Geekly World News – March 14, 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more.

A new trailer is out for Captain America: Civil War and it features our first look at Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man. It’s a very brief glimpse, but I really like what I see so far. Spider-Man is my favourite superhero, and I can’t wait to see this new Marvel Studios version of the character hang out on the big screen with the rest of the Avengers. The movie comes out on May 6, and I’ll be doing everything in my power to be there for the first showing.

Speaking of Spider-Man on the big screen, the Hollywood Reporter J.K. Simmons has been cast to play Commissioner James Gordon in the upcoming Justice League movies. This is a great casting choice in my opinion, although people who had hoped Simmons might reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot might be disappointed by this news. Justice League Part One will come to theatres on November 17, 2017, while Justice League Part 2 is scheduled for release on June 14, 2019.

J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man (2002)

There’s been some sad news from the video game industry over the past week – here’s the rundown:
  • Daybreak Game Company has cancelled EverQuest Next, the successor to the long-running EverQuest franchise. The president of the company, Russell Shanks, said, “As we put together the pieces, we found that it wasn’t fun. In final review, we had to face the fact that EverQuest Next would not meet the expectations we — and all of you — have for the worlds of Norrath.”
  • Microsoft has cancelled Fable Legends and is closing its development studio, Lionhead Studios. Lionhead started as an independent studio founded by Peter Molyneux, but it was purchased by Microsoft in 2006, and from then on it focused entirely on the Fable series of games.
  • Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, has acquired Radiant Entertainment. Radiant had two games in active development, Stonehearth and Rising Thunder. While development on Stonehearth will continue under Riot’s roof, Rising Thunder has been cancelled. This is a real bummer, as the game looked really promising. For posterity, here’s Giant Bomb’s extended look at the game:

Were you looking forward to any of these cancelled games? Do you think J.K. Simmons will make a good Commissioner Gordon? What do you think of the latest live-action Spider-Man suit? Let us know in the comments below!

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