Jena Malone, who is best known for her roles in The Hunger Games franchise, SuckerPunch and Donnie Darko just to name a few, is cast to star in Batman v. Superman. The casting news has been known for quite some time, October of 2014 to be exact. Initially fans and media alike thought she would play Carrie Kelley, the Robin from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, but Latino Review is reporting that she will play a different iconic Batman femme.
Batman and Robin
Batman & Robin was nearly 20 years ago now. Yeah. In that time George Clooney has become an accomplished writer, director, producer and an Academy Award-winning actor. He’s worked with a variety of collaborators like Steven Soderbergh, the Coen Brothers, Alexander Payne, and Alfonso Cuaron, hardly the sort of hackery that became associated with B&R director Joel Schumacher back in the summer of ’97. You might say that Batman & Robin was Clooney’s original sin, and he’s paying the price for it these last two decades. So in the interest of continued penance, Clooney was once again called to apologize while doing a round of promotion for his new movie Tomorrowland. (more…)
For nerds of a certain age, the 1966 Batman Television show was their first indoctrination into Batman (myself included). It’s hard to devolve Batman as we know him today – a hard-bitten brooding bad-ass – by thinking back to a time when he (and Robin) were a trippy 1960’s fever dream. The William Dozier TV show was wrought with pop-art set pieces, telegraphed punches, ambiguous villains, satirical overtones, dutch angle camera setups, curiously tight-fitting costumes and the occasional dance number (anyone remember the Batusi?).
The show was short lived and it had a big comeback the last few years in popularity. The license was finally made available for merchandising, so not only did the episodes come out on Blu-ray, but toys, collectibles and a comic series were released.
And now, at a recent convention, actors Adam West and Burt Ward revealed they’ll be lending their voices to a full length, animated Batman 1966 movie scheduled for release on the show’s 50th anniversary in 2016. (more…)
More news straight from the recently robbed Sony vault people; and we have a mix of revelations to dish out (once piece in particular leaving Sony Entertainment Chairman Amy Pascal, looking rather “two-faced,”). With emails bouncing back and forth like a swing band full of ritalin and sugar-pop, overtice.com have been able to extract some more voyeuristically joyful imformation that we are relishing – in a schadenfreudian sense, of course – due to the torrent of bad movies they have assaulted our senses with in the past decade. It’s nothing personal (…oh, wait… maybe it is?!), as, if you are a fan of the Spiderman comics like myself, perhaps, you too, will be rubbing your hand together before reading this tangled web of a mess, feeling nothing but unadulterated gleefulness’. (more…)
For nerds of a certain age, the 1966 Batman Television show was their first indoctrination into Batman (myself included). It’s hard to devolve Batman as we know him today – a hard-bitten brooding bad-ass – by thinking back to a time when he (and Robin) were a trippy 1960’s fever dream. The William Dozier TV show was wrought with pop-art set pieces, telegraphed punches, ambiguous villains, satirical overtones, dutch angle camera setups, curiously tight-fitting costumes and the occasional dance number (anyone remember the Batusi?). Looking back, it’s easy to call it campy and lame. Because, well, it was. But, that was part of its charm! Some may say it isn’t the best of anything to do with Batman – most fans who remember it, seemingly choose to negate its existence for latter-day criticism. However, it stands an important part of Batman lore and demands respect as a cultural cornerstone. For its time, it was a fun, imaginative and immensely accessible show – appealing to the young and old. To this day everyone – even those who aren’t Bat-literate – knows the “Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Batman!” jingle. And gosh darn-it if George Barris-designed Batmobile wasn’t the coolest thing on four wheels? If it weren’t for this show, we might not have the Batman we have today. The Chris Nolan Batman trilogy, The Tim Burton movies, Batman the Animated Series, Frank Miller‘s Dark Knight Returns… these acclaimed creatives might not have gone on to make the best of Batman had it not been for Batman 66.
For true Bat purists and nostalgia enthusiasts, the Adam West Batman and Burt Ward Robin 1/6th scale figures by Hot Toys/Sideshow Collectibles are a must have. By golly Batman, if they aren’t the best realized collectibles of the dynamic duo ever made.
Nerd Bastards was fortunate to receive samples from Sideshow Collectibles for review. So flip back the Shakespeare head and slide on down the bat pole with us as we take a in-depth look at these confounding crime fighters realized in 1/6th scale form.
Quick, to the review. There’s not a moment to lose! *Note: You are required to read this review out loud in the voice of an old-time radio broadcaster. (more…)
Matt Damon was recently in India, promoting his latest movie Elysium when The Times of India caught up with him and asked him those burning questions that has Internet forums a buzz and generating clever pictures like the one above. What did he think about his long time buddy Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman, and would Damon, could Damon, should Damon, join the cast of Batman Versus Superman as Robin the Boy Wonder.
I think it will be great, It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw ‘Argo’ or ‘The Town,’ and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that…
But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.
Yeah, I think deep down we all knew that wasn’t going to happen. I bet we’ll see some funny video on the Jimmy Kimmel Show about it though. Maybe Ben Affleck, dressed as Batman pulling up to the house from Goodwill Hunting in the Batmobile with Matt Damon coming to the door in street clothes and they back and forth with Damon saying something about never wearing that costume and it ain’t gonna happen no matter how many times Affleck comes to the door.
The other Matt Damon news making its way around the internet is that Damon might be returning to the Bourne franchise. Damon had this to say:
They were just trying to revitalize that franchise and I didn’t mind at all, It didn’t have anything to do with the movie that I made. It makes sense for a studio to keep those franchises as alive as they can, it makes business sense for them. I don’t begrudge anybody for that. I am a huge fan of Jeremy. I don’t equate my Bourne movie with his. He didn’t play the part of Jason Bourne. It’s a totally different thing.
Could that movie have both Damon and Jeremy Renner in it? That would be great to see. I’ve loved all the Jason Bourne films and have read more than a few of the books.
Nerdy Bits: Chainsaw Carved T-Rex, 1st Person Sonic, Link Does Iron Man, the End of Time and MOAR!!!
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. Monday through Friday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOVE: This chainsaw carved T-Rex is so epic it will blast you all the way back to the Cretaceous period! Yes, that’s right, I did say chainsaw carved. Scott Dow carved this giant wooden terrible lizard with a chainsaw! You can’t get any more badass than that, can you? Actually, you probably can, because Dow has other animal carvings on his site Animalistic Art. [Obvious Winner]
With the tragic exit of Damian Wayne, Batman is in need of new Robin, and who better to fill those tights than Carrie Kelley. Wait. Is she even canon? Does she even wear tights!? It’s the next in a string of “WTF” moments – which we’re assured stands for ‘What the Fifty-Two!’ – DC has been incorporating into their comics. Featured on the cover of Batman & Robin #19 is none other than Carrie Kelley, the Robin of Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns, and it heralds her introduction to The New 52,
This is the problem with online polls, reactionism and predetermined biases tend to reign. Still, one must be at least slightly impressed that 500,000 people voted for anything that wasn’t the next U.S. President or American Idol.
The good people of Rifftrax put their computing power to work on trying to figure out what people thought were the worst movies of all time, and to no one and everyone’s surprise, the 2008 teen vampire romance Twilight came out in the number one slot.
This is the problem with the these types of lists, our memories only go back so far as the last thing we hated to see. All but three of the movies on the list were made in the last 25 years, 15 of them were made in the last 10 years, and 10 of them were made in the last five. Sorry, but I have a hard time believe that in 110 years of cinema, that two-fifths of the worst movies of of all time have been made in the last five years.
Oh, and not to quibble, but #11 – High School the Musical – wasn’t even released in theaters, it was a TV movie. For the record, High School the Musical 3 was the only one of the trilogy to be released on the big screen. Haters can’t even hate right.
Anyway, here’s the full list of the Top 25. It has some of the names you might expect, and a lot of the names you think might deserve a place here. So let’s all now indulge in the hate together.
25. Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (7,278 votes)
24. The Wicker Man (7,614 votes)
23. Plan 9 From Outer Space (7,696 votes)
22. Battleship (7,942 votes)
21. Manos: The Hands of Fate (8,148 votes)
20. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (8,269 votes)
19. Eragon (8,272 votes)
18. The Happening (8,286 votes)
17. The Room (8,918 votes)
16. X-Men: The Last Stand (10,341 votes)
15. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (10,353 votes)
14. Troll 2 (10,384 votes)
13. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (10,795 votes)
12. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (11,076 votes)
11. High School Musical (12,878 votes)
10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (13,792 votes)
9. Son of the Mask (14,680 votes)
8. Jack and Jill (15,720 votes)
7. Battlefield Earth (16,138 votes)
6. Super Mario Bros. (17,755 votes)
5. Last Airbender (18,086 votes)
4. Spider-Man 3 (19,152 votes)
3. Catwoman (22,544 votes)
2. Batman and Robin (27,929 votes)
1. The Twilight Saga (35,593 votes)
What do you think, Bastards? Any titles missed on this list?
Source: Comic Book Movie
Grab a plate of waffles, your jug of maple syrup, and plop yourself down in front of the computer and get ready to view some Batgirl Stephanie fan love. The new web series just released a new trailer that has this NerdBastard book marking the site for future episodes. The story line:
“After a close call leading to a falling out with Batman and Oracle, Batgirl goes out on her own to reexamine her place in Gotham and the world at large. Stephanie spends her days seeking advice from Gotham’s various heros, and her nights patrolling the streets in a seemingly endless battle against crime. All this while attending college, having a social life and finding time to sleep.”
Batgirl Spoiled is written by Sax Carr, Zack West, Ray and Beurer with Joey Rassool as Director of Photography and Editor. Original scoring by Regan Remy, Executive Produced by Sax Carr.
This NerdBastard finds the tone set in the trailer as dead on for a Batman style series. I can only hope that the series really cranks up the tone, maybe as high as eleven.