Looking at the live action Batman movies of the last-quarter century we’ve had eight different movies starring five different actors as the Dark Knight Detective and his alter ego billionaire Bruce Wayne. That may be why for a generation of people, the only real definitive Batman is the man behind the voice behind the cowl, Kevin Conroy, who first “appeared” as the Caped Crusader in 1992 when Batman: The Animated Series premiered on Fox Kids. Conroy was one of a number of celebrity guests as the recent Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, and at a press event he talked about his Batman legacy, and why no one person is the definitive Dark Knight. (more…)
Over 17 years after The Blair Witch Project opened and became not just an indie film sensation, but a pop culture touchstone, another group of hapless young people are taking another fateful trip into the woods of rural Maryland. Adam Wingard‘s Blair Witch premieres tonight, and the studio, Lionsgate, is likely hoping that the franchise that never happened back in ’99 will be a reality 20 years later. If Blair Witch is a hit, Wingard will get the credit, but the it was two then-struggling filmmakers named Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez that coined the term “Blair Witch” back in 1997 when they were looking for a small project they could do for cheap in order to get their names out there. And then they hit the jackpot.
Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk to Daniel Myrick last month in advance of Fan Expo Canada. Myrich and other members of the cast and crew of the first Blair Witch, were supposed to appear there, but the reunion was cancelled in advance of the show. Still, with Blair Witch about to be a hit again in theatres everywhere, so the time is ripe to revisit the 1999 original with Myrick, why he thinks his film still endures, and how a one hit wonder is still a hit. (more…)
Back in 1999, a movie called The Blair Witch Project was released to deafening hype normally reserved for the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Thanks to its success on the film festival circuit, and what’s likely the first viral internet campaign, people lined up that July to see the simple tale of three student filmmakers that went into the woods and never came out, made by two inexperienced filmmakers with two cameras and a couple of thousand bucks. One of the actors in the film was Michael C. Williams, who, when he signed up to play the sound engineer Mike, had no idea that he was walking into a global phenomenon. One that persists with the release of Adam Wingard‘s Blair Witch this Friday.
Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk to Williams last month in advance of Fan Expo Canada. Williams, and other members of the cast and crew of the first Blair Witch, were supposed to appear there, but the reunion was cancelled in advance of the show. Still, there is a Blair Witch movie hitting theaters at the end of the week, so in the spirit of nostalgia we reminisce like it’s 1999 by talking to Williams about that time he went into the woods and disappeared forever (in the movies). (more…)
After Todd McFarlane, no one’s had a longer relationship with the Image Comics character Spawn than Greg Capullo. First drawing the character 1993, he kept up with the book and its numerous spin-offs until well into the 21st century. These days though, Capullo is more well-known for his run on Batman with writer Scott Snyder, a five-year collaboration that was critically and commercially successful and saw an expansion of the Batman mythos with some of the Dark Knight’s most popular modern story arcs. Capullo is now working with Mark Millar on his new creator-own book, Reborn, which will likely continue Millar’s winning streak next to books like Kick-Ass, The Secret Service and Wanted. This weekend though, it’s all about Capullo as he comes to Fan Expo Canada in Toronto to sign a few books and shake a few hands, but before that, Capullo took the time to answer a few questions from Nerd Bastards about his Batman legacy, his collaboration with Snyder, and what he’s looking to do in the future in terms of his comics career. (more…)
Tim Sale has put his stamp on a lot of comics’ biggest characters, his work with writer Jeph Loeb is amongst some of the best to come out of the printing press in the last 20 years. The work of the duo on collections like Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman For All Season, Spider-Man Blue, Daredevil Yellow, and their recently completed Captain America White, have not just satisfied comic book readers, but influenced the makers of the live-action movie counterparts of the characters. Talking to Tim Sale though, who appears this weekend at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, you can tell that he’s a thoughtful guy that cares very much about the state of his art form. We talked about how the industry has changed for better and worse, his orderly way of managing his con commitments, and his memories of the dear departed Darwyn Cooke. (more…)
David Finch is at it again! Drawing Batman that is. Back in 2011, Finch was amongst the new creators to join in the re-shuffling of the DC Comics Universe and take the Dark Knight in bold new directions, and now, as DC undergoes Rebirth, Finch returns to Gotham with a new partner and a new mandate. Finch’s credits include Justice League of America, Wonder Woman, and Forever Evil, as well as Marvel books like Ultimate X-Men and New Avengers, but right now his work life’s about Batman, and that’s kind of the way Finch likes it. On the eve of his appearance at Fan Expo Canada this Labour Day weekend, we talked to Finch about Batman’s appeal, how he leaves his mark on the character, and his thoughts on how comic book movies are affecting the way he makes comic book art. (more…)
What kind of woman signs up to be married to the Master of Magnetism? Well, her name is Carolina Bartczak, and she plays Magda in the current superhero hit X-Men: Apocalypse. Bartczak is a Toronto-based actress with credits including the TV series The Listener, Covert Affairs, and The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog along with movie appearances in Smurfs 2 and Brick Mansions, but it was, in part, her Polish ancestry that made her a good choice to play Magda, the Polish woman that builds a life and a family with Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in 1980s Poland in Apocalypse. In our conversation with Bartczak we talk about understanding Magneto, dealing with high expectations, and how sometimes kissing Michael Fassbender is both fun and professional. (more…)
AfterShock Comics is a relatively-new startup comic book company that has made some big waves early. Using veteran comic talent coupled with an Editor-in-Chief, Mike Marts, who has worked on some of the biggest titles in the Marvel and DC lineup, the company has hit the comic shelves by storm and is garnering excellent early buzz. NerdBastards recently had a chance to bend Marts’ ear for a few minutes, and the result of our conversation is presented heretowith! (more…)
Glenn Hetrick may seem intimidating while in the judge’s seat of the SyFy hit series Face Off, but this titan of makeup/special effects art and design knows his craft. His work has been featured in iconic geek culture works such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5 , The X-Files, Heroes (just to name a few) and most recently in The Hunger Games and Agents of Shield. But not only is the prolific artist making great strides in his career, but he is also using his new company Alchemy FX Studio to spearhead the integration of CG and technical special effects application. This interview is one you don’t want to miss.
So check out our conversation below, and be sure to tune in to see Glenn on a new episode of FaceOff, Tuesday on SyFy at 9/8c or Wednesday during his guest-judge appearance for Steampunk’d on GSN at 8/7c!
If there is one thing you can say about Zachary Levi, it’s that the man knows his nerdy stuff! Serving as the host of the pop-culture gameshow Geeks Who Drink (SyFy, new episodes every Thursday night) as well as starring in the new Heroes Reborn mini-series (premiering tonight, September 24th, on NBC), he’s got to routinely be on his game, and it’s apparent that he has had the love of all things pop-ish from well before his days starring as everyman spy-wannabe Chuck from the mid-2000s NBC show of the same name.
Check out our conversation below, and be sure to check Zachary out in his new shows Geeks Who Drink and Heroes Reborn this Fall!