The Week in Geek: a Joker, a Wonder Woman, and a Black Widow walk into a bar...

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Jul 24, 2018, 5:07 PM EDT (Updated)

It's the week before the annual San Diego Comic Goings Ons. While the previous few weeks were kinda chill, look out — $#@! got wild this week! We got new Marvel and DC movie announcements! We got Marvel comics writers jumping to DC! There's awards! All that AND a black sarcophagus full of mystery and probably death and curses.

That's right, kids, it's time to reveal the top five stories from... The Week in Geek!



In the Egyptian port city of Alexandria a two-meter-high, three-meter-wide mystery coffin was discovered during construction work. Man, Egypt's Con Ed guys have a weird gig, damn!

Believed to be from around 323 BC, which places it somewhere in the Ptolemaic Period, the black, genuinely demonic-looking sarcophagus is believed to have remained completely untouched for thousands of years.

Archaeologists are thrilled, but the rest of us have seen mummy movies before and so we know this is how the locust and sand storms and other mummy apocalypses start. Usually that's a bad thing, but, you know, it's 2018... so most of us think mummy murders would be a step up.


Joaquin Phoenix


Well, it's really happening. After a lot of rumors, The Hangover director Todd Phillips and actor with an appealing but creepy face Joaquin Phoenix are committed to doing a stand-alone, non-DCEU Joker movie.

The details are interesting. The film has beeing described as, "an exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale." There's also, apparently, only a $55 million budget behind this Joker film, kind of like that first Deadpool movie, actually. Could wind up with an R rating, too. Honestly, how could it not?

Some people are excited, maybe even most people. How does Jared Leto feel? Supposedly he's still getting his Joker movie, so... fine, probably. As for Joaquin himself, he's scared, but excited. My advice to him is to just hug his robot, Jinx, and trust that he'll get back from outer space okay. That's a Space Camp reference. Joaquin was just a baby boy in that movie and it's adorable. Now you know. You're welcome.

g willow wilson


It's been a long time since G. Willow Wilson wrote for Superman and Vixen at DC Comics. Since then, in addition to a number of sucessful indie projects like Cairo and Air, she's probably best known for being the co-creator of the latest (but now long-serving) Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan. A story of a Muslim girl functioning in the often racist state of New Jersey (hey, I'm from there, trust me, I know), Wilson helped craft the story of a shape-shifting hero that managed to keep things optimistic. Like a lot of younger heroes before her, Kamala is a fan of Marvel heroes herself and her optimism makes her one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe.

Which makes the move from Marvel to DC all the more surprising for Wilson. But then, Bendis just made the move to Superman after a superheroic career at Marvel, so all thing's are possible in the land of comics. And the only thing more exciting than Bendis taking on Superman is Wilson taking on Wonder Woman.

“I’m delighted to be writing such an iconic character as Wonder Woman and to be working with DC once again,” Willow revealed in an official statement. “With more than 75 years of history, Wonder Woman has a wealth of backstory and drama to draw from, and I look forward to putting a spin on Diana and her supporting cast that’s both new, yet familiar. It’ll be a challenge to do her justice, but I like a challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

An Isreali woman plays Wonder Woman. And now a Muslim woman is writing her. I'm feeling good about these DC choices.

natasha black widow


After years of speculation and 75 different directors in the ring, it has been announced that Cate Shortland, who is best known for her post-World War II drama, Lore, will direct Black Widow. And it's gonna be set at least in part before Natasha meets up with the rest of those Avengers folks.

Scarlett Johansson is both known for playing Black Widow since Iron Man 2 and as being the sort of person who thinks taking roles that should probably go to Asian folks and trans men is a normal way to behave. Anyway. Guess we're still rewarding people for that behavior. Cool. Anyway, do let us know when y'all got a Shuri movie coming. Or a Valkyrie movie. Ms. Marvel movie. 



We found out who and what was nominated for the Emmy Awards this year, and, surprise, surprise, it's a lot of good genre stuff. Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things, and Westworld are all nominated for Outstanding Darama Series. Tatiana Maslany got a nomination for Orphan Black as did Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid's Tale and Evan Rachel Wood for Westworld.

Game of Thrones and Stranger Things secured a number of nominations, but it was The Handmaid's Tale and Westworld that really won the day. Imagine: two series about the subjugation but ultimate revolution of women and minorities in an unjust society finding success in 2018. Funny, that.

Anyway, I saw a Dalek dressed up as Trump this morning, so science fiction is having a great week! Next week will be San Diego Comic-Con and my (and many other SYFY WIRE) boots will be on the ground. If you see us, say hello! Be nice! Don't ask about shows being cancelled. We don't control that.

See you next week!

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