Showbiz news: PACIFIC RIM 2 nabs Boyega, SUPERGIRL will introduce Superman

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It’s a busy Monday, and there’s a couple of worthwhile bits of entertainment news of interest for the comics crowd:

– I’ve been pretty vocal about this in the past, but I was never the biggest fan of Pacific Rim, despite some very nice Guy Davis concept work, and that neon Blade Runner aesthetic that is basically cat-nip for my eyes. But, I knew if a sequel ever came to fruition, there was lots of room for improvement, namely, getting a new lead. It looks like the studio is doing just that as John Boyega (Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) has signed on-board the Steven S. DeKnight directed sequel, where he’ll play the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost per Deadline. Here’s what’s series originator, Guillermo del Toro had to say about the new addition:

“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox. The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.”

– No surprise, but Supergirl looks to be adding her big cousin for its initial CW season (and second season overall), with casting now underway. EP Andrew Kreisberg had this to say about the series’ new addition to the ranks:

“Greg, Ali and I are beyond thrilled to welcome Clark Kent and his slightly-more-famous alter ego to the world of ‘Supergirl,’” Kreisberg said. “Superman will be appearing in the first two episodes of the new season and we cannot wait to see who next dons the red cape!”

This will mark the first time since Smallville aired at the same time as Superman Returns was in theaters that we’ll have two live-action iterations of Superman sharing fans’ attention. While many have bemoaned the character’s current presentation under Zack Snyder’s watch on the big screen, perhaps the Greg Berlanti/CW version will produce something that will please fans of a more traditionally approached Superman.

The question being, who is gonna play him? Throw me your best fan-casting!

 

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