Nerd Art Dump: Marvel Babies, Wonder Woman’s Dress, the Work of Cuyler Smith and MOAR!

- 07-11-13Cool Stuff Posted by NickBungay

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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: In the battle for who gets to play on the swing set first the winner is Ultron! An Age of Ultron variant cover by Skottie Young, one of Marvel‘s best cover artists, the Marvel babies can’t really beat a robot that never needs a mid-day nap. [GeekTyrant]

Hit the jump for Ben Grimm P.I., Teen Titans and more.

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Incredible First Look at Heath Ledger’s ‘Joker Diary’

- 05-31-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Heath Ledger‘s passing is still an emotional touchstone for me. I’d always enjoyed his work and his performance in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was bitter-sweet; arguably the best work of his short career. A German documentary television show Too Young To Die has completed a look that examines Ledger’s life and death.

The video below is Ledger’s father, Kim Ledger, discussing Heath’s last role and the ‘Joker Diary” Heath used to prepare for the role. Heath mentioned the diary back in an interview with Empire:

“I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary.”

While Kim Ledger goes through the scrapbook/journal, we get a first look at revealing clippings from images from Batman comics, Stanley Kubrick‘s A Clockwork Orange, the trademark Joker playing cards and other various clowns. The Hospital Monologue is also in there.

In a chilling final note, the last page features the words “BYE BYE” scrawled across the page by Heath.

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The voice over sometimes walks over what Ledger’s father is saying, making it a little hard to catch everything Heath’s father discusses. Below is what he says during the voice overs.

This is the Joker’s diary. In order to inhabit his character, he locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch.

The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse. He was really funny like that. He also was in the movie. This is a make-up test which was done eight months before. Before the end of the shooting he wrote “bye bye” on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.

Via: Collider

So Where Was The Joker During TDKR? [Spoilers]

- 07-26-12Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

I think its safe to say that director Christopher Nolan had some idea for a future for The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, but the tragic death of Heath Ledger derailed any possibility for a future appearance of The Joker. Naturally though, the trivia buffs among us wondered what role, if any, The Joker might have had in TDKR.

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The Dark Knight Revisited, Part 6: ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008)

- 07-15-12Featured, Film Posted by Matthew Jackson

 

We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.

So, we’ve come to the end of our little  journey, and I feel like I have even less new to say about this film than I did about the last one. The Dark Knight is perhaps the most analyzed superhero film ever made. It’s been picked apart by many a film critic, blogger and Batman geek over and over again for nearly four years, so why add my name to that pile? Well, for one, I still consider it the greatest superhero movie ever made (sorry, Mr. Whedon), and for another, I’ve been writing these pieces largely on the basis of my own discovery. As we approach The Dark Knight Rises, the idea was for me to go back, revisit the entire Batman film mythos and examine how each film makes me feel as I prepare for the coming of Nolan’s last film. When it came time to revisit The Dark Knight, this is what I found.

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Tim Burton, Kevin Feige, Zach Snyder & More Talk About The Impact Of ‘The Dark Knight’

- 06-10-12Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay

Known as one of not only the greatest comic book movies, but also one of the best narravtives of all time, The Dark Knight raised the standards for action movies all around. One of the first comic book movies to make $1 billion at the box office, the Christopher Nolan feature was surrounded with praise for its direction and its visual effects, and even more so for the final performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker.

In anticipation of the final film in Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, Empire Magazine sat down with some of the biggest names in Hollywood to talk about the cultural and inspirational significance of Dark Knight. From Marvel Studios‘ Kevin Feige and director Zack Snyder, to 1989 Batman director and generally strange human being, Tim Burton - just a few of the names from the Empire article.

Check out what the Hollywood elite had to say in the jump.
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Nerdy Bits: Sexy Rocketeer, Loki Wearing Loki, TARDIS-bike, Darth L. Jackson and MOAR!

- 05-29-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos Posted by Sarah Moran

Every day 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. 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: Some of you probably have fond memories of The Rocketeer. Others might be like, wha-? Either way you really can’t deny how fantastic this gender-swapped cosplay is. The retro-ness is perfectly accented by those garters, as well as  a few other things. Photographed by gsrho. (CBM)

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Nerdy Bits: Execute Order 66 in This Sweet Ride, An Honest ‘Transformers’ Trailer, Jamie Benning’s New Filmumentary ‘Inside Jaws’ and MOAR!

- 05-24-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Uncategorized Posted by Sarah Moran

Every day 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. 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: Cosplay photographer Adam Jay has a nice collection super heroines and villainesses up at CBM. This is Black Canary cosplayed by Fenchurch Dent who’s also Phoenix. Joining her is Alexia Jean Grey  is Black Widow, Tiffany Masters  is Catwoman, and Meg Murrderher  is Poison Ivy.

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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Tom Hardy Says Bane Is No Joke(r)

- 04-16-12Comics, Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

It is a fair assumption that when The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters on July 20th, many movie goers will compare the movies villain, Bane, to the one from the previous movie, the Joker. Let’s be honest, Heath Ledger‘s Academy award wining performance as the clown prince of crime has set the bar very very high.

Tom Hardy, the actor playing Bane, recently talked with EW and explained how the two villains differ.

“The Joker didn’t care. He just wanted to see the world burn, and he was a master of chaos and destruction, unscrupulous and crazy. Bane is not that guy. There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition. He is also a physical threat to Batman. There is nothing vague about Bane. No jokes. He’s a very clean, clear villain.”

So, it really is an apples to oranges, psychopath to  sociopath sort of argument. Both characters come from completely different sides towards the same end, killing the Batman. (sorry, I really just wanted to say that).

In the same interview, Hardy also gave us some insight into how he found Bane’s voice.

“…wanted to develop a distinctive voice, one that evoked (albeit elliptically) the comic book character’s erudition and ethnic heritage (Bane hails from a fictional Caribbean country). Hardy sought a sound befitting a man steeped in malevolence and old soul wisdom and who could trace his roots to ancient Latin culture. “There were two doors we could walk through,” says Hardy. “We could play a very straightforward villain or we could go through this very quirky door, which is totally justified by the text but may seem very, very stupid.” Not surprisingly, Hardy decided to go for the second option. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at—or it could be very fresh and exciting,” he says. While some found his dialogue incomprehensible in the IMAX-exclusive sneak peek attached to Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol last December, the actor asks for patience. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

Wait, he didn’t take anything from Robert Swenson‘s performance of the character in 1997′s Batman & Robin?

good.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Christian Bale Talks Batman & Heath Ledger

- 01-30-12Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

With the release of The Dark Knight Rises still months away (damn you July 20th, haul ass) the sheer amount of time I spend scouring the internet for batnews to consume is staggering, here’s a nice little slice that just about slipped by.

Christian Bale (who turned 38 today, btw, and we wish him the happiest of b’days) recently hand a lengthy interview with Style Magazine that unearthed a few little tidbits you might enjoy. Notably his thoughts on Batman and the man that set the villain bar impossibly high, Heath Ledger.

Hit the jump to find out what he had to say.

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Check Out Unused Footage from ‘The Dark Knight’ Including New Cuts of The Joker

- 12-28-11Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

I think that headline about says it all. This, what I assume is, newly surfaced footage shows a lot of different cuts and takes of many scenes in The Dark Knight, including several of Heath Ledger playing The Joker. You may recognize some of them, I think certain clips were used in trailers and other promo bits advertising the film, but at the same time, some of them I’ve never seen before anywhere. Click play below and enjoy.

Source: Geek Tyrant