‘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…)

Rumor Patrol – Samuel L. Jackson Wanted for ‘Die Hard 6′ Return

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

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For many, Die Hard with a Vengeance was the last good Die Hard movie; for others though, Die Hard was the last good Die Hard movie, so let’s just say it’s a contentious debate and leave it at the idea that A Good Day to Die Hard was horrid, horrid, horrid! Still, it collected a few coins at the worldwide box office, and Bruce Willis said he’d enjoy another go in John McCain’s shoes, so a follow-up is inevitable. But will it suck? Perhaps Fox is buttressing their odds by adding one of the reasons that Vengeance was so enjoyable, by re-teaming Willis with Samuel L. Jackson. (more…)

Are ‘Star Trek 3′ Writers Also Rebooting Flash Gordon?

- 04-15-14Film Posted by Sarah Moran

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Flash Gordon may be one of the the 20th century’s first science fiction icons and an inspiration for George Lucas when he created his own space opera, but most are familiar with the guy from that rather cheesy 1980 movie with a kick-ass soundtrack by Queen. (FLAAASH! AHAHHHH!) That Flash Gordon is a cult classic, but not necessarily the on screen adaptation the character deserved. Which is where Star Trek 3 writers, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay come in, as the two are rumored to be working on a script for a reboot. (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…)

“Straight To Series” Order Possible for Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Series

- 04-14-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film, TV Posted by James Daniels

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There have been whisperings that Marvel character Agent Peggy Carter, as portrayed by Hayley Atwell, would be getting her own TV series since January (at least). Now, according to DeadlineABC appears ready to throw their total support behind the project, and dive straight in–no pilot necessary. (That’s what a “Straight To Series” order means. Don’t be embarrassed–I had to look it up myself.) (more…)

Benedict Cumberbatch WON’T Appear In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

- 04-14-14Film Posted by Brandon Marcus

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Quickly, list all the actors rumored for Star Wars: Episode VIIYou can’t, can you? That’s because the list of performers who maybe, possibly, might be in J.J. Abrams’s ridiculously-anticipated film is too long to remember.

However, one of the more memorable names reportedly tied to the movie has just confirmed he won’t be in it. That’s right, Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t going to a galaxy far, far away.

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Paul Bettany Dishes Vision ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Details

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

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While making the late night show rounds for Transcendence, Paul Bettany stopped by Jimmy Kimmel for a chat. There’s the usual banter and movie talk, but then Kimmel asked Bettany about his role as the Vision in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. (more…)