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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.

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Warner Brothers has released a new trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice that includes new footage and a look at Joe Chill, the man who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents. There are a couple other images in this new trailer that pose a few questions about the film and how those fit into its story line. Let’s take a look and discuss it. (more…)

This Is Perfect! Jack Nicholson Reacts to Jared Leto’s Joker

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He looks like a drugged punk rocker. He’s not how I envision the character. He’s not Heath Ledger.

That’s what a whole lot of people have been saying about Jared Leto’s reveal as a tattooed, “grilled” Joker. It was a photo that has launched 1000 memes. Man,  the ire that has arisen in this nation we call Nerds has brought out the funniest and very worst of our culture.

While negative reactions are slowing to a crawl, there is ONE reactionary video to rule them all.

Before there was Jared Leto, there was Heath Ledger. Before Ledger, there was Jack Nicholson. In 1989 he danced with the devil under the pale moonlight in Tim Burton’s Batman. For near two decades he was remembered as the definitive onscreen Joker. It’s only befitting to see what the legend himself thinks of Leto’s Joker.

*Note: Just so no one feels duped, the following reactionary video is an edited clip from Nicholson’s starring vehicle About Schmidt. So, yes, it’s fake (so is the above image, which is clearly Photoshopped). Doesn’t change how perfect the reaction is. (more…)

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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 AGood 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.

Source: ScreenCrush.com

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Above: In the battle for who gets to play on the swing set first the winner is Ultron! An Age of Ultron variant cover by Skottie Young, one of Marvel‘s best cover artists, the Marvel babies can’t really beat a robot that never needs a mid-day nap. [GeekTyrant]

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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!

Above: A Realistic take on The Enderman, one in a series of Minecraft characters designed by Deviant Art user DevBurmak. Once you remove the pixels from the survival creation game the mobs are a bit more terrifying than we would have expected. Look at this all you want too, but for the love of Notch don’t look him in the eyes. [Geek Tyrant]

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True Story. When Joel Schumacher‘s “Batman and Robin” came out, my 6 year old nephew was obsessed with Batman (I have no idea where he could have got that from *cough*). “Batman Forever” while not as good as the Tim Burton movies wasn’t that bad, and the little guy wanted to see it. What the hell. I rock as a Uncle, so we went. About halfway through the movie, he asked to leave. That was the last time he ever spoke to me. “Batman and Robin” may be the most reviled comic book to screen fiasco of all time, however we got off lucky. Schumacher, while promoting his latest movie ‘Tresspass’ revealed he had plans for a 5th Batman movie. Batman: Triumphant with Nicolas Cage as the Scarecrow.

*squeeeeee*

Sorry, I just had to run around my office in some sort of weird solo victory lap. That is the most terribly awesome sounding movie I have ever heard of! Cage, as the Scarecrow, would have used his fear toxins to make Bats (who we could only pray would have seen George Clooney return to the role) see past enemies. Jack Nicholson as the Joker, since he was still under contract, would have appeared in this turd burger! No word on Schwarzenegger, Thurman or any of the other half dozen or so villains,  but we can dream.

This is what Schumacher told The Playlist:

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Lookin’ for a reason to spend your hard earned cash? Typically, I’d advise that your funds go towards hookers and cupcakes (bake goods and sex trade stimulates the economy). Today however, I suggest you break out the credit card and make a space on your shelf, because HOT TOYS have just unveiled their movie-accurate Batman Collectible Figures from Tim Burton‘s classic 1989 Batman!

Long before Christopher Nolan blew our minds with The Dark Knight, there was Burton’s Batman. Two rather sick two-sided antagonists (Batman and the Joker) having it out in a black and sordid context. To this day, it’s still dark, haunting and poetic. HOT TOYS 1/6 scale collectible action figures of both Batman (played by Michael Keaton) and The Joker (Jack Nicholson) remind us how ‘effin cool that flick really was, whilst showing off how awesome toys can really be.

These movie-accurate Batman and Joker Collectible Figures are highly detailed, highlighting the Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS), sophisticated costume, weapons and accessories. Both figures perfectly captures the look and detail of hero and villain.

It’s truly amazing what they can make these days.

You can pre-order the set on alteregocomics.com. $469.99 is their price. Totally worth it. Figures will ship 1st quarter 2012.

HIT THE JUMP for a product image gallery.

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Brent Spiner has an eerily acurate Patrick Stewart impression. It’s awesome, but creepy. Seriously, you must give this a watch. (io9)

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(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)

Here’s your bit of movie speculation for the day. According to Deadline, Matthew Vaughn is keenly interested in adapting Jonathan Ross‘ yet to be published comic book about old superheroes who come out of retirement to aid their grandchildren. The film is rumored to be titled The Golden Age, a clever nod to the “golden age” of comics from the 30s and 40s. No stranger to comic book adaptions, Vaughn already brought us the simply kick-ass Kick-Ass and is following that up with X-Men: First Class, but is retired superheroes the next step? Movies like Red and The Expendables

And who does Vaughn want for his super-geriatrics? He threw out some old guys you might be familiar with; Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty. Toss in Helen Mirren and you’ve got yourself a solid cast. But even with a great cast and a script that would most likely come from Jane Goldman (frequent Vaughn collaborator, she scripted both Kick-Ass & First Class) would you be interested in a movie about old fart superheroes?

Comic books have had success with stories revolving around senior citizen characters, like Red which I’ve already mentioned. But it’s proven even more successful when we read about a character we’re already familiar with in the their golden years. Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come and even the animated series Batman Beyond is evidence fans really dig their Batman old and crotchety. But it could just be an extension of Bruce being such a grumpy bugger whether he’s ancient or young and fit. It comes down to who these new superheroes are, and that’s hard to answer when we know almost nothing about the comic book.

Whose this Jonathan Ross fellow to have written a comic book no one has had the chance to even read yet? Well, you might be more familiar with him as a British television chat show host but he is an avid comics fan as well as writer. Deadline outlines his work in comics,

showcase old folks kicking butt and taking names and brings people to the theatre. That is, with the right names attached. Turf, Ross’s gangsters-versus-vampires comic book drawn by Tommy Lee Edwards, is up to issue 3 in its 5-part series published by Image Comics. Fans had to wait 4 months between issues 2 and 3 though, so many assumed it had stopped being published. Sales fell off sharply, says London comics store 30th Century Comics. Ross is also involved in monthly UK comic-book magazine Clint, which is currently running Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass 2, his comic book sequel

I’m not familiar with Turf but if a quality publisher like Image is behind it I’m sure it’s fantastic. Seriously, can they publish shit comics? ‘Cause I’ve never read one.

All in all, I’m intrigued by the plot and impressed with the creative talent behind The Golden Years. Will the movie ever get made, I don’t know, I know I’d see it but I’m one of those fanatics who’ll watch anything with a cape. What do you guys think, are you over old action heroes, or hell, superhero films in general?

source: slashfilm via Bleeding Cool