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I didn’t like director Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’ because it was boring and the title character should’ve never grown substantially in size the angrier it got. That was just one of many Lee mistakes, though star Eric Bana was fine as Bruce Banner. I was, however, thrilled to see Marvel take back the rights and create a better movie with Edward Norton. That’s not saying much because it still wasn’t great. Just better. But bad blood seemed to boil within the comic camp and issues concerning creativity between star and studio hit the news. Ugly words were said, Norton and Marvel would disastrously part ways. With Oscar buzz about his recent performance in ‘Birdman,’ Norton’s doing interviews and giving a very whitewashed version of why he let the MCU ship sail without him. (more…)

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Birdman is the latest movie from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, Biutiful) and if this newest  trailer is to be believed, it may be one of the best superhero movies in a very long time. Quite a feat, considering there are no superheroes in the movie. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, an actor who was best known for his role as the superhero “Birdman” during his younger years. Time has not  been kind to Thomson as his younger alter-ego continues to follow him even though he has not worn the costume in many-a-year. After careful consideration, he decides to return to his roots as the iconic character by producing a Birdman Broadway play in which he will write, star and direct. (more…)

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My love for Michael Keaton borders on obsession. And, no, I’m not a huge fan of him just because he played Batman. Keaton’s comedic skills and intensity and overall character work is unlike anyone else out there. Often mimicked but never duplicated, Keaton is in a class of his own.

That’s why it’s such a bummer that he’s been below the radar for so long. However, when he does re-emerge in something (even the iffy RoboCop remake) people always say, “Hey, why isn’t Michael Keaton in more stuff? And why isn’t he a bigger star?”

With his new film, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton might be getting that comeback he so rightly deserves. (more…)

Ferrigno Declares Self the Ultimate Hulk Actor

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Mark Ruffalo got a lot of positive reaction to his portrayal as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in last summer’s The Avengers, and while some have said that his iteration of the character is “The Best” ever put to screen, is Ruffalo truly the best Hulk?

Well one other actor who played the Hulk is staking a claim. Lou Ferrigno played the Green Goliath in the 1977-82 TV series The Incredible Hulk, as well as in a number of follow-up TV movies. Ferrigno says that no one can play the Hulk like he could because Eric Bana, Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulks were all brought to life through CGI and motion capture, and not because the actors themselves bulked up and slathered on green pant. The difference, according to Ferrigno, is that feeling of reality.

“I was the first to bring superhero muscles to the screen and to make it more believable. There’s still people who prefer to watch the old show over the newer things because it’s real, not CGI,” Ferrigno told The LA Times. “The Hulk was the beginning of me, a platform as an actor to grow. I don’t think anybody else can play the Hulk like I could. I was able to show emotions even with all of the makeup. I don’t think it can be duplicated.”

He may have a point, but then again ask anybody if motion capture can’t render (pun intended) a great performance and they’ll point you to Andy Serkis as Gollum in the Lord of the Ring movies among others. Still, Ferrigno deserves some credit for being the first live-action Hulk, and for doing it without computer graphics assistance.

What do you Bastards think, is their a better Hulk than Ferrigno, or is it reality for the win?

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Comic book and movie fans love the most recent version of Marvel‘s big green gamma powered machine, the Hulk, but it’s had an abysmal movie run in its pastAng Lee’s Hulk was embarrassingly terrible while Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk delivered a bit more – thanks in part to Edward Norton, but Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures were both unimpressed with their final box office totals.

Now that we live in a post-Avengers world, we’ve seen what a proper Hulk can act and look like thanks to Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo and the many hours of work the wizards in the visual effects business did. With such praise about every aspect of the character’s execution, the Hulk series that ABC and Guillermo del Toro have been “developing” for ages should be a breeze to get going, right?

The movie and television site Screen Rant spoke with Industrial Light and Magic’s Jeff White, one of the Visual Effects Supervisors for The Avengers, and discussed the challenges Guillermo will most likely face for a series based around a different/younger Hulk and Bruce Banner:

“I think we’d have to have a lot of Banner. You know I think from beginning to end we got much faster at doing shots. We learned a lot about the process and about how to light him and how to make him look good. One of the things that was interesting was when we started off we kind of took our typical approach of really art directing the lighting, like rim, rim, rim, you know super stylized. And he really looked fake and kind of popped out. And what we found is that we ended up having to kind of flatten out his lighting to get him to sit in there with the rest of the Avengers. So I think after learning things like that, you know we could – if you’re talking about a TV schedule and how fast you need to turn around production, it would be a matter of, you know trying to build off everything we did for the movie and then, you know get him in there, get him lit. You wouldn’t have time to do the – you know all the really detailed shape, you know per frame corrections that we do.”

Since the Avengers’ Hulk is one of the most sophisticated visual effects of the entire movie, with CGI and motion capture used in a majority of Ruffalo‘s scenes as Hulk, fans are going to expect the same kind of treatment on television. Seeing another actor get painted green and appear once or twice an episode just doesn’t quite cut it anymore, so what kind of quality can we expect?

“I think that would be one of the big challenges. How do you turn that much animation around and still have it be believable? Because there is like animation, then simulation then, you know sort of hand correction after that. And I think where we found the biggest time suck ends up being is all the facial work, getting the eyes to look right and then how much that changes once you start lighting him.”

It all come down to the body type, as The Avengers Hulk was designed specifically for Ruffalo’s body and facial features. Sure, Marvel has the access and knowledge to use the current modeling of the Hulk on TV, but unless Ruffalo signs onto the series (which is highly unlikely) the current character models, motions and emotions are effectively useless. And even with these issues are somehow miraculously sorted out, the main issue is going to be the quality of the character.

White does mention that the TV effects team could possibly “youngify” the Hulk model, saving both the shows budget and visual effects time, but the character would still have to be based on an entirely different actor.

“[Even if you could youngify him], it would still be a challenge because you’d really have to put some thought and design work into it. For us, some of the hardest shots were not Hulk or Banner but what does he look like when he’s half-way there because on one you have a reference of a real guy and on the other you have all this artwork and then half-way in between there’s this weird amalgamation of how much brow and how much cheek and what do his eyes look like. For us, those were some of the more difficult shots was figuring out the half-way in between. Especially because Joss didn’t just want the transformations to be like either a slider or a guy who is a balloon. So that ended up being quite difficult.”

There’s no doubt that should this project go forward, which many of us are hoping, the visual effects team is going to having a taxing amount of work ahead of them. Unless these problems are addressed first and foremost, the conflict between great visuals and what’s practical will always be present.

And seeing as ABC is also currently working with Marvel on the S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, everyone is going to want to stay on their “A” game – that is, if they want another Hulk film once Avengers 2 hits theaters May 1st, 2015.

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Dr. Teeth, Animal, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Janice and Zoot, the one and only Electric Mayhem -before Lips came in and ruined it with his trumpet. Douglas Holgate made this kick ass looking tour poster that looks to be pulled from our parents closets. This must have been an early in their career though since Zoot is nowhere to be seen, either that or this was during the first of his many drug-related offences. [The House Of Skullduggery]

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Mark Ruffalo Blows Marvel’s….Secrets

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Look’s like the new Bruce Banner is really good at keeping Marvel’s best kept secrets. Mark Ruffalo let slip news that Marvel has bigger plans for his gamma radiated alter-ego after Joss Whedon’s Avengers movie wraps up.

In his recent interview with Empire, Mark explained his future role as ‘The Hulk’:

“They set up several pictures over a couple of years [like Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger] … possibly there will be a Hulk movie. There’ll probably be a couple more Avengers too, which would be fun.”

Ruffalo even defends the way he recieved his role of Banner, and it’s very public reveal, in front of a pack house at the Avengers Comic-con reveal (see it here, again). Taking over from where Edward Norton left off (and should have stayed) after leaving from what we at Nerdbastards might call a “Diva moment“, Ruffalo only had this to say:

“The way I see it, Edward Norton has bequeathed this role to me. I reckon the part is my generation’s Hamlet, and there’s still some room for interpreting who The Hulk is.”

Pretty ballsy Mark, not only to say Norton passed the role to you but to call your part as the Hulk “my generation’s Hamlet”. It’s a pretty sure bet no actor, while playing Hamlet, had to quote “To be or not be” while tossing a tank into the air. Did we really need to reboot the Hulk again with another actor? No, but if anyone can pull off Hulk’s yells and Banner’s pussy nature it’s a good thing they hired Mark Ruffalo.

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Joss Whedon has landed his biggest directorial gig in Marvel’s dream-team superheroes movie, ‘The Avengers‘. While you’d expect the first questions he’d be fielding would be in regards to what approaches he’ll be taking to helm the massive epic. The first questions to come up have been about casting. MTV News caught up with Whedon to talk about adding Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island) as Hawkeye and The Hulk to “The Avengers” team.

After the very public spat between Marvel and Edward Norton’s agent a couple of weeks ago, actor Mark Ruffalo, took over the role of Bruce Banner. Whedon has been singing the man’s praises, telling MTV:

Mark was my first and only choice for Bruce Banner. I’m stunned that we landed that, just stunned. He has what I remember loving about the show, that quality of, you just look at him and you go through it with him, he invites you in in a way that [no] other performer has since Bill Bixby. He is a guy who’s been beaten up by life, but not defined by that. That’s what I want from Bruce Banner, is a guy who’s still getting it done, even though he has his problem.”

And with respect to Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye: The thing about Hawkeye, he’s got his bows and arrows, you need somebody who’s very very down to earth, who’s very grounded, and who’s going to be the kind of guy who, you see him, and you understand why he likes to be far away from things and then shoot at them.

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As the tenth Doctor would say “What?” (in comically British tone)

OK, this is news I can really get behind. If Edward Norton is to be replaced as the Incredible Hulk in Joss Whedon‘s ‘The Avengers‘ then Who should it be? Well, my vote goes to David Tennant, famous for his portrayal of every ones favorite time lord Doctor Who. And, wouldn’t you know that’s the news flying around the interwebs. The LA Times reports Tennant is the latest actor to be rumoured for the role of Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk) in Marvels Avengers movie. Woo Who! Alright, to be honest this sounds like a bit Internet foolery. Especially given The Times offers no explanation for their name dropping, merely listing him as one of many offered the role. Sites with fairly credible sources reported that both Mark Ruffalo and Joaquin Phoenix had been approached. In comparison, David Tennant seems a bit sketchy. So we take this with a grain of salt. Though, how awesome would it be if this were true? Honestly, Tennant has the acting chops and the charm to pull off the role of the panic driven, emotionally withdrawn genius that is Bruce Banner. He even looks like the guy. oh god do I hope this is true. He’d be brilliant!

Since Marvel axed Norton (for no F’N reason mind you) they’ve been quick to find a replacement as they plan to present the whole Avengers cast for their panel at San Diego Comic-Con. So I guess will find out soon.