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The Week That Was: Star Trek finds its lead, DuckTales reveals its voice cast & Harley Quinn gets her own ensemble film and more

Welcome to The Week That Was, a feature 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.The holidays are coming but there was still plenty of news this week in the world of movies, comics, television and other mediums. The Batman has a timeline for filming, DuckTales delighted with the cast singing the theme song, Archie Comics is adding some new comics, Star Trek: Discovery has their lead character and so much more! Check it all out below, and check out the site for all the news that we couldn’t fit into this article.


Star Trek: Discovery adds a lead character along with three new Klingon characters

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Big news came in the week when CBS chose The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green to fill the lead role for Star Trek’s return to television. While normally the Star Trek shows and films have had the Captain/Commander of a ship or space station be the lead character, this will be the first series where the lead will be a lieutenant commander to allow fans a slightly different point of view. Word is that Martin-Green will continue her work on The Walking Deada series she’s been on since season 3, even with this new job.

While Martin-Green’s casting filled the biggest hole in the series cast, she wasn’t the only addition in the week. Chris Obi (Roots), Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful) and newcomer Mary Chieffo are the newest additions to the series. Obi will play T’Kuvma who is seeking to united the Klingon houses, while Latif is Kol a Klingon commanding officer and protege of T’Kuvma and Chieffo will play L’Rell who is a battle deck commander on a Klingon ship.

They join the rest of the cast that includes Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou of the starship Shenzhou, Doug Jones as science officer Lt. Saru and Anthony Rapp as science officer and fungus expert Lt. Stamets. Set ten years before the adventures of Kirk and company in Star Trek: The Original Series, the new series will focus on an event set during that time point in the Star Trek TV universe that hasn’t been fully explored. The series will premiere it’s first episode on television, on CBS, before subsequent episodes will all appear only on the CBS All Access service in May 2017.


David Ayer and Margot Robbie are teaming up for a Harley Quinn ensemble film

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In a bit of unexpected news, it was reported that not only is the previously reported Margot Robbie Harley Quinn spin-off now officially called Gotham City Sirens, but she will be re-teaming with her Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film. Many had expected Warner Bros. to be seeking a female director to lead this female ensemble film but instead, they turned to a director they had worked with earlier this year.

Robbie will star in and executive produce the film, the title of which is based upon a 2009 comic book series that starred Harley, Catwoman and Poison Ivy. The film is set to be written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet who has worked on the scripts for the Tomb Raider remake and Sherlock Holmes 3, which are both films that Warner Bros. has a part in. DC Film heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will also serve as producers on the film, as will Ayer.

While Suicide Squad had a tough production and met with divisive reviews from fans and critics, including heavy criticizing of Harley’s booty shorts and the diminished roles for most of the female characters, it sill managed to pull in $745.6 million at the worldwide box office. A Suicide Squad sequel is reportedly in development and a Deadshot spin-off is being discussed, but the Gotham City Sirens is the film being fast-tracked. There is currently no date set for the film.


Disney XD announces the revival DuckTales cast by having them sing the theme song

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Adding a little fun into the week, Disney brought together the voice cast for the brand new version of DuckTales launching in 2017 and had them sing the catchy theme song of the series. That cast is headlined by former Doctor Who actor David Tennant as the family’s wealthy patriarch Scrooge McDuck. He’s joined by a  slew of comedic performers including Danny Pudi (Community) as Huey, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) as Louie, Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live) as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors) as Mrs. Beakley and Kate Micucci (Steven Universe) as Webby Vanderquack.

Other characters such as the family butler Duckworth, Donald Duck, Gizmoduck, Gyro Gearloose, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell, Ma Beagle, the Beagle Boys and others are all set to appear in the revival but have no announced voice actors attached to them as of yet. Set to premiere in the summer of 2017, the first season will consist of twenty-one half-hour episodes and two hour-long specials.


Watchmen’s Patrick Wilson heads to the DCEU as Aquaman’s villain Ocean Master

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After securing a brand new October 2018 release date, Warner Bros. and James Wan have found their villain for Aquaman in the form of Ocean Master played by Patrick Wilson. The actor, of course, is no stranger to comic book films after playing Nite Owl in Warner Bros. Watchmen back in 2009 and worked with Wan in both of The Conjuring films and the first two Insidious films. In the comics Orm, the real name of Ocean Master is the half-brother of Arthur Curry/Aquaman and the two have long been rivals as Orm wants to take the throne of Atlantis for himself since he is a full Atlantean. Unlike his half-brother who is half human and half Atlantean.

The stand-alone film, coming out in both 3D and IMAX, further explores the aquatic hero Arthur Curry/Aquaman played by Jason Mamoa after he made his cinematic debut in a small cameo in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and takes on a bigger role in November 2017’s Justice League. Amber Heard is also starring in the film, after appearing in Justice League as well, as Mera the wife of Aquaman and Queen of Atlantis in the comics. Aquaman opens on October 5, 2018.


A clash between monsters & humans pits Deadpool against his wife Shiklah

 

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In March of 2017, the citizens of the Monster Metropolis and humans from the world above will go to war with Queen Shiklah leading the monsters and her husband Deadpool is caught in the middle as he tries to protect humanity. The six-part Deadpool: Til Death Do Us… will drag in Spider-Man and the Mercs for Money as the event cross through the Deadpool, Spider-Man/Deadpool and Deadpool and the Mercs for Money titles for two issues each in March and April.

Regular writer Gerry Duggan and artist Salva Espin will handle the Deadpool issues while Joshua Corin & Scott Koblish work on the Spider-Man/Deadpool issues and Christopher Hastings steps in to cover for the very busy Cullen Bunn on Deadpool and the Mercs for Money alongside regular series artist Iban Coello.

Deadpool: Til Death Do Us… begins in March 2017.


Ben Affleck confirms The Batman is headed for a spring 2017 start to production

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Warner Bros. is betting on Batman when it comes to the upcoming future of the DC Extended Universe as the character featured in Batman V Superman earlier this year, will headline next year’s Justice League film as he works to bring the league together and getting his ninth solo feature film sometime in 2018. While talking to Variety about his upcoming film Live By Night, Ben Affleck (who is writing, directing and starring in The Batman) confirmed all the recent rumors that the film will begin production sometime in the spring of 2017. 

At the same time, the actor revealed that he is not rushing on finishing the script for the film. In the past, he has said that he wants to do the film right and would rather take his time to create a good film rather than rush forward a mediocre script just to get the film made. This is news that could bode well for fans that were hesitant about him being Batman when it was first announced he was playing the part or wanted to see more after the divisive Batman V Superman.

With only 2017’s Wonder Woman and Justice League and 2018’s Aquaman having firm release dates among the movies in the DCEU that Warner Bros. has talked about, The Batman is likely to fit into 2018 or 2019 depending on if it meets that spring production or not. Currently, it and Gotham City Sirens are two projects that Warner Bros. is fast-tracking to bring them to reality sooner rather than later.


Archie Comics announces four new one-shots coming in March 2017

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Following the relaunching and revitalization of various of their titles and properties over the years from Afterlife with Archie to the new ArchieJughead and Betty and Veronica titles, Archie Comics is doing it once again in March 2017 with four one-shots. Each of the one-shots will focus on a different genre and characters in different situations. If the one-shots are popular it is possible that they could be spun into new ongoing titles for the publisher.

The titles are:

 

  • Jughead: The Hunger by Frank Tieri and Michael Walsh: A horror tale that explains a dark secret that lies behind the insatiable hunger that Archie’s best friend has always had.
  • The Archies by Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg, and Joe Eisma: Follows the pursuit by Archie to achieve musical stardom and how that will affect him and his friends that are part of the band.
  • Little Archies by Art Baltazar and Franco: Much like Tiny Titans or Lil’ Gotham, this cartoony series focuses on a light-hearted version of the Riverdale based characters.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Katie Cook, Franco and Andy Price: After years of being tutored by her magical aunts, Sabrina is ready for her first day of public school.

 

These four one-shots arrive in March 2017.


Legendary gives brand new names to their Pacific Rim and Godzilla sequels

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Buried in a press release about the hiring of three new executives, Legendary Pictures revealed that the sequels to 2013’s Pacific Rim and 2014’s Godzilla will be getting the new names of Pacific Rim: Uprising and Godzilla: King of Monsters. Currently, Pacific Rim: Uprising, which was known as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, is undergoing production while the Godzilla sequel is still in the developmental process.

Directed by former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, and Guillermo del Toro moving to a producer role, Pacific Rim: Uprising stars Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, and Jian Tian opens on February 23, 2018.

Godzilla: King of Monsters currently has no director as Gareth Edwards, who directed the first film, bowed out earlier this year but Krampus filmmaker Michael Dougherty is writing the script and in talks to possibly direct as well. The film has a March 22, 2019 release date.

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