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 BlackMask 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.
Not all (super) heroes wear spandex, capes, or cowls. Some (super) heroes don’t even wear pants or even underwear, preferring to go au natural from the waist down and a too-short, tight-fitting sweater up top.
Their powers don’t involve flight, super-strength, or invisibility, just the seemingly endless appetite for honey and waxing philosophical just when their human counterparts need them the most (i.e., during a mid-life personal and professional crisis).
That might sound like a curious mash-up of A.A. Milne’s beloved, self-aware, ambulatory teddy bear and Steven Spielberg’s much-maligned Peter-Pan-as-an-adult misfire, Hook, but ChristopherRobin, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) from a screenplay credited to Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, and AllisonSchroeder, easily one-ups Hook, delivering a poignant, moving paean to the carefree joys of childhood, the positives and negatives of nostalgia, the importance of family over work, and the value of people over profits (no, the irony isn’t lost on this writer, given mega-studio Disney’s involvement).
Word around the Internet water cooler today has Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry in early talks for a Star Wars film centering on Obi Wan Kenobi, the Jedi Master played by both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor. Rumors, hopes, and dreams of an Obi Wan spinoff movie have run rampant on the Internet for years, but now there is a glimmer of actual hope on the horizon. Daldy (Billy Elliot, The Hours) would be a fantastic choice to take on this fan favorite. Check out the known details below. (more…)
While there have been plenty of rumors and speculation that Disney and Lucasfilm would get around to telling the tale of Obi Wan Kenobi’s self enforced exile to Tatooine as the personal protective shadow of baby Luke Skywalker, there’s no spinoff film on the Star Wars docket. All those years in the desert, there is certainly a story to tell there, perhaps more. Disney might not be thinking about a Kenobi spinoff, but fans sure are. Fans like Rich Williamson, who put together an interesting fan film trailer for a Kenobi movie, featuring actual footage of Ewan McGregor from his recent film Last Days in the Desert. (more…)
What once seemed to be a pet project of Guillermo del Toro‘s has now become a full blown Warner Bros./DC Entertainment joint, and work on Justice League Dark is persisting despite del Toro bailing for other (greener?) pastures. Uber-producer Scott Rudin is now rallying the cause, and as Warner Bros. struggles to get original recipe Justice League off the ground – part one is due in theaters in 2017 – it seems that Dark is coming along with progress in the casting of this other League. Sources have leaked the names of three potential JL Dark members, as well as some additional casting details that might make you think this is really the League to watch in the coming months. (more…)
With all the hub-bub today about Robert Downey, Jr. appearing in Captain America 3 and whether it will lead to a superhero civil war in Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe, some of you might have forgotten that we still haven’t had any sort of confirmation on who our Doctor will be! No, not that Doctor. For my money, the only Doctor whose casting counts (and I welcome your hate mail) is Doctor Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystics Arts. But with Walk the Line and The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix officially out of the running for the supernatural superhero, who will Marvel Studios turn its all-seeing amulet toward? Rumor has it that an actor who has some experience playing a wise mystic just might be the one pegged to play Marvel’s defender of reality’s various planes of existence. (more…)
As a certain flamboyant protocol droid once famously stated:
“Here we go again!”
Just two days ago this site was reporting the rumor that Ian McDiarmid would be returning as a spectral Emperor Palpatine in the next Star Wars flick (NOT as a clone, as he did in the comic miniseries Dark Empire).
NOW we’ve got word that Ewan McGregor will be jumping on the ghostly bandwagon, and will show up as the disembodied spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi, just as Sir Alec Guiness did in Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.
In both cases, the rumor comes to us via that inexhaustible wellspring of dubious Star Wars news: Latino Review.
Today’s rumor seems based solely on the word of unnamed “insiders” who apparently only talk to Latino Review, and an interview McGregor gave to Digital Spy last year where he said he’d be happy to reprise his role in Episode VII–IF he is called upon to do so.
They also claim that the fact that Sebastian Shaw as the ghost of Anakin was replaced by Hayden Christensen in the Special Editions means there’s precedence for bringing in McGregor as Kenobi’s ghost.
The problem with this reasoning is Alec Guiness was VISIBLY portraying Obi-Wan–as a human and a spirit–for three movies. Anakin was hidden inside Vader’s armor for the entire Original Trilogy… This allows us a bit of suspension of disbelief as to what he looked like under that mask. The replacement of Shaw was annoying, yes–but not totally without logic.
I’m not saying that this rumor is necessarily false, just that switching Shaw for Christensen in a three second scene at the end of ROTJ will have no bearing on whether or not McGregor returns.
Tune in tomorrow, when Latino Review will likely be swearing up and down that Warwick Davis will return as Wicket the Ewok–and HE’S Palpatine’s secret Sith apprentice.
This time on The Bastardcast: Jeremy and Jason try to keep it together as they discuss meteoroids, asteroids, zombies, and other world enders like Warner Brothers’ development slate and the Dan Harmonless Community. Also, Jeremy and Jason nerd out on all the Toy Fair 2013 news and then fight about A Good Day to Die Hard.
Following that, Jeremy swings low on latest member of the X-Men First Class: Days of Future Past cast, Jason goes off the deep end when Jeremy mocks Han Solo, and they both think the that reports about the demise of the video game industry are premature and full of poop.
Yes, it’s the kind of high brow episode where our fearless hosts let you know that an actor’s artistic worth is determined by how many times he shows peen on the screen. In fact, that’s this week’s special happy fun hashtag, #PeenOnTheScreen.
All that and more #FebruMurray fun as we continue to celebrate noted kickball striker Bill Murray.
The Bastardcast: Presently running low on witty taglines.
Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer has a new trailer out. This one focuses more attention on the giants and their interaction with the world at large without all the culinary comedy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still humor in this trailer, it’s just not the slapstick baked in a giant tart kind of humor.
A couple of scenes are down right terrifying. Consider the scene where the guy runs at full speed away from that giant, who then takes three giant steps and snatches the guy up. The big battle scenes also show how much of an advantage the giants have in battle, even against large armies.
Jack the Giant Slayer takes its cues from the “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Jack the Giant Killer” stories, with Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) playing the farm boy who accidentally plants magical beans given to him by a mysterious magical stranger. This leads to the rekindling of an ancient war between humans and giants.
The cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson (Alice in Wonderland) as the daring, captured princess, Ewan McGregor plays a comically over-confidant knight who seems OK now, but might be annoying in larger doses. Ian McShane (Deadwood, American Horror Story: Asylum) as the crotchety old king with Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as the king’s scheming advisor.
On the Giant’s side we have the two headed giant General Fallon. The larger head is motion captured by Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), and the smaller head played by John Kassir (Tales from the Crypt).
While a majority of the world has known for some time that J.J. Abrams will take part in directing Star Wars Episode VII, the news of the two reported spinoffs appears to be taking a bit longer to trickle down. Most of the original cast once involved in the franchise have already been asked if they’ll be involved in some way, but it looks like the news may have missed a Jedi.
During his promoting of Jack the Giant Slayer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! actor Ewan McGregor, the prequel’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, received the news firsthand resulting in genuine shock. Thought this isn’t the first time something like this has happened, people miss news all the time, watching it happen on live television in quite the sight. It’s kind of like a real life Jedi mind trick , you see his face drop and watch his expression go blank.
McGregor asked, “Is there new news today? What was the news today?” to which host Jimmy Kimmel proceeded to say, “There’s a disturbance in the Force today. They’re doing a Han Solo movie and a Boba Fett movie.” Jump ahead to the 3:10 mark for Ewan’s expression.
McGregor is absolutely confused, having to repeat it in order to make sense of it all. At least he’s able to laugh it all off, jokingly refering to Disney or Lucasfilm calling him back for some kind of cameo in either of the two films. Still, you have to love that look on his face.