The Week in Geek: Fantastic Beasts and Bowsette take over our minds

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Sep 28, 2018

The final week before New York Comic Con has come to a close. Long live New York Comic Con! But, before that, let's talk about the week that was. It was, as so many weeks are, kind of harrowing to say the least, but that does't mean there isn't any nerdy stuff worth talking about. Some of it's even good!

Here they are, the five biggest stories from... The Week in Geek!


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has had a pretty tough, Johnny-Depp-like road to hoe from the start. And then this week happened.

The new Beasts trailer included a weirdly specific reveal of an old character made new: Nagini. If you don't remember Nagini, she is a snake and a Horcrux of Lord Voldemort's. In the new Fantastic Beasts trailer we find out Nagini is actually a woman who can turn into a snake, and eventually she will become a snake permanently and bear the soul of the ol' noseless dark lord.

Nagini is a woman of color, so, naturally, the permanent snake-ifying is not going to be her choice. To recap: a very evil, purity-loving wizard-supremacist will be making a snake slave of a woman of color.



Stay with me on this. Last week, Nintendo announced New Super Mario Bros. U would be ported to their current console, The Switch. It will include an added character: Toadette. It will also include a new power-up, the Super Crown, which will transform Toadette into... Peachette.

That's right. Toadette turns into what is, basically, a clone of Peach. Last week this ripped "Is Princess Peach always in power-up mode?"-shaped questions across the gaming world. Truly, it was a dark night of the soul.

But then, a light was seen at the end of the tunnel. And that light came from a simple question: what if Bowser used the crown? What if Boo did? Could anyone be Peachified?

The fan art, the cosplay, the fanfiction (I'm assumming because I'm almost a little afraid to look and fall in love with what I see) has brightened the gaming world, giving it a glow up if you will. Not all the news this week is so delightful, so Bowsette, Boosette, and I dunno, Cosette from Les Miserables are basically the best cure-all we can hope for. And I treasure them.

birds of prey


Birds of Prey... assemble! I know, I know, wrong comic book universe. But, look, that other one's dealing with a Thanos-snapped-his-fingers-real-hard problem, so DC's leading ladies are going to do us just fine.

This week we found out that the DCEU's Birds of Prey movie (which we already know features Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn) will also be featuring a few other great performers.

Huntress, who, depending on which universe you're living in, may or may not be the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, will be played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, best known for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 10 Cloverfield Lane and Braindead.

Meanwhile, Black Canary aka Dinah Lance aka the lady who shouts real good will be played by True Blood alum, Jurnee Smollett-Bell.

There are still gaps in the casting. We don't know yet whom will be playing Detective Rene Montoya, although, reportedly, it's between Justina Machado and Robert Colindrez. There may also be a Batgirl 3.0 Cassandra Cain in the mix. And we still don't know if the villain is definitely Roman "Black Mask" Sionis yet, but we have heard maybe Ewan McGregor will play him. No, not my sweet Obi-Wan Kenobi! I'm kidding. It's fine. He can be evil if he wants to.


Obviously, the biggest news story of the week isn't nerdy: it's the hearings over one Brett Kavanaugh and whether or not he is fit to be a Supreme Court Justice. And at the center of that is Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

Unfortunately for her (and us) voice actor, Rachel Butera, who is voicing none other than Leia Organa in Star Wars Resistance, took to Twitter to make fun of Ford's voice.

It went over like a lead balloon. Like a fart in church. Like a woman making fun of another woman's voice when she talks about being assaulted. Just hilarious, very normal jokes, folks!

Just kidding, Butera got dragged until she took the video down and issued an apology. But the damage is done, the video has been saved because the internet is forever, and who knows how Disney will respond to Butera's actions. Usually, I'm very pro forgiving people when they apologize, but uh... the video is, as we used to say back in the day, hella crass. So, I dunno. People are pretty mad, though, both around here at SYFY and basically every other Earth place.


Because New York Comic Con is next week, there's a lot of little news, not necessarily a ton of epic, big stuff. So four trailers dropped. One, Fantastic Beasts we already spoke about, and three others.

Daredevil is back in a black costume in his new trailer and, by comparison, the Kingpin is also back and in his classic white suit. You get it? The colors suggest a reversal of expectation.

A little bit bigger than that is the latest Bumblebee trailer. Transformers as a live/CGI franchise holds the dubious honor of making lots of money but also being nearly universally despised. The last Transformers film didn't even make that much money by comparison. But Bumblebee is looking to both be a financial win and maybe also appeal to the Transformers fans of yore.

The latest trailer features Transformers looking and feeling a lot more like their classic, animated selves than they have on the big screen since, well, since the '80s. Plus, there's Soundwave and Starscream? Is this a "yas, queen" moment? I'm gonna say it is. Yas. Queen. Or is it "qween"? I'm not really up on lingo from two years ago. Sorry, fam.

And then there's X-Men: Dark Phoenix. An X-Men movie is coming out. In February. Yup! It sure is the last one where the usual Fox people are in charge. Mmm hmm. No Jubilee in the trailer. That's my takeaway so far.

Your thoughts? Trailers? Controversies? Birds who Prey? Bowsettes? Those were our biggest stories — what did you think of them? What were your favorite stories this week?

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