This Fall, Batman will again be the talk outside of Gotham when his new Kevin Conroy-voiced game debuts. Yesterday, GameStop teased a playable story within Batman: Arkham Knight, but you have to pre-order the game in order to access it. Inside the tweet was a blurred out image (ABOVE) of the character they were featuring. This information comes behind the already announced challenge maps and “story pack” of Harley Quinn‘s playable avatar. The pixelated image could actually pass as Pitfall Harry (how cool would that be??), but the color scheme is completely wrong. It still produced a good amount of fervor over the interwebs, even though you’d have to be a real noob to not know who it was. There aren’t too many Bat-friends wearing red things on their heads. (more…)
Anyone who’s been to any comic or geek-centric convention in the entire world knows that Harley Quinn has become a staple of cosplayers everywhere. From classic Harley to sexy Harley to Harley of the Renaissance, there are a thousand incarnations and at least 100 times that number of cosplayers out there. So what better way to celebrate the fame of the Joker’s ladyfriend than to bring her to a convention for reals? That’s exactly what’s happening with San Diego Comic Con this year, as Harley Quinn is getting her own one-shot comic (entitled Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego) featuring her antics at said convention. (more…)
Where the big movie studios leave off, the fans take over. We’ve seen countless fan films hit the Interwebz over the years, some good, some not-so-good. But whether you like them or not, at least someone out there is putting a little effort into bringing the characters we know and love into their own live-action mini-flicks. The latest is a character that has been ignored by Big DC thus far – Harley Quinn. Check out the 7 minutes of video below and see what you think. (more…)
The second half of Arrow looks like it’s going to be packed with all sorts of surprises. We can look forward to the Birds of Prey showing up, Deathstroke unleashing his wrath on Oliver, and even the Suicide Squad making its debut on the show this Wednesday night. Rumor has it, though, we’ve got even more to look forward to, and that two of Batman’s most prolific villains will be dropping in on Starling City before this season is out. (more…)
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Holy video fail, Batman! I want to apologize profusely for this week’s video quality. There was an audio error in our first draft and then my video editor boyfriend was pulled out to the Bahamas for a work trip. Despite my lame excuses, I want ya’ll to rest assured knowing I’ll be back in HD next week. Anyhoozle…
Marvel found a way to pull at my heartstrings by bringing Wolverine & Cyclops together over a beer while my mouth dropped at the idea of Rogue taking her mutant powers OVER 9000! DC Comics delves a bit more into Commissioner Gordon’s shady past and then pours us a hot cup of Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy pajama party. Alyssa Milano teams up with Boom Entertainment to bring us the intriguing Hacktivist. Image comics won my week with The Walking Dead finally giving me much bloodshed and death in this week’s All Out War. (more…)
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. Now on with the dump!
ABOVE: Wanna kill off a few hours browsing through a wide range of photoshops that re-imagine a galaxy far far away as seen through the eyes of renaissance painters? Head over to Worth 1000 an check out the Star Wars Fine art galleries. (more…)
New York Comic Con has come to a close but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. If you were tied to your couch or some other place that was not the Jacob Javitz Center this weekend, then we have the perfect consolation prize for you: more cosplay, toy, and floor pics from the convention. (more…)
Who doesn’t love Harley Quinn? The Joker’s sexy, goofy, badass nutbag moll/girlfriend/emotionally abused arm candy has been a fan favorite since she first appeared on Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. But the character survived the end of the cartoon, transferred over to the comics, and has become one of the most ubiquitous cosplay ensembles in all of nerddom…Truly, the deranged ex-psychiatrist is a queen among villainesses
The one medium the former Dr. Harleen Quinzel has yet to conquer, however, is the moving pictures…
Well, with Batman to return to the big screen in Batman Vs. Superman, perhaps we could see a cinematic Harley.
And who’s chomping at the bit to portray her? The magnificent Katee Sackhoff!
Best know as Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from 2004′s Battlestar Galactica reboot, Sackhoff has made a name for herself as a comic book geek, so she knows the character and the genre–on top of being a great actress and gorgeous AND already blonde!
Here’s what she said to Esquire on the subject:
I love Harley Quinn. I do. I just love it. It’s not been done before. It’s this fantastic mix. I mean, it’s like the female Joker. Who wouldn’t want to do that? Quite potentially — it’s not around so I wouldn’t feel the weight of it — I’d probably sell my first born at this point to do that.
Not since Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier has an actor been more suited for a comic book character role:
You tell ME who else has the looks, talent, and nerd cred to play Harley….AND could pull off that smile?
I guess the real question is this:
Is there a God? And how much does He love Nerds?
When writers adapt a story for the big screen, OR create an original story based on established characters, it’s a given that they’re going to want to put their own mark on their creation, not merely clone the original, and one of the most common ways to do this is to introduce new characters that were not present in the source material.
Of course, this CAN be annoying if the newcomers steal too much thunder from the characters most of the fans will be buying tickets to see–but done right, original, non-canon, cinematic/television creations can become a welcome addition to a franchise, and even a permanent part of a character’s overall universe. In the case of comics, many of the more popular characters on this list actually transcended their television or cinematic origins, and were adopted by the books themselves…Some become so popular it’s even forgotten that there was ever a time when they were anything BUT original, canon characters.
Now, some of the fictional personalities listed here ended up as part of the comics–others never left the realm of the big or small screen–but ALL had their beginnings on something other than an illustrated periodical.
Here are ten characters that are as good as anything spawned from the imaginations of the best comic writers:
10. Bob The Goon (Batman)
Bob The Goon (as he is known on IMDB) is Joker’s “Number One Guy” in Tim Burton’s groundbreaking “Noir-esque” 1989 interpretation of the Caped Crusader. Starting off as Jack Napier’s triggerman, he becomes the second most powerful criminal in Gotham when Napier becomes Joker and takes control of Carl Grissom’s syndicate….Until Joker gets annoyed and shoots him dead for no discernible reason.
Bob is played by remarkably prolific (166 film and TV roles) actor Tracey Walter, whom you may also recognize as “Cookie” from City Slickers, Coroner’s assistant Lamar in Silence Of The Lambs, and the thief Malak in Conan The Destroyer.
9. Captain Amazing (Mystery Men)
1999′s Mystery Men is based on characters from Dark Horse’s surrealist superhero comic: Flaming Carrot. Imagine the super team analogy to a delusional garage band, and you have a pretty good idea what the plot of the film is like: Costumed heroes with a lot of heart, but little actual skill.
Captain Amazing is an original creation of the film played by Greg Kinnear, and he represents the opposite of the Mystery Men: Not only is he a talented and effective crimefighter, he’s also rich and famous, most of his money coming from endorsement deals and selling ad space on his supersuit like it’s a stock car. I personally love the idea of “superhero turned corporate whore”, and Kinnear plays it to the hilt.
8. Otis (Superman: The Movie)
Ned Beatty‘s character “Otis” (no last name given) is like the opposite end of the henchman spectrum from the aforementioned Bob The Goon. While Bob is scary and badass and capable–Otis is bumbling, inept, and relatively harmless. He’s Lex Luthor’s sidekick in Richard Donner’s 1978 classic: Superman: The Movie–the “Model A” of superhero films. It’s not clear exactly why Luthor keeps Otis around (and indeed, he ends up ditching him in Superman II when he slows down Luthor’s escape from prison). His only “positive” trait would seem to be that he’s loyal to the point of idiocy. Personally, I think Lex liked having him around because he enjoys feeling smarter than people–and Otis was pretty much born to help improve the intellectual self esteem of others.
7. Abraham Whistler (Blade)
The half-vampire vampire hunter Blade’s mentor–in his 1998 film incarnation–Abraham Whistler is supposedly VERY vaguely based on Blade’s comic mentor, Jamal Afari….with a few slight differences: Like, Afari was a black Jazz trumpeter, and Whistler is a grizzled old white dude played by a Country singer (Kris Kristofferson).
Whistler is the stereotypical “Jedi Master-ish” father figure character, and Kristofferson plays him well
6. Loony Bin Jim (Punisher: War Zone)
Doug Hutchinson of The Green Mile’ as Loony Bin Jim: The psychopathic brother of Punisher: War Zone antagonist Jigsaw, was one of the highlights of this….”not for everyone” 2008 adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics vigilante. Hutchinson steals every scene he’s in–his performance is disturbing, repulsive, and damn fun to watch!
5. Dr. Erik Selvig (Thor)
Physicist Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) first appears in Kenneth Branagh’s excellent 2011 Thor adaptation as a mentor to Jane Foster–assissting her in her wormhole research when Thor arrives on Earth. His purpose is basically to provide exposition, since–as a Swede–he was raised with the stories of the Norse Gods, and recognizes Thor and his description of Asgard and its inhabitants as the source of such legends. Next time we see him is in The Avengers, where S.H.I.E.L.D. has him working on the Tesseract. He becomes one of Loki’s “Personal Flying Monkeys”, until the end when he snaps out of it, and saves the day by explaining how to close the portal the Chitauri are using.
He’s expected to show up again quite soon in Thor: The Dark World.
4. Lionel Luthor (Smallville)
Smallville added quite a number of original characters to the Superman mythos from 2001 to 2011, but few were as memorable, or had a larger impact, than Lex Luthor’s dear old dad: Lionel.
Played superbly by the vastly underrated John Glover, Lionel was not the first father the character of Lex Luthor had been given–there had been several over the years appearing in different origin stories for Lex. But Lionel was the first that became a three-dimensional, recurring character anywhere. Founder of Luthorcorp, Lionel was a strict and draconian authority figure–constantly testing his son for weakness, and showing him precious little affection…The implication seems to be that Lionel’s style of parenting is at least partially responsible for why Lex became the supervillain we all know and love. Even when his character was “reformed” near the end, and he tried to make amends with his son, it proved too late–the damage had been done.
3. Max Shreck (Batman Returns)
Named for German silent film star Max Schreck, Christopher Walken‘s Shreck is one of the greatest non-canon Batman villains in the history of the character.
Appearing in Tim Burton’s second Batman film, 1992′s atmospheric and Gothic Batman Returns, Max Shreck plays a role that has become quite popular in superhero cinema: The unscrupulous, wealthy businessman who bankrolls the TRUE villain, usually while being oblivious to his actual intentions.
The character is striking, stylized, and brilliantly portrayed.
2. Harley Quinn (Batman: The Animated Series)
No, I didn’t realize either that Harley is not originally a Batman comic character. It wasn’t until I compiled this list and she was suggested to me that I found out (special thanks to Nerd Bastards’ own Jeremy R. Hudson for the info).
Harley first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series (considered by many to be THE best animated iteration of Bats) in 1992. She’s the Joker’s girlfriend/moll/emotionally abused squeeze toy. The acclaimed 1994 graphic novel Mad Love detailed her origin as a young psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum named Dr. Harleen Quinzel. A clinical fascination with the Joker’s case becomes a romantic obsession, leading to Dr. Quinzel breaking Joker out of Arkham, going bugshit insane, and adopting the persona of Harley Quinn, Joker’s partner in crime and love (in her mind, anyway).
Harley has become one of the most popular Batman villains–and probably the second most popular female Batman villain, beating out Poison Ivy, and coming in second only to Catwoman. She’s a cosplay fixture, and interpretations of her outfit abound at conventions. Her voice was most famously provided by Arleen Sorkin, and she was played in live-action on the short-lived Birds of Prey series by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star Mia Sara.
1. Agent Phil Coulson (Iron Man, The Avengers, etc.)
Is there ANYONE else it could possibly be?
THIS non-canon, cinematic creation was so popular with the fans they actually brought him back from the dead to star in his own TV series!
Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) first appeared in 2008′s Iron Man, and would go on to appear in every “Marvel Phase One” film except The Incredible Hulk. He’s become the face of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division. His “death” made The Avengers get their shit together and defeat Loki, and he’s rising from the dead to star in the soon-to-air Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tv series.
Gregg’s performance is a masterpiece of understated badassery, and his Coulson is, quite simply, impossible not to love.
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ABOVE: Seductive Harley Quinn. She knows how to make some smiles, puddin’ [GeeksAresSexy]