Dark Knight Rises

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Chooses ‘Sin’

With Dark Knight Rises, Looper, and BMX Bandits 2: The Banditing (aka Premium Rush), Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had a busy year and it doesn’t look like things are slowing down.

Previously rumored to be Warner Bros’ choice to don the cowl as Batman in The Justice League, and one of Marvel’s Star-Lord targets for Guardians of the Galaxy, the Inception star has zigged instead of zagged and taken a role in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For, eschewing his chance to trip the life fantastic in outer space with a feisty raccoon and a tree man according to Mike Fleming over at Deadline. Here’s the scoop from Fleming:

I’m told that Gordon-Levitt will play the role of Johnny, a part that the filmmakers originally offered to Johnny Depp. He’s one of the core characters in overlapping story lines that feature returning players like Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, along with newcomers that include Dennis Haysbert.

Fleming also adds that Josh Brolin‘s name has come up as another possible addition, though, I might add, nearly every thesp with a pulse and an iota of buzz has seen their name pop up in connection with the long-developing Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller co-directed feature.

So, with Levitt spurning Guardians (assuming he was ever actually in the running), what does that mean for the part of Peter Quill? Other contenders include Zachary Levi, Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace and others, though the list has been the subject of wild speculation and debate.

In other news: Levitt also apparently popped up as a contender for the lead role in Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla remake (along with Henry Cavill), before that rumor got dashed when reports started surfacing that he had already passed; a development that isn’t terribly shocking since that thing sounds like a mess.

All this activity begs one question though: what about the Bat-Man? Timing is the main reason why Sin City 2 precludes Levitt from taking a role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it doesn’t necessarily get in the way of The Justice League, which is set to come out in 2015. So, what’s the hold-up? Could be money, could be that Levitt doesn’t want the role or that Warner Bros. want’s a fresh start. It could be any of those things and it could be none of those things, and if it doesn’t happen, we’ll likely never know why. I know, I know, it’s fucking frustrating, right? Still, keep an eye here and we’ll get through together, just you, me, and all those guys that keep asking who the busty model in our Facebook avatar is… (I know, I hate them too.)

Source: Deadline, Collider





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Above: Who’s that, you ask? Why that’s Batman. The real Batman. As in what it looks like if you digitally create a composite image of the faces of all the actors to play Batman: Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale. Created by Redditor morphinapg. [Nerd Approved]


Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises received many praises and accolades (along with its fair share of criticisms, but screw those people).  It’s also being pushed for several Academy Awards in nearly every damn category that exists.  But lo and behold, for Nolan’s masterpiece has another distinction of glory and fame – that of the most watched movie trailer of 2012.

Judging by YouTube counts, The Dark Knight Rises is first on the movie list and third overall, beaten out only by two separate Black Ops 2 trailers.  Check below to see exactly which of the millions of Dark Knight trailers was the one that people seemed to like so much.

Okay, so maybe in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t mean shit.  But it does at least prove that the marketing department is doing their job, right?

If you’re feeling so inclined, check out the rest of the list over at Think With Google.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

The Blu-ray release of Dark Knight Rises is coming up next week, no doubt packed with all sorts of nifty little extras that will have fans spending hours and hours watching things that aren’t the actual film.  To celebrate, Christopher Nolan came out and talked openly about all things Batman in an interview with Film Comment.

He chats about many aspects of working with the franchise, including influences, vision, techniques, politics, casting and several other subjects dealing with the production of and meaning behind the trilogy.

Here are a few of the more interesting things that Nolan had to say, plucked from a rather large article at this NerdBastard’s discretion.

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The end of the year and the beginning of the next heralds the coming of more than just a change in date.  It is that time of the year when studios start to hype their big-money movies to become Academy Award nominees.  Warner Brothers has plenty to bring to the table this year and one property in particular looks to be getting a major push – The Dark Knight Rises.

Usually, comic book flicks (and action flicks in general) only have technical awards to look forward to.  The Dark Knight Rises is likely to be a major contender when it comes to things like cinematography, art direction, costume design and the like.  But Warner Bros. wants more!  So they’re pushing the bloody hell out of this thing in pretty much any category they can justify.

Check after the jump for the full and rather massive list of the categories they hope to be included in:


Christmas is coming, and with it the rush of movie studios to release all their blockbuster summer films to the Blu-ray, DVD and digital download market.  Along with being able to get the normal, cheaper versions of these movies, people have the option of spending a handful of cash to get the mega-super, special, limited, happy fun-time editions that have all the extra crap on them.  The Dark Knight Rises is no exception to this rule with their “broken cowl” version of the film.

Some of the features one should expect to find on the limited edition include:

  • “The Journey of Bruce Wayne” featurette
  • A Batmobile documentary
  • “Ending the Knight” – a collection of featurettes detailing Nolan and the crew making the film
  • Collections of trailers
  • Galleries of Dark Knight art

So if you’re one of those people who absolutely needs all the extras (or are willing to spend the extra cash for a present), look for The Dark Knight Rises “broken cowl” edition to be available come December 4th.


Thanks to comingsoon for the heads-up.

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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: This Lady Deathstrike cosplay by No_Onions make me feel all…nostalgic. What? Whatcha think I was gonna say? (TDW: Geek)


PhD and tenure aside, Dr. Travis Langley is incredibly easy to talk to. No doubt, his years of teaching Psychology at Henderson University (a liberal arts university in Arkansas) have taught him to be patient with overeager psych nerds, like me. It’s not just his patience that puts you at ease, it’s also own eagerness and excitement for the subject. Dr. Langley is the Batman Psychologist. This is not just a self-professed title; Besides the recent release of Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight he just wrapped up teaching a course about the psychology of Batman at Henderson. The book evaluates the inner psyche of Batman, applying different psychological theories to Batman’s intensely traumatic life. Before I launched into my questions about the book, though, I had to ask Dr. Langley about his class on Batman. Specifically, how did he convince the psychology department at Henderson to let him teach a class about Batman?!

Dr. Langley: You know how in a math class you might have an example, “This train is moving at this speed, and that train is moving at that speed…” Well, for somebody who loves trains, why not have an entire course on the math of trains? They could learn all the math more easily if it’s full of examples they appreciate. With Batman, it’s using psychology to teach Batman, and Batman to teach psychology. And it works out really well. And it’s got a mix of students, from those who know Batman really well to those who didn’t know him any better than average. But, they were the students who were interested enough to take the class. And they all reported that they got a lot out of it. They get close, too, because a bunch of these are students who…they have to be guarded in a lot of ways. You don’t go out in your other classes and just announce your nerdy interests. But in a class called Batman, there’s nothing too nerdy to talk about in there. (more…)

Welcome to the next exciting chapter in All Things Dark Knight!  Ok, so maybe it’s the first chapter, but it’s still exciting none-the-less.  In the following paragraphs you shall experience the joy and misery of latest developments on the Batman front.  Prepare yourselves, gentle readers, to have your mind blown (or at least learn something new).

First up, a very informative interview with the composer of the amazing score for The Dark Knight Rises (as well as the first two of Nolan’s franchise), Hans Zimmer.  He and the supervising sound editor, Richard King talk about the many creative brainstorms that went into making The Dark Knight Rises more than just a trail of dialogue and visual effects.

Pretty freakin’ cool, especially if you happen to be a sound nerd.  The next portion of the round-up isn’t so cool, however, so brace yourselves for a few words of criticism about The Dark Knight Rises from former 1960s Catwoman, Julie Newmar.

In a recent interview with Yahoo’s The Yo Show (seriously guys?  you couldn’t think of a better name than that?) Newmar voiced her opinions about Nolan’s franchise.  You can witness her interview by clicking on that arrow-thingy below.

And now, a look into a bit of The Dark Knight Rises’ technology (after the bump).


This article is going to be updated constantly as other companies and people get involved and as more details are firmed up. Scroll down for updates, the most recent one will be in bold.

For many of us, our local comic book shop is a safe haven, a hangout, and someplace special. I drive almost a half hour, past two other shops to get to mine, they know me by name, know my likes and dislikes. In harder financial times they’ve given me a little extra for things I had to sell, in good times they’ve taken a little off the price for things I got to buy. Mine is not a unique story.

All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, Colorado is the only comic shop in that town, the hangout and shop for some of the victims in the theater. One of their employees was in the theater and according to All C’s Jason Farnsworth, Tom Sullivan and his son Alex, who lost his life during the massacre on his 27th birthday, were regular customers with hold bins.

We’re all still reeling from the outskirts, all somewhat paralyzed by shock and grief, and battered by story after story on the killer — something that the media has become obsessed with, hounding the victims for interview requests (according to AJ Focht who is the All C’s employee that was in the theater) and Mr. Farnsworth with questions about the killer, who Mr. Farnsworth says was not a customer.

Through the sadness and through the onslaught of attention All C’s endures because they cannot stand still — they’ve got a community to service, and a lot of people who need the safe haven that a comic shop can provide. Comic book fans, professionals, and retailers are a family and in response to this tragedy, All C’s Collectibles is planning a fundraiser for the victims of the Aurora shooting called Aurora Rise and they’re asking for as much help as possible from the comic book community to help them help those most affected.

Two companies that have stepped up to help in this time of need so far, are Dark Horse comics and Image Comics — Dark Horse spokesman Aub Driver had this to say about the event which is tentatively scheduled for late August and which will benefit the victims and the families of the victims:

“I received a call from All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, CO [Monday]. They’re currently organizing a very large fundraiser for the families, survivors and victims of the Aurora shootings. They’re asking for support from all comics publishers, large and small.

It goes without saying that Dark Horse Comics will be showing full support for this fundraiser.

It’s very important to note that All C’s is the only comic book store in the city. This tragedy has rocked their community at large, as well as the rest of the nation. Some of their customers were present at the theater when tragedy struck, even one of their own employees. Showing your full support for the comic book shop and the comic arts medium is incredibly crucial during this dark time.

This is about community. This is about bringing the community of both Aurora and Comics together. This is about standing as one in the face of evil and knowing that one common factor, our love for comics, can unite us.”

Sarah deLaine from Image Comics has also been an early supporter of Aurora Rise, coordinating the donation for Image and it’s imprints. The goods that are being donated for the planned silent auction by Dark Horse and Image are listed below and more is expected from these companies and others.

[Update: All C’s has just told me that Steve Niles will be involved and on hand for the event and that they are considering putting the auction on eBay. Mr. Niles joins Tim Daniel on the roster of comic pros who are set to be involved. Details to follow.]

[Update: Matt Fraction will be at the event which is scheduled to take place on August 25th and August 26th. In the time since this article went live, Comic Book Resources, Bleeding Cool, and others have helped to spread the word, please do what you can to do the same. More updates to follow. (7/30/12)

Right now Mr. Farnsworth is looking for any help he can get, so if you would like to know more or if you are able to help please reach out to All C’s Collectibles at (303)751-6882 or by Email, allcs@comcast.net. You can also visit their Facebook page or the page that has been set up for the event.

I will stay with this story and keep updating it’s progress, but I want to ask my peers in the comic book media to write about this as well so that we can use what power we have for the good work of educating our readers about this positive and helpful act of charity for the victims of this tragedy. These people need all the help they can get to cover medical bills, counseling costs, and living expenses going forward and they are what is most important now.

Dark Horse Items for Silent Auction: (More items will be included)

2 GHOST Lithos signed by Adam Hughes
4 AGE OF REPTILES Lithos signed by Ricardo Delgado
5 USAGI YOJIMBO Lithos signed by Stan Sakai
4 GRENDEL Lithos signed by Matt Wagner
2 BUFFY Lithos signed by Jo Chen
3 UMBRELLA ACADEMY Lithos signed by Gerard Way
3 ABE SAPIEN Lithos signed by Mike Mignola / Jason Shawn Alexander
1 ONE-SHOT WONDER Litho signed by Mike Mignola / Joss Whedon

Image Comics Items for Silent Auction: (More items will be included)

From Image Comics’ Skybound imprint:

The Walking Dead Walkers Watch signed by Robert Kirkman
Rise of the Governor HC
Invincible Compendium
Invincible Shirts
Super Dinosaur Vol 1 and 2
Super Dino Shirts
Thief of Thieves Shirt
Thieves of Thieves Image Expo Variant

From Image Comics’ Top Cow imprint:

Walking Dead #100 (Marc Silvestri cover) signed by Marc Silvestri
Darkness #100 signed by Marc Silvestri
Witchblade #150 (cover G) signed by Marc Silvestri
Cyber Force Issue #13 Page 17, which will be signed by Marc Silvestri before they send it.

Image has also secured a copy of the Robot Chicken: Star Wars III DVD signed by Seth Green for the auction. Again, we will keep updating this and let you know how you can participate in this fundraiser when that information comes available.