Tim Burton has been doing the promotion circuit for his new film Big Eyes – which, surprisingly, doesn’t star a dressed up idiosyncratic-characteristic Johhny Depp, or a gothic looking Helena Bonham Carter – which is due to be released on Christmas day. Talking about everything from Beetlejuice 2 being closer than ever going into production, to how he has missed working with Michael Keaton, and now he has been talking about the superhero comic book genre and how much it has changed in the last 20 years. Burton, who isn’t usually one for too much controversy, has hit out with a belter of an opinion which will no doubt be splitting comic book fans and film fans down the middle. (more…)
Recently, when Christian Bale was asked how he initially felt when he heard about Ben Affleck taking over the role of Batman, he admitted that he harbored some serious FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). That’s understandable, as Bale turned in a terrific performance in Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy (despite the mixed reaction about the gravely voice), and being a method actor, he must have invested a lot of emotionally charged energy into the role of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman. (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…)
DC have made some interesting announcements this past week regarding their planned comic book movie adaptations. David Ayer finally has a locked down cast including – Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Tom Hardy (Rick Flagg) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) – for his Suicide Squad movie with, which goes into production in April 2o15. Wonder Woman found its director in Michelle Maclaren and the movie now has newcomer Jason Fuchs (‘Pan‘) scribing the film; and Guillermo del Toro officially announced that he had handed in his Justice League Dark script for Studio Execs at Warner Bros. to read over (…and decide where to take it from there, which is – hopefully – to the next stage of development). There was also the announcement that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer, and Neil Gaiman had penned a script for Sandman, that Warner were extremely happy with. So, all-in-all, a sound week for DC fans. But wait; there is more news… (more…)
This time on the show, we’re talking about Star Wars and a bunch of stuff that isn’t Star Wars (but mainly Star Wars,) so buckle in for some talk about Star Wars ’cause we’ve got the teaser trailer, the careful and calm dissection of that trailer, adorabot naming rights, the finer points of DYI light sabery and, disbelief over the John Boyega hate.
Oh, and the other stuff? How about: (more…)
Whether you’re a fan of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy or not, the box office can’t be denied. Those movies were immensely popular, especially the stellar second outing. We’re talking about one of those rare ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘Godfather Part II’ instances where the sequel is better than the first. Also, Nolan’s more realistic depiction of Batman probably made mainstream moviegoers more open to the character, and comic book movies in general. This makes Nolan’s mark an important one, even if you are ready for a more comic-booky Caped Crusader in future films. However, if you’re more like Christopher Priest, author of ‘The Prestige,’ and “victim” of the director adapting your work, that’s something else entirely. (more…)
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With lines such as “I’ll take my Science over your magic anyday,” and “you do not know the power of the dark side,” the 14th Episode of Super Power Beat Down is an uber treat for nerd enthusiasts the world over. Pitting Batman against Darth Vader in this epic web-series has made it a candidate for the “one” to beat hitherto. The production quality of the Super Power Beat Down’s are always top-notch, but this episode is a tour de force. (more…)
Gotham‘s last episode before the midseason break didn’t quite have the impact you want to leave viewers with who are going to spend nearly 2 months waiting for the next installment.
Still, it had its moments, and did a decent job of setting up the next semester of the show’s freshman year. Problem was they “closed for the holidays” with a follow-up episode. “LoveCraft” is in every way the sequel to the events of “Harvey Dent”. When you’re closing shop for several weeks, it’s much better to leave the fans with something that stands on its own. (more…)
Gotham‘s ninth installment is a charming, feel-good romantic comedy about what happens when a streetwise young pickpocket (Camren Bicondova) comes to live with a traumatized preteen billionaire (David Mazouz).
So sit back and enjoy Episode 9: “Harvey Dent”….