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Merry Christmas everyone!  A new batch of pictures have been released from The Dark Knight Rises.  Like the ones posted yesterday, they were previously released in low-res version in Empire Magazine and were blocked by words or other graphics.  But now we have them crystal clear with no obstructions including the subscriber exclusive Bane cover shot.

Hurry up July, you can’t get here fast enough!

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

By The Nerd


These pictures have been seen before, but only in low-res versions from Empire Magazine.  The new pics reveal some previously hidden details; most notably one of Bane’s mercenaries looking on while he and Batman presumably fight.

This will be the movie of the summer folks.  As the release date approaches will be likely see more and more images and spoilers.  Unfortunately, I am a sponge when it comes to Batman spoilers so there is a good chance I could ruin the movie for myself long before I even see it.  Nah!

What other details could we see revealed as the clock ticks closer and closer to July?  The rumors are all over the place as to who will do what and who is really who in this film.  But I am not going to get into the discussion of spoilers at this point.  I will say that there is a fine line between juicy details and down right ruining the whole movie for everyone.  We’ll see before long just how far DC and Warner Bros are willing to go; and for that matter eager and over-anxious fans.

The biggest rumor floating around is whether Nolan plans on killing Batman in this film.  There has been a lot of speculation, you can even read my take on the subject in another post here on Word of the Nerd.  Another unanswered and highly sought after rumor is the role of Marion Cotillard and whether her character is Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul.  To quote The Dark Knight, Nolan and company are “playing this one pretty close to the chest”.

No matter what Nolan has in store for us, we’ll all find out together come this July.  I know I can hardly wait for this film and there is no doubt in my mind that it will be the blockbuster movie of summer and the year.  Perhaps if the Oscar gods are kind we may even see a Best Picture nod for Nolan’s final and hopefully greatest Batman film.

By The Nerd

If you haven’t already seen The Dark Knight Rises new trailer, now is your chance in full HD glory.  This is definitely one of the most anticipated movies of the upcoming summer.  The most difficult part will be having to wait until late July to see the film.

There has been a ton of speculation surrounding plot and characters in this installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga.  We’re not given much more insight by this trailer, but we do get a glimpse into how dark and gritty it will be.  Anne Hathaway as Seline Kyle (Catwoman) has a wonderful bit in the trailer and show us this will be a hard hitting drama that stands to top The Dark Knight.

Check out the trailer below!

There is also a companion piece to this where I discuss whether if fans are ready to see Batman die.  Check it out here.

You can also download the trailer courtesy of Apple.

By The Nerd

There have been rumors about rumors when it comes toChristopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Spoilers and images from the set have flooded the interwebs in recentweeks; but we are still no closer to finding out what is really going on inthe film.

There have been numerous speculations about characters, plotpoints, which actor was playing who and why. Then the conspiracy theories started finding their way around and by thetime the film hits theaters next summer, Bat-mania will have gripped us onceagain.
The main cast of characters Christian Bale, Gary Oldman anddirector Christopher Nolan have all announced that this will definitely betheir last Batman film.  We’ve heard itbefore though from Nolan, but this time there does seem to be finality to hiswords.  Go out on a high note and don’tlet the franchise suffer from Bat-fatigue.
Is Christopher Nolanplanning on killing off Batman in this film? If so, are we as fans ready to see that happen?  We all know what happened to Batman when hefirst tangled with Bane in the 90s.  Theresult was a broken back and Bruce Wayne giving the mantle of the Bat to Jean Paul Valley.
With the recent release of the film’s new teaser poster, itdefinitely implies that the Dark Knight meets his end.  That implication could mean quite a fewthings and I am sure in the months leading up to the film’s release, there willbe endless debate about it.
This is where you will see people coming down on differentsides.  While I maintain I do not want tosee Batman die in the film, my partner JP thinks it would be exciting to seeBatman go to the big Batcave in the sky. Comic book heroes die all the time, at least in the past twenty years ithas become a sad cliché in the industry. Kill off a popular character or presume they are dead, and then with theappropriate flourish and hype, bring them back from the dead.
Would it be appropriate for Batman to die in The Dark KnightRises?  You’re going to get all kinds ofanswers from fans.  Nolan wants to wrapup his trilogy and move on, but DC and Warner Bros want the Bat-train tocontinue rolling.  Warner Bros will need asuccessful franchise after The Dark Knight Rises.  Their other box office juggernaut HarryPotter has ended and with the failure of Green Lantern to draw audiences in,Warner Bros is desperate for the next big thing.
A reboot of the Batman franchise has been discussed with thepossibility of launching a DC Universe franchise similar to what Marvel hasdone with The Avengers.  The best hopefor a Justice League movie died two years ago after a cast had been announcedand filming was about to begin.  Fanshave been clamoring for a Justice League film for quite some time and the endof the current Batman franchise could certainly pave the way for that.
Killing Christian Bale’s Batman would certainly seem like adirection Nolan would take to bring his trilogy to an end.  With Batman dead, a sequel would seemunlikely.  But would a backlash from fansbe more negative to DC and Warner Bros than they would care for?  I certainly would not want to see Batman diein this film.  It’s just unheard of tokill such a legendary and beloved character like that.  Who knows what’s in the mind of ChristopherNolan right now.  Filming has wrapped andpost production is underway.  In spite ofall the set photos on the internet, there is quite a bit of secrecy in theNolan camp about the story.
I am taking a “wait and see” approach to The Dark KnightRises.  There is no doubt that it will bea fantastic film; there is no way it couldn’t be.  In Nolan We Trust is a mantra I have adoptedsince Batman Begins.  I trust what Nolanwill do and I know that whether I agree with what he does or not, he willdeliver another masterpiece.  We will allget to see this summer.

By The Nerd

Yesterday was quite a day for surprises in the comic book world.  After recently being named director of Thor 2, Patty Jenkins suddenly announced she was off the project.  Claiming “creative differences” with the studio this makes me worry about the future of the sequel.

It was big news when Jenkins was given the director job on the film.  The big pecs superhero flick arena was lacking in female leadership and it makes this reporter wonder whether it was Marvel Comics execs that clashed with her creative ideas for the film and prompted her departure.

It would certainly seem likely since rumors surfaced from the set of Iron Man 2 that director Jon Favreau was being pressured by studio execs to change certain aspects of the film.  This may have weighed on Favreau’s decision not to return for Iron Man 3.  Actor Mickey Rourke (Whiplash) recently opened up about how studio execs tied his and Favreau’s hands and forced them to make changes and cuts that ultimately hurt the film.

So what’s next for Thor 2?  The announcement that Jenkins departure also prompted the search for a replacement director.  Production on the film is scheduled to start soon and Marvel had already announced the release date of November 15, 2013.  That in itself was an odd choice that they would be Thor 2 a holiday release instead of a summer one.  The next logical candidate for the director’s spot would be Thor director Kenneth Branagh, but there is no word on whether he would even be available or willing to helm the sequel.

With Marvel’s recent cancellation of comic titles and subsequent layoffs, this does not put the comic giant in a good light.  Their movie track record is rocky to say the least with sudden schedule changes, actors being replaced abruptly and decent sowing from the sets.  Marvel is great at first outings, but their track record on sequels are questionable.  It will be interesting to see how a sequel to The Avengers fairs and if Joss Whedon will suffer the same issues his predecessors have.

The Nerd here and I’ve got something really special for you.  I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy of Batman: Year One, and I have to tell you it was everything I was hoping for.  I’ve been a fan of DC’s series of animated films since the beginning.  I’ve seen and own every one and just from a movie fan’s point of view; these are some of the best feature length animated movies ever produced.  You can say what you want about Disney and Marvel, DC beats them hands down when it comes to their stand alone animated films.

The voice talent they collect for each film is outstanding.  Beyond the fan favorite standbys like Kevin Conroy and Tim Daley, producer Bruce Timm and voice director Andrea Romano put together a lot of great talent for each of their films.  But enough of the glad handing and back patting, let’s get on with the review.

If you loved or even liked Frank Miller’s comic Batman: Year One, then you aren’t going to be disappointed with this film adaptation.  Animation and story follows the comic almost precisely with just a few elements added or taken away.  All the crime noir locals, subtle humor, dark, gritty images and violence indicative of Miller’s style are all present.  I don’t find Batman: Year One as visually pleasing as Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, but this film is still a pleasure to watch.

I have a couple of minor complaints about this film that some will say are superficial.  They probably are in the grand scheme of things, but giving an honest review is what I am here for.  Ben McKenzie’s performance as Batman wasn’t noteworthy to say the least.  Even though Batman/Bruce Wayne was only 25 in the film, Ben’s performance was flat and a little understated.  His Bruce Wayne portrayal was spot on, but he just couldn’t pull off both roles.  As with most actors, animated or live action, it is difficult to pull off both roles as well as Kevin Conroy, Christian Bale and Bruce Greenwood have.

Even though the film is a very close adaptation of Miller’s original work, I wish they would have beefed up the character of Selina Kyle/Catwoman a bit more.  I found that Eliza Dushku was really underutilized when she was capable of so much more.  I hope we will get to see Catwoman in a larger role in future films and that Eliza will be given the opportunity to portray her again.

On a positive note, Bryan Cranston does an absolutely astonishing job as Lieutenant James Gordon.  I wasn’t too sure about how well he’d be able to pull off the character.  As a fan of the Timmverse, I have been use to Bob Hastings voicing the Gordon over the years.  Sadly, the character has been somewhat missing from the previous Batman animated films.  It’s was gratifying to see that they took great care in casting the role and giving him a center stage presence in this film.

What you can take away after watching this film is that Frank Miller’s original story has been well adapted for this medium.  Bruce Timm and his team and produced another amazing film that does justice to Miller’s work.  I can only wait with hopeful anticipation for the upcoming The Dark Knight Returns sometime next year.  If you’re a Batman fan or a fan of Frank Miller, you should enjoy this film immensely.

The film features the voice talents of Ben McKenzie (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Bryan Cranston (James Gordon), Eliza Dushku (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Katie Sackhoff (Sarah Essen) and Alex Rocco (Carmine Falcone).  Long time DC universe animator Bruce Timm is executive producer and the film is co-directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu.

Batman: Year One comes to Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and for Download on October 18th.

Batman: Year One is the latest installment of DC Universe animated movies.  This latest feature film is based on the 1987 Frank Miller series of the same name.  It follows Batman early in his career as Gotham City’s dark protector.  Batman: Year One is one of the most highly recognized and heralded Batman comics.

The film stars the voice talents of Ben McKenzie (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Bryan Cranston (James Gordon), Eliza Dushku (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Katie Sackhoff (Sarah Essen) and Alex Rocco (Carmine Falcone).  Long time DC universe animator Bruce Timm is executive producer and the film is co-directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu.

The film is coming to Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and for Download on October 18th. There is also an opportunity to download-for-purchase in an early window starting October 11th through iTunesXbox Live, Zune, VUDU HD Movies and Video Unlimitedon the PlayStation Network & Sony Entertainment Network.

Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham.

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Yesterday I reported about the voice cast for the upcoming Justice League: Doom, the next release in DC and Warner Bros. series of animated films.  Today I have more information about what villains will be featured along with some image clips.

The movie’s script, written by the late Dwayne McDuffie is based on JLA: Tower of Babel written by Mark Waid.  There have been many questions among fans as to who the villains will be in this adaptation. The original story featured Ra’s Al Ghul as the primary villain.  Executive producer Bruce Timm and director Lauren Montgomery have lined up a pretty impressive rouges gallery to pit against the Justice League that should trump any threat Ra’s could throw at them.

Along with the Royal Flush Gang are Vandal Savage (Phil Morris), Star Sapphire (Olivia d’Abo), Bane (Carlos Alazraqui), Mirror Master (Alexis Denisof), Metallo (Paul Blackthorne) and Cheetah (Claudia Black).  That is a pretty diabolical list of baddies that is surprisingly missing Lex Luthor. Although Lex has been featured prominently in several of the other animated films already, it is nice to see a little more variety in the use of villains.

The voice cast for the Justice League members include such fans favorites as Tim Daley (Superman), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern), Carl Lumby (Martian Manhunter), Michael Rosenbaum (Flash) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman) with David Kaufman (Jimmy Olsen) and Bumper Robinson (Cyborg).

This will be the third animated film to feature the Justice League, the other films in the series are Justice League: New Frontier and Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths. In this new feature, Batman’s secret contingency plans to defeat his fellow League teammates in case they ever go rouge, are stolen by the group of supervillains and carried out.

There has been a lot of buzz about this movie, which features the “dream team” of the Timmverse. Kevin Conroy and Tim Daley both brought the characters of Batman and Superman to life in their respective and critically acclaimed animated series’ of the 90s.  Nathan Fillion, star of Firefly and ABC’s Castle will reprise his role from Green Lantern: Emerald Knights as Hal Jordan.  Carl Lumby, Michael Rosenbaum, Susan Eisenberg and David Kaufman are also reprising the rolls of their respective characters from the Justice League series.

A little shake up in casting for Superman: Man of Steel.  According to Deadline, director Zack Snyder has replaced Julia Ormond with Israeli born actress Ayelet Zurer for the role of Superman’s Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van.  Deadline is reporting that Zurer is set to begin filming this week.

There was no reason given (yet) as to why Snyder replaced Ormond seemingly at the last minute.  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe and is scheduled for release in June 2013.

Critics of Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman costume from The Dark Knight Rises have cause to settle down now.  Over the weekend, photos were leaked on the internet of Anne filming scenes in what is most likely the full Catwoman outfit.  It still isn’t what I was really expecting, but not bad nonetheless.  There is still no sign of the signature whip that she uses, but I am sure we’ve not gotten every single detail of the film spoiled yet.