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?

Let us know your thoughts! Please check out our Amazon Store, full of items that we recommend as Amazon Associates! 

Please like us on Facebook! And follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! Contact me at twentytwo.le@gmail.com if you’re interested in writing for Nerd Swole.

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.

terry-mcginnis-and-bruce-wayne-560x323

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.

tumblr_mxdmz3cdcq1t5k9hwo1_500

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!

Winter Preview 2014

We at NerdSwole tend to get wrapped up in everything DC and Marvel that we forget how many others amazing things are out there in the world of entertainment. Here’s a quick peek at what we’ve been loving and are looking forward to heading into the holidays.

TV

Over the Garden Wall

This little gem premiered last week and, boy, did it take me by surprise. From the creators of FlapJack comes the story of two brothers trying to find a way home. I found myself asking who this is targeted to, as the show is unabashedly adorable, cleverly written, and downright terrifying, all in 11 minute segments. Take a look at the first of these shorts and you’ll see what I mean.

ATTACK ON TITAN

The brutally beautiful anime of the year, Attack on Titan continues to stay strong in it’s incredibly grim tale. The world have been ravaged by enormous titans who eat people. As the world converges into a singular country surrounded by three main walls, all aspects of civilzation are thrust together in the most intense of circumstances. Politics, love, military, friendship, family, and everything else in the world is challenged when ruthless beasts terrorize humanity. With an intricate story, a whole host of characters (none of whom are safe), and beautiful animation, Attack of Titan will keep your heart racing with each new episode.

Pro Tip: Subs over dubs.
Pro Tip: subs over dubs.

JUSTIFIED

We have full coverage on why this show is amazing right here, but as it can’t be said enough, everyone should be watching this under-rated show.

COMICS

The Walking Dead

When you learn to separate adaptations from their source material, you can both enjoy things as they are and appreciate innovativeness when appropriate. Not all adaptions are 1 to 1 (Iron Man Extremis & Mandarin stories in comparison to Iron Man 3) and some are so off the mark (Claremont’s Dark Phoenix Saga to X-Men 3), but there are the stories that take liberties where they need me and stray off to their own path. Walking Dead is one of those creatures that succeeds in that right. I’ll put this one under TV shows as well because both accomplish the same task, keep things fresh from staying separate, and, most of all, put in the effort to keep us asking for more.

Walking_Dead_comic_picture

Saga

Saga is an interesting book that takes everything that is great in Star Wars and succeeds by not being bogged down by the continuity of Star Wars. A space epic starring two young lovers from different species, rank, and worlds who fight to protect their child, Saga accomplishes so much development in just an issue a month. The story expands to a whole host of characters, civilizations, cultures, and incredible narration that is impossible not to love. If you’re not reading Saga, you clearly have yet to speak to Nerdswole founder Erin Abdelrazaq.

saga-alana-marko-and-hazel-sandman-preacher-saga-and-soulfire-these-comics-need-movies

Wytches

Scott Snyder is well known at the moment for American Vampire, Batman: The Black Mirror, and currently, writing the fantastic reboot of Batman for DC’s New 52. However, he’s begun Wytches, a disturbing horror tale about a young girl who sees horrific creatures and the family who has to support her throughout her youthful development. Snyder takes his own personal memories, creates a disturbing world, and with Jock’s incredibly grim art, warps everything that was once safe.

Have fun sleeping at night.
Have fun sleeping at night.

Resurrectionists

While this story takes on an old premise of body swappers and identity issues, Dark Horses’ new book creates a wholly new tone in this tale of the ages. Jericho is a man who is about to rob a museum for an antique egyptian artifact. As he dozes off before the heist, he awakens as an Egyptian ruler who finds himself betrayed by his employer. The parallels between his vivid dreams and his current underwhelming life collide as this heist becomes his way of finding meaning. This is definitely one to follow and as it just released this week, there’s no time like the present to check out this book!

Cheesy, yet appropriate. Welcome to page 1.
Cheesy, yet appropriate. Welcome to page 1.

Movies

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s latest offering is a space epic starring Matthew McConaughey, Michael Cane, and Anne Hathaway. Earth’s time is rapidly ending and the explorers are looking for their last hope: living on a new planet. The team travels through a wormhole and what they find on the other end is something that needs to be seen to be believed. Interstellar is beautiful, powerful, and you can see it now in theaters.

interstellar.black_.hole_

Big Hero 6

Disney’s latest offering cheats this category since it is based off an actual Marvel comic book limited series. Big Hero 6 stars Hiro Hamada who is technically gifted in robotics technology. After losing his brother, Hiro designs new robotics suits for him and his friends to combat evil. Disney has had a successful string of movies (Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph) and continues to push the envelope in this amazing film. Big Hero 6 is playing in theaters now.

big-hero-6-immersed

Horrible Bosses 2

Following up on the original’s success, Horrible Bosses 2 sees our trio, the returning Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day becoming their own bosses and creating their own hit product. When their distributor decides to cheat them out of a sale, the trio decides to take charge by kidnapping his son (Chris Pine) and insanity ensues. With Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Anniston, and Jamie Foxx reprising their roles from the original, Horrible Bosses is set to succeed where The Hangover fell off. Horribles Bosses 2 is in theaters November 26th, 2014.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The last in the epic Hobbit trilogy, we find Bilbo, Thorin and the rest of the dwarves dealing a new army to battle and an enraged Smaug to defeat. As this trilogy wraps up, audiences will be able to see two trilogies engrossed with the beautiful world of Middle Earth. This last entry releases in theaters on December 17th, 2014.

The-Hobbit-The-Battle-of-the-Five-Armies-HD-Movie-2014-3

 

There’s plenty more on the way (not to mention games), that we’ll be doing an exclusive preview for coming soon. Let us know on twitter, facebook, or the comments below what you’re looking forward to as winter fast approaches. Don’t forget to check out our Amazon store for all the great games, comics, shows, and movies we’re recommending!

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.

 

mtDcR - Imgur
Here’s the comparison of our modern Batmen.

 

 

christian-bale-batcave_pod_image_01

ben-affleck-batman-physique-buff-bulky__oPt

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.

Batman_Vol_2_Annual_1_Cover-1
Here’s Batman in his own comics, clearly not skipping leg day.
DC-new-52
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.

batman-smacks-the-shit-out-of-superman

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!

Batman: The Retrospective

It’s the retrospective you need, but not the one you deserve.

Here at NerdSwole, there is no shortage of love for the caped crusader. With Batman: Arkham Origins due to hit stores this week, we decided to dedicate this retrospective to look back at our favorite adventures in Gotham.

As most kids in Gotham tell it differently, I have to ask. What did you think when you first saw the Batman?

Erin: That he would probably be my best friend until the day I die. Batman is definitely one of the first five superheroes/comics characters I encountered in life, and he made me very excited to become the nerd I am today.

Alex: I first saw the Batman when I played Batman Returns for the Super Nintendo and loved clobbering baddies. But I didn’t really know who Batman was. He was just a guy in a cape who threw stuff and took on people twice his size (not too uncommon of 90s video game characters). It wasn’t until I saw the animated series that I understood who Batman really was. I grew up with him in his fight for justice in Gotham. For those sweet 22 minutes, I knew there was a silent protector who wouldn’t sit by as injustice and crime run rampant.

Brian: I thought he was amazing. I first saw him in Batman TAS, and here was this guy dressed up in a crazy badass outfit, beating people not only physically as every other superhero does, but with his mind. In a way, Batman made it cool to be smart.

So far into the Arkham franchise, what’s your favorite moment?

Erin: I’m all about the scenery. I love seeing Arkham Island and being able to explore the various buildings and then how that transformed into Arkham City and basically getting as close as you could to experiencing a real-life Gotham environment.

Alex: The scarecrow moments from Arkham Asylum have always tripped me out. Thematically, they’re creepy and heart-wrenching. Technically, they’re a nice break in pace and the battles remind me of the Psycho Mantis battle from Metal Gear Solid where I was scared my console crashed.

Brian: The plot twists of Arkham City.

Now a round of favorites: Comic, Film, and Costume.

Erin: Gonna go cliché (but truthful) and say my favorite comic is Batman: Year One by Miller and Mazzucchelli. Favorite film is of course The Dark Knight. I actually appreciate a lot of the different suits Batman has had. My real answer is probably the suit from the animated series. My less real answers are the suits from the Brave and the Bold TV series and the killer Zur-En-Arrh suit.

Alex: The Batman comic that always stands out, for me, is The Long Halloween/Dark Victory. The artwork, emotional punch, and best Bat-monologues. Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale are one of my favorite teams in comics and their work in the Batman universe is forever etched into my brain. For films, I don’t think I’ll ever get past how incredible The Dark Knight was when I first saw it and how emotionally stirring it remains every time I watch it. And I have to go with the Long Halloween again on the suit. The cap flows beautiful and cloaks Batman as much as his city does. It’s also the perfect mix between 1970s blue batman suit and the modern age/new 52 black and gray.

Brian: Killing Joke. Justice League: Doom. Batman: TAS

We all know that any hero is nothing without a villain and Batman never has a shortage of any crazies in his city. Name your top 3 villains. 

Erin: The Joker, Catwoman, and a tie between Doctor Simon Hurt and the Court of Owls.

Alex: Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, and Clayface. Mr. Freeze’s “Heart of Ice” really moved me as a kid and remains one of my favorite Batman episodes. His following appearances and revamped design into the comic universe Two-Face has always seemed so tragic to me. No matter what Bruce does, he can never get back one of his few friends. The dichotomy between the two speaks wonders about Batman’s guilt and his never-ending quest to help Harvey Dent. As for Clayface, I loved his animated depictions. I feel anytime he is present, he can be drawn and animated with such wonder and creativity. From the end-scene of “Feat of Clay” to him being featured in Justice League and Arkham City, everything about Clayface is tragic and beautiful all at once.

Brian: Joker, Bane, and Deathstroke.

Now here’s a tough one. Who makes a better team: the Dynamic Duo or the World’s Finest?

Erin: I mean as much as I love Batman and Superman, I have to go with the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin, specifically if the Robin is Dick Grayson or Tim Drake. Bruce just has a huge soft spot for Robin, and it actually adds to their cooperation and teamwork rather than make them weak. Clark and Bruce just fight too much and fight together more out of respect than love for each other sometimes.

Alex: As much as my childhood would hate to say it, I think Batman and Superman make the better team. I feel the Robin (in his/her various forms) have always complimented Batman. No matter who is behind the eye-mask, Batman is in charge and Robin is the soldier. This is not the case for the Batman/Superman team. They represent different ideals and have their own methods. They challenge each other at every decision, even when on the same side. And most importantly, they can accomplish more at once. I say World’s Finest.

Brian: With so many different Robins it’s hard for me to say. If we were talking grayson/drake then it’d be a toss up for me. But since we’re talking about all of the robins through out different eras and timelines, I’m going World’s Finest.

Fotor01020194746

What’s one tool (that Batman doesn’t already have) that’s missing from the utility belt?

Erin: The same sort of helicopter helmet/head that Inspector Gadget has.

Alex: I’ve never understood why every robin has a staff but Batman never carries one. I’m sure he loves jumping around and smashing everyone’s faces in with his own hands and legs, but for a man of efficiency, I think an extendable weapon would help more than hurt.

Brian: A quick inflatable batman that he could just throw out after the smoke bombs.

If Bruce Wayne were to actually die in battle (like real people do, not like Superman) or go the way of Peter Parker and be swapped indefinitely into nothingness, who do you think could be Batman?

Erin: I honestly like the way Christopher Nolan and the animated universe interpreted the Batman symbol in that anyone could really take up the mantle. Anyone with the passion and heart could learn from Bruce Wayne, in the same way that John Blake (Robin) and Terry McGinnis do. It has to be someone as troubled or hurt as Bruce Wayne though, so that they can be driven by that passion to save a corrupt area.

Alex: If he were to die and be gone for good, I would hope that Batman would have inspired someone new to take his mantle. Someone who would’ve figured out how to do some of these things. I just watched The Dark Knight Returns in full and seeing the sons of Batman from the comics compare with the film versions, I think someone must have taken it upon themselves to become a Batman in case he dies. Brian reminded me that this is akin to the Reign of the Supermen! and I think someone like Steel, who is inspired by Superman to do good, could become Batman and be inspired by hope of a better Gotham. This new guy (or gal) would not be Batman Beyond, because I would hope for this Batman to become all their own without Bruce Wayne.

Brian: To me the precedence that was set, was someone who was taught or learned heavily from Bruce Wayne. Whether it be nolanverse, animated, or comic book. The mantle of Batman can be a symbol, but it always comes back to Bruce Wayne in some way. That’s why I’ll go the obvious answer, and say Dick Grayson.

In your opinion, what makes Batman one of the greatest superheroes of all time?

Erin: Oh man, the million dollar question. He’s flawed and not afraid to explore those flaws. In fact, his brooding and introverted nature make him unique. He’s also one of the only detective superheroes, and the original too. He has one of the darkest pasts and origin stories in all of comics, and beyond anything else, he’s a character with so much depth that there are never a shortage of great stories about him. He’s not afraid to do what’s necessary, but at the same time he’s very compassionate deep down. His complexity is unmatched by any other superhero, and honestly, that’s what makes him so cool.

Alex: Batman, for me, symbolizes everything that Superman is not. Superman has always had to power that helps him save those who do not. Exponential strength, an never-ending list of new powers and creativity using them, finding peaceful solutions to subdue enemies instead of killing them (whether it’s trapping Doomsday in a series of tele-porters or subduing the Elite by faking his own madness) and above all, doing everything in the name of peace. He lives to inspire those to stand proudly above what’s wrong. For Batman, he had to strive to do this all his own. He became a legend in his streets, an enigma to 99.9% of the world, created a family to help in his fight for justice, and honed his body and mind to perfection. Superman does everything with a smile, but Batman remains a dark, grim face that accomplishes everything with fists and wits. For Batman to endure all the fights, all the tragedies, and all the suffering is a colossal burden to bear. All the while having his body withering away and his mind becoming more and more jaded by the terrible things he sees, Batman never gives up. No matter what anyone thinks of Batman, there is always the upmost respect for him around the world because of his dedication to his duty and a compassionate heart that is forever shrouded by the bat.

Brian: It’s interesting, a lot of people look at Superman and call him the beacon for what humanity should strive to become. What I think is really cool and inspiring about Batman though, is that he is essentially the perfect example of what the peak of human perfection can be when completely committed to a cause. His mind, body, and soul are completely focused in his mission for justice. And even though he is motivated essentially by vengeance, he still shows what a human, that is completely committed with an indomitable will, is capable of. Despite having constant setbacks and tragic happenings, you can never truly count the Batman out and that isn’t a superhuman power unless you have a certain green ring, but with Batman, it certainly seems like it is.

For more guys going gaga over heroes, make sure to visit NerdSwole for a new retrospective every monday!