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Week in Geek #147: The Suicide Squad Trailer, 007 in Doctor Fate and More

Posted by Anthony Mango Friday, March 26, 2021

Welcome to another edition of WEEK IN GEEK here at Fanboys Anonymous—a rundown of some of the events, news and stories that went down over the past few days in the geek culture spectrum.

This week in geek culture Fanboys Anonymous nerd recap

Here are some of the topics I felt like voicing my opinions about:

Black Widow Release Date Update, Again

Black Widow has been once again pushed back. Instead of May 7, it's July 9. However, it seems like this time, they're going to stick to it, after well over a year of delays.

That's because it's going to be released with the Disney+ Premier Access at the same time, like what happened with Mulan. It seems as though Disney finally said "enough is enough, we have to get this movie out in some fashion" but still felt like they wanted to wait a few more months to maximize in-theater revenue.

With WandaVision being a disappointment overall for me, and the fact that so much time has gone by, I've honestly lost a lot of interest in Black Widow. I hope they blow me away.

Echo Spin-off

While everything is being held off and delayed further and further, we're still getting news about things to come. One of those is a spin-off of the Hawkeye show, which we have no idea when we'll see. This will revolve around Echo.

I'm not familiar enough with Echo to get excited about a show dedicated to the character. Frankly, I think it's probably an instance of stretching things a little too thin. Hopefully, I'm wrong.

How Much Slow Mo?

IGN calculated that around 10% of Zack Snyder's Justice League is in slow motion. 24 minutes and 7 seconds of slow motion footage for a 4-hour movie. That's pretty crazy, and I do think that some of those shots didn't need to be slow motion, as it wasn't essential or artistic enough from my perspective to make it a necessity.

Still, great film. That's just one of the nitpicks.

Ron Livingston Replaces Billy Crudup

Since Billy Crudup is out of The Flash as Henry Allen, he's been replaced by Ron Livingston.

While I like Livingston, I don't see this being quite as good. Crudup looked far more like he could be Ezra Miller's father. I have no problem with Livingston being able to pull off the role if I can get past that, though.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren has been cast as one of the villains in the Shazam sequel. I know nothing about Hespera, but I do know Mirren is great. Going with a new villain isn't normally something I'm super fond of, considering how many characters the comics can pull from. I still think Black Adam shouldn't be a solo film, for instance. Speaking of that, though...

Pierce Brosnan Cast as Doctor Fate in Black Adam

I never would have seen this coming if you gave me a thousand guesses. I like the idea of Brosnan being involved, though. He's not only my second-favorite James Bond, he's also someone I think shoudl have had a bigger career than what he did. There are probably a lot of people who could play Kent Nelson well, but I'm even more curious about this now that he's been cast, rather than if someone else would have.

Trailer for The Suicide Squad

A trailer for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad has finally been released. I was still hoping there would be some cooler heads prevailing who would change the name of this film at the last minute to something other than the same exact title from before, but with "The" in front of it. Even "Suicide Squad 2" or "Some Kind of Suicide Squad" or "Suicide Squad: Task Force X" or "Suicide Squad: Back in Action" or anything would have been better than "The Suicide Squad".

Anyway. Let's talk about the trailer. We already knew the cast looked amazing. It's also been clear from the start that Gunn is exactly the type of guy who could pull off something with the right level of quirkiness without being obnoxious and annoying like what happened with Birds of Prey. I still don't know if I'd go into this film expecting it to be good so much as fun but holy shit, we have King Shark and Starro. That's worth something. And how long before "Hand?" is a meme?




Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.