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When Rob Liefeld took the stage at his Toronto ComiCon Q&A, he took the stage solo saying that he would, “eat that moderator alive.” Out of the mouths of most people, that would have sounded hyperbolic, but in Liefeld’s case, 60 minutes later, the crowd knew it to be true because it was a solid hour of Rob Liefeld talking about Rob Liefeld and not one question was asked or answered. Perhaps he really didn’t need to answer any questions. For Liefeld, who’s currently basking in the success of the movie Deadpool, this official first trip to Toronto felt like a victory lap. (more…)

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We are just days away from the release of Batman V. Superman. Out of pure anticipation, we’re sure that a lot of you want to watch all of DC’s movies leading up to this one. Taking on such a task is pretty daring, as DC’s film library over the years is simply massive. Even if you’ve seen all of their theatrical movies, there’s still quite a few high-quality animated films that never hit the big screen. Direct-to-Video films like Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman: Under the Red Hood can provide fans with enough action to wet any fan’s appetite before March 25th’s main course. As if there weren’t already enough awesome animated Batman films, a first look at the newest one was released today by none other than the Joker himself.

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The thought of yet another Spider-Man reboot already has some viewers rolling their eyes. However, Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige has insisted that the story will be different this time around, resembling more of a John Hughes film than a typical origin story. From the look of things, the film will be focus more on Peter Parker’s high school life than the other two Spider-Man film series. In order to fit the film’s high school setting, 19-year-old Tom Holland has already been cast as Peter Parker, making him the youngest actor to play the webslinger. Just today, another fresh-faced actor was possibly confirmed as another character; one we haven’t seen on film before.

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“Creative differences” is a term you hear quite often nowadays. In 2014, Edgar Wright and Marvel stirred up a chunky stew of controversy when Wright unexpectedly quit Ant Man’s production. Marvel’s bigger plans for its Cinematic Universe supposedly clashed with Wright’s ambition of making a Cornetto-style superhero film. Last year, creative differences also reportedly turned Rupert Wyatt away from directing 20th Century Fox’s Gambit movie. It’s pretty much needless to say that the ambitions of filmmakers don’t always sync up with what studios feel is better for business. Directors aren’t the only ones turned off by studio demands though. Actors are just as capable of packing their bags and abandoning a film’s production that they once had faith in.

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When a man turns 75, that’s usually a sign that it is time to start slowing down and taking things a bit easier. They are probably retired, and looking forward to a nice, quiet life. Not so if you happen to be one of the great, enduring symbols of America, and one of Marvel’s flagship properties as Captain America is set to blow out a whopping 75 candles on his birthday cake this year, and what better way to ring in the event than bringing back one of Geekdom’s most beloved comic enthusiasts, Joss Whedon, to pen an all new story.

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Best Obscure Graphic Novels That Everyone Should Read

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“Why don’t more people know about [INSERT GRAPHIC NOVEL TITLE HERE]? [INSERT GRAPHIC NOVEL TITLE HERE] is the best thing ever!

~Every cheated comic book nerd ever.

With almost a century’s worth of tradition, comic books have absolute metric craptons of excellent, well thought-out content, even after you have subtracted the 90% of crap that infests every medium, as predicted by Sturgeon’s Law. And while this 10% might sound pretty damn promising, a lot of it just has simply been lost to time and lack of reprints, mostly due to their lackluster sales.

Which makes sense, from a market perspective: how many newfangled nerds know about the work of Rick Veitch? Who among the steampunk nerds have even heard of the unbridled lunacy that’s in the work of Bryan Talbot? Heck, how many otaku do you know that know the work of Boichi or even Kago Shintarou? Even if you factor in those creators’ excellence, their work often slips through the cracks, by virtue of simple logistics. (more…)

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Where to even begin with Akira? Katsuhiro Otomo‘s magnum opus, it was one of the works that made manga and anime huge in the West, as influential and seminal as The Drifting Classroom or Astroboy combined. The manga told the long and winding tale of a post-apocalyptic Japan, struggling in the aftermath of a psychic apocalypse and a small cadre of troubled teenagers and superpowered children that threaten to reduce our world into a cinder. Also, a hellishly bleak outlook of modern Japanese societyNeedless to say, the manga’s themes make it a tough cookie to swallow, especially when it comes to adapting it in any on-screen format, but Katsuhiro Otomo might have some enlightening news on the matter…

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Superhero nerds everywhere have recently been pelted with the mysterious announcement of the REBIRTH event, following a short teaser video that hints at a larger crisis which is probably heading toward New 52‘s way. While there has been no confirmation on whether or not this event will rework the DC continuity (Crisis-style), there has been some rampant speculation regarding the presence of a lot of Silver-Age heroes in the teaser’s line-up. The mystery is soon to be resolved, however, as the publisher recently went ahead to announce their full comic book line up for the duration of the event…

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Deadpool opens in theaters this Friday, and Nerd Bastards has posted not just one, but two, reviews of the highly anticipated anti-hero, superhero movie. Obviously, we’re all looking forward to the film, but there’s an important question that we all need answered before walking into the cinema at the end of the week: Does Rob Liefeld get credit for co-creating Deadpool? In a Facebook post, Liefeld discussed how he managed to secure a credit for himself and writer Fabian Nicieza for co-creating Deadpool in The New Mutants #98, but because this is Rob Liefeld we’re talking about, the situation has not gone without controversy. (more…)

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With the first full-length Deadpool feature film coming to make super-powered movies R-rated again, most nerds have to wonder: who really is the Merc With The Mouth? What are his secret origins? Who are his buddies and what makes him the Internet’s favorite anti-hero?

After some considerable soul-searching and a lot of trudging through back issues of the Internet’s favorite anti-hero, we are finally ready to give you…

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEADPOOL… MOSTLY

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