This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about Idris Elba voicing Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Superman playable in Fortnite, and the casting of Gomez and Morticia Addams in Netflix's Wednesday series.

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Idris Elba to voice Knuckles, Superman in Fortnite, & Gomez and Morticia Addams cast – 2021-08-11

Idris Elba cast as Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Hot off his starring role in The Suicide Squad, Idris Elba has announced that he’s joining Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie, voicing the character Knuckles.

Knuckles first appeared as an antagonist in the 1994 Sega video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3, tricked by the evil Dr. Robotnik into thinking that Sonic is his enemy, before switching sides and joining the blue hero. He became a playable character in the follow-up game “Sonic and Knuckles” released later the same year.

Elba has lent his voice to several projects, including animated features Finding Dory and Zootopia, and animation/live-action hybrid The Jungle Book, all released in 2016. His casting in Sonic 2 only heightens curiosity as to who will play Sonic’s loyal sidekick Tails, who is also set to join the sequel.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is scheduled to open on April 8, 2022.

Superman is now playable in Fortnite

The Man of Steel is now playable in Fortnite. Epic Games released new skins and cosmetics for Superman, letting players drop onto the island as Kal-El himself and earn a slew of super-rewards as part of Fortnite’s Chapter 2, Season 7 battle pass. In the story, someone stole Clark Kent’s memories, and it will be up to the fans to discover what happened.

Those Superman rewards include Daily Planet back bling, a Fortress of Solitude-inspired pickaxe, and the chance to play Fortnite as mild-mannered Clark Kent.

Completing the Epic Quests will net you even more rewards, including the Shadow alt style for Clark Kent, Superman, and the previously mentioned accessories.

Gomez and Morticia Addams cast for Netflix’s live-action Wednesday series

Netflix has announced the casting of two major characters for their upcoming live-action series Wednesday, based on The Addams Family. Luis Guzman has closed a deal to play the debonair Gomez Addams, while Catherine Zeta-Jones will portray the role of Morticia Addams. The two join the already cast Jenna Ortega who will be playing the titular Wednesday Addams.

Wednesday will be executive produced and directed by Tim Burton, as he makes his television directorial debut. The 8-episode series is described as a coming-of-age comedy that will be a sleuthing, supernaturally-infused mystery. It will chart Wednesday’s years as a student at the peculiar Nevermore Academy, where she attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the town, and solve a mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new relationships at Nevermore.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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