If nothing else, we can thank Tim Burton‘s 1989 film for the explosion of the Bat-franchise. Even if you hate the flick (and I understand there are some that do), we all owe it something. Without it, we don’t get the brilliant animated series that kept much of its tone (and Danny Elfman‘s glorious score), we don’t get nearly as many Batman action figures and t-shirts. Sure, someone would have made a Batman film eventually, even if this one never got off the ground. But it did, and thus it’s the launch pad not just for the Batman franchise, but for the modern age of superhero cinema.
Everyone has their own favorite Batman. Every Nerd worth their salt has an opinion on who was the best Batman, who was the best Bruce Wayne, and who was the best at both. And every Nerd’s ranked list differs just a little from the Nerd standing next to them. So here’s our favorite Batmen, ranked best to worst. But this time, we want to hear from YOU. Which Batman was the best? Who didn’t cut it, in your not-so-humble opinion? How wrong were we? Post in the comment below and let us know which Batman stands where in your list. If this post does well and you opinionated (nerd)bastards comment like hell, there could be some Bat-related prizes for future posts…
Birds of Prey has their villain, and he’s become one of the top-tier rogues in Batman’s gallery. Part-mobster, part-supervillain, he’s been featured in comics, cartoons, and video games, but now Black Mask makes his live-action debut as he goes toe-to-toe with the Birds of Prey. Created in 1985, not many may be familiar with Black Mask despite his recent surge in popularity. What makes Black Mask a contender among the likes of The Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, and Riddler? NerdBastard’s gives an overview of who Black Mask is and what to expect from the masked gangster and the A-List actor cast in the Birds of Prey movie.
DC is ramping up their marketing, releasing some awesome teasers for it’s new DC Universe streaming service. The latest is Harley Quinn. The teaser trailer makes fun of DC, breaks the 4th wall, and introduces us to a new kind of Harley. Will fans receive the show well? Will it be the breath of fresh air that DC hopes it will be? Or will the internet prove Ivy right? “They’ll hate it.”
Ever wonder how you measure up against The Caped Crusader? WHO HASN’T? Batman: Damned gives bat-fans the answer to the questions have been burning in their bat-brains for generations. And it nearly broke the internet. Trolls crawled from every bridge to lament the dirty trick of making them accidentally see the outline of a male genitalia instead of the outline of every single crevice of the female form. The internet can’t even decide what to call it. Batschlong? Lil Wanye? Bat-a-wang? Never before has there been so much open discussions of Batman’s crotch. Warning! Fictional comic book nudity to follow!
Every new incarnation of DC Comics’ The Joker puts the internet into a tizzy. Love it or hate it, each iteration of the classic Batman villain delves deeper into the character’s psyche and stretches the possibilities of what the character means to the caped crusader. Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie announcement is no different. Outcries of support and disagreement are littering the social media highways with equal fervor. More level heads sit back and take a ‘wait and see’ approach before casting out their opinions. With the release of the first test footage of Phoenix’s Joker, the internet has some strong opinions. As we take a look at the newest interpretation of Gotham City’s clown prince of crime, we also look back on some of the most extreme and versions of The Joker that most deviated from the source material – whether fans liked it or not.
DC Comics has unleashed it’s DC Universe App. Users can download the app on select devices and check out the beginnings of the service. Getting mixed reviews, the app has some kinks to work out, as fans should expect. But what’s working and what isn’t? Are there major letdowns? Fans take to social media to air grievances and give praise where it’s due. Are fans excited for the app or let down by the budding streaming service? Is it fair to judge the service in its infancy? NerdBastards presents reactions of across the web while you decide if DC Universe is worth getting.
It doesn’t take much of a spark to set the internet on fire. News broke that Henry Cavill, Superman, was on the outs with WB. Rumors flew, vague statements were released, and still the future for Cavill as the Big Blue Boyscout is uncertain. The rumors and speculations don’t stop with Cavill and Superman, other DC properties and franchises were dragged into the conversation, as well as reports of other actors. But who said what? What can be confirmed? Who would be the most likely replacement for Cavill and/or his Superman? Spoilers: No one you would expect.
Toxicity in fandom isn’t limited to Star Wars. Every franchise has its trolls that people don’t like to talk about. Don’t feed them, don’t give them attention, and they’ll eventually go away. Unfortunately, even a bit of bad attention is enough for folks to thrive on. Fans are passionate, and when fans are passionate in equal but different ways, the fandom splits and near-war breaks out. Arguing is fine, it’s one of the things we as nerds do. A healthy debate helps drive things forward. If we didn’t cuss and discuss how things work, why they work, motives and histories, our fandoms wouldn’t grow to be as big as they are. But when does our passion get taken too far? When the drama around the fandom almost overshadows the hype around the things we love.