans will go to war once more as word came out that Columbia Pictures is set to reboot the 1997 film Starship Troopers with the hopes they can turn it into a franchise. The new film is being written by Baywatch writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon but will not be a remake of the satirical cult classic film starring Casper van Dien, Denise Richards, Michael Ironside and Neil Patrick Harris. Instead, the studio is looking to directly adapt the original Starship Troopers novel by Robert A. Heinlein. The 1997 film director Paul Verhoeven took themes from Heinlein’s novel but greatly deviated from the source material. There is no word on what release date window or year that the studio is aiming for with the reboot.
Batman & company are ready for action in a new The LEGO Batman Movie trailer
Being Batman isn’t as awesome as one would suspect, as the new trailer for the spinoff to 2014’s The LEGO Movie shows that being Batman means a very lonely life when the crime-fighting comes to an end for the day. That being said, the trailer once again shows off the humorous side of the Will Arnett voiced Dark Knight and reveals that Barbara Gordon is the new police commissioner, Batman has multiple current ‘bad guys’ he’s fighting which makes The Joker sad, and even takes a playful swipe at Batman V Superman in the process. The lighter-hearted Batman film arrives on February 10, 2017.