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Dafuq!? We Almost Had a Bald Wolverine?


If it wasn’t shocking enough to learn that actor Bob Hoskins at one point could have been Wolverine, another head scratching revelation has come to light. Prior to his decade long run as Marvel’s unbreakable Canadian mutant, Hugh Jackman was second banana in the eyes of director Bryan Singer. This may come as a shock, but  Russell Crowe was Singer’s original pick. Let that sink in for a minute. Not a terrible idea, right? Just so long as he wasn’t planning to sing.

The thing is, why did Crowe turn it down? According to Singer it was a matter of hair, lots of hair.

At this week’s Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Singer admitted that Russell would have had the adamantium if not for his one proposed change. Nothing big, he just wanted to make Wolverine bald. Just kidding, that is a BIG deal and one hell of a change for the character. Especially one known for his iconic hair. Thankfully, clearer heads prevailed and Singer passed on the idea, giving Jackman one of the biggest character roles of his career.

I myself am not the biggest fan of Hugh Jackman, but I’ll take him over a bald Wolverine any day.

Source: Blastr

The BastardCast vs. The Man Of Steel ZODCAST


Look! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s three fat guys talking about Superman!

Jason Tabrys, Jeremy R! Hudson, and Blastr’s Matthew Jackson join up for the latest, most epicest edition of the BastardCast since the last time they joined up for a podcast, and like Zack Snyder and The Man of Steel, they don’t give a damn about how much destruction they cause!

Cheap shot? #SuckIt because these guys are a porridge table of feels when it comes to Warner Bros. new superhero spectacle — one is too hot for it, another is cool to it, and Jason is a bowl of steaming rage.

What’s that, you want to know more about this thing you’re about to put in your ears? Fine, the guys are breaking down what they think Superman is, how they feel the filmmakers either flew or fell, Superman’s responsibility to humanity and the responsibility of the character to be accessible, and why this destroyed city is different than the countless others that have flashed on our screens.

Also on the cast: the kiss and quip among the ashes of Metropolis, the Will Arnett Engine, Dildo space ships, the best way to kill Kevin Costner (in a movie), Russell Crowe on a dragon, and Superman’s Vader “No!”.

All that and kltpzyxm on…

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Film Review Man of Steel
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Man of Steel has less than two weeks now until the big release and we’ve already heard what the early watchers have to say about the film, most of those things positive.  Now, Comic Book Movie managed to pin down some of the cast and crew from the flick and get in a few interviews.  Thanks to the power of the Internetz, we here at the Nerd Bastards can circulate said interviews to you, so that everyone gets a chance to hear what these folks have to say.  Check after the jump to watch CBM talk with Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon and Antje Traue.



Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe both have big blockbuster movies coming to the big screen this summer. James Mangold‘s The Wolverine and Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel are going to tear it up in theaters everywhere. There’s some new production stills out today from both movies.Let’s start with The Wolverine.


“Hiro Sanada and HJ rehearse clash of claws and blades. Hiro is a truly great actor, martial artist and friend.”

I’m wondering if this is one of the early meetings between the two, perhaps where Hiro’s character (Silver Samurai) finds out he needs much better armor if he’s going to take on the Wolverine.

Next up is some Man of Steel stills:


Russell Crowe in the Man of Steel family suit. It’s a nice touch, instead of just seeing him in some fancy robes or something, it provides some context for Superman’s costume.


Antje Traue as Faora, there’s word out that Kryptonian women are stronger than the men, something about Kryptonian women converting the solar power quicker than Kryptonian men. I like the sound of that, from what I hear, Faora and Superman have a huge fight near the end of the movie.

Via: Comicbookmovie

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“Iron What?” Now that Iron Man 3 has gobbled up all your allowance money for the month, let’s look forward to June 14 with another TV spot for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel.

In case you’ve forgotten, the film was produced by Dark Knight auteur Christopher Nolan, and written by David S. Goyer. Starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Pa and Ma Kent, Man of Steel retells and updates the origins of the Last Son of Krypton, how he came to Earth and how he embraced his destiny as the world’s greatest hero. It comes out June 14th in the theaters everywhere.

Here’s the action-packed new TV spot.

Source: Coming Soon


Entertainment Weekly features a closer look at one of the blockbuster movies coming out this summer, Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. There’s an interview questions and answers from Snyder, Henry Cavill ( Superman), and Amy Adams (Lois Lane), along with a gallery of new production stills.

Snyder starts off the interview with a bombshell quote that will spark forum discussions between Superman fanboys and girls everywhere.

“I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.”

That’s a big departure from previous Superman movies, but overall it’s a good thing. Kryptonite is a cheap crutch to add  tension when dealing with a character that is essentially impervious. This time around Snyder intends to look at Superman’s emotional vulnerability.

Cavill explains the how and why Superman might have trouble dealing with these emotional issues:

“Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties.”

This time around Superman isn’t comfortable with his god-like powers. In the film, his adoptive parents, Ma and Pa Kent (Kevin Costner, Diane Lane), warn Clark not to use his immense strength, even in life threatening emergencies. They feel that not everyone would be as accepting of him and his powers, as they are. That leads us to a Clark Kent that has grown up feeling isolated, constantly hiding who and what he is. As much as I hate this thought, we’re going to get an Emo-Superman, and we’re probably gonna love it.

One of the reasons Superman will be able to step up to the challenge that General Zod brings will be his growing connection to Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. How can she relate to a Superman adrift in a sea of inner conflict?

“I think she’s (Lane) very transient. She’s ready to pick up and go at a moment’s notice, I think that definitely could be part of what she sees in Superman — not really laying down roots, not developing trust.”

The article goes on to reveals that, even on Krypton, Superman, Kal-El’s birth is considered to be “special,” so special that it “caused alarm” across Krypton. Could that mean Superman’s powers in Man of Steel will be unrelated to his Kryptonian DNA? Perhaps his powers are a result of his scientist father, Jor-El’s (Russell Crowe) scientific work?

It would help explain how Superman can defend the Earth from not only General Zod (Michael Shannon), but numerous other Kryptonian enemies. Perhaps Zod’s “superpowers” come from his Kryptonian armor and advanced alien technology. We’ll have to wait and see how that plays out.

I’m looking forward to seeing what else Snyder pulls out of his directorial bag of tricks in Man of Steel. Check out the gallery below for a closer look at what we’ll see this summer.

Via: Screenrant


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This week on THE BASTARDCAST, Jason and Jeremy return after a brief hiatus to talk about why George Lucas hates you, Community pander-puppets, why nobody seems to care about Robin’s death… including Batman, and a pantsless drunk chick and her pow-pow-power wheel aided attempt to escape the long arm of the law.

Also on the show: Jason feels tough, Warner Bros. tries to buy back Christian Bale‘s Bat-love, Russell Crowe see’s a UFO, Jon Stewart opens the door for Craigers-Redux, and a space privateer wants to create the world’s worst sitcom… in space!

What, you want more? Fine! How about we bring you the first annual “Night of 1,000 Horrible Impressions” and the boys discussing a lego spill in West Virginia, the Late Night wars, headless giraffes, kosher porn, a way for Bill Murray to sell out for a good cause, The Walking Dead, Jeremy’s Poseidon-y Adventure, a lost tomb of wet comic books, the Tweet of the Week, one man’s ceaseless love of the white powder, the divine splendor of butter statues, and why everyone hates Megan Fox.

All that, the regrettable omission of the term “boob guns”, the “Ignition” of a debate about the National Anthem, and a desperate appeal for Dan Harmon‘s love and your hate.

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The Bastardcast: In our free time, we write erotic Magnum PI fanfic.






Empire Magazine‘s latest issue is out in France and there’s some new production stills from some of the most anticipated movies of 2013 inside. We however have decided to bring you these scans instead, because that’s all anyone can get a hold of at the moment.

First up is  Zack Snyder‘s Man Of Steel, which graces the cover and two stills below. I have to admit that the new super suit is starting to grow on me. Henry Cavill looks pretty bad ass in the picture above.


We get a nice look at Russell Crowe as Superman’s biological father Jor-El in what looks like some kind of galactic conference room, perhaps they are discussing the fate of Michael Shannon as General Zod pictured below.



Next we move on to Mark Millar and Johnny Romita Jr‘s Kick Ass 2. Here’s a scan of Col Stars and Stripes (Jim Carey) and Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) giving each other some superhero love in a manly, chest beating manner.


The next scan is Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl. Too bad the scan cut out the text beside it.


The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman is looking good. Until we get that first trailer though we’re going to have to settle for the few production stills that are trickling out. Check out Logan all dressed up and ready to party. I did a double take when I saw he was wearing a tie. I can’t imagine Wolverine wearing a tie and really can’t remember a time in the comics where he did. Can any of you?


Next we get “Stomping mad” Logan, doesn’t he look pissed below? I wouldn’t want to be the one he’s walking toward with that look on his face. I’d most likely lose all control of my bowels.


Last, but not least is a scan of Thor: The Dark World. There’s not much to see, but we do get a nice look at Chris Hemsworth in full Thor costume.


Via: Bleedingcool

While recently making the press rounds for his new film Broken City, Russell Crowe was asked about his thoughts on Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel. Crowe is cast as Jor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian father.

“It’s really complicated, it’s really complex. I don’t think anyone’s really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman. And [how] people would really respond in a modern society if someone like that popped up.”

Everyone I know is hoping that Snyder can capture that feeling we all had back when Christopher Reeves and Richard Donner made us all believe a man could fly and bend steel. It’s a tricky thing to accomplish, a tight rope of hopes and expectations.Lean too much one way and you’ll quickly fall. Crowe went on:

“Zack Snyder, who directed ‘Watchmen,’ who directed ’300′ and a few other things, he was given a great deal of responsibility. Because when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films, at the top of the food chain is Superman.”

The scale of the movie and it’s tone are going to make or break this movie. Don’t get me wrong, the movie will make money, but will it be a fans movie, something you want to watch again and again? Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh couldn’t do it, that movie was so slow and moody, that any action was drowned out by the mopey style.

“It’s a massive undertaking, the type of sets we worked on in that film were incredible. It takes you to the ground on Krypton. It takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours. I think people are going to love it and if you’ve seen the trailer, you realize that this Superman is not just floating through the air, held up by a wire. This Superman is supersonic, when he decides to fly, he doesn’t muck around. I’m really looking forward to the way people respond to it.”

We’re all hoping this movie kicks our asses. I just don’t want to enjoy this movie, I want to thrust my fist into the air, whisper “OH shit,” nod my head without knowing why, I want it all.

What about you?

Man of Steel soars into movie theaters on June 14th.

Via: Screenrant