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The Week in Geek: Hello, Black Panther! Bye Bye Batgirl! Jurassic World: Annihilation?

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Feb 23, 2018, 4:41 PM EST (Updated)

Is anyone else having a harder and harder time getting through each successive week right now? Does time feel like molasses? Are you also trudging through a dark night of the soul with less and less hope left that the dawn will ever arrive?

At least you're not alone?

Anyway, here are the five biggest stories from the week in geek that aren't the worst, most horrifying and/or depressing thing you've heard this week.


If anyone is doing well this week, it's every human remotely involved with Black Panther. Director Ryan Coogler wrote a really nice thank you letter to the entire planet for seeing his movie.

And so he should. The three-day President's Day weekend ended with the film making over $400 million worldwide. Going into this upcoming weekend, Black Panther will already have increased that value to over $500 million.

Predictions show that the Marvel hit will be one of only four films ever to make over $100 million domestically in its second weekend. That means over $600 million before you balance in whatever the foreign market winds up being in the next few days. And just think: Black Panther won't hit theaters in China for another two weeks! That's a lot of time to build up anticipation.

Anyway, you can add that news on top of a plethora of other record-breaking moments for Black Panther, including largest February opening weekend, largest winter season opening weekend, largest President's Day weekend opening, largest Monday gross, and largest Thursday preview gross in the month of February.

Really, the only controversy, if you can call it that, is the debate over LGBTQIA+ representation in Black Panther. And the debate isn't so much about whether the topic should be discussed — it's whether white people should be discussing it. I'll leave that debate up to you guys since it's, uh, not really my place. Good luck.



Joss Whedon was supposed to write and direct a Batgirl movie for the DCEU.

He won't be.

According to the man himself — who has ideas about vampire slayers, super-powered kids running away, women who can phase through walls, space cowboys, and living dolls — he just can't come up with a Batgirl story. Sure. Sounds believable?

I never wanted Joss Whedon involved in this project begin with, so I may be biased, but the public conversation is mostly about how it sure would be nice if a woman could, you know ... direct Batgirl.

DC hasn't been very lucky in hanging onto directors as is. Even John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who are supposed to be directing the Flashpoint movie, aren't completely signed on. As for Whedon, he'll be returning to Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- its 12th season will launch in comic book form this coming June, with him writing for the first time since the show-turned-comic's ninth season.



Life, ah ... finds a way. Again.

Way ahead of the June 22, 2018, release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal Pictures dropped in to say, hey, hi, we already know this sequel is gonna be a huge success, so btw lol we're making a third one of these #YOLO.

Jurassic World 3 will premiere on June 11, 2021. Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising) will co-write the script with Colin Trevorrow, who will have helmed the previous two Jurassic World films.

People feel very passionately about dinosaur movies. Maybe, in this third entry, it'll be the dinosaurs who put the humans in a park! And the dinosaurs will be like the dinosaurs from the classic TV series Dinosaurs!

It'll probably just be a fun action movie with Chris Pratt, though. Oh well.



This week Doctor Who revealed a new image that also debuted the show's new logo. It's very different! Almost like there's a brand-new showrunner or something! So, say farewell to the blocky letters, and say hello to slightly less blocky letters with a TARDIS trail through them!

The bigger news is Murray Gold's departure. As the show's composer, Gold has been serving the show since 2005, longer and more consistently than anyone else in the show's more than five-decade existence. The ostentatious and often bombastic score has become inexorably tied to the core style of Doctor Who since its return, and in some ways — even more than a new showrunner and the first female Doctor — the transition away from Murray Gold will mark one of the biggest changes the BBC drama has ever gone through.

Oh, and, also, new showrunner Chris Chibnall is apparently planning for the new Doctor Who to be less for fans and more for families. Which is probably fine.



Yes, Black Panther will continue to be the big money maker at the box office, but there's room for some Annihilation excitement. Alex Garland already has most of our attention after 2014's Ex Machina, easily one of the best and most intense science fiction dramas of the past decade.

And, yes, people are also excited because the film is about a bunch of women scientists who aren't dressed in sexy sex clothes for no reason whatsoever. They're just in regular science gear.

That's about where the regular stops, though, because Annihilation, you may have heard, is pretty weird. So, while Black Panther and its more-or-less standard story structure is great, it's always good to see science fiction drawing as far outside the lines as possible.


And that's it. Those are the five biggest stories we saw that weren't endlessly depressing. What did you distract yourself with while the world burned? Let us know in the comments below!

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