Breaking: Batfleck, Batmobile Photos!!!

by Jeremy DeFatta

A bit of breaking and semi-breaking news: Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman vs Superman and Justice League films, has tweeted the first shots of the Batmobile and of Ben Affleck as Batman.

You can find a full-size image at manofsteelfanpage.com, and The Nerdist has more.

With the Batmobile, you can definitely see the comic book influences, and maybe even a little 1989 Burton thrown in for good measure. What we’ve seen of it looks pretty awesome so far, in my opinion.

You can definitely see how Affleck has bulked up for the part in this shot, and though the picture is in black and white, you can tell that the earlier rumors that designers were going for a classic blue and gray look in this film are fairly accurate. Also, I’m digging the short ears and big bat symbol on the chest; they make me feel like I’m looking at a live action version of Frank Miller’s Batman with a little Jim Lee thrown in for good measure.

I’m hoping we get more information and pictures as filming picks up. I’m certain everyone is also looking forward to seeing Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman outfit nearly as much as they were looking forward to seeing Batfleck. So far, I’m still on board and willing to give this a shot.

What do you all think? Let me know in the comments below, or tweet me @quaintjeremy!

Comics News: Daredevil, Batman, Forever People and More!

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by Jeremy DeFatta

Good day, everyone! Today, I have a comics and comics-related news roundup. Much like the last one I put together, this is by no means comprehensive. Rather, I am simply listing and commenting on those things that have stood out to me in my online voyaging in recent weeks. Let’s dive right in.

Marvel

It looks like all of the upcoming Netflix series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and the Defenders) will be filmed in New York City. Daredevil, the first of the new series, will begin filming this July. Apparently, rumors have surfaced that Michael C. Hall (of Dexter fame) is being sought to portray Matt Murdock/Daredevil. I’m pretty cool with this.

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Chris Claremont, Nightcrawler return to X-Men

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by Jeremy DeFatta

It looks like we have more big news coming out of the comics industry this week, this time from Marvel: Chris Claremont (who is responsible for most of what you think of when you hear X-Men) will be writing an ongoing series featuring Nightcrawler beginning this April. Read more about it here.

I’m excited to hear about this, being as this can be a great writer/character pair.

Claremont is responsible for a lot of goodness in the X-Men universe, and two of his most recognizable stories are Days of Future Past (soon to be a big deal of a movie from Fox) and The Dark Phoenix Saga (which anyone else who grew up with the old X-Men cartoon will likely remember vividly). He is also the co-creator of such characters as Emma Frost (former White Queen of the Hellfire Club) and Mr. Sinister, both of whom have experienced a sort of renaissance of interest in recent years. He also co-created Rogue, my favorite of Wolverine’s “little sister” characters. See here for more about his tenure at Marvel.

I feel that Nightcrawler is one of those characters you either love or you hate. Personally, I love him. He’s often presented as the moral compass of the X-Men and demonstrates a naturally merciful outlook on life, despite the fact that (given the very visible nature of his mutation) he has experienced a great deal more persecution over the course of his life than many of his teammates. Another telling trait is his friendship with Wolverine—he is one of the first people to accept the savage Canadian as a rational human being, all appearances at this point to the contrary.

Intriguingly, both Claremont and Nightcrawler have been absent from the X-Men roster for awhile now, though Nightcrawler is making his comeback in Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness’s Amazing X-Men after a shocking death several years ago in the Second Coming storyline featuring the mutant messiah, Hope. These are likely still available at your local comic shops.

I highly recommend checking out Claremont’s body of work and all the other stories I’ve mentioned in this post. Go ahead and subscribe to Claremont’s Nightcrawler beginning in April; I know I will! Tweet me @quaintjeremy. Let me know your thoughts below.

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Eight more days.

This is The Night of the Doctor, a mini-episode prequel, by BBC. Written by Steven Moffat and starring Paul McGann. Enjoy!

CompGeekDavid has some stuff to say about the Doctor, too. It was so good I had to comment on it the minute i read it. Check it out.