Jason Momoa Talks Why Aquaman is Important To Him and His Family

- 01-30-15Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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There’s more to Aquaman than the hackneyed “he talks to fish” joke. He’s far cooler than most people ever give him credit for. He’s a born leader, handles hardships like a boss, and gets shit done. The moment the character grew a beard and jabbed a trident on the stub that was once his left hand,  cemented him as a total bad-ass in my book. I  mean seriously, why would anyone doubt a guy that has the potential to summon a Sharknado? Still, the vast majority of pop culture enthusiasts just think of him as that homoerotic water boy who rides giants seahorses.

While recent media outings like the DC Animated feature Justice League: Throne of Atlantis have tried to reintroduce the king of the 7 seas to some decent fanfare, Aquaman’s cool factor tows the line to a small (maybe not so small) pocket of fans who appreciate and understand him.  It will be real interesting to see how the characters star meter rises (or falls) when Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa dons the scaly orange suit and raises the royal trident when he appears in Batman v Superman and the eventual Justice League movies and Aquaman standalone film. (more…)

Our First Avengers: AoU TV Commercial Is Here!

- 01-29-15Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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The first television spot (well, one that isn’t exclusively attached to Agents of Shield) has been released. The 30-second clip consists nearly entirely of previously seen footage from the initial two trailers – so in other words, nothing new to see here. You’re bound to see this on the Superbowl and then have it, as well as a number of other spots/cuts, shoved down your eye sockets between now and May first. Because, we’re all puppets… tangled in strings… STRINGS…

The spot shows scenes like Ultron crashing the Avengers’ party, Hulk facing off against Iron Man in Hulk Buster Armor, and explosions! Check it out below:
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Recent ‘Agent Carter’ Addition Has Specific ‘Avengers’ Connection

- 01-29-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Agent Carter has been pretty sly with its callbacks and Easter eggs to other Marvel Studios works so far. Maybe that’s because it gets to be off on its own in 1946, or maybe it’s because, unlike the early days of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Carter doesn’t to use fan service to cover for languid storytelling. Regardless, Agent Carter seems to like to reward eagle-eyed viewers, like when Anton Vanko, father of Iron Man 2 villain Ivan Vanko AKA: Whiplash, appeared in episode two. And if you though there was something oddly familiar about another character in this past week’s episode, “The Blitzkrieg Button,” specifically in the way she fights, you may be presently surprised and pleased to get this piece of Easter Egg hunting from one of Agent Carter’s producers. (more…)

‘Supergirl’ Casts ‘True Blood’ Hunk as Jimmy Olsen (Not a Typo)

- 01-29-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I think it’s been an avowed rule of portrayals of Jimmy Olsen that Superman’s best friend is – What’s the word I’m looking for? – a nerd. He was a young kid that wore a bow tie for decades for crying out loud! Unless you’re The Doctor, nothing says “nerd” like wearing a bow tie and being under the age of 50 (of course Doctor Who may not exactly be the lampshade I’m thinking of for this rule). But if Jimmy Olsen isn’t supposed to be anything, it’s a well-cut side of beef that’s part underwear model, and part athlete. After all, what good is it to be Superman’s best friend if it looks like you’d have a good chance at kicking his ass if he didn’t have super-powers? To wit, Mehcad Brooks has now been cast as Olsen in CBS’ Supergirl series. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’ – A Decent Reintroduction To The King of The 7 Seas

- 01-29-15Comics, Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jason O. Logan

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I am and always have been a big fan of DC’s King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman.  In fact, I like most aquatic  characters I’ve come across in my years of reading comic books like Aquaman’s counterpart at rival  Marvel,  Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Tempest, Mera, and K’aldur’ahn, the updated Aqualad who made a big name for himself on the late, lamented Young Justice (I’m still salty about that one, CN).  I  like them all but King Arthur (Curry) is still the big fish for me though because he was the first one I saw  riding giant seahorses under the sea with concentric circles coming out of his head summoning  hammerhead sharks in animated shorts and on The Superfriends.  So imagine my surprise when I  discovered he’s now the butt of ironic hipster jokes on Family Guy and Robot Chicken.  The latest  animated offering from the smoothly functioning machine that is Warner Brothers Animation aims to  rehabilitate the monarch’s image with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and it is off to a good start. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E11 – “Midnight City”

- 01-29-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Although it brings to mind the jaunty tune by the French electronic duo, “Midnight City” was no happy-go-lucky hour of Arrow. In Starling City, for Oliver’s friends and allies, there’s no time for mourning, nor is there any time to stop and catch their breath. True, everyone’s green hooded hero was alive and well (ish), but his city was taking a proverbial and literal beating from Danny “Brick” Brickwell. It’s time for a new hero to rise, time for her – yes, her – to take up her mantle as a leather-clad defender of innocents with a talent to wield blunt objects in manner almost as fierce as her temper. Too bad that this Canary is woefully under-prepared for the mantle passed down to her. (more…)

‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer With Director Commentary… Yeah, Cause That’s A Thing We Do Now.

- 01-28-15Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Just a day after FOX finally released a trailer for Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot they’ve re-released the trailer with additional  Producer (Simon Kinberg) and Director commentary. I can’t say I’ve ever seen this done before and in this particular case, it is pure brilliance. (more…)

‘Flash’ EP Answers, “What is this Speed Force You Mentioned?”

- 01-28-15Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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If you’re a fan of this site, then you’ve probably heard of the Force, but how about the Speed Force? You may not be so steeped into the comic lore of the original Flash books to know anything about the Speed Force, so you might not have gotten too excited when it was name dropped on last night’s episode of The CW‘s The Flash. That’s okay because executive producer Andrew Kreisberg is going to explain it to us. Out of what have looked like, on the surface, as another “freak of the week” episode, we were instead given a fairly big piece of Flash mythology and it was just dropped in a manner akin to the way we learned what Cisco wore to work on his first day at S.T.A.R. Labs. Spoilers ahead obviously. (more…)

Meanwhile At The Hall Of Comics… The Best Pulls For 1/28/15

- 01-28-15Comics, Featured Posted by Jake Johnston

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading.  (more…)

Daniel Bruhl Role Revealed? Is he Playing Baron Zemo in ‘Civil War’

- 01-27-15Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Captain America: Civil War! Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about one of the rumors about the first film in the next phase of Marvel‘s big screen development. We know that Daniel Bruhl was cast last year in Civil War, but the role he was cast to play was not revealed. On film, Bruhl has faced off against Thor actor Chris Hemsworth in Rush and future Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate, but given that Bruhl is of German birth that seemed rather telling, but not necessarily conclusive. Now, a leak from a casting website seems to have answered the question for us, and it now appears that Bruhl will play Captain America’s second biggest adversary, Baron Zemo, in the forthcoming Civil War. (more…)