Cool Stuff: Batmobile Phone Case

I’m sure everyone has wondered what it would be like to have a batmobile cell phone that has incredible features with LED lights and such. Oh, just me? Maybe you’ll change your mind after this video.

While I could do without all of the over-the-top dubstep, and while it is definitely a novelty and not practical at all, it is pretty dang cool. Phones are getting pretty big anyways, whats a little bit more lost pocket room?

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Blood Battle: Damian Wayne (Robin) vs Terry McGinnis (Batman Beyond)

Back when Bruce Wayne was out of commission as a result of Final Crisis, there was a battle for the cowl. All of the Bat family for the title of Batman and eventually, Dick Grayson won out, as Damian became his Robin. However, there was no blood lost in that battle. Now, we pit the true sons of Batman against each other.

This week’s matchup: Terry McGinnis aka Batman Beyond VS Damian, the Son of Batman!

The Rules:

We’re putting both Terry and Damian at their best, even though they are not the same age. Both are relatively young in their superhero career and with separate backgrounds, both work with Bruce Wayne directly, and even though Damian becomes a future Batman in a more apocalyptic era, we’re gonna have him as Robin.

Sorry, Bloody Batman. You have to sit this fight out.
Sorry, Bloody Batman. You have to sit this fight out.

This is because there is no record of Terry working on his own as an older Batman, so their fight has to be comparable to the time under the guidance of Batman.

Damian Wayne

Talia Al Ghul and Bruce Wayne have spent plenty of time together, both as allies and enemies. However, when Bruce discovers he was drugged during one of their rendezvous, he comes face to face with something more frightening than some of the rogues he fights: Bruce discovers he has an illegitimate son with Talia. Only 10 years old and raised by the League of Assassins, Damian leads armies, uses swords, studies people and habits, and sadly, has killed.

The boy is ruthless.
The boy is ruthless.

Bruce both loves the boy and a darker reflection of himself and hates how he’s been raised. Taking him under his wing, Batman fights crime with his own Robin, going through the ups and downs of raising a child and trying to protect yet another Robin from the madness in Gotham. Although so young, Robin’s training both with the league and with Bruce Wayne has given him the ability to severely cripple thugs and the crime in Gotham.

Small, but not weak.
Small, but not weak.

Terry McGinnis

In the animated series universe, Batman has given up fighting crime at around late 40s to 50s. During one fight, Bruce’s body fails him, and to stop a murder, his only option is to reach for a gun. Frightened by his own desperation, he shuts down all Batman operations, to “never again” sink that low. Years pass, and a futuristic Gotham has corporate greed, more psychos, and a crime surge that the Gotham Police Department cannot keep up with. Enter Terry McGinnis, a sweet but roughly raised man in Gotham. He looses his father and look to Mr. Wayne for guidance. Instead, the work out a deal so that Terry can use the updated Batman suit and Bruce can guide him via comm links. What follows is the career of one of the most iconic Batmen. Terry’s suit is also equipped with cloaking, batarangs, a suit that can produce damaging shock waves, rocket boots, wings, and many more tools that have been created as a result of Bruce Wayne’s tenure as Batman. What makes Terry interesting is that he was adopted. Revealed in Justice League Unlimited’s “Epilogue” episode, Amanda Waller explains to Terry that he had been created using DNA from none other than Bruce Wayne.

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FIGHT!

Interesting enough, both boys were raised pretty rough. Damian’s training has given him a sense of royalty, but also has hardened him into not trusting anyone. Terry’s upbringing is in an even darker Gotham, where gangs of Jokers create chaos in the name of the prince of crime himself. In the odd scenario where we can put these two heroes head to head in a single timeline, Terry would fall prey to underestimating not only Robin, but to taking sympathy on a young boy. Most do this, and Damian takes advantage to surprise and subdue Terry. However, Damian can’t plan on the future, and Terry can usually outwit people using new gadgets. Size does matter, so physically, Terry can take and give out a bigger beating. Plus, Batman Beyond can use him environment better, both having fought people in the League of Assassins and with his creativeness in using the tools of the Bat. Damian’s abilities are never in question, but his rashness and stubbornness usually compromise him, leaving Terry to take this fight.

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However, we’re also leaving this fight up to the readers! Who would win this fight? Twee to @Nerdswole and say whoever you think should win with the #BatmanBloodBattle and we’ll reveal the results during the next Blood Battle!

Batman’s New Look and What It Means for Man of Steel 2

Probably the biggest news this week (other than Jay-Z and Solange in the elevator) is the official reveal of Ben Affleck as Batman, alongside his Batmobile.

Yes, it's happening people.
Yes, it’s happening people.

So before I criticize or praise what I’ve seen, I just have one thing to say: Man, this guy is huge. Christian Bale was a muscular man but I wouldn’t describe him as large, especially compared to Tom Hardy’s Bane.

 

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Here’s the comparison of our modern Batmen.

 

 

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Say what you will, but Affleck is looking closer to Batman’s physique in his own series, versus Bale looking closer to his Justice League appearances.

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Here’s Batman in his own comics, clearly not skipping leg day.
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Justice League (New 52) – We can see Batman is as slim as Green Lantern, Superman, and even Flash.

Why does the physique matter? Well, it tells the tale of different Batmen. Some fans (like myself) who see the Ben Affleck outfit see the small bat ears, a new Bat symbol in the middle, and biceps the size of melons. Bat fans know that the inspiration comes from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

1at-2 But as we know, the movie isn’t simply about the costume. We’ve known since International Comic-Con 2013 that the movie was to take inspiration from the alternate reality in which (SPOILER) Batman gave up the caped crusader life, only to return to save his city in his old age. The climatic finish is the duel between an elderly Superman and the jaded Batman. (END SPOILER) While this is the route the film could take, we have to remember that the anticipation is also coming from the myriad of characters Zack Snyder is placing into the hotly anticipated sequel. While Henry Cavill will return as the Man of Steel, he will be joined by Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Ray Fischer as Victor Stone aka Cyborg. It’s a big movie that is both hoping to stand alone as an epic Batman/Superman film while also acting to set up an even larger film, Justice League. So with that in mind, here’s a few duels between the World’s Finest and what could be used as inspiration for the upcoming DC blockbuster.

You've been warned.
You’ve been warned.

Kingdom Come

This was the first story I though of after The Dark Knight Returns. Beautifully painted by the great Alex Ross and written by Mark Waid (along with Ross), Kingdom Come is another Elseworlds tale that takes place in the future. Superman and Batman are older, on opposing sides facing a doomed world and a conspiracy helmed by Luthor among other dastardly villains.

The four covers of Kingdom Come, showing the factions in the doomed world.
The four covers of Kingdom Come, showing the factions in the doomed world.

While Superman’s more titanic fight happens later with Captain Marvel, Clark and Bruce’s interactions can certainly influence the Affleck/Cavill dynamic. Their relationship will set the tone for the film, as they can team up or fight. tumblr_mnsld9QCuk1s62094o1_1280

Batman/Superman Movie

This is one of the few inspirations that are from TV, but it’s a plausible route for the 2016 movie. This animated movie is a combination of episodes from the Superman animated series, which pairs him with Batman from The New Batman Adventures. Their initial encounter is a sight to see and the movie follows both heroes fighting their arc villains, Joker and Lex Luthor, together.

Batman: Hush

Batman has been bogged down in his city, and only when Superman stops by does he look up from his troubled city to get some perspective. However, in Batman: Hush, Batman is dealing with a new serial killer and finds his sanity escapes him. Superman, becomes susceptible to Poison Ivy’s mind control and the two face off in a duel unlike any other. While this is a Batman story, you can get a sense of the brutality Bruce is dealing out and how it may tie into the darker Man of Steel series.

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I’m more excited than the Ben Affleck haters and am just looking forward to how they will reincarnate Batman when we’ve had a great Batman in Christian Bale so recently.

What do you think of the new suit? Any thought of the duel of the World’s Finest? Leave them below in the comments and make sure to keep it locked on Nerdswole for all the latest in comics, movies, tv, and more!

Thoughts About Stuff: Superhero Ensemble Films

I love The Avengers. I do. I really do. That film is even in my top films in general not even just top superhero films. It has it’s moments where it’s not so good as well, but overall I loved it. I won’t lie about it though, I didn’t think it was going to be as good as it was. I was very skeptical about the whole 5 movies leading up to an ensemble movie thing. They shoehorned a lot of SHIELD stuff into Iron Man 2 and ruined what potentially could have been a very good movie, and made it meh. They made Captain America: The First Avenger very much about him eventually becoming the leader and first pick for the Avengers initiative when I felt he deserved so more time in the 40’s. I still enjoyed these movies though, because they were decent standalone films, the same goes for Thor. However, with all things considered, it took 5 films to set up these characters for the awesome mash-up. Now a lot of these other Marvel franchises that are owned by other companies are attempting to do the same. FOX wants to do this with X-Men and the rebooted Fantastic Four, and Sony wants to do something within the Spider-Man franchise. WB and DC of course have their Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman/Invite the whole league thing going on. I just don’t think it’s a good idea though.

If you ask me, the flaw of the X-Men franchise is not that they didn’t have enough characters, it’s that they only bothered to really develop Wolverine. Which is a shame, because we possibly could have had a female lead superhero film, because the X-Men are populated with some of the most powerful ladies in all of the Marvel U. For example, most people were excited when Days of Future Past was announced I, personally, was not, simply because the title is in a lot of ways misleading, and their isn’t anything inherently wrong with that. Avengers: Age of Ultron is named after a story line that is a piece of hot garbage. However, Joss Whedon has come out and said that it’ll be almost nothing like the comic arc. This is almost guaranteed to be your face after reading Age of Ultron.

And those aren’t rain drops. Imagine them being tears of other people who also read Age of Ultron.

Going back to Days of Future Past though, the story is not supposed to be a Wolverine heavy story line. FOX has decided to make it the case though. Where instead of Kitty Pryde going back in time with her consciousness, which they easily could have done, they decide that sending Wolverine back through time using some crazy method they’re going to make up makes more sense somehow. X-Men: First Class was in my opinion the best of the X-Men franchise. While it had crazy inaccuracies, deviated from the books, and retconned a bunch of stuff from the previous films, they also had a bunch of cool characters, they actually took time to develop, and not just they’re relationship to Wolverine (i.e. the first 3 X-Men films.) This is pretty much why everyone hates Cyclops if I’m being completely honest, he wasn’t developed as a character, he was developed in a way that just made him someone who annoys the hell out of Wolverine. They always disagree, this is true, but they were still teammates with some rifts here and there up until a recent event in the comics (Schism 2011). See, the name Days of Future Past is a trap, because you get attracted by all of the names listed and the name of the movie, but I’m 90% sure because they changed the person going back in time it is going to be extremely Wolverine heavy. I’m telling you, ITS A TRAP.

We’re all birds, in the studio’s grand schemes.

Spider-Man? I’m going to go ahead and say, I’m pretty indifferent about the reboot. I think the The Amazing Spider-Man is just a rip-off of Batman Begins with a Spider-Man twist. You could argue that all superhero movies are the same, but let’s look at it for a quick second. The main bad guy in some way or another trains the protagonist. Both heroes decide that it is worth it in somehow to reveal their secret identity to the one that they love. The main bad guy has a plot that involves some toxins and shit to make the world the way they want it. However about this whole Sinister Six thing? I simply think that they should have learned from Spider-Man 3. Too many characters, scattered story, not enough development. There was a lot of hope for Spider-Man 3 and this is what many people feel like they got:

Wrecking ball? Or blindsided by an average movie after high expectations.

Ah. That leaves DC and WB and their plans for Justice League. A lot of the complaints for Man of Steel stem from the fact that it was too different from Superman movies in the past. Some people like the new direction some don’t. Most people, myself included simply wanted to see more Clark Kent and the Daily Planet, and Superman being Superman. As opposed to this whole zipping around the whole world doing whatever it takes that is normally reserved for Batman. I’ve always thought what made Superman great, was that he always does two things when most others can only do one thing, and sometimes even when he can’t. He’s flying to go fight Darkseid? He’ll probably still stop by California to stop an earthquake. OK thats a bit dramatic, but that’s Superman, big blue has never forgotten about the little guy, but he seemed to do that a lot in Man of Steel. I don’t have a problem with him killing Zodd really, I have a problem with him taking so long and letting so many people die before coming to said decision. To him, he won’t kill people because people may not know better, but he realizes that he’s essentially a god among men, and Zodd is the same, and he had a choice, and his choice was to be a dictator, so Superman killed Zodd. However, it still took him an hour of screen time fighting and a leveling of Metropolis to decide this. Basically, I could say a lot of things I dislike about Man of Steel, but they had a perfectly good opportunity to adjust these things in a sequel, or just explain some of the gaps. It teased that in a lot of ways with that whole Clark Kent thing at the end, but with the inclusion of a new Batman and Wonder Woman? They’re going to find a way to fit those characters in with Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburn still signed on to play their roles? Where Amy Adams signed on to co-lead this franchise as Lois Lane, she’ll likely take a backseat to Batman and Wonder Woman, which is really unfortunate.

I’m guessing Amy Adams’ and Laurence Fishburn’s response was similar to this after reading the script.

Ok, here is where I do my Brian thing. I’m not saying these films are guaranteed to be bad or mediocre. They could potentially blow the pants off of me. However, it all seems very rushed, with the exception of Spider-Man because that is planned to be after a trilogy is in place. It just seems like these studios are convinced that an ensemble expanded universe is what made The Avengers a successful movie. It’s not though. The Avengers is simply a good film. You can watch the film by itself, without having watched the previous 5, they just enrich the experience. Sure, the shock and awe of the cast probably brought in a good percentage of the box office, but I guarantee the word of mouth was amazing. I saw the film, and I had to tell everyone I knew to watch it. Essentially, this was me:

Exactly what I did inside the theater.

I’d be perfectly happy to be wrong about the other films. I hope these films prove me wrong and are masterpieces that make me need to change my pants. But something tells me the studios are OK with making mediocre movies as long as they make enough money, and will continue to do so until the money stops.

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“We’re the Dudes at 4 A.M.”

Before there was NerdSwole, there was a time where two dudes traveled two hours to visit another dude. Together, these three dudes created a podcast about life. About Videogames. About Movies. About Friendship. About Relationships. And most importantly, the podcast brought them together at an ungodly hour to delve into the things only extremely tired college students can.

This was the era of the Dudes @ 4 A.M.

The Dudes at 4AM is a podcast made by a small group of friends who decided they wanted to share their experiences about life with others.

Some of our friends know the podcast as it was during its heyday, but for those who don’t know, the Dudes @ 4 A.M. was a podcast that we did. Alex edited, Brian was the idea man, and Erin brought the 4AM philosophy and introduced the term “peanuts.” Heck, even Christian Bale guest starred! We covered a lot of ground in those lengthy podcasts and for those of your with some free time on your hand, you can feel free to watch them on youtube or download them for free onto your computers.

For each dude, what was your purpose for jumping onto Dudes and what did you want to come of it?

Erin: I had been a huge fan of podcasts and always wanted to try doing my own. So one night, driving for 2 hours after midnight, I asked if these other dudes wanted to help me and the rest is history. All I really wanted was to hear what my voice sounds like digitally. Oh and to be philosophical and stuff.

Brian: Obviously it was the fame and fortune.

Alex: I thought it’d be fun to try something that was public. It’s not everyday that you share with the world your endless conversations on gaming, relationships, and everything nerd with the world.

The podcast was for us a bonding experience and for others, truly enjoyable. What do you think was the best thing to come out of the podcast?

Erin: EVERYTHING no but actually I think the best thing was how it brought just a lot of people that we knew together. I mean friends that we didn’t even expect became fans and we all just had a fun time talking about some deep stuff, solving problems, and sometimes creating more. It’s just one of those things that brought a lot of joy and fun for us during our college lives, and even if it died or didn’t become huge, it’s still something we’ll keep close to heart and never forget.

Brian: The Romantic Date Scale. Maybe the dating advice. Basically every podcast ever.

Alex: The response was always positive. People who listened were always enjoying it, always asking for more, and always having very positive ideas for the podcast. It showed that what we had to offer was worth it and the support was something I always cherished.

The Dudes eventually died out, but the legacy remains with NerdSwole. Any regrets from the end of Dudes?

Erin: I regret not being more focused on making it more special. For any project like this, you really have to dedicate time to it if you believe in it and want it to grow big. Unfortunately, with all the school and life, it was hard to make it more than what it was.

Brian: Well, the regret would be that it died. It could have been something really special, but we were awful about keeping schedules. A big part of growing a fan base to me is keeping regular updates.

Alex: I think the videos were a step in the right direction and I think our community actually enjoyed the content we had. Like Brian said, scheduling was a huge hassle as we all had our burdens, but I hope we can bring that same love and energy to NerdSwole. I also regretted how the videos were compromised around episode 12-13. They were great podcasts but the regulations at the time were creating unnecessary obstacles for our viewers and myself.

Given the opportunity, would you like to see the Dudes revived?

Erin: In a away, like the dudes mentioned above, Nerd Swole is the pseudo-revival of Dudes at 4 am. This website is our easier way of keeping up with the nerdy stuff we love, and hopefully down the road we’ll incorporate a lot of the Dudes stuff that we used to do into this website. Then we’ll really have something special, I think, and it would be a dream to have our work mesh like that.

Brian: Yeah, it’d be great, but it’d have to be with a renewed commitment. More videos too.

Alex: I dunno. It was a lot of work for not much payout and I think it would just have to be in a different direction to get back on board.

To wrap things up, which podcast was your all-time favorite?

Erin: I had a lot of fun doing our podcast about The Dark Knight Returns. We had a really great discussion and it was just super compelling to do.

Brian: Whichever one I talked the most in.

Alex: The first one is a hard one to beat. Perfectly combining nerdom with romantic comedies and video games, it was us at our excitable best.

For your viewing pleasure, the Romantic Date Scale, courtesy of the Dudes @ 4 AM.

You're welcome.
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