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After years of speculation, poorly-written fanfiction, and tales of woe regarding the disasterrific implications of casting Ryan Reynolds in the role of everyone’s favorite meta-superhuman, Deadpool moves closer and closer to finally being a thing. The staff here at Nerdbastards is torn: we’re excited over the studio’s decision to keep the core of the movie as deep and down and dirty as possible, but we’re also leery of the move of the writing team pulling their punches at the last second and easing up for a more “all-ages” film.  Hope not!

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It’s been a while since we were getting constant Suicide Squad news when it was shooting on the streets of Toronto over the summer; it feels like all that hype started to dry up after that trailer was released at San Diego Comic Con in July. But as we’re getting closer to the end of the year, the studios will be wanting to jump start the hype for next year’s slate of huge movies, and that includes the Squad, who are getting a close-up in the latest issue of Empire. We’ve already seen one cover featuring Jared Leto‘s Joker, but now we’re getting another as well as cover shots of three other of the film’s, er, heroes… (more…)

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Comic book fans know that the line-up of the Avengers is constantly changing. There are always new heroes coming in, or going out, or coming back after an unexpected absence, the Avengers are like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re going to get. Avengers: Age of Ultron ends in a change in the line-up, which maybe a spoiler, but the movie’s been advertised as introducing three new characters who are well-established Avengers, so that part’s not necessarily surprising. What is surprising though, in a new revelation from writer/director Joss Whedon, is that he had in mind two more additions to the new Avengers line-up. If only he could have got the rights! (more…)

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In a little over a month, Marvel Studios will begin the next phase of its global multimedia dominance by launching the first of five Netflix series, this one about Daredevil, the Man Without Fear. Starring Charlie Cox as the titular vigilante with super-powered senses, Daredevil promises to be unlike any Marvel movie or series seen so far, a grim and gritty urban tale of dark heroes and darker villains. In a batch of new images from the show just released, we get our first official look at many of the other many characters, and in the accompanying interview, the show’s bosses discuss where Ol’ Horn Head, that is if he does take on a horn-headed helmet at some point, will find his place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)

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If you’ve been absolutely anxious about getting another taste of the upcoming new and improved Fantastic Four, let us wet your whistle is four new character-based images, and a new interview with the director. Try to hold back your excitement. Fan interest about this new FF hasn’t seen the fever pitch that’s greeted other comic book-based movie projects lately, even by Rise of the Silver Surfer standards, but the revelation of the trailer last month at least promised a movie with a strong sense of style. Granted that style was lifted wholesale from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but it’s style just the same. After such a long wait for any hint about what the film might look like, the trailer was certainly provocative. The below character photos though, not so much. (more…)

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The Ghostbusters reboot is currently underway. Director Paul Feig has been keeping the public informed on all the changes that are occurring as of late, creating a lot of controversy through the pre-production progression. With original cast members split on the project (Bill Murray being all for it, and Ernie Hudson being against the sassy girl-power remake), the line of demarcation couldn’t be any more noticeable.

Now, the news just in, is that Feig wants to make a hard reboot with real scares as well as the all girl-power humor – all whilst retaining the coveted PG13 rating. Feig talks of his plans in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, and it might have fans of the original banging their heads against the proverbial brick wall, or taking to their keyboards to hurl all kinds of profanity-ridden-abuse towards the Bridesmaids filmmaker. (more…)

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I think we’re kind of getting tired of asking this, but I have a feeling we will until Zack Snyder signs on the dotted line of a contract to direct the Justice League movie, so let’s just ask it anyway: Is Zack Snyder going to direct Justice League?

In the issue Empire, the point was brought up again. Here’s what was written:

Both filmmakers [Zack and Deborah Snyder] know the proof will finally be in the watching, but there are rumblings about the breakfast counters of rival studios that Man of Steel is turning out very well indeed. Plans are being hatched, they say. Warner Bros.’ long-term view has been revised to embrace this new vision, just as the Dark Knight films resisted the commodification of Marvel. Whether we get a Justice League, they say, depends on Man of Steel. If we do, they say, Zack Snyder will be asked to direct.

It sounds like there’s a lot of speculation inside the business that Snyder is going on to Justice League after Man of Steel, which plays into the wider speculation that Man of Steel is going to be the movie to beat this summer. It also sounds like Warners’ own game is in the process of changing given this news of Man of Steel’s alleged awesomeness, and if that follows with tremendous box office success in June, then the trinity of Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan may find themselves getting some Justice League-related phone calls this summer.

Man of Steel is in theaters June 14th, 2013.

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While the most recent issue of Empire magazine is overflowing with Trekkie goodness, it also contains a few nuggets about Benedict Cumberbatch‘s next project. No, not Sherlock, though his 221 B flatmate, Martin Freeman, has something to say as well. What they’re talking about is the second Hobbit flick, The Desolation of Smaug.

The ending of An Unexpected Journey teases where the company of hobbit, wizard, and dwarves are going next, plus we’ve seen the image of Freeman playing in the gold (above) before. He had this to say about acting in it,

I’m Scrooge McBaggins. It’s about a million pieces. It’s the biggest pile of gold I’ve ever seen! Well, obviously – I’m not used to hanging out in big piles of gold! They’re all fake, obviously, but it was a big eff-off pile of gold made it very hard to walk on.

And Cumberbatch had this to say about bringing Smaug the Terrible to life,

We weren’t in the same room together. If Martin had been there, I would have wanted to play off him, but there are size issues. Smaug is bigger than the Hobbit – I think I can say that! This isn’t the riddles scene. It’s slightly different, it’s intricate. Smaug doesn’t engage with the Hobbit the same way as Smeagol does. Smeagol gets drawn in, whereas Smaug is on much more of an ego trip. He likes to feel dominant at all times, and because of what he’s capable of, he is.

Let the Smauglock, commence.

Are you excited for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? It releases next year, December 13th.

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Jonathan Nolan is definitely one of the nerdy elite, and if you don’t get that impression from his collaborations from his director brother Christopher (like co-writing the Dark Knight movies and The Prestige), or the weekly adventures of Jesus and Ben Linus on Person of Interest which he created, then maybe the below interview will convince you. Or no. Whatever.

So these excerpts come from an interview in Empire, who asked Nolan about such tantalizing fan queries as sneaking Robin into the end of The Dark Knight Rises, the Batman villains they couldn’t use, his thoughts on the upcoming Justice League movie, and what he really thought of Dark Knight competitor for best superhero movie of the year, The Avengers.

First things first, just how did they sneak “The Boy Wonder” into the Nolan Bat-universe?

It is a little hard to imagine Robin working in that universe, so the idea had to be limited to that gag at the end. But Joe’s character is very important to the story. In any movie you need a character looking at proceedings the way you see them, and Joe’s character is that character for this film. One of my favourite scenes is when John tells Bruce how he knew he was Batman. It’s like that scene in The Prestige where the little kid sees through Christian’s trick. Little kids, they don’t have any illusions, they just see the truth of the situation. I feel there’s a kind of spiritual connection between the two movies there.

So let’s talk Bat-villains now. Are there any that Nolan wishes he could have penned into the series?

Yeah, like Clayface or, indeed, The Penguin. Part of what’s compelling about Chris’s take is the naturalism of it and I think that’s one of the things I loved about the Frank Miller comic books was that they were sort of urban, gritty vigilante stories first and formost. So everything had to stick within that universe. It’s hard to imagine [in these movies] any of the rogue’s gallery characters who have sort of a more supernatural or science-fiction bent to them. And I think that’s one of the aspects of Batman which are fascinating: in 70 years, the character has been sort of fully laundered. Because of writers and artists having every month coming up with a different story to tell with this character, there are often different genre aspects to it. You have your science-fictions, you’ve had fantasy elements along the way, horror, camp comedy… I mean there are so many different versions.

And while his big brother has been pretty clear about his future intentions with DC Comics-based movies, the littler Nolan says that he’s looking forward to the eventual Justice League film.

I’m incredibly excited. I was a big Batman fan when I was a kid. In fact he was the only comic-book character I really liked. I went through a brief spell where I was reading Captain Britain, because I was an English kid living in the States, and Wolverine for 30 seconds, Spider-Man too, but really Batman was the one. And I love that there are different versions of the character. I love that in the context of The Justice League, he’s kind of the black sheep of that family.

Currently, Justice League is scheduled against the sequel to The Avengers in 2015, which is going to be a pretty epic box office match-up if it ends up going down, perhaps even bigger than this summer’s showdown between The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. But seriously, what did Nolan think about the efforts of the other team?

I did. To me Joss Whedon is a god, I’m just a huge fan of his work, I love his work on TV. And I thought The Avengers was just an incredible achievement.

Nice of Jonah to be so giving to the Marvel side of life.

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You would imagine that by now the most recent issue of Empire featuring a bevy of Hobbit goodness would have been picked clean. Well, it has, but you may not have seen all it had to offer. The diligent folks at CBM have found more images scanned in from the magazine for us to check out. Featured here is the best look yet the Goblin King – grotesque lookin’ guy, isn’t he? – and new shots of Radagast (Sylvestor McCoy), Galadriel (Cate Blanchet), and more.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey release not soon enough, on December 14th.

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