Geek News on the Radio January 22nd

Batman May Appear In ‘Suicide Squad’ Film

Recent news about Warner Bros.’ upcoming super-villain team-up film Suicide Squad has focused on the surprise departure of actor Tom Hardy from the film (as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter), and subsequent reports (at Latino Review) that Hardy left the project because his role as Rick Flagg was reduced during rewrites. Today brought an additional story from Latino Review offering details of the film’s plot, including that it contains some sort of video recordings of Batman. That, however, is reportedly the extent of the Caped Crusader’s presence in Suicide Squad… (Read Story)

Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara Testing for ‘Star Wars’ Stand-alone Movie (Exclusive)

The first Star Wars stand-alone could come under attack from a clone. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Tatiana Maslany, the Canadian actress who stars as multiple replicants in BBC America’s hit series Orphan Black, is testing for the female lead in the Star Wars spinoff that is being directed by Gareth Edwards. (Read Story)

Chris Pratt, Chris Evans make awesome Super Bowl bet

Chris Pratt and Chris Evans are two of the biggest movie stars in America right now. Pratt played Peter Quill, also known as Star-Lord, in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest-grossing film of the year. Evans, meanwhile, has appeared as Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America, in four Marvel universe films since 2011 and is set to appear in at least two more.

They’re also both big football fans. Pratt hails from Seattle and cheers for the Seahawks, while Evans is from Boston and likes the Patriots. First of all, it’s pretty coincidental that Captain America happens to be a Patriots fan. Second of all, check out this sequence of tweets between Star-Lord and Captain America that led to an awesome bet on the result of the Super Bowl. (Read Story)

Disney ditched my ideas for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ George Lucas says

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas may have relinquished control of his space-faring franchise when he sold the rights to Disney back in 2012, but those wondering how much of the director’s influence will find its way into the plot of the upcoming seventh installment may now have an answer — not much. (Read Story)

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