New ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Clips Show ‘Ole Web Head Fighting The Lizard and Parker/Stacy Having a Tender Moment

- 06-13-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

I have a general rule about movies I’m interested in. I will watch the initial theatrical trailer only. That’s it!  No clips, spots or featurettes. I want my viewing experience to be pre-judgment free. With The Amazing Spider-Man however, I find myself watching everything the Sony marketing machine throws at me. I guess this means I’m not too interested in the movie. And truth be told, I’m really not…

Too much of the initial trailer rubbed me the wrong way. I can’t stand the new moto-cross inspired costume. I’m irked at the retconning of Spidey’s origin (trailers implies he was a super test tube baby) and the  CG looks like a sub-par theme park attraction. Bargh!

The one thing I DO like… is the cast. Primarily Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Garfield delivers the SM snark we know and love from the comics. And Stone? Well… let’s just she looks mighty pretty with blonde hair. If anything, these two will distract me enough from all the farty stuff I mentioned about.

But, that’s enough from me…

Here we are. Another day, another Spider-Man clip. Two clips actually. The first one features  Spider-Man and The Lizard beating the hell out of each other.

See what I mean about it looking like sub-par theme park attraction?

The second clip (11th in the line), courtesy of Sky Movies,  shows the  chemistry between Gwen and Peter.

OK, I’m a sucker for soft tender moments and this clip certainly charmed me. These two indeed have great chemistry. I’ll go see just for them.


The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

The Avengers/Amazing Spiderman Easter Egg That Almost Was

- 06-12-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

We have another new addition to the archive of “shit that almost happened but didn’t and thus doesn’t matter”. Actually, this is our first and probably our only entry to STAHBDATDM. I mean, really, reflecting on unexecuted ideas is torturous and pointless. In the game of “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve”… nobody wins. Anyhow, for a good “curses” moment, here’s a tale of how The Avengers almost had a Spider-Man Easter egg.

Our friends at Latino Review, who don’t usually post stuff unless it’s legit, got word that Sony and Marvel Studios were very close to slipping in something from The Amazing Spider-Man into Joss Whedon’s superfucking-tastic film.

Here’s what was reported:

Imagine my surprise when I heard a rumor that the Oscorp Tower from Amazing Spider-Man was “this close” to becoming part of the sky line for Avengers. (Hint: pretty surprised)

Here’s the story – last week, The Amazing Spider-Man’s production designer J Michael Riva (he passed away recently after suffering a stroke at the age of 63). Not only did he design the Oscorp Tower for ASM, but he has a staggering resume of awesomeness including The Goonies, The Color Purple, A Few Good Men, Congo, Evolution, and the upcoming Django Unchained.

Oh – And the Iron Man movies.

That design overlap, and the stunning look of the Oscorp Tower (seriously stunning) was enough for Marvel Studios and Sony to have the discussion about inserting Oscorp into The Avengers skyline. The Unified Marvel Manhattan Skyline almost existed.

By the time the Oscorp building was fully designed, The Avengers digital Manhattan was already basically rendered and there was some up-conversion that needed to go down, so – for timing – it was scrapped.

BUT – Sony and Disney were going to let this happen. THAT’s the key thing here. Timing just didn’t work out.

Holy waffles! We missed out on a 1 second shot of a building in a movie! Whoa…

Excuse my sarcasm. In all seriousness, talk about a missed opportunity! That would have been such a neat little nod to the fans. After all, Spidey eventually teams up with the Avengers in the comics and he is part of the Marvel universe.

If anything, this story – if legit – means that Sony wants to work with Marvel Studios instead of those assholes at FOX. That means there may be potential for future involvement for cross merging their licensed characters.

They still have time to edit Stark Tower into the TASM New York skyline…

Source: Latino Review

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Marketing Onslaught Continues With 3 New Clips

- 06-07-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

“Hollywood, Hollywood, can’t stop showing clips galore, spoil the plot, then some more, look out…look out for Marketeers!!!” In case you’re wondering, yes… that was a riff on the 1960’s Spider-Man theme. Crafty, aren’t I? Anyway, here we are again with another round of clips from The Amazing Spider-Man.

First up, we got a clip featuring Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker telling Denis Leary‘s Captain Stacy about how the alligator in the sewer (aka The Lizard) is really Dr. Connors. Leary responds with an appropriate “Do I LOOK like the Mayor of Tokyo to you?” [via MetaCafe ]

Next, we have a minute long clip of Spidey swinging around New York City. Really that’s it. Just some New York free running from ‘ole web head. Enjoy. [via Yahoo! Movies ]

Lastly, we have a brand-new behind-the-scenes featurette which focuses on films stunt work. Parkour, free-running, wires and blue screen galore. I agree with Andy Armstrong, the action looks pretty narly. [via Sprint]

Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on July 3, the Marc Webb-directed action adventure also stars Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.



Two New ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ Clips Feature Dr. Conners

- 05-31-12Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

For those of you wondering how The Amazing Spiderman movie is going to handle the transformation of Dr. Curt Conners into the infamous Lizard, you could take a look at the two videos below.

Don’t get your hopes up though, aside from some twitching and other symptoms you won’t see much. This NerdBastard is kinda glad that the marketing geniuses have not shown too much of the movie’s villain. It seems like the new thing is to show almost the whole movie in clips, trailers, and featurettes well before the movie hits the theater screens.

These are the latest in the viral promotion campaign buildup to the film’s July 3rd release. It’s still this NerdBastards’ opinion that the push back of G.I.Joe: Retaliation will do more for the box office of The Amazing Spiderman than any of these “viral” videos.

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ 6-Minute Preview Leaks Online

- 05-26-12Comics, Film Posted by Sarah Moran

Sure, you could go spend $10+ dollars on Men in Black III, or you could just hit play below to see the six minute preview of The Amazing Spider-Man that screens before it. That’s why you were going to MIB III anyway, right? You didn’t think that movie actually looked good, did you? For shame.

Anyway, what does look good is Amazing Spider-Man. Check out the preview below before it’s taken down!

I already wanted to like this movie, now I think I actually will. I love Martin Sheen‘s Uncle Ben. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone seem to have some genuine chemistry and I think they’re cute, budding romance won’t be nauseating to watch. Spider-Man looks awesome. The web-shooting, how he flings himself through New York’s skyline, the wise cracks, it all looks good. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised by this one, folks. And I know, I was someone whining, “But why do we need another Spider-Man movie.” Now I’m glad the people who make these movies don’t always listen to fans’ bitching.

Source: CBM

NerdBastards Shamelessly Conducts An Internet Nerdy Panty Raid

- 05-21-12Comics, Cool Stuff, Cosplay Posted by Mark Poynter

Everybody wears underwear . . . at least this NerdBastard hopes so, commando is only for special occasions.

You could be in an accident for Pete’s sake.

Nerds have always shown our love by wearing and even tattooing our bodies with our favorite things. So it should be no surprise to anyone that the people who wore Batman Underoos and Spiderman pajamas growing up would want to wear their favorite superheroes, television shows, and video game underwear.

This NerdBastard is aware that no one clicked on this posting to read my words on the wonderful world of Nerdy underwear, you’re all here to ogle the undies. Go ahead and check out the gallery below for some of some of the nerdy undies available for both men and women.

Do you own a pair we’re featuring?

Which is your favorite?

4 Minute Preview of ‘The (Not So) Amazing Spider-Man’

- 05-15-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

Tonight a 4-minute preview for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man ran during the season premiere of America’s Got Talent. I completely missed the airing. Two reasons. 1. Mrs. Nerd Bastards had me distracted with the season finale of Smash (I may have lost 100 nerd demerits but gained 150 GF points). 2. I refuse to acknowledge all reality based talents shows, even ones that  involve Howard Stern. But I digress, I just now watched the ‘super’ preview (it wasn’t just a was a SUPER preview) and I find myself of two minds on the footage shown.

Before you hear my commentary, check out the 4-minute ‘super’ preview below:

First of all, “Most anticipated movie of the year?” I thought it was Avengers? Or The Darknight Rises, or Judge Dredd, or… Anyhow, to date this is the most footage I’ve seen from the film. I’ll say this; It was like sex at my house, 3 and a half minutes of meh…followed by 30 seconds of oh my god. And believe me..the 30 seconds doesn’t make up for the 3 and a half minutes.

Maybe it’s my inability to disconnect my mind from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies (which weren’t too long ago). Or maybe it’s the shitty CGI (There are some cool shots, but they are impaired by some hideous graphics), the motocross inspired Spidery costume, Lizard looking like Batman’s “Killer Croc”, Parker being a test-tube baby (implied by Dr. Connors) and the fact that 99% of this movie appears to take place at night (isn’t Spider-Man one of the few day-time vigilantes?). Maybe it’s all of the above. Look, I don’t mean to shit on a movie I haven’t seen yet, but it just doesn’t make me tingle.

I will say, I enjoyed the scene in which Spider-man saved the kid from the burning car. That scene was brilliant, totally capturing what Spidey is all about. If the film sustains that character-centric tone; I am in.

Now it’s time for you to hold the talking stick. Please sound off in the comment section. Go!

‘Disassembled’ – Even Super Heroes Have An Off Day

- 05-14-12Comics, Funny Videos Posted by Mark Poynter

Even the best super heroes have days in which they wish they had just stayed in bed, ate candy, and watched soap operas all day. Junaid Chundrigar translated this thought into a terrific animated short that includes some of this NerdBastards favorite Marvel superheros. Below are some links and information and credits from Junaid’s Vimeo page.

I just have one question, female superheros don’t have bad days?

I decided to make this short animation after drawing some Marvel characters in a cartoony style:


Sound design by: ERIK GRIEKSPOOR
Hulk explosion: THIJS VIEGERS

Via: Geeksaresexy

‘The Amazing Spider-Man': New Featurette On The Lizard and Marc Webb Tweets New Images

- 05-14-12Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

I have some things to say about The Amazing Spider-Man, the reboot from director Marc Webb, but I’ll hold my remarks for a moment while I share 2 new things from the film.

First, check out a featurette (above) with Rhys Ifans and director Marc Webb showing off some new footage and talking about the Dr. Connors/The Lizard. [via SuperHeroHype]

Second, Marc Webb has officially joined Twitter with the account @MarcW. What’s more, he tweeted two new images (above) from the film. Image one features Peter Parker perched atop a lamp post. The second image shows off Spidery grabbing onto the Lizard’s tale for dear life.

OK, now that we got all that out of the way, can I say my piece? Thanks.

Obviously I haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t know everything that happens, but the more and more I see from the film the less interest I have in viewing it. And that really sucks, because I really want to like it. Here’s a few things that bother me:

-I don’t dig how the centerpiece of the story is about Parker’s quest to learn about his parents. While it’s an admirable theme, it’s not one what was ever really addressed in the comics. For all intensive purposes, Aunt May and Uncle Ben are his parents. They are the foundation of who he is and what he aspires to be. Delving into Parker’s real parents invalidates May and Ben. Forget all this parent mumbo jumbo, I’d rather see Parker trying to be a super hero whilst managing typical teen angst. That’s the hero we all connect with.

-I find my nerd rage building at the implications that Parker is a super hero test tube baby (as implied by Dr. Connors in the 2nd trailer), as opposed to being bitten from a radioactive spider. Look, most fans, casual and hardcore, know how their favorite heroes got their super powers. We take umbrage with anyone who messes with details that have been engrained in our nerd consciousness. You just don’t fuck with the basics.

-I don’t like the costume. It looks like Andrew Garfield is wearing a Spider-Man themed motocross suit. No fucking thank you.

-The CGI is off putting. There’s too much of it. Or maybe just bad CGI. It looks like they were really trying to make the 3D work. It reminds me of mediocre motion thrill ride.

-Lastly, I don’t like the style of the film. It’s moody, emo-soaked angst just isn’t doing anything for me. By the way, does this entire movie take place at night? Or at the very least, all the actual Spider-Man sequences? I’ve seen only one shot in the entire trailer of Spidey in the daylight, and even then it’s only for a half second and it appears to be dawn or dusk. Spider-Man is one of the few day-time vigilantes, goddammit!

Negativity aside, I will give this movie a chance. Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield are both fans of the comics and have tried really hard to give us a Spider-Man movie we can believe in again. I really hope all my assessments and assumptions are wrong.

The Amazing Spider-Man, also starring Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen and Sally Field, hits theaters on July 3.


Superhero Round-Up: New Pics From TDKR, Robert Downey Jr. Doesn’t Get ‘The Dark Knight’, New Spidey, No X-Men, PLUS The Hulk Hates You

- 05-11-12Comics, Film Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

Now before we delve to this weeks Superhero Round-Up we should probably address the giant 600lbs gorilla in the room. The one with all the money. The Avengers, Joss Whedon’s little movie about Earths Mightiest Heroes, is on track to the predicted one billion dollar mark. The Hollywood Reporter reports the movie is already at the $800 million dollar mark worldwide, and with the only real competition this weekend being Tim Burton’s soon to flop Dark Shadows…  yeah… it’s going to make its billion by Sunday, guaranteed. If you are playing the homegame, the only other movie to hit one billion that fast was James Cameron‘s Avatar.

Will The Avengers be the biggest superhero movie ever? Well very shortly we’ll look at two other movies that hit the big screen that are going to try for the title. We have word on the next trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man plus new set pics and a couple new shots from The Dark Knight Rises. Speaking of upcoming movies, if you are are all hot for a sequel to X-Men: Last Stand, the dude who played Iceman says cool it. Also, Mark Ruffalo has a few words for all the Hulk haters but up first, It’s Robert Downey Jr. opinion on The Dark Knight!

Your Superhero Round-Up starts after the jump.