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Review: Green Lantern

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the past few summers have been full of blockbuster comic book movies. Obviously since the very first of this new crop of comic films started being made with the original X-Men and Spiderman, nerds everywhere have been excited about the mainstream embrace of (at least some of) their culture. Of course, even within the comic book world, there are arguments over which characters and properties should and should not go to the silver screen next, and virtually every comic blockbuster to come out over the last decade has been based on characters from the Marvel Universe. The only exceptions that I can think of right now are Superman Returns, which was laughable at best, and Chris Nolan’s excellent Batman series, which has the feel of a much more serious film and is hardly in the same vein as Iron Man or Thor.

As of today that is no longer the case, thanks to the newest entry in the DC universe, Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard.  The film tells the story of how former Air Force and current commercial test pilot Hal Jordan becomes a member of the Green Lantern Corps.  Here are my thoughts on the characters, the story, and the use of 3D in movies. Read moreRead more


Top Five: Marvel Actors Who Should Be In DC Movies

Up is down, black is white, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria!  That’s what it can feel like in the continuity-obsessive comic book world when film adaptations continually cast from the same, relatively limited, stable of actors.  Chris Evans, formerly known as Johnny “The Human Torch” Storm, will be in theaters this summer playing Captain America, another Marvel Comics character.  Ryan Reynolds is not only Hannibal King and Wade Wilson/Deadpool for Marvel, he’s also Hal Jordan for DC.  To make matters worse, these casting decisions often disregard decades of established character history.  Admittedly, some actors were born for certain roles.  To wit, even though Wolverine is listed at 5′ 3″, 6′ 3″ Hugh Jackman’s adamantium skeleton and retractable claws pretty much guaranteed him the part.

Although I was always told not to cross the streams, whether nerds like me like it or not, this cross-universe casting seems here to stay.  So, when life gives you lemons, make a Top Five. Read moreRead more


Throwdown: The Superman Problem

Everyone knows that the point of superheroes is that they’re heroic. They kick ass, take names, and generally always win. Everyone also knows that things that only ever win are boring. Imagine playing chess against a two year old or being Charlie Sheen. Okay… being Charlie Sheen might be marginally more interesting.

Anyway, to the point. I can’t stand superheroes who are too ‘super’ – superheroes who in their natural form can’t be defeated. I’m looking at you Superman. Thor too, although he’s a slightly different case. In fact, I’m going to argue that these characters suffer from the “Superman Problem”.

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Batman Arkham Asylum 2 Trailer Just Released

Nerd News And Reviews loves Batman.  A lot.  One of my fondest memories is when the four of us trekked the 40 miles from our college apartment to see The Dark Knight in its full, six-story IMAX glory.  We love the movies, we love the comics, and we loved 2009’s video game entry, Arkham Asylum (as did most of the rest of the world), and we’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of the sequel this coming October 18th.

Needless to say we were ecstatic to learn that a brand new trailer had been released for the game, and after watching it, I have to say this makes the list of one of my favorite video game trailers ever.  While I don’t think it lives up to the sheer artistic brilliance of the first Gears of War trailer or the recent Dead Island trailer, it is pretty effing awesome.

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Catwoman and Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises”

After years of rumors and speculation, the supporting cast/villains of the third Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, were announced recently.  Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Tom Hardy will play Bane.  I’m not crazy about Hathaway, but Catwoman is an obvious choice for the tone of these movies, and I’ve learned better than to doubt Nolan’s casting choices.  That said, while Hardy was one of the best parts of the incredible Inception, I have my reservations about Bane.  Bane’s “power” stems from his use/abuse of the super steroid “Venom” which (in many depictions of the character) causes him to instantly grow to several times his usual size.  Think the Hulk’s transformation, and you’re on the right track.  Unless Nolan and company diverge significantly from traditional depictions of the character, I think Bane will have a hard time fitting into the “realistic” tone that has been carefully constructed over the previous two films.  Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

What do you guys think?


New Batman: Arkham City Trailer

A new trailer for Arkham City was just released, this one featuring Batman rogue Dr. Hugo Strange.  Seeing Batman in action is awesome, and Kevin Conroy brings something to the caped crusader that no one else can (sorry, Christian Bale).  There have been rumors that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises will also feature Strange (potentially played by Tom Hardy and adapting the famous “Prey” storyline).  Whether or not that’s true, this trailer definitely gives you a good feel for just how menacing of an opponent Dr. Strange (DC, not Marvel) can be.  Hit the jump for the embedded video.

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The Third Batman Film Will Be Called “The Dark Knight Rises”

While I loved Inception and how it messed with my mind-hole, perhaps my favorite thing about the movie was that its release meant that Christopher Nolan was finally done with it and could move on to make the next movie in his epic Batman franchise.  In pursuit of that goal, he announced in an interview today that the title for the film will be “The Dark Knight Rises.”  Nolan also confirmed that we will not be seeing Edward Nigma or The Riddler in this newest installment.  Hit the jump for a summary of everything I know right now.

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Batman: Arkham City Screenshots Leaked

So if you haven’t played Batman: Arkham Asylum, available for Xbox 360 or PS3, you need to go do that immediately.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Good, now that we’ve taken care of that, let’s move on to the upcoming sequel, Arkham City.  This was announced earlier this year and is currently set for release sometime in late 2011.  It takes place an unknown amount of time after the first game, and it seems from the trailer that Arkham Asylum has for some reason been moved into the city proper.  Joker has somehow engineered a second prison break and the inmates aren’t just running the asylum, but the entire city instead.  I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the first game and am eagerly anticipating its sequel.

It seems that sometime yesterday 20 screenshots from the upcoming title were leaked to The Internets, and oh man are they gorgeous.  I am now more excited for this than ever.

Screens after the jump.

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