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DC Confidential – Episode 49

On tonight’s episode JP and Sam are joined by Daniel to breakdown DC’s television, film and of course comic properties. A string of great episodes has the cast excited about Arrow, while a new Marvel film has them lamenting Man of Steel. Meanwhile DC prepares for its new weekly Batman Eternal, and of course the […]

The Rock Teases Future DC Role

The RockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been in the middle of Green Lantern rumors ever since he posted a photo on Instagram with the hashtag “#JohnStewartCanStillWhupSupermansAss “– which we all know is untrue. This one hashtag propelled him to the top of the rumor mill, as fans have pondered his involvement in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, or future instalments of the DC Cinematic Universe.

During his visit to CinemaCon, he discussed the rumors of him portraying John Stewart/Green Lantern with reporters.

[Laughs] Okay, well since you asked. We’re all friends. So, you know, there’s been mutual interest with myself and DC for many years to find the right character. I, like everyone here in the room, love superheroes. So there’s been mutual interest with us for years, and we’ve been having ongoing discussions, myself and DC, for years about the right character, what the right character would be. That’s another thing, too: it had to be right.

He then went on to elaborate on the discussions he has had with DC Comics and Wanrer Bros. studios about finding the “right” character.

Well, here’s the thing — so we’ve been having these ongoing discussions. I won’t tell you who it is, but I’ll tell you the three qualities we’re looking for, okay? This is going to be fun!

The first quality we were looking for was that he had to be extremely complex and have a lot going on. What that does for me as an actor and the studio is it gives us space that we can explore; his complexities. The other quality was that he had to — the character we were looking for had to be well-known but never brought to life. Then what that does again as an actor, it gives me a little bit of space, and we talked about personality. It just gives me a chance to put an imprint into his personality, with the set of tools that I could bring to the table and put a very unique twist on his personality, but still pay homage to who he is. The third thing — and most important — is he had to be a badass motherf***er, okay, and on a Superman level of power, where [he] could throw down. In those three qualities, I’m happy we’ve found that character. Right now, we’re out to a lot of writers.

There are three roles that instantly jump out to me. The first, which is obvious, is John Stewart/Green Lantern. Johnson never outright denied the fact that he’d be playing Stewart, and the character’s military background could be just what Johnson and Black AdamWB/DC are looking for.

The next role I can see him in would be Black Adam. A complex character who gets his power from the magical wizard Shazam.  would love to see Johnson, who usually plays the hero, take on a villain role, and this is one character that I think Johnson could  really portray well and make his own, as he wants. The magical powers also give Black Adam the ability to go head to head with Superman, who is weak against magic.

The final role I see Johnson in, because he fits all of the criteria, is the Martian Manhunter. While he may not have the personality of the previous two choices, J’onn J’onzz is extremely powerful and can, most definitely, go up against Superman, even though he is portrayed as a docile being at times. This would be a stretch, but I would love to see what Johnson could do with such a creative and complex character like J’onzz.

No matter which role he ends up with, it seems as if we can expect to see The Rock in either the Man of Steel sequel or a Justice League film soon thereafter.

Captain America Declares War on Man Of Steel 2

superman vs captain americaRecently, two things happened in superhero movies that are either just starting production or pre-production: Warner Brothers moved the release date of the untitled Man of Steel sequel to May 6th, 2016, and Marvel announced that the third Captain America film would be released on the same date. In the case of the former, naysayers and “critics” (and I use the latter term VERY loosely) proceeded to bash the move (which was done so post production wouldn’t be rushed) and dooming the sequel, once again before any footage is shown (a VERY nasty habit people seem to have with Man of Steel 2 and DC Comics projects in general). But with this announcement of the third Captain America film, fans of both companies are itching not just for a rumored showdown between Superman and Batman, but between DC Comics and Marvel for summer blockbuster supremacy.

And on a publicity tour for the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it seems the first Captain-America-The-Winter-Soldier-SHIELD-Teaser-Poster-Full-Sizeshots have been fired:

“When two cars are speeding at each other, one of them has to veer out of the way at some point”, said Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-director Joe Russo. …Even the legendary Samuel L. Jackson chimed in and said “there’s Marvel where you have heroes, and there’s DC where you have interesting bad guys”.

Further compounding the issue, it seems both Hollywood insiders and fans want Warner Brothers and DC Comics to be the one to blink.

To which I say “Why?”

The insane hate for DC Comics some people have aside, why shouldn’t Marvel be the one to blink? Man of Steel 2 is about to start shooting. They have at least given themselves enough post production time in case of any issues. Yes, according to Jeremy Irons, the script for MoS2 isn’t finished; but that has been common in films since the dawn of cinema. However, several of the criticisms are either  trashing casting choices (again, without seeing a frame), or making assumptions without having all the details. Captain America 3, in the meanwhile, isn’t even in pre-production. At file_176865_0_man_of_steel_poster_3_-625the moment, the script is being written, but who knows if they run into issues on the way. Not to mention casting and more could take more time. Marvel might actually be holding a weaker hand.

However, a little competition is healthy. And while some people fear one movie will cut into the profits of others, it wouldn’t surprise me if people saw both, multiple times. However, I must take some exception to Samuel L. Jackson’s statement. DC Comics does have interesting heroes; the numerous animated shows proving it as DC hasn’t been producing as many films.

In the end, this just feeds into the endless Marvel vs DC fan wars, not to mention giving red meat to the people who love to hate DC Comics. However, as fans, we should have high hopes for both.

And while I will be first in line to see Man of Steel 2, I’ll soon be back to cheer on my fellow, albeit fictional, Brooklynite.

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Why DC Should “Blink” and Push Back Release Date of ‘MoS2′

Captain AmericaMarvel Comics and Disney Studios announced yesterday that they will be releasing the third installment of their successful Captain America franchise on May 6, 2016. Normally, this announcement wouldn’t garner too much interest, as Captain America: The Winter Soldier hasn’t even hit theaters yet, except for the fact that we have been waiting for this announcement ever since DC Comics and Warner Bros. pushed their Superman/Batman team-up to the same date a few months ago.

This would set up the first head-to-head match up between the two companies with major films. Unfortunately, though, this would not be a fair fight — and not because Batman and Superman would crush Captain America, in fact I believe that WB/DC will be the ones who need to “blink” and push their release date back, again.

I don’t say this because I don’t think that Batman/Superman will fair well against Captain America; in fact I think it will easily out perform Marvel’s film. But it would be inBatman vs. Superman WB/DC’s best interest to not take on the very popular, and powerful, MCU while in the infancy of their own cinematic universe. WB/DC is looking to Batman/Superman to be the jumping off point for major future projects, like Justice League; they can’t allow themselves to be caught up in a meaningless battle, with a much more experienced opponent, for it could really hinder the progress of their own universe. In the end, there is just so much more at stake for WB/DC.

For Marvel/Disney, who showed no desire to move the release date by making such an announcement, it’s a win-win. If Captain America out-sells or is even slightly edged by Batman/Superman, they win. If Batman/Superman out-sells Captain America, then they have a perfectly good excuse as to why. Lastly, if they can take a decent chunk out of Batman/Superman’s sales, then they really win. In that last scenario, Captain America would essentially be ‘taking one for the team’, as Marvel/Disney could sacrifice one, smaller-scale movie, in order to hurt WB/DC’s major film, which would benefit Marvel/Disney in the long run.

WB/DC should be desperate right now. They are not in the good graces of their own fans, who didn’t necessarily love Man of Steel and who seem to really dislike the casting of Batman/Superman thus far. Like some, I understand that Zack Snyder is trying to take the story in a unique direction, and I enjoyed Man of Steel, but, unfortunately for WB/DC, I am in the minority. They should be taking any steps necessary to ensure success — from the fans and the box office — for this movie, instead of pitting it up against an already developed franchise.
arrow-set-visitThis is such a major movie for WB/DC, as they are already dominating in the video game, animated movie and television industries with titles such as the Arkham Franchise, Batman: Gotham Knight, and Arrow, respectively. If they were to challenge Marvel/Disney for the cinematic throne, they would surely be the top dog.

NBC Releases First Official Photo of Constantine

ConstantineThis has proven to be another great few weeks for DC Comics and Warner Bros. They continue to cast big roles for their several upcoming television series, such as young Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle (David Mazouz and Carmen Bicondova) for Gotham; as well as launching the official website for the series. Along with Rocksteady, they announced the next installment of the Arkham franchise, Arkham Knight, which will be released later this year. Now, just days after Warner Bros. Television and the CW Network revealed Grant Gustin’s Flash costume to the world, NBC has released the first official photo of Matt Ryan as Constantine for their upcoming series of the same name.

Die-hard comic book fans should be elated because it honestly looks like the character has jumped out of the pages of Justice League Dark and is standing before us, ready to embark on paranormal adventures.

Executive Producer David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) is extremely pleased with how Ryan resembles the character from the source material, saying:

“I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985. This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat.”

According to the press release, the show “follows enigmatic and irreverent Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending our world against dark forces from beyond.”

Along with Goyer, the show will also be written by Daniel Cerone (Dexter), and directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones).

This is the second time Constantine has been taken out of the comics for a live-action role, as Keanu Reeves portrayed him in the 2005 film of the same name.

 

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Zack Snyder Gushes About Man Of Steel Sequel

Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder, the director responsible for Watchmen, 300, and most importantly Man of Steel, has been very vocal lately about the forthcoming Man Of Steel: Batman Vs. Superman . He talked to the LA Times about a shooting date for MoS2, the first big screen appearance of the 2 heroes together and fan reactions to the casting news.

We’re getting ready to start shooting in a month or so. It’s going great. I’m very excited. It’s very fun to get into this world with different heroes coexisting in the same universe, but a lot of balls in the air as they say. As a fan, it’s an amazing opportunity. You know, Superman and Batman in the movies have never existed in the same frame together. So it’s an interesting historical thing. We were just testing the suits, right? The new Batsuit and the Superman suit. It wasn’t even with the actors, right? It was just to see ‘em. I was standing there, they were standing next to each other. And I was like, “Guys, someone take a picture! This has never happened before.” We slightly dork out. Like, “Are you kidding me?!”

The picture, if it exists, has yet to surface on the internet, but when it does, we’ll be sure to post it on Word of the Nerd. He sounds a bit like a kid in a candy store, and honestly, that’s what you want from everyone involved with a project like this.

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Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg)

When asked about the outcry over his casting choices, Zack Snyder replied:

“There are two ways to think about it. We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate. Some people — someone did some fan art. And you look underneath and someone wrote, “I guess I can see it.” Honestly, are you kidding me? Just stop it! It’s reassuring and frustrating at the same time.”

Sure, we haven’t seen the script, so we won’t know the material until it shows up on the big screen. Yes some of the hate is just hate for hate’s sake. Casting choices imply things about the script, and as the fans who know the comics, some of the things being implied by those choices may not align with what we know or believe the characters to be.

Zack seems genuinely excited about getting to put the two icons together on the big screen:

batman_vs_superman_logo“[The movie] literally takes the Man of Steel and Batman universes and explodes them. You’re not as tied to the mythology. In Man of Steel, we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing. Don’t get me wrong. But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!”

 

On May 6th, 2016, the explosions commence. At that point we’ll see whether the fans explode at characters “not as tied to the mythology” or explode with excitement over an awesome DC film.

DC Confidential – Episode 47

So better late than never right? I know DC Confidential fans, we are more than a little late for this episode, but finally some wonderful ranting for your ears to partake. On tonight’s episode JP and Sam discuss the preview of Batman Eternal, and the true implications for the rest of the Bat-family. They also […]

DC Confidential – Episode 47

So better late than never right? I know DC Confidential fans, we are more than a little late for this episode, but finally some wonderful ranting for your ears to partake. On tonight’s episode JP and Sam discuss the preview of Batman Eternal, and the true implications for the rest of the Bat-family. They also […]

DC Confidential – Episode 45

Hello DC Confidential fans!! Welcome to another fantastic episode presented by WordofTheNerdOnline.com! On tonight’s episode JP, Sam and Daniel discuss the casting announcements for Batman/Superman. Is Jeremy Irons too villainous to play Alfred? Should they have gone Heisenberg instead of Eisenberg or will Jesse prove to be as good as Heath? The crew also turns […]

Lex Luthor and Alfred Cast For “Man of Steel 2″

man of steel 2 symbolThere have been more than a few casting rumors in the past for the unnamed sequel of Man of Steel. However, today Warner Brothers announced that the roles of Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth have been cast:

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Snyder stated, “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

jessie eisenberg lex luthorThe director added, “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

Eisenberg received Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award® and BAFTA Award nominations for his starring role as Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” He also starred in Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love” and Louis Letterier’s “Now You See Me.” He next appears in “The Double” and “Night Moves.”

jeremy-ironsIrons won the Academy Award® for his portrayal of Claus von Bülow in “Reversal of Fortune.” His work in the film also garnered him a Golden Globe Award. He won an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for his performance in the TV miniseries “Elizabeth I,” opposite Helen Mirren, and recently starred on the small screen as Rodrigo Borgia in Neil Jordan’s highly acclaimed Showtime series “The Borgias,” for which Irons earned a Golden Globe nomination. He was recently nominated for a SAG Award® for the PBS Great Performances television miniseries “The Hollow Crown,” for his performance as Henry IV.

Snyder’s film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. The film also reunites “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

The new film is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, and is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.

There has already been major fan reaction to this announcement. While many are already accepting Jeremy Irons, some do harbor reservation on how Jessie Eisenberg will be as Lex. Until we see a frame of film, we should hold our condemnation.

Tune in later for the reactions of the staff here at Word of The Nerd.

DC Confidential – Episode 44

Hey there DC Confidential fans! Welcome to this week’s extra long episode. On tonight’s show JP, Sam and Daniel get into a heated debate about Harley Quinn’s true nature and how that impacts her relationship with fans. Do you feel sympathy for Harley or has she burned that bridge in her own fantastic fashion? Sam […]

Gal Gadot To Reprise Wonder Woman in ‘Justice League’ and Solo Film After ‘Batman/Superman’

wonder-woman-with-lasso-of-truthIt has been reported, and confirmed by Variety, that Gal Gadot, who will be portraying Wonder Woman in the character’s first big-screen adaptation, has signed on for a three-picture deal with Warner Bros.

Gadot was announced as the new Wonder Woman in early December and the decision was initially met with much criticism, which has since died down a bit — maybe due to the one year delay of the Man of Steel sequel.

The two other movies that Gadot is set to be featured in are: the all-powerful, much awaited, DC/WB team-up, Justice League movie AND a solo Wonder Woman movie. The latter would be the biggest comic book film to star a female lead and one that Wonder Woman fans have been screaming and threatening waiting for for some time.

Seriously though, the idea that Wonder Woman will finally be getting her own solo movie is very comforting to DC fans who have been losing much patience with the comic book titan and Warner Bros. There is no doubt that she, and her fans, deserve the film and would be able to lead a movie to box office success.

Gadot’s role in the Man of Steel sequel is currently unknown, as are the rest of the rumored superhero roles, but one can imagine that she will be given a big part, probably on par with Batman and Superman, in the Justice League movie, which will then lead into her lead role in a solo film.

In my opinion, I would love to see Warner Bros. delve into the mythological quality of Wonder Woman rather than seeing her on Earth, for the solo movie, much like Marvel did with Thor: The Dark World. There is so much substance and great storytelling on that front, that to ignore it would be a disservice to the character and her mythos.

The one year delay of Batman/Superman seems to be allowing Warner Bros. to set up all their ducks in a row with little waiting time between movies, as well as giving Gadot an ample amount of time to build the necessary amount of muscle for the role, something critics immediately complained about upon her casting.

It is obvious that this decision will give the studio much more time to prepare for the inception, as well as the follow-up films, of the DC Cinematic Universe. Hopefully we will have a continuous flow of DC movies for a few years, as Marvel is currently doing, that will keep the universe fresh in our minds. As of right now we have good reason to believe that we will, at least, be getting Batman/Superman, Justice League, Flash, and Wonder Woman films.

The beginning of the DC Cinematic Universe will, now, be released on May 6, 2016.

DC Confidential – Episode 43

Welcome to DC Confidential! On tonight’s episode JP, Sam and Daniel discuss the delay of Batman/Superman or Justice League, or whatever they are calling it these days, to 2016. They also discuss how this may be a reflection of the internal struggle at DC and Warner Bros. and whether or not they can get back [...]

WB, DC Television Shows Making Headlines This Week

DC/WBWarner Bros. and DC Comics have recently upped the ante in the comic-book television series genre. With CW’s very successful Arrow series leaden the charge in its return tonight (January 15) from winter break, The Flash spin-off series, as well as Hourman, Gotham, and Constantine all in the works, WB and DC seem to be looking to take hold of the television throne.

This week has so far treated WB and DC very well, and we are still hours away from the return of Arrow (8pm EST).

Firstly, NBC has officially ordered a pilot episode for David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Daniel Cerone’s(Dexter) ConstantineConstantine series. The episode has been written by Cerone and the show is looking to pit Constantine, a man struggling with faith and events in his past, against the forces of darkness, as humanity’s defender.

I love the idea of giving Constantine his own show, he is a very intriguing anti-hero and, if done well, the series could really take off quickly. Having Cerone, who has seen much success in television with Dexter, is definitely a plus for Warner Bros. and DC.

Secondly, additional news has been reported regarding the new series Gotham, which has a lot of fans getting excited. Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said in an interview;

“The show will arc a young Bruce Wayne from a child (around 12) into the final episode of the series, when he will put on the cape. We will see how they [popular heroes and villains of Gotham] get to become who they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge. It is an operatic soap that has a slightly larger-than-life quality.”

Jim GordonThe series is said to feature all the popular heroes and villains of Gotham City. Some of the characters we will be seeing include, the Joker, the Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. Reilly also admitted that the show has a greenlighted pilot and the studio had all intentions on having the show go to series. Gotham will be created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist).

This series has me very excited, as it will be extremely interesting to witness the ins and outs of Gotham City, including the criminal underworld and the crooked police department. I like the idea of Jim Gordon being the main character of the show, because, as we’ve seen from Frank Miller in Year One, Gordon can be a very compelling character, if written correctly.

Lastly, fan-favorite, Arrow, returns tonight on the CW Network, after a multi-week winter break. When we last left off, Barry Allen had just been transformed into the Flash in a truly perfect scene, and Slade Wilson was revealed as Brother Blood’s superior and the ‘puppeteer’ of Starling City’s criminal underworld. All of this sets up for, what should be, an amazing second half of the season– and given the success of the show’s writers thus far, why should we doubt them?

In an interview, Arrow producer, Marc Guggenheim, explained the path Oliver must take in order to transform into the Starling City hero.

“I don’t know if there’s going to be one particular gut punch moment that sets [Oliver] back. Rather, I see the second half of Season 2 as an escalation of his problems. In other words, if he set this goal for himself at the beginning of the season that ‘I’m going to be a hero,’ now here comes Slade Wilson. And Slade is a big obstacle because he’s not coming back to prevent Oliver from breathing. He’s got a much more complex and wide-ranging plan that he’s been five years concocting. It’s designed to hit Oliver where he lives, and that’s going to be the biggest impediment to Oliver becoming a hero. I think heroes are born out of difficult circumstances, and Oliver will learn in the second half of this season that he can say he’s a hero, but the truth of it is that he’s going to have to become a hero through adversity. This is a terrible analogy, but Bill Clinton used to openly muse that he’d never be considered a great president because he never had to face a huge crisis. And it’s not dissimilar to Oliver in the sense that you can’t become a hero without having to overcome a huge sense of adversity. Now we’ve got Slade Wilson working with Sebastian Blood to provide that adversity, and it’s not spoiling anything to say that Oliver will have to rise to the challenge. And how he does that or whether he does it alone or with the people assembled around him is going to be a big question mark for him as we drive towards the season finale.”

ArrowArrow has definitely been a solid anchor for Warner Bros. and DC Comics in a time when several of their decisions, whether it be for the cinematic universe or the DC Comic universe, have come with much criticism. It’s great to see that they have the potential to put an entertaining project together when there is so much doubt about their future big-screen success.

All in all, I am very excited for all three of these series. If Gotham and Constantine can emulate Arrow’s early success, then DC and Warner Bros. will definitely begin to get on the audience’s good side once again.

Nerd Bytes – Kryptonian Amazons, Millar Slips, Parker is Back & More

Nerd Bytes is all the news nerds love to hear about from comic book, movie, television, video game and other nerdy industries. We know you can’t catch it all in your fast-paced lives, so we catch it for you and post it here in easy to read Nerd Bytes. One stop shopping for the Nerd Brain! Enjoy!

 

Nerd BytesAMAZON BYTE: Rumors continue to swirls around the as yet unnamed Man of Steel sequel. This time it has to do with Wonder Woman, who will be played by Gal Gadot (calm down), in what is being described as a “cameo plus” appearance. Batman-on-Film.com, is reporting that Wonder Woman will get a new origin for DC Comics’ cinematic universe.

“With all that said, I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the “Amazons” of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those ‘ancient Kryptonians’ who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago.”

Umm, what? Kryptonian? At first blush I was going to have a tantrum reminiscent of Jenny Lorenzo’s F$#K You, Michael Bay episode of Geekgasm, as she raged against the changing of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens for the upcoming movie. Then I calmed a bit and gave it some rational thought. I might be okay with this change if it still allows for the Greek Mythology parts of her history. For example, the Kryptonians land on Earth build an outpost on Mount Olympus and are worshipped as gods due to their astounding powers. That makes sense…problem solved…make it so. What? There’s more?

“Furthermore, I say that Wonder Woman will be powered-down, if you will, relative to Superman because these Amazons have evolved and adapted to living on Earth for hundreds of centuries. And since Kryptonians are produced without any “He’n and She’n” – Jor El and Lara excluded – couldn’t this original Kryptonian on Earth have used this reproductive science to create an all-female race? I say yes!”

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Does Wonder Woman need to be weakened to make Superman seem stronger? Stop it already, pay the woman some respect. She can be Wonder Woman and not make Superman less of a man! If the writers can’t make us believe that then they need a new creative staff, because decades of comics have managed it. If you can’t make the characters better, then leave them alone and move on to original projects where you can make all of the decisions. If you really want to do Wonder Woman, Justice League, Superman, etc. park your ego at the door and make them great.

 

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SINFUL BYTE: If you were wondering how Marvel Comics was going to follow-up this year’s blockbuster summer epic Infinity your life may have just gotten a bit more clear. This May will bring you Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato’s Original Sin. Being touted as a murder mystery revolving around the death of a long-time mainstay character Uatu, The Watcher. Why kill the creature who has seen, well, everything? Information of course. As for who dunnit? That will be the job of Nick Fury (the original, not the ridiculous Sam Jackson version) and a team including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Punisher, Doctor Strange, Emma Frost, Ant-Man and Black Panther. Their mandate will be two-fold. Find the killer, and prevent the Watcher’s secrets from being revealed. Original Sin will start with a zero issue in April from writer Mark Waid and artist Jim Cheung. Start the countdown!

 

Nerd BytesULTIMATE BYTE: Speculation has been running rampant for months over the perceived ending of the Ultimate Marvel Universe in the pages of the Cataclysm crossover. Now it’s looking like it’s not so much of an ending as a new beginning. Does this mean that the Ultimate Universe is being rebooted, retconned, or moved to the regular continuity? Remember the scene at the end of Age of Ultron when Wolverine’s time tampering caused all of reality to flicker? Angela ended up here, why not a bunch of Ultimate heroes. The location of the revamped series remains to be seen, and Brian Bendis isn’t telling…yet, but we do know a few things. We do know that there will be three All-New series coming out of Cataclysm. All-New Ultimates will feature a younger cast of heroes including Miles Morales (Spider-Man) from Michael Fiffe and Amilcar Pinna. Bendis and David Marquez will be the creative team on Ultimate Spider-Man reboot. The Ultimate FF title will be about the Future Foundation, which will include the world’s greatest minds including Sue Storm, and Tony Stark, among others and will be brought to you by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Mario Guevara. Stay tuned to the Cataclysm story line for more details!

 

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WYTCHES BYTE: If you’re a fan of the writing of Scott Snyder (Batman, Superman Unchained) and the artistry of Jock (Batman, Wolverine) then you are in store for a huge treat from Image Comics in 2014. The duo who brought you The Black Mirror storyline in Detective Comics will be working together again. This time on a title called Wytches, described in the press release as;

Scott Snyder (Batman, Superman Unchained, SEVERED) and Jock (Batman, Wolverine, SNAPSHOT) will team up for a new, ongoing horror series called WYTCHES. Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. 

Snyder had this to say about the new series, “WYTCHES takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. I like taking classic monsters and re-imagining them in a fresh, contemporary, and much scarier way.” We have seen plenty of Witch-based comics over the years but even Eric Stephenson, Image Comics Publisher, referred to it as, “without a doubt one of the creepiest books we have ever published.”

Nerd BytesDARK HORSE BYTE: Dark Horse isn’t curling up into the fetal position after the news of their loss of the rights to Star Wars comics to Marvel Comics in 2015. This really couldn’t have been that much of a surprise considering that Disney now owns both LucasArts and Marvel Comics. Dark Horse stated that they were more determined than ever to bring great comics to the market with or without Star Wars. As evidence they have announced the launches of some new titles this May and they have priced them to make them impossible to resist at $1.00! Emily and the Strangers is a one-shot from Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner, Emily Ivie, and Buzz Parker. Solicited as, “With the help of her trio of trouble-making cats, Emily is determined to make the most rockin’ song the world has ever known and win a legendary haunted guitar . . . but can she do it solo? Only one thing is for sure—what Emily wants, Emily gets . . . sometimes.” Next up? Itty Bitty Hellboy from Art Baltazar and Franco will focus on, “Who is Hellboy anyway? Why does he have such a big hand and what is it used for? Who’s weirder, him or his friends? What is the B.P.R.D.? And what does chicken soup have to do with all of it? All this and more is answered in this premium-priced debut issue where BIG things happen to Itty Bitty Hellboy!” Again, all for $1.00. The other of their solicitations that really caught my eye is Conan the Avenger #1. Oh, geez now Conan is an Avenger? Well, yes, but not the spandex kind, that’s the wrong company altogether. Written by veteran Fred Van Lente, and drawn by Brian Ching, with covers from Michael Atiyeh, and Iain McCaig this version will tell the tale of a Conan who is, “Nursing his broken heart. Conan drinks himself into a stupor in the troubled city of Shumballa—until a brazen act of thievery launches the Cimmerian into a wild hunt and a supernatural adventure!” This one is still a bargain even at $3.50. I hope none of you have written off Dark Horse Comics just yet! I think their future is bright!

 

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MOVIE ROUND-UP: Did Mark Millar spill the beans about an upcoming movie project? It seems so considering the ‘tweet and delete’ nature of the slip-up. In the tweet (pictured here) he named Pitt (presumably Brad) as a top choice for an unnamed upcoming project. Since The Secret Service filming is all but complete it may mean a potential role for Pitt in Nemesis. It could also be nothing, stay tuned! Rumors are swirling at Fox again about crossing over their Marvel Comics franchises the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Hollywood Reporter recently published a quote from writer Simon Kinberg (X-men, Sherlock Holmes) stating;

“There even are plans for X-Men to star in crossover movies with the Fantastic Four, Fox’s other property licensed from Marvel. Simon Kinberg, who has worked on X-Men movies with Bryan Singer, will expand X-Men and Fantastic Four into a super-shared universe. “I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel,” Kinberg tells THR.”

Had enough X-Men news yet? Well too bad. Bryan Singer has been talking X-Men: Apocalypse which is the title to the 2016 sequel of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Confused? Wait until you see the movies! Singer had this to say;

“Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie. X-Men: Apocalypse will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”

 

Nerd BytesNERDITORIAL: It has been a year since a dying Doctor Octopus swapped minds with Peter Parker and became the Superior Spider-Man. Since then there has been a division in the ranks of Spider-Fans. Some are loving the storyline. It’s a great diversion, it’s different, it’s well written and drawn, and no one can deny that in many ways Otto has improved the abilities, efficiency and life of the usurped Peter Parker. He is getting him a doctorate. He has improved his uniform. He has made him an efficient hero with the addition of Spider-bot spies and an army of henchmen. He even has the begrudging backing of the police, and even Mayor Jameson. On the flip side Otto’s ego and lack of patience with social situations has strained or broken many of Parker’s relationships, and partnerships. Even the Avengers have all but written him off as seen in Avengers Vol. 5 #24. So the mind swap hasn’t been all roses, especially for Peter Parker. That being said Dan Slott has created a masterful series. I have thoroughly enjoyed every issue, every interaction, every obstacle overcome and for many reasons I will be sorry to see the series and the character go away. But, we all know the series and the plot line had to end eventually, right? Well, in April following the Goblin Nerd BytesNation arc in Superior Spider-Man the series will end. The word is that the Amazing Spider-Man title will return starring the reincorporated Peter Parker in April.  How that happens and what happens to the Doc Ock persona is still in question, but I am anxious to see it. I know many of you feel that this whole experiment was a waste of a year, but I think it may have revitalized the future of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. How? Think of the great storylines to come as Peter has to navigate the minefield Otto has made of his relationships as both Peter and as Spider-Man. He has a new girlfriend, new company, a Doctorate, and a whole slew of people who are going to want some answers including Jameson, Aunt May, Mary Jane, and the Avengers to name a few. The fact that Dan Slott will continue as writer on the Amazing Spider-Man title fills me with even more confidence, and Humberto Ramos handling the art chores doesn’t hurt the cause either. I am going to revel in the final issues of Superior Spider-Man and I’m going to wait with bated breath for its Amazing replacement this April! See you on the other side!

DC Confidential – Episode 41

Hi Nerdites! Welcome to the first DC Confidential of 2014! On this week’s episode stalwart Samantha Cross, welcomes back JP and Jack Chambers after their extended time away from the show. They discuss the upcoming year for DC as it attempts to dominate the television market, while offering nothing in way of films. They also [...]

Amy Adams Not Interested in Love Triangle for ‘Man of Steel 2′

Amy AdamsAmy Adams is currently promoting her new film,American Hustle, with fellow DC and Marvel compatriots Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and Bradley Cooper.

Adams will be reprising her role as Lois Lane in the 2015 sequel to Man of Steel, so it was not surprising that reporters took the chance to ask her about the film during a press conference last Saturday. One reporter asked about any dynamic between her character and the newly casted Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and if there would be any sort of love triangle with them and Henry Cavill’s Superman. Adams’ response did not disappoint:

“Am I interested? I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see. I hope that I can be involved with a woman on-screen where we’re not in a love triangle. That would be fun. Maybe where we team up together and we work as teammates instead of adversaries. Wouldn’t it be nice if women weren’t always just, like, cat-fighting and stuff?”

This is the exact response that I think 90% of fans wanted to hear from Adams. With all the potential plot points in this film, is there really any time to spend on a superfluous, high-school love triangle? And just for the record, there have been no rumors of any sort of thing for this movie. The reason why the reporter asked was because Superman and Wonder Woman are currently together in DC Comics’ New 52. Luckily, Snyder’s Man of Steel universe has many differences and I don’t see him throwing a love-triangle into the mix.

This rings especially true when there have already been rumors of a Wonder Woman and Batman romance, which I think most Wonder Woman fans would be much more privy too, due to the fact that Diana could woman-handle Bruce with relative ease.

If Snyder were to include the Amazon warrior in a love triangle in her first role on the big screen he probably wouldn’t make it out of the premier, and that’s the way it should be

Fans Don’t Fail to Disappoint With Uninformed Critiques of New Wonder Woman

Superman wonder womanGal Gadot was announced as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel just over four days ago, and the expected backlash has yet to cease.

Wonder Woman is the most popular, famous and successful female superhero around. She is a symbol of female empowerment and has a large effect on society. So once the rumors started swirling around Wonder Woman potentially appearing in this next movie, I knew that should she be cast there would be a nasty backlash, no matter who was given the opportunity. This is such an iconic charter that nobody could successfully fit every individual’s idea of how this character should be portrayed on the big-screen.

Let’s start with ‘Who is Gal Gadot’? Gadot is an Israeli model turned actress. She won Miss Israel, she is certainly a very Gadotbeautiful woman and she, like every citizen of Israel, served two years in the nation’s army. During her two-year stint she served as sports trainer for the army. Her first, and really only, major role is her portrayal of Gisele Harabo in The Fast and the Furious franchise. So, she doesn’t exactly have much experience in major movies but neither did Henry Cavill when he took on the mantle of Superman or Christian Bale when he donned the cape and cowl for Batman Begins. Many fans would rather have a lesser known actor or actress because they want to believe they are watching Wonder Woman in the movie not, let’s just say, George Clooney in a Batman costume. And I realize that Ben Affleck is a huge name, but out of the Trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) they needed one big name; someone who has been in big movies before in order to allow the other two to feed off of his experience. Especially in this situation where Batman is supposed to be a seasoned veteran anyway, it actually makes perfect sense.

This news, like any big news in this day and age, reached millions of people in a matter of minutes and it seems like every one of them had an opinion on the casting. On Twitter, it seemed like there was mostly support for Gadot landing a role that could define her young career. However, on Facebook, Tumblr websites, and blogs throughout the internet the reaction was swift and harsh.

Wonder WomanRemember that before announcement was made we had fans who were begging for Wonder Woman to be introduced on the big screen. Women wanted the female role model to look up to, claiming that DC and Warner Bros. didn’t care about their third most popular character. So DC and WB make the announcement and the most repeated critique of their choice for Wonder Woman from men and women alike, in fact probably more from women, was that she can’t be Wonder Woman because she’s too skinny.

Facepalm.

Let’s take this in a few steps because these people do have a point, but they are still prime examples of what’s wrong with society right now.

First off, the fact that they were calling for Wonder Woman to be in a movie so she can be a beacon of hope and a role model for little girls then immediately complain about her body is so hypocritical it hurts. Now, the reason for these complains is valid. Wonder Woman is an Amazon warrior, she is usually portrayed with a very athletic build and just about as tall, if not taller, than both Batman and Superman.

Subpoints. Batman and Superman are both supposed to be 6’3″ in the comics.  Affleck is 6’4″ and Cavill is only 6′, but that Supermanwasn’t a problem in Man of Steel. Also, somebody show me a woman who can act, fits the aesthetic description of Wonder Woman, AND is also 6’3″ —  you can’t, because there’s nobody who fits that description.

Gadot is 5’9″, which is tall for a woman. She is very thin because she still models, but she has a good six months to train for the movie, and she was a trainer in the Israeli army. I’m sure that Zack Snyder made a point of telling her that she’s going to need to add a significant amount of muscle for the movie, just as Christian Bale did, Henry Cavill did and Ben Affleck will. The common response to this point is that it’s harder for women to gain weight because their lack of testosterone, and that is correct. But it’s not impossible by any means. I am friends with many women who hit the gym and lift every day and they have transformed their bodies. So this is just an uninformed opinion that critics feel like throwing out there.

And for anyone complaining about her boobs, just stop. First of all that’s a childish argument, second of all Ben Affleck won’t exactly have Batman’s signature 12-pack, let’s try to be realistic, and third, women who work out don’t have big boobs anyway; so you can’t have both, unless she gets surgery.

Part of the problem is that Wonder Woman is a goddess, and you will not find one person in Hollywood, as I mentioned earlier, who will fit her description. But let’s look at who the quintessential second-guessers would prefer to have gotten the role. The two most popular choices were former MMA star turned actress Gina Carano and Jaimie Alexander who portrayed Lady Sif in Thor and The Dark World.

Jaimie AlexanderWhile Gina Carano definitely has the build of Wonder Woman she would require many acting lessons before she can take on such a role. Jaimie Alexander probably would have been a descent choice if she wasn’t already contractually obligated to Marvel’s Thor franchise. But, for those saying that Alexander would have been perfect for the role after criticizing Gadot’s body… did you see Thor: The Dark World? While Jaimie certainly looked confident and regal in the Sif armor she most certainly did not exude physical prowess. I think she would have been a very good Amazon princess, as she could definitely pull off royalty, but not so much a warrior. She did an okay job in a fight scene that was probably less than five minutes. Then she was barely a factor for the rest of the film. The thought that she would’ve been a great Wonder Woman based on that movie doesn’t make any sense to me. This is why I feel like some people criticize just for the sake of being heard. Also, Gadot has the exotic look that Snyder and Co. were looking for in the character. Wonder Woman is from Paradise Island, — a tropical island that is sometimes said to be in the Aegean Sea — and casting a woman from that side of the world is a good, detail-oriented move by Snyder.

Another comment that I’ve seen over a dozen times is that they should have gotten someone like Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 70′s live-action television series.

Facepalm x2

Lynda Carter

I wasn’t around back then, but I don’t know how these people seem to remember Carter as some toned, muscular woman in that series. A quick Google search will show you that she was just as skinny as Gadot is now during her time as Diana. This is just another example of grown men and women who seem to remember their favorite show as being a tad better and more realistic than it was, which is very common. I’m not knocking Carter by any means, though. She did a great job as Wonder Woman and sort of put her back on the map. I think she’s an excellent actress, but for anyone to claim that she is somehow different, physically, than Gadot just doesn’t make any sense, again.

Now, getting past the casting choice, there was another problem that DC and comic book fans voiced the past few days; “I want Wonder Woman to get a solo movie.” Well, I mean, I do too, but let’s not get selfish. This is just the beginning of the DC Cinematic Universe, so far only Superman has gotten his own movie. I realize that Batman had his trilogy and Green Lantern had a chance, but who else? This idea that DC and WB are somehow being ‘unfair’ to Wonder Woman is just nonsense. They have had trouble getting her in the middle of things here. Whether that’s because she’s female or not, I don’t know, and neither do you. But let’s be honest, the only character who has really shined from DC has been Batman and that’s why they keep turning to him. All the Flash had was some two-season show in the 90′s and he’s just finally getting back into the swing of things with CW’s Arrow. Superman had four movies in the 70′s and we didn’t hear from him again until the mid-2000′s. Green Lantern had a chance and he failed. Other than that no member of the Justice League has been treated any differently than Wonder Woman. DC has ridden the back of Batman for almost three decades now and they’re finally starting to expand.

TrinityCritics will also complain that Wonder Woman is being forced to play third fiddle in a movie that will be named ‘Batman vs. Superman’. Well, that’s not the official name and it is almost 100% likely that it will be changed. Also, if you’re so high on your character then you should have the confidence that she will be able to stand toe to toe with Batman and Superman, I do. She doesn’t need a solo movie to prove that she can make money in the box office. If done right, she will prove in this movie that she can be as intriguing, engaging, and exhilarating of a character as both Batman and Superman.

Should Wonder Woman get her own movie? Absolutely, she should. Will she? Most likely, yes, but I don’t know anymore than anyone else outside of DC/WB does. So let’s stop complaining until we have a confirmed ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Yet another complaint that is being heard throughout the web is that women don’t want Zack Snyder to work on Wonder Woman because he’s “sexist.” I don’t know the man, personally; I don’t think that he’s sexist. But the point that he hasn’t done well with female characters in past movies is valid. That said, he did a very good job with Faora in Man of Steel and if he builds upon that with Wonder Woman then things should turn out very well.

And, again, we don’t know what kind of a role Wonder Woman will have in the film. If she just has a small part in this movie to set up a solo movie or Justice League movie, then you don’t have to worry about Snyder wrecking the character because he will not be directing either of those movies.

Such negative reactions to every decision made by Snyder and Co. is just ruining the movie for yourself. Instead of throwing your hands in the air and expecting the worst, why don’t you support the decision until you’re given a reason not to? At least with Affleck, and I don’t support his critics either, we have seen a sample of him in the genre to create an opinion. Gal Gadot is a young actress, she’s not a big name. why don’t we wait and see how she Gal gadotdoes as Wonder Woman before ripping her for ridiculous reasons?

I realize that DC fans can be fed up when it comes to the company. Have they made bad decisions? Yes. Are they maybe rushing to get to the Justice League into film? Yes. But only because they are trying to please the fans by giving them what they’ve’ been wanting for so long. Because if they were taking it slowly, we all know that the same people would be complaining about that too. Give them a shot, Man of Steel was a good starting off point. It wasn’t the train wreck that some people like to believe it was. Let’s see how things pan out when this movie comes out TWO years from now before we give up on the franchise prematurely.

Show your support of the lucky actors and actresses who get to transform into our favorite characters and hope that they do them justice…if not, THEN you can give them Hell.

Nerd Bytes – Dragon*Con Update, Affleck Speaks & More

Nerd Bytes is all the news nerds love to hear about from comic book, movie, television, video game and other nerdy industries. We know you can’t catch it all in your fast-paced lives, so we catch it for you and post it here in easy to read Nerd Bytes. One stop shopping for the Nerd Brain! Enjoy!

Nerd BytesDRAGON*CON BYTE: You might remember the whole ordeal that happened prior to Dragon*Con this year when a group calling for a boycott of the event took their fight a few steps too far. The group had the best intentions wanting Ed Kramer removed from the convention’s board. Kramer was arrested in 2000 on charges of child molestation. In January of this year the group, led by a horror novelist, began calling for the boycott. I have not named the boycott group or its leader purposely to avoid starting the rhetoric and attacks that ensued following Jessi Roman’s report on this subject in July (read it here The Newest Twist in the DragonCon Boycott Saga). I did not bring up this subject to open old wounds. Just before jury selection in the case that has been pending since 2000, Kramer finally pled guilty to three of the six counts he was charged with.

“Kramer entered guilty pleas to three of six counts of child molestation on the original indictment — one for each alleged victim — with the state offering not to prosecute the other three,” reports The Gwinnett Daily Post. “Under the nine-condition agreement, District Attorney Danny Porter recommended a sentence of 20 years to serve five for each count, to run concurrently. Because of 26 months previously served in the Gwinnett County jail and while incarcerated in Connecticut, Kramer will actually serve 34 months.”

Though he finally admitted to some of his crimes, Kramer’s sentence will not be served in jail, but in his home. The judge likely placed him under house arrest due to his health but the article wasn’t specific in that regard. Also according to the GDP, “Kramer was also ordered to pay $100,000 restitution to each of the three victims in the case, due to be paid by July 31, 2014. He will be a sex offender for life and forbidden to interact with any person under the age of 16.”

Thirty-four months of house arrest and $300,000 seems like too light a price to pay for such egregious offenses. This man committed the crimes, by his own admission. He also dragged out the proceedings for fourteen years, claiming health concerns as a reason for not being able to face his crimes. He has also forced his victims to relive his crimes repeatedly over the years as news of it would circulate, as it did in July prior to Dragon*Con. It’s not the justice his victims deserve, but it’s the justice we have to live with. I only hope that prosecutors didn’t let him off the hook due to his health. Kramer didn’t have any problem preying on those weaker than him, he should serve the time consecutively regardless of his condition. For a more in-depth take on this news check out Dragon Con Co-Founder Edward Kramer Pleads Guilty To Child Molestation by Tim Piland!

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MARVEL BYTE: The Mighty Marvel Marketing Machine is at it again. They have been dropping one word teasers for the last month. These teasers are meant to be previews of new titles launching in 2014 with their All-New Marvel Now relaunch. The latest is “Future”. Jason Latour (Punisher MAX, A+X) and Mahmud Asrar (Indestructible Hulk) will be your creative team. Let the speculation begin. I have heard some theories, one of which is some sort of 2099 reboot, which could be possible given Spider-Man 2099′s recent jaunt back to our time. The color scheme is also often significant, in this case it is purple and yellow, which doesn’t help me much. The other title being bandied about is The Future Foundation, founded by Reed Richards as a philanthropic organization. I suppose we will find out soon enough.

 

Nerd BytesBEATLES BYTE:  It’s not often we get to say this but a graphic novel has made an appearance on the New York Times Best Seller list. As of today The Fifth Beatle has reached the #5 slot on the illustrious list. Written by Tony Award–winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s American IdiotThe Addams FamilyMel Brooks’ The Producers) and painted by Andrew C. Robinson (Dusty StarKing ConanStarmanSuperman) and Kyle Baker (The Shadow, Plastic Man) The Fifth Beatle tells the tragic tale of the man who discovered, managed and nurtured the Beatles from a garage band to international acclaim, Brian Epstein. Dark Horse Comics describes the work as, “an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian Epstein was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in the United Kingdom, Jewish during a period of pervasive anti-Semitism, and from Liverpool when it was considered just a dingy port town. He helped spread the Beatles’ message of love to the entire world, yet died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, consumed by staggering ambition and the endless struggles that came with it.” The New York Times says this one is worth a read, what are you waiting for?

 

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SCUMBAGS BYTE: Action Lab created their mature imprint Danger Zone with just this kind of edgy, over-the-top work in mind. Scumbags  is a mini-series, from writer Mark Bertolini and artist Rob Croonenborghs, that definitely lives up to its name. If you don’t believe me look at what the creators had to say. Bertolini described the main characters as, “Total scumbags, thrill-killers, out to get their kicks by causing a ton of chaos on the back roads of the South. Like Bonnie and Clyde but with less empathy, if that’s even possible. Sometimes you dictate what characters do, and sometimes they make up their own minds. Laura and True are most definitely in the latter column, and what they do isn’t particularly nice”. Croonenborghs added “I’d like to say they’ll get theirs…but that would be telling…” A pair of homicidal rednecks on a grindhouse-like road trip that has been described as a mix of Natural Born Killers and The Predator. Issues #1 and #2 are available now from comiXology.com!

 

Nerd BytesBATFLECK BYTE: Deadline’s Mike Fleming recently did an interview with Ben Affleck, on assignment for Playboy Magazine. He asked some pretty pointed questions about the backlash against his casting as Batman, the differences between his and Bale’s characters, and his greatest acting regret. Affleck was surprisingly humble and honest in his answers. Check it out, it may change your mind about the guy. For the record, I was on board from the start. I saw The Town and Argo, he’s not the same guy that played Daredevil, he learned from it and is better for having done it.

PLAYBOY: When Warner Bros. named you Batman, the internet exploded with hostility. After climbing back from career adversity to win the best picture Oscar for Argo, was your initial reaction more “Not Again” or “Screw You”?

AFFLECK: It wasn’t either, really. I expected that reaction. Warner Bros. told me, “You should know what you’re getting into.” They showed me the reactions to other folks who had been cast in these roles. They said this is how it tends to play out initially.

PLAYBOY: What convinced you?

AFFLECK: When they asked if I would be Batman, I told them I don’t see myself in the role and I was going to have to beg off. They said I’d fit well into how they were going to approach the character and asked me to look at what the writer-director, Zack Snyder, was doing. The stuff was incredible.

PLAYBOY: Why?

AFFLECK: It was a unique take on Batman that was still consistent with the mythology. It made me excited. All of a sudden I had a reading of the character. When people see it, it will make more sense than it does now or even than it did to me initially.

And now Fleming asks Affleck the money question…

PLAYBOY: How will your Batman differ from the others, particularly the one played by Christian Bale?

AFFLECK: I don’t want to give away too much, but the idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the Bale and Chris  Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character.

In terms of the backlash, Affleck had this to say…

PLAYBOY: How much did the hostile fan reaction bother you?

AFFLECK: I understand I’m at a disadvantage with the internet. If I thought the result would be another Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself. [laughs] Why would I make the movie if I didn’t think it was going to be good and that I can be good in it?

Speaking of Daredevil, Affleck had this to say about Community Board 4′s caped crusader…

PLAYBOY: George Clooney kept a photo of himself as Batman on his office wall as a reminder of what can happen when you take a role for money and fame. If you had such a photo in your office, which movie would you go with?

AFFLECK: I’d probably have two or three. [laughs] It’d be tough to choose. The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got f****d up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that’s part of the motivation to do Batman.

 

 

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MOVIE ROUNDUP: You may find Michael Bay as annoying as I do, especially where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (notice I said NINJA, not ALIEN) are concerned, but he does have a niche in the movie industry. That niche is great special effects movies with huge explosions. That being said Bay recently announced that the trailer for  his upcoming movie Transformers: Age of Extinction will debut during the Super Bowl in February. Can you see the budget exploding in a fashion suitable for Michael Bay? Bay himself said, “So that brings me to letting Transformers fans know that we have completed our five and half month shoot. We got back from a month-long shoot in China. My crew and I had a fantastic time shooting in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It was an amazing experience, and I love the country. My cast was absolutely fantastic, and a very fun group to work with. We are working hard cutting the movie right now. I think the first piece comes out for the Super Bowl and a teaser right after that.” Also from the Transformers: Age of Extinction camp comes news of a technological breakthrough. Michael Bay’s movie will be the first to be filmed in true 3D IMAX.

“Up until now, every feature film shot in full IMAX (of which there have been only a handful – The Dark Knight, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Dark Knight Rises, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, Star Trek Into Darkness and now The Hunger Games Catching Fire) has filmed with a 65mm 2D IMAX film camera. IMAX has a 3D film camera available, but most filmmakers find it too big and loud to actually use. (Star Trek Into Darkness is the only of those films to be exhibited in IMAX 3D, but it was post-converted.) It wasn’t until recently that IMAX created a 3D digital camera, which will allow 3D capture in full IMAX. The first filmmaker to use that is Michael Bay on Transformers: Age of Extinction. That camera is much smaller and lighter than the other IMAX 3D cameras and will be used quite a bit in the future. There is no 2D digital IMAX camera, but one is being developed.”

Nerd BytesMore from the sequel to Man of Steel, which is still as yet unnamed. Gal Gadot (Fast Five, Fast and the Furious 6) has been tapped to play Wonder Woman! So, the good news is Wonder Woman will be in a feature film, finally. The bad news is the nerd-o-sphere is up in arms again over a casting decision. Come on nerds, settle down, celebrate the victory and assume that the people making these decision have a little more insight that people who can’t even pronounce the actress’ name. Steven DaCorta went a little deeper with the story in Gal Gadot Cast as Wonder Woman in Man of Steel Sequel. Check it out for yourself! Creator/director Rob Thomas has announced that Veronica Mars will be released in the US on March 14, 2014. The cool thing about this announcement is that the movie was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that ended almost a year ago to the day of this announcement. Kristen Bell will reprise her role as the title character in a story that has her returning to Neptune, CA after a ten-year absence.

 

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NERDITORIAL: There are great things happening in the nerd world these days. Marvel Studios and Disney seem to have the formula for movie making success and are leveraging it into a lot of great movies. DC Comics and Warner Bros. seem to be following suit with some great Batman movies, a good Superman film, finally, and news of the Justice League movie drawing ever closer. The main players for the long anticipated team film will be pulled together in the 2015 sequel to Man of Steel, thus far referred to as Batman vs Superman (I hope that’s not the final title). Comic book related television has been exploding as well. Netflix has announced up to four original series based on Marvel Comics characters including Daredevil and Jessica Jones. DC Comics has toyed with the idea of a possible show for John Constantine. Realistically though none of this television onslaught would be happening if it weren’t for two very successful shows that paved the way. Smallville changed the landscape of the comic book Nerd Bytesbased superhero shows, by making it less of a special effects fest and more of a character study. Clark struggled through life as a teen alien with awesome powers in a world that would likely exploit those powers if they knew. The more recent example is Arrow from the CW. If you are a nerd, admitted or still on the down low, you should be watching this show. The writers have taken the Smallville formula of less spandex and more great characters, and ratcheted it up a few notches. The creators of Arrow have done something that the creators of Smallville only did in the later seasons. They use the popularity of the show to introduce other DC Universe characters, which in turn makes the show even more popular. Arrow has already introduced Black Canary, ARGUS, Barry Allen, and more just in this season alone. All I have to say is WELL DONE and keep it up. I’d certainly love to see more of this type of show rather than another Real Housewives, or terribly conceived movies like Grudge Match. Both of which are further proof that Hollywood is out of ideas. It’s a good thing that Marvel, DC, Image, Dynamite, IDW, Dark Horse and so many more have plenty of great ideas to fill the gaps!

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It is official now, Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the Batman/Superman movie.  Honestly it is not a bad decision.  In an unofficial poll taken around the Word of the Nerd offices, she was our number two choice.  The number one slot belonged to Jaimie Alexander but there were a lot of factors involved as to why she probably wouldn’t be chosen.  So we now have a Wonder Woman.  It is still quite a shame that Warner Bros. couldn’t or wouldn’t give her a solo film instead of potentially letting her be out shined in an already male dominated film.  Wonder Woman, if done properly would be a fantastic solo movie and it is really a step backward in the struggle to keep women in comic book franchises fresh and relevant.  Can Gadot’s Wonder Woman hold her own against two very powerfully popular characters and can she live up to the expectations of fans?  Having the trinity of the DC Universe together in one film is really gutsy but shows just how far Warner Bros. and DC Comics are willing to take things to catch up with their successful Marvel Studios rival.  With two failed attempts to get Wonder Woman on television in recent years it will be interesting where they are willing to go with the character.  A film that was meant to be a solo sequel to Man of Steel is starting to look more and more like a prelude to the promised Justice League movie.  Does this newest casting addition to the as yet untitled Batman/Superman film show that Warner Bros. doesn’t have faith in another solo Superman outing or are they that desperate to make up for lost ground?

So in honor of Gal Gadot’s landing of the amazon warrior Wonder Woman role, Word of the Nerd brings you two amazing Wonder Woman wallpapers, courtesy of Wallpaper Abyss.

 

 

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Gal Gadot Cast as Wonder Woman in Man of Steel Sequel

Superman wonder womanIt has been reported, by CBR, that Fast and Furious star, Gal Gadot, had been chosen to portray DC’s most famous and popular female superhero, Wonder Woman, in 2015′s untitled Man of Steel sequel.

Rumors of Wonder Woman’s presence in the film had been swirling for weeks as Jaimie Alexander seemed to be close to landing the role just after the release of Thor: The Dark World, but had since then died down. During that time, Gadot had been named by Variety as one of three potential actresses to be cast for the role. She will be staring beside Henry Cavill, who will be returning to reprise his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck in his inaugural appearance as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

After making her first appearance in 1941, Wonder Woman quickly became a fan-favorite and eventually a strong symbol of female empowerment. Her appearance in this movie will be the character’s first time on the big-screen. Many fans have been very vocal about their desire for their favorite heroine to be given a chance in the cinema, but some may still be irked that she has to share the stage with the only two superheroes that are more popular than her.

It is still unsure as to what kind of a role she will have in this film. Some thought that maybe she would just have a small cameo at the end to set up a solo or future Justice League movie, but this doesn’t seem like an ordinary cameo role. It would be much less surprising to me if she was given a large part in this movie. While I would love to see a solo Wonder Woman movie, I have been very vocal about not introducing her to Batman and Superman with the rest of the Justice League; she deserves better. It would not surprise me in the slightest if this movie is finally named soon, with the name being “Trinity.”

Director Zack Snyder has had his fingerprint on this project front he beginning and seems to know exactly what he want to do regarding the building and expansion of this new universe. In a statement, he said:

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Gadot is a beautiful actress and definitely has the exotic look, which is needed because Wonder Woman is from an island unknown to man’s world, sometimes referred to as ‘Paradise Island’ or ‘Themyscira’. A regimented workout routine is most likely in the works for the actress as Wonder Woman is an Amazon warrior and must stack up physically to her male counterparts in Batman and Superman.

It will be interesting to see what powers they decide to grant their Amazon Princess; the character had recently been given the power of flight, which makes her famous invisible jet rather irrelevant. Personally I wouldn’t mind if they take flight away from her, especially if the old rumor that she may be romantically involved with Batman is true. I’d like to see the two warriors fight on the ground together while Superman takes care of the air patrol.

The best way to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen is to focus on her royalty and her warrior’s heart. A shield and sword are necessary in battle and of course a certain lasso of truth and tiara.

DC’s Trinity will unite in theaters for the first time ever on July 17, 2015.

No Talks About Connecting Arrow to Man of Steel, Batman/Superman

ArrowMany fans of CW’s hit series, Arrow, have been wondering if their favorite hooded vigilante, along with his allies and villains, will have a place alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman in the DC Cinematic Universe. Many people assumed they were heading in this direction after director Guillermo del Toro, who has been in the process of writing Justice League Dark for some time now, said that DC is planning on making a huge universe that will span television and cinema. As of right now, though, the answer appears to be ‘no’, according to what Arrow producer, Greg Berlanti, told Fandango.

“We haven’t had any of those conversations other than to say, what characters are we allowed to use this year and advocate or request certain ones that are of interest to us, and every now and then, they’ll say, ‘You can’t have that guy.’ They don’t say why, and we figure out why later on.”

“Getting to participate in any way in the story – considering how much they meant to me as a kid – is really, I just feel lucky about that all the time, and it evolves the way it’s supposed to. When it comes out naturally, that’s when it’s best. And that’s been the fate of Arrow, and I guess that’s the path we’ll follow.”

This doesn’t mean that things won’t change come 2015. Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. are still in the early stages of building their universe and I’m sure they are considering whether to connect it to the popular Arrowverse. Personally, I feel that Stephen Amell’s Arrow would fit nicely into the reality-driven, Man of Steel Universe.

In fact, the second season of Arrow has seen the show delve even deeper into the DC Comics character pool than its predecessor, which featured the likes of Huntress, Firefly, Slade Wilson, Roy Harper and Shado–the last three reprising their roles in the second season. (Minor Spoilers ahead, if you are not caught up on Arrow) This season has seen the introduction of the League of Assassins, along with the mention of Ra’s al Ghul and the recent casting of his daughter Nyssa; Barry Allen a.k.a. the Flash will be introduced in the next episode, and Professor Ivo and Black Canary have already played a big part in the season thus far.

With such major DC characters playing critical roles in the story, and with acting that is well above the average for network television, I think that Snyder and co. should take the gamble and connect the universes. The reason being, I would rather have one Flash in television and film than two separate actors playing the same character in two separate universes. The addition, having Batman in the Man of Steel sequel has confused enough people, who don’t understand that it is a different Batman than Christian Bale’s in The Dark Knight Trilogy, for me to realize that having the same character in multiple ongoing media that isn’t connected would drive people mad, and could ultimately result in loss of interest.

We already know that DC plans on making a Flash movie for 2016 and that Grant Gustin’s Flash, who will be introduced on Arrow on Dec. 4, has gotten very positive advanced reviews and is getting his own pilot and potential series. That would make for two renditions of the same character starring in their respective show/film at the same time, and would be a mistake.

Take the gamble, connect the universe. The reward could far outweigh the risk.

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