Yesterday we spoke with Sam Witwer about playing Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, his love of the force, the chances that he might come aboard Frank Darabont’s upcoming series, LA Noir, and I asked Sam if some around The Walking Dead had tried to diminish Darabont’s contribution to the show. Part 1 can be found here, but today Part 2 is ALL about Being Human (well, almost ALL about Being Human).
On the series, Witwer plays Aidan, a Boston-based vampire who is trying to find the way to normal. He shares an apartment and a life with Sally (a ghost) and Josh (a self-hating werewolf). The concept is based on the popular UK show of the same name but the two aren’t particularly identical at this point and Aidan has been on the edge of a downward spiral all season long.
In this half of the interview, Witwer discusses that potential spiral, the journey his character is taking, what he doesn’t like about his vampire super powers, and the chances that we’ll see zombies on Being Human.
Stan Lee created The Hulk, The X-Men, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and many other iconic super heroes. The man god deserves your attention. When he speaks, you listen. The power of Lee compels you!
Stan “The Man” Lee is slicking his hair back, trimming his mustache and polishing up his spectacles in preparation for the upcoming London Super Comic Con, where he is sure to razzle-dazzle his true believers. Leading-up to UK Con, TNT Magazine caught up with the Marvel mogul. He was asked what he thought of British actors playing the American characters that he created in Spider-Man and The Lizard saying, “I love British actors. I wish I were British. When British people talk it sounds more impressive than when Americans talk.” Goddamn, that was a great comment, makes me remember how much I love Stan Lee. Anyway, he also addressed the concern of Andrew Garfield taking over for Toby Maguire as Spider-Man, “Everybody was worried about Garfield. How could he replace Maguire? But he brings a whole new feeling to it, the way Parker ought to be but with a different take on it. From what I have seen, the public will love it,” assured Lee.
One of the most anticipated story lines this year will be how The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man stack up against Christopher Nolan’s The Dark KnightRises. Lee seems unphased and rather neutral about the subject, saying that when you release a movie you go up against a lot of good movies. He also said that Batman is “Damn good” but is darker then what they are going for at Marvel Studios.
Stan doesn’t trash talk anything, he’s such a positive person. I approve of this way of thinking. I feel that fans shouldn’t be arguing on what film is gonna be better , or which we should be more excited about. Polarized fans should sit on their hands and appreciate how privileged they are at seeing these legendary comic heroes come to life.
Well, that’s what we fans should be doing, but it’s obvious none us are gonna be that classy. So, let the arguments begin!
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.
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 email@example.com.
Calvin and Hobbes can be blended with just about anything. They’re like the O+ of funny, the universal donor to nerdy comedy. And this mashup with Skyrim is perfect. (Nerd Approved)
The internet, the great repository for all of mankind’s knowledge. It’s also a great place for nerd art like a Thundercat cat butt, bukkake with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, ducks actually wearing pants and more. (editors note, I have never seen any of those things and am totally not curious… but if you want to email them to us…) This is what we came across this week for your nerdgasm art lovin’ glory.
Canadians. Some would say sexy people, and the folks at the CW must have agreed, they did cast Laura Vandervoort to be Supergirl in Smallville. Well, sorta. Does she count as Supergirl even though she only half asses wore the costume? What would she have looked like as the last daughter of Krypton? Thanks to Daniel James Cox we now know. Super indeed.
Warner Bros. to Sony… I’ll see yourAmazing Spider-Man poster and raise you this Phantom of the Opera-esque Dark Knight Rises poster, consider yourself served. Joking aside, it’s pretty spiffy. Strikingly gloomy and shit. Bane walking tall amongst the rain. The shattered mask. I’m scared for Batman right now.
Check out the full poster below and let us know what you think. (more…)
There was a time when we just let people make movies.
A script would be written, a crew and cast would be assembled and everyone would go off and film. Meanwhile, posters would be printed, trailers cut and announcements made, and when the film was complete everyone would go to the cinema to see it, and the verdict of the critics and the public would be handed down in due course.
This is not the way things happen anymore. At least, not where mega-blockbusters are concerned.
The first part is more or less the same, but we don’t seem satisfied with looking at posters and waiting anymore. Now everyone’s got a camera in their pocket at all times, and everyone wants to be in the know, and news travels fast and suddenly we’re living in the age of the Spoiler Alert.
I’m not complaining about this, mind you. I’m an entertainment journalist, specifically a science fiction entertainment journalist, so I make a good portion of my living on people who sneak onto film sets and take pictures. It’s OK that it happens. People are curious, the internet is instant content creation and those two things go hand in hand. But an unfortunate side effect of this relatively recent phenomenon is the sudden ability to comment on films from afar as they’re being made.
I’m speaking specifically about the storm of interweb editorializing that has surrounded every facet of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman opus, The Dark Knight Rises.
Now hold on, fanboys, because I’m not about to chastise you for having a vocal opinion about what you see on the internet. I happen to think that’s by and large a good thing. But let’s examine this more closely for a moment. With a few exceptions, film (and television, which I consider a subset of film) is the only artistic medium in which we do this, in which we’re now able to see bits and pieces of a much larger work in progress – out of context and without any real sense of presentation by the artists themselves – and then opine at length about them even as the artists continue on with their work. Please note that I’m not speaking about official publicity images, which are an inevitable part of a film’s PR machine, but all the leaks that stream out of every major set these days. If a filmmaker on a big-budget flick with a major star dares to shoot outdoors, someone is bound to be there with a camera to see what they can find.
This is not to say that it’s a sin to do this, but think about it compared to the way other art happens. No one was storming into Picasso’s studio while he was painting Guernica to tell him that his lines just weren’t working that day, or barging in on Dickens to improve his grammar in crucial sequences of Great Expectations. No one was peering down from a rooftop with a telephoto lens while Scorsese was shooting Goodfellas either, but now it’s so common that new photo leaks from one flick or another wind up on the ‘net virtually every day.
Again, I am not condemning this behavior, because I know what it means to be a fanboy chomping at the bit for the next installment in his favorite franchise, but consider where this has gotten us with The Dark Knight Rises. People don’t like Anne Hathaway, or the way she’s dressed. They don’t like Tom Hardy’s costume, or his voice. They don’t like the supposed plot that’s leaking out, or the way Gordon sounded when the teaser trailer made its way out into the world. And hey, maybe they’re right about all of those things, but this is a movie we’re talking about.
Movies don’t work like other art forms work. Or at least, they don’t anymore. When a painting happens, one guy sits in a room with a canvas and paints and works until it’s done, then brings it out and shows everyone and lets them judge how they may. When a movie happens, hundreds of businessmen, technicians, designers, craftsmen, actors, extras, cooks, drivers and other important people get together for a few months and all contribute in one way or another, then a few of them sit together in dark rooms and cobble it all into something that they hope makes sense, and then it gets sent out into the world. And these days, in between all of that, there are guys with iPhones trying to record the cool bits and put them on the internet before anything is cobbled together in any cohesive way.
Which brings me to the real point of all of this, the actual “defense” that I referred to in the title.
The Dark Knight Rises will come out next summer, and some of you will hate it. There’s a chance that most of you will hate it, and there’s even a chance that I will hate it, much as it pains me to think about that. It could be the most epic mess in the history of superhero filmmaking. Everything the internet naysayers have said could be 100% right.
But guys, the damn thing isn’t done yet.
Movies are collaborations, but they’re not random assemblages. If they’re done right, they are cohesive, seamless works of art. Just because that one picture you saw of that one guy doesn’t look too great, or that one voice you heard didn’t sound so cool, doesn’t mean that after hours of re-takes and post-production it won’t look amazing. It might still be crap, but a key part of experiencing a film is experiencing it as a whole. It’s like those people who say they didn’t like The Godfather and then admit they turned it off before the scene with Michael and the cop in the restaurant. If you didn’t finish it, you didn’t see it. And if you just saw a clip some dude took and put on YouTube, you definitely didn’t see it.
A few years back Warner Bros. gave a guy who’d never made an action movie before the keys to their biggest action franchise, and he made Batman Begins, a great superhero film that relaunched the franchise Joel Schumacher sunk. We thought it couldn’t get any better, and then we got The Dark Knight, the greatest superhero film I’ve ever seen and quite possibly the greatest film of 2008. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing every feature film Christopher Nolan has ever directed, and in seven films he’s never made a bad movie. Not all of them are truly great, but all of them are solid, enjoyable, complex films that are evidence of tremendous talent. How many filmmakers can say they’ve made seven solid movies in a row, more than one of them good enough to be called masterpieces? It’s an exclusive club.
And now, after two improbably great Batman flicks, he’s making his last hurrah, and the backlash against many of his choices along the way has risen to cacophonous proportions in certain corners of the internet. It’s understandable, really. We loved the first two so much that we really, really care about what happens to the third one. We want this franchise to stay alive, and we want Nolan and Bale to go out with a bang, and a good many of us have doubts. That’s OK.
But a film is a singular experience. It’s something you’re meant to take in all in one bite. You can make all the judgments on internet leaks you want, but at the end of it all Christopher Nolan and his post-production team are going to go into those dark rooms and they are going to sculpt the footage they’ve gathered into the film Nolan wanted to make, and he’s going to roll it out and show it to us, and there’s not a damn thing any internet rant (not even this one) can do about it.
If The Dark Knight Rises turns out to be a creative failure, it will be the most luxurious, over the top, balls to the wall creative failure in the history of movies, because when a great filmmaker makes a bad movie he at least makes sure it’s epic. But the only way we’ll know for sure if it soars or sinks is to see it in its entirety, to let Nolan place his complete vision in front of us and, for better or worse, allow us to judge.
The speculation won’t stop, ever. Not for this film or any other. We’ve crossed a line into this era and we’re not turning back. That’s fine, but after seven films and two utterly astounding Batman movies, Christopher Nolan has earned the right to make the film he wants to make and sink or swim with it. There was a time when we just let people make movies. We never will again, but for someone who has done this so well for so long, we should at least grant a measure of respect.
Our friends (and by friends…I mean folks we didn’t know existed till today) at Cosmic Book News (that’s right…cosmic) have, somehow, acquired the full synopsis for The Dark Knight Rises. The details of which have been common knowledge, but now the run-down is complete (supposedly). If you haven’t been able to deduce the plot from the set images and videos that have leaked in the last few months, here’s the gist of it:
Every hero has a journey. Every journey has an end. Christopher Nolan returns to complete the epic Gotham trilogy that launched with Batman Begins and reached the stratosphere with the billion-dollar blockbuster The Dark Knight.
Batman is now hunted by the law led by his friend Commissioner Gordon for taking the blame of Harvey Dent’s murders and protecting his reputation. He must quickly deal with the arrival of new villain Bane who is bent on the destruction and chaos of Gotham City, face old wounds and get a handle on the enigmatic Selina Kyle before his city is lost for good.
Oscar Winner Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman for the third time along with stars Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commisioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. Inception stars Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the cast as Wayne Enterprise board member Miranda Tate and Gotham Cop John Blake. Rounding out the cast are Anne Hathaway as the sleek Selina Kyle and Tom Hardy as the powerful villain Bane.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Christopher Nolan film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Nolan directed the film from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan are the producers, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers. “The Dark Knight Rises” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
Wow…that revealed so much (note the sarcasm), but I guess it’s OK for a synopsis. Sound fairly legit too, regardless of the source. Speaking of which, I’ve never heard of Cosmic Book News before and now that I’ve come across them, I gotta say their page looks a hell of a lot like ours. Coincidence, or intentional? Regardless, I wish them luck.
“He must quickly deal with the arrival of new villain Bane who is bent on the destruction and chaos of Gotham City, face old wounds and get a handle on the enigmatic Selina Kyle before his city is lost for good.”
Why does every Batman villain need to destroy Gotham City? This shits gettin’ old. I have full faith in Nolan, but I am getting awfully suspicious TDKR is going to be Warner Bros. answer to Spider-Man 3.
This theater nerd named Jon Cozart (who looks like he’s 12 and is apparently often accused of being gay ’cause, y’know, all skinny kids who like theater and showtunes are gay) came up with this pretty hilarious video.
Granted, a lot of what’s funny about this video is peripheral to the actual main bit, but he did do a good job with the writing and arrangement of these songs.
So, I present to y’all, the Lady Gaga inspired medley of movie villains!
Starting at 0:03, we’ve got The Joker fromThe Dark Knight to the tune of “Poker Face”.
From 0:32, Darth Vader from Star Wars to “Bad Romance”.
From 1:01 we have Hans Landa from Inglorious Basterds based on “Paparazzi”.
Aaaaaand from 1:38, Fox from Wanted takes the finale with “Just Dance”.
The Nerd Bastards is crew slowly returning from the 3 day labor day weekend break. Will be back in full force tomorrow. However, there is news to be had. We got two brief Dark Knight Rises bits. Juno Temple’s role revealed and images of Catwoman kicking ass… with an apple.
Starting with the lovely Miss Temple. The Dark Knight Rises is just about finished principle photography, however Juno’s role has yet to be revealed, or has it? When her casting was first announced the role was described as “a street-smart Gotham girl.” With Catwoman having major prominence in the film, it was speculated that Miss Temple would play Catwoman’s sidekick Holly Robinson. The character of Holly made her first appearance in Miller’s Batman: Year One. She lives with her friend and mentor Selina Kyle, and has even took over the Catwoman role for a brief period.
Now a recent magazine article has surfaced that seems to confirm this belief.
In the latest issue of Total Film Magazine the young actress speaks briefly about joining the cast of Christopher Nolan’s threequel, and the mag seems fairly certain of the part she will be playing..
Then there’s the big one-The Dark Knight Rises, where Temple plays “street smart Gotham gal” Holly Robinson. Speculation has it that her Holly is the young prostitute first seen in Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One, and that she may be the sidekick to Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman.
Temple, for her part, says:
I can’t talk about that. But I think it’s going to be [frick]ing unbelievable. [Nolan] is awesome! There’s something really gentlemanly about him. He’s got an insane, incredible vision going on. Just getting the opportunity to work with him is awesome.
Sooo… Total Film talked to Temple in a Holly Robinson sense and while the actress didn’t elaborate, she didn’t correct them either. Basically, us bloggers are reading in between the lines. It’s what she didn’t say that confirmed the belief. That’s the theory anyway. Bah, this article was a big time waster. It doesn’t remotely prove or even suggest anything we didn’t already know. Temple more or less fits the way Holly’s been drawn and described, and since we already know that Catwoman will have a prominent role in the film, it makes sense that Holly would appear as well.
Moving on to something more substantial. We’ve got some new set photos (courtesy of JustJared) from the Los Angeles set of the film featuring Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle kicking thug ass with a half eaten apple in hand.
The movie is set to be release July 20th 2012, check out the pics and tell us if your Dark Knight just rose (Giggitty).