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Gotham Showrunner Bruno Heller told us he’d be teasing the Joker in the first season before the show even aired and fans and the Internet have been tracking all kinds of possible Joker teases since the series first premiered. We’ve gotten confirmed looks at a bunch of Batman’s villains in their pre-Batman versions. There’s the Riddler, the Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harvey Dent before the acid attack, and last night the origin of the Scarecrow. Now it looks like Gotham is ready to unveil Batman’s arch-enemy the Joker. (more…)

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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…)

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Many people had a deep feeling of trepidation when they heard DC were producing a show about the early years of Bruce Wayne’s life as a child. Furthermore, this setting was to be used as the hub for the origins of all the classic villains of Gotham City; how they came to be. Watching Gotham, some of the characters trademarks – which will eventually become their raison détre – are done  in such an in-your-face manner and with as much subtlety as a blacksmith with a ten tonne hammer (slightly exaggerating, …but you get the idea), that it becomes slightly irritating. The Riddler riddles a lot, Catwoman has the agility to swing and climb from rooftop to rooftop, the Penguin walks like he has webbed feet. We get it! (we also actually like Gotham, … and this is just for fun) (more…)

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At the upfronts today, the Fox network announced that Gotham, the new Batman prequel series, was getting a plum spot on the prime time schedule. Come September, you’ll be able to watch Gotham leading in to a brand new season of Sleepy Hollow, and if that isn’t an awesome night of nerdy TV, I don’t know what is (unless The CW teams up Arrow with The Flash). But the show won’t be on the air for months, so in a rather tepid attempt to hold over you nerds till the fall, here’s a bunch of behind the scenes photos from the series! (more…)

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This should answer a lot of questions regarding the role Batman is gonna play in FOX‘s upcoming series Gotham.

The young actor above is the show’s Bruce Wayne: David Mazouz of the TV series Touch. And Bruce Wayne is the ONLY character Mazouz will be playing–Batman isn’t even a gleam in the troubled orphan’s eye yet.

Hit the jump for further details on young Master Bruce, and meet the newly cast “Proto-Catwoman”: Newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle(more…)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, someamusing, 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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com

ABOVE: What the fuckity fuck – David Tennant with a ponytail? “Oh, yes!” Oh no! The actor recently showed off his long locks at a BFI Doctor Who event. [BF]

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Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.

On with the dump!

Above: how great would this be? Recast Adventure Time‘s Finn with the Marvel mutant madness of Wolverine and you’ve got some quality television for the kids.  [Nerd Approved]

Hit the jump for Earthworm Jim, Catwoman and more. (more…)

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Remember yesterday, when I shared some quotes from Michelle Rodriguez in where she claimed there are no strong female superheroes? Most of us agreed with her if we were talking about superhero movies, but when it comes to comics there are quite a few great, strong female characters. That is, until they’re fridged. Yes, fridged, a term unique to comics which describes the unnecessary, usually graphic death of a female character as a plot device. Coined by Gail Simone, the term comes from the death of Kyle Raynor’s girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt, who wasn’t only brutally murdered but left in the fridge for Kyle to discover.

And I may be jumping to conclusions here, but I fear that may have just happened, again, in Justice League of America #4. Major, MAJOR spoilers ahead.

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Hathaway Beaming Onboard Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’?

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In keeping with Christopher Nolan‘s tradition of hiring actors from one project to the next (see: everyone from Inception in The Dark Knight Rises), it seems that Anne Hathaway is in talks to come aboard Nolan’s next project Interstellar, according to Deadline.

Not much is known about the project except that it will be a “ambition is a film that will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Matthew McConaughey confirmed last week that he’s intending to sign on the dotted line after the rumor that he was in the running as the film’s leading man leaked.

Hathaway herself is coming off a big year that culminated in winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables. She also appeared in Nolan’s Rises as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

More casting news as it develops.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Megan Phelps Quotes Catwoman in Westboro Bygones

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It’s quite possible there’s no organization – religious or secular – more controversial in America right now than the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. The group is perhaps known for their protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers, the deaths of whom they consider punishment by God for America’s sinfulness, but they attracted new levels of scorn in December when they pledged to protest the funerals of the children that died in the Sandy Hook massacre for the same reason.

But drowned out in all that controversy is a recent and surprising defection from the church, the Rev. Fred Phelps’ own granddaughter Megan. Megan and her sister Grace officially severed all ties with WBC and their Topeka-based congregation last November after Megan, admittedly, began having doubts over the beliefs and dogma expressed by the church and her grandfather.

Megan has largely been quiet since parting ways with her old life. This is unusual because Megan was very much a force in the WBC, spearheading its social media outreach and often acting as a spokesperson for the church. Many even thought that she might even be a leader in the church someday. But her surprising departure is not so surprising once you hear her reasons why. In fact, an article found here by Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, spells them out pretty good. The reason this comes to the attention of Nerd Bastards today is this quote here:

“There’s no fresh start in today’s world. Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what you did. Everything we do is collated and quantified. Everything sticks.”

The line was said by Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) in The Dark Knight Rises, her justification for continuing to make a career as a thief rather than try to get out of the business. Megan opens a blog post quoting the line in an online comment posted today. In it, Megan talks about her and her sister’s difficulty in making a clean break from the only life they’ve ever known, and their anticipation looking forward at the unknowable road ahead.

“Up until now, our names have been synonymous with ‘God Hates Fags,'” she writes. “Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what we did. We hope Ms. Kyle was right about the other part, too, though – that everything sticks – and that the changes we make in our lives will speak for themselves.”

I wish I had  a “Clean Slate” to give Megan, but I think she’s going to turn out fine. In the meantime, this is the latest round of bad news for WBC, which recently had to cancel their planned “Obama is Antichrist” Inauguration protest and has suffered repeated cyber attacks by Anonymous. I’m sure Westboro and Phelps have a conspiracy theory about all this, but maybe God just hates them.