Geek News for Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1, 2009

Fantasic Four, Speedy, Deadman, and more in today’s geek news.

MOVIE NEWS

Deadman (image from Superhero Hype)

Deadman (image from Superhero Hype)

Variety has confirmed that Guillermo del Toro will be producing the Deadman movie, based on the DC Comics character, and the film will be directed by Danish director, Nikolaj Arcel.

The Fantastic Four (image from Best Superhero)

The Fantastic Four (image from Best Superhero)

Because Fox won’t give up on the franchise, a second Fantastic Four reboot is now being scripted by Michael Green, who is a co-executive producer on Heroes and recently wrote the script for the upcoming Green Lantern adaptation, and will be produced by Akiva Goldsman, who has previously written and produced “I Am Legend” and “Lost in Space” and wrote “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin.” One out of four isn’t that bad is it? (via Variety)

TELEVISION NEWS

Mia Dearden as Speedy (image from Jonah Hex Lives)

Mia Dearden as Speedy (image from Jonah Hex Lives)

TV Guide talked to Brian Peterson, Kelly Sounders, and Geoff Johns about the many DC Comics characters coming to “Smallville” this season. Brian and Kelly, the showrunners of “Smallville,” revealed that Speedy, Green Arrows sidekick, is coming to “Smallville” as Mia Dearden, the second character to use the moniker in the comics. And like in the comics she will be a former child prostitute who is HIV positive (fun fun). They also confirmed that the Wonder Twins will in fact be in this season of “Smallville” and we may in fact see Gleek, their blue monkey. And also they are trying to bring Michael McKean, who played Perry White back in the Season 3 episode Perry, back on the show. and finally, Geoff Johns kept quiet on which Justice Society members would be appearing in the Justice Society episode, entitled Society, but he did say that Jay Garrick, the original Flash, and Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, would not appear and gave this short description of the episode:

“It’s going to be about them coming out of retirement to give these screwed up guys of the next generation a needed smack-down.”

VIDEO GAME NEWS

The internet browser for the Wii is now free for all to download and if you are someone who had purchased the browser from Nintendo for 500 points ($5.00), then Nintendo is offering you your choice of any one NES virtual console game for free until late October. (via Kotaku)

COMIC BOOK NEWS

Batman Beyond (image from Frames Per Second Magazine)

Batman Beyond (image from Frames Per Second Magazine)

Dan Didio, senior vice president of DC Comics, told Newsarama that a Batman Beyond mini-series is coming next year.

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Skype (image from Techplore)

Skype (image from Techplore)

Skype is becoming its own company once again. The voip service, which was bought by ebay back in 2005 for $2.6 billion, is being funded now by Silver Lake Partners, Index, and Andreessen Horowitz Ventures, who will altogether own 65% of Skype while ebay will continue to own 35%. (via Skype Blogs)

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