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.
So far, the news of the new Arkham game, Batman: Arkham Origins hasn’t exactly had me going out of my mind with excitement, and that’s because this one isn’t coming from Rocksteady. And it isn’t a continuation of Arkham City, Paul Dini has no involvement, and it won’t feature Mark Hamill as The Joker. That isn’t to say it’ll be a bad game, but already so much is different I’m a little worried.
Then came the news Kevin Conroy will indeed be back as Batman, and a sighed a little sigh of relief. Now, a new cinematic trailer has hit and it has me all the more relieved, and finally, a little excited. While there’s still no gameplay footage – what everything really hinges on – this trailer gives a good impression of the artistry Warner Bros. Montreal is capable of and their vision for game. Which is, a totally sick fight between Batman and Deathstroke, with a couple surprise guests.
I’m ready for a movie! How fun was that to have Deadshot appear!? If that’s how the game will flow, villains popping in and out as Batman tries to keep the peace, this might actually be a fun diversion from what we’ve played in Asylum and City. And, it’ll be super cool to roam all of Gotham City, especially on Christmas Eve.
There’s also a few new shots that have been released, including our first look as The Joker, who yes, will appear, but no, isn’t be voiced by Hamill. It’s another change that has me seriously worried, but my verdict will be held until I hear what new guy, Troy Baker, does.
Batman: Arkham Origins is releasing October 25th. Think you’ll pre-order for the chance to play as Deathstroke?
Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art. On with the dump!
He’s a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton -and now that the Empire has brought him back with the powers of a Sith Lord we are so screwed everyone. Artist Robert Shane originally only intended to draw the Cyberdyne System model 101, but after letting the hate flow put together a “force” to be reckoned with. [Deviant Art]
Hit the jump for the art of Bruce Timm, Minecraft and MOAR.
Hello, boys and girls, and welcome to another thrilling installment of Ask the Bastards, a weekly exercise in bad taste where we, the assorted scoundrels of Nerd Bastards, answer questions asked by you, the readers. This week we tackle comic book movies, remakes, reboots, sequels, Doctor Who, our favorite Joker and what kind of underwear we have on (…you might want to skip that section).
I think its safe to say that director Christopher Nolan had some idea for a future for The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises, but the tragic death of Heath Ledger derailed any possibility for a future appearance of The Joker. Naturally though, the trivia buffs among us wondered what role, if any, The Joker might have had in TDKR.
We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.
So, we’ve come to the end of our little journey, and I feel like I have even less new to say about this film than I did about the last one. The Dark Knight is perhaps the most analyzed superhero film ever made. It’s been picked apart by many a film critic, blogger and Batman geek over and over again for nearly four years, so why add my name to that pile? Well, for one, I still consider it the greatest superhero movie ever made (sorry, Mr. Whedon), and for another, I’ve been writing these pieces largely on the basis of my own discovery. As we approach The Dark Knight Rises, the idea was for me to go back, revisit the entire Batman film mythos and examine how each film makes me feel as I prepare for the coming of Nolan’s last film. When it came time to revisit The Dark Knight, this is what I found.
If you love the classic, expressive look of Converse‘s Chuck Taylor All Star shoes and you’re a comic book fan have I got exciting news for you! Converse and DC have been partners is superhero footwear for some time now, offering a bunch of designs based on Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Catwoman, etc., but now they’re offering you the opportunity to design your own!
Using their online Converse Builder you can create your own Chucks based on either Batman, Catwoman, The Joker or The Riddler. You’re able to manipulate the color or print of the canvas, emblems, rubber soles, lining, lacing, and if you’d like, add a personalized heel stripe.
Here’s my design. I, being a huge Joker fan, just had to make this exceptional pair for the Clown Prince of Crime. What d’ya think? Do I have a future in sneaker fashion?
I think they’re pretty snazzy and I’m currently fighting the urge to press “Add to Cart.” A customized pair of Chucks will set you back $75 bucks and at the moment I just don’t have the funds. But believe me, when I get paid I think a pair of these are in my future.
My one gripe is you can’t alter the Bat logo on the top of the tongue. Sure, that looks great on your pair of Batman kicks, but on these it looks out of place. Guess if I do order a pair I can even further customize them by adding a red slash through the logo. It just needs something to Joker-ize it, y’know?
Now it’s time for you to design your own! I’d love to see what you bastards come up with. Share your sweet DC Chucks in the comments below! Also, go check out Betty Fong of Comics Alliance simply purrfect Catwoman Chucks.