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!

GIVEAWAY: Superman: For Tomorrow

It’s the last month of the year, but thanks to the reception we’ve had for the last two giveaways, we’re having another giveaway. Each one will be a separate article so we can better track the contestants to put into our random hat to pull out a winner! To win, check out the terms below.

The Rules:

-You have to like our facebook page, this is so we can keep track of who shares the post and put down a name.

-SHARE Nerd Swole’s facebook post! It has to be ours, or we won’t be able to know who has shared and hasn’t shared the link to track the name! You can also enter by retweeting this tweet with the hashtag #NerdSwoleGiveaway.

-That’s it! You’re entered and at 11:59PM,  December 5th we will close the entry and pick a winner on December 6th!

In honor of the recently ended Superman: Unchained, I decided we all need a bit more Jim Lee and Superman in our lives. Today’s freebie is….

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The book is not wrapped in plastic but this trade paperback is in great shape, no problem

Here’s the official description:
“The complete 12-part saga from SUPERMAN #204-215 written by Brian Azzarello with sensational art by Jim Lee!
A cataclysmic event has struck the Earth. Millions of people have vanished without a trace. No one is left unaffected; not even Superman! But after a year, Superman is left with many questions. For a hero who tries to have all the answers, it’s torture. And, just as the action heats up and the stakes are raised, one huge question emerges: Just how far is Superman willing to go ‘For Tomorrow?'”

 

Women in Comics: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward

Let’s talk women in comics. Comic companies such as Marvel and DC have been taking big strides to connect with a newer generation. This week continues DC’s wide release of Selfie variants, which are fun ways to play with the characters and take a step away from the serious events. Some major characters have received big overhauls in character. Supergirl has just been given the okay by CBS for a TV series in the near future. On the topic of gender, this week marks the release of Thor #1, in which a female character will lift Mjolnir after the current Thor is deemed unworthy.

Thor-God-of-Thunder-PreviewWho it is shall be revealed, but the past Thor title (God of Thunder) and the recent Marvel event Original Sin, made this transition seem natural to the story.

Unfortunately, it seems that for all the good, there is still the bad. The comic book world (and major media outlets) had a field day after a preview for Spider-Woman’s #1 variant by Milo Manera was released. People who know the artist (pro-tip: Googling Milo Manera is NSFW, you’ve been warned) can expect this type of erotic work. However, Marvel should have pulled this from the start. For a title that’s going to not only be a #1, but also be seen by young men and women, this is not a good or positive way to re-introduce such an interesting character who has so much depth and struggles with identity, purpose, and acceptance.

This week has been DC’s day to face the music, as the release of some incredibly sexist shirts went up for sale on amazon.com.

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Seriously, who would want these?

Not that Marvel didn’t pull this same crap last year with these equally ignorant shirts.

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What does it mean that these type of mistakes keep happening? Admittedly, heroes in comics are generally portrayed in fantastical ways and artists tend to exaggerate both male and female characters to fit the expectation of the readers. However, sometimes artists and writers seem to lose complete sight of what’s appropriate or even appealing. The variant cover below for the Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Halloween Special is one of many, but this cover in particular is disturbing. The girl is surrounded by monsters who are both looking at her like a piece of meat, but also restraining her, looking up her skirt, and holding her down. I don’t read the title, but at face value who is this supposed to appeal to? Kids will see cartoon looking monsters and think this behavior is okay.

How did this get approved?
How did this get approved?

Women being confined and limited by their gender is not okay and the sooner comic book companies began to incorporate that fact into their work is when they will better connect to their audiences.

It is new comic book day so feel free to buy what you like. However, support great comics that empower women onto an equal platform as men. Headlining titles with great female characters include Storm, Wonder Woman, Thor, Batwoman, and Harley Quinn. There are also current books with an assembly of great female characters such as Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Sex Criminals, Saga, Deadly Class, Avengers, X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and plenty more (these are just some that I’m reading).

Thanks for checking out this article and make sure to visit Nerdswole everyday for new content. Whether it is about movies, TV, video games, or comics, you know we have your nerdy needs covered at Nerdswole!

 

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!

Most Anticipated Comics of 2014

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.

The power of the art in Thor: God of Thunder has classical roots.
The power of the art in Thor: God of Thunder has classical roots.

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?

Enemies until the bitter end.
Enemies until the bitter end.

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-FactorInhuman, 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.

What's not to love? We missed you Jenny.
What’s not to love? We missed you, Jenny.

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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