Hey, why isn’t Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin on Twitter?  Because he’s already killed all 140 characters, that’s why!  Ah-ha, that’s my favorite internet joke.  But seriously, Martin has never been shy about letting his opinions be known, and he recently took to his blog to wax poetic about his displeasure with the current crop of bad guys being portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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As we count down to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, prepare for a full blown media assault: Videos! Posters! Press Junkets! Red Carpets! The whole Hollywood enchilada! Next on the hit parade an extended clip, a trailer promoting the IMAX version of the film, some character posters featuring the film’s myriad of villains, and images from the red carpet of last night’s world premiere. (more…)


Of all the various subjects we like to think we know something about on this site, one I believe we can speak with clear authority about is “Bastards”. I mean, come on–the word itself is in our name! And there’s nowhere that one can find more obvious, clearly defined, and truly repugnant Bastards than in the films of the 1980s.

Movies of this era, for the most part, had a moral clarity to them you simply can’t find anymore: Within about five minutes of viewing you’ll know, without any reservation, who the good guys and bad guys are. Back then, Heroes were Heroes–and Villains were Villains, and there was rarely, if any, ambiguity about who was which.

And if you’ve seen as many ’80s flicks as I have–and have nothing resembling a career or social life to get in the way of such vital research–it won’t be long before you notice certain patterns regarding cinematic “Bastardy” (I hope that’s a word). The zeitgeist of the time period was utterly blatant about setting up certain kinds of people as inherently, irredeemably despicable–and once you catch on to this, you can spot the villains (or at least assholes) in such films unerringly and almost instantly.

Therefore, I have, as a handy reference for the aficionado of ’80s cinema, prepared a list of ten different varieties of characters who seem almost (if not entirely) incapable of decency, kindness, good will, or charity. These individuals are doomed to an existence as soulless blackguards who deserve nothing but scorn and derision–simply because of their careers, social standing, appearance, or familial roles.

(NOTE: Just so we’re on the same page, in no way should this list be taken to suggest that these individuals are morally repugnant outside of the fictional world of cinema–and the societal mores of the 1980s….thank you)



Every day 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. Monday through Friday 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

ABOVE: Slave Leo, Hubba Hubba . . . [Technabob]


Things continue to line-up for Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary next year with new slipping that one of the new year’s episode will feature the return of a Who-enemy not seen on screen since 1974: The Ice Warriors.

From the storyline of the same name, the Ice Warriors are a reptilian-like race from Mars, faced off against the Earth-bound Third Doctor played by the late John Pertwee. Now, according to a source for the Daily Star, the Ice Warriors will be one of the first bad guys faced by the new team of The Doctor and his latest companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in one of the seventh series episodes scheduled for broadcast in 2013.

Here are the words direct from the Daily Star:

They are making their return in 2013—the 50th anniversary of the show which now stars Matt Smith, 29. The Ice Warriors will be among the first creatures encountered by the Time Lord’s new companion, played by Jenna, 26, following her arrival in the Christmas Day special.And the episode will be penned by Sherlock star Mark Gatiss, 45.

A source said: “Who fans have been crying out for the return of the Ice Warriors. Now they’ve got their wish. “It’s going to be an exciting year with the 50th anniversary celebrations.”

The Ice Warriors have briefly been mentioned in the modern incarnation of Who. The Tenth Doctor, in the 2009 special The Waters of Mars, believed that it may have been the Ice Warriors that froze the Flood on the red planet and evacuated, leaving the zombifying water to be discovered by humans centuries later.

But either way, it’s another sign that 2013 is shaping up to be a family reunion year on Doctor Who. We’ve got the Ice Warriors joining the Yeti and the Zygons amongst the returning villains, and the constant references to the possibility of return visits by companions and past Doctors (including the previously reluctant Tom Baker).

Hopefully the production team can do a bit of an update on the Ice Warrior costume because those old ones look like Godzilla wearing welding goggles.

Source: Blastr


The Interwebz, where nerd art runs wild. In the wrong hands,  its about ecology of tentacles and Japanese school girls or paparazzo photos of the Hulk when those purple pants don’t rip the right way.

In the right hands however, fantastic and magical drawings are abound, making the Internet bearable for us to enjoy.

Welcome to the right place.

We collect it, you enjoy it, and we are all better for it.

ABOVE: Oh boob window, how we miss you. Nice to see Power Girl’s iconic cleavage still lives on. [Geek Tyrant]

Hit the jump for Marvel beauties, Sith predators and MOAR !

People seem to have a habit of associating big heads with big intelligence, and the world of comic books is certainly no exception.  While some individual heroes and villains are lucky enough to only have to give up their hair for added brain-power, some of them are stuck with gigantic melons which will forever impair their ability to get a proper date or successfully navigate narrow doorways.  In fact, many of these poor bastards are pretty much nothing but head.

To their credit, however, comic-books would be much less colorful without them poking their giant noses into other people’s affairs.  So, without further ado, here are 10 of the most abnormally immense craniums that writers and artists have blessed the world with throughout the years.


Every day 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.

Monday through Friday 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

This might be the look of the new Godzilla in Gareth Edwards’ film for Legendary Pictures. Seems to me like a nice amalgamation of the most recent Japanese designs with more “authentic” dinosaur features. Like the feet for instance. Looks pretty sweet, no official confirmation if it’s legit, but what do you think? (Geek Tyrant)


What we know about the plot of The Avengers is slowly being pieced together as more tiny bits of info are dropped here and there. Warnings to all, this post is going to contain spoilery talk, so if you want to be 100% suprised by what goes on in The Avengers, turn back now.

But of those tiny bits of info we’ve garnered this much. Loki will be the main villain and will most likely be controlling the Hulk. He’ll also be using the cosmic cube to bring the Skrulls down and fight the Avengers. But now we’ve learned of another villain who may be in the film and his presence was even hinted at in Thor by one of the weapons on display in Odin’s treasure room.

Who is the new villain? Click the jump.


With the announcement just coming yesterday that filming of The Dark Knight Rises was underway our first official picture from the the film has been released.  And it is none other then Tom Hardy as Bane! As mentioned before Hardy REALLY beefed up for the role. He’s wearing the mask and in typical Nolan fashion the image is dark, creepy and eery. It should be noted this image release wasn’t supposed to come together for a while. It was the end result of a viral campaign that some pretty smart nerds hijacked.

Here’s the short of it. If you go to you’ll find a completely black page, but you’ll hear an audio sound byte of some really creepy chanting being overplayed (The League of Shadows?).

According to MTV Splashpage:

The folks at Superherohype did  some audio spelunking to the chanting recording, and discovered that it says “#thefirerises” in spectrum. The hashtag led everyone to Twitter, where @thefirerises is sitting around and for every follower it gets, it tweets out another image. The tiny image is your Twitter profile pic, but they’re being arranged and contrasted in such a way as to show a larger image. Some smart folks went digging through the source code and uncovered the image being built was the first image of Tom Hardy as Bane. YAY nerds!

What are your guys thoughts of Hardy as Bane? In the comics he’s a pretty cerebral villain as well as a physical one. I’m pretty stoked with what I see with Hardy, the dude looks fucking scary!

**Check out larger image after the jump!

Source: GeekTyrant