Look at that picture above. Seeing Jared Leto all regal and serene with his long brunette hair, joking comparisons to the traditional image of Jesus Christ are going to happen. You know who has almost nothing in common with Jesus? The Joker. They both have names that start with a ‘J’ and some would argue that they’re both fictional (Hey, I’ve seen the Joker numerous times at comic conventions!), but that’s about it. So one of the questions before Leto in taking up the role of the iconic Batman villain in Suicide Squad is whether or not Leto would cut his lovely hair to play the Clown Prince of Crime? Do we have an answer now? (This may be a slow news day.) (more…)
In an attempt to keep up with the competition, WB revealed a huge slate of upcoming superhero films a few months back, which included the highly anticipated villain centric Suicide Squad. At the time of the reveal, it seemed as if the movie was a lifetime away. With 2016 less than a year away, however, time seems to have sped up a bit, and now the Suicide Squad movie is picking up some real momentum and we now have word that we may be seeing even more fan favorites up on the big screen than we originally thought. (more…)
The Joker appeared in ‘Batman #1′ in 1940 and was supposed to be killed off to keep from recurring villains making Batman look inept. But creatives gave him longevity and the character ended up being The Dark Knight’s greatest foe. That much we know for sure. Yet, in what has been attributed to the Joker’s unreliable memory, comic book writers were given lots of leverage in depicting his actual origin. In his most popular back-story, the sadistic, goofy, criminal mastermind was once a lab worker aiming to rob his boss for a million dollars. In his guise of The Red Hood, he’s just a guy trying to get money by breaking laws. This is the genesis of what would become an incredible career in crime and we’re about to see him in live action for the first time ever. (more…)
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As far as the Suicide Squad movie adaptation goes, the casting rumors have been pretty insane right? But we finally got some good news when it was announced that Margot Robbie had signed on to play the role of Harley Quinn. Now Jared Leto has finally responded to the recent revelations that he has been in talks to join the cast of David Ayers DC tentpole as The Joker. Leto has confirmed that talks have taken place, but he seems pretty laid back and diffident about the whole thing. Perhaps he is quite content after his Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, and doesn’t want to commit to anything in movie land too soon. In fact, who knows really. (more…)
One of the things I love about watching certain television shows is that after watching the latest episode I can go online and join discussion groups, Instant Reaction podcasts, or just join the comments section from one of Nerd Bastards’ reviews to discuss the episode and series as a whole. Gotham is one of those shows that has a very active fan base of discussion. Now there is an interesting, and far-fetched Gotham idea that is making the Internet rounds. Imagine this, Cobblepot becomes the not the Penguin as everyone expects, but instead becomes… wait for it…. the Joker. (more…)
We, along with the rest of the Internet, have focused a lot of attention on the Gotham character “The Comedian” played by Jon Beavers. He first appeared on our radar when cast and described as a comedic performer at Fish Mooney’s (Jada Pinkett Smith) club. Just about everyone started to speculate, “Would this be the new Joker?” Now we’ve got another sneaking suspicion that might even be better. (more…)
A bit of sad news from the world of Hollywood today as reports are saying that legendary actor Jack Nicholson plans to quietly retire from acting.
Sources have told the magazine Radar that Nicholson has decided to step away from the day-to-day rigors of acting because of “memory issues.” The same sources add that this shouldn’t be taken as some early sign of a degenerative brain malady, but is maybe just one of those things that comes with old age. And seeing as how much of an actor’s job is memorizing lines, it might make sense that Nicholson would opt to take the high road and call it a career.
With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Nicholson leaves an incredible legacy. He is one of the most acclaimed actors in Hollywood history with 12 Oscar nominations over 5 decades, including and 3 wins. Nerd cinema appreciators will probably recognize Nicholson best for his portrayal of The Joker in 1989’s Batman. At the time, it was unusual for an actor of Nicholson’s stature to take on the role of a comic book villain, so when the then only two-time Oscar-winning actor signed on to play The Clown Prince of Crime, it was as much a surprise as casting Michael Keaton to play Batman.
Throughout his career, Nicholson has always had a strong connection to the sci-fi and horror genres with one of his first big roles being in the Roger Corman classic Little Shop of Horrors. In between prestige pictures like Easy Rider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Few Good Men, he appeared in movies like The Shining, Mars Attacks, Wolf, and The Witches of Eastwick. As it stands now, Nicholson’s last movie role was in How Do You Know by James L. Brooks, the filmmaker who directed the actor to Oscars twice for Terms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets.
So what will Nicholson do since he’s not planning on acting anymore? Sources say fans can still expect to see the 76-year-old Nicholson court side at Lakers games, and holding court front row at the Academy Awards.
So from all of us at Nerd Bastards, we say Happy Retirement, Jack! We’ll miss see you at the movies, but you’ve earned some downtime, and that’s a truth we can handle.
UPDATE: Apparently, this is one of those things the internet went to town with before all the facts are in. NBC News is reporting that an unnamed source told them that Nicholson is “actively reading scripts and is looking forward to his next project.”
Time will tell.
Who doesn’t love Harley Quinn? The Joker’s sexy, goofy, badass nutbag moll/girlfriend/emotionally abused arm candy has been a fan favorite since she first appeared on Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. But the character survived the end of the cartoon, transferred over to the comics, and has become one of the most ubiquitous cosplay ensembles in all of nerddom…Truly, the deranged ex-psychiatrist is a queen among villainesses
The one medium the former Dr. Harleen Quinzel has yet to conquer, however, is the moving pictures…
Well, with Batman to return to the big screen in Batman Vs. Superman, perhaps we could see a cinematic Harley.
And who’s chomping at the bit to portray her? The magnificent Katee Sackhoff!
Best know as Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace from 2004’s Battlestar Galactica reboot, Sackhoff has made a name for herself as a comic book geek, so she knows the character and the genre–on top of being a great actress and gorgeous AND already blonde!
Here’s what she said to Esquire on the subject:
I love Harley Quinn. I do. I just love it. It’s not been done before. It’s this fantastic mix. I mean, it’s like the female Joker. Who wouldn’t want to do that? Quite potentially — it’s not around so I wouldn’t feel the weight of it — I’d probably sell my first born at this point to do that.
Not since Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier has an actor been more suited for a comic book character role:
You tell ME who else has the looks, talent, and nerd cred to play Harley….AND could pull off that smile?
I guess the real question is this:
Is there a God? And how much does He love Nerds?
Heath Ledger‘s passing is still an emotional touchstone for me. I’d always enjoyed his work and his performance in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was bitter-sweet; arguably the best work of his short career. A German documentary television show Too Young To Die has completed a look that examines Ledger’s life and death.
The video below is Ledger’s father, Kim Ledger, discussing Heath’s last role and the ‘Joker Diary” Heath used to prepare for the role. Heath mentioned the diary back in an interview with Empire:
“I sat around in a hotel room in London for about a month, locked myself away, formed a little diary.”
While Kim Ledger goes through the scrapbook/journal, we get a first look at revealing clippings from images from Batman comics, Stanley Kubrick‘s A Clockwork Orange, the trademark Joker playing cards and other various clowns. The Hospital Monologue is also in there.
In a chilling final note, the last page features the words “BYE BYE” scrawled across the page by Heath.
The voice over sometimes walks over what Ledger’s father is saying, making it a little hard to catch everything Heath’s father discusses. Below is what he says during the voice overs.
This is the Joker’s diary. In order to inhabit his character, he locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch.
The hospital scene is interesting because when he was a kid, his sister Kate liked to dress him up as a nurse. He was really funny like that. He also was in the movie. This is a make-up test which was done eight months before. Before the end of the shooting he wrote “bye bye” on the back of the page. It was hard to see this.