Oracle

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Batman: Arkham Knight continues to look fantastic. Personally, I find myself more excited about the Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle prequel expansion that is included in the extended season pass. Oracle will play a major supporting role in this latest incarnation of the Batman Arkham series and it will be nice to play her original Bat-themed-alter-ego. There are some new posters and the new trailer that debuted at E3, check them out below. (more…)

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It’s long been common knowledge around the Geek Train that Warner Bros. was putting together a live action ‘Teen Titans’ television show. Of course when producers get their hands on a piece of merchandise, they have to change things around, so none of the Titans will be teens at all. These adult heroes will be led by Robin and will feature a largely female cast from what we’re hearing through the grapevine. If you follow that vine long enough, you’ll land knee-deep in Nerdist country where Jessica Chobot reports on a leaked script of the pilot, and everything she knows about it. Well, now we know what she knows, and we’re gonna sing like birds. Birds Of Prey, that is. Hint, hint. Hawks and Doves, that is! Hint! Hint!

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Every week 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.

Every Monday 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.

This week’s edition: Samuel L. Jackson reads a fucking bedtime story, even worse super hero designs, Doctor Grover, Pokeboobs!, amazing retro Cowboys & Aliens poster, Star Wars animated neon signs, custom made Zelda chess set, David Tennant & Catherine Tate get “bovvered”, Infographic: Every 3D Movie Ever Made, live-action Angry Birds, Vader gets a rubdown then walks hit AT-AT, John Cleese learns to calm his road rage, Super Mario Bros stash boxes, Mario hydrant, Indiana Jones plushie, Kermit the Frog is Mal Reynolds and Hal Jordan, real life Pokemon, pee to your next high score, a Jurassic Park love hotel, awesome Doctor Who and Millenium Falcon cakes, a meme-tastic drink menu, Diagram of Geek Culture, Jaws meets Ariel bathing suit, Toy Story Unleashed, Dalek squirrels, the 8-bit world invades, Winterfell Direwolves win the championship, rent Oracle’s clocktower, is it 4:20 yet?

 

Samuel L. Jackson reading “Go the Fuck to Sleep.” I really don’t need to tell you anything else. It’s precious, charming and fucking hilarious. (CollegeHumor)

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All right, big changes are coming to DC Universe in an effort to condense their ever-so-convoluted history and attract new readers with a simple and safe, #1. A lot of characters are getting new back stories, different histories, and some might not even exist anymore! Needless to say many, many comic book fans are freaking the fuck out. Unless you only woke up from a coma, like 20 minutes ago, you haven’t heard the apocalyptic news that DC is rebooting their universe. Well, reboot might not be a fair word. Relaunch? Revamp? Shake-up? Slight alteration  of everything just enough to piss off your die-hard fans? Yeah, it’s something like that.

Of course this isn’t the only time DC decided change was needed. There’s a reason we refer to certain eras in comics as ‘golden’ or ‘silver’, they predominately refer to differences in characters and stories as they reflect their time period. We’re entering a new age now and it’s exciting, thrilling and a little disconcerting.

Listed here, all in one handy post is every new #1 title beginning in September in the post-Flashpoint DCU. Their covers, their quick solicits and a few snarky comments from myself. I admit now I am no DC expert, just a fan. And there are going to be some books I’ll have little to say about, others I could probably devote an entire post to, but I’ll try an keep ’em short. If I don’t share the same concerns you do about a title or I just say little about your favorite new book please, please, please share your thoughts and feel free to contradict me in the comments section. On to the books!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS.

On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! This spectacular debut issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.

I think this sounds solid. We’re going to be introduced to our favorite heroes as younger, more inexperienced people and with the team of Johns and Lee, it’ll rock. They want to put their best foot forward with this book, this’ll be the title that introduces new fans to the core of DCU. It’s great to see Cyborg being included in such an iconic group, too. They’re starting out strong with their whole plan to diversify the DCU. We’ll just see how long that plan continues…

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You really gotta hand it to DC comics. I mean honestly, they’ve got some balls!

I was never a big DC fan, but pretty much stopped reading them all together as I grew up. Batman “dying” caught my interest a few years back, same with the Green Lantern relaunch, but the greater DC continuity really meant nothing to me.

But, DC‘s latest event, Flashpoint, really began to interest me. And, when I learned that the fallout from that would re-launch every single DC title … I gotta say, I was intrigued.

But this is becoming worrisome, because how do you deal with the big three: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman? Because if there is one cardinal rule, it is this: You do NOT mess with your big heroes continuity! Remember when Marvel superhero Spider-Man’s marriage fell apart from a deal with the devil, fans hated that so much more than any gripes about Mary-Jane as a character. It took years for Spider-Man to crawl out of that hole and has only just recently regained some of its lost shimmer.

Well, today we were given a glimpse behind what is up for Batman, and fans are very concerned. But we’ll get to those in a moment, after the less provocative announcements.

First off is the new Catwoman #1,

Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good.

Also on the docket is a new line-up for Birds of Prey, starring Black Canary, Katana, Poison Ivy and one other as-yet unnamed female character.

Now on to the controversial news: Dick Grayson (former Robin and Nightwing, but current Batman) will be going back to being Nightwing, Bruce Wayne will once again pick up the mantle of Batman (teaming up with his son, Damien Wayne, as the new Robin)… but most shockingly of all?

Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl and now Oracle, will once again become Batgirl! For those of you who are not aware, Barbara was confined to a wheelchair many years back after the Joker shot her, so what does DC have in store? Well, that’s the thing. We really don’t know, but fans re foaming at the mouth of this huge change to continuity.

Barbara was a long-standing figure of diversity in the comics, as she became happy with her life in a wheelchair, which is very uncommon in comics. Even Batman couldn’t face that after his back was broken by Bane.

So, we shall have to wait and see what happens. But, what do you think? Are you happy with the re-launch idea and Barbara Gordon returning as Batgirl?