It seems that these days, everyone has an opinion on everything – or more accurately: people have had opinions for a long time, but now the internet bombards us with everyone’s opinion on everything. There is a select group of people in the world of entertainment, however, that most would agree have actually earned the right to have their opinions carry the actual weight that most of us believe our ideas should. I think most would agree that Quentin Tarantino – the seminal writer/director behind such pop-culture mega-hits as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Inglorious Basterds, and so much more – would fall into that category. He recently opened up about his feelings on the recent influx of superhero movies – read on to hear his thoughts!
In the last week, we here at Nerd Bastards have had Warner Brother’s Man of Steel and the magazine Total Film paired together almost exclusively. Once again we dip into the well of print, as another of the magazine’s interviews is released. This time with Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer.
Having being with the project since 2010, with Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan producing, the pair wanted to keep plot points and story details quite secret. In a world of social media, however, such spoiler blockage is damn near impossible. Yet, somehow, the cast, crew and creatives have been able to keep tight lipped; with little being revealed.
So, when the concept of secrecy was brought up, the talented comic book writer, producer and director was quick to respond:
“It’s something Chris [Nolan] tried hard to do with the Batman films,” Goyer said. “I’m genuinely pleased with how much secrecy we’ve been able to maintain. There’s so much of the movie that people don’t know, that hasn’t been touched upon. The trailer’s just the tiniest, tiniest tip of the iceberg.”
If we haven’t seen as much as we thought, does this mean that the tone of Henry Cavill’s Superman will be any different in Man of Steel? Superman is usually one of the more forgiving of DC’s line of heroes, but has Goyer adopted a darker approach to this film?
“Relatable and realistic doesn’t necessarily mean dark. I think it would be inappropriate for us to approach a Superman film as if we were doing The Dark Knight. The Batman films are a lot more nihilistic; Superman has always been a story about hope.”
Seeing as how we’ve only seen the “tip of the iceberg” Goyer and company must have something really special on tap for those of us to look forward to in the coming months. Guess we’ll all have to wait and see.
Man of Steel; staring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff htis theaters everywhere June 14th.
Source: Coming Soon
Kevin Feige Talks Joss Whedon & Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ Success, The Dynamic Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ & DC’s ‘Justice League’
It’s no surprise that The Avengers was a summer blockbuster, earning $1.5 billion in the box office as well as a score of DVDs and Blu-rays that are now in homes everywhere. It proved that the super hero movie is stronger then ever – and that Scarlett Johansson is still sexy in leather. What was surprising was the number of people who doubted it would even succeed – and Joss Whedon shoved the third highest grossing film of all time in their faces and proved them wrong.
One person that couldn’t be happier for all of this success is Marvel‘s President of Production Kevin Feige, who has watched the super hero trend change as a producer – in some capacity – for every single Marvel movie. So when MTV News‘ Josh Wigler spoke with Feige, he was more then happy talk about all the success The Avengers has had recently.
“We’ve had the good fortune of having a lot of dreams come true. I still remember six, seven years ago, thinking about casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. ‘It’s outside the box! It could be like Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow! It could take off!’ Clearly, we’re there now. That being said, you can never honestly expect this kind of success and be any kind of reasonable human being. I was just hoping it would be the biggest Marvel Studios movie of all time. It’s got to beat ‘Iron Man 2’ or we really screwed it all up. And we more than doubled that.”
And as for Whedon, Feige couldn’t sing higher praises for the director and writer of one the summer’s hottest movies.
“We believed that Joss could handle the spectacle, along with the amazing crafts people and technicians we hired, but never letting the characters get lost among the spectacle. We knew it would be a big movie with big visual effects. But I never wanted these great character who we love and have established in other films to get lost in the spectacle. ‘And now they fight aliens!’ We wanted the characters to stand out, and that’s Joss’ signature. I think he did his best job yet with ‘Avengers.'”
Now that The Avengers has proven that a multi-hero feature can be successful, the competition has taken notice and started planning their own ensemble franchise – DC Comics, to be specific. Now that they’ve seen it can be done, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are finally going after that long awaited Justice League movie. So what’s the producer got to say about the competition and the dynamic of James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy compared to other movies?
“There’s no rule that say you have to do it one way or the other, though I believe that what was unique about ‘Avengers’ was not that it was a group of superheroes, but a group of superheroes you knew and loved from other [films] all coming together. It wasn’t like ‘X-Men,’ which is inherently a team-based film, or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ which we’re working on right now and is also a team-based film from the start. It was all of these people from other stories coming in and merging for one story. That’s what was cool to me about ‘Super Friends’ when I was a kid and that’s why I wanted to do ‘Avengers’ the way we did it.”
You gotta love the subtle jab Feige sends towards DC, but he’s not wrong.
The previous Marvel features created a selling point for The Avengers; people wanted to see how everyone would react when thrust together in a global threat, if that dynamic was built up to mesh the team together all the build up from previous movies would have been meaningless. As long as everyone involved in the next phase of Marvel’s production understands that team dynamics work in team-based movie then we can expect super heroes and less “super friends”.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Like many reading these words, I grew up on a steady diet of comic books. Back then (we old folks like to call them the “good old days”) there weren’t too many movies, and the ones that did get made sucked. Cartoons were around, but they catered to the 5-year old child. But regardless of the medium, I still managed to discern certain bits of wisdom from my super hero mentors and continue to learn from them even now. I’d like to take this opportunity to share what I’ve learned and perhaps bring enlightenment to a younger generation. May these life lessons guide you in your future endeavors.
1) Battle Causes the Powers of Speech to Multiply Exponentially
You’d think that super folks would be winded as hell when doing battle, what with all the bashing each other around, getting kicked in the face and such. At the very least, you might think they’d be concentrating on the fight at hand and not on witty banter or aimless exposition. But no! As it turns out you can fight with all your might and still have enough breath to spout out five or six pages of a novel in the span of a few minutes. I think their speech actually speeds up based on how many punches they throw, but I have yet to prove it. The next time I’m in a fight (or the first time, rather), I’m going to have to give this one a try.
2) Advanced Technology Doesn’t Always Solve Simple Problems
Tony Stark flies around in a billion-dollar suit of armor, S.H.I.E.L.D. patrols the sky in their nifty helicarrier and the X-Men have the super-powered Cerebro that can pick mutants out of a crowd on the other side of the planet. But no matter how awesome the technological inventions get, they don’t seem to fill certain gaps.
Professor X, for example, has yet to get a pair of properly working legs, or at least a wheelchair that turns into a giant, armored, fuck-off robot and lets him cruise around and launch missiles. And bad guys seem to sneak into everyone’s base at one time or another, which indicates to me that there’s a distinct lack of quality surveillance equipment available. The people that invent the awesome inventions must feel themselves too far above such ‘lesser projects’, leaving a big gap in technological evolution. I guess putting together these less awesome projects is the work of normal humans, who are all no doubt busy watching Dancing with the Stars.
3) Wolverine is a Fkn Superstar!
If it’s one thing the Marvel guys taught me, it’s that if you want to double your profits all you have to do is get Wolverine to flash his claws and say “bub” a couple of times. I’m really surprised he doesn’t have his own brand of cereal or a sitcom by now. I mean, this guy is freakin’ famous as all hell! He should quit the damn super hero business and start signing autographs and making guest appearances as mall openings or something. While I personally may be getting sick of seeing him, the general public seems to disagree. Wolverine = ca$h money. Dude should have his own stock on the New York Exchange.
And speaking of New York…
4) Never, Ever, EVER Live in New York City
From just watching one fkn Avengers movie anyone can tell that New York has a hard time of it. Try reading a full series of comic books and you’ll see just how bad the super villain crime rate really is. If you’re not killed by an alien invasion, impending apocalypse or some whack-job’s attempt to murder everyone, you’re bound to have a piece of New York fall on your head from the battles constantly raging in the sky above. Hell, even Spider-Man is dropping shit left and right. Just the rain of broken glass would be enough to make you want to carry a steel umbrella around 24/7. And I’m not even going to touch on what insurance must run in the city, assuming super hero battles are even covered.
5) Leaving Someone to Wallow in Defeat is Better than Killing Them
While in the end things might not always turn out how super-villains would like them to, they all seem to agree that killing someone outright is just tacky. It is far better to save their punishment for later or enact some sort of ‘fitting revenge’ upon them that ends in their humiliation. The villains may end up being beat silly in the next scene, but the lasting psychological damage to heroes that constantly get subjected to strange humiliation has got to be worth the trouble. Otherwise, why would villains keep with this same routine? Maybe they’re all actually psychologists in real life and need the work?
6) Death is NEVER the End… Something Will Bring You Back
After reading stacks of comic books for dozens of years, I finally managed to overcome my fear of death. Turns out that if you kick the bucket there’s always some convenient way for you to come back from the dead! Hell, how many different times have the X-Men met their final end? Whether it be from a temporal flux, some great power beyond the stars or the fact that it wasn’t actually you that died, but instead a clone/android/shapeshifter, death is easily shrugged aside.
7) Whatever Problems You Face in Life, the Next Problem Will Be “The Most Powerful Ever!”
This slogan gets plastered across comic books left-and-right, and so I’ve come to accept it as fact. Villains on day 2 are always better than the day 1 villains and day 3 baddies even worse than that. Sequel enemies will be bigger and better. Challenges will be overwhelming, but not as overwhelming as next week. I think this applies to life as well, and I rest easy in the fact that if I make it through today, tomorrow I have a new, exciting and more challenging day awaiting me. Of course, if I fuck it up the first time, I’m probably is deep shit come dawn.
8) Sexy Outfits are More Effective than Body Armor (at least for the ladies)
Body armor is truly overrated, else why would many of the world’s top super heroines opt for skin-tight, cleavage-inducing swimsuits with thigh-high boots? I’m guessing that this has something to do with the fact that male super heroes/villains are so busy gawking and adjusting their tent-poles that they can’t fight effectively. Or maybe it’s just some sort of fashion trend… who knows. All I know is, if women in corporate America want to burst that glass ceiling, a spandex thong is going to work much better than a pant-suit.
9) No Matter How Many Times the World is About to End, People Remain Calm
I’m beginning to think there’s some sort of mental field that government agencies project across the world to make people forget about the number of massive explosions, alien invasions and attempted destructions of the world that occur weekly. I’ve never heard anything of the sort, but if the comics are to be believed, this thing happens all the time (on a semi-monthly basis, it seems). Yet no one is running through the streets screaming about the end of the world. Shit, people freak out when a comet comes too close to the planet, you’d think they’d be a bit upset when Galactus makes a house-call.
10) Always Set Your Clocks 5 Minutes Fast
A recent survey of super villains shows that the vast majority of world-dominating/destroying plots are thwarted in the last few critical moments. Bombs are diffused with less than 10 seconds on the timer, doomsday devices are broken right before they’re about to fire off, and the time a villain needs to channel the right amount of power to destroy his or her enemies is always interrupted. If super villains would simply set all their clocks 5 minutes fast, then heroes would be thrown way off balance. They’d rush into your secret fortress, ready to stop the mega-destructo-ray with 4 minutes left til it fires off and discover they were already a minute late. Bingo, problem solved.
I hope that my readers can take these lessons with them and create a better world and life for themselves. Art hands wisdom down through the generations and comic books should be no exception. Next time you leave the house to fight villains, be a villain or just avoid getting caught in a world-ending catastrophe, remember what you have learned here and everything will be just fine.
And as one of my mentors was so fond of saying – ‘Nuff Said!
Super hero origins are scarred territory when it comes to the comic book genre — without an origin most heroes would be nothing more then crazed people wearing tight spandex.
So when two Hollywood studios decide to reboot two huge comic book franchises, the question must be asked: are they going to keep the origin stories pure? Nope. According to several sources, the post-Avengers films The Amazing Spider-Man from Columbia Pictures and director Marc Webb, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures Superman reboot, Man of Steel, will be getting altered tales of their creation.
Since both studios are looking to reboot their respective money makers, I suppose was always a possibility, but is this the right move?
A small warning, the following is going to contain spoilers, so if your afraid of ruining the movie for yourself, get ready to skip the following.
Spider-Man’s origin is well known: a nerd gets bitten by a radioactive spider and gains all the powers of said spider, as well as the ability to attract smoking hot red-heads. That last part is more implied, but that’s Spider-Man in a nutshell. However, The Amazing Spider-Man is going the route of 2003’s Ang Lee directed Hulk, making his powers a result of a dormant mutation his father is responsible for giving him. The events at the beginning of the franchise, the iconic spider bite, is nothing more then a kick start to Peter’s puberty gene.
Previous reports suggest that this “untold story” matches up with plot points from early previews and expands upon information rarely touched on in the Sam Raimi original. It’s sounds absurd that the studio would make such a change, but at least the Superman camp is giving them a run for their money.
As Brian Singer’s Superman Returns showed, the DC hero never really had a great reboot to begin with, Brandon Routh practically turned the “Man of steel” into a whinny wuss for two hours. After striking that mis-step from their records the studio thought it best to revamp the legend of the boy from Krypton. Gone is the alien refugee who crash lands on Earth, make way for the full-fledged alien prince, destined to save our planet from destruction. Granted, it’s not as big of a change as the Amazing Spider-Man alteration, and in a way, it actually adds to the story of Kal-El written by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan. The pair helped bring Batman back into the fold as a solid Hollywood blockbuster, so if anyone can make this change creditable it’s the team of Goyer and Nolan.
What do you think? Are these changes really worth pissing off a percentage of the viewing audience or is it something we’re just going to have to deal with it like the grown adults that we are?
The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters on July 3rd, 2012. The Man of Steel is tentatively scheduled for a June 14th, 2013 release.
Source: Screen Rant
What do you get when you put 2 master assassins, a demi-god, a super soldier, an egotistic genius and an unstoppable beast together? Besides the weirdest sitcom on late-night television, you get the The Avengers, thanks to Joss Whedon, joining the “one billion dollar club” in record time.
In just 19 days, the Marvel super epic has become the first Marvel film and the fifth Disney film release to reach the billion dollar milestone, making almost five times the $220 million dollar budget to make the film and setting several records in the process.
Estimated to have earned a gross of $373.2 million in North America and $628.9 million in overseas for a worldwide total of $1,002.1 million, The Avengers has climbed to the 11th spot on the all-time worldwide list. Surpassing the $1,001.9 million set by Chris Nolan and The Dark Knight, The Avengers has also become:
* The fastest film to reach $200 million domestically in three days
* The fastest to reach $300 million in nine days
* The highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals of all time
* And the second-biggest single-day gross of all time ($80.8 million).
“We’re obviously thrilled with the global success of ‘The Avengers,'” said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s Chairman and CEO. “It’s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come.”
Since its record-breaking release in North America, The Avengers has become the biggest opening weekend in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, and United Arab Emirates. With its Japanese release slated for August 17th, the Marvel blockbuster is soon to be the biggest opening comic book movie of all time… if it can get past its competition.
In order in actually break into the top ten of all time, Whedon and company must first get past number 10’s Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, and make another $22,217,904 or so. As some of us are already going into theaters for our third and fourth times, that could very well become a reality. Fingers crossed.
Source: Coming Soon
Known for their whole Mockbusters” thing, Global Asylum constantly makes cheaper versions of the year’s top film franchises. This time, Universal studios has finally said “Enough!”, and bitch slapping the company with a class action lawsuit. Initially reported by TMZ , the lawsuit (which can be read here) claims that Global Asylum is trying to piggyback off the board-game-turned-Blockbuster-feature starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård and Rihanna.
Global Asylum’s most recent feature, American Battleship, goes straight to DVD May 22nd — a mere four days after Universal’s Battleship hits theaters May 18th. Seems a bit fishy that two movies, both about naval warships battling aliens from space, would be released so close to each other. But this is a tactic that Asylum has used over and over again.
Just look at their recent “hits”: Paranormal Entity, Titanic II, 2012: Ice Age, The Terminators, Transmorphers and Battle Of Los Angeles. Sound familiar? They should, because Asylum is known for copying the premise and plot of the every feature-length film its copies. And Universal will not stand for it a minute longer.
In a response to the lawsuit posted on Deadline, Global Asylum gave the single best defense a company could ever give:
The Global Asylum has promoted the feature film American Battleship for nearly a year while Universal raised no concerns. The timing of Universal’s recently filed lawsuit coincides with mixed reviews of its big-budget film, Battleship — the first movie based on a board game since Clue. Looking for a scapegoat, or more publicity, for its pending box-office disaster, the executives at Universal filed this lawsuit in fear of a repeat of the box office flop, John Carter of Mars. The Universal action is wholly without merit and we will vigorously defend their claims in Court. Nonetheless, we appreciate the publicity.
Bitch slap returned in spades, thanking Universal for suing them and using the “John Carter” defense. While you have to hate Asylum for their dirty tactics, you have to respect their badassery here. Hopefully they’ll still have this type of swagger when both parties go to court in the next few weeks.
We wish everyone the best in the coming bloodbath.
Even though Snow White and the Huntsman does not hit theaters until June 1st, Universal has decided the property as earned the right for a sequel. A source close to DeadlineHollywood says the studio is in discussions with Men in Black III writer David Koepp to come aboard to write Snow White 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Why would a Universal push forward with a sequel without results from the first film? Well, production and pre-production are too separate things. Snow White and the Huntsman is poised to be a hot property. Universal is confident the first film will do well. Assuming the film lives up to its promise, they want to have a sequel with script, cast, and director ready to go.
Now, here’s the thing. The Queen dies (I assume) and Snow White gets her happy ending. The end. What is the sequel going to be about?
Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the queen, and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross, and Noah Huntley.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Hey Harry Potter fans! You sad the movies are over? Oh don’t cry, ’cause the magic will continue. Warner Bros. is opening up a tour of its Leavesden soundstages, where much of the films were shot. Called “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter,” it’s as close as you’ll ever get to rubbing your wand against the tri-wizard cup.
The three-hour walking tour will cover 150,000 square feet, including two dedicated soundstages of Warner Bros. Studios in West Hertfordshire, England. “Potterphiles” will get to tour actual sets from the franchise, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut, and the Gryffindor common room, all the while checking out various artifacts, props, and costumes from the franchise. A Creature Effects workshop will show visitors the animatronics that brought characters like Buckbeack the Hippogriff, Aragog, Fawkes, and the basilisk from Chamber of Secrets. Someone please Avada Kedavra me, pretty please.
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Here we are once again on a Tuesday and like always, NerdBastards got you covered with the weekly DVD Tuesday. As always, we list out what was released and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS. We also got the Old is New and a pretty good TV Show DVD section. No Anime Pick or LOL/WTF Release this week (Sorry Anime fans, not going to recommend the Haruhi season 2 set). So what are you waiting for? Check after the jump to see what came out and see if there is anything you want. (more…)