‘X-Men: DOFP’ – First Paquin’s Rogue is in, Then She’s Out, Now She’s Back in Again!

- 04-16-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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You might have missed it when, late last night, the last X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer hit the Internet. I have to admit I missed it, but then again, I never stay on a trailer once the credits start to roll. That’s where one eagle eyed fan saw Anna Paquin‘s name. Wait… didn’t director Bryan Singer say she was cut out of the movie? (more…)

New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Promo Clip Features the Faces Behind the Characters

- 04-16-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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For those of you that ran to the bathroom, or to the fridge to grab another beer, when Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. went to commercial break last night, you might have missed this new television promo piece for James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a nice little video with a message from each of the actors playing the main characters. (more…)

The Final ‘X-Men Days of Future Past’ Trailer is Here – Did It Reveal Too Much?

- 04-16-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Tonight on Conan (guy with red hair, hosts a late night talk show) the 3rd and final trailer of X-Men: Days of Future Past was aired. If you’re a fan of director Bryan Singers X-Men universe then no doubt this will astonish you. He and FOX defiantly pulled out the big guns, that’s for sure.  If you’re a comic book reader, however, you may take umbrage with it.  (more…)

Channing Tatum Won’t Stop Talking About Talking About Gambit Role

- 04-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Whenever Channing Tatum‘s name comes up around the Internet there’s sure to be some sparks flying. People either love him or hate him, both with equal passion. So there’s sure to be a lot of heated opinions out there when the rest of the Internet finds out that Channing Tatum has been having talks about the role of Gambit with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner. (more…)

‘Superior’ to Join Other Mark Millar Comics on Big Screen

- 04-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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At this point, comic book writer Mark Millar could probably come up with a miniseries about a killer robot driving instructor that goes back in time for some reason, and still sell it to a movie studio. The Scottish author has sold the film rights to another one of his creator-owned hits, again to Twentieth Century Fox and his Kick-Ass/The Secret Service collaborator Matthew Vaughn. And which book will they be working on? The one that has a name that sounds like it has a lot to live-up to: Superior. (more…)

Get a Close Look at the Unused Venom Suit From Sam Rami’s ‘Spider-Man 3′

- 04-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Even with the, much deserved, criticism that Sam Rami’s third foray into the movie world of Spider-Man gathers anytime someone mentions the movie on the Internet, the film did have some amazingly cool stuff in it. The problem was that there was just too much of everything, to many characters, too many villains, too much dancing dousche Peter Parker. Turns out, there was some amazing stuff created for the film that wasn’t used, like this Venom costume. (more…)

A Cinephile’s Journey Through the Marvel Cinematic Universe

- 04-15-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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*** Warning: Spoilers For Films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Follow ***

I need to get this out of the way up front: I’m not a “comic book guy”.

That’s probably weird for you to read, as this site is called Nerd Bastards” after all; complete with a smattering of classic funny books comprising the logo alongside what appears to be a homeless man who mugged Darth Vader for his Camel Lights (doesn’t that dude have asthma?). The truth is: I’m pretty much a strict “cinephile”, my education (formal and otherwise) rooted in both classic and contemporary film history. That’s not to say I’m a complete ignoramus when it comes to comics. I collected when I was a kid, frequenting my local shop at least once a week, hooked on the books  whose stories fascinated me. It’s just that this main vein habit didn’t follow me into adulthood like cinema did — a hobby that I chose to turn into a career of sorts.

I don’t bring this fact up to distance myself from the NB audience; more to illustrate that I probably view the films adapted from the stories they so love through a different prism. Where they’re looking for consistency of character and adherence to the established mythologies, I’m motly hoping to sit down with a (hopefully more than) competently constructed work of filmic language that not only brings our diligent defenders to life, but does so with a focus on pleasing more than just the established fan base. In no way is one method of evaluation better than the other — it’s just a different value system with which to rate a specific subsection of the form. To be honest, the best critics of “comic book cinema” are those who can do both, dropping knowledge about the “mis-en-scène” as easily as they can break down why this particular iteration of Captain America is the most faithful to its four-color creators. I strive to do both, but my limitations with the source material keep me from going full-blown FilmCritHulk most of the time.

To wit, I introduce to you my very own take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At this point in the sprawling franchise’s history, everybody seems to have their own personal rankings of the films leading up to and beyond Joss Whedon’s AvengersAs much as the snobbier cinema goers would like “comic book filmmaking” to evaporate completely into the ether, it’s time to start recognizing that the genre is far too profitable to disappear anytime soon. These movies need to be treated like bona fide works of art and evaluated as such, so I present my own personal, cinephilic take on the MCU, from worst to best…

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New Videos and Spoilers from ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

- 04-14-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Because if a day goes by without us getting something new about the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie the terrorists win, we’ve got some more Spider-Man news. As we count down to the release of the film, fate (and the internet) brings us a pair of new interviews with the cast and crew, and some provocative potential spoilers courtesy of one of the film’s social media outlets. So what ties all this together? As a wise man once said: Think about the future. So without further ado, let’s consider the future of Spider-Man(more…)

More ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Footage – Mutants vs. Sentinels

- 04-14-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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The release of X-Men: Days of Future Past is just over a month away so, as we can expect, the marketing is being ramped up to get everyone hyped for the film. The latest bit consists of about a minute of footage from the beginning of the flick. Check out an assortment of mutants as they take on the Singer-esque version of the DOFP sentinels in the video below. (more…)

DC/Vertigo’s ‘Scalped’ Making its Way to Television

- 04-14-14Comics, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It looks like yet another Vertigo title will be heading to the television screen, folks. We’ve already heard about Constantine and Preacher, and Sandman is getting the movie treatment, so it only makes sense that DC’s mature comic line would be generating even more interest from the industry world. The newest addition to the family is a series called Scalped and it will be coming to WGN America. (more…)