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Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? A parody of video essays targets The Dark Knight, a supercut of every punch Jason Statham has ever thrown on camera and Straight Outta Compton gets a hilarious Batman-themed mashup. But first, Mad Max: Fury Road gets an honest trailer that you surely won't want to miss. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Mad Max: Fury Road Honest Trailer
The Screen Junkies crew is back with yet another Honest Trailer, this week turning their snarky gaze to Mad Max: Fury Road. While this video is far less critical than most of the others in this long-running series, they do take director George Miller to task for essentially turning »
DC Entertainment explores the origins of the Arkham Knight today with the arrival of issue #1 of the limited series Batman: Arkham Knight – Genesis. We’ve got a preview for you right here; click on any of the gallery images for larger versions…
Witness the birth of Gotham City’s newest villain, the Arkham Knight, in this stunning new 6-issue miniseries written by Peter J. Tomasi, the man behind the hit series Batman: Arkham Knight and Batman And Robin!
Batman: Arkham Knight Genesis #1 is out now, priced $2.99.
- Gary Collinson
In 1967, William Dozier, the creator and executive producer of the Batman television series, concerned that the show’s ratings were falling, decided to introduce a female character on the side of law and order in an attempt to attract new viewers. He came up with Batgirl, who would help Batman (Adam West) and his adolescent sidekick, Robin (Burt Ward), in their crusade against the malign forces of “guest villains”. For this role, on a par with the caped crusader and the boy wonder, Dozier cast Yvonne Craig. Although Craig, who has died aged 78, had then been acting in films and television for a decade, she had Batgirl to thank for any fame she attained.
The Dynamic Duo became the Tremendous Trio when Craig first appeared in Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin, aired »
- Ronald Bergan
Yvonne Craig, best known for playing Batgirl in the 1960s’ Batman television series, passed away Monday at her home in California after a long battle with cancer. Reportedly, Craig had been suffering from breast cancer, which had recently spread to her liver. She was 78. Craig joined the cast of Batman, which premiered in 1966, in its third season, portraying the character of Batgirl (and her alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon) in all 26 episodes of Season 3. In the series, Craig’s Barbara never knew Batman and Robin’s true identities, and hers also remained unknown to them, with Alfred being the only aware that Barbara was actually Batgirl. In addition to her iconic role on Batman, Craig’s other television credits include notable guest appearances on Love, American Style, Star Trek, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis, The Mod Squad, Starksy and Hutch, and Fantasy Island. Most recently, »
- Chris King
We already knew Will Arnett and Michael Cera would be joining forces to take down baddies as the voices of Batman and Robin, respectively, in The Lego Batman Movie, but we didn't know who the blocky yellow pair would be trying to take down -- until now. According to The Hollywood Reporter Zach Galifianakis is in talks to voice The Joker in Warner Bros.' forthcoming spinoff, which means my idea of turning the movie into an "Arrested Development" reunion and having David Cross or Tony Hale voice The Joker is all but dead, but it's okay, life goes on. I've grown a bit sour on Galifianakis in recent years, given the mostly one-note comedic range he has displayed since breaking out in 2009's The Hangover, but I liked him quite a bit in Birdman and I'm hopeful he can turn this role into something fun. The good news is »
- Jordan Benesh
Lego Batman Movie takes in "every era" of the superhero, say directors
The Hollywood Reporter is now saying that Birdman actor Galifianakis is in final talks to portray the Clown Prince of Crime in the upcoming movie.
If Galifianakis is cast, there will be two actors simultaneously playing The Joker in Warner Bros film franchises.
The Lego Batman Movie is scheduled to open on February 10, 2017 in Us and UK cinemas. »
Should the deal proceed as planned, the part would have him star opposite Will Arnett and Michael Cera for the animated feature, who are on board as crime-fighting duo Batman and Robin, respectively. Buoyed by the success of last year’s surprise hit, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will all return to oversee the anticipated spinoff, which will help flesh out The Caped Crusader’s role in WB’s burgeoning, blocky universe.
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Having lent his vocal chords to Bob’s Burgers and DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots, »
- Michael Briers
“Where’s your spirit of adventure?” asks Drax, the film's villain, before setting off in search of the final skull of Touganda. This sums up The Phantom nicely. It might not work, but they went on an adventure and tried something interesting and different. Cinema would be richer with a greater sense of adventure. That said, the spirit of the film being expressed by the villain does serve as an example of what a muddle the team behind The Phantom movie got themselves into.
The 1996 film The Phantom is a bit of an oddity. It gets a lot of stuff really wrong, yet there are other areas where it comes up with a really interesting approach to the challenge of making a comic adaptation. It »
If you haven't heard of Monster Hunt yet, that's probably because you don't live in China or follow international box office reports. But it's worth adding to your radar, because it's quickly becoming one of the biggest movies of all time. Here's what you need to know: What is Monster Hunt? Monster Hunt is a Chinese 3D IMAX fantasy film, seemingly aimed at kids, combining live-action and computer animation. Or, maybe it's just a live-action movie with CG creatures, but these creatures look more like cartoons than characters intended to seem realistic. It is directed by Raman Hui, an animator who has worked on a number of DreamWorks Animation features and shorts (plus Batman and Robin) and who co-directed Shrek the Third. What is...
- Christopher Campbell
Fantastic Four earned even less than expected this weekend with $25.7 million, but that's not the worst news for Fox today. The $120 million movie (that doesn't include the tens of millions spent on marketing) is likely to be one of 2015's biggest flops as it will likely lose as much as $60 million for the studio. That's one hell of a hit, and it's hard to imagine them wanting to risk moving ahead with a sequel based on these numbers. An analyst tells The Hollywood Reporter that Fantastic Four amounts to, "a negative start to Fox's already cautious forecast for a $200 million year-over-year decline in studio segment profits in fiscal year 2016." With a horrendous C- CinemaScore - worse even than Batman and Robin - Fantastic Four has been mauled by critics and even disowned by its director, so none of this should really come as too much of »
It was bad before, now it's getting nasty.
People have been quick to take sides in the debate over the failure of the "Fantastic Four" reboot which took just $26 million in its opening weekend and looks to have overtaken "Batman and Robin" to be the worst reviewed superhero film of all time.
Some have leapt to filmmaker Josh Trank's defense, seeing this as a debate about an artist with a vision who has been creatively stifled by capitalism-obsessed hollow men undermining him. Others have sided with the studio, painting Trank as an egotistical and out of control maverick who is running away from his own mess.
In the movie business, failure is an orphan and the truth almost always lies somewhere in between. After all, no-one sets out to make bad film and when one is made it's often a culmination of compromises and bad ideas from everyone involved made manifest. »
- Garth Franklin
Fox, Instagram & Marvel
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is officially out in the wild now, and it’s fair to say that critics and audiences alike haven’t been kind to it at all: it’s rocking an average review score lower than the likes of Batman and Robin and Elektra, and it’s dangerously close to dropping beneath Catwoman too.
So, what went wrong? Much has been made of the film’s troubled production and creative clashes between the studio and the director, but in reality, making F4 even half-way decent shouldn’t have been all that difficult, especially with the bar for success being set so low after the previous two Tim Story movies.
These changes may collectively amount to a lot, but individually, they’re pretty much basic common sense regarding what makes money and what audiences actually want to see. That nobody in charge of »
- Jack Pooley
Fantastic Four, 2015.
Directed by Josh Trank.
Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
For a comic book property that has failed with film adaptations three times, one would think that the fourth time would surely be the charm for a franchise dubbed Fantastic Four. Unfortunately that’s just wishful thinking, because as expected, this third reboot for the series is yet another disaster.
The writing was on the wall with Fox only making the movie so that they could hold onto the film licensing rights for the superheroes (keeping them away from Marvel whom probably could do wonderful »
- Robert Kojder
“Shredder, bent on revenge, has enlisted Baxter Stockman’s help in destroying the Tmnt once and for all. Stockman unleashes a swarm of Mousers and Flyborgs, which have just hunted the Turtles down!”
Last month’s issues focused on Casey and the citizens of New York, making for an entertainingly different view of the battle that is now raging across the city. #48, with art by ‘awesome in a different way from Santolouco’ Cory Smith, switches back to our main heroes as they protect themselves from the Baxter hoards. Smith creates some dynamic panels, and gives me/us an entire page of just my two favourite turtles, Leo and Mikey. It’s a touching moment amongst the chaos, and much appreciated.
If you know your Tmnt you’ll grin in the same way I did as you find out how Donatello and Kirby communicate »
- Chris Cooper
With The Joker, Deathstroke, The Penguin, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn returning to Gotham City to settle old scores with Batman and Robin, it’s up to the Dynamic Duo to save the day with two new Lego DC Comics Super Heroes sets, The Batboat Harbor Pursuit and Jokerland!
The Joker and his team of villains have transformed Gotham City’s amusement park into the nightmarish Jokerland and trapped Starfire, Beast Boy and Robin. Drive to the rescue with Batman™ in the awesome Batmobile. Dodge the cannon and target the clown robot with the shooting missiles. Then it’s time for some serious super-jumping action to bring down the villains. Bam! Topple The Penguin from his podium. Wham! Launch a perfectly aimed jump to release Robin from his upside-down bike ride with Harley Quinn. Pow! Take down Poison Ivy from her swinging branch. Finally, knock The Joker from the clown »
- Gary Collinson
I don’t know if you know this, but Batman’s existence in visual media precedes the “Michael Keaton vs. Christian Bale” debate (soon to become the “Christian Bale vs. Ben Affleck” in debates held by millennials). The Dark Knight has been part of cinema and television since his first appearance on the silver screen in 1943’s craptacular and insanely racist four-hour-long “Batman” serial. Seriously, it's not worth watching even as a curiosity. 1949’s post-wwii “Batman and Robin” serial excised a lot of the anti-Japanese racism of the prior serial, and even though it might have been exciting at the time, it will surely bore modern audiences to tears with the equivalent of a tedious police procedural that happens to revolve around a detective who wears a thrift store bat suit. Even the “batmobile” in this film is a factory-stock 1949 Mercury Convertible. I guess these old serials are perfect for »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
The caped crusader’s crime-fighting partner returns to the big screen for the first time since 1997’s ill-fated Batman and Robin
The 27-year-old star of Superbad and Scott Pilgrim vs the World will join Will Arnett, who is returning in the role of the gruff-voiced caped crusader. Chris McKay, animation supervisor on The Lego Movie, is taking the director’s reins on the spin-off, which is based on a screenplay by Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter’s Seth Grahame-Smith.
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- Ben Child
Pixar have ruined Woody. One of the greatest animated characters of all time, and they’ve just destroyed his legacy.
In the original version of Toy Story, the cowboy doll wasn’t the intelligent, well-meaning – if flawed – leader of a gang of children’s toys, with all the likeability Tom Hanks’ voice provides, but a maniacal dictator who would do anything to maintain his position. So when Buzz Lightyear shows up, he goes psycho – instead of struggling to adjust to change and reacting in an immediately regrettable fashion as in the finished film, he actively tries to make the spaceman’s life a misery, attempting to maliciously orchestrate the demise of Andy’s new favourite.
If hearing that isn’t bad enough, you can actually view the footage for yourself, although I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t want your impression of the iconic character to be forever tainted. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Generations of TV viewers have watched Scooby-Doo and the gang solve many a mystery with a wide variety of guests ranging from the Harlem Globetrotters to the Addams family, but they team up with a legendary rock band in Scooby-Doo! & Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery, which is now available on Digital HD and comes out on Blu-ray and DVD July 21st from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. At Comic-Con, Daily Dead caught up with Scooby-Doo! & Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery screenwriter Kevin Shinick.
When did your love for Scooby-Doo begin?
Kevin Shinick: I can't pinpoint where it started, because my interest in it has been around for so long, and it's the same thing with Kiss. I remember being in elementary school and loving Kiss and loving Scooby-Doo. Subconsciously I've been working on this screenplay for decades and now I've finally had a chance to put it down onto paper.
That was a staple. »
- Derek Anderson
In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.
Great Scott! This week marks 30 years since Marty McFly travelled back to 1955 to kick off a trilogy of classic Back to the Future movies.
Back to the Future and its two sequels remain hugely popular to this day, but there are plenty of facts and Easter eggs that even the biggest fans may not have noticed. Here are 30 geeky pieces of trivia to mark 30 years of time-travelling.
1. Eric Stoltz was replaced by Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, but he can still be seen very quickly in the film in a couple of shots. »
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