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Heath Ledger raised the bar with his portrayal as the crown prince of crime. The actors unfortunate death also further cemented that version of the character unto popular culture.  No matter who plays the Joker, that person will always be compared to Ledger. Unless, perhaps, the actor playing him has a look and style so far removed from Ledger’s, that audiences can’t possibly make any correlation between the two – you know, kind of like how Ledger made people forget about Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Enter Jared Leto. A brilliant actor and musician. Someone with the physicality and presence to give even the most critical of fans moment to pause.

Any recess in curiosity may have very well ended the day Suicide Squad director David Ayer finally unveiled the first full look at Leto’s Joker. Could be a sign of a new and interesting take on Joker, but it’s not quite like any version anyone has ever seen before.  If Warner Bros. mission was to shake things up and deliver something so wildly different, well, they succeeded. Thankfully, the Internet was incredibly open-minded to the new design.

Below is a collection of reactionary Tweets and images. All of which show what a hilarious funny and cruel, and sometimes forgiving place the Internet can be. (more…)

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When discussing Max Bemis, chances are that comics aren’t the first things that come to mind. Bemis first burst onto the pop-punk music scene in 2000 as the lead singer of the still active band Say Anything, and it was in his songwriting, producing endeavors that his attention primarily stayed. Recently however, his focus has shifted a bit. Starting in 2013, Bemis decided to make a go at writing and creating comic books. As eye-roll inducing as it can be when established stars try a new trade (actors or athletes putting out albums can be quite cringe-worthy), there are some things about Max that hint his foray into the comic world could leave us expecting truly great things to come. (more…)

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Every day, the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Every Wednesday and Saturday (mid week/end of week) we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

ABOVE: This is a shot taken by Grant Imahara (of Mythbusters fame) of his girlfriend Jenny Newman cosplaying as Admiral Ackbunny. [Geekologie] (more…)

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Telltale Games, the developers behind classic franchises like Sam & Max and Tales of Monkey Island  are going to be producing a game for MARVEL in the not-too-distant future. Details at the moment are scarce, but one assumes it will be in Telltale’s signature point-and-click adventure style, and the question is…will that work for a big-budget release?

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After more than a few leaks and teases, Suicide Squad director David Ayer has taken to twitter to show of first full and fully official look at our new big screen iteration of the clown prince of crime. After seeing it, I am sure you’ll agree that it will be a rather polarizing take on the 75 year old beloved Batman villian.

So, ready to see your first look at Jared Leto as the Joker? (more…)

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Considering Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns series kicked off back in 1986, it’s a legitimate question as to why DC would choose now to reveal its conclusion, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. The answer appears to be that Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film is heavily influenced by The Dark Knight Returns comic arc. Miller will be co-writing with Brian Azzarello, who has written titles like 100 Bullets, Batman: Flashpoint, and Wonder Woman. Starting this fall and marking the 30th anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns original run, the 8-part series will be published on a twice-monthly schedule. (more…)

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
It’s time to haul out the lanyards and dust off those comfy easy walking shoes because comic convention season is officially in full swing and just this past weekend one of the premiere events in Canada celebrated a milestone. The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo celebrated its 10th anniversary with an amazing line-up of guests and exhibitors for a record shattering 102,000 faithful fans.

First up, since many of you do not reside in the great white north, if you’ve never attended a Canadian con, you are really missing out. Just remember most of your favorite TV shows and movies are made north of the wall, and once again the Calgary Expo proved to be a fantastic place to celebrate this whole nerd/geek/pop-culture universe that we all live in and love.

What follows is a whirlwind overview of an amazing weekend. (more…)

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It’s never a bad idea to start ‘em young!  J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens trailer released last week, and some of the most vocal fans haven’t even learned to speak yet.  Originally posted by America’s Funniest Home Videos, this video of babies going gaga over the new Star Wars trailer is now going viral.  Giggles, gasps, and forgotten food ensue as the preview plays out before these youngsters’ eyes. (more…)