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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Well you guys seemed to like it and we went along with it. We’re sorry it took so long, and we’re hoping to streamline the process to make more of these to keep up with all of the questions being asked. Thanks for being so patient.
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Late in 2014, Marvel and DC announced the movie wars to end all movie wars. Both are featuring both iconic and fairly low key characters and you may be thinking, “Who are these people?” So we’ve got the list of movies, and the comics to read in order to know what’s up.
To get caught up on who these individuals are, here are some recommended books, shows, and movies from the folks at Nerdswole. While most of these picks headline the heroes, some of these characters play supporting roles or are simply featured in the stories where they truly shine.
Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
He’s the second Ant-Man, not necessarily a genius, a law-abiding citizen, a good dad, or even a good guy. However, like Hawkeye, Scott turned his life over to good after several wake up calls and great opportunities. Paul Rudd (playing Scott Lang) will be in a weird place, trying to find the middle ground between deciphering Hank Pym’s past and making this C-list average hero a shining example of heroism.
Amanda Waller’s select squad of specialists, villains, thugs, and psychos, the Suicide Squad is used for tasks like infiltration, grand theft, and assassinations. The reformed villains are used for these missions because there are no extraction plans for these unloved characters. What will be seen from the ensemble cast is still up in the air, as Tom Hardy has just left the project.
Doctor Stephen Strange aka The Sorcerer Supreme resides in New York, with his assistant Wong. Not your average super-hero, Doctor Strange deals with everything supernatural and magical, which is a huge shift from Marvel’s cinematic universe. The realistic interpretations of the fantastical realms of Asgard, the infinity gems, and even the Maximoff twins will directly contrast the world brought by the spiritual realm.
The joke of the Justice League, Aquaman has gotten an incredible push because of Geoff John’s run in the New 52. Arthur Curry is the ruler of Atlantis, a person from both land and sea, and a member of the Justice League for good reason.
T’Challa is the king of Wakanda, a legacy hero, and an important ruler with the likes of Namor, and Black Bolt. His role in Civil War will have major ramifications in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as his land houses vibranium (material used for Captain America’s shield), sophisticated technology, and its own government. Black Panther is never to be underestimated.
Billy Batson was bestowed with the magic of the Wizard Shazam to become the hero we all know today. With just one word, Billy summons lightning to transform into the hero whose strength matches Superman.
A mystery from the people of Earth, the Inhumans live above New York on a floating island called Attilan. Black Bolt rules over his people without saying a single word, for his voice can shatter worlds.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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It is an interesting thing isn’t it? To consider the X-Men franchise separate from Marvel Studios, but we have to remember that they are in fact separate universes in this case. That being said, FOX has stated their case to attempt to dominate the superhero market in 2016 with 3 X-Men movies that year. No trailers/teasers out just yet, but they planted the flags for release dates for Deadpool, Gambit, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
It’s an interesting move to say the least, but to think that they will actually dominate the box office and the superhero movie market is a bit of a stretch considering the other heavy hitters coming out that year, Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Those films have been spoken about and discussed at length, lets see what FOX and the X-Men have going for them.
The film that’s been in limbo for quite some time and was finally greenlit will feature Ryan Reynolds returning as Wade Wilson. The infamous test footage leaked and the internet was set ablaze. You can see it in all of it’s gruesome glory here:
It’s slated to be released February 12th, 2016, just in time for… Valentines day? Anyway, I’m not sure people like Deadpool as much as they think they like Deadpool. Yes, he has a very dedicated group of comic book readers/fans and is very funny when he breaks the fourth wall with sarcasm and other bits, but does he appeal to a general public as much as the other X-Men? Probably not.
The character in a lot of ways is meant to be annoying and crazy, and that could rub a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the character the wrong way. FOX really needs to hit this one out of the park to really have any belief that they can have another solid property without requiring Wolverine to be in it and I’m not completely sure Deadpool is the guy to do so. I’d be happy to be proven wrong with a solid film though.
The likeliest of the three films to make a big splash. The sequel to the super popular X-Men: Days of Future Past has the most recognizable name and the biggest names in the cast. There isn’t a reason to believe that people won’t go see this film, it has the huge names and will probably get the biggest marketing push of the 3 films.
All of the details for all films are thin, but the 70’s cast of Days of Future Past will be present and the main X-Men in the film. I don’t know that this film will be as good as DoFP because DoFP played a lot on nostalgia showing the old X-Men and spent a lot of time essentially erasing and dealing with the lesser films of the franchise (X3, X-Men Origins). However, it is completely possible that this film also outdoes DoFP considering we’ll still have Director Bryan Singer and Singer has given reason to show faith in his work on the X-Men movies so I expect X-Men films to continue being the proud tentpole for FOX.
Ah, the film that was just announced. It will star Channing Tatum and will release on October 7th, 2016. Other details are sparse, but this I applaud FOX for listening to the fans who have demanded X-Men that haven’t really been featured heavily in the X-Men movies.
Tatum has stepped up (no pun intended) quite a bit as an actor. He’s shown raw sex appeal and bankability for quite sometime, but he recently showed gritty and more serious acting ability in Foxcatcher. I think Tatum will do fine as Remy LeBeau, but it will always be up to the producer/director/writers/studio to ultimately decide what product they make.
All that being said, it’s a great time to be a nerd, with all of these characters being brought to the big screen. To answer my original question, I still have my doubts about FOX releasing 3 X-Men films in 1 year and taking on the previously mentioned Juggernauts (again, no pun intended), but FOX is certainly trying their hardest to take a bigger slice of the superhero movie pie. Basically, quality over quantity, but who knows, maybe FOX makes 3 quality movies and everyone throws out their Iron Man masks and Batman cowls. Hah, just kidding.
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There’s never a shortage of a teams when you’re talking about Superheroes. Avengers, Teen Titans, Justice League, X-Men, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, B.P.R.D., even Team Avatar! With the flood of these powerful groups, there’s bound to be a forgotten few. Here’s a couple you may have forgot or never even heard of.
The Warriors (Ultimate Spider-Man comics)
Ultimate Spider-Man’s original run had young Peter Parker going up against just about everyone. From the Sinister Six and Hulk to the spot and Venom, Spidey just never caught a break. And while he’s had many team ups, the odd team of Moon Knight, Iron Fist, and Shang-Chi can’t be matched. It was the street level smack down that only lasted a few issues. For more of that street level goodness, you can read Shadowland or wait anxiously for Daredevil and the rest of the Marvel Netflix series.
Young Justice (Young Justice TV Show)
A team of Teen Titans, Young Justice broke the mold by spitting right in the face of what it meant to be a sidekick versus a main hero. The team of young heroes formed together out of convenience more than unanimous decision, and had been thrown up against the worst of the worst. Red Tornado’s family, AMAZO, Deathstroke, heck even a whole Injustice League (Joker, Count Vertigo, Black Adam, Poison Ivy, and more!). The team was constantly lied to, built up their own base of operations, and survived countless surprise attacks. Unfortunately, toy sales for the team were not ideal and Cartoon Network pulled the plug. If you ask me, they are the most deserving of a third season.
Justice Guild (Justice League TV Show)
The Justice League’s Justice Society of America, this team was meant to encapsulate the Golden Age heroes that would inspired the Justice League via comics. These heroes mimic Golden Age Heroes such as the Flash, Black Cat, and Superman. Unfortunately, the team is lost when they discover they have been doomed all along and sacrifice themselves to save the JLA. It would have been nice if the Justice League were able to travel to this universe again and save these heroes from their world.
Legion Lost (New 52)
While there a plenty of Legion teams, Legion Lost is a team that captured my attention instantly. A team that we are introduced to mid mission, they are flung into the 21st century after a crucial mission goes wrong. Left stranded out of time and with failure on their heads, the Legion finds a way to track down their original objective while trying to find a way home. With a hybrid creature who makes teleportation holes (Portal style), a radioactive kid on the verge exploding (only to be contained in a suit), a young Wolverine, a double agent shape-shifted, and a leader who can’t act in charge but still uses his voice as his main power (Black Canary style), this rag tag team of heroes is the Teen Titans I’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, as is the way with most new 52 DC books, it was cancelled after 16 issues. Hopefully we’ll see the team regroup after the big Converge event of 2015.
Umbrella Academy (Umbrella Academy Comics)
The “what” Academy? This team of unexpected, super-powered kids, were all randomly born at the same time when a wrestler was giving the finishing blow in a cosmic boxing match. The women who gave birth to these children showed no signs of pregnancy beforehand. 7 of these children are taken under the guidance of Sir Reginald Hargreeves, an adventurer who molds the super-powered youngsters into a team of heroes. Yes, this is all the first few pages.
The team has two books and writer Gerard Way (lead vocals for My Chemical Romance) is supposedly working on a third and fourth volume. More people should know about this dysfunctional team, as they are the most refreshing team on this list and in the modern era of comics.
Pre-2012 Avengers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
I’ll have to thank Brian for reminding me that only comic book people cared about the Avengers before the movie blew everyone way.
Did you really care about Thor before Chris Hemsworth requested another coffee? Did you really care for a Captain America movie, knowing it was just a lead-up for the Avengers (just because that type of movie had never been done for superheroes)? The answer was no. Before Iron Man, the world wanted more of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series and for a better Spider-Man, a better X-Men, and a better Fantastic Four. It wanted more Transformers, more Avatar, and a completely new Superman movie. The world was not ready for Joss Whedon’s Avengers and now every kid wants to be Iron Man (or at least have his suit) or Captain America (modern Winter Soldier version) for Halloween.
Before this movie (and Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe), the Avengers had been disbanded, raged a Civil War, and fought off a Skrull Invasion, all under the lead of Brian Michael Bendis (among many great writers and artists). Bendis now successfully helms the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy (among plenty of other books), but his contributions to the Avengers have paved the way to success and interest in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Honorable Mentions go to teams I’m not fully informed on
Suicide Squad (They’re slowly getting the respect they’ve earned with books and movies left and right).
Challengers of the Unknown
Plus many more…
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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.
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.
Here’s the comparison of our modern Batmen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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With MARVEL NOW reupdating for a new year with it’s ALL NEW #1s and DC continuing to released great titles on its New52 makeover, it’s a great time to be a comic book reader. Before we jump into 2014, let’s take a look back at the great year we just had.
What was one of the best titles from 2013?
Erin: I’ll be the one to shoutout to the small publishers/indie titles and say Saga from Image is hands-down one of the year’s best comics. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are basically creating the next Star Wars/LOTR epic and world that everyone should be experiencing. It’s got adventure, emotion, wit, humor, flying sharks, and beautiful art. There’s something in this story for everyone and I think it’s worth for everyone to check out.
Brian: New Avengers. Drama? You got it. Funnies? You got it. Action? You got it. Lasting effects on the Marvel U? You bet your ass.
Alex: I’d have to see I was struggling between a few titles. Hawkeye, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up,Indestructible Hulk, Avengers, Thanos: Rising, and Uncanny Avengers were all standout titles for me, but Thor: God of Thunder had, without a doubt, captivated me with every issue. Esad Ribic’s (Loki, Uncanny X-Force) beautiful art from the first two arcs are breathtakingly gorgeous. Jason Aaron’s grasp on Thor and the grandiose nature of his world is epic, as he handles time travel, the apocalypse, and three Thors with love and grace. It’s a gorgeous book that shouldn’t pass any comic book reader, fan of Thor or not.
Which title are you most disappointed with from 2013?
Erin: I mean other than the obvious Age of Ultron disappointment, I would say Teen Titans has been disappointing because it has never really gotten better. The ending of Battle of the Atom was disappointing and rushed. And while I love them, Guardians of the Galaxy has been a little disappointing, but not bad, because nothing has really happened in that book and I feel like Bendis and company have sort of brushed the team and their book to the side.
Brian: Had you asked me while I was in the middle of Iron Man say around issue 13 or so, I’d have said Iron Man probably. However, the ending of the secret origins of Tony Stark arc was really very interesting, whether you liked it or not, you most assuredly did not see it coming. I really felt like World’s Finest: Power Girl/Huntress had a chance to be really good and while it did improve, I couldn’t help but be disappointed still, with the dialogue still feeling forced, and the lack of balance and pacing. So I’m going with World’s Finest.
Alex: Even with Age of Ultron doing absolutely nothing after a shocking and promising start, I’d have to say Nova really let me down. Jeph Loeb (The Long Halloween, Marvel Colors series) is one of my favorite writers and he started Sam Alexander’s humble beginnings. We got some mysterious backstory and even some of the Gaurdians of the Galaxy showed up to help train our young Nova. However, the story lost some focus and when Loeb left after four or fives issues, I felt there was nothing really going on in the comic. Some issues were monotonous, revealing nothing about any characters. It seemed to be more of a set-up for New Warriors, which wasn’t that promising to begin with. The Infinity ties in gave Nova something to do, but the impact is still left to be seen. Nova lacks a lot of punch, and while it has heart, the story doesn’t develop. With young heroes like Alpha, Ultimate Spider-Man, and even the young X-men showing that youth is not a handicap, it’s a shame to see Nova do so little with a year under its belt.
Well enough about 2013. With a new year, we get new comics! Which title are you looking forward to continuing in 2014?
Erin: Very excited to continue with Hickman’s Avengers books after Infinity and everything he set up for the Avengers world. Hickman is clearly in for the long haul with his slow building Avengers story, so can’t wait to see what he comes up with this year. Also excited to just keep reading Scott Snyder’s Batman and see what he has in store this new year.
Brian: New Avengers. Avengers. Iron Man. Hawkeye. Fearless Defenders. Thor: God of Thunder. Forever Evil. Justice League. A lot. A bunch honestly.
Alex: Avengers, Thor: God of Thunder, Uncanny X-Men, Batman Beyond Universe, and Superior Spider-Man, along with Team-Up.With Amazing returning with an all new #1, I’m curious about how the new Goblin arc in Superior will lead into Amazing. And what will become of Superior?
Which new title are you excited to jump into this year?
Erin: I’m basically excited for all of the new “All-New Marvel NOW!” stuff. All-New X-Factor, Inhuman, and Black Widow especially. Don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep up a Black Widow solo title, but I’m really just in for Phil Noto’s art.
Brian: She-Hulk. I’m really excited for her to get a solo story again. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for awhile, and I’ve always thought she could be one of the faces of Marvel. And I think she can be a truly dynamic character if writer Charles Soule decides to do so. And while I like Javier Pulido’s work, I really wish that she was going to be drawn by Frank Cho or Amanda Conners. That’s a minor thing though, I think this book has a lot of potential.
Alex: I think Inhumanity has the biggest premise to be a lasting and important comic book event. The event is on the scope of Secret Invasion, but casts a tone that’s similar to X-Men. The #1 has a lot of earth shattering changes to cover and adds a lot of mystery to an already mysterious world of the Inhumans.
Last year, we saw Hawkeye take away an Eisner with Fraction and Aja’s incredible comic. Any predictions for surprise comic of the year?
Erin: I bet you that Forever Evil spins off into a new Lex Luthor series that becomes the best comic DC produces in years. It’s either that or a Cyborg title.
Brian: I legitimately have no idea. But here’s hoping it’s She-Hulk, because if it turned out a book I really wanted to be good actually was good, that’d be pretty dope.
Alex: I’m pretty unknown to the whole Inhuman side of Marvel myself. With Inhumanity shaking things up and Fraction taking the reigns on the new Inhumans comic, I see great potential in giving plenty of strangers new powers and seeing the world that’s created.
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