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GOTHAM BYTE: Everyone knows about the planned Fox Television adaptation of the pre-Batman years in Gotham. The announcements have been flowing at full force lately, the most recent of which were Ben McKenzie (Southland) as a young James Gordon, and Sean Pertwee (Law and Order UK) as Alfred Pennyworth. Other casting announcements included Robin Lord Taylor (Accepted) as Oswald Cobblepot, Zabryna Guevara (The Guilt Trip) as Captain Essen, Erin Richards (Being Human) as Barbara Kean, Donal Logue (Terriers) as Detective Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith (Ali, Menace to Society) as Fish Mooney. These are all welcome news, no doubt. But, they are not what we have all been anxiously awaiting. Well, this week we got that news…the casting of young Bruce Wayne. David Mazouz (Touch) will play the young man destined to be the Caped Crusader. He will be serious and soulful, and will rely on the guidance and protection of his butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and Detective James Gordon. Also in the release was the name of the actress tapped to play his future love interest and cat-burglar. Selina Kyle, a teenage orphan making her way by picking pockets, will be played by Camren Bicondova (Girlhouse). So now we know all of the major players. I still can’t help wishing that Bruce Wayne was going to be played by Batkid!
TRANSFORMERS BYTE: Transformers: Age of Extinction will be in your local theater on June 27th, sporting a new hero in Mark Wahlberg who will stumble upon a certain Transformer leader. It will also include some DinoBots. Just watch it for yourself. Let it not be said that Nerd Bytes left you without a trailer!
S.H.I.E.L.D. BYTE: **SPOILERS** I just finished watching this week’s long-awaited new episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I have to say I really liked it. I have been plodding along with the series so far, finding it to be a bit slow to develop. I like the characters, but the writing has been a bit uninspired, even a bit corny. Maybe, just maybe, the tide is changing. Critics have complained that the show doesn’t use the Marvel Universe as a hook, citing shows like Arrow that does tie in the DC Universe much more consistently. The next video shows their new Uprising story arc. This one could change everything. It will also bring back Mike Peterson as Deathlok, and Lady Sif. So maybe the character development stage is waning and the age of the cameo, crossover show has arrived. I hope so, because after weeks of declining ratings the show is going to need a boost to even get a second season. It could be such a great factor in keeping Marvel’s characters and concepts forefront in people’s minds between movie masterpieces. Rumor has it that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will even be tied into the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Oh, I almost forgot the video (not really).
BATKID BYTE: You remember Batkid right? Miles Scott was given the adventure of a lifetime when Make-A-Wish Foundation set it up so that he could be a superhero for a day in San Francisco. The Make-A-Wish Foundation didn’t stop the giving there. They partnered with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to have him appear on the Oscars for a special induction by The Amazing Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield. Reports are saying that Garfield’s action fell significantly short of Amazing. If you’re reading this thinking, “how the heck did I miss Batkid on the Oscars?”, you didn’t; it never happened. Reports claim that Garfield did not like the lines written for him for the segment and tried to re-write them. The re-writes were not well received, which allegedly led him to throwing a tantrum and walking off. Garfield’s camp is claiming that these reports are not true. Rupert Fowler, Garfield’s publicist commented,
“In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honor Miles Scott as the true hero that he is. As some point overnight on Saturday/Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn’t work in the ceremony. They decided to pull it - Andrew and Miles were equally upset. The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift. Andrew did the right thing for Batkid and anyone saying otherwise is flat-out lying.”
Either story, or more likely something in between, could be true. The sad truth is that Miles Scott (Batkid) and America were the real losers in this. Miles didn’t get his moment and America got a bad music performance instead. I’d rather have seen Miles; just saying.
NERDITORIAL: I’m not even sure that this is a story but fighting is fun, isn’t it? It must be, because everyone is doing it…constantly. Terry Gilliam was originally attached to direct a Watchmen movie. He, at one time, called the series “unfilmable.” Well ,obviously it wasn’t because in 2009 Zack Snyder made the movie. There was a great divide among fans of the comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Some felt it was fantastic. I am in this camp. I loved the movie and continue to watch it often! The rest of the fans thought it was too close to the original material, despite changes to the ending. Regardless of which camp you fall into, the movie was worth watching. Producer Joel Silver, who worked with Gilliam on his version, said that he felt that Gilliam’s version would have been better due to a vastly different third act.
Silver said, “He [Gilliam] felt that THAT character really altered the way reality had been. He had the Ozymandias character convince, essentially, the Doctor Manhattan character to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character. He was the only character with real supernatural powers, he went back and prevented himself from being turned into Doctor Manhattan, and in the vortex that was created after that occurred these characters from Watchmen only became characters in a comic book. [...] So the three characters, I think it was Rorschach and Nite Owl and Silk Spectre, they’re all of the sudden in Times Square and there’s a kid reading a comic book. They become like the people in Times Square dressing up like characters as opposed to really BEING those characters. There’s a kid reading the comic book and he’s like, ‘Hey, you’re just like in my comic book’ It was very smart, it was very articulate, and it really gave a very satisfying resolution to the story, but it just didn’t happen. Lost to time.”
Even though Silver said he liked Snyder’s movie I don’t think Snyder bought it. Snyder responded,
“Yeah, the fans would have stormed the castle on that one,” Snyder continued. “So, honestly, I made Watchmen for myself. It’s probably my favorite movie that I’ve made. And I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labor of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliam’s of this world.”
Ouch, that is a harsh shot. I wouldn’t have liked the ending of Gilliam’s movie, personally. I liked that Snyder stayed close to the original. If you know me you know I despise change just for change’s sake (I’m talking to you Fantastic Four reboot). Now children, play nice!