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Geek News on the Radio July 26, 2016

Rihanna Lands Iconic Role Of Marion Crane In “Bates Motel”

There are few characters in film history as iconic as Marion Crane, the female lead in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece, Psycho. Because Janet Leigh’s original performance is so beloved, casting the role for the final season of Bates Motel, the prequel series based on the film, was surely a taxing process, and today they’ve announced Leigh’s successor to be one of the biggest celebrities in the world, though in music not film. Rihanna will be taking the role, following acting gigs in Battleship, This Is The End, and Home, personally announcing the big news while at Comic Con. “We wanted to thrust the iconic role into a contemporary spotlight and redefine it in a meaningful and exciting new way,” executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin said in a conversation with THR. “We also heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.”

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The First Wonder Woman Trailer Is Even Better Than We Could Have Imagined

She’s finally here. After years of false starts, a live-action Wonder Woman movie is coming next summer. Warner Bros. just revealed the first trailer at San Diego Comic-Con to the uproarious excitement of the Hall H crowd, and it. is. perfect. Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, and Robin Wright. It opens June 2, 2017.

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The first Justice League trailer is here, and it actually looks great

Here at Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder debuted the first trailer for his upcoming film Justice League, and here’s the shocker: it actually looks fantastic. The trailer starts with Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne, hunting down Aquaman, presumably putting together the team of warriors that Warner Bros. hopes will be its answer to The Avengers. From there, nearly all the big names get a moment to shine, including Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. (Superman himself seems to be missing, for reasons as-of-yet unknown.)

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 trailer: Major clue reveals who dies

It’s been a few days since the first trailer for “The Walking Dead” Season 7 trailer was released at Comic-Con. By now you’ve probably watched it at least a dozen times, dissected every shot and come up with theories about what will happen during Season 7. Or maybe that’s just me. Still, there’s one split second during the trailer that offers a clue as to whom Negan will kill during the opening moments of the season premiere on Oct. 23. That moment comes briefly, as Negan is using his bat, Lucille, to rain down blows on someone’s head. If you pause it at the right moment (the 1:36 mark), you can see a blurry version of Dwight standing at a spot in the background.

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James Gunn Explains Why You Won’t See That ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Footage Anytime Soon

Comic-Con 2016 has come and gone, and as usual, a lot of folks are still talking about the Marvel panel. Marvel Studios regularly brings out the big guns for Comic-Con and this year was no different. They debuted the first footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, an extended clip and semi-teaser trailer from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, a new look at Doctor Strange, and even a specially made video for Thor: Ragnarok. However, unlike the Warner Bros. panel where every single piece of footage shown in the room was put online in an official capacity almost immediately, Marvel keeps things entirely under wraps. What’s shown at Comic-Con is only for Comic-Con and will not be made available for public consumption anytime soon.

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Brie Larson Confirmed for ‘Captain Marvel’; Watch Her Comic-Con Introduction

Rumors have been flying for weeks that Oscar winner Brie Larson would be joining the MCU as Captain Marvel, and now, the news is official, with the actress making her debut at Comic-Con to announce the casting. Larson joined her fellow stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe onstage during a massive panel at Comic-Con this weekend, with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announcing her name to wild cheers from the packed Hall H crowd. Feige later said in an interview with USA Today that the actress “knows and understands and takes to heart the importance of what this role is,” adding that Larson continues the studio’s trend of attracting big-name talent to its arsenal. “When you start with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, it’s a high casting bar,” Feige told USA Today. “And Brie is obviously spectacular.”

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Luke Cage and Iron Fist trailers revealed by Marvel and Netflix at Comic Con 2016

The first major reveals of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con have arrived, all in thanks to Marvel and Netflix who showed teasers for Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Earlier this year, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage debuted in Jessica Jones, lining the superhero up for his own solo-series, set for release 30 September. In the new teaser, Colter’s character rips a door off a car, ploughs through street-level bad guys in Harlem, and gets shot at by a machine gun, all while Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” blasts out. (It’s hard to imagine a villain who will be able to defeat the man with unbreakable skin, AKA Power Man.)

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First Look: GHOST RIDER Teaser for AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

The first teaser for Ghost Rider’s debut in this fall’s fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been released online. Originally debuting at the show’s Comic-Con International: San Diego panel on Friday, the video is done in advance of Gabriel Luna’s debut as Robbie Reyes, the recent-introduced “All-New” Ghost Rider from comic books.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 announces Netflix debut, new writers, returning cast

At the recent MST3K reunion, series creator Joel Hodgson teased some big news for the show at Comic-Con, and tonight that news has been revealed via the show’s new home at Netflix. First, some exciting news from the writer’s room: Joel McHale and Dan Harmon have joined the show as writers under previously announced head writer Elliott Kalan. They’ll be working alongside two members of the original crew, Bill Corbett and Mary Jo Pehl, who have joined the show’s writing staff along with booking onscreen appearances we’ll tell you more about below.

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The Killing Joke Movie Is a Disaster, Right Down to Its Comic-Con Panel

The Killing Joke is a 30-year-old Batman graphic novel that goes to ugly places, especially in what it does Batgirl. And when folks expressed anger at Barbara Gordon’s portrayal in a new, controversial scene in the upcoming film adaptation during a DC panel, things got ugly in real life. Batman: The Killing Joke is most infamous for the moment where the Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon, a gruesome scene that serves as a mere adornment to a Batman-Joker fight. We already knew that, almost impressively, DC’s animated adaptation of this comic was going to make a bad Batgirl story much, much worse. And then, at the movie’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, things managed to turn into a complete shitshow.

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