Geek News on the Radio, January 19th

Tom Hardy Drops Out of Suicide Squad

Rep says the actor was leaving the film due to a tight schedule. The all-star Suicide Squad cast just lost one of its brightest. Tom Hardy dropped out Thursday, leaving the DC Comics movie adaptation without a Rick Flagg.

The Warner Bros. summer tent-pole directed by David Ayer (Fury, Training Day) follows classic DC villains who are forced to become heroes. Will Smith, Margot Robie and Jared Leto are starring as Batman villains Deadshot, Harley Quinn and the Joker, respectively. Ayer’s first pick for Hardy’s replacement is Jake Gyllenhaal,according to The Wrap. (Read Story)

Zachary Levi joins cast of ‘Heroes Reborn’

Save Chuck, Save the World? Actor Zachary Levi has joined the cast of NBC’s “Heroes” reboot — the “Heroes Reborn” miniseries.

Back in February 2014, NBC announced a 13-episode standalone story arc with a brand-new cast, aside from Jack Coleman, who’s slated to reprise his role as Noah Bennett. Original “Heroes” creator Tim Kring will also be returning as the executive producer of “Heroes Reborn.” (Read Story)

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan will not appear in X-Men: Apocalypse

Marvel fans have been dealt a devastating blow as it emerged that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan are unlikely to appear in the next X-Men film.
On Larry King Now, Patrick Stewart was asked whether he would be returning to the franchise for X-Men: Apocolypse – due for release in 2016 – to which he revealed that his Professor X and Ian McKellan’s Magento had been written out. (Read Story)

Star Wars returns to Marvel Comics with a triumphant debut

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Star Wars #1. Written by Jason Aaron (Thor, Southern Bastards) with art by John Cassaday (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men) and colorist Laura Martin (Superman,Planetary), this issue brings the classic property back to Marvel Comics with a story that plays like a lost chapter of the original trilogy. (Note: This review reveals major plot points.)

The return of Star Wars to Marvel Comics was inevitable from the moment Marvel’s parent company Disney announced that it had acquired Lucasfilm, and two years later, it finally happens in a big way. One million copies big. Marvel’s new Star Wars #1 has exceeded a million copies sold on the direct market, making it the top-selling comic of the past 21 years. (For reference, the last book to break a million copies sold was 1993’s Batman #500, the final issue of the “Knightfall” storyline that broke Bruce Wayne’s back and replaced him with Jean-Paul Valley as Batman.) (Read Story)


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