When Marvel needed someone to script doctor some additional scenes for the upcoming Doctor Strange film starring Benedict Cumberbatch they called on Dan Harmon, creator of co-creator of the fan favorite comedy Community. Harmon is an odd choice but also an inspired one. His off-center comedic style is fantastic when it clicks with the actors involved and Cumberbatch is just the talented actor to pull it off. (more…)
Stop motion paper animation is one of this NerdBastards favorite things. Tatooine by Jeremy Messersmith, if you haven’t seen it, is a good place to start. Now Wired has gotten into the mix with this latest Data Attack video DC vs. Marvel Box Office Battle. Entertaining and educational, what else could you ask for? (more…)
Ultimate Spider-Man, a cartoon series on Disney XD starring our favorite web-slinger, is gearing up to the finale of season four and looks to continue the Spider-Verse plot point that had been a part of the third season. The original Spider-Verse arc in the show was a four episode, multi-dimensional adventure that saw Spider-Man travelling to different versions of his universe, all with their own Spider-Man, and teaming up with them. Some fan favorites he met along the way included Miles Morales, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Girl. This time around, another female wall-crawler is joining the fray who made her initial appearance in the original comic version of the story-line. (more…)
Last year’s premiere of Ash Vs Evil Dead on Starz came after years of discussion about the possibility of an Evil Dead 4. The film series, which started as a nearly no-budget indie in 1981, included one sequel that was a slightly bigger budgeted remake called Evil Dead II in 1987, and then the ultimate third chapter called Army of Darkness, which was made with actually Hollywood money, in 1992. For the two decades after that though, it seemed the further adventures of Ash Williams, the series grandiose hero played by Bruce Campbell, were firmly stuck in development hell, but now, director Sam Raimi has shed some light on why, and before you ask it was more a problem with him than anything else. (more…)
You may be enjoying the current trend of superhero movies, but they do suffer from a couple of key criticisms on a general basis aside from the quality of the individual films. For instance, superheroes in these films tend to be white, and male, and for the most part, their nationality tends to be American. The heroes themselves tend to be American, or the action predominately takes place in the United States, heck one of the Avengers is actually called Captain America. So Russia, apparently, is looking to address the imbalance with their own superhero movie. Prepare for the awe-inspiring might of the “Avengers of the East,” the mightiest heroes of the former of Soviet Union, The Guardians. (more…)
Ever since singer/actress Zendaya was cast for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Spider-Man: Homecoming for a “key role,” there has been some speculation as to who she was going to be. Originally her character’s name was “Michelle” which obviously was a red herring. Fan speculated that she possibly could be Liz Allen, a racially recast Felicia Hardy (AKA Black Cat), or even a completely original character created for the upcoming film. Recently it was confirmed that the actress was to be Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s long-time love interest for the film. Traditionally Mary Jane was a white character and has been portrayed by so in the many incarnations of Spider-Man on film. First by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, and also by Shailene Woodley in the Marc Webb Spider-Man films, although she was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Needless to say, many fans online were not happy with the ethnicity changes for a character who has historically be white since 1965. With the many changes in diversity in both the comics and in the Marvel films, some fans have been quite vocal expressing their disappointment in Zendaya being Mary Jane.
Legends of Tomorrow wrapped up its first season with what seemed like a resolution to its raison d’être; Vandal Savage was defeated, and the Time Lords were deposed. So that’s a wrap for the Legends, right? With all their enemies dead there was no more reason for them to time travel together. Hold on there because the show was renewed for a second season, which means we need a reason for the Legends to get the band back together, and executive producer Marc Guggenheim outlined some reasons in a recent interview. (more…)
When you think of comic book conventions, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is the one and only Comic Con in San Diego California. After all, it is the biggest comic con of the year and you can find many big stars and major announcements there. But what about the smaller conventions? You know, the local ones that not nearly as many people go to. While these smaller comic conventions aren’t as popular as the ones that coast an entire savings account to go to, they are nonetheless worthy of checking out. A perfect example of a small con with a big heart is last weekend’s Terrificon Comicon at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)