There are a lot of comic book films out now, and even more on the horizon. But “comic book” wasn’t always a term that brought people flocking the theaters. Some films wanted to establish themselves as fantasy or sci-fi without being tied down to the term “comic book”. This left us with a treasure trove of movies that the general populous has no idea started out as comic books. Which franchises do you think are kicking themselves 10 years later? Here’s a quick list to improve your comic book cred and impress your friends with your in-depth comic-to-film knowledge.
The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s crazy things like Wonder Woman BDSM, Spider-man shooting “web” all over Mary Jane, Miss piggy in the middle of a pig roast orgy and all other kinds of ungodly things. But there are a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis, and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm glory.
A voluptuous Iron Girl, do I need to say more? It’s in no way objectifying….
The Interwebz is a great place for artists to share their nerdy work, even though the majority of the time it’s a bunch of fuckin’ weird shit. There are a ton of awesome things to behold every day but we’re fuckin’ lazy bastards, so we just put it all together once a week to keep your mojos happy. Even from the other side of the world!
This Vincent Van Gogh inspired Dark Knight piece by James Hance is called The Dark (Starry) Knight. It’s pretty awesome, although it’s not the first bit of artwork exploring this same idea. (EDIT: Apparently Hance’s work did come first!)
As a reader of this blog I’m going to assume you’re excited for Cowboys & Aliens based on its title alone. You probably also enjoyed Alien vs. Predator for the mere fact that you got to watch Aliens fight Predators. If you want to see cowboys (and Indians) fightin’ aliens, then yes, this film delivers and you won’t be disappointed. But, the real surprise is when you sit down to watch these two heavyweights duke it out you’re also rewarded with a poignant, heartfelt drama.
Cowboys & Aliens is a western in the truest sense of the word, from it’s sweeping landscapes to it’s gruff characters trying to make a living in an unforgiving world. Then, you thrown in some good ‘ole fashioned alien abduction, and you’re in for fun ride.
For everyone out there who has always wanted to see a showdown between John Wayne and a Predator, Gary Cooper kicking alien ass on the fourth of July, or even Howdy Doody smacking E.T. around, your movie has come. Cowboys & Aliens is here to fill that hole in our nerdy soul.
In this short behind-the-scenes featurette the cast and crew, including Jon Favreau, Ron Howard, Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig, Clancey Brown, Paul Dano and Harrison Ford, discuss what a beautiful awesome thing this crazy mash-up of genre movie is. For years kids have been creating such incredible battles in they backyards and bedrooms and now we can experience one on the big screen with a great director, awesome cast and top notch special effects. Who else is super excited about this summer movie?
In what might be the best blend since Mr. Reese’s was like, “Aw snap, this peanut butter and chocolate confection is bitchin’!”; Cowboys & Aliens looks like the perfect smashing of genres. Bringing all the intense and high-octane adventure of an alien invasion together with the heart and soul of struggling to survive the old west.
Watch the featurette below and let us know how amped you are for a Cowboys & Aliens‘ smackdown on July 29th?
Here is a hilarious mashup of Clint Eastwood movies, Cowboys & Aliens and Aliens from CollegeHumor. Unlike Jon Favreau’s upcoming flick, which doesn’t interest me, I would probably actually pay money to see this.
Check it out below and see for yourself why Eastwood is the ultimate bad ass.
Every week 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 Monday 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.
This week’s edition: Samuel L. Jackson reads a fucking bedtime story, even worse super hero designs, Doctor Grover, Pokeboobs!, amazing retro Cowboys & Aliens poster, Star Wars animated neon signs, custom made Zelda chess set, David Tennant & Catherine Tate get “bovvered”, Infographic: Every 3D Movie Ever Made, live-action Angry Birds, Vader gets a rubdown then walks hit AT-AT, John Cleese learns to calm his road rage, Super Mario Bros stash boxes, Mario hydrant, Indiana Jones plushie, Kermit the Frog is Mal Reynolds and Hal Jordan, real life Pokemon, pee to your next high score, a Jurassic Park love hotel, awesome Doctor Who and Millenium Falcon cakes, a meme-tastic drink menu, Diagram of Geek Culture, Jaws meets Ariel bathing suit, Toy Story Unleashed, Dalek squirrels, the 8-bit world invades, Winterfell Direwolves win the championship, rent Oracle’s clocktower, is it 4:20 yet?
Samuel L. Jackson reading “Go the Fuck to Sleep.” I really don’t need to tell you anything else. It’s precious, charming and fucking hilarious. (CollegeHumor)
At least this is what The New York Times is reporting today. Every year at San Diego Comic-Con the stars and fans mingle on the show room floor among Princess Leias and dozens of whomever’s the most popular superhero. Some fans had begun complaining about the large Hollywood presence but even among such complaints Comic-Con’s attendance only grows. Every one wants to see the sneak peak of an upcoming can’t miss film, but you might not have the chance this year.
Apparently, Warner Bros., Disney, Dreamworks and The Weinstein Company have no plans of attending Comic-Con. This would mean big ticket items like The Dark Knight Rises, Superman and John Carter of Mars would have no professional presence at the con. Outrageous! There’s even talk of Marvel not making an appearance to promote their films which I find highly, highly unlikely. This would mean no chance of seeing anything fromThe Avengers!
For years we had through Comic-Con was a jumping off point for many of these films; this was where they built buzz. What’s the cause for this change in tune? It’s us. The fans who generate the buzz, because sometimes we don’t create the kind of buzz studios want to hear. This is from the report in The New York Times,
Comic-Con, as a growing number of movie marketers are realizing, has turned into a treacherous place. Studios come seeking buzz, but the Comic-Con effect can be more negative than positive. The swarm of dedicated fans — many of whom arrive at the convention in Japanese anime drag or draped in Ewok fur — can instantly sour on a film if it doesn’t like what it sees, leaving publicity teams with months of damaging Web chatter to clean up.
Well, how about you make better movies, Hollywood. That seems to be the obvious answer. Often what I see happening is a movie will score big with the geek demographic, the fans at Comic-Con, but not with the general movie-going public. Take Scott Pilgim vs The World for example, not a single person I knew who went and saw the film in theatres was dissapointed. Problem is, I can count those people on one hand. Not getting the general public excited about your movie seems like Marketing’s fault, doesn’t it?
Thankfully, none of this is set in stone as Comic-Con won’t announce the final schedule until two weeks prior to the convention so movie studios have a chance to change their minds. And even if Warner Bros. and Marvel bail, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Fox and Paramount still have plans to appear and share some awesomesauce from The Amazing Spider-man, Cowboys & Aliens, andRise of the Planet of the Apes. It’s rumored even Steven Spielberg will make an appearance to promote The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
Even if some big name studios decide to pass on Comic-Con I wouldn’t expect it to be a big bust. Plenty of nerdy crap will be revealed and you’ll have just as good a chance of nailing some drunken cosplayer. But does this news put a bit of a damper on your Comic-Con festivities?
The Super Bowl is always filled with exciting moments, amazing feats and big laughs.
Of course, I’m just talking about the commercials … does anyone actually watch it for the football anymore?
The Hollywood Reporter has gotten it’s hands on the complete list of movie trailers that will air interspersed among The Super Bowl‘s bread and butter – commercials for boner pills and soda. The list is massive and looks like it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun.
Click below the jump to find out which movies will have trailers shown during The Super Bowl on February 6.
Also, late last night, /Film got an exclusive with X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn on how he felt about the “leaked” cast photo that appeared on the web some time ago. Long story short, Vaughn did not like the image as it looked like it was photoshop and as far he knows, it is not an official image from FOX.
To make it up for the fans and show that he is doing what he can and is not “bastardizing” the X-Men franchise, he revealed two photos. One photo has Michael Fassbender as Magneto, wearing the trademark helmet that I believe fans will approve of and the other image show James McAvoy as Professor X. Both images are available after the jump.