In the spirit of foreshadowing famous events with tales of history, ‘Gotham’ is a series that aims to tell new stories with old characters. Before Bruce Wayne was Batman, his stomping grounds preceded them both. And with our familiar hero in short pants, the tales yet to come have their work cut out for them. Can this show possibly be as compelling as the as the future spawned from its depiction? Absolutely not. Batman is awesome for a dozen reasons and this series will never catch that shooting star. We all know that and accept it and may enjoy the show thanks to the magic of lowered expectations. With that, Fox continues to beguile us with surprisingly effective trailers. The newest comes to us in the form of a preview for fans in the United Kingdom. Clickity click, you magnificent bat-stards! (more…)
This should answer a lot of questions regarding the role Batman is gonna play in FOX‘s upcoming series Gotham.
The young actor above is the show’s Bruce Wayne: David Mazouz of the TV series Touch. And Bruce Wayne is the ONLY character Mazouz will be playing–Batman isn’t even a gleam in the troubled orphan’s eye yet.
Hit the jump for further details on young Master Bruce, and meet the newly cast “Proto-Catwoman”: Newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle. (more…)
It’s quite possible there’s no organization – religious or secular – more controversial in America right now than the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. The group is perhaps known for their protests at the funerals of U.S. soldiers, the deaths of whom they consider punishment by God for America’s sinfulness, but they attracted new levels of scorn in December when they pledged to protest the funerals of the children that died in the Sandy Hook massacre for the same reason.
But drowned out in all that controversy is a recent and surprising defection from the church, the Rev. Fred Phelps’ own granddaughter Megan. Megan and her sister Grace officially severed all ties with WBC and their Topeka-based congregation last November after Megan, admittedly, began having doubts over the beliefs and dogma expressed by the church and her grandfather.
Megan has largely been quiet since parting ways with her old life. This is unusual because Megan was very much a force in the WBC, spearheading its social media outreach and often acting as a spokesperson for the church. Many even thought that she might even be a leader in the church someday. But her surprising departure is not so surprising once you hear her reasons why. In fact, an article found here by Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, spells them out pretty good. The reason this comes to the attention of Nerd Bastards today is this quote here:
“There’s no fresh start in today’s world. Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what you did. Everything we do is collated and quantified. Everything sticks.”
The line was said by Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) in The Dark Knight Rises, her justification for continuing to make a career as a thief rather than try to get out of the business. Megan opens a blog post quoting the line in an online comment posted today. In it, Megan talks about her and her sister’s difficulty in making a clean break from the only life they’ve ever known, and their anticipation looking forward at the unknowable road ahead.
“Up until now, our names have been synonymous with ‘God Hates Fags,’” she writes. “Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what we did. We hope Ms. Kyle was right about the other part, too, though – that everything sticks – and that the changes we make in our lives will speak for themselves.”
I wish I had a “Clean Slate” to give Megan, but I think she’s going to turn out fine. In the meantime, this is the latest round of bad news for WBC, which recently had to cancel their planned “Obama is Antichrist” Inauguration protest and has suffered repeated cyber attacks by Anonymous. I’m sure Westboro and Phelps have a conspiracy theory about all this, but maybe God just hates them.
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Above: A tribute to the classic Little Golden Books of a youth! Illustrator Rosemary Travale has created a Little Tolkien Book. Turning the The Hobbit into a series of children’s books, Rosemary did what many thought was impossible -making Martin Freeman even more adorable. [The Mary Sue]
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Hard to believe its been 20 years since Michelle Pfeiffer put on tight black vinyl to play Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. It’s even more hard to believe that she wasn’t actually the first choice for the role. Annette Bening was originally cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, but she had to bow out when she became suddenly pregnant before shooting began.
But this year, Anne Hathaway takes up the role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, so does that preclude the possibility that Pfeiffer might never don Catwoman’s heels and whip ever again. Well, interestingly, for the 54-year-old actress all anyone has to do is ask.
“Probably, if they asked me,” Pfeiffer told E! UK at the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of her new film People Like Us. However she adds, “It’s unlikely that they’re going to ask me.”
Pfeiffer was once upon a time supposed to make a Catwoman spin-off movie with Burton, but it languished in development hell for eons, and we all know what happened next.
There will be one condition though if Pfeiffer were to return, a costume that’s a little less, shall we say, “vacuum packed.”
“It was probably really unhealthy and it would literally just start to squeeze my skin,” Pfeiffer recalls. “I was only allowed to wear it for so many hours.”
It’s an intriguing idea, even if there’s extreme doubt that such an event would ever come about.
So, we’ve had tons of news over the weekend about the next Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises. You know what this means! We’re doing a fuckin’ round up. Bear in mind that a lot of these things do contain potential spoilers, so go no further if you’d like to avoid that stuff.
The Bat Signal Is Calling For Your Voices!
The world renowned composer, Hans Zimmer, has posted a plea on UJAM for fans to send in recordings of their voices for a chance to be a part of a Dark Knight Rises chant! It’s cult-like enough, why not?
I’m shining the bat-signal up into the sky to call you all! We need to hear your voices! Now and Loud! We are creating the sound of a worldwide chant. Everyone come and be part of it. It’s easy: There is no such thing as out-of-tune, no timing we can’t fix later. If you mumble, growl, scream or whisper, it’s all good. Make it yours. If you only get halfway through, no problem! Do it alone, bring your friends, but do it with energy and commitment.
Let your voice be heard and be a part of our adventure!
I can imagine this going down in a really fuckin’ cool way. And no, it’s not only because I have a lot of respect for Zimmer.
If you thought Sesame Street was lame for kicking off Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch, and at the same time making Cookie Monster a ‘healthy eater’ then check out this saucy news brought to us by the Huffington Post. With 1,867 signatures and rising, Lair Scott started a petition to urge the makers of Sesame Street to be open-minded and celebrate New York’s legalization of gay marriage by allowing best friends Bert & Ernie to wed on the popular kids show.
The letter to all those interested or curious about the petition cause reads as follows:
“In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.”
It may sound crazy, but it has long been rumored and implied that these famous puppets are a hidden representation of a gay couple. Of course the reaction to this petition and its message have been mixed. While some people on the internet (Twitter, FB, and etc.) have encouraged the petition by circulating it, some have scoffed at the accusations that Bert & Ernie are gay, and others are just laughing.
Don’t get me wrong, I have always had a slight gay-dar reading from the two puppet roommates, but like one twitter user stated if Bert & Ernie are married on the grounds that they ‘live’ together than Batman and Robin should be first in line for marriage. ( sorry, Selina Kyle) Plus, as one of my friends stated, if Bert & Ernie are gay wouldn’t that taint a lot of kids childhood fantasies. I’m not on the fence about this issue, but I would like to know if they did get married could Sesame Street lose its conservative family orientated? They made such a big stink about Katy Perry’s dress being too short while doing an innocent rendition of her song “Hot & Cold“, that it seems kind of impossible that these same people would let Bert & Ernie being gay and married be filmed and released to their audience.
If you want to support the cause sign the petition, and put your comments and thoughts about whether you think Bert & Ernie should or shouldn’t get married. Would it ruin your childhood or just salvage whatever is left of the popular kid show?
Hollywood always makes movies in bulk. Meaning, at one point they were spitting out westerns left and right, then there was a time when musicals lit up the marquee lights, now? It’s superhero movies. Every cape is getting a flick; Superman, Wolverine even that obscure dude, Kick-Ass got a movie. (Except if your a female crime fighter, then you don’t get a movie. Sorry, just a little womanly rage escaping. And no, that Elecktra movie bullshit doesn’t count, I want good movies.) Now is the age of the superheroes and here’s what’s going down in movie adaptation land.
Mark Ruffalo sees himself become mean and green; Hugh Jackman has faith in Darren Aronofsky; Christopher Nolan speaks about The Dark Knight Rises, but as usual, only a little; and Gwyneth Paltrow might not be in Iron Man 3! ( I doubt it.).
Click the jump to begin the news roundup!