Armie Hammer Has No Desire To Don Batman’s Cowl

- 08-02-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter


You can cross Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) off your potential Batman list for the upcoming Superman/Batman movie announced by Warner Bros. a couple of weeks ago. Even though he had originally been on board to play Batman for George Miller‘s 2007 Justice League movie, which quickly fell off the Hollywood map, Hammer now says he has no interest in the role, or any other superhero movie for that matter. In an interview with Metro he said:

I’m not actually a big fan of superhero films, If you have a guy who is supposed to be invulnerable, then what’s the point?

He went on to talk about working with Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and jokingly worried what people might say if the two of them then starred in another superhero movie so soon after.

I think if Henry and I did that film and then a superhero film straight after, people might start to wonder about us…

Well, who does that leave on your list to play the Caped Crusader? Check out NerdBastards list and see who else might fit the role.

Via: Comingsoon

Grant Morrison Reviews ‘Man of Steel’ – Not a Fan

- 07-31-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Grant Morrison wrote one of the most beloved Superman stories of modern times with his take in All Star Superman, but he seems a bit late to the party with his appraisal of the latest Superman movie, Man of Steel. Still, his opinion is valid, and it was recently offered to USA Today.

“I kinda liked it and kinda didn’t, to be honest,” he began. “I feel bad because I like Zack Snyder and David Goyer, and Henry Cavill was really good.

“But it felt like one of those ones where it’s like, ‘Bring on the second movie now that you’ve done this’, and I don’t need to see that as someone who knows all I know about Superman.

“For me, it was a bit ‘seen it before’, no matter how they tried to make it a little bit different. I’m more looking forward to the Dark Knight version of Superman, the next one, where hopefully it will have Lex Luthor and be some fantastic second act.

Now from here, Morrison’s opinion may not be itself a spoiler, but he goes into some details that definitely are spoilery, so if you still haven’t seen Man of Steel and want to, but go in spoiler-free, avert your eyes in…












Still here? Okay, here’s what else Morrison had to say:

“It’s a credible Superman for now. But I’m not sure about the killing thing. I don’t want to sound like some fuddy-duddy Silver Age apologist but I’ve recently noticed a lot of people saying Batman should kill the Joker and, yeah, Superman should kill, he should make the tough moral decisions we all have to make every day.

“I don’t know about you, but the last moral decision I made didn’t have anything to do with killing people. And I don’t think many of us ever have to make the decision whether or not to kill. In fact, the more you think about it, unless you’re in one of the Armed Forces, killing is illegal and immoral. Why would we want our superheroes to do that?

“There is a certain demand for it, but I just keep wondering why people insist that this is the sort of thing we’d all do if we were in Superman’s place and had to make the tough decision and we’d kill Zod. Would we? Very few of us have ever killed anything.

“What is this weird bloodlust in watching our superheroes kill the villains?”

Morrison makes some good points, but I think he’s more fair in his commentary than a lot of people on the internet have been. It vexes me because it seems that Man of Steel tried to address a lot of the stuff fan boys complained about regarding Superman, only to piss off those same fan boys all the more. Alas, what is a filmmaker supposed to do now-in-days? You can’t please everyone.

What do you Bastards think of Morrison’s comments? Agree, disagree, or indifferent?

Source: Digital Spy

Rumor Time: This Might Be Your New Batman

- 07-24-13Comics, Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson


Well, that took long enough. With Zack Synder‘s SDCC shocker that the Man of Steel sequel will actually be a Superman/Batman movie already ancient history (come on, it was days ago… that’s like years in internet time.) Rumors of who will be cast as the Dark Knight are already starting to swirl.

Cosmic Book News is reporting that an unnamed source from within DC Entertainment is saying that a certain TV actor will soon screen test opposite Henry Cavill for the role of the caped crusader.

Any guesses?

Rumor revealing photo up after the jump. (more…)

Was There a Surprise Cameo From Another Superman in ‘Man of Steel’?

- 06-27-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Leave to the internet to look for something that probably isn’t there, but the rumor du jour suggests that some cunning visual effects people slipped in a couple of seconds of footage in Man of Steel where new Superman Henry Cavill morphs into 80s Superman Christopher Reeve. The effect is subtle, that is to say I can’t see it, but the below GIF does make it look as though there was some kind of tinkering. Or perhaps it’s just the lighting effect of the scene in question.

Judge for yourself:


Could you see the difference? As Uproxx noted, perhaps the reason some people see a bit of Reeve in Cavill in this image is because the two kind of look alike and are playing the same character. Reeve played Superman in four films between 1978 and 86, but was paralyzed in a horse ridding accident in 1995. He died due to complications from those injuries in 2004, but not before appearing twice in the Superman-as-a-teen TV series Smallville.

No official work from director Zack Snyder or any of the hundreds of visual effects artists who worked on the movie, but for my part I say look for this to become a part of the Hollywood urban legends set along with the Three Men and a Baby ghost and the Munchkin who hanged himself. Or not. What do you Bastards think?

Source: Screen Crush

Superman Thinks Creating the Justice League Will Be Tough

- 06-25-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


So the success of Man of Steel means we’re going to get that Justice League movie good and fast, right? Well hold your horses there bub, because Superman himself is saying that it’s not as easy as all that.

While talking with Peter Travers of ABC News, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill says that Justice League could happen if it’s done right, but it’s going to be tough to bring all these characters together in one narrative and do it in a convincing way. So basically, Henry says relax…

“Justice League, more movies, I have no idea. Justice League could be great if done correctly. It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power. So in this real world setting we’re telling our story in, it’s going to be tough to achieve that and it has to be done very delicately with a lot of thought. So, it won’t be right away, I hope it’s not anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another. I think it would be great to do, but I don’t think it’s around the corner.”

So much for a previous report that suggested that Man of Steel 2 and Justice League were going to be made back-to-back and released in 2014 and 2015. Something tells me they’re going to want to keep the new, successful Superman on side for any future endeavors. Check out the full video interview below.

Source: Coming Soon

The BastardCast vs. The Man Of Steel ZODCAST

- 06-20-13Featured Posted by Team Bastard


Look! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s three fat guys talking about Superman!

Jason Tabrys, Jeremy R! Hudson, and Blastr’s Matthew Jackson join up for the latest, most epicest edition of the BastardCast since the last time they joined up for a podcast, and like Zack Snyder and The Man of Steel, they don’t give a damn about how much destruction they cause!

Cheap shot? #SuckIt because these guys are a porridge table of feels when it comes to Warner Bros. new superhero spectacle — one is too hot for it, another is cool to it, and Jason is a bowl of steaming rage.

What’s that, you want to know more about this thing you’re about to put in your ears? Fine, the guys are breaking down what they think Superman is, how they feel the filmmakers either flew or fell, Superman’s responsibility to humanity and the responsibility of the character to be accessible, and why this destroyed city is different than the countless others that have flashed on our screens.

Also on the cast: the kiss and quip among the ashes of Metropolis, the Will Arnett Engine, Dildo space ships, the best way to kill Kevin Costner (in a movie), Russell Crowe on a dragon, and Superman’s Vader “No!”.

All that and kltpzyxm on…

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Rumor Patrol: ‘Man of Steel 2′ in 2014, ‘Justice League’ in 2015?

- 06-17-13Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson


Perhaps it was inevitable after Man of Steel‘s record-breaking haul over the weekend, but if the latest rumor mongering courtesy of The Wall Street Journal is to be believed, it seems that Warner Bros is fast-tracking a Man of Steel sequel to be released in 2014, with the long in the works Justice League film to bow the following summer in 2015.

Perfectly sensible, and that does look and sound like typical Hollywood thinking, but there are a lot of reasons to take this rumor with the usual grain of salt.

First of all, that turnaround is a little fast. Consider that in order to meet a 2014 release date that Man of Steel 2 would basically have to start shooting tomorrow. Literally tomorrow. There’s also the small matter of star Henry Cavill and director Zack Snyder still being on the road doing PR for the first Man of Steel and its kind of dubious that anyone right now is in sequel mode.

Also consider that Man of Steel was in development before The Dark Knight Rises even began production, a fact owing to producer Christopher Nolan, screenwriter David S. Goyer and the rest of the production team wanting to get the tone of the film just right. Nolan himself isn’t someone that likes to be rushed either, and given his clout on the Warner lot, it’s doubtful he’s going to let anyone paint him into a release date corner. If the studio is going to fast track a Man of Steel sequel at all they’ll be looking at a 2015 release date, which brings us to…

Justice League. The long-awaited team-up of DC Comics’ superest super-team still supposedly has a release date of Summer 2015, opportune timing in order to follow in the wake of The Avengers 2, but is the JL movie still on target to make that release date? When last we heard, the script had be thrown out for a page one re-write, and all through the press junkets for Man of Steel Cavill, Goyer and Snyder were asked about the Justice League film, and the information they each gave seemed to indicate that such a film was still in the “discussion” phase.

But if there’s a singular hole in this plan it’s that Warner will burn out their leading “Man of Steel” in short order. Shooting three action heavy superhero films in as many years is bound to have a not-so-great effect on Henry Cavill. Basically, his life will be a gym from now till 2016, and I’m sure he’d to take some time to enjoy the benefits of being the world’s most beloved hero, if only for a couple of weeks.

I can understand Warner Bros. excitement, but they need to keep their $#!% together and do this right. Cavill’s in it for the long-haul, and they seem to have a winner in Man Of Steel, take the time and do this right. The people will show up for Justice League anytime, but do it wrong, and it will be hard to win back the public’s trust.

Let’s stick this in the “rumor: improbable” file where it belongs.

Source: Screen Rant

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Man of Steel’ – Not As Good As You Hoped For, But Better Than You Expected

- 06-13-13Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Matthew Jackson


Before we get to the meat of this film, we need to talk about Superman for a minute. Let’s not shout at each other. Let’s not hurl comic book trades across the room like animals. Let’s all just take a deep breath and talk about the Big Blue Boy Scout for a second, because there’s something I think we all need to come to terms with. I thought about it a lot in the lead-up to seeing Man of Steel, and I’ve thought about it even more in the day or so since I left the theater. I thought about it more because I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. There were a lot of things I liked, and a scant few things I outright loved. I think this is a good movie, but before I explain why, I have to say this, not because I’m trying to get you to cut Zack Snyder some slack or because I’m trying to get you to change your minds about things, but because it’s a conclusion I’ve come to after years of watching and waiting: I don’t think the idea we all have in our heads of a “great” Superman movie will ever really exist.


Henry Cavill on Leno With New ‘Man of Steel’ Clip: Don’t be Talkin’ Bout Superman’s Mamma!

- 06-07-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter


Man of Steel‘s leading man, Henry Cavill, is making the late night talk show publicity rounds for next weeks opening of director Zack Snyder‘s summer blockbuster. He sat down with Jay Leno last night and discussed a number of topics about his career and the obligatory movie clip was shown. If you don’t want to sit through the late night banter of Leno then you can skip to the second video at the 3:15 mark to skip to the clip.

You can add “Messing with Superman’s Mother” to the list of things one shouldn’t do to Superman. The clip also throws in a little bit of a spoiler on how Kryptonians see and hear on our world. Superman’s time spent growing up on our planet is a distinct advantage in this regard. General Zod finds out in the clip below.

Man of Steel opens next week on June 14th.

Via: Bleedingcool

Final ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer – Do You Believe a Man Can Fly, Yet?

- 06-06-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter


Hold onto your capes, there’s one final trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel to check out. It’s a sure bet that you’re going to be bombarded with advertisements and tie ins for this summer blockbuster all summer long. If someone can slap a Superman logo on something and sell it to you, then they probably will.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this movie and see it a couple of times in the theater, but I’m also sure that I’ll be pretty sick of seeing all the marketing that goes with it. I can only take so much Superman feminine product placement in one lifetime.


What did you think?

Man of Steel opens June 14th.

Via: Cinemablend