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NYCC 2012: ‘Evil Dead’ Panel Recap

Preface: I, like I am sure many of you, oppose a reboot/remake of Sam Raimi‘s cult classic Evil Dead. Personally the original three movies stand as classics (with Evil Dead II the end all be all,) a horror holy trinity and  should be left well enough alone. Enter Bruce Campbell. Taking to the stage at this years New York Comic-Con Mr. Campbell was tasked with convincing all of us that the new rebooted/remade Evil Dead is a good thing. The hard sell took the full 30 minutes for the record.

Joining the only Ash there will ever be Bruce Campbell on stage was the reboot’s director, Fede Álvarez, and not Ash the films lead character, Jane Levy. The mission, convince everyone in attendance that a ‘new’ Evil Dead is exactly what we want. Did they succeed? Hit the jump to see (possible spoilers)! (more…)

The Walking Dead has reached a fever pitch. Their Season 3 panel with Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, David Morrisey, Michael Rooker, and moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick has just finished and the buzz is maddening!

To kick things off they shared the first few minutes of the season premiere airing tomorrow night on AMC at 9pm, and it stands in stark contrast to last season. Since the clip was actually shared through the live-stream of the panel I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it on the ‘net real soon. Basically, what we saw was Rick, Carl, Daryl, and T-Dog entering a home and checking to make sure it was clear of zombies. Carl even dispatches one with a headshot! That’s right, this Carl is carrying a gun and knows how to used it. Once the house is made safe Glenn and Maggie enter followed by Herschel, Beth, Carol, and a VERY preggers Lori.

There’s been a significant jump in time since we last saw these survivors and it’s made very evident in these opening moments. There’s no dialogue, the group is moving as one, as a cohesive unit who’s only mission is to survive. After resting in the home for a few moments walkers are spotted outside and they have to book it. Silently they exit out the back, head to the vehicles, and leave.

It’s a startling opening for the season, full of tension, and works well to whet your appetite for what will be a season, “full of zombie action,” as Hardwick promises. In fact, if there was to be a theme of this panel it’s this season’s got all the zombies we were looking for last year, and then some. Just to give some hint of what they mean, Lincoln says, “there are more zombie kills in this episode than in the whole of season one.” Whoa.

With their decision to jump ahead in time by several months we’re meeting a very different group than who we left last season. In particular, Carl has likely changed the most. Riggs calls his character a “darker” one but enjoys being able to play this different version of Carl. No more, “Where’s Carl?” or “Carl, stay in the fuckin’ house!”

Speaking of Carl, I think Chandler Riggs will have a future as a teen hearthrob because there was much love for him from the surprising amount of young girls asking questions at the panel. Actually, Kirkman was a little mortified at how many kids, say around 11-13 year olds, were fans who’d watched the show and read the comic. But after the young girls fawned over Riggs, their mothers were swooning for Norman Reedus.

His is a character we’ve seen grow a lot since Merle left, and as Reedus puts it, “he’s been away from the enforcement of his big brother,” and because of it is more loyal to the group, they’re his new family. Something we’ll see explored in this season is what kind of effect Merle’s return has on Daryl, and we’ll see their relationship being tested again and again. But in place of Merle it sounds like Daryl and Rick have been forming quite the bromance, Reedus calling Rick the brother Daryl wants to have.

And what of Merle? Rooker says, “I’m a tough asshole,” and leaves it at that. But really, what more do you need to know? We’ll see what Merle’s all about as the series progresses.


Enough on our returning characters, what about the new faces? Hardwick mentions, and rightly so, there were three things people have been demanding to see ever since the show began: Michonne, The Governor, and the prison. The trailers have already promised us we’ll be seeing the prison very soon, but Michonne was tantalizing teased at the end of last season and we’re desperately awaiting seeing her in action.

Gurira is pumped as well telling us Michonne kicks so much ass in this first episode, we won’t be disappointed with her. She continues, playing the katana-wielding badass is, “an intense, brutal joy.” As she puts it, Michonne isn’t just a surviver, she’s a “thriver,” and Gurira admires how smart she is to use what she’s got around her. Like the zombies she’s keeps as “pets”, Gurira calls it, “masterful.” Hearing her talk about Michonne only make me more excited to finally get to see her. Tomorrow, get here faster!

And, The Governor. I don’t know if there’s ever been such a vile character as The Governor and everyone is in anticipation for what David Morrisey will bring to the role. Interestingly, Morrisey mentions that his Governor isn’t the same man as in the comics when we first meet him. This Governor is actually somewhere in between The Governor of Kirkman’s recent novel, The Rise of The Governor, and the man we met in the comics. I think this is going to add an interesting spin to the character, having him interact with Rick earlier on in his evolution to psychotic villain. Morrisey continues calling The Governor different, but very, “in the spirit of him.” I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see him and the Woodbury he rules over with an iron fist.

Lastly, Kirkman promises us, “there’s a lot of dark stuff on the horizon,” and Rooker adds, “this show is just beautifully brutal.” Oh, I am pumped! Are you?

The Walking Dead returns tomorrow night on AMC at 9pm!

Make sure you stay glued to Nerd Bastards for all your NYCC coverage! More to come!

 

Just wrapping up in the IGN Theater at New York Comic Con has been The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 panel, moderated by Gary Miereanu with Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano. For the first time ever NYCC is live streaming their panels out of the IGN Theater and we here at Nerd Bastards are bringing you recaps of every one. Along with exclusive showroom floor coverage and interviews, but you already knew that, didn’t you?

The only thing we can’t share with you are the trailers and clips shown during the panels, of which there were many at this DC Animated universe panel. They started with an exclusive trailer for an upcoming project I’ve very excited about, LEGO Batman The Movie: Superheroes Unite. Miereanu promises the movie is the funniest superhero movie he’s ever seen and if it’s at all like the LEGO games I’m think we’re in for an excellent flick.

LEGO Batman will be one of four movies being released next year, the first, obviously being The Dark Knight Returns Part 2. Part 1 released only a few weeks ago (Psst, you can read our review here.) and while it was received favorably the real excitement has been over Part 2, where we get to properly meet Michael Emerson‘s Joker.

Romano said she was given specific instruction to cast not from their usual company of actors. Obviously this meant no Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill, though Romano admits she’d use them every time if permitted. Of Emerson she said his Joker is “scary,” “eerie,” and “wonderful” but that it’s unlike any Joker we’ve heard before.

Much of the same could be said of Peter Weller‘s performance as Batman. It’s unlike anyone we’ve heard before, even Conroy’s old, grumpy Bruce from Batman Beyond, to which Bruce Timm revealed he hadn’t realized how much they took from The Dark Knight Returns when he was working on Beyond. He also dropped hints he’d love to work on another Beyond movie during the Q & A, so keep your fingers crossed!

Another addition to the cast in Part 2 is Mark Valley as Clark Kent/Superman, who both Timm and Romano praise as being able to bring sympathy to a Superman who isn’t much more than the President’s lackey and a bully. Timm also said whenever Valley voiced Clark he would wear a pair of glasses, to help with the character. Ha!

There were several clips from Part 2 shared during the panel and with any luck we’ll see them make their way online soon, but one clip in particular revealed a surprise voice over in the movie. Voicing the late night host, Dave Endocrine who the Joker kills with signature laughing gas is Conan O’Brian! Romano said his dying laugh, the slow to maniacal laugh that comes with being doused with Joker toxin, O’Brian recorded his in one take and it is incredible. Cannot wait to hear that, how about you?

The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 will release early next year and LEGO Batman The Movie following in the Spring. The other two projects we can expect next year are Superman Unbound in the middle of 2013, and this will be a movie based on Geoff Johns‘ Superman/Braniac series. There’s no official announcement of the cast, though they’ve already been recording and they all agree the cast is awesome. It was hinted Molly Quinn of Castle is involved. Lois, maybe?

And lastly, Justice League: Flashpoint, capping off what I find to be a rather lackluster schedule, what do you think? I’m looking forward to The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 and I cannot wait for LEGO Batman The Movie, but Unbound and Flashpoint? I’m not twitching in my seat with excitement over either one. If anything, Flashpoint happened so recently and created the hot mess that is the New 52. I can’t imagine many a DC fanboy or girl being all that excited by it.

What are your thoughts about their upcoming slate of DC original animated movies? What’s the comic you most want to seem them tackle next?

Stay tuned for more up to the minute coverage from NYCC!


This time on the Peabody ignored Bastardcast, Jason and Jeremy discuss the high points of a bacteria that poops gold, Mila Kunis‘ candidacy for Miss Glamour Puss of Earth-19 (aka the Sexiest Woman Alive), bullshit Marvel casting rumors, the real death of the dinosaurs, the benching of Community, and the greatest internet review of all time.

Then, in THE MAIN EVENT, our hosts discuss the mayhem of New York Comic Con and then briefly touch on that other event where a horde of diseased monsters stand between Jason and serenity (literally, the line for the Walking Dead panel is totes going to keep Jason from the Firefly panel) — The Walking Dead, which comes back to your television devices this Sunday. Will the Governor rise? Will Rick fall? Will it all take place in the snow globe of an autistic child? We just don’t know, so stop fucking asking us asshole!

Then, last and probably least, these fine young cannibals take you into the basement cage match where blood is spilled and Pokemon get cut — it’s the VERSUS ARENA and Jason is saying that a robot apocalypse trumps a zombie apocalypse because it will mean the end of twitter and because you can have less gross sex with a borg than you can with a walker. “Nuh uh, no you didn’t” says Jeremy though, as he punches Jason in the throat with his words and reminds him that zombies can’t climb stairs, so we would then all have more of a chance to survive. Except Jason because he’ll be knee deep in droid trim… apparently.


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Hello, kids. Welcome to another thoroughly inappropriate installment of Ask the Bastards, the weekly feature where you, the readers, get to ask us, the writers of Nerd Bastards, any damn thing you want. This week we’re talking comic conventions, Wolverine (again), Marvel NOW! and bad TV shows that we love anyway.

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One of the few panels I managed to fight the crowds and actually attend at New York Comic Con was the DC Universe Animated Original Movies panel. If you’ve perused Nerd Bastards once or twice before you’re aware I’m a diehard, DC fangirl with a serious cartoon obsession. This panel was of high priority. Along with the screening of the Catwoman short feature, panelists Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano shared the first trailer for the next animated feature, Justice League: Doom. I wasn’t going to risk recording the trailer at the panel, like many of my fellow convention-goers, because one, let’s be honest, the quality would be shit and two, I knew it’d hit the web fairly soon.

What do you know? Here it is, the first peak at Justice League: Doom,

Doom is loosely based on the JLA storyline by Mark Waid, “Tower of Babylon.” In the series Batman has collected necessary information on how to eliminate every member of the Justice League were they ever to go rogue. Batman, the ultimate Boy Scout, who knew? Unfortunately, he didn’t secure this information well enough and it’s stolen. The Legion of Doom is formed to enact these “destroy the Justice League” protocols and all hell breaks loose! If you’re a fan of big ensemble superhero stories, like Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths or just about every Justice League/JLU season finale, Doom sounds like it’ll be right up your alley.

Justice League: Doom was the last screenplay written by the late Dwayne McDuffie and it’s directed by Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse). This flick will also have one AMAZING voice cast, let’s run down the list shall we? Tim Daly as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Michael Rosenbaum as The Flash (note, this is the Barry Allen Flash, not Wally West who Rosenbaum voiced JL/JLU), Carl Lumbly as Martian Manhunter, Bumper Robinson as Cyborg, Olivia d’Abo as Star Sapphire, Claudia Black as Cheetah, Alex Denisof as Mirror Master, Phil Morris as Vandal Savage, Paul Blacthorne as Metallo, Carlos Alazraqui as Bane,  Grey DeLisle as Queen of the Royal Flush Gang and David Kauffman as Jimmy Olson.

Wow, right? Justice League: Doom will release early 2012, and yes, you should fully expect a review from me in the future.

I’ve returned from the clusterfuck that was, New York Comic Con. I had attended this con in the past, but this year by far had to be their busiest yet. Unfortunately the crowds of people only resulted in frustration as it was difficult to get anywhere or into anything. But griping aside, that’s for another post, I still had an effin’ blast at NYCC. A show floor absolutely teeming with anything nerdy you could ever want: nerdvana.

I saw awesome cosplay, must have toys and even managed to grab a little swag. Collected below in one mega-gallery is everything I tried to capture to share with you. Hope you enjoy, and if you’re planning a trip to NYCC next year, leave you’re bubble of personal space at home.

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.

Yup, no big deal. ‘Course, I think the Assassin’s symbol on the back of your car might be a dead give away. (Fashionably Geek)

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NB field correspondent Sarah Moran (@SarahThisIs) could not get into The Avengers panel last night at New York Comic Con. She waited 3.5 hours, in a cramped rooms with hundreds of smelly nerds, but was turned away. “They had us packed in this waiting room like sardines…so tightly some dude collapsed from exhaustion!” Sarah said to me via twitter. “I’m close to some serious nerd rage right now. I think heavy drinking is in my future.” was her follow up tweet. Suffice to say, NB could not provide a live report and Sarah is pissed about it.

Anyway, Marvel’s panel for The Avengers was the Con’s biggest, most anticipated event. Below we have a second hand description of the panel thanks to our friends at Cinemablend and Newsarama (courtesy of GeekTyrant), who must have rubbed and tugged their way into the IGN theater.
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Last year we reported that Guilermo del Toro and David Eick had signed on to the Incredible Hulk TV series from ABC Studios and Marvel TV. There has not been much word on the subject since. At the Marvel Television panel at this year’s New York Comic Con however, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb grazed the subject HulkTV, saying what The Hulk will look like.

Loeb says that the Hulk will look “as closely as possible” like how he will look in the Avengers movie. “I’m very, very confident that the Hulk you’re going to see when we finally get on the air on ABC, is going to look like something other than us putting a lot of paint on Lou Ferrigno,” Loeb said yesterday.

Loeb also confirmed a few other bits of Marvel TV speculation – Cloak & Dagger and Mockingbird are still in development at ABC Family, and AKA Jessica Jones will feature Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) and Luke Cage within.

Will hear more details come time of casting, which will be happening early in the year.