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This Week in Geek: Blade Runner 2, Alien 5, and Arrow/Flash Spin-Off

Plus news regarding CBS' Supergirl and Casting Rumors Surrounding Indiana Jones Reboot

Feb 27, 2015 DC Comics Bookmark and Share

We here at Under the Radar like to do our part in reporting the latest exciting news in the realm of all things “Geek.” Here is the roundup of this week’s breaking geek news!

First off, let’s take another moment to mourn the passing today of sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy, aka Star Trek‘s Spock.

Secondly, it has been confirmed that Rick Deckard will be reappearing in the Blade Runner sequel. Harrison Ford has officially signed on to reprise his role as the futuristic Los Angeles cop in the much-anticipated follow-up to the 1982 sci-fi classic. Further, director Denis Villeneuve, of Prisoners and Incendies fame, has signed on to take the reins from film legend Ridley Scott, who is still producing. Filming for the Blade Runner sequel will commence in the summer of 2016. (Via:

In other news, director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, upcoming Chappie) has said that his Alien movie, the fifth installment of the series, will not disregard the events of Alien 3 or Alien: Resurrection. But rather, he will make his film more closely connected to the first two Alien films which he says are his favorites. It seems as though Sigourney Weaver will likely return as Ripley (she costars in Chappie). Nothing is for certain as of now, but fans can take solace in the fact that Blomkamp, who is a very dedicated fan of the Alien franchise himself, is committed to making the best continuation of the series he can. (Via:

The CW’s cavalcade of DC superhero shows continues. Following the success of their Arrow and The Flash series, the CW has recently announced that they will make a spin-off series starring characters from both Arrow and The Flash. This new series will feature a teaming up of sorts of characters played by Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer, The Atom), Victor Garber (Martin Stein, one half of Firestorm), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart, Captain Cold), and Caity Lotz. The one name on this list that is raising eyebrows of fans of DC is that of Lotz, who played Sarah Lance (aka Black Canary) and was recently killed off in the current season of Arrow. Fans should apparently expect either a resurrection of Lance, similar to that of Agent Coulson in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or Lotz playing a completely different character. The spin-off is presently untitled and will also feature three DC characters who have never appeared in a live action TV series before. (Via:

Additionally, CBS has released news regarding their forthcoming Supergirl television series, which follows the adventures of Superman’s younger cousin, Kara Zor-El. Actor David Harewood from Showtime’s Homeland has signed on to play Hank Henshaw, who later becomes the villain known as Cyborg Superman. The series has also added Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Kara Zor-El’s foster sister. Harewood and Leigh join a cast that includes Melissa Benoist as the title character, Mehcad Brooks as reporter Jimmy Olsen and Calista Flockhart as Daily Planet columnist Cat Grant. It was also just announced today that Dean Cain (who played Superman in the ‘90s TV series Lois & Clark) and Helen Slater (who played Supergirl in the 1984 Supergirl movie) will be guest starring in mystery roles. Supergirl is also produced by Greg Berlanti, who produces Arrow and The Flash, and while the show will air on CBS and the other two air on The CW, it is said to exist in the same universe. As CBS owns The CW, there could be potential for inter-network crossovers. (Via:

Finally, the actor known for playing the brash, witty Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy and the lovable idiot Andy Dwyer in the television show Parks and Recreation is being sought by both Disney and director Steven Spielberg to step in under the fedora as Indiana Jones for the series’ fifth installment. While Spielberg allegedly hand-picked Pratt to star in this summer’s Jurassic World, a lot is up in the air as Pratt is already a part of a Disney franchise as Marvel’s Star-Lord. Will they do one last film with Harrison Ford in the role first and find a clever way to hand over the whip to Pratt or will they reboot from scratch with Pratt? (Via:


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