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DC Universe is knocking it out of the park again and again. Titans, Doom Patrol, and now Swamp Thing. DC Universe is stepping things up in quality, not afraid to take chances on comic-accurate costumes and lesser-known characters. Pushing things to a more adult-like direction, darker without taking itself too seriously or losing the “fun” that fans feel is synonymous with comic book characters. Now with Swamp Thing, they delve into the horror genre. Bringing in characters like Madame Xanadu and Blue Devil, Swamp Thing is following in the footsteps of Titans by showcasing characters that have never been seen live action. The newest trailer gives fans a glimpse into the world. But will it be another home run?

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Anthony Cleveland is a freelance comic book writer who specializes in horror comics. His latest comic is called Show’s End, being released in June from Mad Cave studios. NerdBastards reached out to Anthony for an interview about his upcoming project, past works, and future endeavors and the creepily talented writer was more than happy to shed some light on his dark imagination and creations. (more…)

You don’t have to be a cynic to recognize Disney’s corporate strategy to re-adapt practically the entirety of its animated back catalog into a seemingly endless stream of live-action or CGI-live-action feature-length films aren’t motivated by artistic or aesthetic considerations, but purely commercial ones. And it’s not just about how much box-office revenue this or that new release generates, but also future revenue via Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, and, of course, extending intellectual property rights further into the future. It also makes sense why Guy Ritchie – no one’s idea of a family-oriented, mainstream director – jumped at the opportunity to direct the live-action remake of Disney’s 1992 animated classic, Aladdin, with Will Smith, a movie star with remarkable consistency, replacing the late Robin Williams as the cosmically powered, blue-skinned, wish-granting genie. (more…)

There’s slow, there’s slow burn, and then there’s Brightburn.

Nepotism can get you far in or out of Hollywood, but in the case of Brightburn, a rote, routine “What If?” Superman-as-supervillain origin story co-written by onetime schlock purveyor-turned-A-list director James Gunn’s brother and cousin, Brian and Mark, respectively, it’s not far enough. Gunn produced Brightburn, but he obviously played a key role in getting the Brightburn script in front of studio executives eager to capitalize on the lucrative superhero genre. He just as likely helped Brian and Mark to shape its not-quite-clever Superman-as-supervillain storyline. Gunn should have given the underwritten, undercooked script four, five, or even six more passes before deeming it worthy of actual production. Brightburn takes a steep dive off a short cliff, repeatedly failing to meet any of the Gunn trio’s supposedly subversive intentions, taking an old-to-comics-new-to-movies premise with promise and potential and instead delivering a flaccid, turgid, ultimately disposable contribution to the genre. (more…)

Eight years and 72 episodes later, we arrive kicking and screaming at the conclusion of one of the most loved and talked about shows on television. Whether the kicking and screaming is because viewers can’t bear for the series to end, or because this season has left fans dissatisfied, the unavoidable conclusion is here. Game of Thrones is over.

While this season has had some truly fantastic moments that left fans in awe, and some plot developments making other fans feel it was massively rushed, the resolution that this episode has provided has got fans feeling, well… ambivalent about it all.  (more…)

People fear losing independence. They fear losing their bodies, their minds. While they fear dangerous entities or secret governments or oppressive systems, more than anything they fear losing power over themselves. Those organizations just tend to lie adjunct to those fears.

This is the root of all dystopian novels. The system may have shifted into something horrible, but the true horror is becoming something you’re not. And people will go to terrible lengths to preserve their souls.

In Fahrenheit 451, this meant hiding the bible under your bed and reading stories you don’t quite understand just to learn something different and purposeful about the world.

In Lathe of Heaven, this meant drugging yourself until your uncontrollable mind stopped ripping the world, your world, to shreds.

In Skyrim, this meant building secret shrines of Talos and being willing to die by Thalmor hands while praying at the altar.

Wednesday May 15th, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed an anti-abortion law that would ban abortion in almost all cases, save when a mother’s life was in jeopardy. While Roe v. Wade has been in effect around the nation since 1973, allowing first-trimester abortions for any woman, this law changes that for Alabama women. Now they or even the doctors performing the procedure could go to jail.

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NerdBastards had the privilege, nay, the pleasure, of getting to toss some questions at Daniel Brodie, creator and writer of Morgan’s Organs. Brodie’s comic book, now in it’s third issue being funded through Kickstarter, is the unique perspective of the organs living in a college student, Morgan. Think Pixar’s Inside Out for grown-ups. Low brow humor of the highest quality, Morgan’s Organs gives voice to larger than life characters that many young men will identify with. Morgan’s brain, Bran, and his penis, Pepe, vie for control of Morgan’s love life while his other organs feel the fallout of their choices. Morgan and his organs sometimes seem at odds with each other, having differing goals and opinions. But no matter the situation, their choices affect each other in hilarious ways. Extremely NSFW (that IS a censored penis head in the logo, after all!) Morgan’s Organs provides laugh-out-loud comedy that will keep you engaged, page after page.

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Let’s start this discussion by saying Robert Pattinson is a fine actor who’s done great work, not just Cedric Diggory or Edward Cullen shenanigans. So, let’s throw those out the window.

Next, I’ll be quite frank that I don’t like Robert Pattinson as Batman. But boy, does he deserve a big, heroic role.

Right. Context.

Robert Pattinson started his career pigeon-holed into being a moody romantic lead. While I think moody fits his acting well, I understand how romantic lead can be stifling for an actor who wants to take on more serious, dramatic roles.

After great work in movies like Good Time, Robert Pattinson deserves a big budget movie where he can show off the dramatic, more action-packed actor he wants to be (at least if Good Time and Batman are any indication). It’s no surprise that he’s in negotiations with a big director like Matt Reeves (Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, War for Planet of The Apes) to play such an iconic role. 

Unfortunately, I just think Batman was the wrong choice.

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