News about the animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland‘s classic Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke has been coming thick and fast since its announcement earlier this year. One of the biggest pieces of news regarding the adaptation was the R-rating the film is receiving upon release. Fans are excited to see what Warner Bros. Studios have done with the graphic novel and how they will adapt some of the more iconic scenes from the seminal novel. Everyone is speculating what to expect from the movie and the Nerdbastards team were no exception! A lucky few will even be able to see The Killing Joke on the big screen for one night only!
In early September 1992, Fox debuted Batman, now universally known as Batman: The Animated Series. The show took off where Tim Burton’s Batman left off: a dark, art-deco world of the Dark Knight filled with the usual rogue’s gallery (and then some). From its very debut, Batman changed the world of the caped crusader forever. It altered the way countless kids saw Batman and to this day is the definitive version of the character for many. But just how influential was this era of Batman?
KaptainKristian‘s new video essay makes the case that Batman: The Animated Series contains “the quintessential portrayal of The Dark Knight” and explains, in thoughtful detail, what master strokes in design, story telling, and psychology creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm used to craft this genre defining version of Batman; and what a lasting cultural impact its had. (more…)
Telltale Games have risen in power over the last decade and it is easy to see why they are so popular. After the success of quirky point and click series Sam and Max, Telltale have acquired the rights to many sought-after franchises to add their own brand of comic book style, decision making gameplay to. Although the acquisition of the rights to Jurassic Park and Back To The Future thrust this unique style of game into the mainstream, it is the development of games around series like Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead that has seen the biggest response from fans. The Walking Dead game alone sold one million copies in its first twenty days! Following these successes news broke that Telltale Games was producing a Batman game to add to its ever growing roster. There were very few details announced about the game as Telltale teased with a very short video (that you can see below.) Despite Telltale staying tight lipped over Batman – The Telltale Series, the window for its release has been narrowed!
If by some chance you didn’t make it to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week, and there’s probably a few of you who didn’t, characters for the upcoming television series ‘Justice League Action’ were revealed at Kre8tif!. The annual conference which focuses on the world of animation, VFX, and licensing/marketing, gave fans the first look at the upcoming DC Comics series scheduled to air this fall. (more…)
Lately, Warner Bros.‘s DC Extended Universe has been plagued with rumors, some true like The Flash losing its director, some not so true like Aquaman losing its director, but today brings a more pleasant rumor for the fledgling interconnected movie universe. After the lukewarm reception for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s a lot of uncertainty for the DCEU’s upcoming properties. Aside from the mostly positive buzz around Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, the most eagerly anticipated movie may be Ben Affleck‘s solo Batman film. According to today’s rumor, that movie may be taking shape.
It comes with great sadness to report that a legend in the music industry has passed away. Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as “Prince,” passed away today at the age of 57. According to reports, paramedics were dispatched at 9:43 AM to the home of Prince at Paisley Park estate located in Minnesota. It was shortly after when the Carver County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that there was a fatality on the grounds.
Now that protests have finally died down, now that our customary 3 week spoiler silence ended, now that Jeremy finally had 5 minutes to toss the whole random grab bag of a podcast together, we are now ready to share the 90 minute conversation on the 151 minute big screen edition of the 75 year build up to the battle between the world’s greatest 4 color titans (that lasts about 8 minutes.)
MILD SPOILER ALERT: Jeremy, Jason, and Matt talk in depth(ish) about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so this will spoil it for you if you are one of the few who have yet to take in billion dollar (let’s call it) divisive blockbuster that no one can seem to agree upon. Is it the greatest movie ever? The worst? Is it fever dream of a mad space-god-turtle? The guys are not here to convince you of any of that. What you will hear is a little exploration in the highs, the lows, and expansive middles the movie had to offer. (more…)
While it will go down as a financial success, after a massive drop off from opening weekend and taking a beating by critics and fans alike, it is probably safe to say that Batman V. Superman is considered a huge disappointment. However, despite the bad reviews, the one thing that everyone seems to have in common is the fact that Ben Affleck’s Batman was the shining beacon in a massive storm of failure. It was rumored several months ago that the WB execs were so taken back by his performance that they wanted Affleck to stick around in the DC universe, even possibly letting him write and direct the first one himself. Well the rumor is at least partially true as WB has announced that Affleck will be directing and starring in his own solo outing as the Dark Knight.
One bad day… That’s all it took Alan Moore and Brian Bolland to turn an average Joe into one of comic books’ greatest and most psychotic villains. The Joker has had multiple incarnations in print, video game and on screen but very few have attempted to reveal his undoubtedly twisted origin story. The Killing Joke, whether you agree with giving the Joker an origin story or not, is one of the definitive Batman and Joker comics to date. It still resonates with audiences new and old, even as it enters its 28th year in print. And this summer, some of the cast and crew of Batman: The Animated Series are getting the band back together to bring Moore and Bolland’s iconic graphic novel to life. (more…)
Tonight (Apr. 10) the as promised release of an all new trailer for David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad made it’s debut during the MTV Movie Awards and it did not disappoint (the trailer that is, I will not pass judgement on an award show for movies on a channel that has ‘music’ in it’s name but only runs TV shows about people being ‘catfished’ on the internet.) Packed with new footage featuring more of Jared Leto’s Joker and Ben Affleck’s stunt doubles Batman and even, amazingly enough, those rumored jokes the reshoots were suppose to add*. Already? Damn, Ayer you are quick at the editing bay.
Check it out below: (more…)