The staff at NerdBastards is very much divided on the Michael Bay-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies. Half of us watched the first film and secretly acknowledged that it at was at least a good way to waste two hours of our time. The other half bayed at the heavens as soon as they caught wind of the new CGI Turtles, cringed as they watched the first teasers roll in and slowly curled themselves into the fetal position all the way up to Act 3. With Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of The Shadows recently announced, most of us feared a repeat of the oh-so-gradual lapse in quality that began with Secret Of The Ooze. What we didn’t expect however, was that the movies would be as bold as to introduce one of the TMNT’s cartoon series most iconic villains. (more…)

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Just Died

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Captain America.  Spider-Man.  Superman.  The list of heroes whose comic book deaths broke our hearts goes on and on and this week, another name was added to the list.  While this character may not have been a “superhero”, per se, there is no doubt that his actions both on the page and on the big screen were heroic and selfless, and many comic book readers considered him a favorite of his group.  After 30 years of being one of the heroes on a half shell, Donatello has been killed at the hands of Bebop and Rocksteady. (more…)


Whenever Nerd Bastards goes to a con, we don’t just like to highlight the celebrity guests, news items and other things. No! We also like to put the camera on you, the fans. Those of you in costume anyway. So many fans get into an incredible amount of detail with their costumes, fret over the smallest detail and make sacrifices of comfort and mobility, so it’s only right that as we celebrate the culture, we also celebrate those that make the culture possible with their mad nerdiness. On this Thursday of Fan Expo 2014, we found judges, super-people, brains, robots, and something that looks suspiciously like something out of Will Graham’s nightmares. Also, some very impress LEGO sculptures were on display. All that, and MOAR, in this first photo gallery from Toronto’s National Fan Expo! (more…)


Impulse hating on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is hard to resist when the production keeps showing us one visually disturbing character realization after another. The latest reboot bungle to incite finger pointing, snickering, and jokes galore, is this new look at the films Chief villain – Shredder.  Hit the jump to check out Shredder in all his High-Tech-Ginsu-Knife glory. (more…)


A few months back, the trailer for the new Jonathan Liebesman-directed, Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake was released, and instant fan reaction to the look of these rebooted Turtles was, ahem, not kind. What was missing from the equation was a real good look a the Turtles’ mentor Splinter, and their arch-nemesis The Shredder. Prepare to get your first, real decent look at the characters in the upcoming big studio feature. (more…)


As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about regarding the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, it looks like Michael “The Baby Eater” Bay and his partner in crime Jonathan “Gimme Money” Liebesman will be making even more changes to world we love and remember.  This time around, they’re taking a shot at the origins of the franchise’s most famous baddies, Shredder.

It’s pretty obvious that with the casting of William Fichtner in the role of Shredder that they’ve already decided to white-wash it and remove the villain’s Asian origins.  But some further info. via the mouth of Fichtner himself suggests that even more is getting screwed around with:

I actually play a guy named Eric Sachs in the movie. And then he goes through a few stages in his existence.

There is a whole interesting dynamic that happens in the world of Turtles and all I can really say about it at this point while working on it is that the Turtle film, it’s not like anything that I remember about the Turtles before. I feel like this Michael Bay-produced movie is just gonna really be something else. I’m pretty excited.

Ah yes, not like any turtles that he remembers.  I am so overjoyed I could shit my pants and roll around in it.

If you feel so inclined, check out the new incarnation when it bullies its way onto the big screen come June 6th, 2014.


Thanks to /film for the warning.


Continuing the grand, Hollywood tradition of casting white actors in roles that call for even the slightest bit of ethnicity, The Huffington Post in Canada spoke with Willian Fichtner who confirmed he’s playing the Turtle’s biggest baddie, Shredder, in Michael Bay‘s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick.

I play Shredder. It is cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, “Really? Let me think about this for a minute.” [Laughs] Then I was like, “Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.” I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it.

Apparently simply called Ninja Turtles if this poster Coming Soon saw at the Las Vegas Licensing Expo is anything to go by,


So, they’ve dropped the whole teenage mutant bit, but hey, at least they’re not aliens. (We hope!)

Absolutely nothing I’ve learned about this new TMNT, sorry, NT film has me looking forward to it. How about you Bastards?

Source: Huff Po, Coming Soon via Bleeding Cool

While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected, and we can’t help you fix any past holiday humbuggery, maybe we can help you get this holiday season off to a good start.

For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of  items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved.  Basically,  stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.

We hope you’ll  find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.

Hit the jump for Adam Donaldson’s list of nerdful things. Check back tomorrow for Jason Tabry’s list. To see archive of this feature, click HERE.


Speaking of Christmas, although that’s what this whole column – and yes – series of columns are about, let’s turn to something more of the Christmas toy persuasion. Now I’m a recent convert to Community, and because we’ve had to go upwards of seven months now without a new episode, you can relive the glory days with this set up figurines based on the 2010 Claymation-inspired Christmas special. And bonus, the NBC store now has them on for half price. Price: $49.99 from $99.65 [NBCUniversal Store]




While we’re gonna have to wait until 2014 for the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, there is the new animated show coming out later this year. Over at they got their hands on some animation stills that show character traits. All the old favourites are in there: Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo, Splinter, April O’Neill, that big pink blob thing…

Presumably the Kraang are something to with Krang, since there certainly seems to be a family resemblance. There’s some new weapons in the group shot so we might be seeing some different weapons for the turtles during the show’s run.

What do you think about the animation style? We won’t know the tempo for the show until we get some clips with sound. Until then, this NerdBastard is holding out hope for something that excites both the younger audience and those of us that have been fans of the turtles for years.